There will be some forum downtime tomorrow


The RPS forum is getting an upgrade. Tomorrow we’re going to switch it over to a new server and we’re also using the opportunity to change the software it runs on. This requires the forum to be taken offline for a day, but fear not: all old posts and threads shall be loaded into trucks and driven to the new home.

If you’re a user of the forum, you might know that the place hasn’t changed much over the past few years. It’s running on an old version of vBulletin, and vBulletin at its best can be a less than user-friendly experience. For that reason we’re almost certainly going to be making the hop over to Discourse, a more modern piece of forum software. “Almost” certainly because while the tech team are working on the switch over, we’ll have to see how things go tomorrow when they get their hands inside the real innards.

For more information on Discourse, check out the features page on the Discourse site. It does everything we need it to, more of what we want than vBulletin, without so much clutter and with more opportunity to expand it in future. Hopefully it can make for a better community for everyone.


  1. Babymech says:

    Finally switching to Kinja?

    • RaunakS says:

      Oh gods I still don’t understand why half the internet seems to be switching over to Kinja lately. It is literally the worst forum s/w I’ve had the displeasure of interacting with. Poor io9 has had it the hardest.

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        phuzz says:

        “It is literally the worst forum s/w I’ve had the displeasure of interacting with”
        Then you’re very, very lucky. (Although it’s for commenting, not forums which might explain some of the misery).

    • mpk says:

      Kinja is horrendous, not least because of the stupid class system that’s implemented on the Gawker/Gizmodo sites.

    • shoptroll says:

      Hello fellow A.V. Club reader!

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    Drib says:

    Look, I think we can all agree when I say that this is literally the end of the world.

  3. zsd says:

    Are there any plans to similarly update article commenting or are you…satisfied with this?

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    Qazinsky says:

    I was literally coming to this post from reading the forum. Naturally, I take this change as a direct attack on my person.

  5. Tartrazine says:

    I hope there’s not going to be a mahoosive post count reset flame war a la the PCG / CVG days.

    • mpk says:

      On the new forum, every user’s post count will initially be represented by a small picture of Horace’s head. As you make posts, your count will then change to a section of Horace’s midriff which, as we all know, is endless.

  6. Viral Frog says:

    What am I going to do with my life for a whole 24 hours tomorrow, Graham? I guess it’ll be worth it for an upgrade, though.

  7. jezcentral says:

    Dammit. I’m going to have to play games rather than just talking about them.

  8. ScottTFrazer says:

    Any chance this will get integrated into the post comments (similar to how BoingBoing does it)?

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    Iamblichos says:

    I am absolutely, positively, horrendously offended and horrified that the forums will be… forums… wait. We have forums? Woot!

  10. Spacewalk says:

    Can you leave all the angry shouty posts behind in the move? Just leave them in the boxes in the attic. I realize that it’s the output of roughly half the regular membership but being excellent to each other yada yada and all that jazz.

  11. SaintAn says:

    “As members become trusted regulars over time, they earn abilities to help maintain their community.”

    “Flagging system lets the community suppress spam and dangerous content, and amicably resolve disputes on their own.”

    Oh good. That has worked out really well on every site with community censorship and amateur moderators. Sad to see RPS die. Soon power tripping abusive amateur moderators and circlejerkers will remain (though I haven’t ever seen a moderator on any site that wasn’t that). Might as well have just made a sub-Reddit and called it your forums. It would be cheaper and have the same effect.

    • caerphoto says:

      You want me to lower a ladder to help you climb up that slippery slope?

    • Scott says:

      This response seems to give the impression that the forum hasn’t had community members conducting as “amateur moderators” (opposed to professionals?) for the past 10 years. I have no idea what gives you the right to complain given you clearly have never visited the forum.

      • Grizzly says:

        The current community moderation system was set up in 2013, as it happens. That’s how far back the logs go.

  12. LukeW says:

    There’s a forum?