• Portal
  • Search
  • Member List
  • Help
  • Random Thread
  • Latest Threads

    Forum Statistics
    • Forum posts:118,301
    • Forum threads:2,911
    • Members:3,912
    • Latest member:iolcjk9

    Posted by: Wildcard - 11-12-2018, 08:23 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (21)

    Rant Central will be seven years old in the morning...

    [Image: 5929-0-5bea4a24eaf1c.jpg]

    ...I guess I'll have to do something special for you bunch of nutters...

    [Image: 5929-0-5bea4a24ef667.jpg]
    ...stay tuned. Big Grin

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 11-07-2018, 09:52 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

    By promoting threads that you create on social media and in purchased ads, Rant Central can continue to expand its reach, deepen its user base, and at the same time, showcase the great content our users create.

    In order to provide compelling links for our promotion points (FB, Twitter, IG, etc.) links need to contain certain details to be considered for promotion:

    Cover Image: Your thread must contain an image suitable for display on social media sites, 1200x630 preferably. If you have a smaller image in your post, send a private message to @Wildcard and a cover image can be manufactured for you that meets specification, using your original image.

    Example (image shown half size):
    [Image: coverpic-2698.png]

    Your image will be inset, like the above, but hopefully with a more pleasant image LMAO (Sorry @srijantje)

    Description: Rant Central automatically scrapes a portion of the first post body for a description to use. The first two lines of your opening post will be trimmed if necessary and used to create the description. If you'd like a custom description for your post, send a pm to @Wildcard and he will assist you in customizing your thread's description. (Coming soon, we will give you the ability to edit your thread's description during the posting process)

    If your thread has interesting content and a theme that we think would be compelling to our demographic, you may receive a private message asking for your permission to promote your share.

    If you think we've overlooked some valuable new threads (or past threads that have never been promoted) then you should feel free to send @Wildcard a private message with a link to your thread.

    Promoted threads may be edited to add image/description meta info as mentioned above.

    Thanks for being a part of Rant Central Smile

    Now go on out there and create some threads Tongue

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 11-03-2018, 09:42 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

    The More Ways To Share, The Better

    In an effort to making sharing easier and more intuitive, we've added the ability to showcase a link that you would like to share. Showcased links contain a preview of the content on the other end of the link and give users an idea what they are getting into.

    You can even showcase links from Rant Central:


    To use the new toy, just type or paste the link on a separate line.

    Links inside quotes will not preview.

    I hope you enjoy. Please report any problems in Site Issues & Suggestions and remember that you must have ten or more posts in order to post links on the forums.

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 10-11-2018, 04:01 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)

    Over the next few weeks, there will some big changes coming for Rant Central. I hope that these changes are viewed as improvements to the forum experience. These changes include simplification of the overall forum structure, a redesigned index page, some improvements to the forum theme, and some new tools for sharing to the community.

    It won't all happen today, but after the board is reopened today, you will notice big changes in the amount of forums and categories on RC. This simplification will be accompanied by some new thread prefixes that can be used to identify certain types of threads more easily.

    Then that's all for today. I'll be doing some more work behind the scenes that, for now, won't be visible to everyone, but in the coming weeks we will roll out a few changes at a time, as they are ready.

    Finally, I will very likely set up a way for current users to continue using the more familiar index page that we use now for a little while. I know that change is hard and I don't want to lose any of the current members over trying to get new blood in here. Just give things a try and send feedback about what you like or don't like and maybe we can make this a better forum for everyone.

    Downtime today: 2-4 Hours

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 10-01-2018, 11:31 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)

    I have made a custom plugin that automatically displays YouTube videos from links only. So there is no need to use the video tags at all for YT vids.



    Is all you need to embed this:

    If you use the [video] tags they will just be removed by the system, but some trash may be left behind. (I am working to fix that)

    Just FYI.

    Print this item

    Posted by: Wildcard - 09-23-2018, 07:03 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

    [ogg-description]Rant Central Scheduled Maintenance 09/23/2018[/ogg-description]

    The forums will be down for an hour or so for maintenance.

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 05-28-2018, 12:16 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

    The rules have been trimmed down a bit and a menu added to the header so that help and rules can be accessed. There has been cause for a fairly significant update to the rules concerning posting links.

    As some of you may have noticed, there have been a lot more spammers posting lately. Having reviewed a lot of those posts, I recognize that the biggest red flag is the posting of links by new members. And after giving it a little thought, I've concluded that there is no good reason to ever post links in the title of the thread.

    Therefore, for now at least, new users will not be able to post links at all. In fact, if they do, they will be banned and purged instantly by an automated system. This isn't something that can be undone, but it can be contested by posting in Account Issues (which can be accessed even while banned.)

    TLDR: n00bs that post links will be insta-banned without warning

    Print this item

    Posted by: Wildcard - 10-25-2017, 09:41 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (3)

    It has been pretty quiet around here lately, but I have been working to try to get things going again. I've been making a few changes in the theme and some of the functionality and I just wanted to go over it briefly in case anyone is actually reading this Tongue


    I've made an attempt to simplify the process of joining the forums by removing many of the options in the process, while hopefully deterring spammers in ways that potential members will not be annoyed by.

    User CP Is Dead

    I've rebranded it "Account Settings" or in some cases just "Settings" to simplify the concept for users. Account Settings has a new look and the tabbed interface extends to the private messaging pages as well. Again, some settings have been reorganized, but for the most part it is just a new skin.

    YouTube Video Embedding

    Now when YouTube videos are embedded in a post, they are not loaded until the user clicks play. This will help with those slow page loads in the random video thread, or anywhere multiple videos are posted on the same page. Also, quoted YouTube links will no longer produce embedded videos, but rather preview image links, which will be displayed in a new tab on youtube.com-- incidentally, I fixed the https auto-embed bug while I was at it.

    More To Come

    Historically, I have had trouble finding free time so I won't make promises, but I'm in a decent position right now in terms of obligation, so I will give it my best to finish the video auto-embedding, work on some other small improvements, and finish fixing the bugs that are leftover from the upgrade a few months back.

    Spread the word to anyone who might care, Rant Central is trying to creep back in the mix Smile

    Print this item

    Posted by: Admin - 09-29-2017, 08:31 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

    I will be working on a few issues over the weekend and should have registration restored by then.

    Print this item

    Posted by: Wildcard - 04-30-2016, 05:54 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

    RC Will Be Down For About 30 Minutes at 6pm Central Time for upgrades.

    Print this item