It’s been a long week. We had a few hiccups which I will cover below but for the most part we are charging forward.
AHHH FORUM ISSUES ALL CAPS!
As some of you are aware, there’s currently a bug that has to do with a combination of open-source software we’re using with our Amazon S3 CDN to serve avatar images. I know it’s frustrating and I understand that it sucks.
While we’re working on clearing this up, we aren’t going to spend too much time if it requires significant rewrites of the forum. Our goal is to get to feature-parity with the forum (as far as the features we actually want) as soon as possible but as stand-alone software 100% O&O (that’s owned & operated).
Dedicating what limited time we have on fixing bugs in other people’s open source projects is time we aren’t spending on our own product design and development.
So that’s where we are with that. Until/if/when we have a solution for the avatar system, I recommend you use Gravatar since that currently works.
We’re working on some bad ass new profiles for Strats. This is the first step toward our new platform and it’s a critical one. I’m hoping we’ll be launching these before April and it looks like that’s realistic from where I’m sitting.
Here’s a teaser of the header as it stands now:
You’ll be able to customize the accent color, background, and of course your avatar.
These profiles will initially be tied to forum content but that’s just the beginning. As we build out more features on Strats, your profile on
strats.co/your-username will become more and more robust. I want to build something I would share and a place where I—as a gamer, writer, and streamer—want to direct people.
I won’t bore you too much with the details because talk is cheap. We need to start delivering code and that’s happening now.