Today, July 8, 2009, at 4 PM I will be taking the board down for the installation of the dBoard 3.0 Beta release software. It should take about 4 hours.
Software updates don't usually take this long, but in this case a full backup of the board (all software, messages, member data, etc.) is prudent, and the backup has to occur after it is shut down, otherwise people might post messages to a forum after it's been backed up, and their messages would be lost.
The software update also requires translation and insertion of all messages into a MySQL database, and because we have well over a half million messages this will take a couple hours.
I will bring the board back up as quickly as possible. There will be many changes, and I expect there will be some bugs, too. Please report issues and problems to this thread.
Thanks go out to everyone who helped wring out some of the bugs over at the test board.
Folks, sorry about this, but I just don't trust myself to do this right now. The test installation from scratch of all the changes just completed at the test board, but it's just too late in the day to start a 4 hour installation process. I will pick up early tomorrow morning, bringing the board down at 7 AM.
Looking through my topic index, it took me a long time to figure out which threads were closed. The little bitty pad-lock at the left was hard to see. I liked how in the previous version it would say:
CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
All the way across the box with tthe thread title in it.
Also, under the Submit button on this page I see this:
Text of message you're replying to: Query error: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '' at line 1. Query string: select AuthorName, MessageText, MBRID from evcMessages where TID=12602 && MsgNum=
Ah, okay. That page has changed quite a bit. The threads no longer have page numbers. You have to go to the thread itself to select a specific page. The "Unread Messages" indicator is now a folder instead of a blue circle. The "Activity Level" meter is gone, replaced by a red folder color for active threads.
If you have any specific suggestions for how to improve the appearance please let me know.