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Made this thread to document what I've added in a day or what I'm planning on adding, and you fellas can give your feedback below.

Will work a bit differently from the forum update summary threads as this thread will be more casual and lean more towards small updates, and throwing ideas about.​
 

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Considering on adding this for threads that technically fall under two categories. For an example usually a videogame music thread would have to go in the Videogames & Tech category but as its music it could also go in the Tune Town category. Having this feature might help promote certain threads and stop them going unnoticed, especially if the initial board it was posted within is quite active.
 

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With the power of my supreme autism I fucked up the custom domain as I made it clash with my forum. one in redirects and GoDaddy ain't letting me do more redirects until next week, so yeah we are gonna be stuck with the basic bitch url until next Monday lol soz guys
 

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I was looking at my notes of things to do and add to the site, and honestly I reckon we will easily be able to go public and advertise by late April easy. All this site needs atm is small extra quality of life adjustments done, some font fixes, and that level up system functioning.
 

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Awards system is pretty much sorted now. Won't have to add anymore until we grow more and it warrants additional entries. Quite happy how it has turned out.
 

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Real small change but I've changed "Videogames & Tech" to "Games & Tech". This is so discussions related to tabletop gaming and boardgames can be discussed on that board too as I rather not just restrict it to videogames.
 

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Damn, been awhile since I've posted here.

Yeah a few things here and there have been added since last posting. Just simple quality of life changes and the new moods system which is really cool. The forum is really fleshing out and focus now is more on forum promotion if anything.
 

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To accommodate for there being less boards now, in the awards system you now get 2 points per every 50 posts instead of 100 and level up badges now net you three points.
 

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Hot damn I haven't used this in ages but thought I would again as there have been some new additions on here.

Ok so late 2023 has been quite big for the Mariana Bay, we quite quickly shot up from 70 members around October to over 127 members as of writing this which is awesome and huge, and we are seeing daily activity on here which is awesome as while it did happen, it wasn't a thing that always happened pre October. Thankfully I found the right places to advertise this place in October and frankly revived this place big time in activity, so this resurgence, and to be honest it's not even resurgence as the Mariana Bay is busier than it's ever been, has been awesome.

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EDIT: Here's a graph from the Admin Panel so you can get an idea on the massive boost in activity. First few months were very quiet as I was still developing and building up the forum, big boost in the Summer as promotion starts, and then it goes down quite a bit in September until a massive boom in October and especially November.

Right so from around October time what is new on here? Well first off, general formatting improvements and whatever else, if you click your profile button for an example to your top right you'll notice it's more organized and looks less shit, moreover you'll see your unique Marianan ID, this shows when you joined and is something cool to show off so people know how much of a vet or noob you are on here, yes this feature was very much inspired by the Blockland Forum, something many of us have had roots in. This unique ID I want to make visible on your thread posts and profile view too but quite frankly I can't figure out how to make it work rn and with university work due soon there's only so much I can do so bare with me. Also having mentioned thread posts, I want to clean up that formatting too as I'm unhappy with it and give it the ability to show many threads you have to your name also.

What else is new? Well, referring to this thread as the last few months most updates have been user feedback (https://forum.marianabay.com/threads/user-feedback-suggestions-thread.20/) The default font is 15px now which is much bigger and expressive, badges are now fixed and are now all the same size (thanks to @Bibr) and hyperlinks now have a redirect warning so users can't be instantly sent to gay porn or a virus by silly or malicious parties. The only things I haven't done from that thread is the latest posts toggle asked by @Number 9 Coal and the stealth layout option asked for by @Malice, these things need a looking into.

As for other new features, the album of the day feature now works as intended and runs off a playlist of YouTube videos instead of picking a song for a certain day, we also have a prefix board filter now so if you're only looking for a certain kind of thread you can now filter them which should make finding the content you want to look at way easier. Moreover, fixed the annoying chatroom scroll feature today lol.

Might have missed some things else here in this post but if they were major additions I probably made threads for them anyways.

All in all, hope this recap of site updates has been informative, and as always, thanks for supporting the Mariana Bay.
 
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