Buckle your safety belts, I’m in the process of upgrading our forum software (it’s gonna be sweeeeeeet!) In the meantime I have to lock down the existing forums.
UPDATE Ok, although I’m still working out the kinks and adding new stuff (and that will continue through the week) but I’m unleashing the hounds to the new byopvr forum!
Existing BYOPVR members *should* be able to login with their existing username and password. New members, well you can register if you want =) Anonymous posting is still on but you need to specify some sort of handle and an email address at the time of posting (I’m gonna try to disable the need for an email address, but in the meantime if you’re concerned put in a spam objuscated email, junk email account, or fake account… ) but you don’t *have* to register.
I was able to import like 99% of the old posts. There may be a quirk or two but let me know if you find a bug, something not working right, or just goobered completely up.
UPDATE 2: Here’s a quick rundown on some of what’s new (besides the url and framing)
Non monochrome color scheme. Hopefully the new forum is a little easier on the eyes and less scrolling than the sandwiched/previous forum. Plus it’s got a lot of cool new functionality like the ability to upload user avatars, and karma (you can nominate a post as a “good post” or “meh” for not so much) =) This way consistent helpful forum posters will get some sort of “credit” or acknowledgement for contributing back to the community. This may be one way to determine the hopefully annual BYOPVR MVP awards =)
Another cool feature is the “how much time you’ve spent online” at the top for logged in users… (just don’t let the signifigant other see it! ” I’m uhm… working on our taxes hon… yeah that’s the ticket…”)
We can also do attachments now (unless it gets abused) for putting up screenshots/error messages and stuff… which is pretty cool. Especially for the new Project Journals & Project Showcase. Also of interest is the new section dedicated to linux PVR software and the new international PVR zone for our PVR building friend across the pond. I didn’t forget to add a Forum for Canadian PVR builders as well.