Forum Migration

Tue, 2018-04-03 23:36
shiftyhomunculus's picture

Since its foundation in 2006, this site has seen thousands upon thousands of designs pass through its doors, countless renders posted, and hundreds of projects started, finished, and shared. It's been one hell of a ride, and even in my relatively short tenure here a lot has happened.

But recently things have gone into a bit of a decline. It started with site stability problems due to problems with Drupal and Sourceforge, and that led to a decline in posting activity as people found the site inaccessible all too often. Then something broke in the now-inaccessible site code which stopped it from sending out emails, which, in turn, meant no new users could register. We disabled that, of course, but, without a robust verification system for new accounts, we were hit by a crippling spambot invasion which we're still tackling to this day.

It's time to ring some changes. The MSE forums are moving house.

Over the last month or so, the mod team has been hard at work building this new platform: CanterburyEgg and Daij_Djan on technical, WindyDelcarlo and shiftyhomunculus getting the forum architecture functional, ZephyrPhantom rebooting Battle Boards (oh yes, it's back!), jacqui-pup reworking the long-neglected Featured Sets section (still underway!), and Dystariel putting in some excellent graphic design work.

The new place has a new UI and some of it may take some getting used to, especially the new syntax surrounding mana symbols - we recommend playing around a little with the WYSIWYG editor and getting used to it. There are also ads, which we'll definitely talk about getting rid of once the place has gained some traction. But we're confident that what we've come up with is a great new environment. A few highlights:

  • First things first, get on over to the Official Introductions Thread and make yourself known!
  • We've made a few updates to the forum rules. We recommend looking over them again for a refresher, but, in brief, we've tightened up our anti-counterfeiting restrictions and you can swear now!
  • We have a couple of new pieces of documentation for those new to custom Magic, including a design glossary and a primer on how to source your art.
  • Battle Boards is back, baby! The Arena has undergone a hard reset, so you'll all be starting from scratch, but take it as an opportunity to shape yourself anew in the fires of card design!
  • Oh, and, when you get a spare moment, we may have left you all a couple of surprises in Showcase...

We're going to be keeping these forums active for a little while in case you need to migrate anything or take care of any final changes, but, after a grace period of about a week, we're closing up shop here. To keep the place navigable as an archive without having to come back and delete spambots constantly, all threads will be locked and new account creation will be disabled. If you have any lastminute edits to make or embarrassing skeletons in your closet to cover up, now's the time.

See you all on the other side. This is not an ending, but a second beginning.

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formerly thehuw
they/them, please

Tue, 2018-04-03 23:39
Head Administrator
CanterburyEgg's picture

*twitch* did

did you say

skeletons in my closet

Tue, 2018-04-03 23:52
ThisisSakon's picture

whew lad

Wed, 2018-04-04 00:58
Touhoufanatic's picture

just to confirm, our accounts shift over as well, or will we need to recreate?

for those that are interested, i write fanfiction :

Wed, 2018-04-04 01:02
shiftyhomunculus's picture

This is a new forum with new architecture, so you will need to create a new account.

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formerly thehuw
they/them, please

Wed, 2018-04-04 02:09
Touhoufanatic's picture

alright, figured id check before assuming. see everybody over there.

for those that are interested, i write fanfiction :

Wed, 2018-04-04 03:18
Mr. Madness

"embarrassing skeletons..." I see what you did there

I swear I have a life. Just not right now.

Wed, 2018-04-04 03:32
Featured Set Editor - Best Set of 2015 - Community Award
voltaic-qui's picture

What's the timeframe here? I assume new accounts are already on lockdown, but we'll still be able to edit and stuff for a few days, and the forum itself will remain up for a couple weeks?

formerly jacquipup

"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game."

Wed, 2018-04-04 04:49
Gorgonzola's picture

I just love how you said "you can swear now" in bold font and with an exclamation mark.

I just dont understand why people pay thousands for a piece of cardboard.
Why just don't play some casual? Gee, it isn't even fun to play with, and especially against.

Wed, 2018-04-04 05:08
Halian's picture

I wish you'd have picked SMF or phpBB or MyBB or something instead of ProBoards.

I don't like ProBoards.

Wed, 2018-04-04 08:46
shiftyhomunculus's picture

That's a shame, but the decision is made and the mod team has put a lot of work into getting the new place right. ProBoards it is.

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formerly thehuw
they/them, please

Wed, 2018-04-04 10:12
6000j's picture

A sad 'frowny'

Rip my oldest bookmark

my battle board
Add me on so we can play stuff together: sixkj#1679 NA
I spend a lot more time over on the custom mtg discord, so go check that out.

Wed, 2018-04-04 11:36
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture
To clarify: We have a transition period of about one week - account creation indeed will be locked earlier than that. In this time frame, you can copy all of the stuff you want using the coded text itself, finish the weekly games in the Games Section and similar. Afterwards, writing (and edits) will be locked - we do not plan on completely shutting down this forum manually. Most likely, it will get shut down at some point if there's really nothing happening here at all, but this kind of stuff normally requires several months (or more) of inactivity.

So feel free to come over, we'll be waiting for you!

Wed, 2018-04-04 15:54
elmdor's picture

Yes! That's great news! I'll activate my account as soon as I get the activation email.

Halian, why do you dislike ProBoards?

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"In man we all pray!" [Tony Hadley]

Thu, 2018-04-05 01:14
Solir's picture

I can't login? I just keep getting redirected to home page?

Thu, 2018-04-05 03:23
Celebi's picture

I joined, but not sure if I'll be active there as much. Good luck though, pretty nice community you have here Winking smiley

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