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Post January 20th, 2013, 7:14 am

Welcome to Harry Potter Forums -- phpBB 3 Unleashed!

Welcome to the new and improved Harry Potter Forums!

I am proud to finally announce our migration from phpBB 2 to phpBB 3. All our staff have been working extremely hard to make the transition as seamless as possible. I have a few announcements to make that will help you settle in:

First and foremost, our official Forum Rules have been modified. These modifications were made in the best interest of our community. Please read over them thoroughly, they well be referenced often in the future to aid community management.

Secondly, as you might know, we have dramatically changed the layout and theme compared to the old one. A lot of settings, tools, and features have been added and changed. To help you understand all these changes, our wonderful administrator GinnyX has put together a detailed set of threads that will guide you through all that is phpBB 3. You may view them in our Help, Questions, & Support forum. They are the first threads at the top. By the time she finished making these support documents, she will know the boards better than I do. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or suggestions, you may post in the Help, Questions, & Support forum. We will do our best to help you with anything you need.

Thirdly, all user avatars that were not obtained through the pre-defined "Avatar Gallery" have been lost. Attempts have been made to restore them, but were unsuccessful. You may access the general testing forums to obtain your avatar. Simply login or navigate to a post you made, right click your avatar, and save the image to your computer. Then come back here and upload it into your profile. We will keep the test forum open to the public for thirty days after this post to give everyone plenty of time to make backups of their images.

And lastly, if you run into technical errors while you're navigating the forums, send me a PM directly. These include: pages that fail to load, server error messages, and abnormalities in forum behavior. In your PM, tell me: where you were trying to go, what error you received (if any), and anything else you deem helpful in guiding the staff in resolving these problems. If it is an odd behavior, make sure to describe it in detail; a screen shot would be optimal. Keep in mind, we will suffer similar unresponsiveness and downtime that was observed on the old forums. These problems will be resolved in the future when we move to a different hosting server. DarMonkey or I will post an announcement when this move is planned.

We hope you enjoy the new forums, best of luck and happy posting!

-Phil
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Post February 12th, 2013, 8:36 pm

Re: Welcome to Harry Potter Forums -- phpBB 3 Unleashed!

REMINDER:

Regarding this portion of my post:

Thirdly, all user avatars that were not obtained through the pre-defined "Avatar Gallery" have been lost. Attempts have been made to restore them, but were unsuccessful. You may access the general testing forumsto obtain your avatar. Simply login or navigate to a post you made, right click your avatar, and save the image to your computer. Then come back here and upload it into your profile. We will keep the test forum open to the public for thirty days after this post to give everyone plenty of time to make backups of their images.


23 days have passed, you have 7 days to login to our test forums and obtain your avatar. We will be closing the test forums in one week, and there will be zero exceptions for those who have not obtained their image in time. Please make sure you use this opportunity before it is too late.

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Post February 19th, 2013, 8:26 pm

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The testing forums have been closed off to the public. All content on the test forums will be accessible to staff members only.

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Post April 23rd, 2013, 7:36 pm

Re: Welcome to Harry Potter Forums -- phpBB 3 Unleashed!

We have successfully finished migrating to a new web server! This should increase performance, stop random site downtime, and increase the overall experience for everyone. In addition, this will allow us to perform future upgrades to phpBB and other underlying software down the road. Unfortunately, a small number of posts were lost earlier today. This was caused by a small window in which users made posts on the old server while the new server was setup. When the site was synchronized to the database on the new server, it did not include these posts from the old server. These posts will not be recovered.

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