As we are getting closer to the pre-release, I finally have some time to adjust the look and feel of the (many) User Interfaces of the plugin. I took a couple more screenshots and added them to the gallery in the original announcement. Feel free to have a look, any feedback is welcome!
It took a lot of time and effort, but the first version of the Badges/Awards Plugin for Vanilla Forums 2.0 is coming out soon! This plugin was developed following the requests and feedback of several Users, and it has be named Awards to avoid confusion with the free Badges plugin released recently.
Based on current schedule, the Preview Release should be available by 29/03/2013.
Some of the features
Here are some of the features that this first version will include:
- Fully customisable set of Rules.
- Support for virtually unlimited Badges, each with its own image.
- Support for virtually unlimited Badge Categories, each with its own image and CSS style (for advanced Users).
- Ranking Points (to be used with Ranking Plugin, in development).
- Tracking and notification of awarded Badges.
- Convenient Admin interface.
- Badges Widget, to show everybody your achievements.
New features are being added as you read, so stay tuned for the big day! 🙂
Here are two screenshots of the plugin in its current status. Just a bit more polishing, and it will be ready to go!
Initially, a Preview Release of the plugin will provided at a discounted price to a few selected Users who agreed to become early adopters, and who are aware that, due to the plugin complexity, there may be some minor issues still to be solved.
If you would like to be considered for the pilot, please register your interest using the Contact page.
Thanks for your patience, and see you soon on release day!
This post is an apology to all the readers for having published a post, now removed, which was not constructive and contained poor quality content and that upset one of our readers.
The purpose of this blog is sharing experiences related to Software Development, in the hope that they might be useful to fellow Developers. The removed post did little to achieve such objective, and contained excessive remarks that should have been avoided.
As the person responsible for the content of the blog, I would like to apologies to the reader who reported the post, and to anyone else who could have found it upsetting.
I will make sure that such type of content won’t be published again.
It was a busy week, and I’m happy to announce that two new plugins for Vanilla Forums are now available. Post Scheduler allows you to publish a Post (Discussion) at a later time, thus freeing you from the burden of getting up at ungodly hours to send a message to your community, while Hot Threads displays a list of the Discussions which have received the highest amount of Comments and/or visits.
Also, to celebrate my anniversary in Vanilla Community, you can get 10% discount by using the coupon code VanYear-13 (valid until 15/03/2013).
The content of this post has been removed following a complaint received by a reader.
The objective of this blog is to share experience with fellow developers in a constructive way. We acknowledge that the original post didn’t meet such objective, due to some non-constructive remarks that should have been avoided.
We would like to extend an official apology to anyone who was offended by the post, and reassure all our readers that we won’t be publishing such type of content again.
Repetita iuvant (latin): repeating things helps.
In this case, I’d like to repeat a message I sent in the past, but that seems to fall on deaf ears way too often: if you are a Developer, you must not behave like a Priest. I felt the need of repeating it because, in a short time frame, I stumbled upon a couple of websites with messages such as “we don’t support Internet Explorer”. It’s annoying enough to see messages like this on sites made by nerdy teenagers, but when they are written by people who call themselves professionals, it’s unacceptable.
Also, do yourself a favour: don’t be like a guy I met once, who boasted that “his code works 100% on every browser“, when it failed miserably on any version of Internet Explorer. When I pointed it out, he replied that “IE is not a browser, and you are stupid if you use it“. Sure, IE might not be the best browser out there, but calling your potential Clients “stupid” for using it won’t bring you much business.
Being a Professional Software Developer doesn’t just involve coding what you like, when you like and only for what you find cool, but being able to support various technologies and making the most out of them. Keep your Technological Religion wars for yourself, grow up and get over it.
Or keep being stubborn, and just give me the contacts of the Clients you rejected, I’m quite sure I can help them. Your choice.