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Forum software upgrade imminent!

Thursday, September 14, 2006 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
14
2006

This morning I want to let everyone know that the forthcoming major forum software upgrade will be happening very soon – possibly as early as later today or sometime tomorrow, but perhaps as late as sometime over the weekend. vBulletin has released the first maintenance release to version 3.6.0, and that’s what I was waiting for. Over 100 bugs were squashed between version 3.6.0 and version 3.6.1, but most of the bugs were very minor: 3.6.0 was a very stable and robust release, and the latest build is even more solid. At this point I’m just waiting for the artist who designed the forum “skin” to upgrade the templates to the latest version. It’s a big job, but he’s very quick, so it won’t be long now. If you are interested in the new forum features you will enjoy, you can check them out here.

As you may know from reading this Daily News update, the forums no longer need to be taken down to perform backups; however, the forums will need to come down while the new software is installed, configured and tested. This process will take a few hours. While this upgrade is being performed you will see a status message when you visit the forums indicating what is going on.

Once the forums are back up, you will likely notice some of the changes/new features immediately, and others will become apparent as you use the forum. Also, you will need to re-log on to the forums, so now’s the time to make sure you know your username and password! I’ll start a support thread to help answer any questions you may have. Keep in mind that even after the forums are back up, there is still a lot of action going on behind the curtains: I will be very busy re-installing certain code customizations and tweaking a lot of the visual elements. This process will take a day or so, so please hold your questions with regards to aesthetics until this process is complete.

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