Hello lovely Blockheaders!
We have heard your feedback and issues with the forums software we use and have risen to the occasion. Dave found a really amazing new product, and we will be porting to that very soon. What does this mean? It means that the vBulletin bulletin board is going the way of the dinosaurs, and will be replaced with the racy, exciting, and seriously powerful ***Discourse***!
What will happen? No more ranks by post count. No more static structure. Learning a new vocabulary. An astonishing collection of new features to accustom yourselves to. It does not mean lost posts, history or anything like that, and it means we will be able to do so much more. For example, we can turn posts into wiki articles, that users can edit and add to at any time. It means that we will get fewer spammers (we hope, oh yes we hope), and any number of other interesting changes.
It also means that I am going to be relatively ignorant about how things work, though I’ll have had much more time with the new place than you, and that things will work differently in general, so there will be an adjustment period for all of us. We will also be adjusting the platform to suit our way of doing things, and the rules and policies, so there will be changes occurring over the initial stages of familiarisation. I hope you’ll bear with us through this process!
The link above offers the chance to “try Discourse”. Please do so and have a go. It’s a sandbox that gets cleared daily, so you will have the chance to try things out before we go live, so it’s worth doing.
UPDATE: New registrations for the forums have been suspended until the port to Discourse has been completed. This will be within a week or two.