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XenForo 2.2!

So, this forum is now running a beta of XenForo 2.2 software. There are a bunch of new features that I would like to highlight here. There is a risk in running beta software on a live website. I am known to do stupid things so this is just the latest in the line. Honestly, it should be fine. We are now in Beta 4. There might be 1 or 2 more betas before release candidate version is released. Stable edition might come out in a few weeks. But so far, it has been working pretty nicely. There are a few issues here and there that I would report once the stable build is out if they are not fixed by then.

Worst case scenario? I would have to roll back to the backup from last night. So there's that.

Here are some of the features that should be available to everyone now...

Thread Types​

Forum now support a few thread types. You can start a regular discussion. You can post a question. You can start a poll (existing feature but with new implementation). And if you are writing a review or a guide... You can write an article here. There is also a suggestion feature but that works only on a dedicated forum. We have no use for that but if you want to play with it, I have a test install here: Suggestions. There is also a dedicated questions forum now at I want to buy a....

I am not doing mass conversion of existing content to different thread types. If I land on a thread that seems like a question or an article, I am converting them. I might end up making mistakes here so report threads that are converted wrong. Though, it's likely that I would end up converting again so I would have to find a way to avoid doing that.

Question threads have voting buttons. I have disabled downvotes for obvious reasons. Thread poster and mods have the ability to mark a response post as answer if there is a single post meeting the requirement. Suggestion forums have voting buttons for entire threads.

I have made a dedicated forum for guides here: Guides. If you land on a thread that seems like a guide, report it for moving here.

In short, use the report button liberally to report threads that should be converted to another type. Use the vote button instead-of/in-addition-to like for good suggestions. And if you are OP of the thread, mark the post that solves your question as a solution. It helps everyone!

Activity summary​

If you have used discourse and some other forum types, you would have noticed this. If you are away from the forum for more than a few days, forum might send you a mail with recent updates. This option can be disabled here.

PWA​

Forum now has a proper PWA but without offline functionality. On Androids, you can install it like an app. It would appear as an icon in the app list. It would run in full screen mode without any browser chrome. You can install it from the sidebar. Chrome and other browsers might show an install button after regular usage. Apple iOS support is not available. It also works on desktop browsers though user experience on computers is not very good.

Search Forums​

I haven't used it yet but I plan to. This is basically a forum that only shows search results for pre-defined queries. So I can basically make a dedicated forum for all internet related threads. You might or might not see these sections in future. Have to find out a good purpose for these.

Profile Banners​

You can now add a banner on your profile page.

Username change​

You no longer have to send me a message to change your user name. Right now it is configured to let you change your id after 30 days. You cannot reuse an existing ID for a year. These settings might change in future based on feedback. User profiles would show recent name changes.

Giphy​

I am not sure if I would keep it. It is enabled right now. But I do not have a proper approved key so it might or might not work till Giphy approves my account.

Similar Threads​

You might have already seen them. They would also appear when you are posting a new thread so you would be able to see if an existing thread exists on the same topic. This might cause some annoyance while posting a new thread. Remains to be seen.

New Editor​

I am not a fan but it's sort of unavoidable. It does fix a few issues I have. But adds a few other issues so there's that. Good thing is that you can now insert a horizontal line. You can use headers as you might notice I used here. Quotes are visible in editor which is annoying.

New Lightbox​

Again, not a fan but it's here. I believe it supports pinch to zoom on mobile devices. To exit the lightbox view, swipe up or down.

If you have any questions, you can post here.
 
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Yup it's Sushubh.
 

sauravghosh

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Ok. So in that case, I would be keen to know exactly why I was banned. My crime was to quote someone else's post and afterwards expressing doubts upon the warning that was issued for the same? I respect the rules and all that but obviously i never read them as evident from my activity at this place. I have been lurking this or that forum for nearly 20 years never once i got a warning for quoting someone's post and then a straight up ban for doubting the same.
 
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Maybe update the rules to encourage using @mentions in the posts. That wouldn't come naturally to a lot of people, the way quotes does.

A bit too harsh to ban somebody for this. Moderators on other boards edit these type of posts on a regular basis alerting the member about the same. Since there are a lot of moderators on the board, I wonder why it's such a big deal.
 

alekhkhanna

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Ok. So in that case, I would be keen to know exactly why I was banned. My crime was to quote someone else's post and afterwards expressing doubts upon the warning that was issued for the same? I respect the rules and all that but obviously i never read them as evident from my activity at this place. I have been lurking this or that forum for nearly 20 years never once i got a warning for quoting someone's post and then a straight up ban for doubting the same.
Not surprising. I've been banned from one thread and issued 3 warnings for quoting somebody or not updating my location in settings.
Mods are on an ego trip here. Lol.
Anyway, make a new account if you wanna post, or just lurk if you wanna read. No point in discussing with mods. They will just point you to their "rules".
 


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@vishalrao Dude it's okay, i understand your life's pain. Just because I exposed your true nature in other forum don't burst here this is a different one. :)

Love the rules. Personal abuse is fine. Quoting a post is ban worthy. Ok.

@alekhkhanna I'm here only since the Jio new plans release. Otherwise I think i haven't even visited this forum in like a year. Sometimes i send DM to some people that's the only reason i care. But thanks, you are right, no point in arguing, but still had to mention what's going on here.
 

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Mods are on an ego trip here. Lol.
It's just me. I like the forum to run in a certain way. I don't like excessive quoting. I prefer textual content to be pasted as text. Optimization of images if possible before uploads (Squoosh is just so simple to use). And I like people to fill in two fields in their profiles. None of them are private in nature. Even state name is fine if you don't want to mention your city. If you have problems with these basic things, it's better that you find another platform for internet discussions. There are many.

If you read the Readme link at the top... I go into details about everything. And all posts are in my name. If you have issues with keeping in mind these simple guidelines... It's best to just lurk here.
 
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alekhkhanna

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@Sushubh Count the number of "I"s in your post. Just because you like things a certain way, does not mean everybody has to like it. And yes, this is your platform, and you're free to enforce rules the way you deem fit, but forums are successful due to its members, not the other way round. I'm here because i find some of the discussions engaging.
Consider tagging/PMing when people make a mistake. Issuing warning points/banning for simple things like quoting a post is a gross misuse of mod power. Just because you've it does not mean you've to use it.
I was wong - you're not on an ego trip - you're on a power trip.