Forum Upgrade Time!

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Forum Upgrade Time!

Postby Cass » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:04 am

Well, the time has come. We're going to upgrade the forum to a newer version of the software and bring this thing up to modern-ish standards.

What does this mean to you?

1. Well, the board might go through some hiccups as this takes place. The plan is to take the board down during the upgrade, so we don't have two boards running at the same time. So I'd like to ask for your patience as we go through the process. Hopefully it won't be more than a few hours.

2. We're going to purge the userlist, so if you have an account but have never posted, your account may get purged. So you might have to sign up again.

3. Some funky things could happen to individual accounts, such as avatars not transferring over. So some of that might be needed to upload again.

4. There is a small chance your password may get corrupted, but you'd be able to use the reset password link to fix after the upgrade.

However, the pros far outweigh the cons, as a upgrade will mean that everyone who is awaiting for account activation (sorry!) can just register on their own. And some of the features that this old board couldn't handle well (such as searching) should be good to go.

Some of the look and feel elements of the board may need to be tweaked post-upgrade, and those will be fixed as we go.

The plan is to do it this coming weekend, as the board is usually a bit slower on weekends.

Will post updates as we go. Better forum times ahead!
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Postby instantkamera » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:10 am


about fucking time
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Postby themenace » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:25 am

I should probably post so I don't get purged.
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Postby Masterplan » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:34 pm


Will there be a mobile skin?
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Postby Craig » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:42 pm

The new version of the forum software is supposed to be responsive by default, meaning the site *should* detect your device automatically and configure itself to match your screen size. I haven't played with it yet, so I don't know how well it will work. Decent mobile browsing is close to the top of my wishlist, since it's pretty painful with the forum right now.

We should also get access to our profiles again, so people can set up avatars, signatures and the like.
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Postby El Pinguino » Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:19 am

...and can we kick out users who will inevitably complain that they miss the "old" forum after the upgrades are done? :D
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Postby Belgian » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:22 pm

Buy this man a beer!
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Postby Cadbury102 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:35 pm

Excellent news. It sounds like it'll be a nice transition. Hope it goes smoothly for you Cass.
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Postby G.M. Gillman » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:49 am

Good news Cass. The old software has been very sturdy and you don't owe it anything certainly, but we here all owe you our sincerest thanks for keeping the forum going.

A suggestion: given the change, why not take the opportunity to include a whisky sub-forum?

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Postby Tapsucker » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:42 pm

I say this would be a good time to wipe out all of the beer reviews and make us start over. Give everybody a quota of, say, 50 beers to review and have them submitted by Monday when the new site is live. :D
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Postby NRman » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:36 pm

Good luck!! ;-)
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Postby Krys » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:40 am

First post. Don't want to get purged.
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Postby spinrsx » Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:08 pm

What happened with this?
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Postby iguenard » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:19 pm

Just admit that the "What are you drinking right now?" thread is the new Y2K and the world will implode at 1000 pages.

I resist to this change as all change is bad.

So... when can we log in?
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Postby ercousin » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:57 pm

Are we no longer allowed to edit our profiles? I wanted to add a signature, but I just get a white splash screen when I click Profile.

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