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Kiros
January 2nd, 2009, 10:47 AM
Here's a summarized list of features and improvements that VirtualTeen.org has adopted since we switched to a virtual private server with a new host.


Massive overhaul of attachment settings (see below)
Revamped user album settings (see below)
Revamped avatar and profile picture settings (see below)
Over 100 predefined avatars have been added. We used to have none
No more "Server Busy" messages - ever
All thumbnails now have a quality of 85%. Their quality used to be 75%
Users browsing each forum/thread will now be shown within the area to everyone. It used to be disabled for guests
Thread ratings now must have at least 2 votes to show an actual rating. This option was overlooked in the past
Max character limit for PMs went from 10,000 to 20,000
Max character limit for posts went from 50,000 to 10,000,000
Time limit between sending PMs went from 60 seconds to 45 seconds
Time limit between submitting new posts went from 30 seconds to 20 seconds
Time limit between requesting searches went from 90 seconds to 10 seconds
Automatic refresh of "Who's Online" went from 2 minutes to 1 minute
Chat room message fetching went from 3 seconds to 2 seconds
Shoutbox message fetching went from 6 seconds to 1 second
Maximum RSS requests went from 15 to 30
Immediate updating of read status for threads/forums is now enabled
Immediate update of view status of attachments is now enabled
Automatic database marking for thread/forum read status is now enabled (instead of using a cookie)
Daily emailed subscriptions to posts is now the default for new registrants
Member logged in session expiration went from 15 minutes to 30 minutes (good for typing long posts)
A couple more smilies were added to the posting area for convenience
Social bookmarking (like Digg and StumbleUpon) is now available for all public threads


Attachment File Sizes:

Plain Text (.log .txt .mid .midi) went from 200KB to 1024KB (1MB)
Rich Text (.doc .pdf .xls) went from 200KB to 2048KB (2MB)
Web Files (.css .htm .html .js .php) went from 40KB to 512KB
Compressed Files (.ace .gz .rar .zip) went from 200KB to 4096KB (4MB)
Standard Images (.gif .jpe .jpg .jpeg .png .tiff) went from 40KB to 1024KB (1MB)
High-Def Images (.bmp .psd) went from 40KB to 2048KB (2MB)


Attached Image Resolutions:

ALL images went from 800x600 to 1024x768 (in pixels)


New Attachment File Types:

Image Files: .tif
Plain Text Files: .c .cpp .h .reg .ini .muffin
Rich Text Files: .rtf
Web Files: .cgi .htaccess .shtml .xml
Compressed Files: .bz2 .gzip .tar


Other Attachment Settings:

Total diskspace allowance went from 512KB to 20480KB (20MB)
All file types now have a meaningful icon
Concurrent file uploads went from 5 to 7


Album Settings:

Maximum image resolution went from 800x600 to 1024x768 (in pixels)
Maximum image file size went from 64KB to 1024KB (1MB)
Maximum images in an album went from 10 to 25
Maximum images in total went from 10 to 50
Total diskspace allowance went from 1MB to 20MB


Avatar and Profile Picture Settings:

Maximum avatar resolution went from 100x100 to 120x120 (in pixels)
Maximum avatar file size went from 32KB to 50KB
Maximum profile picture file size went from 48KB to 70KB
Maximum profile picture resolution stayed 400x300 - definitely big enough


I encourage everyone to take advantage of these improved features. The server can finally handle it ;)

By the by, if anything changes by a moderate value in the future, an announcement will probably be posted.