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IP.Board 3.1.0 Development News

Laurel resting isn't an activity we do at IPS and we're all very hard at work on IP.Board 3.1.0 now that we've finished primary development on our suite of applications. We've got lots of exciting things planned and progress has already been made on a few key features.

As an early Christmas present to our community and to continue our honest and open development, I wanted to show you one of our already completed 3.1.0 features:

Enhanced Status Updates
During the latter stages of IP.Board 3.0.0's development, we added in very basic status updates in users profiles that was further enhanced by the index page sidebar hook. We've seen this feature get a lot of use on our own community and we wanted to take it to the next logical step and allow archived statuses and status replies.

There is a new tab in a member's profile for recent status updates and recent status actions.



As one would expect, this is all handled via Ajax with normal post operations for those who do not have javascript enabled. Replies appear instantly, comments are deleted instantly and even status updates are removed instantly. See it in action below:



There is also a new page for all status updates:



You can even receive email notification on any replies to your statuses or any replies to statuses you've replied to:



This takes a minor feature and gives it a little more focus and should help increase traffic between user profiles and give more of a social feel to your bulletin board.

Your status can also be updated automatically from Facebook if you are using Facebook connect.

As always, please keep in mind these are early preview screenshots and may change between now and the first public release of IP.Board 3.1.0. As always, we'd love to know what you think.
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[quote name='Kotonoha' date='23 December 2009 - 01:22 PM']
Is that little thing in the bottom right corner for resizing the text area and if so is that replacing the increase/decrease editor size buttons everywhere else too?



I think it's a browser feature.

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Haha, I was teasing Matt about the "like" feature before he even posted this, as I was sure someone would request it.

One thing we were curious about - what does everything think about the layout? There was some concern that it would seem too similar to Facebook's layout, but on the other hand it's actually adapted from the profile comments screen with some space compression applied to make things more compact. The fact that it looks similar to Facebook's layout is due to a lack of any natural and good-working alternatives. Just curious what people's thoughts are - if anyone has suggestions on how to change it's visual look, or if it looks good as is (generally speaking)?

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@bfarber:

What strikes me straight away is the input boxes. The actual status input box is smaller than the status comments boxes. Seems a bit strange to do it that way, but perhaps its just me.

The thing I'd probably change first anyway is the background colours of the statuses. Maybe alternate them row1, row2 with a 1px border between them. Similar to comments on the blog. Then, do something similar with the comments.

You get the idea. That helps distinguish between things.

I'd probably then add the profile popup icons next to members names (125437-zepher).

Something else that could possibly be done… Notifications. Maybe add a new 'Message' count to the profile picture in the top-right that indicates comments on statuses. Will mean that if you have emails off, makes things a bit easier to find.

Otherwise, I don't really see how else it can be changed. Without making it look like a topic on it's own accord.. you can't do a lot with it.

Status (row1)

|-- Comment (row2)

|-- Comment (row2 altrow)

|-- Comment (row2)

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Status (row2)

|-- Comment (row1)

|-- Comment (row1 altrow)
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[quote name='Ditchmonkey' date='23 December 2009 - 04:38 PM']
I'm a little underwhelmed on this one. Nobody uses status updates on my forum. Hoping that significant updates will be announced that are related to core forum functionality. Are we going to get tags in 3.1 or not?

I'm sure there is more in the pipeline. Releasing a new version with just ONE new feature won't exactly go down well. :rolleyes:

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Looks good--status updates are used heavily on my forum so I'm sure my users will appreciate this additional functionality. It does look quite a bit like Facebook, but I don't think anyone's going to complain about that. :)

..Al

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[quote name='Lewis P' date='23 December 2009 - 08:56 AM']
I'm sure there is more in the pipeline. Releasing a new version with just ONE new feature won't exactly go down well. :rolleyes:


I know there is more coming, but everyone was hyped up about the announcement we would get before xmas and I'm hoping this isn't all we are going to get before the holidays.

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[quote name='Ditchmonkey' date='23 December 2009 - 05:14 PM']
I know there is more coming, but everyone was hyped up about the announcement we would get before xmas and I'm hoping this isn't all we are going to get before the holidays.

I'd stick my neck out and say that at least 80% of 'core' IP.Board users will enjoy having this enhancement, it is fairly big if you think of it - it is a massive step forward to full social networking that has been a long requested feature by many users.

Saying that though, I can see where this would be a let down for people as it's not a major forum feature that they may want such as tagging and this might be something that is a minor enhancement or possibly seen as a waste of development time.

It all depends on the type of forum you run really. If you run a social-based community or one with a tight-knit core user base, this is going to be great for you. If you run a corporate or business forum, you might not want this as it has no relation to what you want to achieve.

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