A Smooth Upgrade is a Beautiful Thing

Sarah Hawk

It was with bated breath that I sat in front of my PC last Sunday evening, while the long awaited vBulletin upgrade took place 2,600km away at Melbourne HQ.

Thanks to the skills (and careful planning) of a couple of talented guys, everything went smoothly and the SitePoint forums are now running vBulletin 3.8.5. If you happened to log in during that couple of hours, you would have seen these entertaining web cam images of Kevin Yank, our CTO, as he and his team undertook the upgrade. Now that we have that out of the way, we’re going to begin implementing a few minor aesthetic improvements as well as a change to the process of reporting posts. More on those as they happen.

I mentioned last week that I emailed forum members asking for feedback. The response was fantastic and it has given us plenty to think about. Some of your suggestions were already on the cards so we have started taking action on those. You can read about the changes in the way we deal with forum signatures here. It is important to note that we are still a no-follow forum, so you won’t get a back-link from your signature.

One of our major projects at present is sorting out the sticky FAQ threads at the top of each forum. Those threads are there so that you can search for help before asking. It may be that your question has been asked many times before. The Programming Team would like to hear what it is that they can do to make those threads more useful. So if you’re into Classic ASP, JSP, Javascript, ColdFusion, PHP, PHP Application Design, or .NET, drop into one of these threads and let them know what you think.

SitePoint forumsRegular readers (you qualify as a regular reader if you’ve read the other two posts I’ve written) will notice that I have a snazzy new image on display this week. That image is thanks to forum member roberts126 aka Chris Roberts, who is the winner of the graphics competition that I ran over the last couple of weeks. The brief was pretty broad. I was looking for an image that represented our forum community. There were lots of great entries, but I like the way this particular image expresses the way that the forums make you think. So congratulations Chris.

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Feature image by Chris Roberts from Digital Precision

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  • http://www.waldenponder.com Hyperbolik

    I love this new blog update (assuming it’s a new thing)! Great job Sarah!

  • W2ttsy

    One recommendation I would like is to stop the automatic queuing of comments in front page articles. Normally when I post, it takes between 12 and 24 hours for it to appear. This makes it quite difficult to post replies to other user comments, not to mention that I’ve thought I had an original thought or been first cab off the rank only to come back the next day and find 17 posts before mine…

  • http://thehawk.wordpress.com HAWK

    It is indeed a new thing. And thanks. :)

  • http://thehawk.wordpress.com HAWK

    I see exactly what you mean W2ttsy – it caught me out as you can see (my last comment was in reply to Hyperbolik. I’ll talk to the blog team and see what they can do about it. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Mal Curtis

    @W2ttsy if you’re logged in to your forum account then you will only need to be approved once I believe, then all later posts will be automatically approved.

    Maybe we can do something about automatically approving commenters with the same email address, but that could still lead to comment abuse if an authorised email address was used.

  • http://www.magain.com/ Matthew Magain

    Hmm, we switched from a free wordpress anti-spam plugin to the paid Akismet service a few months ago. It’s not true that every comment is automatically queued, but Mal is correct—if you’ve already been approved in the past, your subsequent comments shouldn’t be moderated. We’ll take a look. Thanks W2ttsy.