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    • 14 hours ago, STSF Jami said:

      Happy Anniversary, USS Manticore, celebrating 19 years of mirth and mayhem!

      Congratulations to all her crew, and especially to Admiral Atragon-9 and Admiral Sovak!

      May you have 19 more years!

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      Why thank you, Jami, but I'm not so sure about another 19 years.  Yee gads, that would mean I'd be...   40!!

      (KIDDING {I would be 42})

    • Happy Anniversary, USS Manticore, celebrating 19 years of mirth and mayhem!

      Congratulations to all her crew, and especially to Admiral Atragon-9 and Admiral Sovak!

      May you have 19 more years!

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    • With the launch of STSF v3.0, I've taken the opportunity to go back and work on some things to improve the overall security of the website.  

      Starting today, all communication with the STSF server will be encrypted via TLS (formerly known as SSL).  The benefits of this include:

      • Better overall security (someone sitting between you and the STSF servers cannot intercept/modify requests).  
      • Improved SEO (Google is starting to penalize sites not making use of SSL and ranking them lower in it's search listings).  

      Now...  the only downside to this is that not all operating system and web browser combinations support this higher level of security.  (I'm using the same cipher suites and encryption protocols used by the major banks.)

      As a result, the following browser/operating system combinations are no longer supported by STSF:

      • Android 4.3 or below
      • IE6 (Windows XP)
      • IE7 (Vista)
      • IE8 (XP)
      • IE 8-10 (Windows 7)
      • Safari 6.04 or below (Mac)

      In case anyone is wondering....  we currently have an A+ on the Qualys SSL Labs scanner: 

      https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=www.stsf.net&hideResults=on

      Compare that to Bank of America who currently only has an A- with the same test:

      https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=www.bankofamerica.com&hideResults=on

    • First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU to Webbie for all the work he put into the new layout/design/back-end support!!!

      And now, to play "bad cop," let me clue you in to a few small "gotcha"s:

       

    • The year was 2002...  Halle Berry became the first black actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, Ben Affleck was People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and Michael Jackson caused an international controversy after he dangled Prince Michael II off the balcony of his hotel room in Berlin.  It was also the year in which I launched the first release of the STSF website.  In 2002... the rebels were in the process of launching their revolt against it's AOL overlords and there was not much time.  So I had to whip up something quickly to get us started.  Time was short and we needed a competitive advantage or all hope would be lost.  

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      The site may not have been pretty, but it got the job done.  The rebels found a home and now were armed with the tools they needed to wage their war against the oppressive overlords that sought to destroy the online role playing world.  It was not until the next year in 2003 that I had a chance to go back to the drawing board and try again at making a site that reflected who we were as a community.  Version 2.0 was a bold statement for us as a group...  it told people we were here to stay and that we had what it took to make it on our own without having to live within the sheltered world of AOL.  We had everything that we needed, including sponsorship from StarTrek.com, our own message boards, chat rooms actually provided by StarTrek.com, and of course the people with passion and love for the game.  

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      Over the next 14 years, there were many changes made to the site such as upgrading the technology that we used for the forums and chat rooms, introducing a new logo based on the Federation rose logo, and more.  However at the end of the day, the general framework itself for the site remained.  It was a source of comfort and familiarity for the veterans who survived overthrowing their former overlords.  

      As much as the site and its design was liked, the time has come to refresh it once again.  Much has changed over the last decade and the underlying code of the site was not built to run on the latest and greatest technology.  Java has been depreciated by all of the major browser makers, the site was built during a time when no one had a mobile device or tried to access the site on-the-go and updating content on the website itself was a major pain as it involves manually editing raw HTML code potentially across dozens of webpages.  

      Today I'm proud to introduce Version 3.0 of the STSF website.  It has been rebuilt from the ground up with a fresh/modern feel while still retaining elements of its nostalgic past.  I've focused on user interaction and hopefully managed to give users the ability to better express themselves.  

      New features in the 3.0 release include:

      • HTML5-based chat rooms
        • An embedded chatroom that is folded right into the STSF site to quickly get started chatting.
        • A floating chat window that can be popped open and resized for those that like a little more space.
        • A mobile chat experience for those that want to chat from their mobile devices.
      • Chatroom logs are automatically sent nightly to each sim's GMs, if their room has had any messages entered into it within the last 24 hours.  
      • The website is fully responsive and displays nicely on mobile devices.  
      • A new simple/clean skin with the ability for users to pick from 4 different available backgrounds.  (Just click on the paintbrush on the upper right hand side of the screen to pick your background.)
      • Users have the ability to be more expressive with custom profile pages.  While users have always been able to pick avatars, they can now more fully customize their profile page very similar to how you might if you were using Facebook.  
      • The About Us page now automatically updates to display GMs based on those who have had their user account flagged as a GM.  
      • The Schedule page and side bar schedule on each page are centrally managed from a single location.  (No more editing dozens and dozens of pages in multiple places if a change is made.)
      • Each event on the schedule page can be customized with its own cover artwork and description.  If a GM would like to customize their listing or add additional promotion text, let @Atragon9 or myself know.  You can see an example of the customized cover art at the RES Talon schedule page.  
      • Within the forums, a new and improved editor is included.  If you copy/paste something, its formatting will by default be retained, however you can remove it by clicking a notice at the bottom of the window.  
      • Much much more...  

      There are so many little things, it would be impossible to document them all.  I hope you enjoy not only the look and feel of the new site, but also the new capabilities we have.  If you run into problems, or spot something that I missed in the transition, please let me know.  

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