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Posted by: Xipher
05-18-2020, 01:21 PM
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Long overdue, a little upgrade to the forums and a brighter view to boot.

There's little use of the forums these days so I doubt there'll be much notice taken of the changes but I figured that I'd make the first real news announcement here since 2013, most announcements have been made on the IRC otherwise these days.

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Posted by: Xipher
01-31-2013, 10:25 AM
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Fancy and new!

You can now use the web based IRC access at http://irc.bigfurs.com on almost any device with a web browser, no more Java client.

Let me know if you encounter any issues or have any questions!

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Posted by: Xipher
01-12-2013, 10:59 AM
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If you were unable to connect to the IRC for a short period of time today, we're back up and running, had a slight hiccup after a record 427 days without any incidents.

Enjoy!

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Posted by: Xipher
04-14-2012, 08:37 AM
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Tomorrow, 4/14/12, the main Bigfurs.com server will be down for a short period of time, doing a little CPU upgrade.

For anyone interested, I'm swapping out two Opteron 2347's for a pair of 2389's

The IRC will NOT be affected if you are connected to it, however DNS resolution will be affected, you may not be able to connect or reconnect once the main server is down, if you REALLY need to connect though, please connect via IP at 72.14.182.127

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Posted by: Xipher
02-17-2012, 02:34 PM
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We've updated the forums and updated the registration page with a few new items for new registrations, if you had trouble before, please try again now.

The ability to report a private message has also been added, please report any spam or abuse through this system.

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Posted by: Xipher
01-31-2012, 12:19 PM
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If you were having attachment issues on the mature forums, this has been resolved, there was a small bug found in how the forum handled permissions that has been resolved.

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Posted by: Xipher
11-11-2011, 10:10 AM
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The issues affecting users being unable to connect on the default IRC port have been resolved.

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Posted by: Xipher
04-18-2011, 01:01 PM
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Good news everyone!

The forums for Bigfurs.com are back, and if you are seeing this, you are experiencing the fantastic new 3D, fully high definition remastered release!

Now, you may have noticed that this is a complete reboot, but don't panic, as soon as possible the 'legacy' forums will be opened up as a read only repository of the content posted over the last 6 years, the old information has not been lost or modified in any way.

You might be asking "Why start fresh? Whats up with this?" and the answer isn't really very simple, and I'm sure it won't make a whole lot of sense to everyone, but trust me, there are good reasons, a few of which I will outline below.

First of all, the previous forum software was absolutely horrific, we started using Invision Powerboard MANY years ago, back when it was well featured, free, stable, and not a complete bloated pig. Eventually the software became licensed at an unreasonable price which we continued to pay, its currently $149 for one year of support and version access, but thats not really the whole issue. Invision Powerboard has probably grown to become by far the most bloated, slow, difficult to work with, buggy, and generally bad bit of forum software I have ever run across, we're not going to continue to use it, but, also, there is not a reliable way to convert the previous forum to a new software. The lesson here and the reason is, if you want to create a forum, don't bother giving IPS a dime, their software is lackluster in every way. The new forum was going to be a PHPBB install, but that didn't turn out fantastic, PHPBB3 is very behind the times now a days no matter how well supported and developed, stable or other wise great it is, its not really 'good', so, what we have here is a fresh MyBB forum that even manages to look like the old forum did before the last 'upgrade' IPS put out.

Unlike the previous board, and really the rest of the site, this is going to stay about as bone stock and dead simple as possible, I won't be adding or modifying much of anything, but there is a fantastic reason behind this, and its because I'm lazy, adding and modifying things breaks standard upgrades and takes time and effort to resolve. This worked great 6 years ago, but, as a full time systems administrator, I don't have time to fool around with things like this, it needs to work and this way it will. Think of the change like this, the easier it is to manage the back end of the site, the less likely it is for the site to go down, require maintenance, or worse yet, not have maintenance performed that may better protect your information.

After 6 years and more, the site had gone from being a lifeboat for those that were affected by the closure of Lofty-Bearings with a flurry of activity to a steady decline, the internet as a whole was moving on and away from forums as a social medium only a year or two after Bigfurs.com opened its doors. The decision for a fresh start is sort of a way to say we're moving on from where we started, we're moving away from the decently sized though dormant community we grew to be and we're moving to a more relevant size in community, a smaller and hopefully more active community. Honestly now, the old forums had reached that creepy internet ghost town point, they were no longer inviting or active enough to justify their size, this is a fresh start, and it will be a smaller community.

One more reason is, I am, of the original founders, the only one operating the forum, this is a one man operation now, not to say we don't have great staff on hand, and at the ready for launch, but, there is only one person really 'running' this ship now.

I hope that makes sense, and the old forums will be available to browse soon as well, sort of a museum to look at the previous years.

Welcome, or, welcome back.

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