There's now an article on the software update in the Social Strata blog.

 

Two items to note from that.

As soon as you start scrolling down a thread page the top part of the page changes to just shown the name of the thread. Seems to be a cosmetic change.

 

For any member who hasn't opted for an avatar picture. their picture now shows a coloured circle with one or two letters based on their forum name.

El Loro
El Loro posted:

Lori, I note that that blog mentions a new Topic list mode. I assume we will be staying with the Legacy mode. I don't think the new Topic list mode would be helpful with the way that people post here.

 

For the benefit of others, it's the first subject on the blog:
https://www.socialstrata.com/b...orum-refresh-release

Yep, we'll stay with Legacy. This group is not big on change.

Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing posted:

Although the featured threads show the 'featured' button there is no clear division between them and the rest of the threads, as there used to be.

i.e. There used to be a heading between the featured threads and the rest of the threads,

True....but all the featured topics are at the top.

And I don't see any difference in  your ship, but I now have nothing to compare it to... 

Lori
Moonie posted:

I understand that an FM = Forum Member 

But what is a GT and a T is the survey section?

Also, why the different colours?

I mentioned above that those are now used for the avatar picture where the member hasn't opted for one. I think FM stands for Former Member.
GT and T would be based on the person's forum name. GT is Granny Treasure who has hardly posted anything. T may be Twickers though I'm not certain.

El Loro
El Loro posted:
Moonie posted:

I understand that an FM = Forum Member 

But what is a GT and a T is the survey section?

Also, why the different colours?

I mentioned above that those are now used for the avatar picture where the member hasn't opted for one. I think FM stands for Former Member.
GT and T would be based on the person's forum name. GT is Granny Treasure who has hardly posted anything. T may be Twickers though I'm not certain.

I'm guessing you're right.

I think the different colours are just to differentiate between members, Moonie.

Lori
El Loro posted:

The colour used is based on an arcane formula devised many centuries ago by an ancient sect of mystics which has recently been unearthed by Social Strata archealogists. The formula is kept secret for security reasons as if it became public, the results could be catastrophic.

 

Or it could just be random

I may use this explanation... 

Lori