A couple of new features

Rich Stone - April 11th 2009

I've just added a couple of new features to the site.

Firstly, there's a new badge to reward those of you who really push the site to your friends - on your My Settings page you can now add the GamerTag of the person that recommended the site to you. They will then get a nice new referral badge!

I've also added a bit more functionality to the chat room. This is still in a very early Beta, but you can find it under the Forum menu.

I've completely re-coded the messageboards (although you probably won't notice). All the thread lists are now generated in a single database query - beforehand it could be up to 100 queries per page.

This is all part of the ongoing drive to optimize the site in every way possible, in order to allow for more concurrent users.

You may have noticed the site being down twice over the last week. I think I have tracked the problem down now, so hopefully that won't happen again. If it does, I now know the probable cause and can try some other things. I did think it was purely down to the number of people using the site at once, but I now know that's not the case. I would like to see how the site performs with 500+ logged in to see if my re-writes have had any affect.

Anyway, have a great Easter!