New Features / Improvements

Discussion in 'Staff Announcements' started by Jeffin, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. 1. NEW EDITOR

    Pasting images

    If you use Chrome or Firefox and have an image in your clipboard, you can simply paste it into the editor. It will automatically be uploaded as an attachment if possible. If the upload is successful, this works exactly like uploading an image and then clicking the "full image" button.

    Note that in Chrome, the image data must be in your clipboard (such as from pressing print screen). In Firefox, you can either have image data or you can copy a file that's an image and paste that.

    Drag and drop uploading
    Provided your browser supports it, you can now drag files into the editor to upload them:

    @User tagging
    While not directly related to the editor change, this is probably the best time to mention it. You can use @Cross style syntax to tag users in a post:
    Tagged users will receive an alert when they're tagged.

    You can obviously turn off tag alerts, but as an admin, you can also limit the maximum users that can be tagged per message as a permission. (So you could disable it for registered members and only allow premium members to tag, for example.)

    Alternative smilie inserting approach
    The smilie dropdown really didn't work well with a lot of smilies. Clicking the :) button will now do this:
    This is now making a call to get the smilies and lays them out with a template. This opens up the possibility for more organization options (though nothing has changed as of this message).

    Auto save drafts - (This is going to be very useful when you type long messages)
    While you are typing a message, every X seconds (currently 60), a draft of your message will be saved. If you reload the page later, your message will be automatically re-shown. Drafts will be automatically pruned over time.
    Each draft is associated with a particular piece of content, such as a thread, forum, or conversations. A draft reply that you start working on in thread 1 will not be shown to thread 2 and so forth.

    Display if messages have been posted since you started your message
    Tied into the auto-saving, when you're writing a reply to a thread, we will check to see if any new messages and display a note if there are. You can then display those new posts without reloading the page.

    Oh yeah, one more thing on the editor, it's fully responsive:


    Similar to the Watch Threads feature, you can now watch you favorite forums on CFS.

    God bless you. (y)
  2. Awesome features!
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  3. wow !! very very cool my brother from another mother LOL
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  4. Woohoo! This website is just getting better and better ;)
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  5. Thank you. You guys make me wanna do more. :D
  6. I am on two other Christian sites, an atheist site and a kawasaki site. This site trumped them all from the day I joined. Since then you have upgraded so often and they have stayed the same. It is such a pleasure and user friendly experience. 10/10 Jeff! (y)
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  7. Hi KingJ, thank you for the kind words. :)
  8. Update: I'm now experimenting with Google Adsense (Advertisements). I have added a banner to the side bar and at the bottom of all pages. I'm trialing this for 1-2 months to determine how much CFS can earn through these ads. If the revenue is good, then I'll channel it back to professional forum developement and to hosting upgrades.

    Please let me know if these ads come across to you as intrusive / distracting. If you have feedback, post them here or put it in a private conversation for me. Have a blessed weekend.

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