Yeah, so this year's April Fools Joke turned out to be more on me, played by none other than the Marriland Forums themselves. Yes, this year they decided to play pranks on their own creator by delaying the maintenance and making things take way longer than they should have.
Haha, good one, good old Marriland Forums.
So I guess the downtime was your big April Fools Day joke. (That and the secret message I included in the error page.)
Now it's time for a real update here!
You'll notice that the Forums have gotten a drastic makeover!
Gone are the days of the crummy, default phpBB theme. Even the little Marill with balloons couldn't save it. Nah, now we're rollin' with a very sexy new layout for phpBB, made by none other than the great Daniel of Gamexe.net. Very awesome!
It is very reminiscent of the Marriland Forums from before the switch to phpBB 3.0.x, yet refreshingly new and including more Marill!
Some new things that you might want to acquaint yourself with post-upgrade:
The User Control Panel link is at the top of the page. You'll find that there, a link to your own posts, and the option to logout up at that nice little silver bar at the verrrry top of the page. That's where you will go if you want to change your Signature, Avatar, etc.
You can now report Private Messages to Moderators. This is a very helpful feature. I believe all you need to do is go to the Private Message in question and hit report, then it will show up for Moderators to investigate. Only messages that you report will be visible to Moderators! Moderators or Administrators won't be able to read any of your other Private Messages, don't worry.
ATOM feeds for most Forums and topics now available. The upgrade process included a nice little feature that any of you familiar with RSS or ATOM will probably be delighted to hear about: most of the Forums on the site now have the option to subscribe to your favorite ATOM reader. ATOM is different from RSS, but most readers can handle it. I will see about adding RSS functionality later, but for now, this will do.
Quick Reply was changed slightly. We're now using the official Quick Reply feature of phpBB as opposed to a custom installed one, so that means some of the functionality might have changed. It should still be basically the same as it was, but just thought I'd give you the heads up to watch the buttons you press down there.
You can still do the @Username reply with Quick Reply, but you just need to click the user's username above their message now rather than beneath their avatar. There's a little @ sign next to their name to hopefully make this a little clearer.
The new template has a different color scheme, so you may want to make sure that, if you use colors in your posts, that they look nice to reflect this template. Colors like blues, reds, and grays typically look the worst now. Purple and darker greens don't look so good either. This IS going to be the new default template, so it's probably best that things look nice in this.
There are currently no other templates available, BUT I will be adding a few more over the coming weeks. This is just to get everyone adjusted to the new default template. If you don't like it, I'm sorry; you'll have to put up with it for the time being. I'll be adding a nice looking dark-themed template, twilightBB, as well as the old 610nm and prosilver templates.
There were also a few bug fixes here and there, some added stuff, and other doodads that I'm probably forgetting to mention. It was a nice upgrade, though, and other than the unexpected amount of time it took adding an extra index to the posts table (5.3M Posts is a lot to go through for any server), it went pretty smooth.
I do apologize for the downtime, but hopefully it will be worth it to you in the end. :)
This layout reminds me of the old layout back in 2007, nostalgia. <3
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I noticed that when you see an e-mail notification about a reported topic, it's from "Nobody" instead of email@example.com. Will that be fixed soon? It sounds kinda creepy when I get a notification saying:
Aaaugh! What... what happened!? Everything is all... weird! Avatars are now at the left side of the screen! I can't even see color tags anymore! ... Maybe I should try using a new color tag after this, now that dark violet is hard to see on this new board...
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I can't find the button to bookmark topics. Is it there?
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