Just finished with the new forums that I'm hoping will take over from what we have now. However, I won't change it over without a clear yes from everyone.
Playground is live, check it out here: https://forums.ideactivatemc.net/
You'll need to request a new password before logging in.
Please note this is not final. Any posts or content made will be wiped soon. If we get the go-ahead I will make the current forums read-only and then import the data.
I'm hopping on Discord while I create something for you to all play around with, stick around and you'll have first access to it Be sure to use the #new_forums chat room and I'll keep updates coming in.
From the feedback so far, the main concerns are the layout, design and creature comforts like the sidebar, etc.
The posts that you see in the screenshot are actually part of a snapshot that I took of the current forums and dumped into there, some formatting is off and some things aren't displaying correctly. Not the best screenshot now I'm looking at it again.
The design can always be changed, that's just how it looks out of the box.
I'll get something made up tonight that you can actually visit and try out for yourselves, but here are a few reasons as to why the switch is suggested:
Just a few things listed there but by no means all of them, if you want to know more about it then head over to http://www.discourse.org/.
- Secure by default - our current forums are not SSL (https://) secured, not a big deal since we don't manage sensitive data but it's still frowned upon. The new forums are already secured.
- Much better management tools for staff
- Better post creation for users - the preview window renders as you type, so you know exactly what is going to be posted
Here's a screenshot of what I have so far, it's still open to suggestions:
The user avatars/pictures haven't transferred so that's why there are letters instead, the actual site would have the pictures there instead.
As always, any feedback is appreciated. I'll post more details if everyone is happy for the switch.