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!"