| February 6, 2017 |
Alpha 3 is now available. There has been a major overhaul of the new channel forum system to support a full range of moderation features and several new event notification options.
Forum messages can be approved/disapproved by a channel mod simply by right-clicking. This will issue a command message that changes the status of the target message. Command messages are hidden from view by default, but can be shown using an option in the layout menu.
The layout also has new options to toggle the visibility of approved, unapproved, and disapproved messages. These options are available to all users in the channel, but the default is to only show the approved messages. This allows the moderators to create a filtered view of the forum for general reading, but also prevents opaque censorship at the per-message level. The only way to fully eliminate shared information from a user, including their forum messages, is to set their permission level below normal or ban them completely.
By default, messages are auto-approved. However, to achieve a pre-moderated forum, the minimum user access level that has it's messages auto-approved can be raised. In the channel information, add the directive ##forum:aal=mod to make all new messages from non-moderators unapproved by default.
The sound notification and tray icon notification systems have had major work, and now include many forum-related events and options.
There have also been several other major optimizations inside the channel objects themselves to improve performance CPU-wise. In particular, incoming connection setup and routing are much more efficient than in previous versions. Also, the routines that parse and fill mirror directives in channel info/member share have also been re-written for greater efficiency.
Several other minor channel-related UI refinements have been made, both in the standard and classic layouts.
We are still working on a few other minor issues with the channels and will be releasing another update soon.
Thanks for helping us test!
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