The SW Team is pleased to provide you with an update of what has been implemented since our last announcement in November.
Please note that even though we are writing less announcements, it does not mean we stopped development. We are just busier than usual, but we're planning to write more updates in the future, maybe even for smaller updates.
❤💕💘 [b]Happy Valentine's Day![/b] 💓💖💞
[big]• Standalone App and Push Mobile Notifications 📱[/big]
We took advantage of a modern (still experimental) web technology that is available on modern browsers, to make Similar Worlds behave more like a mobile app - [i]Progressive Web Apps[/i].
This technology allows users to install a SW as a [b][c=#BF0000]Standalone App[/c][/b] (on your app list) and enable [b][c=#BF0000]Push Notifications[/c][/b], even if SW is closed.
These notifications appear at the corner of your computer screen, or in the notifications drawer on your mobile phone, even if you are not on Similar Worlds. Note that native notifications will only appear if Similar Worlds is closed, or you are not "focused" on a SW page.
Adding Similar Worlds to the homescreen (as a standalone app), together with Push Notifications, should make Similar Worlds a real app on Androids! Please note that if you have PC and Mobile, you need to enable notifications on both (this is a setting at browser level, rather than global/cross-device).
Unfortunately, [u]iPhones still don't support Push Notifications[/u]. :( Windows, MacOS and Linux support them. Here's a compatibility table we made, as of today:
💡 We advise that you [u]use Google Chrome or Firefox[/u], when browsing on Similar Worlds (or any other website!), except if you are on iPhone (where you can use [u]Safari[/u]). Note that Android's default/native browsers usually have an old version of Chrome on it, and they never receive feature/security updates - and very likely they will never support Push Notifications.
[big]• Suicide Prevention 🆘[/big]
Our Report Abuse button contains now the following option in all types of posts (Profiles, Messages, Posts, etc):
☑ [b]This user may be at risk of committing Suicide or Self-harm[/b]
If you and others use this option, we will provide the user with some helpful contacts.
This page is also a good one to give to other users if you feel they should contact a help line: https://similarworlds.com/help/1-Suicide-Crisis-Help-Lines
Please help us save lives by making good use of this Report option. These reports don't count towards auto-suspension - instead we help.
We also made a page filled only with relaxing images, to help reduce anxiety and stress 🏖 🌄: https://similarworlds.com/help/2-Relax-Images
[big]• Recover Deleted Posts 🗑[/big]
You can now recover deleted threads by using this page - https://similarworlds.com/deleted-posts
You can find this page by going to your Account Settings, scroll down and find "Recover Deleted Posts »". If [u]6 months[/u] have passed since you deleted a post, it will disappear from this list.
[big]• Change Rating Level of Posts 🎚[/big]
We saw several users asking how could they increase the Rating Level of a post that was submitted with the wrong level.
We totally understand that it's very easy to miss this option at the time you post, and now there is no need to delete the thread and post it again. All you have to do is Edit your post and change it to the correct Rating Level.
Please note that it is only possible to increase the level. If you believe that our filters automatically increased the level of your post when they should have not, please feel free to let us know about that. We are happy to revise our filters if something is wrong.
We noticed that people were hitting the messages limits too often, meaning that users had to wait a few seconds until they could post the next message. These limits are now lowered, so users shouldn't really hit them anymore, realistically.
However, in order to ensure Similar Worlds stays stable and we don't hit database issues, we changed a bit the way messages are sent. Therefore, if you were the last person sending a message on a thread, for a short period of time, further messages will be appended to your previous message. Of course, if in that short period of time the other user has read the message, this will not happen, and your message will not be appended.
Not only that, notifications about new messages include now the name of the user who sent you a message, to make the notification more useful!
[big]• Other Improvements 🛠[/big]
There are [b]LOADS[/b] of other improvements and fixes. Here are some that we'd like to mention:
- Similar Worlds can now detect when you are Offline. That's better than just having the page failing!
- We revamped and re-organized the Privacy Settings. We realized we had them out of place.
- We made a number of changes to make SW more accessible to visually impaired people.
- [b]When pressing the Back button, we now always scroll back to where you were.[/b]
- In most cases, we don't show the username tags if the person is blocked.
- We noticed and fixed a number of accessibility issues with pagination on Groups.
- Photo Albums were not properly filtering Rating Level depending on the viewer's options.
[big]• Plans for the Future 💥[/big]
○ [b]More Relevant Activity in the Home Feed[/b] ○ [b]Create your own Groups[/b]
[b][c=#BF0000]If you find any weird behavior in our system, please let us know straight away by sending any of the admins a Private Message or an email to us. This is the best way to reach us and ensure that we will look into the problem as soon as possible.[/c][/b]
Thank you for your support and we hope you continue to stay with us.
We are constantly listening to your suggestions, so please keep giving them to us, as they are very important to the future of Similar Worlds.