Hey Shawn, nice to meet you.
I added the New Posts button back to the Navigation Menu at the top of every page.
To see which threads you have posted in, you need to go into your Options and choose subscribe to every thread you post in. I recommend to choose subscribe with no notifications (so emails are sent out all the time) and then when you view the site, you'll see an icon showing you're subscribed to a thread.
There is a legend to the thread icons. When you are inside a forum and viewing all the threads, just scroll towards the bottom and you will see them all there, listed out with descriptions.
A visitor message is the same as leaving a message on someone's wall on Facebook or MySpace. You can leave someone a shout out, a hello, and its public to all. There are also new social features, like friends and contacts, which you can add to your profile. You also have the option, in the Edit your Options screen, to limit your profile visitor messages to only friends and contacts. And from within the User CP screen, on the left column, there is an option called Profile Privacy which lets you choose all the privacy features for your profile, should you not want certain people seeing it, etc.
The entire forum, before, was open for anyone to lurk, however you had to be registered to post, view attachments, and use features like the Casino. The same setting have been brought over. Lurkers cannot see people's profiles, cannot post, etc. Before, Lurkers could see the entire forum, but I changed it only that they can no longer see Off Topic. So when they come to the site, they only see the relevant stuff which is everything but Off Topic.
I am an admin on another forum thats been around since 2001, its for Kawasaki motorcycles. Kevin and I had long talks about this forum and the appeal to me was becoming part of a site that isnt one-brand specific. I love that Wrist Twisters is an all-motorcycle welcome community.
I encourage everyone to read these 2 posts, to find out more about me:
Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Kevin and I have had lengthy communication up to this point, and I've been working very hard not only moving the forum to a better server, but also making all kinds of upgrades to the software. To follow up on what Kevin said about the ownership transferring:
Even though the ownership of the site is changing, the vision of the site will not change. Kevin has made it very clear to me why he started Wrist Twisters and his goal for the community and I strongly agree with his vision and intent.
I also want to make sure everyone knows that I will never charge any kind of subscription to use Wrist Twisters. Every function and feature and use of the site will always be free to the community. I cannot stress that enough. I've seen communities change hands and then the new owners start charging the users, and that will not happen here and I want to squash that thought before it ever comes up.
The structure of the site will stay the same. The admin and mods will stay the same.
So what will change? Well, I've already upgraded the forum software to something more new and updated, which will provide many more functions and features from there. That will be the hardest part about all of this - once thats in place, I will continue to add new functions to the site such as giving the users the ability to have individual riding blogs, integrated social features for connecting up with other riders and friends, and more.
My personal focus is going to be improving and upgrading the forum software, not the vision or the community. I hope there is a distinct difference that everyone can understand.
If anyone has any questions for me, please post up and I'll answer them as I read them.
Now, I'm going to go post up my introduction thread.
Hello everyone, my name is Lash and to tell you about me, I'm a motorcycle connoisseur and a riding junkie. I just love to ride, ever since picking up my first motorcycle in 1996. I'm probably one of the most laid back people you will ever meet, always been a die hard Kawasaki fan, but I just like motorcycles so I can appreciate anything with two wheels.
Outside of motorcycles, I love to snowboard, am big into computers and technology, enjoy photography, and I'm always down for a good espresso.
Looking forward to contributing to the Wrist Twisters motorcycling community.