UPDATE: The upgrade will begin on Tuesday the 29th of March. See here.
UPDATE: We're currently doing some 'R&D' regarding possible security concerns with how we're planning to host the archive and the new forums. While we had planned the forums to go down some time ago in preparation for the upgrade, there's no need for it to go down until these new issues are resolved.
You might recall last week I put up an announcement describing the upcoming server upgrade for the GMC, and how it presented us with some interesting options for giving the GMC a fresh reboot. We also mentioned in that thread that we were investigating new forum software.
Well I'm pretty happy to announce that after considering feedback from the community and a long internal discussion, we have decided to take full advantage of the upcoming downtime and move ahead with a complete upgrade for the GMC.
IP.Board has served us well but it is time to move on! So we will be moving to new forum software powered by Xenforo. After looking at many different options, Xenforo stood out to us as being a particularly awesome, proven piece of forum software that's very easy to customize with potential for lots of cool plugins and extras down the line.
What does this mean?
- We will have new forums with a new domain and everything will be fresh, new, clean and sparkly!
- This forum will become read only and you will no longer be able to log in, but it will remain on the same domain and all links, threads, content, and discussions will be visible and intact.
- You will need to make new user accounts on the new forum, no emails, usernames or passwords will be carried forward.
- If any users attempt to impersonate or otherwise intentionally claim/block the old usernames of prior forum members this will be dealt with appropriately.
- There will be a new, revamped forum board structure and the rules of the forum will be revised and streamlined. Our goal is to create a much cleaner and easier to understand forum.
- If you have active, ongoing threads here, contact Nocturne or another moderator when the new forums go live and he will be able to add a link into your old topic here directing users to a new topic you create in the new forums.
What's going to happen and when?
- The forums will go down for maintenance, this is expected to happen around
Tuesday the 19th (next week)(see update) but we cannot be exact with the timing.
- Our estimate is that this downtime will last around two weeks.
- After which we will return with our brand new GMC forums, and this forum will be in an archived, read only state.
This place has been around a very, very long time and many developers got their start in video games right here. I'm very glad to see our old content able to remain with its legacy intact. I am also glad and very proud to be welcoming in a new era and fresh beginning for the GameMaker Community and I hope you will all join me in making it the best it can be!
Edited by ShaunS, 25 March 2016 - 12:19 PM.