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SMTnet 2.0

Brian Doyle

#4961

SMTnet 2.0 | 15 January, 2001

Well as you have probably already noticed we relaunched our website this past weekend. It was a lot of work and took a little while but its finally here. That doesn't mean that we're "done" by any stretch of the imagination though. Most of the site changes came from suggestions in the past. One of the biggest things we tried to work on was overall site speed. We upgraded and increased hardware, recoded the entire site from the ground up, and are continually optimizing it. We've also strived to make it much more stable than in the past.

The most effective way of making this site better though is through feedback from the users. While designing the site I solicited feedback from many different people but as I said we're still not done. Please drop me an email at support@smtnet.com with any issues that you might have. If we don't know about it we can't fix it. If you do let us know of a problem you are having we can put it to the top of the list.

Probably the biggest difference you might see is the forum. We completely changed our format on this. However we are looking to make it resemble the old forum as much as possible. One thing that this new forum design does allow however is a place for a higher level of discussion, or at least to categorize discussion types. Now when posting a message you can choose different forums to post them in such as design, production, or future issues. Registered users may use the options (button located at the top of the forum) to filter messages, hide certain forums, or personalize it more. Registered users may also take advantage of the "While you were out" feature which shows you all messages since your last visit to that component (basically since you last pressed the button).

Ads. Unlike some of the opinions previously mentioned by Earl, we are not a mega-corporation and do require adverstisements for our revenue. We are however looking to revamp the method that ads are displayed. Ads are currently the same size as they were on the previous version of the site but we are looking into reducing them.

I do hope you all check out the rest of the changes across the site and please let us know when you come across something that you don't like.

Thanks!

Brian Doyle Developer SMTnet.com

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#4971

SMTnet 2.0 | 15 January, 2001

On the "Main Conference" page there's a series of columns. Column 1 contains notices and adverts Column 2 contains unselectable icons that looks something like a stack of pages Column 3 contains circles the turns red when selected Column 4 contains the various Forum threads Column 5 contains the names of the person that started the thread Column 6 contains the dates of the last posting to the thread Column 7 contains the number of postings to the thread

What do columns 2 and 3 do? And what is their significance?

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Brian Doyle

#4974

SMTnet 2.0 | 16 January, 2001

Well the column two is just a message icon. If its red, that means there are new messages in that thread. As for column 3 (the red dot) that will mark that particular thread. If you mark a thread (or threads) and then open up options and turn on email notification you will get emails every time those threads are responded to.

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#4975

SMTnet 2.0 | 16 January, 2001

My "Message Icon" doesn't turn red when there are new messages in a thread.

Switching to Search, while Search does find threads from Y00, the links to these threads do not work.

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