• Welcome to ResetEra 2.0! Guests should now be able to save their dark or light theme preferences, found on the left sidebar.

Introducing ResetEra 2.0! Update: Launch set for December 2! Maintenance will begin around 6-8PM GMT

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Cerium

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Update

We're delighted to confirm that ResetEra 2.0 will be launching on December 2! The Member Beta will continue until that date. A lot of changes have already been made in response to user feedback, and the site will be better for it when we launch. In these final days leading up to launch we will be focusing on a last round of bug fixes.

Maintenance will begin at some point between 6-8PM GMT. We expect the upgrade and migration to take at least 6 hours to complete.


Introduction

We've been talking for a while now about our plans to create a site design that would be worthy of the title 2.0. The time has come to show you everything that entails. In the past, site development was all handled internally. In order to meet our ambitious goals and assist the technical team, professional forum developers were contracted to help with every aspect of this project. While this approach ruled out any design by committee, the result is a forum with a combination of features and flourishes found nowhere else on the internet.

First things first: ResetEra 2.0 has been built upon next generation forum software in Xenforo 2.0. The current site designs were built upon the older Xenforo 1.5 for (at the time) greater stability and compatibility with a number of third party plugins which have been essential for managing a community of this size. A year later Xenforo 2.0 has matured as a platform and is now fully compatible with our needs. This upgrade needs to happen in order to ensure that the base software will continue to receive support, and it brings with it a number of quality of life improvements.

Because this is a generational leap, none of the existing themes we have developed so far will be compatible with the new software. This includes both LightEra/DarkEra as well as DayEra/NightEra. Many of you are attached to the old themes, but simply bringing those over was not possible. As such, we've incorporated the lessons we've learned from those themes and the feedback you've offered and put it all into something truly ambitious.

Design

Sometimes it's easier to show rather than tell. Please watch the following videos for your first introduction to ResetEra 2.0.

The team aimed to create something highly responsive and functional, wrapped up in a design that looks like a product of 2018. The left sidebar offers a host of navigation options. The right sidebar offers information about the board and a list of the latest threads. Both are hidden by default and can be shown or hidden again at your whim. If your screen resolution is large enough, an option to expand the site to fit the full width is available in the bottom left corner.

The ability to navigate straight from the thread list to the original post (back arrow) last post (forward arrow) and first unread post (thread title) has been retained from the DayEra/NightEra designs. As per your feedback, the dark theme boasts muted purples inspired by the DarkEra legacy theme. Going from light theme to dark theme and vice versa is now as simple as clicking a switch.

Mobile view was a big emphasis during development. A lot of effort went into making sure that browsing on mobile offers feature parity with desktop. This is the first time that we have been able to display view count and reply count on the mobile thread list, and the first time we've been able to represent both the thread creator (via avatar) and the latest poster.

Feature Highlights

A full accounting of every new feature in ResetEra 2.0 would take forever. There will be any number of cool things that you'll discover yourselves when you get your hands on it. Some of these are inherent to the Xenforo 2.0 platform, some are the product of third party plugins, and some have been uniquely customized for us and no one else. We wanted to highlight some of our favorite new features that we think you will enjoy.

Ignore Threads

This is a feature that you've been asking for almost since the launch of the forum, and we're finally delighted to provide it. ResetEra 2.0 will allow you to easily ignore any thread by clicking the Ignore button in the top right corner. That thread will then disappear from your thread list.


If you accidentally ignore a thread or otherwise want to remove a thread from your ignore list, don't worry! Simply navigate to the bottom of the thread list and click "Show ignored content" to reveal the threads you've ignored.

Custom Posts Per Page

The long conflict between supporters of 50 posts per page and 100 posts per page is officially over. No longer will you be restricted to such a limited, binary choice. With ResetEra 2.0 we are now introducing the option to set any custom value you want between 50 and 100 posts / threads per page. Simply check your account preferences and enter whatever number you desires. Do you want to have 75 posts per page? There's nothing stopping you now! 62 threads per page? Why not! 51 threads per page and 83 posts per page? You do you!


Please note that we're leaving the default untouched at 50 posts per page and 40 threads per page.

Drafts

Have you ever had a nice post written up, only to accidentally navigate away from the page, wiping away all your hard work? If so then this one is for you: ResetEra 2.0 includes a draft feature in the message editor allowing you to save your work for later. To use this feature simply click the floppy disk icon and select "Save draft" to make sure your work is protected. If you want to delete a draft simply select "Delete draft" from the same dropdown and the reply box will be empty when you next reload the page.


Similar Threads

At the bottom of every thread (beneath the reply box) you will now be able to peruse a list of threads covering similar topics, making it easier to discover other content that might be of interest to you. Additionally, when creating a new thread, you will be shown a list of similar threads that already exist. This should help members avoid posting duplicate threads for news or topics that have already been covered.

Trending

Here is a feature that just seems obvious in hindsight. Easily available via top navigation or sidebar navigation, the Trending page presents an automated selection of the hottest threads across all of ResetEra 2.0 at any given moment in time.


If you pop open the right sidebar on the Trending page, you will find a convenient list of filters for each forum section to help you sort through and discover the content that interests you the most. Should Trending prove to be popular we may find ways in the future to expand and improve this feature further.

Threadmarks

Large, fast moving threads are often difficult to navigate and keep up with. Great posts can get lost in the shuffle, important updates can be missed, and Staff Posts can be difficult to find and refer to unless the post number is edited into the title. Threadmarks empowers thread creators with the ability to curate their own threads by selecting posts to be added to an index that will appear at the top of the thread.


Thread creators will be able to sort Threadmarks into two categories: The default Threadmarks category (intended for updates) and a Highlights category (for other great or notable posts in the thread). A third category, Staff Posts, is available to staff only and will be used whenever there is a risk of a Staff Post going unnoticed. When entering a large thread, be sure to check first whether the Staff Posts index is present at the top!

Bookmarks


Not to be confused with Threadmarks, Bookmarks allows you to save any individual posts and threads that you might want to come back to in the future. If you come across content that is particularly helpful, insightful or entertaining, you can now save that post or thread directly to your forum account. These Bookmarks become instantly available in a convenient drop down tab.


More Embeds

Many of you have asked for more embed support for popular services like Vimeo. We've gone even further: ResetEra 2.0 will support embeds for 24 different services including podcasts, audio, crowdfunding, and more. You can check out the full list of supported embeds below. There should be something for everyone!
Bandcamp
Dailymotion
GfyCat
Giphy
Imgur
Instagram
Indiegogo
Kickstarter
Libsyn
Mixcloud
Podbean
Scribd
Soundcloud
Spotify
Steam Store
Stitcher
Strawpoll
Streamable
Twitch
Twitter
Vimeo
XboxClips
Xbox DVR
YouTube
Covers for Threads and Profiles

This is a particularly fun feature which we're very pleased to be able to offer. When ResetEra 2.0 goes live and the migration is complete, members will be able to upload cover images to personalize their profile pages. Thread creators will also be able to upload and select covers for individual threads as well! These uploads have a recommended resolution of 600x1000 and will be limited to 250kb (easily achieved with reasonable jpg compression). See the following video for a demonstration.

Covers will be moderated like any other images or avatars. Please note that we will be monitoring the effect of this feature on site performance, and may make future adjustments as necessary.

ResetEra 2.0 Member Beta

We know we've given you a lot to digest already! There will also undoubtedly be bugs and other issues that we have not yet detected ourselves. Therefore, starting immediately, we are opening up our beta site to any of our registered members who had accounts in good standing on October 2 (when the database was migrated). If that does not describe you then unfortunately you are out of luck.

Because we cannot commit to moderating two forums at once, the beta website has had posting and other features disabled and is in read-only mode. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring the new design and its options, browsing experience, and wealth of available features.

Note: If people still find ways to break rules or abuse features available on the beta site, their live accounts will be banned. If this becomes a recurring problem those features may be disabled on the beta! Let's try to have nice things.

In order to access the beta, please sign in with your usual ResetEra credentials. You may then have to manually select either the "Resetera" or "Resetera Dark" theme options from the style chooser in the bottom left. Please report any bugs you find in this thread, and make sure to read the post by deltaplus before you offer feedback. We expect to run this beta for about a week before addressing final issues and preparing for launch.


We've put all of our hearts and months of our lives into this project. We hope that you enjoy it!

One Last Thing...


That's right! ResetEra 2.0 will boast full Unicode support, and with it, emojis. Please note that emojis are not to be confused with smilies, so these won't be available in the post editor. You can simply place them using your OS level emoji keyboard.

We place this great power in your hands and expect you'll use it responsibly.
 
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deltaplus

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Hi all,

This has been a labor of love for myself and the rest of the team and we're really proud to give you a first look at 2.0. I'd especially like to thank Emily , Cerium , less for their dedicated efforts, and of course, our entire admin team and mods for poring over the site and giving great constructive feedback to bring this to life.

Some ground notes:

- This is a beta! While we've ironed out a lot of bugs, there are bound to be more remaining. Let us know here of any bugs you happen to find so that we can fix them.
- Give us your constructive feedback! I'll be here for a few hours to answer any questions you might have.
- The beta site might experience some ups and downs as we handle the mass influx of traffic FYI.

Excited to share this with everyone!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Oooh...threadmarks seems like something that will be fantastic for things like the TV / Audio threads. Very cool!

Also: site's down, Dave.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This looks so nice! The cover images for threads especially looks like it'll add some great flair to individualize threads.
 

deltaplus

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As expected, we're experiencing a massive influx of everyone trying to see the new theme. Looking into adding more resources to that cluster.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I really dig the UI. The mobile version looks like a native app.

Great work y'all! Cant wait to give this a shot.

Thank you for the emojis
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Impressive stuff.

It's been pretty amazing watching the team work so hard on the site and keep improving it. All of this in a single year. Huge props to you guys.
 

FyreWulff

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Are we gonna be able to finally change our own thread titles like every other forum that wasn't GAF lets you do on the internet since ~1994?

Oh boy.

Emojis.

The can of worms has been opened.
Well, it also improves support for non-English languages all around. Emoji are just a byproduct of it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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That all sounds great. Unless I missed it, I didn't see how Watched Threads work in 2.0. Are they folded into bookmarks? Any functionality gone?

edit: and will emoji use our OS style? or are we stuck with whatever that less-than-apple style is? :P
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Beta site seems down already :P Can't see it, but the OP looks amazing aesthetically. Can't wait to use it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Dang this looks like a slick upgrade. Excited about the mobile stuff since I do a lot of browsing and posting from my phone.

Really looking forward to seeing this rolled out live.
 
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