Forum upgrade

Discussion in 'Announcements, Rules, Admin Questions' started by Mark, Jul 26, 2018.

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Do you want our forum to be upgraded?

Poll closed Aug 26, 2018.
  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. No

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Not just yet (maybe in 12 months)

    2 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

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    Dear Forum Members,

    the software platform powering our forum has recently released a major upgrade and I wanted to get your thoughts on whether upgrading our Forum is something you'd be happy to see considering the following points:
    • The "skin" or forum "look" will change completely to something new and more modern.
    • Many of the features and addons will be different and may take several visits for you to get used to the new site.
    • There will be downtimes both scheduled and non-scheduled to fix bugs/issues created when conducting the upgrade.
    Overall, security and general operation should be better - at the end of the day, they've upgraded their software to improve it of course.

    I could keep running this version for another 12 months or so as it is still completely supported and secure but I just wanted to see what you guys thought.

    Let me know what you think and also have your vote in the corresponding poll.

    Cheers :)
     
  2. stevo

    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member

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    I'm always up for any changes, what could possibly go wrong? :cheers:
     
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    I'd like to see screenshots of the new format.
    I like this format (skin). It's easy on the eye and easy to read with little clutter.
    The more modern skins make me edgey so I generally leave that forum.
    This new stuff suits young people mostly.
    But I understand that this platform is suffering certain difficiencies or short comings.
    As the forum membership gets bigger, so the issues will become more complicated.

    Anyway I voted to wait 12mths. I would add that the change should be slow and progressive with the old forum remaining in parallel for as long as possible.
    Personally, I'm still struggling with a less than perfect computer, so still resorting to this frustrating tablet with its own short comings.
     
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  4. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

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    It seems that waiting for 12 months might be the consensus...

    There's no rush - I'll revisit the upgrade next year then :thumbsup:
     
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    A forum upgrade is coming soon.

    I won't be changing the format too much at all but there will be some cosmetic changes to our forum as it rolls into the upgraded version.

    There might also be some functionality that needs to be removed if it isn't compatible with the new version of forum software, however, if this is necessary it will be replaced with something better so it will be a matter of getting used to new functions rather than "losing features."

    Speaking of functionality, the new version will have significant improvements in function and have a more familiar/modern interface making it easier for members to navigate and contribute.

    Overall security will also be improved and how people find or search for information on the site will be much better.

    I want this upgrade completed by the end of this month or mid-next month at the latest.

    I will inform you of any planned outages or interruptions.
     
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