Mention Update

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Howdy,
So, There's been a few changes to the mention system we use on the forums, most of them are behind the scenes, but a few are important for you to know.

Firstly, you will be able to set alternate names which can be mentioned, you are allowed six maximum and Forum's Profile Rules still apply. This is mainly designed for players (and especially staff) who use several RP names. It is now possible to mention the alternate name, which is useful for new forum users who may not personally know the individual they are mentioning. You can edit yours in your User Control Panel, Additional Information: Alternate Names. These mentions will display as @Lexa and @Lexa, you enable and disable the visual display of the alternate name in your User Control Panel, Thread View Options: Display "alt name" in mentions.

Next, you can now mention certain usergroups - currently, Forum Admins & Manager positions. This will alert all members of that group, and is mainly designed for new players who may not know the SBS Staff Team. Although this was originally planned for requesting Thread Locks from Forum Admins (which is now handled by the "Request Thread Lock" form field) I am still going to allow it, to see where it's best used. I have not allowed mentioning of larger staff groups such as Hogwarts Admin or Clone Wars Gamemaker because this would theoretically lead to lots of spam pings. The first use which comes to mind - notifying mods that there's a player report - immediately falls flat, because it would mean alerting a dozen people, and to everyone but the first mod to respond, would be an unusable alert which has been resolved. I am open to input on this, and I will probably poll the staff teams, however, I don't think it's likely to change.

It may help to know (if you're a nerd) that when you mention someone, it will now take the form [user=userid] not @"username". I have no idea why the old addon creator decided to use a field which frequently changes rather than the IDENTIFIER. This means that old names cannot be mentioned (and there's no longer a need to cache an array of 1867 usernames, userids, blocklists, usergroups, additionalgroups etc. from name changes which only lasted a day) and if you copy paste an @, it will not look like [user=userid] in the editor because it is not working (it didn't work for the old system too, it just looked like it did)

Some of these changes were planned forever ago, this update was one of the most delayed updates ever. The code for the old mention system was so unnecessarily complicated, it's easier to read and understand binary machine code. There may still be bugs, because I kept a lot of the javascript as it used to be (so the interface didn't have to change) if you notice one, you can let me know, but depending on the bug, it may be excessively difficult to fix.

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oh damn so i can mention @Forum Admin to be able to do something thank you @Forum Manager for this update, tho @Edwin Tossil-Dragon is terrible at stuff i think this update is great what do you think @Jacob Williams actually no one cares for jacobs opinion but we all care for @Yaycob opinion because he is super cool. i think this update is amazing so thank you @Forum Manager and the @Forum Admin   this was long in the making @Lexa @Lexa's Test Account @Lexa i hope everyone has a great update
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(03-14-2021, 03:09 AM)Justin Amendish Wrote: oh damn so i can mention @Forum Admin to be able to do something thank you @Forum Manager for this update, tho @Edwin Tossil-Dragon is terrible at stuff i think this update is great what do you think @Jacob Williams actually no one cares for jacobs opinion but we all care for @Yaycob opinion because he is super cool. i think this update is amazing so thank you @Forum Manager and the @Forum Admin   this was long in the making @Lexa @Lexa's Test Account @Lexa i hope everyone has a great update

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now, especially in the rp topics, people can finally address the characters directly rather than leaving it up to guessing. big improvement imo. 

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