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The new community forum

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Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Our "GHI 2.0 plan" is going smoothly as planned. Last week's announcement was a big hit. Today, we are introducing the new forum, utilizing Discourse (https://www.discourse.org/). The new Discourse-based forum is not your typical forum. It revolutionizes the way communities interact. We found it different at first, but we quickly fell in love with it.

Things to consider:
This is still a test. Everything you post and modify on the new forum will be lost, but we encourage you to try the new forum and let us know of any issues.
• For your security, we did not import any passwords. You will need to reset your password on the new forum by clicking "I forgot my password" under "Log In".
• User names with spaces and @ symbol are not allowed. We replaced them with an underscore.
• Because of the name change, we added spaces after all @ symbol in old posts. However, you can now tag anyone using this symbol in any of the new post.
• The new forum uses gravatar.com We encourage you to add an avatar (preferably your photo). These helps everyone in locating your posts easily.
• We will not import any of the old images.
• The categories are not the final ones.

Enjoy! https://forums.ghielectronics.com/
Reply #1 — Posted 3mth ago
by willgeorge | King | 33,998 exp
Reply #1 — Posted 3mth ago
by willgeorge | King | 33,998 exp
Why do I need to make a new account to try the new community forum ..?

My existing user name a password does not work... Sad
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Reply #2 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #2 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
willgeorge says:

Why do I need to make a new account to try the new community forum ..?

My existing user name a password does not work... Sad

You do not need to. Please read above where I said "For your security......." Smiley
Reply #3 — Posted 3mth ago
by willgeorge | King | 33,998 exp
Reply #3 — Posted 3mth ago
by willgeorge | King | 33,998 exp
@Gus_ghielectroncs -

Sorry.. I just found
• For your security, we did not import any passwords. You will need to reset your password on the new forum by clicking "I forgot my password" under "Log In".

My fault!
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Reply #4 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
Reply #4 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
@Gus_ghielectroncs - Impressed that you were able to carry over posts and likes. Very cool.

I might suggest having the Categories view be the default when logging into the new forums for the first time. That view still includes the latest posts (on the right) but having the list of categories available might provide a little more familiar look for folks who are new to Discourse.
Reply #5 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
Reply #5 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
@Gus_ghielectroncs - Question...are the old forums being synced with the new? That is, if I post here, are those posts eventually going to end up on the new forum? Or did you all just do a one-time sync to the new forums for testing purposes?
Reply #6 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #6 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
devhammer says:
@Gus_ghielectroncs - Question...are the old forums being synced with the new? That is, if I post here, are those posts eventually going to end up on the new forum? Or did you all just do a one-time sync to the new forums for testing purposes?

no but we will be moving all topics the day we close this forum. Well, we are not closing this forum but we are discouraging it... then closing in a few weeks.
Reply #7 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #7 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
devhammer says:

@Gus_ghielectroncs - Impressed that you were able to carry over posts and likes. Very cool.

I might suggest having the Categories view be the default when logging into the new forums for the first time. That view still includes the latest posts (on the right) but having the list of categories available might provide a little more familiar look for folks who are new to Discourse.

Would this also be good for mobile users?
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Reply #8 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
Reply #8 — Posted 3mth ago
by devhammer | Legend | 55,820 exp
Gus_ghielectroncs says:

devhammer says:
@Gus_ghielectroncs - Impressed that you were able to carry over posts and likes. Very cool.
I might suggest having the Categories view be the default when logging into the new forums for the first time. That view still includes the latest posts (on the right) but having the list of categories available might provide a little more familiar look for folks who are new to Discourse.

Would this also be good for mobile users?

Would probably depend on their preferences.

On desktop, defaulting to categories still shows the Latest to the side. On mobile, I think you just get the categories, but it's easy to switch the view by tapping the drop-down at the top-left.

Speaking of mobile, one of the other nice things about Discourse is you can pin it to your start screen in Android/iOS as an app, and get a chrome-free UI experience.
Reply #9 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #9 — Posted 3mth ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Hey everyone, everything seems to be working great. We will be shutting the forum down and doing the final migration sometime next week. So if you plan on trying out the new forum please do so this weekend.

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