Quick Update on the Website

A few things have changed on the website that I’ll officially post about to keep you guys in the loop.

External links that use embedded content is now disabled in forums and activity views. Why? When a frame or resource is shown in an embedded view (like YouTube video previews) it actually pulls the resources straight from the other website and that can allow tracking users by external sites. Therefor, it is now completely disabled. Users can still follow links to content if they are interested in seeing that content. The goal in this recent change was to reduce the amount of external javascript and cross-site scripting used here.

Photos and Galleries can now be created and uploaded to the site. Users have storage they can use to upload their MeseCraft creations to share with the community and their friends.

Disabled Google fonts (we used the Ubuntu font from there). Same justifications as the embedded content mentioned before. More privacy for users.

Disabled Font Awesome menu icons. Similar pro-privacy reasons as above but also makes loading faster.

Some user profile fields removed that included things like location, real name, favorite music, food, etc. Have been removed. This was originally meant as a fun way to make your profile stand out, but removing these increase privacy.

MeseCraft has it’s own built-in tracking and analytics functions. We don’t rely on third parties for analytics. Also, identifiable information on users such as IP addresses is obfuscated so that it does not expose IP addresses even in the event of an attack. This site also honors “do not track” requests from browsers.

Also, I’m thinking of adding a XP system and awards system (badges) to the site. Let me know if that sounds interesting to anyone.

Happy surfing.



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