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We're going to be making the jump to some new forum software (which should solve some of the problems and limitations with this one!), and we're hoping to make the move sometime next week.

I've done a test upgrade and all works well, but I'm just waiting for a few little tweaks before we move over. All of the data, attachments and so on will remain exactly the same - it's just the interface that will change, but it's so much easier to use :).

I'll post a bit more once we get closer to the day :D.
 

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may be it will help stop spammers more there is one in recent status updates freeimage something or the other
 

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To be honest, I'm not a fan of fixing things that ain't broke and so far, this ain't broke. What problems and limitations was this forum having?
 

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To be honest, I'm not a fan of fixing things that ain't broke and so far, this ain't broke. What problems and limitations was this forum having?
The problem is that it is broken :(. I'm not a fan of change for the sake of it (I'm more a "keep it simple" person!).

There are quite a few features on the site that no longer work as they should in many browsers (copy/paste, quote function, large image uploading, etc...), but more importantly it's incredibly difficult to maintain the "backend" of the forums to keep things running smoothly. I've converted another site to XenForo and it has been such a breeze to keep bug free - if there are any problems it's so quick to sort out. I've tried to keep GPF running smoothly on this current software, but it's become increasingly difficult. Even if we stuck with the same software, it still has to be upgraded to keep it secure and compatible - so we're now at a point where we upgrade with IPB (that we're currently using) or jump ship to something so much easier to manage.

I understand that it's less than ideal, but I'll be doing everything I can to make sure that it's a painless and smooth transition. The upgrade should provide a huge boost to the anti-spam capabilities which are now underpowered on this forum software.

If you're looking for a good example of how the software could work, check out www.livingreefs.com to see how that works :)
 

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It's easy to question change when one has no idea of what is involved BEHIND the scenes! I'm sure we will adjust to any changes.
John
 

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When I ran our radiology info system, the users hated any change. esp if they had to learn something new.

I love change, chance to make the brain work, helps to keeps it young.
 

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j.w said:
I just checked that site out that Ian mentioned and it looks pretty much the same as ours and I see no problems w/it so if this is how ours will turn out I see no worries at all as Ian is da man
J.w., have you done something with your hair??? :afro:
John
 

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Wow, I didn't know that Ian and Becky ran a living reef forum too. I like the way it's set up. I am not fond of learning new forums either, but this most certainly has my attention. I like it!
 
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GOOD I need all the help I can get to get this OLD brain working.
addy1 said:
When I ran our radiology info system, the users hated any change. esp if they had to learn something new.

I love change, chance to make the brain work, helps to keeps it young.
 
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That is so funny !! I was on Livingreefs for years. Never knew you ran both forums. It is a nice set up.
 

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Upgrade is scheduled for tomorrow (30th Jan 2014) all being well :).

I'll post in this thread again shortly before I begin the upgrade, but the site may be offline for an hour or so while the upgrade takes place.
 

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Please assure is that all our posts will remain. I would hate to lose my story of how my teens will cause me to see you naked.
 

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Good luck Ian, bet it will go just fine.
 
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Please assure is that all our posts will remain
Fear not, all the posts will be right where you left them :).
 
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Ian,

During this upgrade, could and would you alter one item?

When we post to a thread, we are automatically set to "follow" that thread and therefore recieve email notifications for every new post made to that thread. Can you set it up so that we have to select to follow the thread if we desire, rather than automatically setting it to do so? I generally know which threads I am posting to that I want to follow up on and don't require the notifications coming to my normal email account. I would like to have the option of being able to set a thread as being followed because it is of high interest to me, but I don't want to follow each and every thread I post to all the time. Can this be adjusted so that we have to select "follow this thread" manually?

Gordy
 

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