We have been working hard to upgrade the forums and get off the falling apart software we're currently running on. The new forum will be run on Invision Power Board and it's much much faster with better technologies and a generally better user experience.
This thread will try and update to as many changes as possible along the way.
All your username, passwords, (And hopefully avatars) will be copied along the way. So just LOGIN with your existing account information. In addition to logging in as normal you can also login with your facebook account and link to your account so you can be lazy and stay logged in all the time, or spam your wall with how awesome your posts are. The facebook option is entirely optional so if you don't choose to use it you'll only see the smallest little "F" icon in the corner of the website.
We are pruning about 400,000 dead accounts. If you haven't logged in for over a year and have never made a single post then your account will be deleted. You'll be free to signup with the same email and IP address as before.
Some WOW information might be missing from your user profile. We are going to simplify the Armory System and add an automated Armory badge to wow accounts. This might take a small bit of time after the conversion.
You must absolutely cancel any subscriptions you have by Paypal. We will have to manually apply existing subscriptions to the new board and you'll have to re-sign up once that subscription expires. IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL your payment, we cannot refund them. They are setup to go to an employee who is no longer with us who WILL NOT refund any subscriptions you setup. If you forget and are charged, you will have to file a Paypal Dispute against him. Make sure your payments are only going to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have created a system that will take all existing links and convert them into the new forum links. There are limitations with this system though.
- "Anchor Links", or links to a specific post within a thread or topic will forward to the top of that thread or topic instead. This is a limitation of how anchor links work. They are used by your browser and not the server, so the server cannot detect them to forward with the new url.
- Only links to topics, threads, announcements, and polls will work. If you try to bookmark your USERCP or something like that, you'll have to manually recreate the new bookmark.
- Shortcuts like "/f30/" currently don't work, you will actually have to go to /showforum?id=30 or something like that. We are working on a remedy for the lazy. It really shouldn't be a problem though bceause your browser should offer to complete the url you're manually typing in anyways... so you shouldn't even have to get past "elitistj" before it offers to complete the full url.
The new site has an easier to use AJAX based search system to find members, posts, forums, or even help topics. Enjoy .
The design is staying pretty much the same. Similar colors and graphics, but with an easier to use layout. The design offers a "Latest Posts" section as well as a whole page to allow you to "View New Content" that you haven't read, and is super easy to sort by time periods and types.
Let me know if you have any questions, but please keep the thread on topic.