09/12/2009 - Chat/Meebo/User Relationships/Private Messages/Invites/User Search/Bookmarks
By Draco Malfoy,
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Generally for registered members. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment on this post or e-mail me through the Contact form. Just trying out some new features and seeing what else can be added.
You will now be able to define relationships between you and other users (e.g. friends, acquaintances, etc.). This allows for a quick list of the people you are friendly with on self-injury.net
Private messages have been added. You will be able to send and receive private messages from other users and you will also be able to choose to only accept messages from people you have defined user relationships with (change this setting in your ‘My account’ edit). You will also be able to tag & search these messages. You will also be able to block a user and receive an e-mail alert when a message is sent to you. By default, e-mail alert is turned off so go to ‘Messages’ in the sidebar on the left to turn it on. That is also where you will find your messages and where you will be able to send messages.
You will also be able to invite people to join self-injury.net. Either through the ‘Invite a Friend’ link – you don’t have to be a member for that one – or your profile. Doing this, you’ll be able to define the relationship between you and that other person if you are a member.
User Search/Old Usernames
This was added a few weeks ago. Up until then members were only allowed to search user names, not any of the user content. This was problematic for old members because member’s old usernames from the old ‘Self-Injury: A Struggle’ were added into their profiles as a field. Since no user content could be searched people couldn’t search for members whose creative works they had liked and who were on the new self-injury.net with a different username.
The search isn’t as robust as it could be (won’t search for partial words) but it does search any public member content.
This was added a few weeks ago as well. You can now ‘bookmark’ content you like on self-injury.net and would like to read/view again. Instead of saving to your browser it saves to a list called ‘My bookmarks’ that you can view if you are logged in. That way, any of the artwork/poems/songs/etc. you like are easily found.