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Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 12:30pm UTC)
All user forums have just been upgraded to the latest version of our forum software. There are 3 key changes which we have made, 2 of which were based directly on the suggestions of this support community:
  • Template Control of Welcome Table
    The "Welcome Table" refers to the top of the forum where it normally shows the forum name/banner, menu buttons and private messaging information. It is the part of the forum which is most often customized or altered. We've now given forum admins template control of this area. This means you can modify the HTML code which builds this part of the forum, the same way as you already can for the Info Center, Mini-Profile and other areas. To use this, just go to your admin panel, click "Manage Templates" and then use the "Create Template" controls.
    While you're there, you may notice that you can also change the template for "Posts" too - this refers to the part of the forum which displays messages like these. It's not customized as often but this template control should make it easier to do so if you desire.

  • Bots Online
    This enables you to see which search engines / spiders are currently looking at your forum or which have done so in the past 24 hours. They are displayed below users online in the info-center. If you have a custom info center template then you may need to manually add in the new template tags which show this information. On the default template, the bots information is only shown to staff members.

  • [staff], [member] and [guest] UBBC Tags - Post Notes
    These enable you to control who can see parts of a post. It's great for encouraging guests to login/register and there's loads of uses for giving information only to staff members. You have complete control over the styling of these hidden texts and (with a little bit of code) can automatically replace hidden messages with a note - such as one telling guests they need to login to see a member note.
    Register to see the secret members message

In addition to these we have fixed a number of bugs on the system and have made many smaller adjustments which should improve usability.

If you do find a bug then please let us know via the bugs board. If you have any questions or comments then please post away {Smile}

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 1:59pm UTC)
If it were possible I'd fall in love with you already again.

Whoa. I guess it is possible!





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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 2:16pm UTC)
{Shocked} you said "test". Sorry, did you not want members to know that? {Cool}

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 2:17pm UTC)


What if a post just contains a staff ubbc... surely it'll seem empty to people? {Unsure}
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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 2:19pm UTC)
 


What if a post just contains a staff ubbc... surely it'll seem empty to people? {Unsure}


CSS/JS can be used to replace the hidden information with a message of some sort {Smile}

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 2:58pm UTC)


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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 3:38pm UTC)
How would the tags be customized?

Edit: After looking at page source this is what I find:

Code:
 
  1. .staff_note { display: block; border: 1px solid #E3170D; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 4px; }
  2. .guest_note { display: block; border: 2px solid #fefefe; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 4px; }
  3. .member_note { display: block; border: 2px dashed #fefefe; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 4px; }
  4. .guest_note.hidden { display: none; }
 


What is .hidden?

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 4:22pm UTC)
.hidden is if it's hidden from certain people. Ie. a Guest viewing a staff's note or a member's note {Smile}
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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 7:44pm UTC)
Can it be used with staff notes and member notes? Like .staff_note.hidden or .member_note.hidden?

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 11:14pm UTC)
 
Can it be used with staff notes and member notes? Like .staff_note.hidden or .member_note.hidden?


As far as I know, yes. I haven't explored it completely yet. {Smile}
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Re: Greater Template Control & More (18th Jan 10 at 11:37pm UTC)
I just tested it on my forum and it works!

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (19th Jan 10 at 10:33am UTC)
Nice updates! {Grin} I'll be looking forward to use these!

For the UBBC tags, would it be possible to have something added like [member=wrighty] Wrighty see's only. [/member] and [staff=admin] Ross see's only. [/staff]

I know, it sounds like PM's, but in an RP it could be for secret attacks, or a secret thing for only that person. Sort of like how walkie talkies work. {Smile}

The only bad thing I see is, someone could quote the post, and see what that person has said. like:
 
[staff]ross is a meanie

[guest]its true

ross rules[/guest]

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Re: Greater Template Control & More (19th Jan 10 at 12:08pm UTC)
 
The only bad thing I see is, someone could quote the post, and see what that person has said. like:


http://support.virtualforums.co.uk/board/bugs/topic/29769/action/view_topic/quoting-posts-using-tags {Wink}



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Re: Greater Template Control & More (19th Jan 10 at 2:03pm UTC)
 
 
The only bad thing I see is, someone could quote the post, and see what that person has said. like:


http://support.virtualforums.co.uk/board/bugs/topic/29769/action/view_topic/quoting-posts-using-tags {Wink}




Cool. {Grin}

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