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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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Oh ya my bad, but would you try to add this theme : Shades of Blue
As the AMOLED theme is too black and the light themes just burn my eyes. Im currently using dark reader extension but for mobile I still burn my eyes.
 

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Would look into it. Independent themes are pain to work with as they break with updates and all custom changes have to be added to them constantly. I can probably try to replicate the darker blue shades on the default xenforo theme. Would see which would be easier to handle. I doubt though if the dark blue theme would be any nicer on the eyes on smartphones.
 
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I am being spammed with emails. :(
Whenever I subscribe to watch a thread, emails keep popping up in my inbox. Even when I select "without receiving email notifications".

I have unchecked everything from Email options in Account preference.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to stop receiving emails from here.
 

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that should not be happening. i keep emails disabled but still get browser alerts and it works fine. only way to check your settings is to login as you which means i would have to reset your password.

also all emails generated by the forum has a unsubscribe from all emails link in the footer.

also try loading this page:


and disabling email alerts.

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i checked your account and you do not have email subscription disabled.

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Even after updating that I got an email for your above post.
For now, I have Disabled email notifications from watched threads as suggested by you.

Will update you if this happens again. Thank you very much for your help and support.
 

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When I visited the site just now it showed me as logged out and I had to login again... I was logged in fine a few hours ago. Did something happen during this period?
 

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Hi @Sushubh Do you know why I tend to loose my read history for threads. Quite often, I am thrown to the start of the thread instead of the new reply even for threads I have looked before or even replied before.

Just like this, When I accessed this thread to post the message here, I was taken to the first message. Even though I have posted in this thread before as well.
 

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For some reason, xenforo only sends you to unread post if you visited them in recent past. There is a setting in backend that suggests to keep it at a low value for performance reasons.

These threads should show a button though. This should take you to the relevant post.

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