ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby admin [OP] » July 20th 2021, 1:39pm

New Forum Software Coming to Astrosafari.com

Dear Community Members,

Over the past year or two, there have been updates to the environment that have introduced challenges in usability and performance. Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance have revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses. This has made it increasingly difficult and frustrating to support and upgrade to more modern reliable standards that users deserve. Our advertising experience and certain ad partners have further degraded the functionality of the site. This is not the experience we want for the members of this community.

Members want a fast site that performs well across all devices, to be able to find relevant and interesting content, and easily share through text, images, video, and messaging on a secure platform. Our goal is to provide this ultimate user experience to all members.

We will be implementing a new platform to better meet the needs of this community and allow us to provide support more efficiently. Our focus is to create a sustainable platform that performs well, and loads faster on all devices while offering seamless ways to search and connect. Technology is constantly innovating - by creating an environment that we control we can maintain the site with more frequent improvements and maintenance updates.

Although change can be difficult, we are here to support you through the process. We make every effort to review existing settings and make the changes needed so the migration goes smoothly. If you notice something doesn’t seem correct once the site goes live, don’t panic! We’ll have a dedicated person monitoring as the site goes live to answer any questions and provide support through this change.

What’s next?

I bet you’re thinking, “What does this mean for me and the community?” It does mean change, but it will help solve a large majority of the issues that this site may have been experiencing. We have reviewed reported issues, site statistics, traffic data, and user feedback to help us prioritize the changes and improvements. Uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined. Ad formatting will change with a new site layout. The site will be more responsive - there is no need to use a mobile skin or special app! Security and user privacy will continue to be a top priority.

When will this be happening? Soon! We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software. The sooner we can change that the better we can make the experience for you. You’ll start to see activity related to cleanup in preparation for migration very shortly. We will post an announcement to the community prior to starting the actual data migration. Once the migration begins, the site will go into maintenance mode and will be read-only while data is being migrated.

We appreciate each member’s contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you all.

- Community Support
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby tungtide » July 20th 2021, 1:58pm

Yea team. Looking forward to the new improvements.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby sixsix » July 20th 2021, 3:45pm

OMG - this could be real Good or it could go down Real Bad.

I wish Management all the Best of Luck in their Software Upgrade Pursuit.

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Postby Rod's Trucks » July 20th 2021, 4:48pm

Will we suffer from another round of 'lost pictures'??
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby markmitch » July 20th 2021, 5:16pm

progress is almost always a good thing lol. Works for me!
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby deafman » July 20th 2021, 9:56pm

It'd be nice if it has a new like or agree feature.
On a forum where folks are giving advice, that's a good feature to have.
When you see 20 thumbs up or likes on one member's suggestion and only 3 likes on another's, it can tell you which one seems to be a better idea to try first.
It'd also give a feel for what kind of input people do and don't like, an informal vote of sorts.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby Mmusicman » July 20th 2021, 10:29pm

I wonder if all my previous threads that now suddenly have "red x's" for linked photos will work again?

Personally, this site works fine for me on a PC running ADBLOCK.. not so good on a phone
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby SportsBoy » July 22nd 2021, 2:31am

admin wrote: Uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined.


Blessings.

Rod's Trucks wrote:Will we suffer from another round of 'lost pictures'??
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But also concerned about this....

Mmusicman wrote:I wonder if all my previous threads that now suddenly have "red x's" for linked photos will work again?

That would be so nice!
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby admin [OP] » July 23rd 2021, 1:30pm

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I want to give you an update on the process I use once the site goes live with the new platform.

The night before the site goes live you will see an announcement from me that the site will be going live soon. Once the actual process starts, the site will be in read-only mode while the team does the migration from the old platform to the new one.

Once it goes live you will see an announcement thread created here in this section. All questions and feedback about the new platform should be posted ONLY in that thread.

    You will see my reply to the thread introducing myself.
    I will add a new signature and avatar to the admin account.
What should you be doing now before this happens?

  • Make sure your email address is up to date in your account.
  • If you don't remember your password, now would be a good time to reset it. Save the information.
  • The link that displays all your attachments in your user control panel will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to save images that are important to you.
When Will This All Happen?

astrosafari.com is currently scheduled for September 9, 2021. HOWEVER, the schedule is very fluid, so that could change depending on any complications or schedule changes. I am simply giving you a heads up.

As your dedicated support, during the transition, I will be here with you multiple times a day, answering questions and listening to feedback.

My only request is that you remain patient with me while we work through the changes. :)

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby DriveDog » July 23rd 2021, 3:49pm

Just my 2 cents... the only area I've really found lacking has been searching for earlier posts by topic or unique strings. It'll be nice to have it more phone-friendly but for me, phones are just too small for these sorts of sites. As long as it's tablet-friendly I'm happy.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby admin [OP] » July 23rd 2021, 8:29pm

Will be tablet friendly and there should be no loss of content, pictures or otherwise. Can't specifically assure you that any currently broken images will work again, but we will try to do so.

We will also be keeping a archived version of the site in it's current version as a precaution against any lost info during the migration.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AstroWill » July 26th 2021, 7:12pm

Awesome! Fingers crossed for a smooth transfer to the new system.

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Postby DriveDog » July 28th 2021, 4:25am

I hope the platform has an option for "dark mode".
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Postby markmitch » July 28th 2021, 11:55am

So any news on the app for a cell phone? Will it be updated too?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby admin [OP] » July 28th 2021, 3:12pm

Yes there will be a Dark Mode on the new platform, but I'm afraid the old app won't be getting upgraded. We are looking into the idea of creating a new app, but on the new platform the site will be completely mobile compatible, meaning we won't need to have a different view depending on if you come via a mobile device or a desktop device.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby markmitch » July 28th 2021, 3:25pm

I have never used the app on my phone but me and my wife have been traveling some and hope to do more of that in the future so that is why I asked. I will wait till its updated and try it on my phone. Thanks for your answers!
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Postby Rod's Trucks » July 28th 2021, 3:52pm

OK, so I am a bit of a Luddite...What is 'Dark Mode' ? :confused:

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Postby AstroWill » July 28th 2021, 4:09pm


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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby sixsix » July 28th 2021, 5:11pm

admin wrote:Yes there will be a Dark Mode on the new platform, but I'm afraid the old app won't be getting upgraded. We are looking into the idea of creating a new app, but on the new platform the site will be completely mobile compatible, meaning we won't need to have a different view depending on if you come via a mobile device or a desktop device.

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Well... in my opinion - THIS does not sound good at all.

While I can't believe it has lasted 12-13 years and my 6 years a member - every Forum, BB, Opinion desk, Q n' A or Public Input Software that upgraded like that... what with the 'ooooooh, 'Dark Mode' - NEVER CAME BACK !!

Haha - Good Luck Admin - your past work here has left quite a bit to be desired. It has been trying, but nice for those actually working on their stuff.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AstroWill » July 28th 2021, 6:33pm

I sure hope that this doesn't become the norm from the cloudflare gatekeepers:
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Edit: This is happening repeatedly while editing posts.

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