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Chit Chat / What can Lightning do for you?
Last post by Spuds -
Whole house surge protection ...:check_mark:
Separate surge protection devices at electronics ...:check_mark:
Surge suppressors on Ethernet lines running to detached garage ....:check_mark:

- UniFi 24 port switch
- UniFi 8 port 150W PoE switch
- UniFi in-wall access point
- Low voltage landscape lights (fused the bulbs)
- OTA Antenna booster
- Generator control panel (power grid here is crap)
- RPI model 4
- StarLink router
- Harmony hub
- USB power strip
- Rachio controller
- LG C2 OLED  :cry:
Such fun!

Site Feedback / Re: EARLY Beta version of 2.0
Last post by Spuds -
And another round of updates has been applied  :partying_face:

In this update you will find

- New quick topic feature
- New mark notifications as seen when you navigate to a topic that has new notifications (mentions, likes, quote, etc.).  This is similar in behavior to marking as read when you view a topic.  The idea is so you don't have to go to your notification tab and manually mark things as read/seen.
- Close a large number of old (very old) bug (really annoyance / inconsistency) issues that have been around for a long time
- New header layout for topic listing and topic view.  Its really all the same information but its no longer crammed into a single line.  You can see what I mean by going to the top of this page and look at the area just below the page links.
- Lots of other little bugs fixed here and there
- Added an Other Options button to Quick Reply and Quick Topic.  This will simply move you to the full post page which is where you can add attachments and several other things.  Often folks would be in the Quick Reply and not be able to figure out how to add attachments.  This new button just gives them a clue !

Feature Discussion / Quick Topic Feature
Last post by Spuds -
The latest update adds a quick topic feature:man_dancing:

This is similar to the quick reply feature we have when viewing a specific topic, but instead this allows you quick start a new topic when viewing the boards topic listing.

At the top of topic listing there is a Start new topic line with a subject input box.  Selecting the subject input will expose the editor and allow you to start your topic.   I've seen this feature on other forums and I feel it makes it easier to find than the New Topic button at the top of the page.  I've often gotten the support request of how do I start a new topic, can't find the button.

So give it a try, or at least a:eyes:
Theme development / New Variants
Last post by Spuds -
As requested!

I added two new variants, a Blue and a Gold version.   You will find them in your profile theme selection area.

In doing those two, I got around to fixing a bunch of things in the theme core, makes creating variants easier, plus fixes a few layout bugs or completes things I had started.

The two new variants show a few things you can easily do, they are both 95+ percent the base theme with simple color and a few structural overrides to make then feel unique.  For example Gold had the main main scroll to the top and then "stick" there.  Both have color gradients in some of the drop downs.  Bunch of other little things.

I'm sure I missed a few things as there are sooooo many areas to validate, but should be good enough for everyone to have fun.
Site Feedback / Re: EARLY Beta version of 2.0
Last post by Spuds -
Latest Bump

- Added a feature in the admin panel to allow sending an email to anyone really.  It comes from the site and is intended to validate you are sending email, and allow you to send an email to a mailtest service to check spammy level.  In the past I would create a fake user and set that email to the test service.  This worked but was clumsy, so now you can do it properly

- Improved admin search, basically if you do not have a core feature enabled you will only find the enable option when you search.  Previously you would see all of the features even when they were off.

- Lots of bug fixes

- Major theme tweaks and fixes.  Lets see if you can find them :D
Feature Discussion / Notification Enhancements
Last post by Spuds -
In the last 2.0 refresh, several updates were made to Notifications. 

1) Standard notifications, such as Liked, Quoted, Mentioned, etc. Now have an option under Profile -> Notification Settings, to show notifications from:
  • - Everyone
  • - Everyone except those on your ignore list
  • - Buddies Only
This just gives members a little more control over what shows up under the Notifications button in the top menu. 
Note this setting does not stop likes or mentions, etc, but simply does not specifically show a "new" one received should you have On-Site notification enabled for a particular action.  So for example if you have on-site notification enabled for likes, you could limit that to just buddies (others can still like, you just don't get a specific new indicator under Notifications)

2) The notification areas that are under the Notifications button in the top menu now respect what you have enabled in your profile.  So if you don't have on-site notifications enabled for Quotes, then you will not see a quote button in that area for Unread.  If you select "Show All", the button it will show up since there is not way of knowing if you change your options over time etc.

3) You can now enable on-site mentions for New Posts in watched topics and New Topics in watched boards.  This setting is under the same area of Profile -> Notifications: For topics and boards I've subscribed to, notify me via:  On-site mention, but only for the first reply. 
Previously the only options was via email (instant, daily or weekly) and the only way to see them on-site was to navigate to your watched topic or board listing in your profile.

Hope I've made some sense in the above explanation :D