As part of the upgrade comes a new update to the forum software. This has required a new style for the system. Rather than building one from scratch, which took me 2-3 weeks the first time around, I have decided to use a freely available one. It fits reasonably well with our styling and has the added advantage of being responsive to screen size. So it re-works the forum to automatically fit on phone screens and other smaller devices. We’ve updated the forum post that explains what the button graphics are here:What are the button graphics?
The new software gives some increased functionality; for instance when you load the forum it will notify you if anybody has replied to one of your posts, or to a topic or subforum you’ve subscribed to. It can also send users notifications via email about new posts in subscribed topics or when a PM is received.
Quoting has been extended in the new forum to include links to the user's profile and post itself. The date and time of a post is also shown to make the distinction between posts extra clear.
Showing even more advanced emotions than smilies is possible with the use of Emoji! With Emoji, it's easy to add extra emotion to your post from your tablet or mobile devices.
Spoiler text now shows a little button that you can click to see the hidden text.It can also be used to hide more content than the previous system, including pictures and videos.
There's also a modification to the video posting method. Previously when posting youtube videos, one had to post the entire link and then edit it to turn it into an embedded video. Now there is a special "youtube" button which will give you tags in the message; you simply post the video 'code' from youtube in those tags. So if youtube gives you a link like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bZKEhgieoc you simply post everything after the = sign into the youtube tags.
The old video button is still there, so you can post non-youtube videos as well.