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    Default Rough timeline for updating the forum and server

    Howdy folks :)

    Long time no type :( Sorry about that, since BT was doing ok on autopilot I kind of let it do it's thing. However the time has come (and gone but I got another extension) to fully upgrade BT. We will be updating to vBulletin 5. whatever the newest version is next month, and we will actually be hosted by vBulletin. This was decided because it is a little cheaper in the long run, but in case something happens and I'm not around the vB folks will fix it :)

    What to expect with the new software?

    A lot ... good and kinda not so good

    It's going to look quite different but familiar at the same time. Most of the user functionality will remain the same. We will get the chat rooms back :). A more robust gallery. A bunch of stuff that I can't think of and I can't find my comparison notes :(

    The kinda not so good stuff is mostly on the back end (they made it harder to "hack" the software to make changes) and won't affect the user experience.

    I'm currently smack dab in the middle of leaving CA for OR. I will be out of my house on the 24th and in OR around the 1st (making a side trip first). So after I get unpacked I'll give a more concrete timeline and a clearer idea of what to expect.

    Oh yea, I'm also the new Treasurer for BTC Inc as of Jan 2020 (or was it Feb?). We now can do all of the stuff we've wanted to do to grow BT since JL is no longer a problem. I also don't want to get your hopes up too high, but we (Dan Hoch actually) has the physical server that BT was on before the 06 crash. We will be looking into the costs of trying to restore anything that is on the drive(s) once I get moved.
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