The Great Boards Migration
Initially, we said we'd aim to have the migration finished by April. Due to a few technical setbacks, we've had to push things back a little bit and give ourselves some more time. Now, we're currently aiming to have the beta testing underway by the end of this month. For those of you who signed up to help us with that, we're hoping to be in touch with you fairly soon to set everything up. We don't know for sure when the migration will be complete, but we're hoping for everything to be wrapped up by May. Again, this isn't a guarantee, so we'll keep everyone updated with what our plan is.
As you will have noticed by the '3 days to go', '2 days to go' message we've had up (we may have possibly forgotten to change it to '1 day to go'), we have an exciting announcement to make. This year marks the 18th birthday of the discussion boards, and we thought we'd mark it with a gift. A gift that we're sure everyone has been wanting for a while now... :hyper:
We're moving to new boards software!
You've probably been aware of a thousand and one annoying bugs, features that just aren't working, and the very retro, 90's/00's feel of this forum. The most prominent and 'in your face' problem we've had for a while now is that when you hit 'post' on anything, 90% of the time the loading wheel goes round endlessly and you have to refresh the page. When you guys rightfully report bugs like this, it sucks that we can't fix them. The reality is that the software we use right now is just too old and unsupported.
So, we're going to be migrating to Vanilla forums. This software is leaps and bounds more modern and sleek (and functional!) than vBulletin, the software we use now, and we're pleased to say it's miles better in just about every way it could be. We'll have whole new features to experiment with, new ways to customise the boards, and we'll say goodbye to a lot of little annoyances that have been annoying us and you guys for a bit too long. :rolleyes:
We've started the groundwork now, and are aiming to have the migration to Vanilla finished by the end of March. We also made a super cute video, outlining what's going to happen (shoutout to Esther and Aife for putting this together!).
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As you can see, there are a few new features that we'll have at our disposal. This is your space, so we'll be inviting you guys to help us decide how we can use them and what would work best for you. We'll be posting a thread asking for your opinions and feedback next week (hopefully Tuesday), so look out for that.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or general thoughts on this then let us know below. We're keen to hear what you think!
Mike, Aife, Emma & Esther :rainbow2:
PS: Bonus points to anyone who can spot the Lego person hidden in the picture of us at the end of the video.