[font="Hind, sans-serif"]Hello everybody,
Over the last few weeks you haven't really seen me online here often - which is because of a combination of me falling sick and working on something completely new.
That's right, big changes are coming in the next few months.
What will these changes hold? A lot, but I'll first explain why we're going to make big changes.
Right now, our forum is running on MyBB, which has done a great job, but at the same time it is holding us back enormously: MyBB2 is under active development, but this has been going on for years and after recently trying out the development builds, I fear it will take a few more years before they're even close to offering working forum software.
Developing plugins for MyBB1.8 however is a complete mess with no-so great documentation and a really strange way of working (plugins are mainly stored in a single PHP file, which makes it a MESS to work with).
Sitting on MyBB1.8 has several clear disadvantages: it hasn't got any support for responsive designs and to implement this would require a ton of work for us (believe me, I tried) and it breaks a ton of features of MyBB.
Next to that, our existing software has a tendency to break in different ways - one time it's image uploads, attachments are broken right now and neither I nor the MyBB team have been able to find out what is going wrong (the files are actually uploaded, looks like something goes wrong in linking it, but that seems to be fine as well).
Next to that, updates to the software have broken features on the forum for everybody quite a few times and these take a lot of time for me to resolve (for example, turning the entire board as read or for the moderators, the inline moderation broke a lot).
We also tried to modify several things to improve the Xunlai Market, but these simply didn't work out and caused even more issues.
At one point, I tried to create a external application to do things which in reality should be done by a plugin. It would require me to build an external authentication system to hook into the forum it's authentication and then allow me to hook the new application into it, in a really band-aid way.
I decided against doing that after using the development build of MyBB. It's simply said not even close to an alpha, it will take years to get there.
Using the existing MyBB plugin system is way too inefficient and hard.
So, what did we decide? We started looking into different options into which software we would use going forward and we tried a few of them, in fact.
Internally, our decision has fallen on a piece of software that is very modern and feels very modern as well - it has a responsive design out of the box and allows us to create entire new modules. So that should be exiting (yes, I'm not naming the software on purpose ;)).
This allows us to completely redesign Legacy as we want it to be - as there are some parts of Legacy that are currently not up to snaff that we want to improve upon.[/font]
[font="Hind, sans-serif"]I would like to ask what you guys, as our users, would like to see in the future? What do you want us to add or change? What can be improved?[/font]
[font="Hind, sans-serif"]Before anything will be visible of the changes, we'll be a few months further though - we're planning to do this right and not rush it.[/font]