Neowin Forums offline for upgrade to IPB 3.4.5

As mentioned earlier in the week on our forums, the upgrade is now taking place. This could take most of the day to complete, but it could be all over before in a matter of hours. The extent of the upgrade is far less intensive than that of 3.0 -> 3.2 and our databases have already been prepared for the upgrade earlier in the week, so hopefully the downtime will be minimal. 

Timan has ported the current "Pegasus" theme to Invision Power Board 3.4.5, so for many there won't be a very noticeable change except of course for a few more new options, and complete IE10 compatibility.

Noticeable changes to come are an overhaul of the warning system, we can now give standard reasons for warnings, although the note to the offender will always remain custom to the infraction. Members will also be required to "acknowledge" any warnings before they can post again. This helps our moderating team against members "going off on one" in multiple topics.

And finally there is an archive option built into IPB now. So we will be able to archive topics that haven't been replied to for a year (this may change to a shorter period) this will definitely speed up the forums and SQL database, more info on that when the upgrade is completed.

Answers to FAQ

  • Yes, Everything will be preserved (with exception to Blogs).
  • There will be no Darkside theme initially, we are going to be updating the whole site with a new theme, a new Darkside will return. Maybe try f.lux?
  • We don't know how long the upgrade will take, or when the new themes will be completed (yet).
  • As pointed out months ago, Blogs are being discontinued for subscribers. They will not be accessible after the upgrade.
  • The default Pegasus theme is completed and will be used initially, it will be the only available theme.
  • Yes, we will be using the "Solved" feature for all tech related forums.

We appreciate your patience while we upgrade, as long as the upgrade is taking place we will also not be able to publish any news due to SQL database management.

In the meantime the main news site will remain online as well as IRC; details on how you can connect to Neowin IRC can be viewed here.

If you have any questions relating to the upgrade, I'll do my best to answer your questions below. I'll also be tweeting to @NeowinFeed on our progress and when the forums come back online.

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I think very few people were using them and the 'cost' of having them around wasn't worth the little traffic they were getting. The admins can correct if I am wrong but that was my understanding.

I like it
so this site is now Dushmany approved
(Just need to wait for the Chuck Norris approval)
I like the notifications, and the fact that I can see my warning level which is approaching spent Neo....
I just wish the site would remember personal preferences <just a nit pick really> Things like the tile 8 and expanded width settings, (I can wait for the themes)
And the member colouring system, (Don't like the banned <or guest> colour) <--- again, just another nitpick, I'm sure it's on the 'to do' list

We're back!

http://www.neowin.net/forum/

DaveLegg (developer): "Hopefully, there's still a few things left for us to sort, but as Marcel who's doing the upgrade has gone to bed, I decided to turn it back online instead of leaving it offline all night. If you encounter any issues, please post them in the Site & Forum Issues forum, and we'll address them ASAP."

Anaron said,
We're back!

http://www.neowin.net/forum/

DaveLegg (developer): "Hopefully, there's still a few things left for us to sort, but as Marcel who's doing the upgrade has gone to bed, I decided to turn it back online instead of leaving it offline all night. If you encounter any issues, please post them in the Site & Forum Issues forum, and we'll address them ASAP."


Not back on this end, but I'm sure it will be soon

Anaron said,
We're back!

http://www.neowin.net/forum/

DaveLegg (developer): "Hopefully, there's still a few things left for us to sort, but as Marcel who's doing the upgrade has gone to bed, I decided to turn it back online instead of leaving it offline all night. If you encounter any issues, please post them in the Site & Forum Issues forum, and we'll address them ASAP."

No notifications here.

It's actually functional but for staff only at this time, I can't comment on the specifics but I can tell you it's working and they are working to finish it up ASAP.

xendrome said,
It's actually functional but for staff only at this time, I can't comment on the specifics but I can tell you it's working and they are working to finish it up ASAP.

Dammit, Chloe we're running out of time!

Please make sure the expanded width doesn't go away from main site. So much better than squished width on modern monitors. (1680x1050 16:10)

What do you mean by expanded width vs squished width on modern monitors?

I only get the regular site view currently, centered on dark(ish) blue(ish). (1920x1080 16:9)

If it's truly a responsive design you should (hopefully) get more content in widescreen than the current site and it'll wrap that content into a vertical flow (or into menus, condensed format, etc.) the smaller the display size gets.

thomastmc said,
What do you mean by expanded width vs squished width on modern monitors?

I only get the regular site view currently, centered on dark(ish) blue(ish). (1920x1080 16:9)

If it's truly a responsive design you should (hopefully) get more content in widescreen than the current site and it'll wrap that content into a vertical flow (or into menus, condensed format, etc.) the smaller the display size gets.

You can specify the width/colour etc. although its not automatic its there. Maybe this will remove the need to set it that way?

I'm beginning to get the shakes, blurred vision, chills...must have...
...
...
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... Neowin Forums soon....

So much for tweeting about progress. Nothing on the feed since the initial post announcing that the upgrade started.

they were on/off for a while now.


the comment about main news site being unaffected is a lie! clearly it is not working a lot of the time. though without new news postings, it does not really matter.

as long as the upgrade is taking place we will also not be able to publish any news due to SQL database management.

If you have any questions relating to the upgrade, I'll do my best to answer your questions below.

What sorcery is this? And if you say, "aliens..."

Edit: To be a bit more specific, how can you not publish (add to the database?) but still comment (add to the database?) I have no idea how a website this large works so that might sound stupid.

Edited by Nick H., Jun 16 2013, 9:12am :

news comments database is separate from the forums, but publishing news affects both databases. There's a reason Marcel said it and I'm not about to disagree

"There will be no Darkside theme initially, we are going to be updating the whole site with a new theme, a new Darkside will return."

There is coming a redesign of the site?

Neobond said,
Yes, we're going to move to a responsive design. Hopefully for the forums too.

Please allow the option to edit a post when using a smartphone; I cannot do it when using my 920. And yes s, I use the desktop version.

It would be nice to see a complete re-design.. the current design is nice but it's not very modern in that it's too busy with lots of gradients and emboss effects... it couldn't be further away from being a decent representation of a '(un)-professional' news source.

jakem1 said,

It seems to be a problem in IE10 for WP8 and Windows 8.


Do you have this issue in W8 too? I have it in WP8 but not in W8, desktop version of IE though. I will try the,Metro one tomorrow.

Fritzly said,

Please allow the option to edit a post when using a smartphone; I cannot do it when using my 920. And yes s, I use the desktop version.

Editing posts works just fine on the mobile skin on my Nexus 4. Glad I use a WebKit browser.

Neobond said,
Yes, we're going to move to a responsive design. Hopefully for the forums too.

I like what I hear! Hope it would be minimal, with some cool colors, and responsive at the same time! Do tell me if I can beta test or something!