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★ Admin ☆ Tinkerer of Things That Shouldn't Be Tinkered★ Sadrienne
31 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

What a big week! It's time to introduce you all to some MORE FEATURES! Huzzah!


Quoting on this software is glorious. At the bottom of each post, you should see this:


If you hit the "Quote" text, it will automatically take you to a new post with that post quoted for you. Easy peasy! But wait---there's more!

If you hit the + sign instead, this will appear in the bottom-right of your screen:


This is the "multi-quote" feature. You can hit + on any posts you like, and it will count them up for you in this nifty button. When you've got all the posts added that you want, click that button that says "Quote X posts" and it will take you to the posting screen. From there, you can edit and change and add your own parts to the post. And yes---all the people who were quoted in that post will get a notification saying so. Cool, huh!


I'll be writing a better doc on this, but you may have noticed the tag system! This helps people find the content that they're looking for, and the content they are not looking for. Tags can be used to denote that a thread:

  • is open to new characters entering (tag: Open)
  • is not open to new characters entering (tag: Closed)
  • is complete (tag: Complete)
  • is active (tag: Active)
  • is a class thread (tag: Class)
  • is an event-style thread (tag: Event)
  • contains particular characters (tag with character names)
  • contains potential triggers (tag: tw:{triggername})

Once you have added tags, you can select one of the tags to be a prefix. Prefixes are a single tag that is listed before the thread name. Prefixes are ideally used to mark whether a thread is open, closed, or a class/event thread. You don't need to set a prefix if you don't want to, but we highly recommend adding any applicable tags to your threads.



You know how you like to stalk threads you're not actually part of (cough @Shell cough). Now you can, and get notifications too! See that "Follow" button at the top of threads (or at the bottom for mobile view)? If you click that, it will "save" that thread to your watch list. Every time that thread is posted in, you'll get a notification.

Following all of your IC threads from your Player account is a good way to keep up with what you owe!

You can also follow particular players and other content types, like blogs and entries in new characters, house points and documentations!

Activity Streams

One of my favourite aspects of the new software is the Activity Streams. You might have come across the Active Content link I've got up the top there, but did you know you can create your own?

There are also some default ones I've set up. You can access them by clicking the "What's New" menu tab in the header.

  • All Activity: Is a complete listing of everything that has happened starting from most recent first. It's kind of like a Facebook feed, if Facebook ever actually obeyed chronological order.
  • Open Threads: This is a list of any threads that have the "Open" tag. This list is set to display as oldest first so that older open threads have a higher chance of being picked up. This is why when creating an open thread, you should tag it--and remember to remove the tag when it's no longer open! Periodically, staff will swoop by and remove the tag from threads that have 5+ posts under the assumption that the thread is no longer accepting new characters.
  • Active Classes: This stream lists all class threads that are currently in session, and is set to display any thread tagged as "Class".
  • Content I Posted In: This stream is pretty simple, but very useful! It lists all content that has been posted in by the account you're logged in as.
  • Content I Follow: This activity stream lists all the activity for content you've chosen to "follow". No more checking through everything to see if that thread you're stalking has new replies!
  • Unread Content: This activity stream lists everything that has been updated since your last visit, across the board. Useful if you're looking for something new to read!

Is there more? Of course there's more!


On most activity streams, you'll see this bar. Once you've changed any of those parameters it will show those links at the bottom -- allowing you to save streams of content that are tailored to you. If there's a particular stream that you feel should be in the list of default streams, let me know!


So already you can see that the board is just dying to make our lives easier. It's already automatically tracking the posts you make and putting them into a nifty little list for you.

Yes, you read that right!

On each account profile (which you can get to as normal by clicking the username, or to the profile you're logged into by dropping down the user menu in the top-right), you'll see this button:


When you click that, it will list all of the content that account has been part of. On the left, you can see a list of ways to narrow that information down. If you only want to see the topics, hit "Topics" and it will bring that into a neat little list for you. You can also save that link in the address bar if you happen to need it.

The general search feature is also incredibly robust. If you click the "search bar" in the header and select "Advanced Search" from the drop-down, you'll see there are plenty of ways to get to the exact type of content you need. Any search result you get, you can save the link in the address bar to quickly share your search results with others. Nifty!

Links & Images in posts

Adding images in posts is perhaps not as intuitive with IPS as it was with BB Code. That's because it's actually easier! 

All you need to do is copy and paste the link into the editor box and hit "enter". Once the board determines it's a link to an image, it will ask if you want to display the image or just the link. No fuffing around with code!

This also works with other content like Youtube links. Once it detects it's a Youtube video, it will display the video with a play button. So easy!

And adding text links? Well that's as simple as how you'd do it in Word. Just highlight the text, and hit the chain-link button in the editor bar. It'll ask where you want it to go, and boom! Done!

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