• Server migration complete
    In the early morning of September 26, 2020, our migration to new servers was completed.
    Things seem to be working as expected, but if you notice any issues including not receiving email notifications,
    please vistit this thread for more details

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VW Derf

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Hi Everyone,

The long overdue forum updates are now done and we are now running on a forum system called XenForo. While some may still long for the older look of the old software, we had been using different versions of vBulletin since November of 2005. For a digression and stroll down memory lane we started out with a GeoCities site and those posts that have been archived here. The first real forums (UBB.Classic) started was in 1999 and in 2003 we upgraded to UBB.threads. So this is our 5th platform in 24 years! If you want to look at some screen shots of how that all looked, follow this link to the pictures.

Anyways, the migration went reasonably well. There were of course a few unplanned issues, but in spite of them, everything seems to have migrated well. Here are some comments about the migration:
  1. All the user accounts, posts, and PMs dating back too 1999 have all be migrated into the new system.
  2. All graphics images (ie gif, jpg, png, etc) have been migrated from the old PhotoPost system into the media section of the new systems.
  3. All the old links will either redirect you into the new system, or reference old images. From my testing this time and previously, nothing has been lost.
  4. PDFs, word files, were NOT migrated to the old system. While you can still access them with the old system, the new location for them is now the 'Resources" section. I may still be able to automate inserting the ~1900 files that did not get migrated into the new system so they are included in forum searches. If not I'll manually add the top requested/used ones.
  5. TapaTalk is NOT enabled at this point. I am still evaluating installing this on the new system as noted in this TapaTalk thread. I will decide in the coming week if it will come back as it seems the notifications is one of the key reasons people use the software on their portable devices.
  6. Passwords: Now that we are no longer using vBulletin and PhotoPost, I highly recommend you change your password. It is also a good practice not to re-use passwords between sites.
  7. There are a lot of new features, many of which are long overdue. Things like a better editor where you can format things easier, a link when posting to insert items from the media gallery, and better mobile support.
Anyways, I will let you guys explore. Please report any issues you may find.

thanks,

Fred
 
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VW Derf

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Outstanding issues:
  • fixing links to old pics.tdiclub.com items - FIXED
  • home page not linked to forums correctly. - FIXED
  • remove number of unread messages from tab description. - FIXED
  • Fix issue with editing signatures - FIXED
  • Add more details under avatar, i.e. location, TDI and fuel economy - - FIXED on desktop view.
  • make sticky threads more visible. Currently it looks as if the threads are not done according to date.

Known issues currently that won't be fixed, primarily migration issues:
  • Images that were contained inside signatures were not migrated. The best plan of attack is to fix this individually and link in a new image. Please see the instructions on this page if you are unfamiliar with how the new Media system works.
  • PDFs, word files, were NOT migrated directly into the new system system. While you can still access them with the old URL as before, but non changes can be done. I am looking for volunteers to help migrate the critical ones over to the new 'resources' section where they can be maintained moving forward. This will also enable them to be found in forum searches as the old ones only show up when in someone else's link.
 
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VW Derf

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Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
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Outstanding requests and items to be investigated:
  • Investigate issue whit RSS feed showing deleted spam.
  • Investigate options to customize the number of messages per page.
  • Possible re-introducing TapaTalk. I still have concerns about the app itself, but can see how some users find the notifications useful. Details in this thread.
  • Enhancing search options:
    • Older than X date.
    • Increase search results to more than 100. Now testing 500 results.
    • Possible move to use Elastic Search
  • Quick forum jump feature lost from vBulletin.
  • PM/Conversations limited to 20 messages per page. Increasing the limit.
  • Daily email summarizing that day's posting for specific forums
  • Theme related issues:
    • Investigate possibility of other themes. ie darker, more condensed. This must be leveraged with the additional work to update some requests as well as the work during future updates.
    • Less unused space on the sides (this seems to be a trend in applications that I wish would go away...)
    • Automatic resize of threads.
  • Automatically resizing the pictures
  • enable searching of 3 character items, ie engine codes.


 
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hskrdu

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Fred- Thanks to you and the others for the work to keep things updated. I'll try to buy some more Club items this year to help out.
 

TDIGAZ

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Fred - Came on to update my avatar, but noticed before logging in, I wasn't seeing any post signatures.
After logging in, the signatures were now there but any posts that had images, including mine, just showed the script [SIGPIC}{/SIGPIC}.
I went into my profile and choose my original signature picture.
Now my signature picture is on my posts, but also displays the image filename, my username, and when the signature was updated.
It might just be setting somewhere in my profile, or is the new "look"?
 

JM Popaleetus

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Connecticut
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Signature.
How do we view previous posts? Clicking on my content only shows my previous threads.

Also, is it possible to add a slightly darker theme?
 

AndyBees

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May 27, 2003
Location
Southeast Kentucky
TDI
Silver 2003 Jetta TDI, Silver 2000 Jetta TDI (sold), '84 Vanagon with '02 ALH engine
Reserved .. (Fred, I am sure the conversion was a major endeavor and we all appreciate you keeping the Club going.)

I agree with what Wonneber said, "You can't throw surprises at old people." I've spent about two hours "learning" the new format. I suspect after a few more visits the old format in my mind will fade into the past.

Over the last several months, I've given this "getting old thing" a lot of thought. So, I went thru my very long Conversion Project and added a link to find things by Category for those who come after me. Photos is a big thing in that Thread. The old adage that a "Picture is worth a thousand words" is quite evident in the Thread. In the old format, I could see the exact number of views the Thread had. I finally found how to check that number in the new format. It has had over 365,000 views. That is why I categorized the major events and added links to them. I knew others wanting to install a TDI in their Vanagon was using my Thread quite frequently. Anyway, I started the Thread using PhotoBucket, but I knew that I needed to learn how uploading photos in the TDI Club worked. So, I learned the photo trick and replaced all the PhotoBucket pics by using the TDI Club Photo process. Doing the categorization and changing the photos was a very long undertaking. But, as I previously stated, I did it for those who will come after me.

So, can anyone tell me how to use the new system with respect to uploading photos? <<< Solved
How do I find my Albums without having to play Russian Roulette? (randomly clicking on a photo to see which Album it might be in)
How do I create a new Album? <<< Solved
 
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wonneber

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Monroe, NY, USA
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New format wastes a LOT of screen real estate.
I do like the new format, would have liked a warning before hand.
You can't throw surprises at old people. :(
I have to agree with the above quote.
A quick patch is holding the Ctrl key & tap the + or - on the right side of the numeric pad.
A MAJOR plus is I no longer get the 'TDI Forum Unsafe' in Microsoft Edge browser.
I do realize this was a major undertaking.
Is there any read-me about the changes?
 

VW Derf

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Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
Sorry, this was a surprise to some of you. While I had posted notes and banners about the migration date and had volunteers test drive the new system over the past several weeks, I guess I'm not a marketing guy. :)

Yes, this is a change. Some things are better and some features will be missed as well. I also miss some things from the old system, especially since it had been in place for so many years. Unfortunately, it was time to move on as we couldn't stay with the old systems. No amount of work could fix it anymore as it wasn't an ALH. :(

Please note that the KEY priority with this migration for me was ensuring we did not lose any data. I did evaluate several different software systems and one of the reasons I picked this one is that it was the closest to the old one and in my testing the data loss was minimal and this includes ensuring all the old links. While this looks different, I think after a while, it will be easier to work with and we should be able to tweak it for the better over time.

Anyways, Over the coming days/weeks I will be:
  • Addressing little tweaks and fixes as they come up
  • Possibly some additional themes so those that like it darker or more compressed have options.
  • Creating a few how-to pages and FAQ, once I figure it out myself. :) For that, I'm always looking for volunteers. Here is one I just started on posting pictures.
  • Migrating over the commonly downloaded PDFs and documents into the resources section. I may need help on this as well, especially prioritizing which documents are most important to be directly searchable here from what was on the picture server.
  • Tweaking the layout, or at least giving options to give more contrast and perhaps compressing things a bit more.

So keep posting your issues, concerns, and broken items, and I'll investigate solutions and fixing things. I'll also roll up a summary into the second post. I probably won't be able to address them all, but if it makes things better, I'm all for it.
 

Jedadiah

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None of the pictures that I had linked from Imgur are showing up in the how to threads I've made. Is there a quick fix, or will I need to go back sometime and add them again? Or do we have more storage for our albums now, so that I could host them here. I would have in the past, but they would've exceeded my limit. Once I konw the best path, I'll get them back up when I can. Danke im Voraus.
 

Nero Morg

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That's something that's been brought up, and hopefully being addressed. In the meantime I've found if you click on the avatar, a small box pops up with account info, and shows the location.

Edit... The quote button on mobile doesn't seem to do anything. I'm viewing in desktop mode.
 

AndyBees

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Location
Southeast Kentucky
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Silver 2003 Jetta TDI, Silver 2000 Jetta TDI (sold), '84 Vanagon with '02 ALH engine
Another thing I've noticed relates to comments in a Thread referring to a page number and post number. Well, although the post numbers remained the same in the conversion to the new system, the page numbers did not. Example: My TDI in a Vanagon project Thread 'did' contain 89 pages. It is now reduced to 67 pages. So, any place in the Post (and there are several) that I edited adding comments such as, for more info, go to page so and so will no longer be correct.
 

VW Derf

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That's something that's been brought up, and hopefully being addressed. In the meantime I've found if you click on the avatar, a small box pops up with account info, and shows the location.

Edit... The quote button on mobile doesn't seem to do anything. I'm viewing in desktop mode.
This is on my list of things to update.
Another thing I've noticed relates to comments in a Thread referring to a page number and post number. Well, although the post numbers remained the same in the conversion to the new system, the page numbers did not. Example: My TDI in a Vanagon project Thread 'did' contain 89 pages. It is now reduced to 67 pages. So, any place in the Post (and there are several) that I edited adding comments such as, for more info, go to page so and so will no longer be correct.
Hi Andy, In vBulletin that list was depended on how many posts per page someone used. I know I used more than 20 so that would change. However both this software and vBulletin have a post number for each topic, and that should be the same between both software system. If you have a specific post you are referring to,, I can double check that for you.
 

VW Derf

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Fred - Came on to update my avatar, but noticed before logging in, I wasn't seeing any post signatures.
After logging in, the signatures were now there but any posts that had images, including mine, just showed the script [SIGPIC}{/SIGPIC}.
I went into my profile and choose my original signature picture.
Now my signature picture is on my posts, but also displays the image filename, my username, and when the signature was updated.
It might just be setting somewhere in my profile, or is the new "look"?
I need to verify this, but it is possible that the images didn't make the transfer. That is one thing I never checked. However I think when you updated the signature you linked your album vs just the picture. In the Posting images thread I noted the differences on how images are handed. Let me know if changing the image fixes things for you.
None of the pictures that I had linked from Imgur are showing up in the how to threads I've made. Is there a quick fix, or will I need to go back sometime and add them again? Or do we have more storage for our albums now, so that I could host them here. I would have in the past, but they would've exceeded my limit. Once I konw the best path, I'll get them back up when I can. Danke im Voraus.
Überhaupt kein Problem. Imgur is an external source that we have no control over. In theory these changes should have no changes. Please send a link and I can have a look directly at it. PS, while it may be a little more cumbersome to post images here vs imagur or tapatalk, I prefer it as give me a chance to ensure the data is always available.
 
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