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A big software update is on its way!

Discussion in 'Site Issues & Feedback' started by ElectroMaster, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. ElectroMaster

    ElectroMaster Administrator

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    Hi All,

    Because the current software has proven to be buggy and very slow, and development has all but stopped we're going to move to a new platform called xenforo. It's code base is extremely well planned and is very fast. It has some amazing features and allows addons to be created much easier - which i plan on making. But most of all it will provide a better experience for you guys.

    We're preparing the move now. It's going to take some time to transfer the data, there is over 1 gig for just the database and then there's the attachments to do... This will mostly be done in the background however, there will be a period where no new posts will be allowed (a clear notice will be posted when we're upto that stage) and I'll try and make that time as small as possible.

    Regards,
    EM
     
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  2. MrAl

    MrAl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Hi,

    Looks interesting. I hope Latex still works ok and all the attachments are visible.
    I will look forward to using the new site software.
     
  3. ElectroMaster

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    Hi Al,

    Attachment are still being transferred. Latex will definitely be added but at this stage it will be in a few days.

    Regards,
    EM
     
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  5. ElectroMaster

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    I'm still attempting to import the avatars and attachments so hang in there guys. Will have them sorted as soon as possible.
     
  6. cowboybob

    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I'm assuming the "New Member" status is temporary.

    Also the "Forum Supporter" tag.
     
  7. ElectroMaster

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    yes. sure is! I'll fix that soon :oops:
     
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    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Thank you :cool:
     
  9. MrAl

    MrAl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Hi EM,

    Oh ok thanks for letting us know. I hope everything goes well :)
     
  10. mvs sarma

    mvs sarma Well-Known Member

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    all the best ElectroMaster.
    we wait for the site to be fully normal .
    we are sure , under your management, yes, we are enjoying the site and the responses.
    Lots of learning.
     
  11. Menticol

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    Hello ElectroMaster! I've received a big message box that literally reads the following:
    1. 2
      Awarded: 1 minute ago
      Somebody Likes You
      Somebody out there liked one of your messages. Keep posting like that for more!

    2. 10
      Awarded: 1 minute ago
      Can't Stop!
      You've posted 100 messages. I hope this took you more than a day!

    3. 5
      Awarded: 1 minute ago
      Keeps Coming Back
      30 messages posted. You must like it here!

    4. 1
      Awarded: 1 minute ago
      First Message
      Post a message somewhere on the site to receive this.


      But please don't fix the "Somebody Likes you", it made me thought "Oh stop it you!" :p No, seriously, looks like a malfunction on the awards system.
     
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  12. NorthGuy

    NorthGuy Well-Known Member

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    Is it going to be an option to watch threads looking from newset posts to oldest (as with the old software)?
     
  13. jpanhalt

    jpanhalt Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    What's a Trophy Point?

    What's the difference between an "active member" and a "well-known member?"

    John
     
  14. alec_t

    alec_t Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Will we be getting the 'My posts' tab back?
    I'm having probs finding my way round the site. Is there an edit function for signature content? Is there an option to show/not show signatures? How to edit particular profile fields?
    A shame we've gone down the Tweet/Trophy/Like/Recommend route. In my view those are childish and lower the tone of the site.
     
  15. tvtech

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    I think it is a mistake.

    The old format was better. Just my personal view. The original way the site was for all this time suited me better. Remember, this site relies on solid information to guide....

    All that is going to happen now is that a lot more lost souls are going to try here for help.
    I really don't have the time or energy for that as ETO already had a problem with the older site version...now it will be worse.

    Expect many more people that expect answers without any work.

    Regards,
    tvtech
     
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  16. ericgibbs

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    hi alec.
    Hover the Mouse over your Name , on the Top right side of the top menu bar, you should get a drop down menu.

    Eric
     
  17. Nigel Goodwin

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    Changes always take time to get used to, people weren't happy when the software was changed the previous time either, but after a few weeks (and more tweaks) you'll soon get used to it.

    My initial observation is why the fixed width?, or is there an option somewhere to make it adjust to the screen like the previous software?.
     
  18. tvtech

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    Hi Nigel

    Now I understand why Eric replied in a PM I sent to him on the Weekend that he was taking care of an emergency/situation etc.

    Good luck the both of you. In fact, good luck all of us getting used to this.

    Regards,
    tvtech
     
  19. Ian Rogers

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    They must be keeping an eye on you..o_Oo_Oo_O
     
  20. jpanhalt

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    In my lexicon, trophy has a few different implications. On is communicated by the term, "trophy wife." That is, something to show around without a lot of substance. The other would be like the Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Superbowl winner. A lot of hard work and competitive skill goes into getting that.

    It was a light-hearted question. I am not objecting to the term at all. As I just turned 70, the image of a trophy wife just came to me out of the blue -- maybe in my next life.

    Considering the effort this change must entail, I think EM has done a masterful job. It is a little rocky now, but at least we were not shut down for any period I detected. I think it is far too early to raise any issues that need fixed.

    John
    (I also wanted to see how the notices by e-mail appeared to subscribed threads wrt Menticol's post above.)
     
  21. Ian Rogers

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    I think all these things are on the way.... I got heaped with a ton of trophy's as well?????
    We now have "Alerts"... on this configuration page you can subscribe to posts and such...
     

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