BTG Update - New Features and Assorted Improvements


Thread Tagging
Tags are a common method of adding keywords to content to aid searching and discovery, a tag cloud will be visible on the advanced search page.

A maxium of 20 tags can be applied to any type of content with each user being allowed to apply up to 5 tags for each piece of content. When selecting tags a auto complete box will appear if the tag has been used before, each tag needs to be seperated with a coma.

Thread tags apply to the thread itself (rather than individual posts), so they are displayed at the top of the thread view, independent of any post.

Clicking any tag will take you to a page displaying all content that has that tag attached to it. You should see an example of what the tages look like at the top of the page subject to some CSS changes.

Two-Step Verification and Security Improvements
Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, requires you to provide two pieces of information to login. The general form is expressed as "something you know and something you have". "Something you know" is your password. "Something you have" is the new part. You may have seen this with other services, such as Google accounts. If you're familiar with that, you'll understand how it works in BehindTheGoal.

Two-step verification is something a user has to opt into sometime after they have registered. Enabling it increases security at the expense of a more complex login procedure. For many users--particularly ones that just lurk or only have a few posts--the "value" of their account is low so the cost may outweigh the benefit. However, for privileged users, the extra security should be worthwhile.

When you've enabled two-step verification, you will login with your username or email and password as normal. Once those are verified, we will determine if two step verification is needed. If so, you'll need to take the appropriate steps to complete that. Upon receiving that verification, you'll be logged in as normal.

Two-Step Verification: Setup Page -

Two-Step Verification: Losing Access
A common concern with two-step verification is what happens if you lose access to all of your two-step verification methods. We have attempted to mitigate that as much as possible.
  • Backup codes are really generated for this exact situation. If you lose your phone or your email is no longer valid, the backup codes will still work. However, this does require saving them once they're generated. This is something that not all users will do.
  • Disabling two-step verification only requires access to the password when you're already logged in. If users choose to trust a device, this very likely means that they will still have access to their account. Once they verify their password, they'll be able to change their two-step verification settings as necessary.
Improvements to notices
  • Displaying an image (visitor's avatar or custom image)
  • New! Floating notices
Link title conversion
When a post is made, links can automatically be converted to show the title of the page they link to.

We have also updated the showcase addon to the latest version to fix some minor bugs and to make use of the built in tagging feature.

As usual if you spot any problems please let us know.