gotVirtual has completed the integration of xf core 1.3.4.
this is the first major update to gV since 2011, and included both hardware and software updates.
many changes and new features are now available on gV:
  • post edit history and logging
  • a new input editor
  • responsive design (aka a mobile theme)
  • node 'watching'
  • google/twitter auth login
  • more 'like' functions
  • admin/moderation features behind the scenes
  • smaller features we have forgotten are new

post edit history and logging
it is now possible to not only require 'post last edited by' to be appended to edited posts, but a diff log (a la wikipedia) will be preserved of all edits (although unlikely to be publically visible).

a new input editor
tinyMCE and its annoying behaviour (pasting colour formatted text for example) is now a relic of the past.
the new editor (Redactor) is leaps and bounds better to work with both from a development standpoint and an enduser standpoint. some of the advantages of this new editor you may be interested in:
  • it is 'responsive', meaning it conforms to mobile devices.
  • if you use Chrome or Firefox and have an image in your clipboard, you can simply paste it into the editor.
  • provided your browser supports it, you can now drag files into the editor to upload them.
  • user tagging, meaning you can use twitter-style syntax to tag (and alert) users in a post, eg @Mars
  • cleaner interface, including smilies and a new spoiler tag.
  • a proper multiquote feature at last. as you read through a thread, click '+Quote' on each post you want to reply to. once at the editor, click 'insert quotes' below the editor to insert them into your post.
  • when you're writing a reply to a thread, we will check to see if any new messages have been posted in the interim and display a note if there has been. you can then display...
we have nearly finished the update to core 1.1b2. i say 'nearly' because there are still a few outstanding issues to address, such as user albums and various styling issues. this was a major update that has required us to rework dozens of features specific to gV, such as avatars in whos online, node rating banners in the editor template, etc, in addition to more general extensions, such as the front page portal.
we havent gotten to them all yet, and there are some that we may even forget (some are nearly a year old), so if you notice something is missing please feel free to pipe up.
one outstanding bug is a possible htaccess conflict that occurs when trying to view a member profile. this will get fixed right quick.

we will now highlight some of the changes that may be of interest to inhabitants:

the ignore function
the initial ignore feature demod on xf a couple of weeks ago was quite uninspiring. it was basically a direct port of the vb ignore function, meaning it didnt block quotes and the like. after a bit of unpleasant commentary by myself this was refined to ignore quotes, erase the ignored from whats new, last post by, etc.
its not all it can be, but it is better than the vb counterpart.

ajax alerts
you no longer need to refresh a page to fetch new alerts. you will now notice the red alert baloons as well as modal dialogs appearing as you are reading/scrolling a page.


improved search abilities
quick access to useful searches, such as 'your threads', and a new ability to confine your search to a single thread or single node.


an improved permalink
permalinks now trigger an overlay. this overlay gives you bbcode/html options and more social options. if you have never used a permalink before, they give you the ability to link to a particular post rather than a general page. to see...