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TPJ posted this on the main forums. Our merger is scheduled to be 2 months from now, on the 18th.
There has been an ongoing discussion among the collective Basin Leaders, Admins, and Officers over the last 8 months about bringing our disparate guild forums back under one roof. Under this plan, each guild's forum installation will be merged onto the Main Boards as-is, complete with users, user groups, PMs, forum masks, and forum structures in place. Istari and I have been working (well, mostly Istari) behind the scenes testing the process and recently overcame a couple of hurdles that were causing trouble. As such, we're now scheduling the moves.
The goal here is to reunify our community - to bring everyone back together. The general consensus is that our community is larger than any one guild, and that by having each guild operate completely apart from everyone else, we're losing sight of what we're all about. We want members of this community to see the fun and excitement found in each game we play. We want people new to The Amazon Basin to be introduced to something they didn't know even existed - a place where everyone gets along and plays with honesty and integrity, regardless of the game they find themselves in.
Guilds will be done one at a time over the course of the next three or four months. Each merge will involve bringing down both the Main Boards as well as the guild forums being merged. The process takes about a weekend per guild, so each one will be spaced out quite a bit. The downtime, combined with Istari's schedule, means we'll be doing one a month or so.
The first guild that will be merged into Main will be Star Wars. That merge will take place the weekend of November 30th.
Prior to each merge, the guild admins for the scheduled guild are asked to double-check their Admin CP for unused or redundant user groups, forum masks, and forums themselves. If some forums can be merged within the guild's forums prior to the big merge with Main, that should also be done prior to the merge date.
To make the transition as smooth as possible, we will be pointing each guild's URL (www.theamazonbasin.com/sw/forums/, www.theamazonbasin.com/wow/forums/) to the guild's new home on the Main Boards following the move. That way, existing links and/or saved URLs will bring users to the same forums on Main.
I want to thank everyone involved in bringing this plan to fruition. We've gone through pages and pages of discussions since March to make sure everyone's concerns were taken care of and that we did things correctly. We're really looking forward to getting the band back together!
Q: Will I lose my post count?
A: No. Post counts from each forum installation (Main + merged guild forum) will be combined to create a new post count.
Q: What will my new 'join date' be?
A: Your join date will become the earlier of the two join dates.
Q: Will visitors that are only interested in a single guild be overwhelmed with all the new forums?
A: Maybe at first. However, each guild being merged onto Main will be able to be hidden by the user. Also, when viewing new topics, users also have the ability to choose which forums are returned with the result. Guild Wars users, for example, can select to view only the GW forums.
Q: Will any forums currently found on a guild's forum installation be removed during the merge?
A: Not removed, but some may be merged into a single forum on Main. For example, if any forum has a 'Forum Help' forum, there will not be a need to have multiple versions, so a single would suffice.
Q: Will my guild's Officer and/or Admin forums be merged with other guild's forums of the same name?
A: No. Those are guild-specific and will remain that way within your guild's section on Main.
Q: Are all guild forum installations being combined?
A: Yes, even our archived boards. Archived boards (HGL, DAOC) will have a home in an 'Archive' section on Main.
Q: What is your timetable for the whole process?
A: Nov 30 = SW, Dec 14 = WOW, Jan 18 = D3, Feb ? = GW, [no date yet] = D2. Archived boards will be handled later.
Q: What time will the downtime start during each merge?
A: The plan is to bring both boards down around 5 p.m. Pacific Time (GMT-8) on each of the Fridays.
Q: Will The Basin's TeamSpeak server be affected by the forum downtimes?
A: No. Our TeamSpeak server will stay up and operational throughout the mergers.
Q: What if we need to contact someone during the outages?
A: Your best bet would be to utilize any of the boards not being merged at that time or The Amazon Basin's Facebook page.
Posted By: Smittyphi on 18 November 2013 - 03:12 AM | Comments: 10
With the upcoming release of the console version of Diablo 3, a Console sub-forum has been created for the purpose of console related aspects of the game. As it is an extension of the General Discussion forums, KS and Mark1030 are the moderators and as a result, their pay grade has been tripled.
Posted By: Smittyphi on 09 August 2013 - 12:47 PM | Comments: 9
With the multitude of games coming out and real life rearing it's head, some of our moderators and officers have moved on. I would like to thank the officers and moderators who have helped to get the forums started this first year and have moved on.
I would now like to introduce some very well people in new roles.
ElCoyote and T72on1 have agreed to become officers and I am thankful for their willingness to serve.
The following are new moderators -
KS and Mark1030 - General Discussion
ReleaseTheEvil - Monk
HellsBells - Barbarian
Baccer - Meeting Room
Posted By: Smittyphi on 05 April 2013 - 12:27 AM | Comments: 13
Changing of the Guard
As many of you know, I havent been able to log into D3 for quite some time, work and life have gotten too busy for me to devote as much time and attention as you all deserve from me. It is for this reason that Teep and myself feel it time to hand of the reins of the D3 branch to one who time and time again shows what it means to be a Basiner.
It is with the upmost honor that I welcome Smittyphi to the D3 administration.
Posted By: Istari on 26 March 2013 - 07:08 PM | Comments: 20
Maintenance - January 23rd 6pm (GMT-8)
This is not really the correct forum to post this, so please move it to the news forum if required.
I recently posted this over on the D2 forums:
We'll be updating the Amazon Basin forums on January 23rd 6pm (GMT-8). It's impossible to say at this stage, precisely what downtime to expect, but you should assume that some downtime will occur. If you find you can't access the forums on this day, try again after a few hours and hopefully the maintenance will be completed.
Update: The downtime is expected to be minimal (30 minutes or so per forum).
Posted By: Dr Morbius on 22 January 2013 - 11:15 AM | Comments: 4
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