Note: If you do not want to read all of this then at least READ THE FIRST TWO SECTIONS BELOW OR YOU MAY PERMANENTLY LOOSE YOUR EXISTING HYBRIDZ ACCOUNT!
Know Your Password
Make darn sure you know what your password is for your account and that your email address is up to date. DO THIS NOW!!! We cannot stress this enough.
You will be required to login to the new forum software once the site is back up. We know most of you stay permanently logged into the site and may have forgotten your password so you need to take care of that now.
Make Sure Your eMail Account is Current
Make sure your email is up to date. This is the only way the system and the admins can communicate with you. Its the ONLY way password resets can be performed. Make sure your spam filter is not blocking emails from hybridz.org.
This is very important because sending the admins requests to reset your password will most likely end up in the trash can for security reasons. This is especially true if you send an email to an admin from an email account that is different than the one listed in your account profile. Don’t even bother.
Why is This Happening
In short, V-Bulletin has changed hands, got rid of the staff that made VB as good as it was, started charging more $$$ for less forum, latest software of VB is a MESS to say the least. We are converting to Invision Power Board. It has a little different feel and architecture than V-Bulletin.
There is also the issue of out photo albums… what can we say? It’s a mess. The new software will have a nicely integrated photo gallery and some other features that are fully integrated within the forum core software.
We know a lot of people do not handle change very well and are going to get all bent out of shape about this because it’s “new” and “different”. We are trying to manage this site in a professional manner and prevent a situation where we become more dependent on a product that has a questionable future and seemingly sketchy business practices. Dan has done a lot of reasearch and a lot vB customers are moving to IPB like rats from a sinking ship. He's also talked to a few of these former vB admins and they have been very happy with IPB so far.
What You Should Know About the Conversion
The time slip database will NOT be converted over. We have a new much nicer time slip application and the data formats are not compatible.
It’s going to take about 12 hours to do the full conversion. This will begin on February 20th at approx 5:00am PST. The site will be inaccessible during the conversion.
The 1st priority will be to get the forums converted and configured correctly. Once that is done we “may” bring the forums back online while we continue to convert the rest of the data like the photo albums etc. If the site gets hammered to hard and impedes the conversion process we will have to take it down. Our database is over 1 GB large and we have about 30GB in data files, photos, attachments etc to convert. The conversion process is VERY resource intensive.
Once the site is back up the very 1st thing you should do after logging in is go to your user control panel and have a look at the setting and configure them to your liking.
Edited by SuperDan, 19 February 2010 - 04:05 PM.