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Old Apr-27-2009, 3:13 PM
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Exclamation Fan Forum Upgrade DONE!

This weekend the Fan Forum will be upgraded to the latest revision.

The upgrade will take place on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 2:00PM EDT/11:00AM PDT/7:00PM GMT/8:00PM CET. The Fan Forum will be unavailable for approximately 3 hours during that time.

Once the upgrade is complete and depending on your web browser and it's setttings, you may find yourself logged out. If this is the case for you, then simply login again using your Username & Password and if unchecked, select the "Remember Me" option, so that you won't have to do it again.

It's a huge update from our standpoint, as it's been over 2 years since the last one.

From your end, you'll notice some subtle differences with such things such as the PM Editor (private messages), an updated version of the built-in "YouTube" link where you can easily view selected videos by Glenn and related artists. There is also a new "Share" facility that you will see when viewing every thread, which will allow you to automatically post a link to it on the Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Digg, del.icio.us and Google social networks.

You'll also see some changes when viewing other Member's profiles. You'll now be able to strike up conversations with them via their profile by sending them a "visitor message". These will be public, so almost the opposite to a private message! You'll also be able to create a list of "Friends", which will come in handy, for example, when wanting to send multiple receipients an identical private message.

Finally, the Monthly CHAT will now be totally incorporated into the Fan Forum. When active, it will be clearly visible within the main sections of the Fan Forum (so no excuses for not seeing it)! However, you will need to be a Member and logged in to participate. Guests (lurkers) will only be able to view! More on this piece of the upgrade in a later post that will come nearer to the next scheduled Monthly Chat.

Hope you enjoy the upgrade! Will post again when it's completed on Sunday.
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Old May-01-2009, 2:48 PM
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Just a reminder, the Fan Forum will be offline for around 3 hours this Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00PM EDT /
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Cool Upgraded

The upgrade to the Fan Forum is now complete, as is the system maintainence. It took a while longer than expected, but is now all done!

During the upgrade we also deleted a bunch of inactive accounts. For any of those effected, simply re-register and then actively post please

The upgrade brings us a few minor cosmetic changes, in addition to some new features.

First off, now if you ever paste a YouTube link into a message, it will now automatically be transposed into a playable video window! Previously and still active, you had to use the YT tags to wrap around the link. In addition, we've revamped the YouTube section (see the link on the navigation bar above). This allows you to watch a selection of HD and HQ videos from Glenn and related artists. You can then take the BB Code from them and paste it into your postings.


As for the cosmetic changes, you'll notice we have added the time to postings, so it is now most important you have the correct timezone set up in your "User CP" (user control panel)!


You'll also now notice some icons in the main Forum display. These allow you to quickly discover new posts, create new threads, mark each forum as read and also easily subscribe to a particular forum.


Also, you'll notice in the main navigation bar, a link called, "Community", this holds shortcuts to the main Members List, as well as the Top 20, plus a Members World Map, plus your Contacts & Friends, formerly known as "Buddies"!


We've also added a new Social Networking toolbar which displays at the end of each Thread. This allows you to easily share threads across your social network of choice, such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and a host of others! Just click the icon of your choice and it'll have you sharing threads amongst your friends elsewhere in no time!!


Plus each persons Member Profile page has been revamped, you'll notice it has a different layout and contains some additional items. Feel free to experiment


Other than that, things are very much the same. If you're confused by something or just need a hand, feel free to contact us.

Finally, we have also now incorporated a new CHAT program into the Fan Forum. Although not as feature rich as previous editions, it will be more than adequate for our needs. You will need to be a Fan Forum Member in order to participate - although guests (lurkers) can view! We'll go into it more closer to the time of the next CHAT, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 24th. Meantime, see below for a a sneak peak. As you can see...if you are in the forums, you're not going to miss that a CHAT is going on!


So we hope you like things...it took longer than expected to get it all done this time, but we feel it was well worth it!

Cheers,
David & Shirean
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