Coming back

Hi guys,

I’ve been away for some time, and I don’t know what changed here. I used to be with Sitepoint on the previous forum format and being honest with you I did prefer it.

So what’s changed here, I remember quite a few old characters and most notably Dan Schulz who passed away, and a few others.

Welcome back, @Sega. I remember you from way back when. Glad to see you have returned.


Truth be told, I hated the change from the old forum to the new one. I struggled to log in and it just wasn’t as easy to use. I think this is where many left, including myself. Obviously people had their own reasons.

I want to spend more time again on the web front because I haven’t spent much time recently. I manage my dads take away business, he happens to be very busy and it’s all go! Unfortunately though it’s a job that drains you physically.

Hi there @Sega

The old forum used vBulletin. The current one uses Discourse. It does take a bit of getting used to, but I’m sure you’ll cope :slight_smile:


Some of us are still here although getting a bit older and greyer. Welcome back :slight_smile:


Welcome back

Some of us are still here, and of course, there are some staffers that you may not know yet.

I think that the biggest change has been the change from vBulletin to Discourse. But I guess things evolve. Adapting to the change is not easy though. Even when the forum is basically the same thing… I mean, it is still a forum :slight_smile:


:slight_smile: I am sure of that. I got bolder, and maybe a little wiser.

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From what I’ve seen it’s a popular choice, so I need to get used to it. I do hate the login procedure though as I often link stuff to Facebook login, but because I am an old schooler it somehow created a different account with Facebook. :frowning:

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Indeed it is.

I must be honest with you all. I came out of the web ‘industry’ because I found that I struggled to make a living. However, even though I have a good job completely unrelated to this stuff, my passion is still very much with the internet and websites.


I find that strange. The web industry has good salaries and a lot of work available. This has been my experience working in-house and contracts. I’ve only ever made more money each time I get a new job and most people I have kept in touch with the same.

When I finished my degree and entered the marketplace it was flooded with new grads and then came the infamous recession. This completely killed it for me. The recession was like no other, any extra money went to spend on basics rather than indulge themselves with a new website and those who had websites simply transfered to the cheapest packages available.

There isn’t much more I can say about this. I don’t regret anything, but I still have retained my knowledge, just didn’t feel I could wait for the recession to blow over. Now I feel it probably has passed us.

I dislike Discourse for various reasons, slow, often page not found errors when visiting and I still do not know where my personal messages are!

I do not do much web work now either and that goes back to not getting the information from the site owners.

If you’re talking about older vBulletin messages, they’re gone. They needed to be exported and downloaded prior to the migration to Discourse.

If you’re talking about Discourse, they are in your Profile pages. You can get to them by clicking the envelope icon under your avatar in the upper right.

Hey Sega, welcome back. Hope all’s well.

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Thanks ronpat pointed me there as well.

I remember one of the problems with the messages: there are loads of messages I would like to delete but can’t. This makes it harder finding the ones I want.

I suppose I should move them to the archive folder but that just moves them and still clutters up the forum database with rubbish.

I don’t expect a “permanent delete” feature to get into Discourse core. I think there would be concern over the “permanent”.

There has been discussion of addressing Message UX in the past. Rough mockups tend to have better mileage if you have one.

If you want, you can chip in ideas, petition their adoption, offer pull requests and get feedback at

Yes I seem to remember bringing this up when Sitepoint first moved over to Discourse.

From memory any forum changes depend on what Jeff Atwood decides he wants.

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If I’ve kept up, the most recent discussions had to do with being able to “tag” messages / change the grouping.

Thanks :slight_smile:

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