So, some users may have noticed a few minor changes to the forums in the past week or so, particularly over the past couple of days. Basically I’ve been busy at work trying to make the forum a little better in my spare time. Rather than note these individually with their own thread, I’ve decided to collected them all into one thread for the moment:
New Theme - Nightmode for the forums
If you haven’t checked it out already, nightmode has come to the forums. You can change over to it by using the hamburger menu (the three lines next to your icon in the top right), or by going to your preferences, selecting interface, and picking Dark Theme from the drop down menu. If you have thoughts about, either good or bad, I’d like to hear them. If anything is difficult to see, please @me so I can fix it. (I’ve checked for problems with color blindness with my usual tool, but that doesn’t mean I’ve caught everything.) Additionally, If there’s enough clamor for a certain other color schemes, I can add more too.
PM vs DM - Fixing some confusion
I’ve gone in and renamed references to Private Messages (and personal messages) to Direct Messages, to help with some confusion about how messaging on the forums work. Note that is not a policy change, but is instead just a minor text change to help avoid confusion about who can see messages. (If you notice references to private or personal message in the UI, please take a screenshot and tell me, and I’ll fix it.)
Trust Levels - Making the forums a little safer
A couple of minor changes have been made to trust levels. Most notably the Regular badge has become slightly easier to earn (so, if you’ve randomly earned the Regular badge in the last couple of days, it was probably my doing).
This is also going to be paired with a revamp of trust levels in the next week or two. Most notably, Trust Level 2 (Member) is going become a fair bit easier to earn, but will also become the minimum level for Direct Messages. This means that if you currently do not have it, you should make sure to meet it’s requirements if you can if you want to keep using messages.
Additonally, I’m looking for new names for the New > Basic > Member > Regular > Leader tiles. If you have any ideas, please feel free to note them.
New Emojie - New Pride flags and emojis with more coming soon
Finally, I’ve recently found I can add emojis, and with that in mind, I’ve decided I’m going to start adding some pride flags to the emoji set for Pride. Currently my planned list is: Trans Flag , Infinity Heart (Polyamory) , Nonbinary Flag , Asexual (Ace) Flag , Pansexual (Pan) Flag , Intersex Flag , Bisexual Flag , Aromantic Flag , Lesbian Flag , Demiguy Flag , Demigirl Flag , and possibly others (if you want me to include one, tell me). Note that I’m planning on making these myself (so that they remain in the same style as the EmojiOne set).
Notably, all of these are changes that I’ve personally been implementing, so if you notice problems with any of them, please @me, send me a DM, or send me an email (Rachel at ChoiceOfGames), and I’ll look into it as soon as I have a second to do so.