Forum Migration Upcoming

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  1. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    Want a Peak?

    It is likely in the coming future that we will be moving over to a completely new forum (which will also replace the homepage in all liklihood)

    The likely replacement is going to probably be Xenforo


    Why this move?
    • MyBB isn't all that easy to add things to, Xenforo has 'PHP Callbacks' littered just about everywhere in the options to allow things to more easily be added.
    • Xenforo has Native donation support, because rather then boiling away time trying to shoehorn the current broken donation plugin into doing what we want, it's easier to have a baked in solution.
    • Its much easier to embed custom feeds in the sides of the page and such, as well as making it easier for non-web-developers to add new pages without a ton of HTML work.

    For an example of a website already using this forum software take a look here.
    http://8wayrun.com/


    UPDATE!
    Mod's we're swinging for right off the bat.


    Test Forum (Import'd Yeaah!)
    http://notd.ephemeraldevelopment.com/index.php

    We're looking for input here, so feel free to give input on this; if you can offer a better alternative then it'll be considered, so fire away.


    What I know breaks in the transfer..
    • Reputation (Calm down, i'll create a script to transfer this stuff into XF's 'Likes' and trophies)
    • User Groups; mind you I don't see this being much of a problem since it's quite an easy fix.
    • Possibly Attachments/Avatars, I won't know because I don't feel like transferring a crapton of that data over to my server to test, but seriously people, replacing your avatar with a copy won't kill you. :p

    Additionally some BBCode's are changed in XF forum, example would be..

    Code:
    [align=center]
    is just
  2. Kith
    • Development Team
    • Designer

    Kith NOTD Staff: Anti-Fun Wizard Skeleton

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    If this forum gets archived, I'm all for it.

    Wishlist:
    Preserving people's postcounts
    Preserving people's reputations
  3. Extifer
    • Warden
    • Donator

    Extifer Stiffy is what Lyanden calls me.

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    You can imagine Niteshade's reaction when we migrated to this current forum from the old one. He had lost over 150 reputation plus his post counts among other things as well.
  4. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Well it'll be a double translation of this -> phpbb -> xenforo (since there's no direct migration) as I understand the one thing that may break down is some attachment stuff, but I think we can survive that :D

    So the planned migration strategy is as follows.


    Setup new forum as defaults and such
    Configure everything to as we want (Styles and such)
    Lock old forum for the move and copy/transform to new database stuff.
    If successful new forum goes live, if there's an issue then I'll unlock existing forum until i've got everything moved over.



    Kith, Xenforo has a likes/trophies based rep system, I don't believe it can have negatives.
    http://xenforo.com/community/help/trophies

    Although there are plugins to get around this, I'll work on it as a secondary objective. :eek:

    But I think the trophy thing is actually better then rep :p
  5. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    I WANT POLLS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE FORUMS!!!

    It is an easy and effective method to get fast, direct and simple feedback / perspectives from the users of the NOTD Community.

    Similar to this website = http://www.operationsports.com/

    Example of a poll on the front page of their forum:
    [​IMG]

    Previous polls are then stored in a thread in the forum which can be accessible at anytime and results and comments will be forever saved.

    Like this = http://www.operationsports.com/forums/f ... ndex2.html
  6. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming


    I guess u never visited the wiki.
  7. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming



    Ofc I visited the wiki. Which FYI is completely separate to the forums.
  8. Ability
    • Development Team
    • NOTD Creator

    Ability NOTD Creator

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Please give more inputs on this. I'll have to invest at least US$140/year on this (one-time only if we don't want continued support). Our current forum (myBB) is free. It needs to be a meaningful change for us to do this.
  9. Carlboison

    Carlboison Well-Known Member

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Mirage said that it would be easier for non-web-developers to add new pages without a ton of HTML work.

    Does this means that anyone would be able to edit it?
  10. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    No, mostly staff.

    Although in the future with it, it may be possible for users or people in the community with privileges to add to the pages in a limited fashion.
  11. Shooz
    • Donator

    Shooz NOTD Staff: Killjoy

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    In the event that we would migrate to a new forum, we would need the funds to do so via donations. We currently only have enough to support our Mumble server.
  12. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    That's already dealt with behind the scenes Shooz. :D
  13. Yuey
    • Warden

    Yuey Warden

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Quick question regarding forum trinkets and toys before the migration. Is it possible to have a small window showing who's on the Mumble server as well as a quick join server option like this: http://theascended.enjin.com/ (scroll down slightly, its on the left hand column). (That's my Planetside2 main's outfit if you're wondering.)

    It would help with quickly seeing who's online on Mumble and whether there's anything going on at the time. I know that forum uses TS3, just wondering if its possible for Mumble.
  14. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Yes, in fact that was one of the reasons behind the switch, its rather easy to embed that into Xenforo as compared to MyBB, currently its only on the main page for just that reason.
  15. QuantumMech

    QuantumMech Well-Known Member

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    I think this would be a great idea, and I would love this a lot. Though the only thing I can say about it is, do you the staff need to sink that much money into the forums right now/in the next few months (I'm assuming the latter for the transition)? I love the idea a lot, being able to support a community in more ways than just posts is great.
  16. Mirage
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    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Its just the one deposit for the license and the donation paypal has sufficient funds for it, and with what I've been asked to do with the current forums (and how irritating it is to do some of the things) its more efficient for time to switch to a more powerful forum solution, and then the thing shooz has been yelling at me to get working (the donation bar) will actually be ever so easy to get going.
  17. QuantumMech

    QuantumMech Well-Known Member

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Well, if that is the solution you see as best, I have absolutely no problem with it!
  18. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Testing the port now on my own site with a copy of NOTD's database.

    Remind me to kick whoseevers ass decided to fuck with a poll by hand and make an amount of votes 99999999, which mad ehte conversion process explode.


    Additionally, test import succeeded (as far as I can see, yes I know rep is gone; but I will work up my own script to deal with that, calm your tits)

    http://notd.ephemeraldevelopment.com/index.php

    Give me input on how the import looks completion wise, avatars may or may not be there in the REAL import (I didn't feel like transfering craptons of attachments to my server for this test, sorry lol?)
  19. Yuey
    • Warden

    Yuey Warden

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Well, only Moderators and up could fuck around with poll numbers, so your potential list of candidates' ass to kick is limited to like 10.
  20. Mirage
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    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    RE: Forum Migration Possibility Upcoming

    Yep.. And I plan to track them down because it got in my goddamn way..

    But otherwise successful aside from user groups, but I can fix that in like 15 minutes by hand. :)
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