Yes hello, this is your lover and friend, acostoss momo poodle. I am here to explain some of the changes, how they affect the site, how everyone is to conduct themselves, and collect bug reports and suggestions.
Boards and Tags, Bags and Toards
First off, you may notice that boards are gone. Copied from the linked blog post:
A more refined tag system built from the ground up. Tags replace boards, or boards replace tags, or maybe they simply merge: thing is, a thread can belong to many tags, and each tag has a special page which is customizable by the tag creator: You can specify a description and a better name for the tag, special text shown in the sidebar (great place for rules, or notices!), and a thumbnail.
Basically, everyone makes tags, the most popular ones go to the top bar. Remember to make sure they follow the tag guidelines, though!
Gravatars and Emails
There has been a bit of confusion surrounding these. As it stands, when we ported the user db, all accounts were sent a confirmation email to the email account they used when signing up for the old site. To get your Gravatar working on this site, you need to confirm your email address by clicking the link that was sent to it. After doing that, you can go to your settings page and "Defaultize" it. Whichever email is set to Default becomes the email to which all mention emails are sent, and the one that decides what Gravatar you use. This makes it easy to manage many emails and shift between Gravatars on-the-fly.
Likes and Helpful Posts;Uses
Another new feature is the addition of a Rep system, via Likes and Helpful Posts. By liking a thread, or marking a post as helpful, you provide the poster with Rep. This rep is not shown, but you can see how they stack up to others on their profile. This allows for a couple things, some planned, and some already implemented. You can sort threads by their popularity, and, later one, we will be offering badges and possibly even features to highly-repped users.
Probably one of my favorites, we can all sort the forum as we'd like. You can sort by Popularity, which takes the age of the thread, how many replies it has, and how liked it is into account when stacking it up against other thread. This ensures we have the best-of-the-best on the front page.
If you don't like this, we still have the old, standard thread sorting available, where the last bumped thread is at the top.
The third style of sorting just takes the newest threads andputs them at the top. It doesn't factor in posts, popularity, or anything. Think of it as being akin to a Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook Timeline.
Notifications, Notification Emails, and Replies
Another feature I will be using often has do do with Notifications. A little notification message pops up when you are PM'd or mentioned. If you have it enabled in your settings, an email will also be set to your "Default" email address. The nifty thing is, if you reply to that email, it will automatically post that to the thread in which you were mentioned. If it is from a PM, it will automatically reply to that PM with the text in the email. When doing this, though, be sure to remove all other reply text in the email box. It will be sent with your post, if you do not.
Posts and Ownership
All threads are independent of their child posts. That is to say, if I remove this thread, all replies to it are still possible to link to and view.
Thread makers can lock and unlock their own threads.
Polls are also independant of threads. You can shift between many polls, or remove them from a thread altogether, all while still retaining the same poll. This also means you can have the same poll in 5 threads at once!
Attachments and ALL THE THINGS
You can now upload images to the site, again. You can also view an overview of everything you have uploaded or made, including threads, posts, badges(if your userClass permits it), pages (again, userClass permitting), and polls.
There is actually much more, much that isn't really worth saying. Little optimizations, tiny bugs fixed, and a ton of decisions made during the development of the site. If there is anything you are unsure or confused about, ask about it in this thread.
AND IF YOU FIND A BUG PLEASE EMAIL IT TO email@example.com INSTEAD OF MAKING A NEW THREAD ABOUT IT.
-- added by Trev