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As you may now see, there is currently a message box just below the main menu allowing you to try out the new version of our website. Clicking on the "try out the new improved design here" link will automatically take you to the new version of the website. If you feel you are not ready, then you can switch back at any time via the link "switch back to the old design here."
We are working on releasing the help file on using the website in a day or two. Until then, it is blank.
The new design streamlines the header and adds new features including:
1. Website & Forum Search - There is a main search bar at the top which can be used to search the forums or other content in the website. This is an initial version of the forum search. We plan on adding more advanced search features in the future for the forums and entire website.
2. Moderation Menu Icon - There is an icon you can click on when logged in which will show you the latest action taken by mods and you can browse all posts flagged or removed. We plan on updating this feature in the future and eventually have an arbitration feature where members can weigh in on whether and account should be banned temporarily, permanently or not at all.
3. Forums Menu Icon - There is now an icon for the forums which if you click on it will allow you to more quickly access common forum related links including viewing your posts, threads and creating new threads. We also plan on doing a major overhaul of the forums in the future including redesigning the main forums page.
4. Website Content Menu Icon - You can now more easily see all other content added to the website such as scandals, quotes & articles. In the future, members will be able to comment on these items.
5. Settings Menu Icon - Now all your profile & account settings are easily accessible via the settings icon at the top. This is a first step in many more improvements we have planned. If you encounter any problems or have any advice\suggestions on the new design, feel free to reply here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Notifications - Currently, the only notifications members will get is for private messages. You will see a number over the messages icon whenever you have a new message. In the future, we will have notifications for the others icons as well which will be customizable. For instance, you could get notified everytime someone replies to a thread you are active in or if any new thread is added. Or notified if an account is banned or a post if flagged by a member. Or if certain types of content are added such as major Republican scandals or lies or high quality articles worth reading.