I've done a major upgrade to the TGComics and TGCaps Forums. On the surface it's mostly small changes. The look and feel is slightly different, but these small cosmetic changes will make it easier for me to update going forward.
Some significant changes are as follows:
- You'll now be able to add a new topic at the bottom of the main forum "Latest Discussions" page (be sure to select the Topic where you want it to go). On Topic pages, you'll now see a New Topic link in the upper right of the page to start a new topic.
- We've added smilies. I've always been against smilies in the past, but after having run this forum for a few years, I realize they have their place and can hopefully lead to better, more civilized communication.
- You can now embed Vimeo video in addition to Youtube.
- The icons for bolding, linking, etc. have changed. You can hover over the buttons to find out what they are.
I'm hoping these changes aren't too stressful for people .
The BIGGEST change I am making is to make the TGComics Forum now CLOSED to non-members. The main reason for doing this is because of all the problems we've been having with people who are logged in to the site but not truly logged in to the forum. I'm thinking these problems will be solved (or at least fewer) if the Forum is inside the "members-only" area of the site.
Before now it was a hybrid. Anyone could read all the posts on the TGComics Forum. They couldn't post anything, but they could read stuff. This change will make for a more closed community and a potentially smaller community, but with all the problems we've been having, I think it's the best solution, and since all the other content is already behind a firewall, I don't think it's too much of a hardship for folks to have to be logged in to view the TGComics Forum.
The TGCaps Forum will remain as it has been, in that anyone can peruse the posts but can't see the pictures or make posts.
Also, it appears the spellcheck doesn't seem to be working. I'll do my best to get this fixed, but I've had to keep it going as a hack in recent times because it's no longer supported in the forum script we use. If I can't get it to work it may go away.