We weren’t joking.

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  1. News Bot

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    The joke’s on you!
    When we announced the impending release of MyBB 1.8 on April 1st, we were dead serious. We promised you a MyBB release and we’re here to give you one.
    To start, here’s a quick history of what led up to our decision to have a 1.8.
    Some 6 years ago, MyBB released its first major update: 1.2. It introduced some of the features we’ve come to expect – AJAX, RSS, Super Administrators, Multi Quote, Hooks, Datahandlers and much more as well as standardized development. Fast forward 2 years and 1.4 makes its debut bringing with it over 70 new features and a brand new Admin Control Panel (ACP) that we still all use today.
    MyBB’s popularity soared. Our users wanted more and some of the fundamental parts of our community changed; we opened up our closed development circle; we changed to an open sourced license; we passed an industry-standard security audit and we improved our merge system to help users convert to MyBB. Many would argue that 1.4 was possibly the most popular time to be with the MyBB community.
    Moving on to 2010 and a little under 2 years ago, MyBB 1.6 was available to the world. With more than 40 new features (including moderator usergroups, thread prefixes, search private messages, select all threads in a forum, clearer forum permissions, updating attachments and file verification) MyBB was, for the first time, a real contender to commercial forum software. It was a massive leap for us as a group and MyBB’s popularity continued to grow.
    But today, in 2012, the world is a very different place for forum software. We have to grow alongside the rise of social networks, new kids on the block and, most importantly, our users. While our development roadmap for MyBB 2.0 is getting underway, literally starting a new piece of software, we felt the need to bridge the large gap that would have been 1.6 to 2.0. We wanted to create something that would provide a legacy to users of the 1.x series – the best of the best – and so the Team gathered in a dark lair somewhere to plot our next major feature upgrade; MyBB 1.8.
    What You Can Expect From 1.8

    We haven’t done a massive overhaul or anything on the level that 1.2, 1.4 or 1.6 delivered. MyBB 1.8 is more of a subtle upgrade, a facelift and a move into even more open source development so that others can help create the best free forum software.
    A New Look

    Earlier in the year we announced a new mascot and our new logo – to be worked with alongside 2.0. The Team soon realised that we didn’t want to wait until then; we wanted to use it now. But it just looked out of place in our default design (which was from 2008) – we needed something up to date, something good and something that personified MyBB; we needed a new look.
    To the rescue came Justin, our lead designer. Justin created one of (if not the) most popular theme collections used by MyBB communities across the world; the Apart series. Simple, effective, stylish and with plenty of colors to choose from it was like free never tasted so good. We decided this must be it. MyBB needed the Apart series – but the dilemma was do users need 12 different themes before they even opened their community? The Theme system needed a re-think.
    So, in MyBB 1.8, you can expect a new look – one that you decide from the entire Apart collection. We’ve added base colors to themes so that you can attach different stylesheets to different colors (just like you can attach stylesheets to different files and actions) as well as the ability to place stylesheets in a particular order. In simple terms, there is no longer the need for 12 different themes just for a different color. Using the parent/child structure in our Theme system, you can provide your users with as many options as you want with a single theme. This is how the new default theme works.
    A New Admin Control Panel

    << dvb – new ACP >>
    A New Website

    << About the new MyBB Website >>
    Powered by jQuery

    For more than half a decade, MyBB’s JavaScript has been powered by Prototype and Script.aculo.us and has worked just as we’ve expected it to. It was the most popular JavaScript library when we started using it, however, it has fallen behind a more powerful (and popular) rival that is fast becoming an industry standard; jQuery.
    As more and more Theme Artists are using it in their work, we thought it would be easier if we updated 1.8′s JavaScript and replace Prototype with jQuery. This should provide a lighter library for MyBB to work with and further extends what both themes and plugins are able to do. The jQuery version of 1.8 won’t be available straight away, but we’re working on it! Of course, what that does mean is a new Editor too. Expect more information about this in the near future.
    Trash Can

    One of the most requested features for MyBB is a trash can – the ability to recover deleted posts. Although we feel MyBB’s moderation features provide a better alternative to this, we can see why our users want this to happen and so have provided ‘soft delete’ facility in 1.8 in which you can decide if a user’s deleted post is obliterated forever or is recoverable via the Mod CP.
    General Improvements

    As well as the usual bug fixes we’ve made some general improvements to some areas of our software. These include things like separating the plugin list to active/inactive plugins, adding an APC cache handler and making some functions a bit easier to use.
    << Bit more of a description here >>
    A Move to Github

    We’ve been trying to plan a move away from our current SVN setup to the popular social coding site Github for some time. We’ve come up against problems but feel confident that now is the time to open up our development to people outside of the MyBB team. Github can be an extremely powerful tool for development and it is something we’re eager to do – all of 1.8′s development has happened there already in one of repositories and will be available when 1.8 Gold is released.
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    nice
     
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    I lol'ed.

    Looks like it will be good.
     
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    did you find the blog post?
    or did they blast it out the feed then hide it?..lol
     
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    I did find another blog, but they deleted that aswell. They joys of having RSS feeds.
     
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    That's so stupid. lol I can't believe they send out a rss feed with a broken link.
     
  7. Brandon

    Brandon Regular Member

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    And they don't seem to approve a blog comment unless they know you have a mybb forum..lol
     
  8. benjaminp

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    I guess it's also possible that they just rarely check or approve comments at all. The commenters that do get approved may have had comments approved in the past and are therefore auto-approved.

    Not looked at it myself, but it's just a theory. If they all own mybb forums like you suggested its very possible they've been regular commenters.
     
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    I don't know about that but I do know they approved one comment then according to my stats, they've killed my other comments as spam..lmao

    I guess they don't like people thanking them for fixing the bugs. (that's one post I commented on & it was marked as spam)
     
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