Page 1 of 9

NEWS: Forum Update week of Sept 24th-28th, Downtimes

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 13:08
by BurnIt!
It's finally happening - we are upgrading our forum software to the latest version!
The important bit first: yes, we will be importing all forums, topics, posts, private messages and attachments into the new version!

Expected downtimes during the upcoming days:
Sept 22nd/23rd: Website and forum will be offline for about 2 hours.
Sept 24th-28th: Forum will be offline for about 2 hours. Website may go offline for a few minutes.
This post will be updated with more exact times as the work progresses.

We've made plenty of custom changes to this forum over the past almost 16 years, some of which are being made irrelevant by the new software, others we've ported but some will not make it (at least not right away).
With over 4.6 million posts and 400,000 users this is a rather big task with many moving parts so changes to the upgrade schedule may be required at short notice.

What to expect?
A full conversion of our forum database takes several days to process, which is why we are splitting the work into two milestones:
1. [in progress] an initial conversion running on a copy of the database to get the bulk of the data in (this will take approximately two days during which website and forum continue to run)
2. an update import based on the latest data when everything is ready (much shorter, about 90 minutes)

This means there is a 2-3 day period where edits to existing posts or profiles will not be applied to the new database - I will post here when that period begins.

What are the changes?
Too many to list individually, but to get an idea of the features of the latest phpBB 3.2.3 forum software, you can check it out here: https://www.phpbb.com/about/features/ (not all features may be enabled for our forum however)

What the new forum will continue to have:
  • all topics, posts, users and private messages
  • game key registration
  • steam link
  • DevNet user data in profile
  • most of our X-game related smilies
  • spoiler BBcode functionality
What will not make it for the time being:
  • "ticky disk" for users(but it's the very next thing I will work on)
  • "Show my registered keys" user profile option
  • uplink stats/medals
  • [url=http://forum.egosoft.com/search/index.html?template=default&style=default.css][b]Li[/b]nk[b]Li[/b]st[/url] (but fear not, the new [url=http://forum.egosoft.com/search.php][b]Se[/b]arch[b]Fu[/b]nction[/url] should be much better)
  • the current forum styles (classic, Solaris, SpacePilot, Egosoft Modern)
  • any tweaks that are no longer necessary with phpBB 3.2 of course
What will it look like?
To avoid the nightmare that is updating a super-customised forum layout for future updates the new look will be based on the default phpBB 3.2 style "prosilver" with some alterations to get the look and feel of this forum back.
Here's a preview:
Image

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 14:46
by Xenon_Slayer
And don't worry. The CBJ bot will be ported over too.

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:01
by Mycu
Xenon_Slayer wrote:And don't worry. The CBJ bot will be ported over too.
:D :D :D

Will the new forum layout be responsive/mobile friendly?

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:06
by Tamina
Huh that looks different and we all know different is bad. Let me quickly write multiple pages about how Egosoft is doomed with this change! :D
In all seriousness: I can't wait! Finally! This is going to make writing post much easier. :D
Mycu wrote:Will the new forum layout be responsive/mobile friendly?
*Edit: It should be. Visit https://www.phpbb.com/community/ with a smartphone.

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:10
by Cycrow
Xenon_Slayer wrote:And don't worry. The CBJ bot will be ported over too.
is it true that a new Xenon_Slayer bot is being added too?

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:13
by A5PECT
Vindication! I've been asking for a forum upgrade for years!

Congrats on finally being able to pull it off. I'm guessing there will be kinks to work out at first, but I'll still be very appreciative of and support your work on the forum (and the games).

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:13
by CBJ
Mycu wrote:Will the new forum layout be responsive/mobile friendly?
This is one of the reasons for upgrading to PHPBB3 and using a theme that is based on the standard one.

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:16
by pgllrdp
Oh I do hope my computer can run this :p

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:22
by Juggernaut93
Has anybody noticed the open tabs in the OP screenshot? :P

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:23
by Mycu
CBJ wrote:
Mycu wrote:Will the new forum layout be responsive/mobile friendly?
This is one of the reasons for upgrading to PHPBB3 and using a theme that is based on the standard one.
Quite good syntax of response as for a bot :wink:
Thanks.

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:25
by Tamina
Juggernaut93 wrote:Has anybody noticed the open tabs in the OP screenshot? :P
Nice little EasterEggs :D Mail at SpaceX to send their artists into space, like the japanese company in news lately :rofl:
"Landing on Planets - The compl..." :?

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:25
by S7
Juggernaut93 wrote:Has anybody noticed the open tabs in the OP screenshot? :P
The tab right next to the screen tab is the most interesting one I suppose :D

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:36
by Alee Enn
"Why don't you make 10 louder?"
"These go up to 11."

I am excited, and I hope everything goes smoothly for you. :D

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 15:59
by Tenlar Scarflame
Wow, it's like the end of an era. :o

Looking forward to the new coat of paint. ^^

Posted: Fri, 21. Sep 18, 16:08
by DaMuncha
CBJ is a robot???