Wowzers, another big update to the site. Does this guy ever sleep?
Off course not, there are things that are more important than sleeping, like
Okay, so you probably noticed some changes to the site header, the sharper logo and nicer big menu links. You did, didn't you?
We now have a site-wide search. Try it, it's the box on the top right of the screen, next to your user name (if you're logged in). It searches games, topics, pinsiders, locations all at once with links to each respective search engine for power-searching or viewing more results. I still have to add stories here.
The Top 100 section has gotten a makeover and is bigger and better than ever. The Bang for your Buck list is back (but really in test phase).
The Pinside Market has gotten a huge re-design. I'm now rendering ads in waterfall style and it is such a fun way to browse through classified ads. hope you like it too!
The Pinball Events page has also been updated and a calendar added. It still needs some tweaks in the design department, but it's a handy addition to that page, having a direct glance of upcoming pinball events for the next two months.
The forum has gotten a lot of performance tweaks and lots of design improvements. For example, topics lists now display the age of a thread, which I thought would be quite handy. There is now also an option to preview your posts or edits. I have also rounded the look of some icons, trying to make things feel more "pinball"
The "start new topic" page is completely re-designed, it should streamline topic creation but also help in avoiding duplicate topics when breaking news occur (remember those 6 topics when sad new reached us about Robin Williams?). You will now be shown recent topics that match your topic title, so you will spot it if a similar topic was already started.
The image uploader is now "lazy loading", which means faster loading pages in general. The uploader was also updated to support older browsers better (and iPads too).
Your Karma points may go up or down a little depending on your contributions because I have made some tweaks to points scoring. If they go up: lucky you! If they go down: sorry!
I have also brought in some new recruits on the smily front:
And of course Mr Pinball smily that is shown above (inspired by a smily I had seen on the Belgian Gameroom forum).
What else has changed? In all honesty, I have lost track. So I figured it would be fun if you guys would spot changes to the site.
And of course you can list the inevitable bugs you encounter here too. Please do so in a constructive way, by listing the steps it takes to replicate a bug and which browser+version you are on. This way I can fix bugs super-quick (I hope)!
Hope you all like this update!