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ShadowPuppet

It's Time! DarkUmbra 4.0 is on the way!

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Fellow DUdes and DUdettes,

 

I am extremely pleased to announce that DarkUmbra will be undergoing a much anticipated and long-awaited transformation!!

 

As some of you already know, Invision Power, the company who supplies the forum software we use here, recently released their new 4.0 platform. This has been a massive overhaul and everything has been rewritten, redesigned, and rethought out from the ground up. As a result, all of the crucial plugins we rely on at DU had to be rewritten by their respective authors. With a large portion of plugins being custom written, let's just say I've had a lot of work to do :P.

 

As we roll into the weekend, I am nearing the final stages of development and preparation for our upgrade date of Wednesday, September 30th. I am estimating about 3-5 hours of downtime as we get everything set up and prepare for a brand new, crazy awesome DU experience. 

 

On Wednesday we are looking to have everything operational as most of the new software is already written and is being actively tested by staff. One notable exception to this is DUTag. When we relaunch on Wednseday, DUTag will be offline as we get the brand new DUTag platform installed. I promise it'll be worth the wait :P

 

So yea, just wanted to give you guys a heads up well in advance! DU is about to become faster, sleeker, and awesomer than ever!!

 

As usual, if you have any questions, let me know! :D

 

Cheers,

Shad

 

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Good news!

I hope DUTag will update the GameTDB covers when a new cover has been uploaded, that's just one of the many things I've been waiting for. :)

So glad to hear DU will get a new update soon!

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Good news!

I hope DUTag will update the GameTDB covers when a new cover has been uploaded, that's just one of the many things I've been waiting for. :)

So glad to hear DU will get a new update soon!

DUTag will be down for a few days after we launch the upgrades but I can definitely add a note to expire covers after a certain amount of time. Right now covers are loaded once and cached forever haha. 

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Yeah, it also is redirected - on the profile page if you click a cover it will try to go to WiiTDB and then forwards to GameTDB. :P

 

(Lustar, the GameTDB admin, will add PS4/DS/3DS game categories to the database soon... I've talked to him about this.)

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Great detective work Batman...  err... lars.  :D

 

4.0 is an opportunity to get DU better than ever and to do that we should not only update the board software, but enable some new features and clean up some old stuff. I've already begun with little things here and there, like unpinning topics that are no longer relevant or need pinned. Some old tutorials that are still useful can be looked at, links and images fixed, and updated with any new pertinent information. Old tutorials that are no longer working or useful can be placed in the Graveyard or possibly a dedicated section for old tutorials can be created... these are ideas we should coming up with in the lead up to the upgrade as well as immediately following it.

 

Everyone please feel free to post here with more ideas on how we can improve DU.

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