Hey everybody! I'm proud to announce a huge site update after months of work and testing. Work on this began after Expo and has been an almost full time job for me (mostly made possible thanks to all your donations, for which I'm very grateful)!
This site update focusses on three things: the Marketplace, forum post functionality and site performance.
As for the Marketplace, the changes are so many that it deserves it's own topic and I've asked my brother Martijn to write about this. Check out his topic here!
As for forum post functionality, I have changed the way the thumbs system works. The thumbs up and thumbs down feature has been renamed to upvote/downvote. It no longer only functions as a way to (dis)agree with someone but now also serves as a way to say "hey, that's a great post" or to show your dismay about a post too. The popout showing upvotes/downvotes was completely re-designed to not block the post content anymore.
The TILTing system has been retired. It has been replaced with a more simple way of keeping NSFW (not safe for work) and NFF (not family friendly) images off your screen if you choose it to do so. I emphasise this last bit because a lot of people still seem to think that getting images marked as NSFW is a bad thing. It's not. It's just a common courtesy thing where Pinsiders tell other Pinsiders "hey, that particular image might not be suitable for display at your workplace, living room or whatever". It's your own choice if Pinside renders these images on your screen. Turn off the filter in your settings and you'll see everything. Or set it to 1, 2, 3 etc required warnings to get Pinside to hide it (with an option to unhide it if you feel "safe" enough to do so, e.g. the kids or co-workers are not around). It's our way of having the best of both worlds: a safe site, but still the freedom to post the occasional "hot" picture.
I have made a lot of UI improvements too. In the forum, you'll notice a lot of refinements and a cool new "posting histogram" at the top of a topic, indicating posting behaviour over time. Also check out the site search re-design. And the events page, the archive pages and of course the marketplace section. Or -one of the most used pages on the site- the PinsideMail page.
Speaking of PinsideMail. You'll be happy to hear that replying via e-mail will now mark all messages in the thread you're replying to as "read".
Some stuff was removed for this update. You'll miss the top 10 thumbs up and top 10 posters on the left side of the forum frontpage. This was removed as we work on a more sensible way of awarding good forum participation. So it will be back in another forum update. It's just that post count or thumbs count alone does not make much sense, it's about what you post. This ratio-based approach is still undergoing development.
The list of "Pinsiders Inside" (who's online) is no longer being loaded all the time. This was causing quite a bit of stress on the frontpage load time. It is now behind a click under the big online count box on the forum frontpage. I have also added guests online in that section. Not everyone is logged in and it's fun to see how many guests there are too.
There's plenty of other changes to the site, but in good tradition I've not kept a changelog. So if you find something else that has changed, post below!