Update: We have finally launched the Soompi 3.0 beta site to all Soompi staff and Friends of Soompi! If you would like to participate in the beta testing, please send a PM to me or rocojulie and we will send you instructions on how to access the site. Thanks!
We have a big announcement to make! After ten years using IPB forum software, we will be moving our forums to a new platform in approximately two weeks. Why are we doing this? Simply put, our current platform isn't equipped to handle the heavy level of traffic we experience on a daily basis. No doubt that many of you have noticed our frequent driver errors and "Unable to Complete Request" messages. Well, those are examples of our forums not being able to deal with so many users visiting at once. Therefore, we are migrating to a new platform which has been proven to scale more effectively for a larger audience -- and includes some pretty cool new features, too!
I'm pretty sure you have some questions right now. Let's cover some of the major ones right now.
Will we be keeping all our data?
Yes. Even though it is very difficult for us to migrate all the threads, posts, PMs, and profile information to the new platform, we are working hard to make sure everything remains intact at the time of launch, because we realize that you've worked hard to create all this content!
Will the forums be going offline while you make the change?
Yes. Unfortunately, there will be some downtime while we migrate the data. To minimize the inconvenience, we will schedule the migration during off-peak hours, and we will try our best to limit it to four hours or less. We apologize in advance for the disruption, and we will keep you informed as to when the site will be going offline.
What are some of the new features we can expect to see?
We really hope you will enjoy the new features as much as we do! Some of the new features will include:
Will the forum organization change?
- Autosave drafts of a forum post or thread,
- Ability to bring members into a thread by mentioning them,
- Search features per individual forum,
- Embed YouTube videos,
- Some badges and miscellaneous voting features (no negatives).
It is not necessary for the organization to change as a result of the platform change. However, based on member response, we have been considering combining some of the Korean entertainment forums, to a setup similar to what we had a few years ago. For example, merging the music group subforums into a larger group or group members forum may address some of the issues members have with the content being too segmented and "over-organized." We are still deciding, so please give us your feedback!
When will the new forums be unveiled?
Currently, we are thinking early April. We will keep you informed as the date approaches.
No. This thread does not answer my questions.
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