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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
Site Feedback / Re: EARLY Beta version of 2.0
Last post by Spuds -
Another bump

- Several more bugs fixed, such as search by board not working when using a custom index
- Coppa not really working
- Error sending PM to multi recipients
- Full ILA image inline shown as thumbnail in preview
- Many other annoyances  :wink:

In terms of new/updated features, several changes have been made to notifications, I'll outline those in a separate post.

Feature Discussion / Re: Link rel=\
Last post by Spuds -
Here is where I ended up on this.

All links by default get a rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow ugc"
If you allowList a domain you get rel="noopener noreferrer ugc"
If you have permission and use [url follow=true]somesite[/url]  you get rel="noopener noreferrer ugc"  You can also set that to false to override the allowList on a per link basis

I'm thinking of dropping the noreferrer from the allowed to follow links, I don't see the harm with passing the site info to the link you are following.
Feature Discussion / Re: Link rel=\
Last post by Spuds -
I envisioned the allowList as a list of Domains that the site wanted to allow following.   

Example, if you had a fan site for Kia cars, you could put in the allow list, or perhaps a site you were affiliated with that sold Kia parts, like that you get a affiliate payment or whatever.

Going the membergroup permission route you would have to a) be in that group and then b) use a url like like [url follow=true]yowsa[/url] and I just don't feel members would remember or bother to do that.  There is also the complication of auto embedded urls which is, again my experience, what most member do (cut/paste).  Those could be handled automagically with an allowList but not really with permissions.
Feature Discussion / Link rel="" values
Last post by Spuds -
There were a couple of discussions and an addon around this topic of using "nofollow" on external links

Things have changed since then, so I'm looking for input of how to progress.   I've been working on adding a feature to 2.0 which is along the lines of what the addon (linked above) does. The primary change is that "nofollow" is nothing more than a hint for search bots, and I think using "ugc" (User Generated Content), is what we should add, by default, to all links.  Currently links have no "nofollow" restrictions at all.

Here is what Google says about these

rel="ugc"  - We recommend marking user-generated content (UGC) links, such as comments and forum posts, with the ugc value. If you want to recognize and reward trustworthy contributors, you might remove this attribute from links posted by members or users who have consistently made high-quality contributions over time.

rel="nofollow" - Use the nofollow value when other values don't apply, and you'd rather Google not associate your site with, or crawl the linked page from, your site. For links within your own site, use the robots.txt disallow rule.

You can also combine values like rel="nofollow ugc"

The question is what are we trying (or thinking) to accomplish? You can read the various articles and its "experts" trying to guess what Google / etc. is actually doing, while pretending that they know !

The 2.0 update I'm working on
  • Adds "ugc" to all link tags. 
  • A permission to allowing setting a links to "follow", essentially remove the "usg"  TBH I feel this is a bit clumsy as you have to know to how to use the bbc url code to set this value, as such I really don't see it being used?
  • A simple allowList, so if the link is to a preferred site it removes the "usg", this feels clean.

I'm interested in your thoughts on the permissions thing.  To use it you need to use a new variant of [url] and then the software needs to make sure you are allowed to use that.  In my experience special codes are not used, maybe you have a different experience.  Using an allowList seems easy for the admin to set sites you want to be affiliated with, so that makes sense to me.

Thoughts, comments, other directions, leave it alone :D