Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Stagnation is the name of the game...

...or so it would appear.  We've been watching the progress of the new forum software over the last year (is it really a year since Version 4 came out?), and initially we weren't impressed.  It was buggy, used an awful post editor, and moved through the sub-versions with astonishing regularity.  Then 4.1 came out and we began to get a little more confident that it was usable, and started to test it on one of our backup servers.  We've been using it quite a bit now, but it is still moving through the sub-versions quite quickly, so that every time we're thinking of pressing the big red "GO" button, a new version comes out and we wonder how long before another bug-fix will be due.  We're a big site with over 1.8m posts, so upgrading is not a simple task because some of the jobs require manual intervention as a scripted upgrade would return with a time-out due to the sheer size of the database.  Pressing a button and waiting would be so easy, wouldn't it?

There's a new major-minor version change due soon, and I'm inclined to wait until that is out in the wild before we jump from 3.x, but we'll see.  The old software is quite buggy in the posting department as I think the developers lost interest in fixing the flaws to concentrate on V.4, but they're bugs we're used to, so we're in our comfort zone.  We'll have to leave that zone when the new version comes, but it's not the end of the world, and some of the new features are excellent.  We're going to do our best to keep disruption to a minimum however, so moving slowly will be the way to go.

Watch this space, but not too closely as you might die of boredom.