As my username suggests, I'm the server guy and have been leading the upgrade and other optimizations of FSUniverse. I have been reading your feedback and making appropriate changes as I go along. In this thread, I will detail the changes and will ideally be able to get constructive feedback on how I can make the forums better for you.
So, you may have noticed that FSU went through a major upgrade a few days ago and this has drastically improved performance and reduced load on the server which is a major plus for everyone. But with this upgrade were tons of changes which some may be great while others not so great. It's my job to make sure everything is in tip top shape and you are browsing this forum at it's best.
As with every upgrade, new features are introduced. Well in this upgrade, quite a lot have come along including a new editor, auto saving of unfinished posts, better performance, better mobile styles, that sort of thing. There's basically too many to list and you'll find them as you go along. I remember reading someone seeing the new notification about Reputation comments and how that's useful.
Another new addition by me is an improved mobile browsing experience from the palm of your hands. Right now, I have implemented three different methods of mobile browsing.
First up is Forum Runner support iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. You'll be able to browse the forum with Forum Runner, a dedicated application, that lets you browse on the go without having to fiddle with a desktop style.
Second is Tapatalk. Similar to Forum Runner but supports a lot more platforms including iDevices, Android, Blackberry and Google Chrome. Yes! If you install the Tapatalk Notifier to Google Chrome, you'll be alerted when you receive a new Private Message. Other than that, it's a dedicated application for browsing the forums, like Forum Runner but has a wider platform library.
Thirdly, is the Mobile Style. Browse from any mobile device (or PC if you fancy) with a dedicated mobile style optimized for low bandwidth use and works great on touch screen phones. It incorporates many features from the main forum so you're not really losing out either.
vBulletin 3 Style
Yes, many of you asked for it when I had a look around. You didn't like the change and thought it looked like many other vBulletin 4 boards. I have now brought back the vBulletin 3 style and it is the default style again. It looks slightly different to match with the changes that were brought along with vBulletin 4. The lips will also be brought back once they are adjusted for the new style, bare with me
A solution has also been put in place to put an end or at least slowdown spammers by a great deal. Over the next few days, we'll be observing how this is working and I'm sure many of you will appreciate this change.
Over the next few days you'll be seeing new things around the site and also new systems being incorporated to ensure the smooth running of the site. New services have been implemented to improve performance, less database load and other techy things and you should be benefiting from these changes.
The whole purpose of this thread is basically to inform you of some new things and to get your feedback. For instance, do you want to see something in particular on the site? Don't like a certain aspect? Or anything else? Leave a comment and me or Sharpie will get back to you.