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New Withhold System & More - A Blog Post for GameBanana.

Hey folks, today Ring-A-Ding Rampage and I have some news to share about updates that have been occurring on the site over the past month.

New Trash System

The Trash system has been completely replaced, with a new system that requires moderators to select specific rules that a submission is violating. We did this so everyone is on the same page about our different rules and how and when to use them Before this, moderators were providing their own custom trash reasons and there was no consistency. Also, when a submission is trashed by its owner, the owner can decide whether to show the trash notice. They also don't need to provide a reason. Overall, we hope that the new trash system is more transparent, fairer and also faster to use for moderators, since there is no longer manual inputs.

New Withhold System

The Withhold system was also replaced last week. This was a big and complex operation and was replaced for similar reasons to the Trash system. Withholds now come in two flavors - softhold and hardhold, and withholds will show the rules violated as well as how to fix them. We hope this new system is also more transparent, simpler and faster to use. We also tried to solve some of the communication issues leading to withholds taking longer to address in the old system.

Reminders 

The Reminders nav module has been rewritten and new Reminders page added. This is just the start for this module, and it will receive more content soon.

Credits support for WiPs

We added credit support to WiPs as they are now sometimes more complex projects with a lot of contributors. 

Download page overhaul

We've rewritten the download page, moving it over to our new API system. It is arranged more logically and file archive contents are now fetched on request.

Optimizations

We've done some site optimizations to improve load times. We also did some backup work to improve emergency data redundancy.

New Rules subsystems

In order for the new Trash and Withhold systems to work, we had to implement new rule systems. We now have 3 rule subsystems - Rules (site rules), Section Rules and Game Rules. These systems are used in the new trash and withhold systems.

Activity Filters

The activity page now has a filter, allowing you to show activity from specific games and members.

Along with this we've made many smaller fixes and improvements across the site.

More to come!
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