Hey guys, as you may have noticed we have started rolling out our new Content Management System and site designs on some of our blogs (ps3, revo, qj.net home page, etc).
I wanted to drop in and give you guys a little update. We're working on the final builds of the CMS; it should be up and live on all of our blogs within 3 weeks.
We are also working on a *HUGE* revamp of the premium memberships which will add a TON of new features. If you missed my previous post about this, check it out here.
There is good news and bad news:
Good news: One of the great new features we are adding is a universal login to any site on QJ.NET. This means the forums, the actual blogs, the download site, or any other place on QJ.NET -- they'll all share the same user account, so that once you're logged in one place, you're logged in everywhere. You will comment on blog articles, post in the forums, download files, submit news to us, and do everything else all from one account.
Blog comments will be able to be moderated - in a sense - by our users. Users can "score" a comment positively or negatively. If enough people "score" a comment, it will move it up or down in the display list. This will filter good informative or agreeable comments to the top, and bad flames and spam to the bottom. ALL users who are logged in will be able to score comments, but Premium Members will have much more weight, giving them much more moderation control on the blog comments.
Bad news: This is a really huge project because the user databases from each area are very different, and making it secure and fully functional is going to take some time. Therefore, until we have the universal QJ.net login, we won't be able to keep you from seeing ads on sites that are running the new CMS. The sites that are on the old Blogger software will continue to display without ads, but in the coming weeks we will be moving all of our sites to the new CMS.
We know that the no-ads thing is one of the main reasons you guys signed up for Premium Memberships, and we are sorry that it has to be this way, but we are sure that the future benefits of being a Premium Member will far outweigh the trouble of having to see ads for a while. Hopefully we can discuss some sort of compensation that we can give you guys for the trouble. But for now, our little team of programmers are working 6-7 days a week, all day, trying to get this stuff running for us.
P.S.: Many of you will ask, will I get to keep my same forum account? The answer is yes, that won't change, so don't worry.