I’m sure a mod will be along in a mo to edit that title.
I asked them why they were so desperate to have me back.
“Was it my intellect?”, I asked.
“Was it my unique perspective on fashion?” I wondered.
“My inability to drink?”
“Did they need to decrease the membership follicle count?”
“Did they want to increase the average height of The Management?”
“Did they need someone on the team that actually understood football?”
“No”, they said. “We need help to upgrade the Discourse installation”.
So that’s what I’m here to do.
I’d like to first say that when I left this place ~ 3 years ago everything was working well.
But, Sotonians, what have @pap and @btrips done with ~3 years of power?
I’ll tell you what they’ve done. They’ve left you on Discourse version 2.6.0.beta3.
That might not mean anything to you, but there are deep, dark caves in France where rudimentary, hand-daubed images of bison appear above the words “Discourse 2.6 sucks”.
Anyway, so I’m the higher’d (sic) help. Here to bring you into the current millennium by upgrading the site.
The site needs updating and that means jumping from version 2.6 of Discourse to v3.0 (and change).
There have been lots of changes since the site was last updated so some things in the new site will feel different to some of you.
As part of the migration, Sotonians will be moving to a new server with a new hosting provider. This means that pap won’t be paying such an exorbitant monthly fee to me to keep the current site live and I will have to give up the rental property in Bermuda.
The most pressing issue is that I need to get some feedback on the new version to make sure that I’m not going to break anything in the conversion / migration.
To that end, I’ve done a partial migration and I’d like to get some volunteers to test it.
The new test site is at:
If you can spare the time, please visit the new site. The data there is as at ~2 days ago and your login details will be the same as they are here.
This is NOT live data so feel free to post, delete, fuck about, etc. It will have no impact on the live data here and it will be overwritten when I do the actual migration.
4. If you run a browser other than Chrome or Safari (Firefox, Opera, Edge, BobsUntraceablePornBrowser, etc.), does the site still work as you would expect?
If you are on an Apple device that runs iOS lower than (I think) 14.7 then the site will no longer work for you.
So, if you run any Apple device please ensure that the site still works - or works as you would expect.
Please post your feedback here. I’m currently planning to do the upgrade Monday/Tuesday next week, so reply before then if you can.