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Ideas for 3.3
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grimmeissen


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Posted: 4/24/2009 12:21:54 PM

Because there have been a lot of requests for different features lately, I'm going to go ahead and get started on version 3.3 only a few months after 3.2 was released. I have no idea of a timeline for finishing it at this point, I'm mainly just gathering ideas.

If you have any requests, go ahead and mention them and maybe they'll get in. Below are some of the things I've been considering so far.

  • Password retrieval system
  • Allow member photos to be uploaded and attached directly to topics/replies
  • Format buttons for applying forum codes
  • Smilies
  • Polls
  • Potentially allow reverse ordering of replies
  • Better Integration of security-enabled forums/topics (show or hide in Active Topics, Latest Topics, Search, etc.)
  • File attachments on replies
  • Show a user's "Online" or "Offline" status next to their posts if active in less than 10 minutes
  • "Jump To Last Post" button
  • Potentially allow a timezone offset for servers in different timezones than the users want
  • Make the file uploads for topics easier to understand and implement
  • Horizontal rule between message and signature
  • Add "Last Post" link to the forum statistics
  • Bold or highlight posts that have been posted since a user's last visit
  • Support for PostgreSQL database engine

    This doesn't necessarily mean all of these will get in the next release. It's just something I'll be working off of and I'll include the important ones and the ones I have time for. For example, polls have been on my list for the past three updates, but have always gotten cut because of time constraints. I may make them a priority in this release.
  • evandixon


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    Join Date: 3/18/2009
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    Posted: 4/25/2009 9:17:09 AM

    Could you add special forum ranks, so the image displayed could be different, and same with permissions?
    Example:
    Admin wants to have moderators and friends able to upload custom avatars, while regular users can't, and have a different image displayed above the title, so right now, the admin must create a new rank that users earn if they have posted 2147483647 posts, then set that user to use that rank.

    Please make a special rank system so that is not nessesary, or better yet, give special permissions to certain users.

    -evandixon
    solamar


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    Join Date: 4/2/2009
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    Posted: 4/26/2009 10:56:03 PM

    Here's an idea, or two.. Featured Topics, love'm, I think some extra features to it would be really cool..

    1. Options to disable body text all together for featured topics. So only the featured topic title is displayed. Saves valued space front on page. :D

    2. Add a DMG Forum Code that allows someone creating a Featured topic to [Feature]Ecapsulate the exact text to be displayed in the feature [/Feature] :) to make sure if body text is shown, it shows exactly what needs to be displayed.

    Was just working with features today, so those two things came up. ;)

    solamar


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    Posted: 4/26/2009 11:22:11 PM

    Idea's for Photo Gallery. Add basic resizing of image to the size of the window. I've seen some places, through java script and css, do some amazing things with images.

    evandixon


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    Posted: 5/29/2009 2:24:50 PM

    Quote:
    Quoted From solamar:
    1. Options to disable body text all together for featured topics. So only the featured topic title is displayed. Saves valued space front on page. :D


    The easy alternative is to set the maximum displayed characters to 0.

    -evandixon
    grimmeissen


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    Posted: 5/29/2009 10:06:14 PM

    Quote:
    Quoted From evandixon:

    The easy alternative is to set the maximum displayed characters to 0.


    This is correct. The functionality can already be achieved by putting Chars=0 in the [FeaturedTopics] code.
    empkey2


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    Join Date: 2/20/2008
    Posts: 74

    Posted: 6/1/2009 4:42:05 PM

    A problem of developing DMG forums app is in system analysis and design. I have reorganized much in database and objects hierarchical structures in my current version of DMG forums sw but am not sure if I have made it correct. It is interesting if we have a (B/W) board to discuss about the problem.
    It is unfortunately that this is a mission impossible. :(




    solamar


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    Posted: 6/7/2009 1:52:19 PM

    Quote:
    Quoted From grimmeissen:

    This is correct. The functionality can already be achieved by putting Chars=0 in the [FeaturedTopics] code.



    Nope. When I do that, it's displays ALL text. Not sure why.


    Jay


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    Posted: 6/28/2009 11:56:07 PM

    A Calendar would be great

    solamar


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    Posted: 7/6/2009 2:17:05 PM

    Would like the ability to replace the [Edit] [Delete] [Reply] buttons when viewing a list of messages in a forum with Icons/Image buttons..

    evandixon


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    Posted: 7/7/2009 1:40:18 PM

    May be to make it easy to get suggestions, you can look at phpBB, vBulliten, and YetAnotherForum.Net, to adopt some of their features.


    -evandixon
    grimmeissen


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    Posted: 7/8/2009 11:58:07 AM

    One thing I try to keep in mind when building out newer versions is that I want the forums to remain simple. Some of the more advanced options that the other forums provide begin to make the software more complex than I want it. They are better options for the full-featured setup, but I want DMG to remain lightweight, fast, and simple.

    I need to take a closer look at the Chars=0 situation for solamar. Could be a bug there that will need to be correced in the next release.
    solamar


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    Posted: 7/13/2009 5:13:52 PM

    Thanks Grimmeissen,

    Appreciate you taking a look..

    As to the features, I'm sure there is a middle ground.. Maybe make it easier for us power forum users to mod the forums.. Not sure how much control on that front you'd be willing to release though.

    At the very least, add a spell checker a basic formating buttons, I suck at spelling. :D

    I did end up adding Googles Spell Check and basic formatting buttons(Bold, Underline, Italic and Left,Center,Right) to the quick reply box.

    Works fairly well for a cross-eyed hack job from someone like me. :)

    grimmeissen


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    Posted: 7/13/2009 8:24:08 PM

    Thanks for the comments. The format buttons are definitely coming in the next release. That's something I've needed to add for a long while and I don't think it overly complicates things at all. I'm not sure on a spell checker, though, because it would require integrating a third-party program, however, if you would be kind enough to post a tutorial on how you integrated it yourself I'm sure it would help others greatly.
    grimmeissen


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    Posted: 7/13/2009 8:29:56 PM

    Quote:
    Quoted From solamar:

    Would like the ability to replace the [Edit] [Delete] [Reply] buttons when viewing a list of messages in a forum with Icons/Image buttons..


    Forgot to reply to this post also. As of now you would need to get into the aspx to actually apply an image to these buttons, but one interesting thing you can do is format them using CSS. Maybe a good background or color scheme will spice them up.

    The CSS class is .dmgbuttons in the Custom HTML Design Layout CSS section.
    empkey2


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    Join Date: 2/20/2008
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    Posted: 7/16/2009 3:19:21 PM

    multi-language support!

    This feature will tackle the multi-language problem that many forums apps are facing with.

    For example, http://board.histats.com/ has also multi-language forums but not good at all. :)




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