Hey everyone, it's talk to talk about upgrades. Yay!
We're currently running an older version of vBulletin. For security reasons (and because we always need the newest, shiniest toys) we're going to be upgrading to version 4.
I'm giving you a little warning, so you can check out the sweet new features:
It's a pretty big upgrade, so there are going to be bugs and new interface things that will take some getting used to.
I'm hoping to make the upgrade Saturday night, which is the slowest time for the forum. We'll be offline for a few minutes while is happens (if we're lucky), or hours if things go south, I can't get things working and have to restore from a backup. Yell at technical support, etc.
Once that's all going, we're also going to be potentially moving BAUT to a newer, faster server (didn't we just do this?). That's going to be a bigger headache, but it should remove the dreaded slow times and make the whole thing zippy forever.
As some of you recall, we do a freeze on the local database and move it over to the new server. This creates an identical twin of the forum. Either we can close the forum down and you all wait for your DNS to find the new location.
Or, more hilariously, we keep the old forum running, but the comments made after the freeze are temporary. They'll disappear when everyone is looking at the new location. But for a few brief hours, you can say the things you really need to say, knowing that BAUT won't store them.
Anyway, vBulletin upgrade Saturday night, Feb 13th. Server move in a couple of weeks, once I've done some testing with the new location.