Quick Introduction to XenForo Skullport.net is built around the newest entry into the forum software market. XenForo was founded by Kier Darby, Mike Sullivan, and Ashley Busby. If those names sound familiar to you, then you probably know they were part of the vBulletin team when it was the number one forum platform. More information about XenForo can be found on their Wikipedia page. Changes from phpBB/vBulletin For those of you that may have some experience with phpBB or vBulletin, here is a list of features that you may be used to and have changed, or are new to you: alert system - members can be sent an alert for various reasons, such as when someone likes a post you made or follows you. The alerts you receive can be configured from your account page -> alert preferences. likes - members can like or unlike specific content you make. trophy points - trophies are awarded after certain milestones are achieved. You may receive a trophy when you make X number of posts, or receive X number of likes, for example. user mentions - by typing an @ sign before a user's name in a post, those members will be alerted that you have mentioned them in a post. By clicking the alert they will be taken directly to the post. status updates - members can update their status, and other members can comment on them. Updating your profile status can be done in numerous places, such as your profile page, or when viewing the list of latest user profile updates. followers - you may follow members, and members may follow you. When you follow members you can go to Your News Feed to keep up on their activities. You may also set various privacy settings based on those you follow. ignore - members may choose to ignore content from other members. conversations - XenForo does not have a private messaging system. In it's place are conversations. When you start a conversation you can invite X amount of members to join you. The conversation is displayed only to the participants of that conversation. You can leave a conversation at any time. When you leave a conversation, even the ones you started, the conversation is not deleted as there are still other participants in it. A conversation does not get deleted until the last participant leaves it. Note: depending on the setting you selected when you create a conversation, other participants may be able to invite other members into it, even if you left it. It is after all a conversation. social sites - besides those listed at the bottom of select pages you may also click the post number located at the bottom right corner of each post to share the content with various other sites. post history - when editing a post, previous versions of your posts are saved. Administrators and moderators may be able to view the changes you have made, and also be able to edit your post. drafts - as you write a post, drafts are saved automatically. By clicking the disk icon in the editor tool bar, you can also save a draft of your post, or delete it. Drafts are useful, especially if you lose your internet connection while writing a long post; the draft will be available to you the next time you log back in. multi-quote - you can choose to quote one or more posts or selected texts. Multi-quote allows you to drag & drop the order for which you want the quoted text to appear in your post. A new button that will insert your quotes will appear below the editor when you select multiple items. mini-me - if you made a reply in a thread, a small version of your avatar will appear over the bottom right corner of the thread starter's avatar. This shows you that you have made posts in that particular thread. thread tagging - you may add keywords when you create a thread. These keywords should reflect the content of your thread. Tagging allows members to easily search for specific information. prefixes - if not mandatory, and there are prefixes available, you may select one that best categorizes your topic. Members can then filter the thread list by prefix. administrators - the role of an administrator is a separate role from that of a moderator; administrators perform administrative duties. Administrators do not become moderators automatically, they must be made a moderator if required. moderators - there are two types of moderators: super moderators that perform various moderating tasks across the whole forum; and content moderators that can perform various tasks within certain forums. Regardless of the type of moderator, there is no moderator control panel. All moderator duties are performed from the public facing pages. There are moderation and reported content pages that moderators can access. All moderator actions are logged. reports - members can report content to the moderating team. A moderator can then take possession of the report and decide how best to resolve it. It is up to the moderator to decide to send a resolution alert to the member who reported the content. warnings - moderators may issue warnings to members for an inappropriate posting or for other actions they feel are warranted. They are accumulative, if enough warning points are issued a member may find themselves temporarily banned. This action is automatic. Warning points do expire over an x amount of time. banning - there are two types of banning; forum and thread reply. A member may be banned from replying to a specific thread, and still be able to use the rest of the forum normally, or they may be banned from the site itself. Banning can range from an X amount of time to indefinite. attachments - a wide variety of attachment types are supported. Jpegs, png's etc. may be inserted as a thumbnail or as a picture. The editor supports drag and drop from your desktop for attachments. two factor authentication (two-step verification) - sets each device you use to log in to this site as trusted. Although not required to use TFA, it is highly recommended that you enable this feature as another level of security for your account. responsive design - XenForo supports a responsive design, that is; it adapts itself automatically to various window and mobile device widths.