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The LUG has migrated to XenForo!

Discussion in 'Discuss The LUG Site' started by Orren Merton, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the new LUG! You'll notice that we're using a different software package. We've migrated from vBulletin to XenForo.

    To the users of the LUG, this no doubt looks like very short notice. But believe it or not, this has been in the works for many months. The version of vBulletin we've been using has more or less been abandoned, and the new version doesn't appeal (it's too much in some ways, not enough in others). But to get the back end right, to not lose members or posts, has taken us way more testing and prototyping than we anticipated.

    Hopefully you'll like the new software—it was decided on after actually buying the upgrade to vBulletin, and being pretty unhappy with it on our development server, and then doing serious research. If you have any questions, this is the forum to discuss it. We're volunteers, this is all of our forum, so we want everyone to be able to navigate and enjoy it.

    Thanks!
    Orren
     
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  3. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    Nice work gentlemen. Looks good!
     
  4. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks Doug. Please let us know what you like, dislike, prefer - we're grateful for any feedback. As Orren mentioned, we hope everyone will enjoy and feel at home here on the LUG.

    kind regards

    Mark
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015
  5. anp27

    anp27 Member

    Wow, this new forum looks really nice!
     
  6. Jay Asher

    Jay Asher Senior member

  7. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

  8. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    One thing I've noticed is we have bigger avatars here, so the old ones look a bit fuzzy or pixelly as they are smaller images stretched to be bigger, so ideally upload a new one. The recommended sizes is 200 x 200 px
     
  9. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    Well done. It looks very good on both laptop and iPad. Good use of white space. And I like the fuzzy avatars. Will there be a price increase?
     
  10. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

    I guess it depends where you live, and the exchange rate. We were thinking of raising the price of the LUG from $0 to £0. ;)

    But that is a good point, and gives us an opportunity to point out something that hopefully isn't too obtrusive. The LUG is free, and we're all volunteers—but that doesn't mean there are no costs associated with it. There's server fees, the price of the XenForo license (and before, vBulletin), etc. So right now, we're paying for that via the ad bar at the top. It's pennies per day but it is just enough to cover costs (or at least, the amount we pay out of pocket isn't enough for us to complain). If anyone does find the banner really objectionable please let us know. There's always options such as creating a "sponsor" tier that eliminates the ads.

    As ever, it's your feedback that helps guide what we do.

    Thanks!
    Orren
     
  11. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    Hey, that's great the way it sends complete replies in email in the same format the site uses.
     
  12. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe we need to add 20% VAT to that.
     
  13. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

    I agree completely—that was one of the selling points of this software package to me!

    Orren
     
  14. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    I can handle £0, but I don't bill enough to handle such a high tax rate.
     
  15. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    I guess the new software is having a couple of teething problems. I usually go to "new posts" right away. Just did it and up came a thread on "sampletank problems". Quite interesting. I got to the end of it before I noticed that last post was in 2009! Well, it WAS new to me.
     
  16. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    Bayswater, I usually go (or went) to new posts as well, along with the "todays posts" feature we had in bulletin. Right next to the new posts button is "recent posts". Have a look at that, it's very useful.

    kind regards

    Mark
     
  17. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    Also undue the members tab there is recent activity
     
  18. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    Strange, it's working find here.

    Probably a cache issue, I will rebuild the search index
     
  19. CSeye

    CSeye Senior member

    Clean, crisp, refreshing!

    Bravo!!!
     
  20. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    With the old software, bookmarking something that changes like New Posts didn't work: I got either errors, or "no matches". With the new software, should it be possible to bookmark New or Recent? I notice the URL resulting from going to New or Recent contains a counter that increments each time you use it. The bookmark then takes you to a previous version of the New or Recent page.
     
  21. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

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