For a while now we have been eluding to an impending site migration, hence why some of the sites current bugs and functionality issues have remained up till now as there was little point patching a system that will be altogether replaced in the near future, however we of course still want to apologize for the pain it has been dealing with a flaky platform for a fair while now. Trust me we hear you ! We also use the site and get just as frustrated when things that should work, don't. Before I go into further detail, please see an announcement from the owners of Overclock.net, VerticalScope.
Dear Community Members,
Over the past year or two, there have been updates to the environment that have introduced challenges in usability and performance. Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses. This has made it increasingly difficult and frustrating to support and upgrade to more modern reliable standards that users deserve. Our advertising experience and certain ad partners have further degraded the functionality of the site. This is not the experience we want for the members of this community.
Members want a fast site that performs well across all devices, to be able to find relevant and interesting content, and easily share through text, images, video and messaging on a secure platform. Our goal is to provide this ultimate user experience to all members.
We will be implementing a new platform to better meet the needs of this community and allow us to provide support more efficiently. Our focus is to create a sustainable platform that performs well, and loads faster on all devices, while offering seamless ways to search and connect. Technology is constantly innovating - by creating an environment that we control we can maintain the site with more frequent improvements and maintenance updates.
Although change can be difficult, we are here to support you through the process. We make every effort to review existing settings and make the changes needed so the migration goes smoothly. If you notice something doesn’t seem correct once the site goes live, don’t panic! We’ll have a dedicated person monitoring as the site goes live to answer any questions and provide support through this change.
I bet you’re thinking, “What does this mean for me and the community?” It does mean change, but it will help solve a large majority of the issues that this site may have been experiencing. We have reviewed reported issues, site statistics, traffic data, and user feedback to help us prioritize the changes and improvements. Uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined. Ad formatting will change with a new site layout. The site will be more responsive - there is no need to use a mobile skin or special app! Security and user privacy will continue to be a top priority.
When will this be happening? Soon! We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software. The sooner we can change that the better we can make the experience for you. You’ll start to see activity related to cleanup in preparation for migration very shortly. We will post an announcement to the community prior to starting the actual data migration. Once the migration begins, the site will go into maintenance mode and will be read-only while data is being migrated.
We appreciate each member’s contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you all.
So now that we have heard from VerticalScope, lets get into some specifics.
What are we migrating to?
We will be migrating over to the Xenforo platform
. Some of you will already be aware of it and if not it is still likely you have used sites using the platform. Many of you will have heard of IGN
, they use the same software platform as do other popular sites such as Toms Hardware
When is this happening?
The migration will be happening in approximately 40 days from the date of this post. However with these types of moves, there can sometimes be bumps in the road which may call for a slight delay.
Uh Oh...we have been here before !
We all very much understand the concerns that some of you will have with respects to the site migrating again. We all know last time as very difficult and there were many things broken and left broken to date. It has been rough on all those who use OCN and made it their home from home. So I will take a moment to give you the transparency that everyone here deserves, we have a bumpy road ahead. The transition to Xenforo will not be seamless, upon launch important core features of the site will be unavailable or in a static state, let's go through it.
: VerticalScope is aiming to port this system over in a static state only while the new system is developed. What does that mean ? Well what this means is that the Rep statistics will still be available to view as you do now, including the flames you have earned up until the point of migration. However as the system will be static, you will not be able to give users rep during this time.
: This system will not be available at launch as it needs to be redeveloped for use on the new platform. The database of user rigs will be saved and ported over to the new platform, as such your rig data will remain intact and be available again when the new Rig builder is available. We are investigating whether it is possible to maintain the Rig Builder in a static state in order to current sig rigs to carry on displaying until the new system is ready.
: This system will not be available at launch as it needs to be redeveloped for use on the new platform. The database of user assigned awards will be preserved. Upon the new system going live, your badges will return.
The above three systems are considered core systems to the OCN experience, these are the ones that we will be pushing HARD
on for return as soon as possible to a point of savagery with the VS Devs. Systems such as the I-trader system used for the Marketplace and the member product review system will return as soon as possible but not until all core systems have returned.
What is happening between now and the migration?
Overclock.net is a large and complicated beast, some of which is now redundant due to the many years of changes. The VS devs will be performing some cleaning to the databases and just a general pruning to the site in order to slim us down prior to migrating. This allows for a cleaner and quicker migration and removes factors that need not be there. Consider it a spring clean. While on the surface this should have no effect on the site so far as usability, nothing is ever 100%. With this in mind, should you encounter an issue on the site that is new, please feel free to mention it in this thread and we can take a look into it.
Myself and The_Manual will be taking a look at the mirror site of OCN. This will essentially be a copy of OCN on the new Xenforo platform. This will give us a chance to take a look at the new platform in more depth and allow us to look around and take stock of anything that is not right and alert the VS Devs. Unfortunately, our testing will be limited to testing the vanilla functions of the Xenforo platform with the OCN face. While this still gives us a good opportunity to take an early look at things, we will not be testing any OCN specific features as they will only be available sometime after the migration takes place.
What happens after migration?
Aside from the development of the core OCN systems as mentioned before, there will be an element of debugging. With any new software release you have bugs that need patches, it is no different to website transition. The OCN staff will be playing with the various systems that vanilla Xenforo offers as well as ensuring that the overall setup of the site is correct to ensure that we can get everything smoothed out as soon as humanly possible. I just want to be clear that there WILL be bugs, and while that can be annoying, it is the nature of any upgrade/change. We are all tech guys, so we get it. During our own testing we know all you clever people out there will notice issues as well and possibly before any of the staff do. There will be opportunity for you to post your findings which will enable us to investigate further.
We of course always appreciate the time taken to properly document a bug,its location,environment and its re-production. As such, as a small token of our appreciation all users who provide us with a unique and viable bug report will be awarded a badge that will show in your signature as soon as the Award system is up and running. The badge will look like this :
Further to this all those who provide a unique and viable bug report will also be awarded a 1 Year Premium Overclocked Account
The user awards and 1 Year Premium Overclocked Account for bug finding will available for 30 days from the day of migration.
Post migration, we will set up this initiative so you guys can hit the ground running.
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For now that is it. While some of the above will undoubtedly come as a disappointment, we (the staff) will continue to push forward to make the best of the situation and get the features you all love back online as soon as possible, so please bare with us. Just remember that upon initial launch, things will look strange and unrecognizable, but please bare in mind that it is NOT a finished product and we will be working hard to restore as much as we can as soon as we can and we of course during this time will be listening to user feedback. While we understand that there will be those who wish to be vocal about the changes, we are fine with that and certainly expect it, but we do ask that you be respectful.
We are looking forward to being able to leverage the up to date web tech that Xenforo has to offer with an effort to enhancing the user experience across the board. If you have any questions then please do feel free to ask them in this thread and we will answer them to the best of our ability
We will post updates as and when we have them.
All the best,
ENTERPRISE & Team.