New-look user profiles are among the changes

F1 Fanatic’s new features at-a-glance

F1 Fanatic updatesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A quick guide to the new features introduced on the site today.

For more on the changes, see here:

Community enhancements

  • Follow other F1 Fanatics and keeping up with their activity on the site
  • Private messaging system allows you to send direct messages to other F1 Fanatics
  • Refer to other users using @-messages and receive notifications when someone refers to on the site
  • New community functions available by redesigned top navigation bar and always in view

New user profiles

  • Name your preferred drivers, teams and other types of motor sport, and find others F1 Fanatics with the same tastes
  • Easier profile updating
  • Upload and edit your avatar directly to the site
  • Your own activity stream shows all your activity across the site including the main blog and forums
  • Post unique updates directly into your own activity stream
  • Configure which site notifications you receive
  • Option to report spam users

Click on “My Account” at the top-left of the page when logged in to see these new features. Not got an account? Click here to register for one.


  • Dedicated groups for different areas of discussion including race visitors, other racing series and more
  • Join the groups you’re interested in to stay up-to-date with them more easily
  • Suggest new groups for other subjects you’re interested in

View and join the F1 Fanatic Groups


  • Now fully integrated within the main site including the mobile site
  • Post videos from major video-sharing sites (YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimoe and more) easily via oEmbed

View the new F1 Fanatic Forums


  • New search facility shows results by article, username, group and forum
  • Individual results pages available for article, username, group and forum
  • Search box is always in view at the top-right of the page


  • General style refresh to incorporate new elements
  • Wider article and comment columns
  • Single sidebar layout
  • Revised top navigation bars


  • New mobile site design
  • Forums and threaded commenting now supported
  • New site functionality also supported
  • Toggle between the normal and desktop views on mobile devices

Bug fixes

  • Internet Explorer 9 commenting bug fixed

As always, if you experience any problems with the site please follow these steps to report them:

Please leave any other feedback on the changes below.

Posted on Categories 2011 F1 season

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78 comments on “F1 Fanatic’s new features at-a-glance”

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  1. This is a very good change. Thanks

  2. Test post to see if my Gravatar shows up…

    1. Okay, my avatar shows up if I upload it directly to the site, but the site doesn’t seem to interface with Gravatar anymore, even though the Change Avatar page says it does. (My avatar did not appear on the above post before I uploaded it to the site.)

      Also, would suggest a place on the profile to specify the country where a user is located.

      And no mention of the American Le Mans Series on the “Motorsports you follow” ?

  3. I am loving this. This is amazing stuff. Will be playing with this over the next few days. :D

    I still want comment editing, though. ;)

  4. I know this is an incredibly over-used phrase but there’s no other way to describe this and Keith’s work:

    a big fat “This is EPIC!”

  5. So much to do it will take sometime to get on with it.

    1. nice new avatar Wasif!

  6. Is Gravatar support currently broken? On the page where I can submit my own avatar picture, it notes that if the associated email has a Gravatar, that will be used. Mine certainly does — it worked until yesterday — but I get the default profile picture instead.

  7. This is Brilliant! (Yes, with a capital B!)

    I’ll be looking foward to using this siter for all my F1 needs from here on in.

    Stealthman (now known as SouthPawRacer)

  8. Very professional looking!

  9. Love the profile changes in particular. If I can offer one suggestion (hate to be critical after such a comprehensive improvement) it would be that in the replies the avatars are quite small, which is a shame. Generally great though, congrats.

    1. I think the different sizes for avatars based on hierarchy make for better readability.
      Not only you can spot more easily which are main comments and which are replies, but also they assure you can extend the indentation between them without making even deepest threaded replies “more tall than large”.
      I think It’s the right choice, aka the best compromise.

      1. You’re probably right, it’s just a shame that it’s harder to instantly visually spot who you’re talking to. Now that you don’t have to trawl through all the comments looking for your avatar to find your own comments though I suppose that to some extent renders the size of avatars a bit pointless.

  10. pretty good evolution, this site keeps getting better!!

  11. Keith, I still view the desktop version of the site when I browse with my phone and I can’t find where to change it.

    My phone is a LG Optimus 7, with the Windows Phone OS.

  12. @keithcollantine, will the site login now log us in for the live blogs as well?

      1. Bummer. I hope that’s in the cards for a future update.

  13. Now all we need is a user’s Twitter directory :-)

  14. Great job! The changes are fantastic :D

  15. Wow, didn’t see the site yesterday, had a very busy day. This looks very interesting, and good. Looking forward to exploring all the new bits over the weekend! Thanks a lot @keithcollantine

  16. This morning I decided that I should focus more on my job and spend less time reading and discussing F1 stuff on F1 Fanatic.

    But then I saw THIS.

    I don’t know how you did this but the outcome is awesome. Everyone who has participated in implementing all the changes deserves maximum respect.

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