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We're upgrading the forums to 4.1 w/e of 28 November

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Steven P.    16,935

Hi all,

After the shambles of an upgrade to 4.x which left parts of the forum either unusable (activity stream/searching/profile options) or just plain broke and feature incomplete (header menus/full spy/links within old topics) of which we also fully acknowledge, we are confident that the upgrade to 4.1 addresses most of our issues.

I want to point out, that without our upgrade to 4.0.3, many of the issues we came across may not have made it into 4.1 as quickly. IPS (the creators of the forum software) worked with Neowin to address some of the issues we had, and are still having.

Lastly, all of our developers have IRL jobs, and despite this, they have worked tirelessly to make the forums at the very least 'usable' so I want to say a big thanks to them as well.

I'm confident most of the issues we're seeing right now will be addressed with the upgrade, and failing, that the days and weeks after.

There are certain features you probably don't even notice, yet have been completely rewritten to take load of our servers, such as the minispy which no longer 'jumps' into the page, or resets after a few seconds upon load. The devs have never stopped managing the forums, and the fact that you may not notice this, is actually a good thing! :)

I can't tell you if it will happen on Saturday or Sunday yet, but I'll try to provide some notice before the forums are disabled for the upgrade. We have also ran tests against the live database for the upgrade, and everything is "looking good."

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+RNDM_STRNGR    10,599

Steve. Man... You really have to work some magic this time... And by you, I mean them... but you know this already.

 

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Danielx64    619

I really do hope that the upgrade will bring a better experience for everyone. Even now the old forum is much better, even if I was having issues before the upgrade.

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MikeChipshop    3,458

Good luck chaps! See you in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i joke :p

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BinaryData    777

If I knew how to do anything with the forums, coding wise. I'd totally help out.

Glad to see you guys are working on this. Free beer for the devs!

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BooBerry    2,671

Great!

Looking forward to it.

Will the front page will be updated with how the migrations is going & how long will it take?

v3 to v4 was down for a long time & it was really annoying to not have any updates about when it will be done.

any chance of a lite mode/gmail's comfortable/cozy/compact mode?

Thanks in Advance Guys :)

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+Anarkii    2,259

Would we have to wait for the database to be updated again Steve?

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Steven P.    16,935

Would we have to wait for the database to be updated again Steve?

Absolutely not. :p

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techbeck    7,393

Good luck chaps! See you in 2016!

i joke :p

Beat me to it!  haha

Anyway, good luck and hope things go smoother and some of the annoying issues get addressed. 

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DConnell    6,585

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But seriously, best of luck with the upgrade.

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+Sledge    333

Good luck, always a thankless task.

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pqt    275

I didn't realize that the developers weren't dedicated jobs, in that case if an extra helping hand is needed for design/front-end development I'd be willing to offer a helping hand. I do it for a living as it is but didn't know that the devs here were just 'spare time' contributions in a sense.

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Aergan    622

Best of luck with that. Hopefully IPS will deliver a working product for you implement this time around.

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zhangm    1,400

Upgrades? Bring them on. :D

What's the worst that could happen? :shifty:

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TAZMINATOR    12,430

Good luck and hope the upgrade goes smoothly this time.

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LimeMaster    15,602

Not looking forward to this. I'm hoping since it is a smaller version jump that will be done slighter faster than last time.

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adrynalyne    13,943

Not looking forward to this. I'm hoping since it is a smaller version jump that will be done slighter faster than last time.

I rather see it done right than fast.

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LimeMaster    15,602

I rather see it done right than fast.

It's a bit late for that since the damage has already been done.

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DaveLegg    1,029

Not looking forward to this. I'm hoping since it is a smaller version jump that will be done slighter faster than last time.

As you say it's only a minor version bump, the extent of the database changes and rebuilding of posts needed is much smaller (in fact, I'm not sure there is any rebuilding of posts as part of the 4 -> 4.1 migration)

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Raa    1,604

I know you can't promise it, but I hope all goes well. :)

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LimeMaster    15,602

As you say it's only a minor version bump, the extent of the database changes and rebuilding of posts needed is much smaller (in fact, I'm not sure there is any rebuilding of posts as part of the 4 -> 4.1 migration)

Well, if there is no rebuilding of posts this time, then that's pretty good. Means no extra content loss.

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adrynalyne    13,943

It's a bit late for that since the damage has already been done.

Yes but it CAN get worse.

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tompkin    153

Best of luck!!!

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+JHBrown    13,334

I'm not into luck, so I won't say good luck. However, I will a send a prayer for all of those involved. :)

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Torolol    926

can't wait to see the plethora of new bug+glitches that will happens on next update.

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