EDIT (IMPORTANT): Unless otherwise mentioned here, we are planning to bring back functionality regarding nearly every aspect of the forum as it was on the vBulletin platform. These changes are being merged as we speak, but it takes time - so give us some time, please! Can you please not ask questions or make requests like "why can I see the politics forum? remove me please." <-- the answer is going to be the same exact thing each time, and is what I just stated above this sentence. Whew, I don't think I've been this tired in a long time (point of reference: I started writing this post on Tuesday, lol)... remind me never to migrate platforms again. I tested and fixed every possible issue I could before we migrated - and there was a bunch. The one thing I did not test was the permissions system XenForo uses - at least at the scale RDF would utilize it. There were too many to deal with so I essentially made a note that this will have to be done manually once the board is migrated. This ultimately led to what took so long for me to convert us over... I knew it was going to be somewhat of a redundant task going into it, but I guess I really didn't realize the scope of it until actually doing it. As you all know our access levels system is at the heart of this forum. With the way we designed it, there are many layers and very specific parameters which need to be in place to make this place work correctly. We started out with 156 usergroups in vBulletin, and are left with 14 here in XenForo. The way vBulletin deals with permissions and usergroups is significantly different than XenForo when it comes to access levels. This is what took the longest amount of time to do. Fortunately it's done and the hard part of the migration is over with. Anywayyyy, I decided to create a new thread about the upcoming changes we have planned as this subject is too important and I didn't want it to get lost in the thread we have up for the past couple of days. What I plan to do in this post is address need-to-know information, list certain things which are currently disabled (and why they are), create a list sorted by priority of things already complete, to be completed, and which are planned once the key issues are resolved. So let's jump right into that... One thing everyone needs to know is this... XenForo is significantly different than vBulletin. In terms of features, the vanilla version of XenForo has about the same as vBulletin. RDF's version of vBulletin... well that was the culmination of 5 years of customizations and plugins added to create the community you were all used to. So I can't imagine there is one person here who didn't think this... even I thought this once we came back online: why the hell did we switch from such a feature-rich platform to the piece of crap (in comparison) that is currently on our site (XenForo)? Well... once vBulletin started work on vBulletin 5 (we used 4), almost all meaningful work on vBulletin 4 stopped. Sure there have been fixes and crap over time, but nothing compared to what XenForo does, and this fact can easily be seen with the way the website works on mobile devices, as opposed to vBulletin - even after all of the customized changes I personally made to it. vBulletin is so many years behind web standards it's actually pretty sad. This is not the case with XenForo. And with the rapid changes happening to the web these days, this is extremely important. When choosing a platform to move to, we didn't make this decision on a whim. There are other platforms out there that were considered - IPBoard, Burning Board, etc. Out of the box IPB and WBB are a bit superior to XF in regards to features, however after doing a lot of research on potential, current addons, interchangeability with future apps we are going to be developing and etc... XF was really the only one I personally felt comfortable to proposing to the staff here as an option. -- Anyway, let's get started on the lists... they will be somewhat basic - I lost the original thread I was typing up here when our power went out, and also because I am going to be putting the specifics into the project management board I intend on using for fixing RDF-related issues. Items Currently Completed: Initial Forum Migration Usergroup Consolidation Permissions Reorganization Basic Shoutbox Setup Basic Theme Setup To Be Completed: Initialize Project Management Board Reapply RDF Styling (gray is depressing!) Adjust various style properties (i.e. size of full-text post editor, etc etc etc) Re-implement Premium Membership/Donor Rewards Setup Credits (premium membership/donations/IT services) Payment System Setup CMS Addon Start Caching When Template Mods Complete Setup Social Groups Addon Configure & Activate Image/Video Gallery Configure & Activate Resource Manager BBCode Transfer ... (more continued in project management link) Planned: Setup Additional Addons ... (see PM system) I'll be posting the link to the project management board a little later - I really just wanted to get this thread out here now so you guys can start pointing out specifics about things you'd like to see updated which aren't on the above list. Thank you!