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ATTENTION: Forum Migration Announcement!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Taylor, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Former Stratics CEO (2011-2014)
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    Announcement: Forum Migration

    I am writing to announce that Stratics Forums will be moving to a new forum software in the near future. The software that we are currently using is end-of-life. As we’ve all seen in the past week or so, it is literally crumbling under our feet. Accordingly, while we do not feel as prepared as we’d like, the move is both necessary and urgent.

    Background

    Since May 2010, I have been personally testing a variety of software solutions, including phpBB, MyBB, SMF, vBulletin 4, IPB, and XenForo. These tests were conducted in consultation with the senior staff: Airmid, Andrasta, Magdalene, Petra, Stephen, and Thomas. We were initially leaning toward MyBB or vBulletin 4, as I currently own and operate forums using this software. Unfortunately, vBulletin 4 proved too buggy and MyBB proved insufficiently robust for our purposes. Eventually, we settled upon XenForo, because we believe that it is best suited to serve the needs of our community.

    XenForo

    XenForo is the newest professional forum software on the market. It was designed by former vBulletin developers, so you will find many features familiar. Those who were with us during the UBB era will also be pleased to see the return of a “Conversation” feature, which will replace vBulletin’s private messages. There are also some elements of social networking incorporated: for instance, all posts can be “liked” (as in Facebook), user profiles look similar to Facebook profile pages, and it is possible to “follow” your favorite users (ala Twitter). Nevertheless, despite some differences, I think that you will find that the feel of the software is very similar to vBulletin.

    We have commissioned a custom theme to be made, but it unfortunately will not be finished prior to our migration. However, I have done my best to re-create the UO Classic theme, which is the current default theme for Stratics Forums. Some images of my efforts may be viewed below. Additionally, we plan to include several features that I think you’ll enjoy, including a trophy system, an improved bookmark manager, and trading system.

    What’s Next?

    We will plan to have some scheduled downtime this weekend to once again test the migration process. This is to ensure that everything is carried over properly: posts, profile notes, private messages, avatars, images, attachments, and all other elements of our legacy. Additionally, you will be happy to know that modern migration systems do not interact directly with the database—they merely read and copy. What does this mean for you? It means that the current version of Stratics Forums will still be available after the move. We will post lots of global announcements directing folks to the new site and lock all forums, but if anything goes terribly wrong, we can simply reopen Stratics Forums on vBulletin 3.7 without loss of data.

    The actual move will take place as early as 3 March 2012.

    Anticipated Challenges

    1. Users who have custom post counts will need to have their post counts updated by an administrator. Here’s the good news: since the vBulletin site isn’t going away for a while, we can simply glance at your post count here and update it on XenForo.

    2. Commas are not allowed in usernames. If your username has a comma in it, you may request a username change prior to migration. Once migration occurs, any remaining commas will be replaced by periods. Also, we will have a global announcement on XenForo with an e-mail alias for these users to request name changes.

    3. User titles cannot be enriched with HTML at this time. This means that multiple user titles will be separated by commas instead of line breaks, at least until we can have a plugin made to allow HTML in user titles. This will primarily impact staff.

    4. Locally hosted signatures will not display properly on the new site. See this guide for tips on moving your signature.

    Conclusion and Images

    Stratics users aren’t thanked often enough. I wish I could buy you all a cup of coffee or a beer, but my wife monitors our bank account for just such events. Accordingly, I will simply have to leave it at this: from all of us volunteers on Stratics staff, thank you for sticking with us over the past 14-or-so years. We appreciate you more than you realize.

    Please voice any questions or concerns below. Alternatively, you can PM or e-mail me: [email protected].

    UO Classic Theme: http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/8529/xenforo1.jpg

    Subforum Lists: http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3513/xenforo2.jpg

    Profile Page: http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/341/xenforo3.jpg

    Conversations: http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/1825/xenforo4.jpg

    Trading System: http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/4345/xenforo5.jpg

    User Blogs: http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/7199/xenforo6.jpg

    Blackend Theme: http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/6144/xenforo7.jpg

    Flexile Dark Theme: http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7420/xenforo8.jpg
     
  2. Rupert Avery

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    Cant wait to see the new software in action :D

    Good luck with it!

    And thank you letting us know :D
     
  3. Zosimus

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    Sweet!!

    About time :p

    I forgot I had looked at that over a month ago.
     
  4. Amber Witch

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    I like the new look! Good luck on the migration!
     
  5. Barok

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    I hope the account migration to the new system works better than EA's attempt...
    :p
     
  6. Taylor

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    *laughs* Me, too, my friend.

    That brings up a good point: all of your login credentials will remain the same. Same username and password will work on the new site, save for the folks with commas in their names (see the note above).
     
  7. old gypsy

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    *buries face in hands, while crossing fingers*
     
  8. Viquire

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    Very glad to hear you have had your eye toward the future for some time, and while forced to expedite you were not caught flat footed. Good job! Good crew!

    But I think most of us knew that already even if we are short on praise. Its an ego thing. ;)

    I am very interested in the marriage of other social media platforms. Does it still have a you tube button? :)
     
  9. Taylor

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    It can be as integrated or disintegrated as you'd like. Users can authenticate (login) with their Twitter, Facebook, or Steam accounts, or they can stick with their normal usernames/passwords. We'll definitely still be able to embed YouTube videos. :)
     
  10. Lord Nabin

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    Thanks for the Evolution! I am looking forward to the new forum! These changes are never easy but we will be waiting to log in when you say GO!

    :) Thanks for all the hard work on this everyone. Your Dedication in providing an excellent place for us all to meet is very much appreciated.
     
  11. Cirno

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    Xenforo is awesome.
    Syrus is also awesome for spearheading this.
     
  12. Lord Nabin

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    Where do we send the Coffee for all those involved in this project. I got a feeling there going to need it!
     
  13. Poo

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    the current theme wont be available on the new site?

    this black marble lava-ish one we currently have?
     
  14. Taylor

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    Yeah, the UO Dark Stone theme isn't available yet. However, I am happy to let someone talented try to replicate it on a test platform and implement it. I'm just not very artistic, unfortunately. The imperfectly-replicated UO Classic theme nearly killed me. :<

    I will say this. I've found someone who has agreed to (eventually) create two custom themes for us--one light variety (ala UO Classic), one dark variety (ala UO Dark Stone).
     
  15. Just playing around a bit with the Xenforo demo site... reminds me a lot of phpBBB in layout, but with better style tools.

    The demo site allows you to log in with admin privileges and create your own styles, which you can export in an XML file. There must be a few creative folk here who are Stratics users who could create a nice custom theme for you - make it a contest!
     
  16. Taylor

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    Totally support this idea!
     
  17. Zosimus

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    Ok I do have a question.

    On the portal like this link ArenaNet System Designer Confirms Underwater Combat for Guild Wars 2 I have an embed code video. On the forums here I cant do it for some odd reason or I am just missing it.

    Will the new forums be able to do that?

    Here is the code.

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    http://blip.tv/play/AYLs_XEC.html?p=1" width="480" height="296" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>http://a.blip.tv/api.swf#AYLs_XEC" style="display:none">
    
     
  18. Taylor

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    Well, html will be turned off on the new forum as it is here. However, the new site will have more options for embedding videos. Whereas our current forums only embed YouTube videos, the new one will do Dailymotion, Facebook, Liveleak, Metacafe, Vimeo, and YouTube.

    At the moment, it doesn't to Blip.tv, but we can look into trying to get blip included.
     
  19. Zosimus

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    Find a way Syrus to do it:p

    More options is a good thing so no holding back :)
     
  20. Rhiannon

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    I am sure our believed UOStratics (and all of Stratics) will be in good hands as it always has been. I assume that there will be options so that those of us with old eyes can read black text on light background. :)

    Looking forward to the end result!
     
  21. Michael Wolf

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    Are there any other username restrictions? I managed to get a space in my username way back when and I know that's not allowed on a lot of forums now.

    Thanks,
     
  22. Petra Fyde

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    Since my name has a space in it too, I am happy to tell you that this is not a problem. :)
     
  23. Michael Wolf

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    Thanks Petra!
     
  24. Taylor

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    Only restriction that I've seen so far is that commas are not allowed in usernames. If your username has a comma in it, you may request a username change prior to migration. Once migration occurs, any remaining commas will be replaced by periods. Also, we will have a global announcement on XenForo with an e-mail alias for these users to request name changes.
     
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