OK folks, the upgrade is complete. I have to rework some things before I can turn the new "look" on... I'm going to work on it tomorrow, and if all goes well, the new look may debut then. At any rate, sometime in the next few days, the BB will look VERY different when you log on. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...s/icon_eek.gif
Important! The new features rely on the newest versions of the internet browsers (Explorer, Netscape, etc.) I believe that IE 5.0 and later should be fine, and I think it's 5 and later in Netscape too. BUT... the nice thing about this update is that you can CHOOSE whether or not you want to use it. If you have an older browser, you will automatically default to the "old look" when you log on. I think that, even if you have a new browser, you can still choose to use the "old look."
New navigation system: The new BB will employ a "tab" system, like you currently see in the MyPop pages. From any BB page, you can simply click on a tab to access some of the most common features and utilities.
The "New" tab allows you to post a new topic, reply, private topic or private poll.
The "Find" tab allows you to do a keyword search, and access the advanced search features.
MyPop has been replaced with the "MySpace" tab... but you'll still find all the usual options there (your profile, preferences, notifications, etc.)
PopIts are now simply called "notifications," and you can quickly request a notification for any topic or forum by clicking on the "Notification" tab when you're in it.
The "Tools" tab allows you to access the help pages.
Posting icons: i.e. the edit, profile, and reply-with-quote buttons that appear on each posts. A poster's profile will now be accessible just by clicking on their name, so there will no longer be a profile icon. Edit and reply will have new icons. And the triangle icon is a "report this post" feature... click on that on any objectionable post, and that post will be forwarded to me to review. There's also a new icon that appears under your name if you have an IM service listed in your profile.
Collapsible categories: On the main www.chronicleforums.com page, you can choose whether or not you want all the forums to be visible. If you never visit the archives, for example, you can collapse that category so the forums in it aren't visible.
Those are some of the main things. Basically, the forum will just look different and we'll all have to learn our way around again.
In the older editions of the COTH BB, I can remember being able to scroll through the thread (or a page of it at least) on the "Reply" page, so that it was possible to review who-said-what and whatnot. That's no longer a feature.
Will that ever come back? I really miss being in the middle of a paragraph and having to copy it, go back to the thread, and then re-reply and paste when I can't remember something about the thread