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Physics Forums 4.0 is coming!

  1. Aug 27, 2014 #1
    Some exciting changes are on the horizon for Physics Forums! This notice is intended to give you a heads up on what to expect in the coming weeks.

    Plans have now been laid for the coming of Physics Forums 4.0!

    This will be the biggest improvement to Physics Forums in 12 years. I can't tell you how excited we are to make this happen. It will signal a new age for PF. Speaking of which, we plan to start the migration Sept 19th. Note this is not set in stone. Plenty of communication will occur in the coming weeks.

    Essentially Physics Forums will be moving software platforms from old vBulletin (4 years old) to modern Xenforo. With this switch comes a host of new features and possibilities. I'll tell you what's in it for you.

    1. Loads of new features like:
    - Alert System (if you've been tagged/quoted, if your thread has been moved etc etc)
    - Highlight text to quote
    - User tagging
    - Multi user PM conversations
    - LaTeX preview
    - Like system (replacing Thanks)
    - Trophy system (community achievements)
    - New LaTeX enabled chat
    - Featured Threads
    - Improved search (no more using Google)
    - hundreds of little improvements

    2. Security and Speed
    - Moving to 100% SSL
    - Ability to use latest technologies
    - Advanced caching for speed

    3. New style (yet familiar)
    - Responsive layout (adapts to screen size)
    - Fresh, clean, and professional

    One common question is what data will be migrated. I can assure you, all user, thread, post data is transferred over, along with most other important data.

    One matter that I do want to stress is that PMs/VMs will be wiped before the migration. Please download any messages you want to save. This can be done at the bottom of the private message list. Furthermore, blog entries will also be removed. Please save your entries.

    What to expect on migration day
    The forums will close late Friday, September 19th around 11PM CST -5 GMT. I expect the physical migration to take up to several hours. During this time you may receive a forum closed message, a 404 not found error or possibly something else. Don't fear, I'll be working on it. Overall I would expect PF to be down most of that Saturday. Take the day off and check in on things in the evening.

    My main priority will be to get the forums open again for members to be able to login, read and post. This is the baseline functionality I want returned before I open the forums. What this means is that for the first day after migration there will be lots of things broken, misconfigured and plenty of changes needed. I need your patience during this time as we work hard to correct issues. We will also be rolling out features slowly over the following day or two after migration. We do this to ensure baseline functionality is not compromised. So perhaps the new forums might even feel incomplete at first, but after a few days everything should be enabled.

    Some common issues you may come across in the first day or two after migration may be; permission errors (I'll be configuring), login problems (Cookie conflicts), SSL security warnings (Might need some tweaking), 404 messages (URL structure will change for everything).

    Again, the PF staff is absolutely thrilled to be making this change. PF will reach new heights. We just ask for your patience during this time as we work as hard as possible to keep things running smoothly.

    Please ask any questions you may have. We'll keep this thread updated constantly when we have new information and notices.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 17, 2014
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    I know another forum that changed from vbulletin to Xenforo and what a difference! The alert system reminds me of stackexchange and is an absolute godsend!

    Seriously Greg, such a good work!! I'm just sad that it's 4 weeks from now, it should be this saturday!

    You're probably gonna receive tons of comments like "Why change what isn't broken" from the old folks who cannot adapt but this is just awesome.. Thank you Greg!

    PS: I look forward to seeing Evo screw up! haha
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    It will be great! Hope to see the new forum . I like the trophy system the best. :smile:

    Thanks Greg! For PF.4
  5. Aug 27, 2014 #4
    I have 3 XF licenses myself, I transitioned away from VB=fail a while back and never looked back.

    GOOD DECISION is all I gotta say!!!!

    I'm working on a rather difficult transition myself, switching from a DotNetNuke ActiveForums site to XF. That my friend is a challenge.

    Let me know I can help in any way, I'm Floyd R Turbo on XF
  6. Aug 27, 2014 #5


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    I want to thank you for volunteering to be my test subject while I become familiar with the new forum. I am sure it won't be too painful and the other members will be forever grateful to you. :smile:
  7. Aug 27, 2014 #6
    Looking forward to the transition. Been hearing a lot of good things about Xenforo. Oh how far we have come in the world of forums since the days of Matt's Scripts.
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  8. Aug 27, 2014 #7
    Can't wait Greg! good job!
  9. Aug 27, 2014 #8
    Will the mobile app be getting updates as well?
  10. Aug 27, 2014 #9
    Hi I would like to know whether there will be LaTeX support added for the mobile app as well since the mobile app would be just 100% perfect if this feature would be added. I find it practically unusable without this support.

    Thank you
  11. Aug 27, 2014 #10
    Xenforo is a responsive design and is 100% mobile friendly by default.

    Go to www.xenforo.com/community on your phone/tablet and see for yourself.
  12. Aug 27, 2014 #11
    Thanks for the support DataGG! We feel the same, it can't happen soon enough. However there is a lot to plan out and the style isn't finished yet :)

    Thanks adjacent!

    Thanks for the support and offer!

    I remember Matt Scripts!

    Thanks Mr. R!

    The mobile app will be unaffected. There will be downtime for that while the forum is migrated though.

    I understand your frustration. I don't think LaTeX support will be added in the near future.

    However the mobile style using your browser can handle LaTeX now and will be able to in PF 4.0 as well.
  13. Aug 27, 2014 #12

    Already does display it :) good thing it ain't changing!
  14. Aug 27, 2014 #13
    OK, watch your language, sonny.
  15. Aug 27, 2014 #14
    As a mentor, I have been able to try out the new forum already. And I have to say that it's really great. Sure, it'll take some getting used to, but overall it's a vast improvement.
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    May I suggest HTTP 418?
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    I, too, have used Xenforo before, and it's definitely way better than vBulletin. Looking forward to PF 4.0.

    I don't know whether the trophy system will be suitable for PF though, in particular, I don't think that the trophies for posts is a good idea. One of PF's greatest advantages is the signal to noise ratio, and I fear that the trophy system for posts will make it more difficult to moderate.

    Wait, did you just say a chat system with LaTeX ?? :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
  18. Aug 27, 2014 #17
    This is a Fantastic News!

    Thank you
  19. Aug 27, 2014 #18
    You know nothing
  20. Aug 27, 2014 #19


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    Well, it's actually a shoutbox, but Greg is modifying it. :approve:
  21. Aug 27, 2014 #20
    It'll have almost the exact same functionalities as the current chat, except (sadly) the private messages.
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