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Chimerix
05-06-2008, 08:05 PM
Aloha all!

As I drift back from oblivion, I thought I'd stick my nose in the chat room. It gives me a "You need to log in, this is for Patrons only" message, and also a registration form to join.

According to my account info, I'm still a Patron until 2009.

Filling out the registration form got me a "that username is already in use" error.

I tried logging out and back in, but still no good.

I figure I'm probably missing something, that some well-publicized change happened 6 months ago and I just missed it. Any suggestions?

Mahalo,
Tom G

Oskaar
05-06-2008, 08:29 PM
Chat was disabled due to security and incomaptibility with some Joomla upgrades that had to happen for security reasons in order to deal with some hackers and other site incompatibility. We are in the process of changing hosts (yes again) this week, and will be changing forum software from SMF (and spotty technical support) to vBulletin (an off the shelf system) which has professional technical support, better features (including several good chat programs to choose from) better integration with Joomla and a bevy of very cool forum features that we'll be unleashing on our patrons and registered users.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Oskaar

UDV
05-06-2008, 11:06 PM
Is there perhaps an unofficial room to chat in, or an IRC channel that we've claimed in the temporary interim?

Oskaar
05-07-2008, 12:43 AM
If the chat room works for you then go ahead and use it.

As mentioned before we're moving then upgrading the forums so once we've made that move then the chat room will be up in a new version and look.

Oskaar

webmaster
05-08-2008, 01:13 PM
Be patient guys. I know this is a pain, but I've got a fairly large list of things to work on in order to ensure an orderly transition to the new forum software, which is completely different from this one. So, creating a solid import to handle all the users, boards and posts, and making sure they all make it over unscathed is kind of scary (and way complicated). I'll jump on the chat thing as soon as I have this issue resolved, which will hopefully be soon.

Thanks for understanding...

skunkboy
05-08-2008, 07:34 PM
Good luck with the conversion! I know from experience that upgrading these kind of software packages is enough pain, without having to try and migrate the software to a whole new package.

webmaster
05-08-2008, 08:44 PM
Actually the upgrades haven't been too bad (knock on wood). But moving to a new package, oy! Aside from the issues arising from moving 60,000+ records from one database to another, different DB, I have to create a layout for the new forum software. Of course, the one we have now will *totally* not work. And as it turns out, Vbulletin (our new form software) has one b**ch of a templating system. Its *way* more complicated than the one we have (and that was no walk in the park, LOL). There are at least a couple all-nighters in there for me while to tackle it.

::chuckle:: I think I'll pitch an 'upgrade' batch o' mead, so I can get gloriously drunk when the new forum is up and running....

UDV
05-09-2008, 01:34 PM
Actually the upgrades haven't been too bad (knock on wood). But moving to a new package, oy! Aside from the issues arising from moving 60,000+ records from one database to another, different DB, I have to create a layout for the new forum software. Of course, the one we have now will *totally* not work. And as it turns out, Vbulletin (our new form software) has one b**ch of a templating system. Its *way* more complicated than the one we have (and that was no walk in the park, LOL). There are at least a couple all-nighters in there for me while to tackle it.


I have a friend who works for me in software dev, who has done templates before in Vbulletin, if there's a list of ongoing issues somewhere, I can ask him?

webmaster
05-09-2008, 01:43 PM
There aren't any issues per se, just that I have to create a custom layout that will match the upcoming new layout for the main site.

JamesP
05-11-2008, 06:26 PM
::chuckle:: I think I'll pitch an 'upgrade' batch o' mead, so I can get gloriously drunk when the new forum is up and running....


Vicky,

save a bottle for 5 yr, and 10 yr anniversary of the new format.

webmaster
05-12-2008, 08:29 AM
I'll do that!

UDV
05-13-2008, 12:37 AM
Sadly nothing I can help with then. :)

I'll have to wait for the new template!