- Oct 6, 2004
Have you ever taken a look my HIVE changelog? Not much has changed since the beginning of 2018. That's because I have been working on the next major version of The Hive Workshop since then.
Today is a big day... For me at least. I have waited three years to finally show you what I am working on. Today we are opening beta access for Hive 3 Remoosed.
In 2012 I started working on a version of Hive for XenForo version 1 (from vBulletin 3) which we moved to on June 10, 2016.
In late 2017 XenForo 2 was released and I quickly came to realize that it required a full rewrite of Hive for us to update. What you are going to see today is that version.
It will seem different, but not very. But rest assured every line of code is new and I need help testing it to make sure it works before we move to it.
The primary goal of this version is to be compatible with XenForo 2, not to rethink every aspect of the site. But porting every piece of functionality from old to new would leave me dead from boredom, so I have of course made improvements, especially to aspects I know to be lacking. Resource search anyone?
You will find bugs, you will find quirks. You will find things you don't like, even things you hate. But please be respectful. I care very deeply about this project and it hurts when people step on it. I want feedback, lots of it. I want suggestions. I want feelings, but expressed in a non-attacking way. That's all I ask.
Now, go take a look:
⇒ Hive 3 Remoosed ⇐
⇒ Hive 3 Remoosed ⇐
NOTICE - This is the beta version of HIVE. It runs on an outdated backup of HIVE. Everything posted here will be deleted in the next run of the beta or when we finally migrate. If you want to keep doing things on HIVE, don't use the BETA. Only use this site for testing features.
I have attempted to make a list of changes. But it's not easy to keep track of what you've been doing for the past three years. This project is older than my two year old daughter by now.
The next major version of the forum platform Hive is based on. You can read the changes here. I won't go much into detail about it.
As usual, @Archian has been a huge contributor on the design. This time around @Mythic also played a big part. Like it or not, the design is a Reforged inspired theme. We have tried simplifying the navigation and focused on what the site is about and diverged from how XenForo typically looks.
We still plan on making a Night Elf theme. Perhaps if only few bugs are found, we'll have one by launch day.
Wait what? Yes... I have decided to remove reputation. Current reputation is converted to XenForo 2 reactions such as like, love and angry. The old Reputation messages are converted to profile posts. Reputation contest awards are converted to experience awards, read more about them below. I did not want to implement a reputation system when all communities these days use reactions. Reactions also happen to work better on mobile.
In place of of your reputation gems, we are now going to show an experience bar with your level. Experience can today be gained in the following ways:
- Starting a thread
- Replying to a thread
- Submitting a resource
- Receiving a positive reaction
- Receiving an experience award (from a contest)
The experience gained from these actions varies by the type of action (and section). E.g. a thread in Tutorials might give more exp than one in Warcraft Discussion. The system can easily be expanded to support other actions too. These are just the ones I came up with.
Down the line you might be able to unlock features on the site when you reach various levels.
This is where I spent most of my time in the past years. Rebuilding the resource system. It's the most complicated part of Hive. A lot of things will look familiar but there are a few changes.
I made a big mistake when I decided to rely on the built-in search in XenForo for Hive 2. Today the search field is coming back to the resource section.
SIMPLER BUNDLE/RESOURCE EDIT
Editing a resource inside a bundle now requires fewer clicks as you can edit, add and remove resources on a bundle without first having to click "Edit" on the bundle.
You can now also re-order the resources with drag and drop if you have a preference as to the order of the resources.
Buttons have been added to insert preview images into the description for a richer experience.
IMPROVED "VIEW RESOURCES IN USE" & "VIEW USAGE"
The "View resources in use" and "View usage" systems have been accused of being incorrect in the past. This is because the system looks for file collisions between maps and resources. Sometimes a resource contains a commonly used texture or model which causes the system to present unexpected resources being used. The new system now shows a more descriptive view of what's going on.
View usage (when a file occurs in multiple resources):
Resources in use (when a file occurs in multiple resources):
EXCLUDE TAGS FROM RESULTS
For years we've had the ability to show only resources with the following tags. Now we also have the ability to exclude all resources with a tag.
BETTER SUPPORT FOR HD/SD/Classic
We have maps from before Reforged, maps from Reforged in SD and HD. To make it easy to find what you are looking for, we now have this switch:
BETTER VIEW IN 3D
The "View in 3D" page is now fullscreen and has controls for switching between cameras, animations and team color.
Back in the old days we had a widget showing recent/random/etc resources. We have all missed it. So now it's back.
SIMPLIFIED ICON UPLOAD
When uploading an icon, you can now upload a borderless icon and it will automatically apply the borders.
The award medals system has been ported. Changes of note include showing a maximum of 4 awards on your profile. I know. Not a lot. But at least now you can re-order them using the new "Manage medals" page.
The Streams are back. The reason we took them away is because the version for XF1 was no longer maintained and the Twitch API changed so our add-on broke.
Please test all features of the site and submit any feedback into the dedicated Remoosed BETA Feedback forum. Leave this thread to all the "oohs" and "aahs".
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