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Offline Melbosa

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Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:05:42 PM »
So you may be aware that Lazy and I have spent time to see what the upgrade will look like for SMF.  It is possible to do so, and its in our wheelhouse to make it happen, but I wanted to know your thoughts on moving out of this traditional software to something more modern.  I know we asked this question a few years ago, but since then there has been some new products released that I am really excited about.

One particular is Discord, and with Discord there are more integration options with other products that could replace SMF really nicely.  One of them to consider is Guilded (https://www.guilded.gg/).  This free product is currently in beta, but I have one large guild I am in is already using it.  It is pretty much Discord + SMF + Game Stat collections + Streaming section wrapped up together (and integrates with Discord).

What I want to know is the active member's thoughts about exploring this new medium?  I can set it up free of charge for us to review if there is interest?

Let me know by Friday, September 21, 2018 what you think about pursuing a demo of it for this group?
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 02:16:34 PM »
My personal thoughts.

1. I would like to see HTTPS in use... because well I log in from work, and well passwords in the clear and all.
2. We have a number of private subs for guild and friends chat.. I have some concerns about that being hosted as a SaaS as we lose some control of that data. However I am not opposed to it as I think security wise a SaaS will probably do better than us.

I do like the look and feel of some message / forum systems better than others however I am very flexible on this.
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 02:31:47 PM »
Like Lazy I have some concerns about SaaS and privacy, if we migrate existing content it may reveal more than I think I'd like to have out there in the cloud.

That said I'm not opposed to change, I do like the threaded conversation model we have here and how easy it is to access / read. I have a lot of control over how it looks with my web browser, but that's mainly a me thing not a most people thing.

I like Discord but it can get unwieldy (I've been managing my own small community for over a year), I wouldn't mind if we had a Discord on the side - if anything for voice chat and fun bots and such.
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 05:01:04 PM »
I'm not fussed, though I'm partial to not using some other client for a single community...
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2018, 12:26:07 PM »
I like what has worked for this long time... I really like the ability to FIND old threads quickly and easily and reliably.

I fear Discord would be too different in how I use this forum regularly.

What are the benefits to switching?
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 12:30:12 PM »
Its about the time to switch.  If going to put in the effort want to make sure moving to the right upgrade that is best for us.
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2018, 01:23:01 PM »
Given how little time we typically have to dedicate to patching / administration I agree it is time to change.

I agree with Darren that discovering old content via search however is an important feature, I quite frequently search for past discussion on hardware and various topics on here as well..

I just don't resurrect ;) the thread as often.

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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2018, 02:09:19 PM »
TBH I kinda like the ol' forums the way they are, I'd like to know more about the other options though. I'm very familiar with Discord and its more of a live conversation type thing (think IRC or group IM chat, but with channels) it does offer some bonuses like having voice channels / screen sharing if we actually want to see or talk to each other.

FYI you don't need the desktop / mobile client to use Discord there is a web interface it's kinda clunky but it works

I have no idea about Guilded, I'll have to do some poking around to learn it
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2018, 05:31:02 PM »
I VOTE REMAIN



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Seriously though... not broke, why fix it? I really appreciate what we have, and the time you admins spend keeping it reliable. No extra time needed if no new system to go to.
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Re: Thoughts on Change (SMF)?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 06:01:45 PM »
I donít think remain the same is a realistic option, I think this is more about when and what.