Author Topic: Welcome to the New Alembic Club  (Read 1542 times)

mica

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Welcome to the New Alembic Club
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:20:18 AM »
OK Friends,

After many, many hours of dedicated work, we have a shiny new Alembic Club to post in. Yay! Big thanks go to moderators Adriaan and Dave, who did most of the work.

The paint is still wet in places and some of the doors are a bit tight, but the coffee maker seems to be working just fine. So let's get started.

There are a few things to attend to immediately:

  • You may have to reset your password. Try to log in as usual, but if your password doesn't work use the Forgot Password link and get a new one sent to you. If your email address didn't transfer, email one of the moderators and we will edit your profile.
  • Because of the differences in the software, your username and display name were set to match here. This way the posts will all look the same as they did on the original Club. You are welcome to change your display name if you wish, but people may not recognize you at first.
  • We added a custom field of "Member Name" so that if you want to fill in your real name, people that are members will be able to see it when they click on your profile, just like on the original Club.

Some important differences to note in the new Club:

  • Member profiles are only visible to other registered members. This was requested by many, but the old software did not allow for it.
  • There is a 90 second "courtesy edit" period after make a post where you can make an edit to correct a typo. You can edit again up to a full day after you post, but after the initial 90 seconds you will see a notation that it was edited.
  • You can sort posts by clicking on the header of the column. You can sort by subject, topic starter, views, replies, or date of last post. Sort away!
  • Search works. Period.
  • If you want to reduce the space between the top of the page and the first post, there is an arrow in the top right corner that will reduce it.
  • Note that we've eliminated the archives and that each topic now contains all of its previously archived posts.
  • You'll want to go to your profile and then to Modify Profile > Look and Layout. There, check "Return to topics after posting by default". It sounds confusing, but this brings you back to the topic you were just posting on, like the original Club. While you're there, you may want to increase the Topics and Messages to display per page to the maximum or whatever your preference is.
  • We've enabled avatars, but please don't choose one that moves, as it makes some of us older folks a bit dizzy.

We had to set a lot of this up by hand, and we may have missed a few things. If you notice something that doesn't look right, like being able to start a new topic on a page where you know you shouldn't be able to do that, please let us know.

We still have a list of things we are working on, so you may see some subtle changes in the coming weeks.

This took a lot longer, and was a lot more work, than any of us expected. Part of the delay was due to a server problem that took more than a day to resolve, and during which we couldn't do much of anything. A big part of the delay was just that we were moving from a very outdated platform, which presented unexpected challenges in the conversion process. And a part of the delay was in the design of the new platform, which is somewhat less than intuitive.

But here we are, finally. Thank you for your patience, and we hope you like the new Alembic Club.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2016, 08:29:42 AM by mica »

mica

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Re: Welcome to the New Alembic Club
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2016, 01:34:52 PM »
We implemented an upgrade a couple of days ago with the embedded links from the old board. Most of them are now clickable.