Temporary site and new Retroids site Q&A

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Trickman, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Trickman

    Trickman Co-Founder of this glorious place Staff Member

    Hello Retroids members. As many of you are well aware, we are working hard to create a new home for all of us to utilize and enjoy. This has been no easy task, as we've had to deal with data loss, recovering as much as possible and setting up temporary headquarters here for all of you to resume a bit of Retroids normalcy.

    The purpose of this thread is to keep all of you informed as much as possible with the plans and progress of the future of Retroids. You may post more questions in subsequent posts if you like and we will try to answer them to the best of our ability. Please know that we are doing our best with the time we have, and are committed to bringing you a stable, feature-rich website we can all be proud of.

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    Q: Is Retroids going to continue to look and function like this, and are you going to continue to build upon this "skeleton" format?

    A: The structure of Retroids will be similar, but we're working on bettering the features that have been requested as well as keeping the favorites of our users intact. What you see right now on this "temporary" version of Retroids is not what you will be seeing on the new site. In fact, after much consideration, we've come to the decision of moving away from vBulletin as our backend forums and interface in favor of something that will better suit ours and the community's needs. Once we have a good handle on this, we will be able to discuss more about it.

    Q: Are the old forums going to make a re-appearance? How much was really lost? Since Retroids suffered a data loss back in October, 2013, what are you doing to prevent something like this from happening in the future?

    A: There is nothing we'd like more than to move on like we have been and pretend like nothing happened...but it did. Retroids lost one entire year's worth of data. That includes all posts, blogs and forums data. But given this opportunity to revamp and improve, we're taking the bull by the horns and doing it. Think of us as Steve Austin on the operating table (Six Million Dollar Man reference).

    [video=youtube;i5zn-mF2-_8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5zn-mF2-_8[/video]

    We've also moved onto a brand new, even faster server than before, and we're implementing better back-end security measures to help keep our data safe from future loss.

    Old forums will not be coming back. We're thinking of putting 2012 forums and older into an archive accessible by request only, for certain users to pull out any pertinent data (TBD). Most Retroids users, however, will not need to get into old threads and data from over a year ago, so we will be starting fresh with what is here and only moving current data over when the time comes.

    Q: What is the time frame for the new site to make an appearance?

    A: We originally thought the new site could be up and running as quickly as mid-November. However, as life doesn't slow down and throws us constant interruptions, this preliminary estimate is not realistic. But, it shouldn't be too much longer. Pending our learning curve of new software, building the site, testing and making sure it's stable before release, we may have a "Retroids 3.0" as early as the beginning of December. Any interruptions (including holidays) may delay this new estimate, so please allow us some additional time if needed.
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    Hopefully this helps answer at least some of the questions you may have been wondering about the status of Retroids. Again, we are committed to moving forward and giving you something fresh and new for the future of Retroids very soon! Thanks for your continued patience and commitment to this site.
  2. Trickman

    Trickman Co-Founder of this glorious place Staff Member

    What's all new and shiny and arriving in less than a week?

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  3. Boric

    Boric The Netherfiend Staff Member

    Whooooo! An early stocking stuffer!
  4. Trickman

    Trickman Co-Founder of this glorious place Staff Member

    It's almost done. We're just working out some of the kinks, but it's nearly good to go. That Retroids graphic is actually a cropped portion from a screenshot of the actual new site. Get ready! :happybounce:
  5. Fivespot

    Fivespot ABOG Podcast

    Oh the anticipation... Can't wait to see it. :)
  6. Trickman

    Trickman Co-Founder of this glorious place Staff Member

    Had to move it up a little. This weekend is the slated relaunch of Retroids 3.0. :woo:

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