As you will have noticed we've made a few changes to the forums. The largest changes were to the look, feel and functionality your individual Profile pages. We spiced those up a bit and added some new functionality and features. There are other changes that impact the forums as a whole. below is a brief descrition of some of the more prominet changes and pointers on new functionlaity that you might want to check out.
Avatar / Profile Image management
We've completely changed how avatars (and now also profile images) are uploaded and managed. Here are a few pointers:
You can upload any image as long as it's less than 1000x1000 pixels and doesn't weigh more than 500kb
The Avatar and Profile image sizes will be created automatically - no need to size and crop your own image.
You can have up to a maximum of 10 profile images uploaded at any given time.
You can set any of these as your avatar/profile image by simply selecting the radio button under the image and clicking on the "Set as Profile Image" button
If you've reached your upload limit you'll have to delete an old image to upload a new one.
You can set your avatar / profile image to "none" if you don't want do disaplay an image.
A link to Upload / Edit your image can be found at the top of the left navigation bar on your profile page.
Friends Lists Added
Create a lsit of firends by click on the 'Add as friend" link on any user's profile
A Friend request will be sent to the user via PM in which he/she can either accept / decline your request
Accepting a friend request will add the both of you to each other's lists
You can remove friends by clicking on "Remove" next to the username in the fiends list
Friends can write to your guestbook (see below)
Click on "Edit" in the top right corner of the widget to select who can view your Friends list - You Only, Your Friends or Everyone.
You have your own guestbook on your profile where your friends (only people on your friends list) can leave you messages
Use the Quick Message form on the Profile page to leave a simple message
Use the Advanced Post Form (link at the bottom) to include smilies and mark a post a "Private"
Posts marked as Private can only be read by the profile owner
You can Ban your fiends from posting to your guestbook
Go to "Settings" in the Primary Forum navigation at the top to switch the guestbook on or off clompletely
Google location map added
Set your loation on the map by moving the map and marker to your current location and saving.
change your location at any time by clicing on "Edit" in the top right corner of the widget and resetting the marker
Use the control buttons in the header of the widget to enlarge (or shrink) the map or center it at your location at any time
Toggle the checkboxes under the map to see DZs, your Friends or other dropzone.com Users near and around you who have entered their locations.
Recent threads started
A list of recent threads started by you are displayed on your Profile.
Click on "Edit" in the top right corner of the widget to set the number of threads to display and how far back the search should reach.
TIP: you can "balance" your profile view quite nicely by increasin the number of threads to display.
Recent Photos uploaded
Thumbnails of your 7 most recently uploaded photos (to the Photo Galleries) are shown
Go to the Photo Galleries and submit images to fill this space
Recent Videos uploaded
Thumbnails of your 7 most recently uploaded videos (to the Video Section) are shown
Go to the Video Section and submit clips to fill this space
The links in the Forum Primary navigation at the top of each page has changed to reflect some of these chages
A Global Personal Navigation (GPN) element (showing links to your Account, Profile, Email, Pivate Messages, Photos Videos etc) have been added to the new left side panel in the forums.
The GPN can also be seen on newer sections of the site like the Photo Galleries and the Videos Section and will ultimately "follow you around" the entire site for easy access to your own content.
My Forum Posts
There's a new link included in the main forum navigation bar and the GPN called My Posts
Clicking on this will show all your posts as well as all your Wathced Threads
Click on the "manage" link in the Watched Threads table title to remove bookmarked threads from yuor list
OK - I probably missed a few things but this should get you going. Feel free to leave comments or let me know if you bump into issues. We'll ad more "widgets" (like your posted classifeds, gear reviews, DZ reviews etc) in the near future.