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Discussion in 'UHall' started by Petra Fyde, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Petra Fyde

    Petra Fyde Peerless Chatterbox
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    The announcement at the top of the board.

    I'm sure there'll be a multitude of new things for everyone to complain about as a result of it. I'll make sure I've got all my favourite gifs handy when I need them :D
     
  2. Taylor

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    Will receive e-mails of any replies to the post or any re-posts. I'll try my best to answer any questions that you may have.
     
  3. Ludes

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    What Announcement?
     
  4. Tazar

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    Look at the top of the forums right above the sticky threads...
     
  5. Ludes

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    Oh ok thanks Tazar,

    So really what does this mean to us posters? We all have to resign up? or reset our avatar pictures or what..

    Gimme some details on what it's all gonna mean..

    I bet some people will be concerned over post counts... lol
     
  6. Tazar

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    From what I understand, everything *should* (note disclaimer there) port over to the new forums - but for specific questions, please E-mail Syrus at the address in the post. If we get good questions, I would imagine we could do a FAQ or Q&A type post with more details.
     
  7. Taylor

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    Your posts, avatars, signatures, PMs, usernames, passwords, etc. will all be carried over. All it means for you is learning a few new tricks for navigating around.
     
  8. Flutter

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    Lies.
     
  9. popps

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    Is there a risk that we might loose our Private Messages INBOX and SENT stored messages ?

    If so, how do we easily (and quickly without having to do it one at a time...) store them away on our computers ?

    Something like select them all and copy or move them onto a folder on our computer, for example....

    Thanks.
     
  10. Sevin0oo0

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    and Post Count reset
     
  11. Mapper

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    If you select all your PMs, at the bottom is a drop down menu where you can export to TXT files etc. But as said above, Pms should transfer.
     
  12. Taylor

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    We're going to give Flutter an extra special, pink, fuzzy, fluffy type of avatar of some sort. :p

    No, there is no risk. During the initial testing, outgoing and incoming messages were all migrated successfully. Also, if for whatever reason they are not, the old site will still be here--you'll still be able to access them.

    Yes, this will happen for some users, as stated in the announcement. However, the old site will still exist. We can simply glance at your old post count and update accordingly.
     
  13. Flutter

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    YAY!!!

    Hey.... wait a minute....
     
  14. Sevin0oo0

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    Remember folks this isn't an EA thing, this should actually work, right?

    For most of us who stay logged in continuously, is the most that should happen is our cookie expires, and we have to log in? or maybe not even that?
    Will different sections of Stratics come up at different times, or is it a complete down, and then availability restored?
     
  15. Taylor

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    With 2 million posts, we're certainly a hefty board, but we're a shrimp compared to some of the 10-12 million post boards that have successfully migrated to XenForo. Also, we've already tested the migration system and will be testing again this weekend. The one bug that we did find, one of the three founders of XenForo personally helped correct. I think it should work! But if it doesn't, this site will still be here. We'll simply open it back up.

    Yes, you should be able to immediately log into the new system. When we say "downtime," basically we'll just be placing vBulletin into maintenance mode to prevent additional data from being added to the database while the XenForo system reads and copies the database. This actually isn't necessary, but just a precaution to make sure everything is pulled over successfully. When it's in maintenance mode (for three or so hours), the forums won't be accessible but all portals will still be available.
     
  16. Felonious Monk

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    Geez we've survived so much more than this already......
    Change is good.
    *Crosses fingers*
     
  17. Taylor

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    I know. I really hope this new software helps fortify our stability. :<
     
  18. Faeryl

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    I read this earlier, but wasn't in the best of moods to be saying anything...

    It looks good and seems like it'll be a positive change though! :)
     
  19. Jirel of Joiry

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    :D do ya think ya'll could make my permanant mark go *poof*? I really wouldn't mind if it did!!! :D
     
  20. elspeth

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    I think it sounds exciting and good luck with the migration! I am looking forward to the new features.

    One thing I've been thinking about lately and wondering if I should ask is this:

    Any way to customize the list of forums on a page for myself? e.g. Instead of seeing all UO stratics forums I'd like to have perhaps just UHall, the dev forum, a couple of professions forums and then just one shard forum for my own shard. Is there a way to do that in the current and/or new software?
     
  21. Taylor

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    Currently, the way to do this is to create custom sidebar column here: http://vboards.stratics.com/usc_cp.php. Add the forum you want to watch and it'll appear in the floating side column that floats on the left side of the forum.

    On the new site, there are a couple of ways to do this. First, every forum (for the first time) will have its own RSS feed. Any RSS feeder will allow you to subscribe only to the forums you want. Secondly, we can weight the possibility of installing a plugin that will allow users to "watch" whole forums (akin to "watch threads").
     
  22. Lorddog

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    meh

    lorddog
     
  23. QueenZen

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    :)
    Well when or IF ya need em,
    don't forget a gif
    about a lil acorn
    falling on Chicken Little's head
    making for that famous saying,

    that the sky is falling !

    :pancakes: :)
     
  24. Petra Fyde

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    That would be this one?
    [​IMG]
     
  25. Taylor

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    I found this one that I like recently:

    [​IMG]
     
  26. claudia-fjp

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    Considering no website I've gone to since the birth of the internet has had more down time than Stratics it certainly can't hurt!
     
  27. Taylor

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    I can't but agree. The weekly downtime has been completely and utterly unreasonable. I really hope that the new setup will make us a more professional organization.
     
  28. Tina Small

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    I was trying to look through the archived threads for some old information and discovered the link to them (i.e., the one in the bottom right corner of the page) no longer works. Will you be fixing this soon and/or will we still be able to look through older threads once you start up the new board? Or are all those old threads permanently gone?
     
  29. Taylor

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    Will you link to an example?
     
  30. Tina Small

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    Hmmm....I'm not sure what you mean, Syrus. I'm talking about the link at the very bottom of the page, the one in the right corner that says "Archive." It used to take you to page after page after page of old threads from the various Stratics forums, including UHall. It wasn't a particularly "pretty" set of pages, but they were functional.

    Now when I click on that "Archive" link at the bottom of the page, I end up on this page with a message that says "Oops! This link appears to be broken": http://vboards.stratics.com/sitemap/ . That's why I'm asking if you've temporarily or perhaps permanently gotten rid of the ability to search the archives of various Stratics forums.
     
  31. Taylor

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    We haven't done anything to them related to the move. Have you been able to access them since our acquisition by TGN?
     
  32. Tina Small

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    Here's a screenshot showing which link I'm talking about, Syrus.
     

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    I'll ask Stephen if he knows where they are.
     
  35. Tina Small

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    Thanks, Syrus.
     
  36. Spiritless

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    Stratics inability to run something as simple as a forum in 2012 without tons of downtime, various DB issues and changing the forum software every few years is pretty amusing.

    That said, XenForo is a decent, modern forum solution which has the potential to be very decent. This current vBulletin version absolutely sucks and looks and behaves like something from the 90s so I don't blame you guys for wanting an upgrade.

    If history is anything to go by, however, excuse me for not having faith that this will be a smooth transition.
     
  37. kelmo

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    Man, tough crowd...
     
  38. Taylor

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    My job is supposed to be filling portals with content--not doing technical stuff with forums. I'm a writer, not a coder. Unfortunately, the forums are falling apart and there's no one else to do it.

    I'm doing the best I can. :(
     
  39. kelmo

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    Syrus, You are simply awesome. Thank you.
     
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    *nods* Especially when considering that the boards are constantly under bot assault. Look at the notes section under reforging information. It claims to have defended itself over 10k times in slightly more than six weeks. And I am willing to bet that that little comment window is not alone.
     
  41. Taylor

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    One new feature is that we've agreed to create a "Suggestions and Bugs" forum attached to Stratics Central's category. Although we won't be able to implement every suggestion, we think it's important for the whole Stratics community to play a role in the development of our functionality.

    Tina, Stephen wasn't sure what happened to the archives, but if you were able to access them recently, they're still on this server somewhere. We're not going to delete these forums, nor anything from this server, for months post-transition. During this time, we will make every effort to locate and re-activate the archived content.

    The community's legacy is the most important thing to me. My highest priority is making sure we never lose any users, content, posts, etc. I'll do whatever I can to re-activate the archives.
     
  42. Lynk

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    The most important question, is will my infraction history be carried over?

    It would take several years and a lot of patience for me to re-create that history.
     
  43. Taylor

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    Administrators and moderators will be required to access existing infraction histories on a case-by-case basis and re-apply the points. These forums will remain up, so this history is safe. However, a better option would be to never give them a reason to access your old history and re-apply the points. :)
     
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    You're crazy. I like you, but you're crazy.
     
  45. Taylor

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    Update: locally hosted signatures will not display properly on the new site. See this guide for tips on moving your signature.
     
  46. Sevin0oo0

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    @Syrus, I was just curious, in the new change will any additional features be added, or enabled, as in a "Like/Thanks" Button? I think people might simply want to say I like that! w/o further comment, while giving them increased activity on the board at the same time. I know several in the past have mentioned, just thought I'd ask as well.
     
  47. Taylor

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    Yes, there will be some new features, including a "like" button! :)
     
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    It is pretty freakin' cool. *chuckles*
     
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    Will the new forums finally catch up to 1998 and use CSS instead of having images and javascript for everything? I'd love to be able to look at posts while tethered but stratics eats more bandwidth than youtube with all of it's images, not to mention it just seems silly to have an image of the color blue for the background instead of simply setting the background color.

    would probably save you guys a small fortune in bandwidth bills as well :D
     
  50. Taylor

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    XenForo is very light. Not sure how the backend works (I'm a writer, not a techy), but there's lots of helpful info here: http:XenForo Help | XenForo and XenForo Community.