Things that will Change or Go Away - 20180916

Marc

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#1
There are some things that vBulletin has that Xenforo doesn't. While some things will change or disappear, remember the Elsmar forum has been online for many years during which time many things on the internet have changed.

One is the vBulletin Calendar. It has limited use these days. Technically there is a Xenforo calendar "add-on". As of right now I don't see a need for it. If any of you feel it is of value, please let me know. It might be worth it if we want to post things like trade shows and such. It is something that is on my mind, not forgotten.

Blogs - Blogs will go away in their current form. This is one of those "It was a good idea back when Blogs were popular, but were never really used much here". Blogs will be Imported into a New Forum which will contain all Blog Posts such as Miner's Blogs. In short, Blogs will be come threads in a forum specifically for imported Blogs and their content.

Social Groups - While I hate to see them go, there isn't an importer or an equivalent in Xenforo. I did look through the social groups here, and it has been a number of years since they have been used. Most were hardly used at all. In short, Social Groups will disappear. People use Facebook and other venues these days so I can not see the need for them here any more.

Photo Albums - Technically Xenforo has a somewhat similar function in an "add-on" which I purchased called "Media Gallery". I know that few people use Photo Albums here these days, but decided that I want to keep them if only "for old times sake". And, some folks, like Sidney, use one or more photo albums to put pictures in that they want to put into posts in threads. I have encouraged this because links to outside sources are often a problem because of changes in out going links. The links often break over time.

Private Messages - Private messages will be imported. However, Xenforo calls them "Conversations". I will be doing some Phrase Changes once the Xenforo instance goes Live and the vBulletin instance disappears. The Phrase changes I make should make it more clear that Xenforo "Conversations" are the same as vBulletin's "Private Messages".

I think that is about it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know.
 
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Marc

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#3
A special script has been written for the Post Files Attachment List which works the same as the one I had written for vBulletin - See: The Elsmar Cove and look near the top for "Attachment List" link - This is it: Attachment Listing | The Elsmar Cove (Remember, this is a "Test" import at this time).

The Search function for forum threads and posts is much like in vBulletin. Near the top on the right there is a Search link. It is a "simple search" but has an "advanced search" option.

A word about Blogs - The test import has Blogs at the very bottom of the forum listing, for now, and all the blogs have imported as threads. None of the Blogs will be lost. See: Parent Blogs node | The Elsmar Cove - After the final import the forum title will be "corrected" and it's position in the forums list will probably be changed, but that is minor stuff.
 

Marc

Hunkered Down for the Duration
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#4
Also - A test of imported photo albums has been done successfully into the Media Gallery, but it is not yet viewable.
 

Marc

Hunkered Down for the Duration
Staff member
Admin
#6
Do I understand you to say the Private Messages (now included in our profiles) will be deleted?
Private Messages are just that - Private. No, they will not be deleted - They will be imported into Xenforo "Conversations". Xenforo calls Private Messages "Conversations", but they are not in your Profile.You can access them on vBulletin in your User Control Panel.

I will be making "Instructions" for the Xenforo software soon, just as I did for the vBulletin software.
 

BradM

Staff member
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#7
If Palmer's very odd collection of photos were lost during the migration, I wouldn't cry huge tears for long. :tg:

He hasn't even been here in 6 years.
 
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