A whole pic 'n' mix of updates because we're nice like that

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Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Saturday 19th February 2011

We've been tinkering behind the scenes for a while and have finally been able to roll out a whole bunch of new features for you guys to enjoy. Here's are some of the highlights:

  • Weekly Costume Showcase - Each week we'll be showing a great example of costume work on the front page. All members will be able to suggest costumes for inclusion.
  • Manual Costume Ordering - You can now choose to manually control the order in which your costumes are shown on your costume list page.
  • Event Banners - You can now automatically create a banner to use on other sites to let people know which costumes you'll be taking to your next convention.
  • Photo Archives - You can now view a single page archive of all photos a member has uploaded. (This is linked from member's overview page)

There's also a whole ton more and we've included a full list below along with some more information about this new showcase system.

Showcase

We're looking for really well made or interesting costumes to share with the community. So each week a different cosplay will be selected and displayed on the front page of the site. We've set this up to automatically cycle to a different costume every 7 days from a queue of suggestions.

If you'd like to suggest a costume you think worthy of being showcased, whether it's your own or by another member, then simply visit that costume page and click on the 'Suggest for Showcase' icon near the top right of the page. Our team will look through the suggestions and add great costumes to the showcase queue.

Note: The showcase is not intended as a popularity or beauty contest. We're just looking for really great examples of costume work. If multiple people click suggest for the same costume it will make no difference.

To start the ball rolling we've selected our two UK entrants for last year's Euro Cosplay, SephNoir and Fatkraken, for the first two weeks. From then on, all showcases will based on member submissions.

Change List

So the list of changes in full:

NEW: Event banner system added
NEW: Featured costume system added
NEW: Users can now manually order their costume list
NEW: Searching now includes option to only show completed costumes
NEW: Events list now showed next/last 5 instead of based on 90 day interval
NEW: Event pages now show three random photos of costumes from the event
NEW: Members list now shows completed costume count
NEW: "Recent Friend Activity" list can now show up to 200 entries
NEW: "Recently Received Comments" can now optionally show up to 20 entries
NEW: Photo archive per member now available from overview page
CHANGE: Costume/source search separated from member search
CHANGE: Text on image upload description now encourages crediting photographers
CHANGE: Improvements to behind the scenes moderation tools
FIX: Costumes no longer disappear if there is a problem with the source name
FIX: Default search option changed from members to costume
FIX: Unnecessary options no longer visible to members when adding events
FIX: Members can no longer link a costume to an unapproved event
FIX: Highslide updated to latest version
REMOVE: Friend activity feed taken off front page for speed reasons (You can still view your friends feed from the top toolbar)

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FANTASTIC

These updates are amazing! I'm so excited about them :D Thank you so much!!

by miiol on Friday, 25 February, 2011 - 00:57
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Awesome updates! I have

Awesome updates!

I have seen these suggestions put on the forums and its so nice to see a site listen to their users ^-^

by Sakurastar123 on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 20:37
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Thank you for the new features!

Thank you so much for making this site even more greater to use! I've been wanting to change the order of my costumes for a while and so glad I can do that now! The show case is a great idea ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 19:46
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Oh wow! You guys have been

Oh wow! You guys have been busy!! These are brilliant. Thank you so much for adding all these features. This is great.

:)

by Sephirayne on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 16:41
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This is really great!

This is really great!

by Kess on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 10:57
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Good job.

Great updates. much appretiated :)

Cosplay Coordinator - MCM Expo
Cosplay Events Officer - Amecon

by Ilpala on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 10:35
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Thankyouuuu! Really liking

Thankyouuuu!
Really liking the showcase idea and the costume ordering
-goes off and plays-

by Emzone on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 22:52
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So many new useful features!

So many new useful features! Really happy to see the costume ordering in action as well as the expansion on the friend activity and comment lists.
I love the costume feature section, and it was a bit of a shock to suddenly see my Nina on the front page! It'll be great to see what wonderful costumes will be appearing in there in the coming weeks!

by SephNoir on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 18:48
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Thank you so much for all

Thank you so much for all the hard work. The update is wonderful! So many great new features and the improvements are awesome~8D

by Felixize on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 15:16
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I love you guys 8D Thanks

I love you guys 8D Thanks for all the hard work you've put into this update!

by Mungojerrie on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 23:40
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Thanks!

These changes are lovely! Thanks for the hard work! =)

by Sley on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 19:09
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<3333333!!!

<3333333!!!

by Pez on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 13:44
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Thank you ^^

Thanks for the updates, they are really good ideas ^^

by Kacela on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 12:16
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Awesome!

This is great guys, its so awesome you keep adding so much more to this community!

Raye
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by Raye-chan on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 11:15
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Fabulous~

Fabulous~

by UnaSpi on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 05:55
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Some good things here =) I

Some good things here =) I like that you're encouraging people to credit photographers. *goes to re-order costumes*

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 02:52
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OMG, best update ever!! I

OMG, best update ever!! I love you guys so much!! You've implemented so many things I've been dying to see! <3 <3 <3

by Yuka on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 02:40
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Awesome!

Defiantly an epic update =D

by HatsuneHawke on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 01:42
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Thanks for the new features,

Thanks for the new features, I really like the costume ordering!

by Rain on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 01:39
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Yay!! I love all the new

Yay!! I love all the new features, it's what I've been wanting for ages, the showcase is a lovely new feature too. Thanks for all the updates!

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 01:32