New News and Comments System

Shur’tugal is happy to announce our transition to our new news viewing and comment system, hand coded by our very own Robert Cox over the past several months. The new system is a transition over from our outdated news posting and commenting system to a fresher, easier-to-work with system. A full list and explanation of our changes comes after the jump.

Update: Comments should now be shown in the correct order (newest at the top, now).The new system is optimized for better news reporting and commenting performance. The first change we had in mind was to solve the current problem with the comments – they’re outdated and they’re inconvenient. We made a number of changes to rectify this, including:

    – The comment box no longer pops up! Instead, comments are found at the bottom of the full news page (you are brought there when you click on “comments!” and display 25 per page
    – Our comments system now requires a login in order to comment. Registering is free, quick and easy and only requires a valid email address to confirm that you’re not a spam bot and indeed are a human being. This will eliminate any and all spam and will also prevent people from impersonating others.

Other changes to our system include:

    – News displayed on the home page now looks a bit different. We’ve added a nifty calendar graphic which changes color and title per month, displaying the date on which the news item was posted in the middle.
    – Most news stories will now cut off after the first paragraph, prompting you to click either the news title, the “[…]” link, or the “Continue reading…” link to continue reading the story if interested. This enables us to show more headlines above the page fold (where you have to start scrolling down)

Future additions to the system will include categories and tags, as well as future improvements to the Shur’tugal registration (allowing you to do more, such as signing up for our newsletter, entering contests and more). Big thanks goes to Robert for all of the effort he put in to developing this system for the website!

Please feel free to use the comments on this news post to report any problems or feedback you have with the new system.

  • brisingr

    ditto

  • Terminator

    sorry Mike.

  • brisingr

    yeap (i REALLY don’t want to be on mikes banned list)

  • Terminator

    sorry. 🙁 :'(

  • brisingr

    ok lets stop talking about fiji.(Mike will get really mad about our off topicness, really mad.)

  • Terminator

    ditto

  • brisingr

    fiji…… that would be cool. I am not going anywhere this winter break. Just staying home and relaxin

  • Terminator

    my bad i meant fiji…

    (I have bad sp!)

  • Terminator

    LUCKY!!!
    where too?
    If its Figi Im gonna be mad…tht I didn’t get the trip.

  • Bob

    No problem! It’s what I’m here for. But now I must go on vacation for two weeks!

  • brisingr

    thanks robert

  • Terminator

    yup

  • HarryQuacker

    Cool, nice new system.

  • Terminator

    wow!

  • brisingr

    wait, how much of a computer expert are you. 400-500 lines or ADMIN code!! *falls from shock*

  • Bob

    Luckily, today’s changes (about 400-500 lines of code onto the administration panel) didn’t show too much on the main page. Although if you got really really lucky you would have seen the test news stories post for a few seconds.

  • Evarinya

    LOL thats pretty funny Robert

  • Terminator

    New skins? like the ones you had in the past w/ Saphira, and Thorn?
    Awsome! ;D

  • Bob

    Yeah, there’s usually always an error when you save the file 😛

    Most of the changes I’m doing to the system right now are just administrative changes like enhancing the user suspension system (I broke it yesterday) and allowing other posting options. It just so happens that sometimes when you break that, it kicks everyone out and tells them they’re banned…hehe…oops.

  • feanarang

    You’re doing a good job, Robert. I have a slight idea of how finicky computer code is from a little bit of my amateur programming in C++. We really appreciate all the work that you guys are putting into the site!

  • Bob

    @feanarang:

    Thanks. It’s fixed now. I fixed the fix that I had broken after I fixed it.

  • Evarinya

    Oh thats so cool still!

  • Mike

    We’re keeping the Glaedr theme but re-doing all of our transparencies for the 15% of our userbase running insanely outdated versions of IE (I’m talking two versions or more behind).

    The new layout’s layout will focus on our shift in direction from a static content website to a news and column website. All in all, we’re confident you’ll be happy with our changes.

    We also plan on offering new skins in the future that are different from the Glaedr one but carry the same layout of the navs and news box. This will all happen when our designer has more time. The re-design of the Glaedr layout will be happening in the next few weeks.

  • Chris

    We’re going to be launching a redesign soon.

  • feanarang

    Oh, and it’d also be more convinient if the comment posting option was above all the previously posted comments. Just a suggestion.

  • feanarang

    btw, Robert/rest of shurty staff, the comments system is showing more than 25 posts per page.

    On another note, will there be other backgrounds coming in the future? This one is super sweet, and I’m a big Glaedr fan, but it’d be even sweeter to have some more new content. Keep up the good work!

  • Syn

    @ Mike
    That makes sense i guess

  • Faolins

    Haha yeah Evarinya we’re on all the time 🙂

  • TNGactor

    Oh well I guess I just answerd my own question Ironic.

  • TNGactor

    Um I have a question, are all the latest posts on the first page and the rest at the back???

  • Mike

    We don’t allow HTML to be used because it can be very easily abused. We don’t allow BBCode to be used because there’s currently no function written into the program that allows its use. 😛

  • Evarinya

    I already do 🙂

  • brisingr12193

    I love what the staff is doing with Shur’tugal! It makes me want to visit the site everyday after school!

  • Evarinya

    oh ok 🙂

  • Faolins

    Yeah I am 🙂 Faolin was already taken apparently 🙁

  • Syn

    interesting….

    < i > < /i >
    that doesnt show up, but doesnt affect text, odd

  • Syn

    wait if [i]this[/i] doesnt work…

    does this?

  • Evarinya

    Haha thanks 🙂 hey Faolins are you Faolin? with just an added s on the end?

  • Faolins

    Haha Evarinya 😉

  • brisingr

    it seems that all the previous comments have been erased, oh well

  • brisingr

    are kiddin he totally HATES murtagh. i mean look at his previous comment considering murtagh

  • Evarinya

    No really?? there is no way he is a fan of murtagh! I mean just look at his name! 🙂

  • Faolins

    No but I’m gunna have a guess and say he’s a fan of Murtagh . There are these little people on one of the sub-pages little Eragons and stuff

  • brisingr

    i don’t think he does evarinya

  • Evarinya

    Dang AHEM do you not like Eragon??

  • Daniel

    wow…

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    If we ever do get avatars here, I want one of Murtagh hitting Eragon on the head with the flat side of Zar’roc. 🙂

    Murtagh riding Thorn, flourishing Zar’roc in the air, would be ideal to.

  • brisingr

    i think it would be really cool if we had avators

  • Terminator

    avatars? R U serious?
    thts not happening…trust me. Not tht it wudn’t be cool….

  • dWill

    awesome guys. I agree, avatars would be good, but I think the other stuff you guys are working on are more important – the comments aren’t that big of a deal.

  • ~Arien,~Powers~of~the~World~

    I like the newest-comments-on-top thing.

  • Evarinya

    Yea, its really hard to read everyone’s posts when you have a green background.. especially the mods.

  • Terminator

    yea, not that this isn’t awesome, but cud u dull the two silverish lines in the middle, its rly hard to read the posts.
    (mainly the staffers b/c there typeface is in blue)

  • Daniel

    its a little confusing when youre tryn to read other comments tho… and theres no competition to be the first to post.

  • Chris

    I have some old friends that do great vectors. I’ll try looking them up.

    Also I love how the new comments are on top. 😛

  • hyperdude

    At least we know that there’ll be no more spam.

    Testing?

  • Syn

    ummm…i can do vectors

  • Daniel

    My friend could do that for free Mike.

  • ~Arien,~Powers~of~the~World~

    I think it’d be cool if there was an option to have an avatar next to your username.

  • ~Arien,~Powers~of~the~World~

    I liked the pop-up box. . . .but whatever.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Mike

    I think it’d be sort of cool to have someone draw up some vector character portraits that we could add for commenters to optionally choose from. We just don’t have anyone on staff who is artisty when it comes to vectors.

  • Daniel

    use tags to italicze the words. it doesnt work tho. i didnt think it wud but i wanted to give it a try just in case.

  • Evarinya

    what were you trying to do?

  • Daniel

    oh well

  • Daniel

    [i]just testing this out… doubt it will work tho.[/i]

  • Evarinya

    I think it would be really neat if we had avatars, or little characters, that would seem so cool

  • Daniel

    cool. 🙂 my friend writes codes for those.

  • Mike

    We are always looking for more ways to make the system more personal. Small icons (avatars) could be added eventually, though there is no guarantee.

  • Daniel

    now all we need are avatars or little characters. like different little groups that have a common thread running thru them. ex: writers, musicians, etc.

  • Evarinya

    Im so happy now 😀 🙂 😛

  • Terminator

    oh, sorry didnt mean to double post… 🙁

  • Terminator

    oh,
    *face grows red*
    never mind….

  • Dragonprincess26

    It’s looks nice! I’m glad we get all spamers out!

  • Terminator

    oh,
    *face grows red*
    never mind….

  • Terminator

    um…I just posted, then it didn’t show???

  • Terminator

    YES!!!
    NO MORE SPAM!!!
    (tho it was fun insulting them)

    YESS!!!
    Thanx Mike, Robert, Chris, staffers, anyone else who helped out.
    lol
    🙂

  • Evarinya

    FINALLY!!!!!!! NO MORE IMPOSTERS OR SPAM!!! WOOHHOO!!!

    Ok lost my cool there for a second 🙂 THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH THIS WILL HELP COMPLETELY!!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Ah, interesting new system. Took a little extra time to get logged in and everything, but it will be worth it to not have any impersonators trying to use my name.

    Go Murtagh!!!

  • Bob

    @paulie14wyh:

    No, they can’t.

  • Trianna

    Hey! Great job guys!

    I’m just glad I got “Trianna” before anyone else did! Especially if the people who used to impersonate me are lurking around somewhere!

  • brisingr

    awsome, thanks robert

  • paulie14wyh

    so can the new comments pages be broken like the old ones? u know where a person made the box many times larger then it should have been?

  • Syn

    I kinda liked the pop-up comments box but i really like the login feature.

  • Someone

    Looks even better on the actual page. Nice job!

  • Fanboy90

    Yaaayy for the comments!!!!!!
    Now we just need that book 4 page.
    =)

  • Bob

    If anyone has issues regarding registration, logging in, or other comments account problems…please send an e-mail through the feedback form and I’ll get to it ASAP to resolve any problems.

    Hopefully we’ve made this program extremely easy to use and people won’t have any problems but there’s almost always one or two small issues to resolve.

  • Bob

    Actually our account names don’t have spaces. The full name is just a mask over our real usernames.

  • TNGactor

    Wow fancy new system. So why can the staff use spaces and we normal people can’t?

  • Bob

    @Glorfindel:

    That is correct, that username is yours and yours alone. Forever! *evil laugh*

  • feanarang

    Awesome thinking, guys! it’ll be great to not have to deal with any spam! i’m liking this. i agree with Glorfindel…knowing that i won’t be impersonated is sweet!
    awesome job guys!

  • Glorfindel

    I like how you don’t have to log in to comment on each post. So once a username is chosen and logged, does that mean that no one else can use that name? So since an account has been created with “Glorfindel”, does that mean that no one else can have that username?

  • Glorfindel

    Very cool guys, I like it. I’ve never been impersonated, but it’s nice to know that I won’t be.

  • aussiebra

    yer bra just registered

  • Mike

    I hope everyone enjoys the new news system! Let us know if you notice any bugs or have any problems with it in terms of feedback/opinions.

  • Bob

    First comment ever with the new system, RESERVED FOR ROBERT COX – EL CREATOR.