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Beta Test of Miami Hawk Talk New Message Board

The Open Beta test of Miami Hawk Talk’s new message board is now available at:  http://test.miamihawktalk.com/talk/. The following is the related message from RedStece:

“The gnomes have spent dozens of hours doing stuff, and they may even realize this is going live today. So please feel free to poke around, kick the tires, and try it out!

As I have mentioned in my sporadic postings on the boards over the past year, we’re updating our message board software from phpBB to Vanilla Forums. There are a number of reasons for this decision, and I’m happy to geek out at some point about the reasons, but the important point is this: Vanilla may seem a little foreign at first, but give it some time and I think it will grow on you.

First things first: importing anything from our version of phpBB to Vanilla proved to be problematic - including the user database. So you will need to re-register on these boards. PLEASE be considerate to members of our community and stick with your previous user name. If you want a new name, please be sure that it’s NOT the name of another user. I really don’t want mollautt registering as WestJeff.

My plan is to run the beta during the beginning of the fall sport seasons. This means that we’ll continue to develop and incorporate changes while you’re using the new boards, but I’ll try to limit major changes to late evening when it will only affect Chuck and Fritz.  Ideally, this beta will evolve into our production board without having to lose the posts.

During this time, the old boards will continue to operate, but registrations will continue to be closed on the old boards. The only place we will accept new registrations is here. Eventually, when we switch the new board from beta to production, the old boards will go into an archived state.

Otherwise, as I said above, please take some time to poke around and try things out here. If you have questions or suggestions, please respond to this post, or post a new discussion in this topic (Suggestions).

Steve

The Open Beta test of Miami Hawk Talk’s new message board is now available at:  http://test.miamihawktalk.com/talk/. The following is the related message from RedStece:

“The gnomes have spent dozens of hours doing stuff, and they may even realize this is going live today. So please feel free to poke around, kick the tires, and try it out!

As I have mentioned in my sporadic postings on the boards over the past year, we’re updating our message board software from phpBB to Vanilla Forums. There are a number of reasons for this decision, and I’m happy to geek out at some point about the reasons, but the important point is this: Vanilla may seem a little foreign at first, but give it some time and I think it will grow on you.

First things first: importing anything from our version of phpBB to Vanilla proved to be problematic - including the user database. So you will need to re-register on these boards. PLEASE be considerate to members of our community and stick with your previous user name. If you want a new name, please be sure that it’s NOT the name of another user. I really don’t want mollautt registering as WestJeff.

My plan is to run the beta during the beginning of the fall sport seasons. This means that we’ll continue to develop and incorporate changes while you’re using the new boards, but I’ll try to limit major changes to late evening when it will only affect Chuck and Fritz.  Ideally, this beta will evolve into our production board without having to lose the posts.

During this time, the old boards will continue to operate, but registrations will continue to be closed on the old boards. The only place we will accept new registrations is here. Eventually, when we switch the new board from beta to production, the old boards will go into an archived state.

Otherwise, as I said above, please take some time to poke around and try things out here. If you have questions or suggestions, please respond to this post, or post a new discussion in this topic (Suggestions).

Steve

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