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Monte

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Howdy loyal SB users,

Whether you’ve been with us since our 1st iteration in June 2015, or you’ve just joined the site for the 1st time, I would like to welcome you to the newest version, SB 3.0. Utilizing brand new Xenforo 2 software and a state of the art Ventiforo theme, we are proud to present to you the cutting edge of gaming discussion! You will likely notice a great many things have changed; we no longer have an on-site chat for starters. Instead, we will be utilizing a Discord server (right here). Since Discord is what many in the community already use to communicate, I felt it would be a waste of money to pay for a lousy chat app. Also, this way the discussion on site is completely focused on the forums. Another new feature is our brand new, custom Ventiforo theme. Each main forum now has its own background image (these will be updated periodocally) among other things. We are still working out some kinks in regards to the Banner on top and the color scheme, so please bear with us! I have also condensed all the general forums into subforums under “general”. This way, the site looks less cluttered and overwhelming, however you can still discuss anything you desire! Overall, users should find site functionality much smoother and quicker, with less annoying bloat and errors. I will list below all of the new features that came with our upgrade:

Greatly-enhanced mobile-friendly style

The new XenForo 2 style is the first thing you will notice in XF2. The entire style has been redesigned with a fresh new appearance, but also with mobile browsing at the forefront of the design. When the viewport shrinks, on-page content shrinks, shifts and reorganises itself automatically to optimise the browsing experience for small displays.

A sticky header automatically activates when the window is scrolled, allowing the most important navigation controls to remain available at all times.



Emoji support* 👏 ✍️

All textual content in XenForo 2 now supports emoji, from message text to forum titles.

Retina avatar and smilie support

Avatars and smilies now support high-DPI imagery, allowing for a crisp, high resolution display to match the text on displays that support 2x resolution graphics, such as Apple's retina displays.

Alerts in favicon

When new alerts or unread conversation messages are available, the site icon (shown in the browser title bar) will have a badge added to it, showing that there are items waiting to be viewed.



Member tooltip

XF1's member card has been replaced with a new member tooltip, which appears on the first click on a member's name. A further click will load the member's full profile page.



CSS transitions replace Javascript animations

Leveraging modern browser capabilities, almost all of the animations seen in XF2 make use of CSS transitions rather than Javascript animations, resulting in smoother, less processor-intensive transitions between states.

Attachments shown in previews

Content previews, such as those seen when hovering a thread title on the thread list page, now include attachments for a more complete and integrated preview experience.

What’s New and Find Threads

To aid in content discovery, XF2 includes a brand new 'What's new' system, which can fetch new content from all sources across the system, including threads and posts, profile posts, media items and resources.



Additionally, a new Find threads system provides quick links to unanswered threads (with no replies), threads you have started, and threads in which you have posted.



New media embedding features

The BB Code Media system has been significantly enhanced, and now supports embedding Facebook posts, Tweets, Instagram photos, Reddit posts and comments, Spotify and Soundcloud tracks, albums and playlists and a whole host of others. The integration of oEmbed support allows almost any media to be embedded simply by pasting a link to the media within a message.


Quick thread

Quick Thread is a brand new system for XF2. Above the list of threads on a forum page you will find a title entry box. Focusing this box and starting to type a thread title will load a quick message editor, in which you can post the content for the first post of your new thread. Hitting the save button will then post the thread, leaving you on the forum page rather than redirecting you to the thread page. This makes the process of creating a new simple thread extremely quick and easy.



Thread prompts

In conjunction with Quick thread, Thread prompts allow the title input box to display a configurable prompt, giving members a hint as to what kind of content they should be posting in any given forum. Multiple prompts may be defined and assigned to forums, and an applicable prompt will be selected at random to be displayed to the user when the page loads.

Keyboard shortcut system and enhanced keyboard navigation

XenForo 2 includes an easy method to assign keyboard shortcuts to commonly-used controls, such as searching and opening the alerts list. These shortcuts are defined with simple template edits, and allow for very rapid navigation with a keyboard. Additionally, the system can determine whether the user is currently using touch, mouse or keyboard navigation at any given time, and will highlight the currently-selected link or control appropriately when keyboard navigation is enabled, while hiding the selection when using touch or mouse methods

Finally, we have a brand new staff team as well. I will still be in charge of all forum operations, but I’ve hired a couple new admins @Skullzi and @JustDom, and some new moderators @Wolfensanity @Ríkharður Árnason @Kraze. Exciting times are ahead!
 

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