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General Topics => Moderator Announcements => Topic started by: Ed Lecuyer on August 11, 2017, 01:48:41 AM

Title: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 11, 2017, 01:48:41 AM
Hi everyone,

There seems to be a few people that are having trouble logging in (or joining) our discussion forum. James and I have tried all the tricks we know - but we haven't been able to fix it.

However, we are running a very old version of the SMF forum software. So we have to upgrade. We hope this will go smoothly - but it will take some time.

To allow us this time, we will be closing the Forum tomorrow (Friday) night with the goal of having it back and running (with the new software) by Sunday evening. We hope that all the posts and discussions (and bad puns) will automatically migrate over. We'll see how that goes.

We're timing this with our normal weekly backup schedule so that if things do go poorly, we can easily set things back.

So, don't be alarmed when the forum goes down on Friday night - it will be back.

Thanks!

-Ed & James.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Steve Smith on August 11, 2017, 03:07:41 AM
Good luck! And bless you both for all you do to keep this great forum going!
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 11, 2017, 12:44:06 PM
As one who only gets to spend 4 or 5 weeks a year at the museum I get my daily Maine narrow gauge "fix" from the forum. The posts keep me up to date on our restoration progress and connected to our museum.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: James Patten on August 12, 2017, 10:43:02 PM
I have upgraded the forum - as you can all tell, the forum looks different.  Let's hope this solved the problems people were having.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: John Kokas on August 12, 2017, 11:00:48 PM
If possible I'd love to see the headlight icons back, but other than that everything seems to be working well.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 13, 2017, 12:06:11 AM
Congratulations, Ed and James.  It looks a little different but we'll get used to that.

These kinds of upgrades can be extremely problematic, but you seemed to have pulled it off without a hitch. 

Thanks from all of us...
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 13, 2017, 12:34:53 AM
Very nice job, James and Ed.  A difficult job done well and quickly.

I had to work today and was missing the museum.  Got the next best thing finding the forum was back up tonight.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 13, 2017, 03:49:16 AM
Well done Ed and James!
Thought I'd have to endure a WW&F-less weekend.:-[  But, my off-chance check tonight (Saturday) brought happiness...an early cutover! ;D
Looking forward to coverage of the WWI re-enactment at Alna Center, and continuing adventures at the Fossel washout fix.

Looks nice and modern. 
Let's see how it goes.  :D
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: John McNamara on August 13, 2017, 03:59:06 AM
Excellent in every way! Thanks!
-John M
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Steve Smith on August 13, 2017, 05:00:44 AM
Bravo Ed and James! Thanks so much.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on August 13, 2017, 09:38:14 PM
Well I got back in again -This is a test only a test - otherwise it would be more substantive.

It seems to work :)
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 14, 2017, 02:31:30 PM
The big thank you goes to James for doing this. I didn't really have much part in it at all.

I do have a ton of cleanup work to do. For example, the spammers are now getting through with requests to join at an alarming rate - so I have to figure out how to curtail that. I also want to put back the #10 headlight icons for old/new messages.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Mike Fox on August 18, 2017, 12:07:01 PM
Is there a way to remove the like button? That prompts you to log into facebook, which some of our members don't use.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: James Patten on August 19, 2017, 11:08:13 AM
Facebook likes have been turned off.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Mike Fox on August 19, 2017, 10:33:25 PM
Thank you. Much easier to see the reply button
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 19, 2017, 10:42:47 PM
I'm not so sure we should have or not have the "like" button. I'm not on Facebook, so I'm not really sure what it does/did in the context of the forum. If by pressing "Like" on the forum somehow promotes the post to your public FB feed, I think that would be a good thing.

I welcome more input on this. I saw at least 3 likes - who used it and did you like the results? I can also try to make the reply button easier to see... if that is/was the issue.
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 20, 2017, 11:36:21 AM
Ed,

I do like the 'Go Down', 'Go Up' buttons.

Bill
Title: Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 20, 2017, 12:48:21 PM
As I think I understand Facebook -- but then who really does? -- if you "like" a message/post, ALL of your Facebook Friends will automatically also see that post/message.  I doubt that many would be interested in our Forum discussions.  On the other hand, if you "like" one of Stuart's posts on Facebook itself, your Friends will see that, which could be good marketing for us.