Ashen Foundry

Ashen Foundry Development Tracker

Hail traveler and welcome to Ashen Foundry, your home for discussion, guides, and tools to optimize your Ashes of Creation experience! Our site launched on July 4, 2017 and is still under active construction to add awesome tools and functionality that can empower the player experience. This article details the work that is currently underway to continue improving the site. You can learn more about the overall vision for Ashen Foundry on our About Us page.

The sections below highlight current action items that are being actively worked on by the Ashen Foundry team. If you have a great idea for how we can improve the site that is not listed here please share it with us in the Site Suggestions topic.


Current Known Bugs

  • Visual overlap of site title and content for medium-width css breakpoints

Feature Requests

Social Systems

  • Consider user friendships system

Navigation

  • Improve navigation menu with simple dropdowns
  • Add basic search functionality
  • Add advanced search page

Admin Systems

  • Shared moderation queue with report objects that can be handled as a team.
  • Advanced moderation tools - merge consecutive comments
  • Integrate with Twitter (and possibly Facebook) to automate distribution of content messaging
  • More robust featured image functionality for approved users.
  • Add an email contact form.

About Atropos:

I am a dedicated gamer and MMO enthusiast who has been involved with MMO communities since EverQuest. As the creator of Tamriel Foundry and Ashen Foundry, I love the challenge of building platforms and tools for MMO communities to flourish.

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  1. #1

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    Completed Milestone - Launch Technology and Core Systems

    • Create basic Django project and app structure
    • Deploy production and test environments in EC2
    • Configure Nginx as HTTP server
    • Create PostgresSQL database layer
    • Add LESS static precompiler
    • Add Redis cache support and caching functionality for users and profiles
    • Add signed SSL certificate
    • Add DKIM signed email SMTP support with SES

    Completed Milestone - Users, Permissions, and Profiles

    • Define basic permissions and groups system
    • Define custom User model
    • Add front-end user authentication (login/logout) system
    • Add user registration process including ReCaptcha and email verification
    • Add secure password reset process
    • Add profile fields for biography, signature, contact methods, and character information

    Completed Milestone - Articles, Editing, and Moderation

    • Define models for Category, Article, Comment, and Image.
    • Create article views for creation, editing, and viewing.
    • Create category views for forums and categories.
    • Add comment loops, submission, and edit forms.
    • Integrate Froala Editor for a beautiful WYSYWIG experience.
    • Develop content evaluation, prioritization, and scoring algorithm.

    Completed Milestone - Notification Systems

    • Add banners for site messages and confirmations
    • Add achievement-style popups for real-time notifications
    • Add notifications alert to header login
    • Add notifications system to user profiles

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.

  2. #2

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    New Feature - Mention Notifications

    Hi all, I'm excited to push an update for the first new post-launch feature update for Ashen Foundry. This update adds mention notifications used by tagging a user like so: @Atropos. Any mentions that reference valid users will automatically be converted to links which direct to that user's profile. You can use either the user's displayed name or their username (from the URL of their profile).

    Furthermore; when you mention another user they will receive a notification letting them know that you referenced them directly. If you accidentally typo the username or decide to edit your comment to add a mention you have a 5 minute window from the time when the Article or Comment is initially posted to insert new mentions. After that you can still add mentions which will be converted to links, but will no longer trigger notifications.

    I hope everyone enjoys the new feature and finds that it agrees to help promote meaningful discussion. Please don't hesitate to point out any bugs or suggest additional feedback here: https://ashenfoundry.com/articles/site-suggestions

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.

  3. #3

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    New Feature - User Profile Badges

    I spent some time this week building a profile badges feature which is now live! 

    In the short run, badges are earned as you contribute to the Ashen Foundry community. In the longer run, I hope to feature game API integrations that will allow for gameplay related badges to also be advertised on your user profile. You can check out a list of the available badges here: https://ashenfoundry.com/badges/

    This system is pretty new, so please be sure to share any feedback you have or bugs you encounter here: https://ashenfoundry.com/articles/site-suggestions/

    Thanks, and enjoy!

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.

  4. #4

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    Ashen Foundry Upgraded to Django 2.0!

    Quick note: I've finished upgrading the site to Django 2.0 which brings some nice new features and performance improvements to the platform which we will enjoy as I continue working on the network migration for Tamriel Foundry.

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.

  5. #5

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    Image Caption Support

    Hi all, a note on a small but nice functionality improvement to our rich-text editor. We now support image captions which can be added whenever you embed an image by clicking the image to open the image editor dialogue and then choosing the caption button which looks like a comment icon. 

    Here's an example of an image with a caption:

    Glowy, so pretty!

    Captioned images can be aligned, sized, or styled similarly to any other image. Enjoy adding captions to images in your articles :)

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.

  6. #6

    Atropos

    Administrator152 Posts

    New Feature - Private Messaging

    Hi all, I've launched a new feature for Ashen Foundry which supports private messaging (or group messaging) between users. You can access or send private messages from your user profile under the Messages heading.

    I have tested the system fairly thoroughly, but there may still be a couple of bugs, so I'm going to monitor the behavior for a while. Please don't hesitate to report any issues you encounter when using the new PM system. 

    Thanks!

    Creator of Ashen Foundry and Tamriel Foundry. Former guildmaster of Entropy Rising. Economist and MMO enthusiast.