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PostPost #1  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:50 am    Post subject: Scheduled maintenance for Saturday 4th July Reply with quote Back to top

Heartland will be down again on Saturday for more scheduled maintenance.

The maintenance includes an upgrade to the latest version of the forum software: phpBB3

"Finally!" I hear you all cry.

I expect to take the servers off line at approximately 10am to begin the server upgrade.

Why am I doing this?
The current phpBB2 software has not been supported by the phpB foundation for many years. Additionally, it runs on an old version of PHP (v5.6) which is no longer supported by the PHP foundation, and potentially contains security vulnerabilities. The new board will use phpBB3, and will run on PHP v7.2.

After the upgrade you will notice many new and improved things, including a new mobile-friendly look and feel, and lots more features. It should also feel a little faster.

Sadly, there will be a few things that I wont be able to migrate for "day one" of the new forum, including:

- all existing forum themes
- the image gallery
- user birthdays

The new site will only have a single theme for now, but I will be adding a small number new styles in the coming weeks (including a darker style for you goffix types).

I'll be working to migrate the birthday info ASAP. The birthday data won't be lost, but it will need converting into a format the new forum can use.

Unfortunately, the photo gallery is likely going to some time to migrate. There's no current way of adding the old system to the new site. Until I have managed to recreate it I'm afraid the gallery will be unavailable. Sorry about that.

When will all this start?
Saturday 4th July at 10am

When will it be finished?
I will endeavour to bring the forum back online as soon as possible, but the converting all the old forum data takes a little time, so expect it to be back sometime Saturday evening.

What to do if you have any problems
- Once you are able to log back on the site, if you spot any bugs please log them here in this thread.
- While the maintenance is happening, keep an eye on our twitter feed for updates: http://twitter.com/heartlandforum
- Likewise, if you are having any trouble getting back on after the move, drop us a message @ the above Twitter account

Hope this all makes sense, and once again, sorry for any inconvenience.

This is a necessary upgrade and is long overdue.

Thanks, as ever, for your patience.
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PostPost #2  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Ooooohhhhhhhh new tech time! Yay!

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PostPost #3  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Happy twiddling
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PostPost #4  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Good progress at that ... Smile ...
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PostPost #5  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Btw, are you moving the SistersWiki as well? ... Surprised ...
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PostPost #6  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Being645 wrote:
Btw, are you moving the SistersWiki as well? ... Surprised ...
No Smile
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PostPost #7  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Small update:

I've managed to write a script that will migrate birthdays from the old forum to the new, so the new one will still have everyone's birthdays (or at least the 1500 or so of you who've set one) Very Happy
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PostPost #8  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You do know that Von will take the opportunity of downtime to announce the new music release dates Mr. Green Our fearless leader!
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PostPost #9  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ROBBIE wrote:
You do know that Von will take the opportunity of downtime to announce the new music release dates Mr. Green Our fearless leader!


Laughing

Been playing with it a lot the past couple of days.
It's really slick & I haven't managed to break it yet. Wink
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PostPost #10  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Reading that last post back, it takes on a whole other meaning Embarassed
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PostPost #11  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

How about the PMs? Question
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PostPost #12  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Pista wrote:
Reading that last post back, it takes on a whole other meaning Embarassed


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PostPost #13  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Will we be in the 20th century?

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY ON THE 7TH, JUST IN CASE IT ALL GOES WRONG
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PostPost #14  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

or 21st century? though i love hear 16th century greensleeves Mr. Green Very Happy
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PostPost #15  Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You are Ritchie Blackmore and I claim my ten shilling note.
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PostPost #16  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ten brittish shillings are about two and a half US dollars right?
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PostPost #17  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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ten brittish shillings are about two and a half US dollars right?
Laughing I wish

Pre-decimal UK currency went like this:

Two farthings makes a ha'penny. Two ha'pennies is a penny. Three pennies make a thruppeny bit. Two thruppeny bits is sixpence. Two sixpences makes a shilling. Two shillings is a florin. A florin and sixpence makes half a crown. Four half crowns makes a ten bob note and two ten bob notes is a pound. Oh and a pound and a shilling makes a guinea.

Then they had to make it so fiddly and complicated with a hundred new pee to the pound.
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PostPost #18  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Not to forget, a sixpence was also called a tanner Very Happy
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PostPost #19  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Update: the new version of the forum will have a second theme from day one.

It will be based on the new default theme (which is still red and white, but much shinier than this current one) but will use a dark colour pallet, for the goths out there, or for anyone that values their retinas.

After the upgrade everyone will be switched to the new red and white theme.

In order to activate the new dark theme you will have to go into your "control panel", select "board preferences" and then choose the dark option from the settings there.

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PostPost #20  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You are good, you are nice to all of us We are not worthy! We are not worthy!

Meanwhile i am trying to draw the old system and i fail to understand it with the fiorins, tallers, sixpence, thrupens, guinea pigs etc Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing Wierded Out
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PostPost #21  Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

My parents used to extol the pre-decimal system because it was 'infinitely divisible' and my brother and I used to just glaze over. My Dad was originally an accountant though Laughing
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PostPost #22  Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

So the old PMs will still be there? Otherwise I will have to check through all those boxes before they disappear.
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PostPost #23  Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Being645 wrote:
So the old PMs will still be there? Otherwise I will have to check through all those boxes before they disappear.


Yep they’ll still be there
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PostPost #24  Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Stickified Jam~es has disappeared Neutral

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PostPost #25  Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Izzy HaveMercy wrote:
Stickified Jam~es has disappeared Neutral

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Ah, sorry yes. I unstickied it yesterday in preparation for the forum upgrade.

It has been a number of years since James passed, and I felt that it was no longer as appropriate as it once was for that post to be a sticky post.

Personally, I felt is was potentially quite triggering for some older members, and slightly confusing for newer members, and that most folks had become somewhat "blind" to announcements and sticky posts because they'd all been there for 4+ years, thus rendering stickies and announcements less useful than they should be.

I hope folks understand the rationale, but feel free to DM me if you want to chat about it some more.
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