I know I've been working on an upgrade forever, and my dev version doesn't help you until it's live, so take the following with a grain of salt.
A 'like' button would be amazing as far as popular posts. Not threads, but individual posts within the thread conversation.
My dev version in progress has this. Up/down voting per post so authors get "karma" and people can knock down trolls.
there was a 3 letter acronym in my above between the "or" ??? "stuff" referring to an infamous historical debate that I was NOT a part of ;)
You used angle brackets so it was parsed as HTML. Joyce threatened legal action over people using the acronym "SoJ" - most laughable thing in the history of Hoops - but while his name was tweaked to use a 0 instead of O, SoJ was never moderated. The ridiculous Smyth restriction has long since been lifted.
Pagination is also in the dev version. What sort of idiot wouldn't build that in from the start... Arghh.
I will build in links-to-latest-post now. It will work for threads that get new posts after the feature has been added.
8. Reserve registered names so others can't use them.
This is the thing most holding up the dev release - how to make sure the right people get the right ID where there are conflicts? I should probably just do it and then deal with conflicts case by case.
Yes, there will be a quoting system (not like OzHo with multiple quotes per post - I think that encourages a bad style of argument) and links to replied to post. This would enable people to see when someone has replied to them as well.
I really wish all SBL fans would feel free to start per-round topics for their comp rather than the mega-thread. Even per game if the interest is there. Same with the other state leagues - please go for it. As long as one thing doesn't swamp the forum, I don't mind - topics are free...
The ability to jump to the first unread post in a thread (but I'm guessing that would take some serious work to achieve)
This would require either the assumption that people read up on every thread on their last visit, or some other per-user-per-topic tracking. I am planning for people to "watch" threads to get updates this way, either notifications by email or just when visiting.
I don't know about other people, but my bookmark to this site uses the "Latest Action" link. For some reason, threads with just 1 post (i.e. no replies) do not show up in that view.
I will look into this.
Can there be a stickied thread about how to embed videos and images?
Yes, certainly for YouTube videos. I avoid encouraging it for images and general HTML because it's too easy for people to screw up and then can waste my time trying to fix it.
Also linking of Twitter posts.
There is embed code on the Twitter site for each post that you can copy and paste. I will try to make time to put up a quick guide. I'll post again when it's ready. I am working until 2am nightly at the moment, so hard to fit all these things in unfortunately.