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    Default Blogs Section being discontinued

    Sometime after a week from this post date, the Blogs section here will be removed. A big thanks to all who have contributed their thoughts in that section, but it has always been one the least utilized areas of the site, which is a shame really because some very talented writers and special people shared their thoughts and lives there.

    A few select blogs that were already set by the author to be public viewing will be converted to forum threads, but converting a blog to a forum thread is a difficult and very time consuming thing to do even for just a single blog post, so the number will be relatively few. If your blog was set to private, then it will not be converted to a forum thread. I just wanted to give this heads-up in case there was anything in a blog here that you wanted to save for yourself.

    Why are we doing this? The time has come to start getting serious about migrating the site to a new and better platform. There's no set timeline yet on when that will happen, but part of the preliminary legwork to get the site ready for migration is to get all of our content as condensed in one place as we can to make the migration job easier. Unfortunately, on this site software the Blogs are sort of a world of their own, so there's no easy way to just move that content into the forums in any sort of mass move or anything like that. So, sadly, most of it is going to be lost. On the plus side though, it's a necessary step along the way of getting our community onto a modern and responsive platform for everyone to enjoy using.

    Thanks for your understanding.
    Not all those who wander are lost


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    Default Re: Blogs Section being discontinued

    I want also to express my thanks to all of you who were loyal and enthusiastic about the blogs section. I'll look forward to keeping up with your real-life events and experiences in The Café and other similar forums.
    Amator Feminae Grandiculae

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    Default Re: Blogs Section being discontinued

    Quote Originally Posted by cplnuswing View Post
    Sometime after a week from this post date, the Blogs section here will be removed. A big thanks to all who have contributed their thoughts in that section, but it has always been one the least utilized areas of the site, which is a shame really because some very talented writers and special people shared their thoughts and lives there.

    A few select blogs that were already set by the author to be public viewing will be converted to forum threads, but converting a blog to a forum thread is a difficult and very time consuming thing to do even for just a single blog post, so the number will be relatively few. If your blog was set to private, then it will not be converted to a forum thread. I just wanted to give this heads-up in case there was anything in a blog here that you wanted to save for yourself.

    Why are we doing this? The time has come to start getting serious about migrating the site to a new and better platform. There's no set timeline yet on when that will happen, but part of the preliminary legwork to get the site ready for migration is to get all of our content as condensed in one place as we can to make the migration job easier. Unfortunately, on this site software the Blogs are sort of a world of their own, so there's no easy way to just move that content into the forums in any sort of mass move or anything like that. So, sadly, most of it is going to be lost. On the plus side though, it's a necessary step along the way of getting our community onto a modern and responsive platform for everyone to enjoy using.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    For about the last twenty years I’ve been two classes shy of being computer illiterate. While I know that most of the folks on here understood what you said I didn’t. Just what is it that going away and what are some of the changes that are going to be made? Also what changes are you talking about as far as the site is concerned?

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    Default Re: Blogs Section being discontinued

    It’s true that few members of this forum blogged here, and if having that section open represents costs in time and money, then I understand why it makes sense to close it down. I will say that while blog posts are few and far between, I’ve enjoyed most of the ones I’ve read. I’m sad to see this section go.

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    Default Re: Blogs Section being discontinued

    The Blogs Section you could get to from the top menu bar. Here's a direct link Swingers Board Blogs. Blogs are intended to be sort of a daily personal diary.

    The other thing that will be moved to the forums are the Articles. Most of those started out as really good forum posts that had been made into their own article, so they are just going back to where they came from.

    The Stories, nothing is changing.

    The last thing is regarding the software that runs the site. We run vBulletin and have for years. vBulletin used to be the best and dominated the market, but that is no longer the case and hasn't been for a while. There are other much more modern forum software platforms out there. When it comes down to it, a forum is a forum, so not going to be a drastic change in the site and how it works no matter which forum software we used, but this will be an improvement in many areas in terms of user experience, speed, etc.
    Not all those who wander are lost

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    What platform are you going for? I looked into Discourse about a year ago and was very impressed. If you want to poke around on a running install, let me know. I'd definitely recommend it.

    Have to admit that I never read Blogs here, because of the format. However it's quality original content in there, and would perform well on a blogging platform, why not migrate it to WordPress? I could help.

    PM me if you want to chat more about this.

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