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Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:05:39 am »
See the announcement in the Forum Central area: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,327919.0.html

Becca and I don't know anything more than what it says there ... post your questions in that thread or address a message to vsAdmin.
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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #1 on: December 23, 2020, 11:37:01 pm »
    Thanks for the heads up, Ann.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #2 on: December 23, 2020, 11:37:45 pm »
    I'm unpinning this thread for the time being, just because I think most longtime members are in the habit of ignoring the pinned threads as already familiar. I'll make sure to keep this on the Writers' Cafe front page, for visibility, and will repin it once it's had an eyes-on period down here.

    If you have questions for VSAdmin, I'd suggest asking them in the thread Ann linked; Vertical Scope is not likely to be checking this Writers' Cafe thread.

    Here are the VSAdmin posts from the thread Ann linked above:

    Thread title: Announcement: New Forum Software Coming to KBoards

    Dear Community Members,


    Over the past year or two, there have been updates to the environment that have introduced challenges in usability and performance.  Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses. This has made it increasingly difficult and frustrating to support and upgrade to more modern reliable standards that users deserve.  Our advertising experience and certain ad partners have further degraded the functionality of the site.  This is not the experience we want for the members of this community.

    Members want a fast site that performs well across all devices, to be able to find relevant and interesting content, and easily share through text, images, video and messaging on a secure platform. Our goal is to provide this ultimate user experience to all members.

    We will be implementing a new platform to better meet the needs of this community and allow us to provide support more efficiently.  Our focus is to create a sustainable platform that performs well and loads faster on all devices while offering seamless ways to search and connect. Technology is constantly innovating - by creating an environment that we control we can maintain the site with more frequent improvements and maintenance updates.

    Although change can be difficult, we are here to support you through the process.  We make every effort to review existing settings and make the changes needed so the migration goes smoothly.  If you notice something doesn't seem correct once the site goes live, don't panic!  We'll have a dedicated person monitoring as the site goes live to answer any questions and provide support through this change.


    What's next? 


    I bet you're thinking, "What does this mean for me and the community?" It does mean change, but it will help solve a large majority of the issues that this site may have been experiencing.  We have reviewed reported issues, site statistics, traffic data, and user feedback to help us prioritize the changes and improvements. Uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined. Ad formatting will change with a new site layout.   The site will be more responsive - there is no need to use a mobile skin or special app!  Security and user privacy will continue to be a top priority.

    When will this be happening? Soon!  We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.  The sooner we can change that the better we can make the experience for you.  You'll start to see activity related to cleanup in preparation for migration very shortly.  We will post an announcement to the community prior to starting the actual data migration.  Once the migration begins, the site will go into maintenance mode and will be read-only while data is being migrated.

    We appreciate each member's contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you all.


    - Community Support

    We want to give you an update on the process we use once the site goes live with the new platform.

    The night before the site goes live you will see an announcement from me that the site will be going live soon. Once the actual process starts, the site will be in read-only mode while the team does the migration from the old platform to the new one.

    Once it goes live you will see an announcement thread created here in this section. All questions and feedback about the new platform should be posted ONLY in that thread.


    You will see the warranty team reply to the thread introducing themselves.
    They will add a new signature and avatar to the admin account.

    What should you be doing now before this happens?


    Make sure your email address is up to date in your account.
    If you don't remember your password, now would be a good time to reset it. Save the information.
    The link that displays all your attachments on the site will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to browse through the attachment list to see if you want to add anything from there to your albums for easy access later.

    When Will This All Happen?

    KBoards is currently scheduled for 27/Jan/21. HOWEVER, the schedule is very fluid, so that could change depending on any complications or schedule changes. We are simply giving you a heads up.

    As your dedicated support, during the transition, we will be here with you multiple times a day, answering questions and listening to feedback.

    Welcome! :)
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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #3 on: December 24, 2020, 03:52:09 am »
    Thanks for letting us know.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #4 on: December 24, 2020, 04:26:49 am »



    Please keep us updated, many thanks.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #5 on: December 24, 2020, 10:07:56 am »
    I'm unpinning this thread for the time being, just because I think most longtime members are in the habit of ignoring the pinned threads as already familiar. I'll make sure to keep this on the Writers' Cafe front page, for visibility, and will repin it once it's had an eyes-on period down here.

    Thank you! I'm one who never looks at the pinned threads.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #6 on: December 24, 2020, 11:04:15 am »
    Thanks Ann and Becca.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #7 on: December 24, 2020, 04:08:24 pm »
    Got it. I've had to implement change, so I really get it.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #8 on: December 24, 2020, 11:18:43 pm »
    Got it. I've had to implement change, so I really get it.

    Indeed, I remember the last time the software was updated. That was just to a newer version of Simple Machines, the software we're still using.

    Welcome! :)
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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #9 on: December 25, 2020, 08:00:47 am »
    I am happy to hear this. Upgrading is always good. Maybe they are getting away from Simple Machine forum software. I ditched mine last year.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #10 on: December 25, 2020, 09:06:55 am »
    SMF was great over a decade ago, but it's definitely dated now. A switch to a premium suite like Xenforo or vBulletin would be great, but even a professionally installed myBB installation would be light-years beyond what we currently have. Looking forward to it. Hopefully this means the owners will be more involved too.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #11 on: December 31, 2020, 12:13:09 pm »
    Thank you! I'm one who never looks at the pinned threads.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #12 on: December 31, 2020, 05:52:51 pm »
    SMF was great over a decade ago, but it's definitely dated now. A switch to a premium suite like Xenforo or vBulletin would be great, but even a professionally installed myBB installation would be light-years beyond what we currently have. Looking forward to it. Hopefully this means the owners will be more involved too.

    I am actually ditching Vbulletin. The SEO is like going backwards and every update it gets worse. It is like they fired their developers or something. Xenforo looks so nice and clean. My developer told me I was nuts for starting a new vbulleting last year and pushed me heavy to Xenforo. I wish I had listened.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #13 on: December 31, 2020, 11:15:46 pm »
    SMF was great over a decade ago, but it's definitely dated now. A switch to a premium suite like Xenforo or vBulletin would be great, but even a professionally installed myBB installation would be light-years beyond what we currently have. Looking forward to it. Hopefully this means the owners will be more involved too.

    Yeah, the current platform is awfully creaky, and we've lost many of the bells and whistles the original owner added, which were so nicely tailored for a forum for readers and writers. We shall see what the new environment looks like, what powers the new software gives us moderators, and whether VS will step up its presence.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #14 on: January 03, 2021, 11:49:44 pm »
    Bumping this thread for some Monday-morning-in-North-America visibility.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #15 on: January 12, 2021, 11:17:00 pm »
    Bumping this for a little visibility and to that that VSAdmin has said (here) that all threads will be migrated to the new platform.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #16 on: January 18, 2021, 01:14:00 am »
    Thanks Becca and Ann for keeping us in the loop.

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    Re: Forum changes coming -- likely Jan 2021
    « Reply #17 on: January 20, 2021, 09:59:41 pm »
    Thanks Becca and Ann for keeping us in the loop.

    You're welcome! We'll see what happens tomorrow ...

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