Forum Platform Migration

Discussion in 'Announcements and News' started by Raymond, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Raymond

    Raymond Administrator

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    Everyone would have felt that the forum has been very quiet lately. One of the big issue with the current forum setup is we're using a plugin called vBSEO that rewrites the vBulletin's default URL plus many other enhancements. vBSEO is pretty much dead with no updates to support the latest vBulletin 5 (we're still running vBulletin 4). We can't disable the plugin because that will cause a lot of 404 not found crawl errors.

    Redirecting all vBSEO rewritten URLs is possible but tedious work and we thought we may as well switch to a different forum platform called XenForo that a lot of big boards are currently using. To simplify the migration and minimize possible problems, we've done the following:

    1. Usergroups such as Stars, Experienced, Moderators and Verified has been removed
    2. Most of the plugins has been disabled
    3. Private forums removed
    4. Deleted nearly 10,000 registered and inactive users (0 posts and no logged in for 6 months)
    5. Disable new user registration

    What I can say is the future of this forum will not be the same as now. I am looking for a fresh start and hope that it will be a friendlier community.

    For those that is still sticking around, I thank you.
     
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  2. paf

    paf Prominent Member

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    Hey Raymond, thanks for the detailed information :). I'm still trying to adjust to the new looks, but during these last few years the forum has been through other changes and we still "stick around" :).
    All the best
     
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    BigGuy Experienced Member

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    Hi Paf. Glad to hear you plan to stick around. I will do so as well. Thank you for the info about what is going on Raymond, I like the new look myself.
     
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    saturn Experienced Member

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    Looks good so far.Hopefully this place will get a bit busier as time goes by (y)
     
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    Will take some getting used to. But I got no where to go, lol. A Guy ;)
     
  6. Grantwhy

    Grantwhy Active Member

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    Looks good :)


    I will miss the old "New Posts" page though. It had the which forum the post was in in their own column which allowed me to use a multi-links addon (in FF) to open those forums in new tabs.

    It looks like I can still open all the threads in new tabs though (by dragging the multi-links box around the 'go to first unread message' dots .... anywhere else and it opens up other pages as well).
     
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    INDRANIL Distinguished Member

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    Looks good !! Now hope for the best ;) !!
     
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    boyzee Active Member

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    Onwards and upwards, i like the new design :)
     
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    Networx Notable Member

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    vB 5 is not very appreciated these days. Nice that we moved to Xenforo. Wise decision Raymond. (y)
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    I don't see an option to upload an Avatar in my profile. May be it is because of the tag " New member ". Can you please add the following avatar for me ?

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