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    We did a redesign on the main website. We're still working on some small things that are left on that section. We'll be working on the look of the forums, too. We'll keep this style as an option, but will have a style that more closely matches the main website design as the default.

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    Topic of the week

    Which Threads/posts should win this week nomination contest?

    Choose from the posts/threads listed throughout the forum(s), and vote for your favorite now.

    What is Topic Of The Week?
    It's a contest that is based on members selecting posts or threads that they want to feature for further discussion or think is the best post or thread for the current week. Any listed topic (thread or post) is eligible for the Best Topic of the Week selection.

    What determines a Best Topic/Thread/Post Of The Week?
    Topic Of The Week is based on a simple nomination system. Throughout the selected forums, members with adequate permissions can nominate their favorite topic by clicking on the award nomination button located below the post. Bottom right next to the Thanks button.

    All nominated threads/posts are posted to the Topic of the week forum. The top 5 threads/posts with the most nominations during the course of the week are displayed in this thread using the poll feature. At the end of the week, the first three topics with the most nominations are the award winners of the contest.

    Nominated posts reflect they've been nominated under the post. It will show who has nominated the post. They also have a nominated image in the actual post.

    *this needs some work*

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    Separated sticky posts

    We had this feature at one point and not sure what happened to it. LOL Anyway, it's back. Stickied posts are now separated to differentiate them more from regular forum posts.

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    Default Embedded Media

    Now posting videos in the forum is automated.
    If you post a video link to youtube it will embed the video within the post.

    Just paste the url to the Youtube, Metacafe, and Break in the post.

    Here is an example:

    Posting the following.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0to1HDxtkM4
    will give this:
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0to1HDxtkM4[/media]

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    Automatic Tagging of threads is done. This will allow a different way to do queries on the forum. In the near future visual and contextual capacity will be further developed and implemented on the internet. This tagging and semantic cataloging allow us to be ready when this technology is further developed and mainstream.

    Welcome to web 2.0 and we are preparing for 3.0 by building a strong database of tags that will support a better cataloging of the information.

    You are encouraged to continue to tag every thread as in the past. This will give you jujus. A human tagging information is always better than a machine but it takes time to do this.

    With this function enabled all threads will be tagged. If you see posts that contain more information than the thread you can add the tags to the thread also.

    This automated tagging works in concert with the manual tagging.
    The future is now!

    Completed the tagging of around 120,000 threads!

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    Cosmetic change.

    Now we have icons in the User CP.


    Here are screen shots before and after.

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    Mood Icons have been changed.
    Click on your mood to have a peek!

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    You can now add a video in your profile.
    This video needs to be hosted online.

    Take a look at my profile!

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    Ok Now we are testing a chat/shout box. It's on the top of the main forum page.
    https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums
    This is only for registered members to use/view. Also, a member must have 15 posts to use/view this feature.

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    Added an advance quick reply box. Now you have more flexibility with the quick reply.

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    Made a slight modification to the message notification section on the top right.

    Now when you have messages the box will change color.
    Hopefully this will help us not miss anything!

    Added a flashing image, too.

    Removed because of complaints.

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    Added a verification to see if a similar thread was already posted.
    This will help in decreasing duplicate posts or threads. This feature is accessible when you post a thread. You'll see a box that lets you check if your post has already been posted.

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    Frugal Village is now optimized for mobile users.
    The forum should automatically detect your PDA, Cell Phone, portable hardware.

    Unfortunately I do not have any of these! So please go ahead and test them. I would appreciate feedback in the help section regarding this feature. (I tested it with 2 emulators)

    -Gabe

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    Easy access to RSS feeds in forum sections.
    What this means:
    If you have a blog,a website or an rss feed reader you can integrate content from the forums to your application or website.

    We now have enabled this for threads also.
    If you want to keep track of a thread on FV in your blog just plug in the rss!

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    Gabe added a widget of my frugal living column. It's located on the left hand side of the forums. You can click "get widget" and copy and paste the code and add it to your blog, facebook, myspace etc.
    It'll feed my most recent frugal blog entries.
    Or you can email it to a friend, add it to stumble upon, twitter, digg, delicious, reddit, or technorati.

    Thank you to everyone who has added it so far.
    *this is no longer on the forums, it can be found here: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/frug...al-village-llc

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