Just as recently announced, we have migrated our forums to a different software today, namely Discourse.
Obviously, a lot has changed. And we know it can be annoying to switch from an old familiar tool to a completely new and unfamiliar one. But trust me when I say that we (the team and the moderators) are learning the ropes along with you.
At this point, I just wanted to let you know the most important differences and known issues:
- Generally, all posts and users (with at least one post) have been migrated, so all the content should be there.
- While Discourse does support BB code for formatting, it was not handled correctly during the conversion. Due to this, a lot of posts that made use of BB features (especially tables) look garbled now. We’ll fix those over time if the respective posts are still relevant.
- Files uploaded to the old forums should still be there and have been converted to links embedded in the posts. Because Discourse has some nifty preview and embedding features for links, images will typically be displayed right where they belong.
- Most of the old categories still exist. Note that Discourse has a slightly different approach to categories and it’s common to post directly on the parent category. Since we’ve always used parent categories just as such, please continue to open “general” topics in the “General” category, not directly on “English Boards”.
- Pinned threads: With the way Discourse displays things, pinned posts take up a bit more space and we’ll evaluate over the coming weeks which ones still make sense.
- “About the X category” threads: Discourse automatically creates such a thread in each category. It will take us a bit longer to fill all of them with proper content instead of the default text.
I think these are the most important things for now. As said, we have to familiarize us with Discourse as well and learn all the new features it offers and the things it does differently. Please let us know if you really miss some functionality…maybe it’s there but it’s just hard to find or works differently. We’ll figure it out!