To our readers –
Over the last year our discussion forum software became part of a lengthy legal battle between the two people that created it. That lawsuit finally ended and the verdict left the software in the control and hands of a different party than the company we had contracted to serve us. We have been working with the current owner in good faith to pay a reasonable fee to continue to use the software for a few months so that we could transition to a new discussion forum software package. Those negotiations over a reasonable fee rapidly broke down over the weekend and since no deal could be made, we are legally obligated to stop using the software – immediately.
This has left us no choice but to migrate to different forum software in a very short time period. We evaluated a number of different software options and have chosen to move to VBulletin. The newest version of vBulletin (4.0) has some impressive features and quite a bit of support behind it. While ZeroForum software has served us well, it has fallen behind in features over the last couple years compared to nearly everything else on the market. vBulletin and the team behind it have been very supportive of this move, and we are genuinely excited to start digging into all the new features.
I want everyone to be aware that because of the extreme time crunch on this migration, we are bound to have some issues. First and foremost, our goal here is to make this thing look and perform as much like the ZeroForum software you are all used to. vBulletin 4.0 does move to a Web 2.0 style interface and backend, so some changes will be unavoidable. There are also some features here and there that might not carry over, might be in a different place, or might not function exactly the same. We’ll continue to work on getting things back to as normal as we can, but at the end of the day we’re moving into a new house and things are going to feel a little different. We are also busy importing the more than 60 million threads we’ve amassed over more than a decade, starting first with the newest/most recent. We should be able to import all the old threads and leave nothing behind.
While we are unhappy that we’ve had to make this move so quickly and under less than ideal circumstances, we are excited at the same time about all the new features. During this transition period we’re going to do our best to communicate what is going on and where we are at on a regular basis. We’ll make updates on the front pages of our websites and on our Facebook pages. If at any time you have concerns or comments you can send them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to get back to everyone. We’re going to be slammed working on this transition, but we also want to make sure all our readers concerns are taken care of.
Thanks for listening and thanks for all the years of support. We will list updates below.