New Release: PeepSo & Gecko 3.1.1.0

Introducing Name Based Avatars (Early Access) and small improvements to photos mobile lighbox.

Photo lightbox improvements

Since our previous release, notifications related to photos now open a relevant photo in lightbox view. We have improved this mechanic for mobile devices, making sure clicking these notifications automatically brings the comment section of the relevant photo lightbox into view. We have also improved the comment section by adding a small thumbnail – so users can easily tell, what photo these comments are related to.

Early Access: Name Based Avatars

This small but powerful new feature aims to replace the old gendered default avatars with ones based on user initials or username. For users with no custom avatar uploaded, instead of plain male / female / neutral face, PeepSo will generate character based avatars with a random background. The admin can control the color scheme in a limited way – by setting the “brightness” of the background and the font and/or opting for a grayscale solution.

PeepSo > Config > Appearance > Default Avatars section will show once enabled in Early Access

This results in a bit more personal look and feel to your Community, and avoids “exposing” user genders through imagery. Perhaps the most relevant use case here is the “latest members” widget which tended to have a lot of similarly looking images, since new users are less likely to have a custom avatar already.

Latest members widget with old avatars (left) compared to Name Based Avatars (right)

Holidays Slowdown

Please do note that as we are approaching the end of the year we will be having our annual slowdown in support. It might take a tad longer to get replies to your tickets so please do be patient with us. It has been a challenging year for everyone and it seems like all of us could use some rest.

This release also the last one of the year. Thank you for all your support and involvement in helping us make PeepSo better. None of this would have happened without you. See you next year!


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Brought to you by PeepSo Team Matt Jaworski
I am a professional nerd with **over a decade of experience** in the field of Open Source web development. Before [PeepSo](https://PeepSo.com) I was a contractor and have helped build successful businesses around the world, including USA, UK, Germany, Indonesia and Malaysia. A couple of years leading up to founding PeepSo, I was involved with JomSocial - a social networking extension for Joomla. Stepping up from the role of contractor to business owner, I became [PeepSo](https://PeepSo.com) founder and Chief Technology Officer. I strive to build beautiful, fast and functional software that **empowers the users to build their own digital tribes with full autonomy and freedom** often not available on the mainstream social networking media. As a **location independent** *digital nomad* I travel almost constantly, although over the past five years I have spent most of my time in Indonesia and Malaysia. I speak fluent English and Polish, decent German and Spanish and even some Indonesian.

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@peepso_user_29281(Chris Krantz)
Where did the repost button go?
December 23, 2020 12:50 am
@peepso_user_10(Matt Jaworski)
@peepso_user_29281(Chris Krantz) it was moved to "..." button in PeepSo 3. But based on user feedback, we plan to move it back to the spotlight - this time by combining "social share" and "repost" into a single area, to save space and keep logically similar features in one place.
@peepso_user_29281(Chris Krantz)
@peepso_user_10(Matt Jaworski) Awesome!! I'm glad to hear it.
December 23, 2020 2:44 am

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