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Old January 2nd, 2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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Name: Ben
Join Date: May 22, 2004
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Here's a summarized list of features and improvements that 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.

Kiros || Ben

Happiness is not about being perfect.
It is about seeing beyond the imperfections.

Last edited by Kiros; January 2nd, 2009 at 10:58 AM.
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