I've just completed a conversion from Invision Power Board, which we had been using for nearly 10 years, to phpBB3. The reason behind this move is that the version of IPB we were using was incredibly out of date, thus leaving the site open to bot and spam attacks. I am hopeful that with modern software equipped with the latest security defenses this should no longer be an issue. For the most part, I hope that the migration will not change your experience on Planet Cybiko. All topics, posts, and users have been migrated, and all downloads should be working. A couple of caveats though:
- * User avatars were not migrated and thus I ask that you please re-add your avatar if you were previously using one.
* User display names are not supported in phpBB, so if you were using a display name other than your original user name that has been reverted. To make up for this, I am allowing users to change their username on this new software.
* Smilies in existing posts did not get converted. This means that they will not display correctly. I may attempt to go back and fix these at some point.
* Blogs are not supported on phpBB. Since this feature had barely been used in years I don't see this as an issue.
* Obviously, a bit more noticeably we are using a pretty basic phpBB default template. I will likely attempt to give it a more Cybiko-esque vibe in the coming weeks.
I have not deleted the old forum and I may make it available in read-only mode so that old blog posts and the like can still be read.
In general, I ask that everyone help out by letting me know if anything is amiss. These sorts of conversions are very difficult, especially due to the age of the previous software and some of the modifications that were present. I am hopeful that for the most part, despite some post-conversion quirks, this new system will provide an overall better experience for visitors to this site. I don't know about you all, but I had grown weary of visiting and seeing random Nike shoes and jewelry spam posts.