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Old 9th September 2021, 12:46 AM   #1
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We will be updating our software platform in a few weeks
Post We will be updating our software platform in a few weeks

Over the last 6 months the diyAudio team has been busy planning, preparing and testing our much-needed shift to a new software platform.

We are planning to perform the migration at the end of this month (September) or the start of next month (October).

Our current platform is now beyond "end of life" (EOL) which means it no longer has access to software and security updates. Itís important we transition to a modern and well supported platform as soon as possible.

There's plenty of upside however! Modern software means we'll get to enjoy a slew of modern niceties often taken for granted today, such as post auto-saving, drag and drop images, and a WYSIWYG editor.

The focus and vibe of the forum will stay the same - helping you find and build amazing audio projects with the help of the most passionate and generous audio community in the world.

The forum will be offline for around 24 hours during the migration. No data will be lost. All discussions, private messages and thread subscriptions will carry forward.

The new software (XenForo) is written by the same people who wrote the current software. While it looks different it feels similar. There will be a light theme as the default, a dark theme for night owls, and a classic theme that's as similar to the current look and feel as is possible.

A "clean slate" in terms of software means we'll be able to properly review and act on areas of the site that regrettably had to be retired over the last few years due to EOL issues such as blogs, articles and galleries. It also means we'll be unencumbered to pursue our mission - making discovering, building and discussing your dream audio projects as easy and accessible as possible.

For those who have been generous enough to donate to the forum in the past (thank you!), we're changing the name of "donations" to "premium memberships". The benefits for each level will be equivalent or better than what is offered now. We're removing the lowest tier and anyone currently on that will be bumped up to the next level.

The new site is currently in beta. Functionally it's getting close to ready and has pretty good feedback. Many thanks to the mods and a keen cabal of members who have been giving it a good working over.

For any members who are interested in helping with beta testing of the new site, please click here to register your interest.

Now is a good time for me to introduce Gerard.

Gerard (gerardv) is a long time diyAudio member but more recently our man-at-arms who has been championing the progress of the migration behind the scenes. He is managing the onboarding of beta testers, collating feedback and liaising with the development team. If you sign up above to be a beta tester, he'll be the guy who gets in touch with you with further details, when the time is right.

Lastly, THANK YOU to every diyAudio member for participating in this amazing community. It has been an amazing journey over the last 22 years and I feel we are just about to hit the home straight

May your projects be many and the smoke stay in,

Jason
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Old 9th September 2021, 12:48 AM   #2
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Hi folks. I'm GerardV.

If you have questions or concerns about the migration that are not addressed in the New diyAudio Platform Q&A forum, please post a reply in the General Q&A thread I'll help as best I can.

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Old 9th September 2021, 02:01 AM   #3
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I'm mostly a lurker, but I've got a fair bit of experience in forum software transitions - and have a habit of being able to break things in ways that nobody else thought of trying so have applied for beta access.

Will you be importing the current forum data? Or keeping it in some archived format?
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Old 9th September 2021, 02:46 AM   #4
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... able to break things in ways that nobody else thought of trying .... Will you be importing the current forum data?...
I'm not Staff, just a troublemaker.

You are not the only one with decades of forum-breaking experience , but the more the merrier.

The beta I have seen is populated with 9/10 of the (huge!) existing forum, because there's a lot of old stuff to bring over. I've been surprised how well the formatting and linkages etc is preserved. Here's a snip of the beta with a post over 20 years old. I have modestly modded my forum Theme to echo 1999; the default Theme is spiffier.
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Old 9th September 2021, 03:00 AM   #5
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Thanks PRR Your feedback has been amazing.

I would make one request - please hold off on posting screenshots in the public forums just for now. While we have been focused on getting core functionality in place and working right, the look and feel is very much still under construction and will change and improve a lot over the next month as we bring our attention back to that. Post screenshots in the Beta Test forum instead.
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Old 9th September 2021, 03:13 AM   #6
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Though if the screenshot is central to explaining your issue then please just post it in the Beta Test Forum and keep in mind the final site will look a bit different. (Nicer we expect).
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Old 14th September 2021, 02:26 AM   #7
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Seriously - there's so few comments on this thread I wonder if anyone has noticed? I'm thinking this relative silence will be contrasted by the level of comments after we switch over perhaps ?
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Old 14th September 2021, 02:36 AM   #8
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Definitely looking forward to it. Thanks for all the work you guys have been putting in.
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Old 14th September 2021, 03:32 AM   #10
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Looking forward to the migration to the new platform!

I offered to help with the Beta testing about a year or so ago, and that offer still stands.
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