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NoBleme version 4.0.0

Published Sunday, December 19th 2021 (197 days ago)

It's been two years and four months since I first mentioned I was working on a yet another full rework of NoBleme. It took a long while to get here, but the journey is finally over: welcome to NoBleme version 4.

This is just a website overhaul, with not many "new" things added, but I'll still list some of the major changes that have happened with this rework.

Dark

As you already noticed, NoBleme defaults to using a dark mode now. If you're not into this whole vibe, you can switch to a light mode by pressing the little icon which looks like a sun on the top right of the page. It's okay, I get it, not everyone likes dark modes and it's fine. And yes, the old blue color theme is forever gone.

If anything looks weird, clear your cache by pressing the key combination ctrl+shift+R or ctrl+F5.

Why?

The weight of legacy code dating all the way back to 2005 was getting too heavy. Adding a little feature or fixing a tiny bug could take days when it should have taken hours or even minutes, which was ruining my motivation to work on NoBleme. It reached a point where it began making sense to just rewrite the whole thing from scratch instead of trying to fix the old code.

As a side effect, NoBleme's source code is now much more clean and readable than it was before, and is entirely in english (instead of french). This won't matter to most people, but it's an important detail.

Mobile

If you browse the website on a mobile device (and your mobile browser doesn't have some silly cache archive making the website look weird), you will notice that it now looks acceptable - which is a major step up from being absolutely unusable on a mobile device in the past.

There are still a lot of adjustments to make before NoBleme's mobile experience is on par with its desktop experience, but we're getting there and should reach that point soon enough. The plan was to release the v4 rework first, and improve upon it later.

Discord

In the past, I stood by IRC being NoBleme's only "official" real time chat service.

As Discord has gained a bit of usage within the community, it is now considered another NoBleme "official" real time chat service, though IRC remains the main one. Any update on the NoBleme website will automatically be posted on a Discord channel dedicated to announcements.

All of the Discord admins (Exirel, moop, Planeshift, ThArGos) have been made into website moderators aswell.

Compendium

Remember NoBleme's encyclopedia of Internet culture? It had a few pages documenting memes and other things, then stopped being updated and got scrapped. This was the main motivation for reworking the whole website: working on a full scale encyclopedia requires a lot of quality of life tools, and it seemed like a brutally complex endeavour to code all of them in the legacy codebase. Now that the codebase is easier to use, it was trivial to create all those tools.

This encyclopedia is now called the 21st century compendium. As of right now, there is only 1 page in it, and most of the compendium's content is very bare/minimalistic. It will take a few weeks to get it properly filled up and running, so give it time.

Politics

NoBleme's website is not politically neutral anymore. There's even a political manifesto now, and let's say it leans pretty heavily in one direction. I doubt anyone who's currently part of NoBleme's community will take issue with that, though.

Others

Pretty much everything has changed, and the amount of content on the website has overall been reduced. Have a quick look around and see for yourself. Many changes are subtle or even invisible, such as the new WYSIWYG editors or big security improvements in how sessions are handled when logged into an account.

Some old content is gone forever. NoBleme's forum wasn't being used, so it's now gone. The writer's corner didn't have enough usage to justify maintaining it, so it's gone (for now?). Many smaller pages (statistics, birthdays, etc.) are temporarily gone and will be back soon.

And everything is bilingual now. No more french only content.

Next?

The website's roadmap hasn't been updated since before the rework. Give it a week or two and it will get a major overhaul, making it clear what's coming next.

On the non-code side, my main priority is to fill up the 21st century compendium. Once it has enough pages, I have a few plans for new content which I want to add to NoBleme's website, in order to actually give people a reason to use it.

I'm glad this is done. 2 years of work is a very long time.