A few site updates


The software that runs the site, Xenforo, has been updated to the latest version which is 2.1, this brings some enhancements to the software.

Push Notifications

Using a supported device you will see some thing like this


You will be able to opt out of push notifications the same way you can with alerts, this is done from the preferences section of your profile. You don't need to be viewing the site to receive the notification as can be seen below.


URL Unfurling

When a URL is inserted into content and that URL exists on its own line within the content, we will "unfurl" it to a richer preview which includes the page title, metadata logo, description and favicon. Such rich previews add more context for users as to what the link contains. URL unfurling can be used anywhere that accepts BB code currently.


Content bookmarks

Xenforo has always made it super easy to find new content you've not yet read, and re-engage you with content you've already interacted with, but who here has ever read a post (or some other content) and wanted to come back to it later, or wanted to save a specific post so you can refer back to it in the future?

Of course there are lots of ways to solve this kind of problem. You could use the forum search, but that still relies on you having to remember you wanted to come back to it at some point, and you still need to remember specific keywords to find it. You could use browser bookmarks, but on different devices and different browsers that can be cumbersome. You could keep open all of the tabs you want to come back to at some point, but again different devices and browsers makes it difficult.

I could also just try to remember but... wait, what was I saying again? Oh, right... bookmarks. Supported content types now have a bookmark icon.
Clicking the bookmark icon will instantly bookmark that content. Which is great, but occasionally you might want to add some additional context to help you locate that bookmark again in the future.


The message text will be displayed when viewing your bookmarks (otherwise a snippet of the content is displayed instead) and labels are a way to categorize your bookmarks (similar to tags).

So how is content you've bookmarked accessed?

Click your name on the visitor panel, and you can select bookmarks on the tab.


Of course you can also access your full list of bookmarks from your account page:


Password strength

One of the other changes is a password strength checker, this can be seen below


The last change we have made is to install a dark version of the style, you can switch to the dark version using the link in the footer and selecting GB_2018_dark from the list.

As usual if you see any issues please let us know.


To switch between the dark & light styles all you need to do now is click on the lightbulb icon at the top right of the main navigation bar, this will switch between the light & dark styles for you.