Spring is in the air and today the Pinside launches to "version 2.5", with a bunch of new features and UI improvements:
- Much requested, our PinsideMail system has been redesigned pretty much from the ground up. Messages are now displayed as threads and you can archive or delete threads (also in batch, hey, this is 2012, right? )
- The forum search now uses Google for our searching needs. I admit it, Google is much better at search than any database query I could ever write.
- The top bar shows some cool Pinball photos to emphasis this is a pinball site!
- You probably already noticed on the forum home page: Pinside now keeps track of the threads you visit and when you last visited them, allowing us to show you when threads are updated with shiny badges .
- We now use our own mail server for sending out e-mails.
- In the forum, thread view, I have added shortcuts to each Pinsider's backbox (info, pm, posts) - simply hover your mouse over someone's backbox and see.
- New events section allowing everyone to post events on the site!
- Shopout photos category added. You can now upload your shopout photos to the site, via the same mechanism you already know: the upload tab on a machine's archive page. This also lead me to re-design the images section (some games had so many photos that page loads would take forever)
- Loads o' small improvements and bug fixes.
- Anti-spam measures for the forum - all links in posts from "new" members now get a ref=nofollow. If you don't know what this means than this won't change a thing for you but hopefully the site will attract less spammers!
Everything has been tested pretty well, but as always, bugs are probably present! And hopefully more easily found by the bunch of you instead of the few beta testers that helped me (thanks for your help).
One more thing... Today also launches the BETA of Pinside Post Ratings. See that little popbumper icon at the top right of this post? Move your mouse over it and you'll get the idea: a system to rate the quality of posts on the Pinside as well as a mechanism to mark posts as "unsafe". This system is currently in BETA and any feedback on it is appreciated!