Announcement Major site upgrade

Discussion in 'Site Support & News' started by Art Andrews, Nov 1, 2018.

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  1. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    It has been a great many years (almost a decade) since we have made a major change with the forum software, but the time has come (been long overdue) to do so.


    Sadly, the provider of our current platform simply has not been keeping up with technology, especially mobile devices and it is forcing us to seek another solution. This solution has already been implemented at our other sites, TheDentedHelmet.com, Predatorium.com, and 405th.com and has been very successful. We expect the same here. With that being said, whenever there is a move of this magnitude there are always lingering issues and problems and we do ask for your patience, especially with a site as large and as old as the RPF (which has been migrated more than 6 times by our count in the past).


    We have been setting this process up for more than a year now and have had several false starts, but are confident we will be successful. We are looking at moving the week of Nov 4-10. The site is likely to be down for at least a couple of days followed by a couple of weeks to complete cleanup and implement all the little corrections that will be needed. We will close the site Sunday, Nov 4 at 10PM PST to begin preparation. It is HIGHLY unlikely that the site will be back up prior to Wednesday, Nov 7. This is the longest time we have been down since... well, since those idiot Russians hacked us. While we are down, please check out our sister sites:

    https://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums

    https://www.405th.com/forums/

    https://www.predatorium.com/forums/

    Or you can check out our Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/therpf/


    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
     
  2. TK-326

    TK-326 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good luck. We're all counting on you.
     
  3. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Thanks! No pressure on this end at all... none... just, you know... not sleeping... night terrors... the usual. ;)
     
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  4. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    "Surely there must be something you can do."
    "I'm doing everything I can... and stop calling me Shirley!"
     
  5. George

    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good luck with the upgrade operation ! I hope it will all go smooth
    And above all: thanks for having created a hangout for us in the first place.It's the first thing I check when I wake up
    I expect withdrawal symptoms around the 5th :wacko
     
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  6. masterjedi322

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    Sounds good, Art! I look forward to seeing the improved mobile platform.

    Any opportunity for us aspiring graphic designers to make new graphics or banners for ya?

    Sean
     
  7. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Possibly! The initial look will be very plain and basic, but we can add as we go!
     
  8. Mara Jade's Father

    Mara Jade's Father Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    THREE DAYS!!!

    Why don’t you come by and kick me in the nads too?

    :p
     
  9. CessnaDriver

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  10. dbuck

    dbuck Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Three days, huh? Assume the position.

    C2D95E34-D718-4B0F-B7F1-EA2D3D58DD18.jpeg
     
  11. PropReplicator2

    PropReplicator2 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good luck with the update, and hoping for good changes.. now I’ve gotta find something to do for 3 days:lol
     
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  12. Joek3rr

    Joek3rr Sr Member

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    I......I......I......need my RPF........gotta have my fix........
     
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  13. Seth Skywalker

    Seth Skywalker Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all who are putting work into updating the rpf. Can't wait to see the new version!
     
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  14. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue…

    Good luck with the changeover, and thank you for taking such good care of this place!
     
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  15. TerminatorEndo

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    Good luck with the update!
     
  16. DARKVIEW

    DARKVIEW Sr Member

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    Fingers crossed and all goes well.
     
  17. Barking Dragon

    Barking Dragon Well-Known Member

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    Nooooooo! Who am I going to talk to now for 6 days if it takes that long....don't force me to interact with the real world, I'm not ready for that!

    But seriously, all the best with the update and I appreciate your efforts to keep such an amazing site kicking ;)

    Regards dan
     
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  18. Bengrim09

    Bengrim09 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I hope everything goes according to plan fellas good luck..........WAIT A MINUTE .....................

    3 whole days without the RPF !!!
    I don’t drink or smoke, what the hell am I going to do without you, I check in at least 6 times a day,
    3 days of rocking in my chair, looking at a picture of the RPF logo won’t cut it,
    OHHHHH NOOOOOO I’m going to have to talk to the wife !!!!!!! OMG your forcing me to go and buy more colouring books !!!
    I need more pens and crayons and paper and water yes water I need water and chips/crisps, chocolate, what else ? What else? 3 days of isolation from the RPF !!! I never thought this day would ever come !! Didn’t you guys ever stop to think of us addicts and what It would do to us.

    I will be fine (sob sob sob)..........

    it’s going to be fine, I’m going to be fine, ( repeat and chant, repeat and chant )
    oh look a butterfly

    see you Wednesday im going for a long sleep !!! (starting Sunday night )
     
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  19. George

    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    DISHES! VACUUM CLEANING! COUNTING SHEEP (or Millenium Falcons...) ! AAAARGH !
    (Just razzing :D be brave y'all)
     
  20. Soulinertia

    Soulinertia Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you for all that you guys do for us. Long live the RPF!!!
     
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  21. doppelganger

    doppelganger Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm having cold sweats already, perhaps we can organise some kind of help group.

    Hi... my names Rob and i'm an RPFaholic. Its been 3 days since my last visit.....and.....and....and I NEED IT BAAAAAACK.
     
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  22. Sundowner

    Sundowner Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is good for me. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t log in for 3 days
     
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  23. PlanetAlexander

    PlanetAlexander New Member

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    I'm new here, and I'm interested about this Russian hacking...
     
  24. Bulldog44

    Bulldog44 Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    But of luck with the upgrade! I don’t know what I am going to do for the next three days. Maybe I will pay more attention to my family.lol.
     
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  25. nailuj

    nailuj Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    *. I may actually have to build something instead of just reading about things, drooling and spending money on stuff that piles up in my secret place in the cellar.
     
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  26. DaddyfromNaboo

    DaddyfromNaboo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    How do i save a complete thread juat in case it might not make it to the new site? I am talking about a thread i had started a few years ago in thw ot.
     
  27. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    Shouldn't be an issue as we will have a backup of the original data.
     
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  28. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    That was a very very dark time for us, but also a moment in which this community rallied in a way I have never seen. Once we are past the migration, it might be worth recounting.
     
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  29. Psab keel

    Psab keel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is by far my favorite Internet hang out. Thank you for providing freaks like me a place to geek out. Best of luck with the migration!

    Now to hunker down and try to make it through the next week without having major withdrawal symptoms.
     
  30. Darth Lars

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    Oh. When many web sites claim that they make a site "mobile-friendly", what they really do is make the site unfriendly to users who use small-resolution screens or who are used to using multiple browser windows on their screens.
    I really hope that is not the case. That would severely limit the usefulness of this site for me. (I'm in the latter category)

    At the same time, many mobile users prefer the full sites over something that has been dumbed down for a smaller screen.

    I find the current layout, font sizes, spacing and features to be almost perfect. Please don't mess with it too much!
    I'd hate to see something with overly large font sizes and acres of whitespace.
     
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  31. Montagar

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    Check out any of our other sites (mentioned by Art in first post) to see what it will be like as they are all on the new platform.
     
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  32. azheat01

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    There's two things I hate......change and the way things are! While I'll admit I'm not a fan of the new TDH platform that was launched some time ago (mostly because I just don't know it well enough since I spend so much time here), I get it needs to be done. :(
     
  33. DaddyfromNaboo

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    Excellent! I had feared that the OT might get streamlined during the upgrade and that there might be a cut off date since it goes back till 2010.
     
  34. Dakota

    Dakota Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks like Xenforo? Interesting choice! Anything beats old vB sites!
     
  35. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good luck Art and the gang, a speedy launch!
     
  36. Fangorn81

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    That's what I was afraid of. Those all look like they are "mobile-first" site designs now, and are so generic looking you would be excused for thinking you had landed on a phishing site...

    Not that I don't applaud a migration to a more forward looking platform. It's just so...bland.

    EDIT: looking at some of the themes and customization options out there for XenForo, I am now less worried. Hopefully it'll just take a little time.
     
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  37. NormanF

    NormanF Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cool, just as Michael is about to send out names and addresses for the Secret Santa.

    I really won't miss Tapatalk. It started out nice, but every update changed the UI.
     
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  38. PropReplicator2

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    This^^
     
  39. frogfreak

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    What all upgrades are being made?
     
  40. Art Andrews

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    This isn’t so much an “upgrade” as it is a migration to an entirely new software platform. The essence of the site will still be a forum as it has always been but with the software being entirely new (for this site), there is no real “upgrades” to list. What we will do is make a post after the migration listing some of the features of the new software. There are sure to be some hiccups and we will work through them as we have with every change in the past.
     
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  41. Jedisushi

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    This kind of thing is difficult and well worth the effort. Thanks for taking steps to keep the RPF around for a long time to come. May The Force be with you! :)
     
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  42. halliwax

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    I am a huge tapatalk user, the dented helmet works fine on my tapatalk. Why won’t the future Rpf work on it?

    I hope to god it does because I love the notification mechanic built into the app


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  43. CessnaDriver

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  44. halliwax

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    My life is over for the next couple of days... love ya guys


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  45. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    The Dented Helmet hasn't used Tapatalk since we did this same migration in January 2017...

     
  46. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah I was just talking to a friend, sure enough when I went looking for it in my tapatalk app it was gone :(


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  47. JediMichael

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    Almost time..... Good thing I start a new job tomorrow and will be busy with that. Good luck with the new site changes.
     
  48. PropReplicator2

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    Half an hour left.. trying to stock up on info for a few days worth of reading. Actually printed out 4 different research threads to look over when I'm bored. Yes. I went there.
     
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  49. Soulinertia

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    . . . Aaaand were back!
     
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