Occasionally we can update you on the forthcoming next revision of our community software, so here's a brief update on the latest development and features together with an update on when we can expect to start using the new release.
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Warn Panel Updates (For moderators)
The warn panel has been updated to allow for moderators to be able to better control troublesome members and posts without administrator intervention. Enhancements include:
- Option to "ban" a member permanently from the warn panel
- Increase or decrease warn value by a custom value (rather than just +1 or -1) for super moderators only
- Ability to unapprove (hide) all member's posts and/or topics made with the last X days/hours
- Member's current reputation and other general information now displayed on warn panel
Adding and removing friends is now a mutual option in that if you add someone as a friend you will also appear on their profile as a friend. The same goes for removing a friend: if you remove a friend you are also removed from their friend list.
Administrators can now edit a member's reputation points. They can also view the record of ratings that member has left for others and the ratings others have left for that member.
Enhanced Watched Topics/Forums
The listing of watched topics and forums in your user settings now displays the number of new topics or posts since your last visit. You can click this link to be taken to the forum listing showing only those new topics since your last visit.
Filter Forum by New Topics
You can now filter a forum using the filter options bar at the bottom of the page to show only new topics posted since your last visit.
The option to allow public polls is now in the admin area. Public polls are like normal polls but they show the name of the members who voted and what they voted for in the poll. Administrators can also optionally allow members to delete their vote and re-vote in polls. This new feature only functions with newly-created polls. Administrators can switch a poll from private to public only if the poll has had no votes.
IP.Board 3.0.0 Release
The preview testing and feedback has been going so well that Invision have decided to re-evaluate their release schedule. A final version will not be out by the end of this year, this will delay the final release until early next year, it brings the benefit of a much shorter beta-release cycle since IPB is being so heavily tested now. This means that there will be fewer beta releases before moving on to the final release. It also means that the final release of IPB will be as good as it can be which is good for everyone.
Invision believe that this short delay until the final release will be beneficial for all, as the final version of IPB 3.0 will be as stable as it can be on day one.