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User control panel changes.

Posted November 1st, 2008 at 02:15 AM by Ausaudriel
Updated November 1st, 2008 at 11:28 AM by Ausaudriel (Fixing link. >:C)

Haruki Hanai and I talked about how the User CP could be improved and came up with a few things I want to share. :D It's all already implemented (though a bit of it will probably be changed), so you can check it out by visiting your User CP.

First thing you'll probably notice is the new "splash" box at the very top. The main reason we decided to put that there was because of how empty and useless the "main page" of the User CP is for new members, people who don't use subscribed threads / forums, and so on. It's basically just a blank page.

To make it easier for new members to understand a lot of what they can do on PC, we wanted some of the more common areas of the User CP to get more attention and also explain a bit about what you do on them.

The next thing we changed is the left-hand navigation menu. With the upgrade to vBulletin 3.7 it became very disorganized and cluttered and had useless links. We changed it so that:
  • The "Social Groups" link was removed, it's now placed in the Community Shortcuts menu where Community Sites used to be listed.
  • The Edit Avatar, Edit Signature, and Profile Picture options were moved from the "Settings & Options" menu to the "Your Profile" menu, because it makes much more sense to put them there.
  • The Pictures & Albums and Conacts & Friends options were moved to the Your Profile menu, for the same reasons stated above.
  • Because of the last two changes, the "Networking" menu was removed for being totally useless. :D
Lastly, we added the thumbnailed style switcher to the User CP in Setting & Options -> Switch Forum Style. Right now it uses the same temporary cookie-based method, but later on we'll make it so that it updates your choice in the database and makes it permanent, as though you were to do it from the "Edit Options" page.

I thiiiiink that's it. Hopefully it'll make the page friendlier. :>

(The splash box will be collapsible soon, and the white boxes are being replaced with icons for each option.)
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    Hiroshi Sotomura's Avatar
    Only further proof that plugins are amazing stuff. :>
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 02:45 AM by Hiroshi Sotomura Hiroshi Sotomura is online now
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    Avey's Avatar
    Haha. Deadly.

    Thanks, you two. It looks so much more organised now.
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 03:10 AM by Avey Avey is offline
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    Eon-Rider's Avatar
    It looks kind of ugly in my opinion but I guess I'll have to deal with it. =X
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 04:25 AM by Eon-Rider Eon-Rider is offline
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    Hiroshi Sotomura's Avatar
    Icon making was fun. Definitely want to do it again. (If you choose to add an "Edit Signatures" option, signature.png is already uploaded.)
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 04:52 AM by Hiroshi Sotomura Hiroshi Sotomura is online now
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    Cherrim's Avatar
    I like it, but the link to it in your blog entry is borked. D;
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 08:46 AM by Cherrim Cherrim is offline
 

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