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edited 17 January at 12:02PM in Site Feedback
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MSE_TineMSE_Tine MSE Forum Manager
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edited 17 January at 12:02PM in Site Feedback
Hi all!

Today we have started sending out the below update by email to everyone using the registered email addresses you have used on the Forum. These are being sent out in batches due to the volume, so it may be several days before everyone has received their copy and we will update you when all the emails have been sent.

"At the beginning of October, we shared the exciting news that we are getting ready to migrate the MSE Forum to a new and future-proof platform (see the original post from our Editor-in-Chief Marcus explaining why we're doing this).

We're still finalising the launch date, so keep an eye out for any updates on the Forum. As part of this move there will inevitably be some changes, although we've done our best to keep these to a minimum, and it should all be very straightforward.

Some changes will affect all users, and you'll need to take some steps before the move (see points one and two below). If you use functions like 'Thanks' and 'Competitions Time', you may notice that things work a little differently after the move.

Here's what you need to know...
1. Logging in for the first time after the move
You'll need to log in using the email address on your account, and will be required to reset your password as MSE will not be transferring your existing one for security reasons. If your email address isn't correct at the time of the switchover, then we will not be able to give you access after the move.

You must take action now: Click here to check and update your email address before 3 February 2020.

2. Profile pictures
Due to the size of all the files, your profile picture will not be carried across to the new Forum. If you want to keep your current picture, please save it locally on your device and you can upload it again in the new Forum. Again, you'll need to do this before 3 February 2020.

3. Link tricks
We know some of you use special tricks with URLs to change how many boards appear and to save search results. Not all of these tricks will be available after the launch.

We realise everyone uses the Forum in different ways. If you have lost any functionality after the launch as a result of the re-platform, let us know and we'll do what we can to restore it.

4. Thanks
Over the years we've racked up a massive 230 million 'Thanks' on posts, which unfortunately can't be moved across. Don't worry though – everyone will be able to see a count of how many 'Thanks' you had on the old Forum in your profile, but 'Thanks' counts on posts will start again from scratch.

5. Competitions Time Entered and Skipped
We are migrating the 'Entered' and 'Skipped' buttons for the Competitions Time boards, but importing the data will take a little longer (there are 170 million competition entries and 320 million skips), so we expect the Competitions Time boards will be unavailable for a few hours longer after the move while we make sure everything works as expected.

6. End of spaces in usernames
One of the optimisations of the new Forum platform means that spaces in usernames will be replaced with underscores. You don't need to do anything here, we're just letting you know.

And finally...
We are doing our best to keep disruption to a minimum and ask you to be patient with us. This is a massive move and we're making it to be able to keep the Forum thriving well into the future for you.

We can't wait to show it to you - not long now!"


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  • ben501ben501
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    MSE_Tine wrote: »
    6. End of spaces in usernames
    One of the optimisations of the new Forum platform means that spaces in usernames will be replaced with underscores. You don't need to do anything here, we're just letting you know.


    Just out of curiosity, what happens if both variations are already in use?


    If for example User 2020 and User_2020 are both already in use. On a forum this big there are bound to be some overlaps.
  • _shel_shel
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    The forum announcement that leads to this post is botched. I had to cut and paste the web address
    Don't Buy The S*n
  • MoneyineptitudeMoneyineptitude
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    _shel wrote: »
    The forum announcement that leads to this post is botched. I had to cut and paste the web address
    Fixed now...
  • Migrating to new forum software on a forum this big yowzer I don't envy you. What platform are you moving to?
  • eskbankereskbanker
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    Migrating to new forum software on a forum this big yowzer I don't envy you. What platform are you moving to?
    From the original thread:
    MSE_Tine wrote: »
    “What Forum are you moving to? Can it cope with us?”
    o We are moving to a platform called Vanilla....
    pooch wrote: »
    I believe Digital Spy are one of the bigger, well known forums that have used this platform for some time now :)
    The Vanilla website has a "showcase" section: https://vanillaforums.com/en/showcase/
  • LadyDeeLadyDee
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    If those examples are anything to go by - ugh! Presumably this is to cater for the mobile app users, rather than those of us that prefer to use a laptop?

    I looked at the Big Green Egg egghead forum - what a mess.
  • mjm3346mjm3346
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    5. Competitions Time Entered and Skipped
    We are migrating the 'Entered' and 'Skipped' buttons for the Competitions Time boards, but importing the data will take a little longer (there are 170 million competition entries and 320 million skips), so we expect the Competitions Time boards will be unavailable for a few hours longer after the move while we make sure everything works as expected


    There are less than 2,500 active competitions at the moment so the numbers for entered/skipped must include figures for the approx 1,000,000 competitions that have ended - what a waste of time bringing that data over.
    Internet goodness £27595 ckllvwc2btfb.gif
  • edited 10 January at 2:30AM
    southcoastrgisouthcoastrgi
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    edited 10 January at 2:30AM
    No one will look at profiles so the amount of thanks that everyone has spent years amassing will be a waste of effort, well done mse :mad:

    Took ages to get the old forum look back rather than the new one which was quite frankly bloody horrible
    I'm only here while I wait for Corrie to start.

    You get no BS from me & if I think you are wrong I WILL tell you.
  • ArthurianArthurian
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    I agree, nobody will look at profiles to check thanks numbers. They have been a useful guide to how reliable someone's comments or advice might be, which is a major benefit of these forums.
  • When the forums have moved to Vanilla, will the notice about the use of cookies be changed to a full screen pop like what Digital Spy do?
    :o
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