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Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

TORPC
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Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

Despite Plusnet trying to fix this broken ancient forum
Should PlusNet upgrade to a new forum ?Huh
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

I have made a different suggestion
Archive a lot of old posts - it is 7 years since we had a general archive action and move the archive to a separate server not accessible by posters
This would drastically reduce the size of the forum and the associated database
I haven't had an answer but I believe the effect is being looked into
TORPC
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

It may work,
however a fresh base wouldn't go a miss
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

As I remember the last time the Forum was completely rejigged I really don't want to be around if it is moved to a new server(s) and up to date software
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

Moving to a new forum will be no easy task.  Like OldJim, I was around and on the periphery of the new Community Forum site and to achieve the functionality and integration with the Member Centre and the main blog page was a massive effort.  As a result the current system is almost certainly befuddled by legacy integration issues between Wordpress and SMF.  Making changes risks bringing even greater problems into focus.
As a starter for 10 OldJim's proposal for an archive of many of the old posts now redundant boards and then a tidy-up on the tables should make a big improvement  ---- BUT.  There be dragons down in them dark tunnels.  Not a task to be tackled lightly or in haste.
Longer term a fresh look at the whole back office infrastructure needs to be carried out, but would a User Forum in its current format survive the financial review?
Maurice
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

Voted 'No' as there isn't a 'None of my business, it's completely up to PN' option...  Wink
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

'Undecided' is my vote.
Love the forums except for slowness and 'posing with attachment' issues.
Call me 'w23'
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

No one as cited the issues which need to be fixed to justify change.
Change consumes resources - money and time - which arguably if available should be spent on other more important matters - eg SSL for email.
If it ain't broken don't try fixing it seems an appropriate maxim here!
All databases need periodic maintenance - table tidying, index restructure etc... - one hopes this is implemented and performed on a regular basis?
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

I do think the forum is looking a little dated, and could do with being brought in to 2014, but if it took funds away from other projects, then I would rather it stay as it is.
I voted YES though.
TORPC
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

Why oh!!! why.... do people think it will cost the earth ..........
There are latest versions of SMF that are Free even update(s)
There are also other free forum maker(s) available therefore the cost(s) can be kept to a minimum, towards the staff(s) wages
PN already have the server(s)
Research my friends research
We all know that PN are up against it whilst trying to sort the issues, that comes with such an old / modified forum base, with old standard(s) of coding, new browser rendering et al
However, that said
New standard(s) of coding are clearly here
Think of it as a long overdue spring clean
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

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Why oh!!! why.... do people think it will cost the earth ..........
There are latest versions of SMF that are Free even update(s)

As I pointed out earlier,  it isn't the base cost of the Forum software that takes time (and the implied cost!)  it's the integration with the other Plusnet facilies that make the task quite complex  - and a real beast to test..
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

Compare these forums with the Simple Machines Community Forums (the creators of this forum software):
Plusnet Community ForumsSimple Machines Community Forums
Total Members
25,412
333,297
Most users online ever
838
3,726
Total topics
124,291
423,055
Total Posts
1,092,340
3,476,529

Conclusion: there's nothing wrong with the forum software, it will scale it way, way beyond the size of the Plusnet Community forums. The problem is Plusnet's inability to identify and fix the problems with the way they have implemented it and/or the hardware platform it is running on.
If they switched to different software, no doubt they'd make a mess of that too!
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TORPC
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

If there is nothing wrong with the clearly outdated forum software
Why is there so many complaint(s) referring to the various different problems / issue(s) ?? ?? ?Huh
To which the some problems are clearly getting worse ?? ?? ?Huh
Since they have undated their Call Centre, bringing it into the 21st century then surely it makes sense to bring the forum up-to date to cater for future proofing as best as possible
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??

I am sure that you will point out I am wrong but a quick glance the Simple Machines Forum doesn't allow image uploads only links
If this is the case this could be the problem as is shown by the number of times posts with uploaded images hang
I have no idea what the total forum server load is with and without the images but I would imagine that the difference is significant
TORPC
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Re: Should PN upgrade to a new forum ??