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Remaking the BBS: Options and Subscriptions

January 04, 2011 | 1 Minute Read

In this installment in the "Remaking the BBS" series, we're going to look at some of the additional display options that are available to everyone in the BBS, and take a look at the revamped BBS email subscription services.

To begin, here's a mockup of the new BBS Options window:

BBS Options Window

The BBS options primarily revolve around the way messages will be displayed in the new BBS. You will have the option to:

  • Start on the "My BBS" page instead of the default view of the BBS when you click on the BBS link in the Communication Center.
  • Have the listing of all topics in all categories fully expanded by default, instead of you opening and closing categories to see the topics in those categories.
  • Always display all messages in the topic view, instead of having the messages you've already read hidden by default.
Additionally, the BBS Options screen allows you to subscribe and unsubscribe from whole categories, so that you get an email copy of every new message posted to any topic within the categories to which you subscribe. You can also unsubscribe from individual topics from this screen — a long-requested feature that wasn't possible in the old version of the BBS. This page lists all of your category and topic subscriptions in one place, which is a lot more convenient than jumping around from category to topic to topic to see your subscriptions.