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Title: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: txcas on December 06, 2021, 09:57:55 AM
When I created this forum almost 12 years ago, I chose Simple Machine Forums (SMF) software. SMF had the functionality we needed and had tons of plug-ins to extend its functionality. The main problem with SMF was that installing some plug-ins could break the forum because they were making changes to the forum's software code. We have done two major software updates to the forum, both to software forks of SMF. We went that route because the forks fixed the plug-ins design issue in SMF, SMF development was slow, and the software forks introduced better functionality. Currently we are using ElkArte, but development of ElkArte has slowed down quite a bit. Fortunately, SMF is now on par with ElkArte in terms of features and functionality, and we are still at a point where I can migrate the forum back to SMF. The mods and I have done some testing of the migration process and only found one major problem.
The migration needs to happen in stages; first we move from ElkArte to SMF 2.0. That process works perfectly but SMF 2.0 lacks some of the features that we are used to.  SMF 2.1 RC4 has the functionality we want, but it also introduces a different encryption mechanism for our passwords. That means the following:
The plan is as follows:
The migration process will start in January 2022. I will keep you updated with the dates and times the forum will be updated.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: gman47564 on December 06, 2021, 10:05:53 AM
Thanks for the headsup txcas... hopefully it will be a smooth transition... ????
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: jvw2008 on December 06, 2021, 10:12:45 AM
@txcas

Will this transition back to SMF give us a return to easy picture posting?  The current system sucks for anyone using IOS.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: txcas on December 06, 2021, 02:19:23 PM
@jvw2008
I will look into that after the migration. The reason we don't host pictures here is because they will exponentially increase the amount of storage and bandwidth used by the forum, and that comes with a cost. It is my goal to keep the forum free.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: gman47564 on December 07, 2021, 03:43:30 PM
Wanna bump this to the top..
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: txcas on January 13, 2022, 10:33:54 AM
The forum software migration will start on Friday, January 21 at 8:00 AM Eastern. The site will be down during the migration process. The migration will happen in two phases.  Here is what to expect:
Phase 1:
Phase 2:
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: jvw2008 on January 13, 2022, 04:04:00 PM
Thank you for going thru this work Txcas. Looking forward to getting through this transition. Will the new format improve our picture posting procedure?
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: txcas on January 13, 2022, 07:00:08 PM
@jvw2008‍ The new software opens the possibility of bringing back a forum media library. If we can configure it to be available to only donators, I will definitely give it shot and see how it affects our storage and bandwidth consumption.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: sportacus on January 13, 2022, 07:52:15 PM
Appreciate your efforts over the lifetime of the forum.  From a Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon hybrid, that is technology challenged, "Go 'head on."
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: jvw2008 on January 13, 2022, 08:06:20 PM
Quote from: txcas on January 13, 2022, 07:00:08 PM@jvw2008‍ The new software opens the possibility of bringing back a forum media library. If we can configure it to be available to only donators, I will definitely give it shot and see how it affects our storage and bandwidth consumption.

Sounds good ????. Thank you.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: autoxforfun on January 13, 2022, 10:48:47 PM
Being the administrator can be a thankless job.  So here is a big 'Thank you' for the all the work that goes on to keep the forum up and running !!
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: txcas on January 20, 2022, 02:40:10 PM
Phase 1 and forum portal installation completed ahead of schedule.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: Westie1 on January 20, 2022, 02:47:20 PM
Wow! really looks good. Thank you for all your hard work.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: autoxforfun on January 20, 2022, 07:53:44 PM
Quote from: txcas on January 20, 2022, 02:40:10 PM
Phase 1 and forum portal installation completed ahead of schedule.


Nicely done.  You do good work  ;)
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: JASmith on January 23, 2022, 12:07:29 PM
After some confusion, got back in! 

The confusion was because reset password link came in 30-45 minutes after the request was made.  I was worried my account was lost.
Title: Re: It is time for a forum software update
Post by: MJeff23 on January 23, 2022, 02:47:41 PM
Looks great @txcas!  Learning curve looks easy...