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FYI: We Will Be Switching Forum Software in a Month or Two

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  • Started 4 years ago by The Geek
  • Latest reply from steelmaiden
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The Geek
Posts: 2059

The time has come for bbPress to go away.

In a month or two, we'll be switching away from bbpress and using Discourse, an extremely modern dicussion / forum software with a long list of great features.

I've been working with the Discourse team and have been part of the private Discourse alpha for months now, helping to shape the feature set, and we will have our own privately themed version that fits into the HTG site naturally. We'll also be replacing the comments on the regular articles with Discourse - essentially all discussion on HTG will be going through Discourse.

Just a few features that will help us:

- You can login to Discourse using Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc.
- Creating posts is excellent and easy with their docking post editor with an integrated preview.
- Notifications when mentioned, even email notifications if you want them - which will bring OPs back to respond to their posts, finally.
- You can @mention other forum members to invite them to a thread.
- Moderation tools are based on the community and reputation, and the spammer protection is much stronger.
- There's no more clicking Next Page. Everything is loaded as you scroll.

It will be a huge, enormous change. Many people won't like the change. We'll lose people.

We are switching to Discourse.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Will be interesting for sure :)

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Xhi
Posts: 6298

<---------- Old dog, but always ready for a new trick .

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

You won't be losing me for sure ;)

Good luck with the transition!

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

2nd Hatty's comments.

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Straspey
Posts: 556

Thanks very much for the update and preview of Discourse.

This gives us the opportunity to dip our toes into Discourse and familiarize ourselves with how it works in plenty of time before you make the transition here at HTG.

This way, it will decrease the amount of people who will react with shock and awe, and scream about how they hate the new look, etc.

May I make a humble suggestion that you make your top post here a "Sticky" so more people will see it and be able to explore Discourse and become accustomed to it before the change goes into effect here.

- Howard

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Tis done

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Straspey
Posts: 556

Thanks Mike.

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

Should be a nice upgrade. And I love upgrades.

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

Looking forward to it!

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

Should be interesting :)

Does Discourse allow uploads direct from computer ?

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Santo
Posts: 1288

Change is always good and I am looking for the change!

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warlock
Posts: 4100

Let's enjoy and adapt to change.


The site should still offer the friendly and best advise possible.

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mfletch
Posts: 1434

Its good to move on but so far I don't like the look of it but suppose I will get used to the new forum

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amkeew
Posts: 661

Oh, noez. Nested posts ? Hate'em.

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Is there any way Responders can know the OP's World Region or Time Zone just so they can know
the Time Difference ??

This would not disclose any personal information but would be helpful.

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

Will HTG be the first forum on the web to get Discourse?

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presence1960
Posts: 280

Everything else in life changes. So too it must be for HTG. Sometimes we get set in our ways and dislike something because it is "different" without ever giving it a fair chance. This HTG change will elicit responses not unlike every new OS version that comes along. Just as the OS versions are here to stay so is HTG. Adapt people and you will be better off for it.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Um... Will one still be able to log in directly without having to use Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc? I don't use any of those (nor will I).

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Stay logged in permanently.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

That's what I do now but every now and then, I get logged out (clearing out cookies, new computer, bad luck, etc.). Will I be able to log in without using Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc?

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

@ LF,

Yes.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Whew! Thanks!

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

Aw CRAP!! Now I have to change my browser home page to this!!... http://forums.techguy.org/86-windows-7/

Jim

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StarFerret
Posts: 3

Do I have to have another new name and password? I tried to log in and it told me I'm not right.

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

@ Jim,

Why ?

@ StarFerret ,

What do you mean ? Log into what ?

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

@GuiltySpark - Because Recourse looks like a nightmare I don't want to experience. :(

Jim

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

Nah, it won't be as bad as every one thinks and as its open source the code will constantly update and improve and before long many sites will be right at your fingertips, in terms of replying without even logging in to all of them :)

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

I sure hope you're right, GS. :)

Jim

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Drizzle
Posts: 2045

Everyday seems to bring so many changes in this fast moving electronic world,one soon gets the hang of it.

Q. Is there a link on the main forum to 'Mail Box' ?????

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hArLtRoN
Posts: 766

I'm looking forward to the change! Will be interesting! :)

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himagain
Posts: 3

@TheGeek,
Went to reply and reported you instead! Lucky you are the boss!
Really liked your post, not for the change promised, but the succinct argument stopper approach - I will use it in future myself. :-)
Ok, if you are changing so will I on my next little adventure if it is better than this one, which I like.

Cheers!
P.S. ever been to here? Bewildering, so I'm with you ya geek:
Edit: Gmod, virus found in your link and removed.

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himagain
Posts: 3

@the Geek,
One big question:
Is there any way to stop that insidious, underhanded spammy-like underline appearing randomly in Forum messages everywhere these days?
I'm always looking for help and clicking on things and sent to sites like gambling sites and other rip-offs.
I wouldn't want it on mine.

Namaste

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steelmaiden
Posts: 1

Hi,

any update on this?

Btw, i would like to migrate my forums to Discourse as well.
Could you share the migration tool with others once its done?

Tnx!

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