SoFurry 2.0 has been online for almost 14 days now. So how has the launch been? Let me show you a little screenshot from our CDN management console:
SoFurry 2.0 gets twice the amount of hits and almost twice the traffic of the old site. At the same time we've lowered the amount of data transferred with every page by up to 30 percent. And to make things even better, sever load has dropped to half the usual load. At twice the influx of visitors. SoFurry 2.0 is now very fast and smooth to browse. Searches happen in an instant. But more on that later.
User response has been amazing. Thank you everyone for your wonderful support. This is what fuels our desire to fulfill and exceed your expectations. Thank you, and tell your friends about the SF!
Ok, on with the new stuff!
Not technically a new feature, but this is what our advertisers see and use to manage their own ads. No more poking Toumal to get your banner changed. And if you're interested in advertising check out http://wiki.sofurry.com/wiki/Advertising_on_SoFurry
Finally there's a proper way to manage your folders. Note that deleting a folder does not delete the contents, but merely moves them back out of the folder.
At the heart of the new SoFurry experience is the new search engine! It's super-fast and powerful, supports multiple tags (separate with comma) and exclusion (add a ! in front of the tag)... and SoFurry is still the only furry site with a fully species-aware search that knows that dogs are a member of the canine family.
New bbcode parser
Finally proper support for multiple nested quotes, youtube, and so much more. This is the most complete support of BBcode on SoFurry yet!
Preview hovers now show the artist name and title. Useful and looks kinda nice.
Journals need no tags
The chat has entered the private beta phase. It basically works, but there's some wonkyness with the userlist updates and the timeout detection. It's a new technology so please bear with us while we work out the kinks!
Everyone's updating their AUP these days, so we thought we'd make ours a bit easier and relax our rules on human-only submissions. We're still a furry site, but we can't and won't define every single case of where something is "too human" or "not furry enough" - so in order to preserve our sanity and make the experience on sofurry more pleasant for our artists, we're going to drop that rule. However, human-only submissions must carry the "human-only" tag so our users can filter them out if desired, and we require artists to understand that this is a furry site, and upload accordingly. In short, as long as you don't upload nothing but human stuff, you'll be fine.
We are readying a design refresh that makes the new site easier on the eyes, and that simplifies our main menu a lot. Watch out for screenshots really soon! (And just to make one thing clear: We've been working on this since before our launch. You'll understand when you see the screenshots ;) )
Secret new feature:
Want to know when the next art stream starts? When the next con is due? When your friends have birthdays? SoFurry will tell you (if you want it to), very soon!
Here's the full changelog, check out all the new stuff and customization options!
FEATURE) Added setting for initially active watchlist tab
FEATURE) Watchlist counter now visible on main menu
FEATURE) Added "nuke this tab" function
FEATURE) Added folder management (delete folder, rename folder, etc) to the folder browser.
FEATURE) Implemented new super-fast search!
FEATURE) Added setting to always display full-sized images in artwork and photos
FEATURE) Implemented chat userlist + miniprofiles
FEATURE) Chat now supports status changes
FEATURE) Chat rooms now show how many messages you missed, and if you've been
FEATURE) Profiles can now be hidden from searchengines like Google via your profile privacy settings!
IMPROVEMENT) Issue report system now notifies all members of a role when a new issue is sorted
IMPROVEMENT) Improved watchlist insertion performance
IMPROVEMENT) Rewritten storage backend for future content sharding support!
IMPROVEMENT) Ban time length can now be set more flexibly
IMPROVEMENT) "Watching" and "Watched by" lists now show more entries
IMPROVEMENT) Detailed story list now shows more entries
IMPROVEMENT) Confirmation dialogs added to submission deletion, deletions on the PM list page, etc.
IMPROVEMENT) New BBCode parser with proper nested quote support
IMPROVEMENT) Preview hover now shows title and artist name
IMPROVEMENT) Disabled pagination in submission comments
IMPROVEMENT) Performance improvements on all browsing pages
IMPROVEMENT) Users can now recover half-uploaded submissions
IMPROVEMENT) Viewcounter on submissions now refreshes more frequently
IMPROVEMENT) Better watchlist/search layout
IMPROVEMENT) Added proper filename to preview files
IMPROVEMENT) Journals no longer need tags
IMPROVEMENT) Sexual orientations are now shown in textual form in forum and chat
mentioned while away
IMPROVEMENT) "add to folder" button on edit page is now more visible
IMPROVEMENT) Lots of other chat improvements and fixes
FIXED) Loads of bugfixes related to user subdomains (yourname.sofurry.com)
FIXED) Fixed group PM permissions preventing group admins from using that function
FIXED) Shouts and comments can no longer be posted if the user has blocked you
FIXED) Fixed nuke function
FIXED) Fixed delete confirmation on "all notifications" page coming up multiple times
FIXED) Fixed notification settings not saving correctly
FIXED) Fixed notifications sending emails despite you disabling this in your settings.
FIXED) Fixed tag filtering not working in detail story lists and search results.
FIXED) Private submissions now don't pop up in everyone's watchlist anymore
FIXED) Watchlist now honors content level setting
FIXED) Fixed RSS feeds only showing clean content
FIXED) Fixed folder visibility bug
FIXED) Fixed forum signatures being cached indefinitely
FIXED) Deleted submissions no longer stay visible when editing a folder
FIXED) Fixed issues with clicking on friend request links from notification emails while logged in as a different user.
FIXED) Fixed friends-only submissions being invisible to the uploader himself