STF gets new WeBBspace

The moment has finally arrived. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you... WeBBspace.

effWeBB officially went offline at 3 PM US Eastern Time on 12 January 2008, ending a ten and a half year run as the home of STF. As much of a pain in the butt it always was, I have to admit that I did get a little teary-eyed when I took it offline, especially reading the farewell messages in OOC. It had run its course, however, and it is time to move forward.

To log in, go to the login box on the left side of the page and click "Request new password". Enter the username or email address you used from effWeBB. You will be emailed a one-time login link, which you can use to access your account. Be sure to change your password to something you can remember, and accept the newly-approved Terms of Service. While you're at it, you can also set a custom timezone. All dates will now be shown in your personalized timezone.

The transfer took longer than expected, primarily because some of the import scripts broke at the last minute and had to be rewritten. In the end it worked out, however, because that meant I was able to add one extra bonus.

In the end, we were able to import the most recent 8000 or so posts from effWeBB. That's everything that survived the most recent node archiver. Rock on!

The flip side, however, is that it looks like just about every MOTD was hosed. While all of the data was transferred over, nearly all of them broke in some way. I also tried to import MOTD CSS, but that caused even weirder problems. Sorry, COs; I tried. It is now up to each CO to update their MOTD. However, you will be happy to know that you can now edit the CSS for an MOTD directly in the "Edit" tab on your ship, right along with the MOTD itself. We'll experiment with that for a while and see if we're able to avoid breaking the system. :-)

There will be a few rough edges for a bit as the system settles. There will be continual development and enhancement of the system in coming weeks and months, too. This is not the end of the process, but the beginning. From here, the sky's the limit (plus sufficient time to program it, of course).

If you find a bug, please post in the Internet Department (now found under Starfleet Command) in the topic "Bugs" with a *detailed* report of what the bug is. Remember to read other posts first to make sure no one else has reported it already. If you have a feature request, post it under "Feature requests", again in as much detail as possible. We won't be able to implement everything, or everything quickly, but we do want feedback to help make the system better. We'll work on a better way to post bug reports soon, I promise.

Huge thanks to Phillip Stonness, Jason Lee, and Russell Watt for their help in getting the setup completed, and to President Hemenway for allowing this move to go forward. It's been 8 years in coming. :-)

Welcome to STF 3.0.