IxDA Website and Discussion Forum Updates Coming Soon
23 Jan 2012 - 4:00pm
2 years ago
Hi IxDA members, friends, and discussion participants!
We're currently putting the final touches on an update to IxDA.org that is in some ways subtle, but has a few larger changes included. As we've all noticed over the last few years, some things about our current web platform work well and other haven't worked that well. The goal with the next release of IxDA.org is to fix some of these issues, make a few changes to functionality, and get us onto a new hosting and maintenance platform that will make all future updates much easier.
One of the main sticking points for maintaining the IxDA.org platform has been posting to the discussions via email. Email posting has caused discussion threading issues, moderation issues, performance problems, and often breaks and overloads the system. For all these reasons we've decided to discontinue the ability to post to the forum via email and move to web based posting only.
To go along with these changes we're also going to be building out the IxDA.org volunteer team. Stay tuned for a more detailed call for volunteers within the next couple weeks.
The new updated site will be going live around February 15th - 16th 2012. On this day there may be some downtime. More details will be released as the plan comes together.
IxDA.org will be moving to a new host, Pantheon. This is a dedicated Drupal host and will alleviate many performance and crashing issues we've had with our current hosting.
We are working with Alley Interactive to perform updates, maintenance, and support for the new site. This will allow us to more quickly make incremental improvements and plan for the next major version of IxDA.org.
Login will accept username or email address
Timezone for local events have been removed, all local events will be listed in "local" time
Minor tweaks and fixes for display issues
Local groups map will accurately display all groups
Posting via email will be disabled until further notice. This may ruffle a few feathers, but is a necessity if we want the site to continue running smoothly in the short to medium term. Email posting has caused many of the issues with the current system, often breaks, and requires a lot of ongoing maintenance and management.
The primary way to post new threads and comments on the IxDA Discussion Forum will now be through IxDA.org directly. RSS, email notifications, and other ways of consuming content will continue to functional as normal.