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 Post subject: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB 3.2
 Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:30 pm Post Number: #1 Post
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I've been informed by our service provider that we will be forced to upgrade to PHP7.2 sometime this month.
What this means:

1. The website will be reduced down to the most used sections. Frontpage, Forum, Wiki. The chat system, map and BCU will be gone.
2. The look will change, the theme will be different and singular.
3. BowlingChat overall will be faster, about 2x faster than now. I think its pretty quick now, wait until the upgrade is over!
4. The wiki and forum will be 2 separate accounts. Right now, they are bridged, but only a very select few users update and contribute to the wiki. I will be turning registrations off for the wiki and editing will be granted on an individual basis.
5. Reputations will be going away, its not compatible with the new forum version.
6. The groups will be reduced and reshuffled. Trusted source group will change and will be based on quality of posts and final reputation count. We will have the following groups: Registered Users (Default), Pro Shops (Open), Certified Coaches (Restricted), Trusted Source (Restricted). Trusted Source group hasnt been maintained by Mo for years, we're going to start out with the top 10 (except me) user contributed rep point users, as of now (no admin boosting points like my 1000 to JMerrell) in the group and go from there. (see attached)

It shouldnt be a surprise when I say we're less busy now, mostly due to facebook, but I want to keep the ball rolling. I still think we're a better user experience here than facebook in terms of documentation, learning and respectful, intelligent discussion.

When will this happen? I'll be removing reputations this weekend. The upgrade date is unknown, but expect it to be on a weekend and it may span the whole weekend. Hopefully I can give some notice. The board will be disabled while we upgrade. When the upgrade is done, you will know. The website will appear completely different.

Please send your best wishes for a smooth upgrade. :geek:

Your friendly neighborhood website administrator,

-Eric


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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:38 pm Post Number: #2 Post
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Thanks for what you do Eric! Appreciate your hard work and what you personally have done for the bowling community. I for one don't use Facebook because of all it's issues ie. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, etc, etc. So, I find your forum is still the best choice for bowling forums and chat. Sorry to see the chat part of BC going away.

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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:44 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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scotts33 wrote:
Thanks for what you do Eric! Appreciate your hard work and what you personally have done for the bowling community. I for one don't use Facebook because of all it's issues ie. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, etc, etc. So, I find your forum is still the best choice for bowling forums and chat. Sorry to see the chat part of BC going away.

Scott


Yes will be very sad to see the Chat disappear.

Scotts33, Over the last 4-5 years I have enjoyed our mostly daily chats not just about bowling but just everyday life. Hopefully we will find a venue to stay in touch.

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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:12 am Post Number: #4 Post
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Glad you are keeping it alive. You can't get this much personal touch on facebook. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:57 am Post Number: #5 Post
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Good call with the upgrade. Very much needed. This is def. one of the older of the forums I'm active in. I don't envy your challenge in trimming the fat and reintegrating to the new setup, but appreciate it! Lots of great content here for bowlers wanting to learn & up their experience like me. :geek:

I'm building my own forum currently (for my trade) and decided on myBB > phpBB. PM me if interested in talking forums. I found a forum completely for forum owners...theadminzone.com
Pretty awesome source for everything an owner might want/need; plugins; themes; you name it. The have a subforum all for phpBB. ~Best!


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 Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:59 pm Post Number: #6 Post
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elgavachon wrote:
Glad you are keeping it alive. You can't get this much personal touch on facebook. Good luck.



Thanks Eric for all your work over the years.

Thanks to all who have made bowling chat a helpful and caring neighborhood.

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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:26 pm Post Number: #7 Post
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Thanks guys, this part of the job of administrator isnt glamorous.
Setting up for a mock upgrade next weekend.

Upgrade prep progress:
Reputations removed
Chat system disabled
Forum/Wiki bridge disabled

If you are a wiki editor, please test your wiki login.
If you cannot login, let me know, I'll set a password for you.

Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:11 am Post Number: #8 Post
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Good luck with the upgrade; technology can be a challenge.

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 Post subject: Re: Change is coming... BowlingChat Upgrade to PHP7.2/phpBB
 Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:08 pm Post Number: #9 Post
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Mock upgrade is done with only a few hitches.
Kelly Te Huna helped out with tweaking the youtube tag to work on the new system. Thanks Kelly!
Looks like the REAL upgrade will be next weekend, I'll be taking the board down 1-2 hours before I start to make sure all connections are flushed out. When everything is back online you'll know.
Thank you for your patience.

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