Forum Update/OFFLINE July 28-29

Janet H

Staff member
Pacific NW
Next Tuesday and Wednesday the forum will be offline as we move to a new platform and integrate members and content from into

We began this process a few years back but stopped when the landscape of forum software changed. Our current platform is an ancient version of vBulletin. We stopped at 3.8 as later versions of vB made a move like this much harder. We are moving to XenForo - the latest stable 2.1

Next Tuesday we will close the board for 2 days and merge with (another Social Knowledge site), migrate to Xenforo, and begin to update the current forum structure. Both sites have some aging sections and we need step into 2020 by adding new content areas for cloud computing, expand mobile and perhaps add some space for connected homes/cars, etc.

The new board will have a new skin (look), be mobile friendly and waaaay faster. After the site reopens work will continue to restructure and update.

Account issues: Xenforo allows login with either username/password or e-mail/password. Please update your account NOW if needed.

Merged accounts: We are bring over all the members from and many folks here have logins currently at both sites. Where we are able, these accounts will be auto merged. We can do this where the e-mail addresses are the same on accounts at both sites. The default login credentials for these accounts will be those used at Techist.

Where we are unsure about duplicate accounts they will not be merged. These are accounts that may have the same username but have unique e-mail addresses. We can update these accounts manually upon request. If you have an account at both sites AND they use unique e-mail addresses, please update one now so they are the same.

Where 2 accounts have the same e-mail address but unique usernames: the account will be merged into the Techist account and use the Techist username and password. We can update these usernames upon request.

Thanks for your patience as we move forward. Change can be unsettling or it can be exciting. We have grown accustomed to the old normal but it's time to evolve. As a larger, stronger community we can accomplish more and grow. :flowers:
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