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#1 MrAladeen

 
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:41 PM

Dear loyal subjects,
 
Though I’ve been commonly known to stay in the background, I’ve decided to take up my role more public and take a more active part in the community.
 
As my first decree as dictator I announce plans for a new forum.
We are planning to do a forum upgrade & cleanup on Monday the 5th of February.
This will be a major upgrade that will bring some big changes to the way the forum looks and works. 
 
Why:
 
Our old forum hasn’t aged well, due to general slowdowns and upgrades stacked on upgrades from all the way back in 2006 it all became very sluggish, old fashioned and overall unreliable in usage (I’m sure many of you noticed connectivity issues on the forum in the recent past). Hence we plan to introduce an upgrade to enhance glory.
 
What:
 
The new forum version will introduce many new features and functionality such as better managed notification systems, a new modernized forum skin, improved social media integration and faster performance. Overall using the new forum will be a more pleasant experience. 
 
One of the major changes we are going to bring is a new centralized login system, where you can use your excalibur username to login both the game and the forum. This mean that we will effectively not be transfering forum accounts.
 
This means we will be starting on the new forum from scratch.
However, the old forum will remain available for some time in “archive mode”(read only) while we transfer most content to the new one, hopefully with your help (move player-written guides and other relevant topics). This will also allow all current users to copy old content.
 
When:
 
The forum will be available for most of the day and we expect the switch itself to happen somewhere between 16:00 and 21:00 CET/Server time (5th of February). From this moment onward the old forum will remain intact but be switched to archive mode (read only).
 
TLDR; We will be moving to a new forum, abandoning old posts/usernames for a new system that uses ingame accounts for the forum. 
 
The new URL will be announced on the date itself.
 
ps. Positive feedback mandatory ;)


edit: We got most of the new forum running but it didn't feel exactly right yet to open it to the public.
We'll move some more content in to place and release it tomorrow evening.
 

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#2 Seregwethil

 
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:54 PM

Very Aladeen news!



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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:19 PM

Very excited for this ever since I heard that there were plans for a new forum Soon™, happy its coming to fruition.

 

I'm just curious of a few points:

  • Is there going to be any update to the Excalibur index, Armory, Accounts pages or is this only the forums? Even just a reskin.
  • Is there any possibility of compatibility with the central login to also work for the database so that comments within the database could be enabled?
  • Is the the new forum just the current IPS version or are we switching to something different such as Xenforo or MyBB


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 07:05 AM

Very excited. Love the forum. Sad tho old stuff has to go, grew fond with it :/


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#5 MrAladeen

 
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 07:40 AM

@7Xg033%[email protected]

Is there going to be any update to the Excalibur index, Armory, Accounts pages or is this only the forums? Even just a reskin.


*For now just the forum though the website revamp is on the menu for sure, the date for this is on the Aladeenth day of Aladeenth Month (no date just yet).

Is there any possibility of compatibility with the central login to also work for the database so that comments within the database could be enabled?


* not just yet

Is the the new forum just the current IPS version or are we switching to something different such as Xenforo or MyBB


* Newest IPS, still one of the best forums out there imo.

@Puddi

Very excited. Love the forum. Sad tho old stuff has to go, grew fond with it :/


Old forum will be around for a while still, just copy some cool old stuff over :)

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:20 AM

Cool, Thanks for the reply; I agree that IPS is definitely one of the better ones!



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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:26 AM

Sure focus on the forum, that's what's important.

Fck fixing broken class quests and scripted events, who needs those. :mad:



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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:33 AM

Sure focus on the forum, that's what's important.

Fck fixing broken class quests and scripted events, who needs those. :mad:

No need to be rude. Don't think the same people manage those things.

Also, you get to play for free. The classes aren't broken. The dungeons aren't broken. I can't stress enough how ungrateful your comments sound.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:38 AM

Sure focus on the forum, that's what's important.

Fck fixing broken class quests and scripted events, who needs those. :mad:

How many class bugs were fixed in the past 12 years? Scripted events? Fixed bugs in general? 

After 12 years they are taking care of the forums, do you not think it's right to do so?


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#10 MrAladeen

 
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 09:03 AM

I'd like to urge that over the years we fixed vast majority of incoming bugs. Not all are 100% fixable but feel free to make a support topic in the apprioriate section (not here) pointing these out (preferably constructively)

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:46 AM

I come back after an year to find a dictatorship........

 

I approve.



#12 MrAladeen

 
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:11 PM


I come back after an year to find a dictatorship........

 

I approve.

Your approval much appreciated, no gulag for you!


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Posted 04 February 2018 - 05:22 AM

So the forum accounts are going to be deleted as well? Can't we transfer them to new accounts? At least the stats - like names/avatars/reg. dates/post number?



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 06:33 AM

So the forum accounts are going to be deleted as well? Can't we transfer them to new accounts? At least the stats - like names/avatars/reg. dates/post number?


This would be ideal, the problem is that since we are using new centralized login system on the new forum transfering current accounts would create a fustercluck of mixed old/new accounts that will surely cause problems. An idea on the table is to create a manual procedure for players to claim their old account history, though I hope to follow up on that later.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:49 AM

Is the server currently down as I am getting cannot connect.


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#16 Nykz

 
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:57 AM

Is the server currently down as I am getting cannot connect.

same problem over here



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 11:02 AM

The server is currently down for maintenance, no ETA at this moment.

 

 

You can listen to this relaxing song in the meantime.

 



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 11:18 AM

The server is currently down for maintenance, no ETA at this moment.

 

 

You can listen to this relaxing song in the meantime.

Give (Services) link for listen :ph34r:


 


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 11:22 AM

Give (Services) link for listen :ph34r:

I usually just ping the realmlist.


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 11:30 AM

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