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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: New vBulletin forum almost here  Reply with quote

Hi folks,

The big day is nearly here! Very Happy

I have just received the export of this forum's database from the MyFanForum web master and the process of psychically transferring to vBulletin will get underway very shortly.

Due to the process involved, PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY POSTS YOU MAKE AS OF 9AM ON 09/05/17 WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE NEW FORUM.

The database export is essentially a snapshot of all threads, posts and members as they appeared on our forum this morning, and this will be copied onto a blank vBulletin forum. Therefor, when the new forums open, the last post will be from this morning, before the export (or backup) of the database was created.

This forum will remain open for business as usual until the new one is officially launched; please just remember that new posts and threads will NOT carry over. After opening to the public, this place will remain open in a limited capacity for one month while myself and the staff point any stragglers to the new place.

A global email will also be sent out to all registered users to announce the opening of our new forum. There will also be a notice here.

I will provide more information shortly.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great news, can't wait.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new forum will be online by the weekend. I'll then need a day or two after that to get it ready. I hope to open it to the public (you guys) by Monday. Thank you for your patience. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for keeping us posted, Tetsu. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!  I wonder if Tetsu will style it similar to the old forum?   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Excellent!  I wonder if Tetsu will style it similar to the old forum?   Very Happy

We'll be using the same software that the old forum was, only a more recent release. As for themes, my intention was to keep it looking as close to the current layout at possible, which resembles the forums when they used vBulletin 3.8. In the future I may even get around to creating multiple themes that you can choose between; resembling the old forums at different points in their history, or even completely new ones. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Colin, thank you and Mr P for all your hard work, it is super appreciated by me. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Tetsu with getting this new forum moving along so quickly.I am glad things will be up and running so soon.I am looking forward to it.Thank you for all your hard work.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Colin, we all appreciate the work and effort you have / are putting into getting us a new home Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin, an update, as I am wondering how long now. it was the weekend then Monday, now we are moving into Thursday.

I know you and Angus are working hard on this, but do you have any accurate timeframe.

Also, user accounts transferred "I assume" will need a new password reset by registered email upon entering the new forum.

Please let me know how this is going. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Martin,

Unfortunately I don't know any more than what I've already posted here.

The process of merging the two databases is done offline, so its not like a website in-progress that I can log onto the server and check for myself. When the edited vBulletin database is ready, its uploaded to the server and the website goes live and that will be the first time I see any part of it.

From my understanding the merging process is quite complicated and requires a fair amount of coding/re-writing sections of code. I knew this wouldn't be a 5-minute job so when I first spoke to Jay (Angus is his second name), I asked him how quickly he could realistically have it done and he said by the weekend. On Sunday I asked him how it was coming along and he said the weekend had been quite hectic but he'd have it finished it on Monday. Tuesday I asked again - he apologized and said he's just been really busy but would have it done today. Unfortunately, that's not happened.

I don't know where we're at because, like I said, the coding work is being done offline, and I haven't wanted to ask over and over again like Bart and Lisa Simpson on the way to Diz-Nee-Land and become irritating, especially since he's doing it as a favor - although I do plan to give him something as a thank you.

I think what Zanna said in another thread is true - that we all need to try and patient, as eager as we are to see the new place up and running. That said, I know its quite frustrating not being able to post, so if its not online by tomorrow night, I'll drop him message for Friday morning to ask if he can hurry it along, as we will have been waiting 10 days by that point. Failing that, I have someone else who I believe could conduct the transfer. As a last resort, I'll pay vBulletin support to do it.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the update Colin, very much appreciated. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any news from Jay, Colin we are now into Saturday and 2 weeks. I have to ask on behalf of the waiting community as well as myself and you said you would ask Jay once more on Friday evening.

TBH I had no idea initially that you could not do the update yourself.
And only found out that the entire forum move was reliant once more on someone you only ever met on the keyboard.

Colin, you should have asked for the help if you needed it, not put our entire forum in the hands of someone we never met and have no idea how long if ever it will happen.

I would have helped if you could not afford the help from Vbulletin on your own, geez Colin, in future just ask. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God help us as the entire forum database is in the hands of I guy I once permabanned.

Colin? I know I made up with Jay after but do you know that a name online is trustworthy with our entire forum. I only know the person as a name online, whom in reality could be anyone with all are info and database to sell online, passwords and everything.

Colin, you could have asked other members of staff here. It's NOT your forum alone and we are here to help. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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God help us as the entire forum database is in the hands of I guy I once permabanned.

Colin? I know I made up with Jay after but do you know that a name online is trustworthy with our entire forum. I only know the person as a name online, whom in reality could be anyone with all are info and database to sell online, passwords and everything.

Colin, you could have asked other members of staff here. It's NOT your forum alone and we are here to help. Smile

I spoke to Jay again this morning and stressed that I'd really like to get the forum online this weekend as we've now been waiting nearly 2 weeks. I'll wait until Sunday evening to see if he can fulfill that before I look elsewhere for help. My best friend is also a coder but works 9-5 during the week, so I was worried he might not be any faster, which is why I asked Jay as a coder and former member first. I can also pay vBulletin support to do it, the only truly secure option, but you must appreciate that that will be costly.

Regarding security, the database export is merely a photocopy of the accounts, threads and posts, like mailing a folder from one computer to another. He wasn't given the master password for the forum and our individual passwords are encrypted and quite safe. Its likely that an unscrupulous admin somewhere would have taken advantage of such a security hole by now, if it existed. This forum isn't going anywhere until WE close it.

I am very sorry to everyone that this is taking so long. I am quite dismayed myself and very eager to get on with things, having paid quite a large sum for the vBulletin, hosting, domain and export. I promise you we will be up and running soon and I thank everyone for remaining so patient. This will have been worth it when its finally done. Sad

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, this new forum looks almost identical to the old one.....oh, hang on a minute...
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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God help us as the entire forum database is in the hands of I guy I once permabanned.

Colin? I know I made up with Jay after but do you know that a name online is trustworthy with our entire forum. I only know the person as a name online, whom in reality could be anyone with all are info and database to sell online, passwords and everything.

Colin, you could have asked other members of staff here. It's NOT your forum alone and we are here to help. Smile

I spoke to Jay again this morning and stressed that I'd really like to get the forum online this weekend as we've now been waiting nearly 2 weeks. I'll wait until Sunday evening to see if he can fulfill that before I look elsewhere for help. My best friend is also a coder but works 9-5 during the week, so I was worried he might not be any faster, which is why I asked Jay as a coder and former member first. I can also pay vBulletin support to do it, the only truly secure option, but you must appreciate that that will be costly.

Regarding security, the database export is merely a photocopy of the accounts, threads and posts, like mailing a folder from one computer to another. He wasn't given the master password for the forum and our individual passwords are encrypted and quite safe. Its likely that an unscrupulous admin somewhere would have taken advantage of such a security hole by now, if it existed. This forum isn't going anywhere until WE close it.

I am very sorry to everyone that this is taking so long. I am quite dismayed myself and very eager to get on with things, having paid quite a large sum for the vBulletin, hosting, domain and export. I promise you we will be up and running soon and I thank everyone for remaining so patient. This will have been worth it when its finally done. Sad



Don't worry Colin, it's kind of out of your hands relying on someone else to do the coding etc, I'm sure we can all wait a little longer Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Work on the forum is ongoing - we hope to be live by Friday. Fingers crossed!
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Don't worry Colin, i am sure all will go well!
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Almost There !!! Reply with quote




...It IS okay, Colin - Most importantly,

please remember that we appreciate all you are doing for us !!!

We will of course continue to wait patiently



because nothing in this world worth having comes easy !!!

You are right when you say, "This will have been worth it when its finally done"  

...And each day we are a day closer, so YAAAAY  



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