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Coming Soon... Geeks to Go 2.0


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Geeks to Go will soon celebrate its 9th anniversary online (wow!). In that time we've seen a few graphic design changes, but the forum software platform has remain unchanged (except for updates). Invision forum software has served us well. However, recent Invision forum updates have been disappointing, and not performed well. Because of this we haven't even applied the last couple of updates (except security patches). We've also had some needs and requests that have grown beyond what Invision offers.

A look back at design over time (courtesy archive.org):

Circa 2003:
g2g2003.png

Circa 2005:
g2g2005.png

Circa 2007:
g2g2007.png

We've had our current design since about 2009, and were due a refresh. Those discussions, as well as dissatisfaction with Invision, lead to a much larger platform change that has been in the works for months.

Change is difficult, and a major platform change such as this will have its challenges. We are only making changes to ensure this site thrives, and continues another 9+ years.

What to expect? We will announce more as the migration date nears, likely offer a preview, and invite some of you to help beta test. Then there will be about a day of downtime as actual migration of live data occurs. In the days immediately following migration, the site will load a little slower as local and server side caches are rebuilt. We will attempt to keep design changes to a minimum, so as to make the change less jarring. It will still be immediately apparent when we're on the new platform.

Thanks for your patience in the coming months, and we hope you're as excited as we are to see Geeks to Go 2.0!

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Edited by admin, 18 November 2012 - 10:45 PM.
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My head hurts looking at that background :wacko:
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My head hurts looking at that background :wacko:

It was a joke of course. :lol:
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The web page you linked to with the preview keeps closing with a problem! (using IE8 on Windows XP)
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Apparently a failed attempt at humor. In more than one way. It was not an actual preview, but a site that make any site Geociticized... or appear like a horrible Geocities site from the 90s. Here's a screen cap:

g2ggeocities.jpg

We don't have an actual preview ready at this time, but will post it when available.
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I got it and my head has been hurting all day. Just sounded like something easy to blame it on. :whistling:
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I will be looking forward to the new theme. Although I do like the current one now.
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are we going to have to install quicktime to use the new site
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Circa 2007 skin FTW!!!
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are we going to have to install quicktime to use the new site

Of course not.
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Circa 2007 skin FTW!!!

I'm afraid it's come time to retire the classic skin.

Initially there will only be one skin option, but a dark skin will likely be added later. Our dark version is more popular than the classic, and high contrast dark skins are easier for some people with accessibility (vision) issues.
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Circa 2007 skin FTW!!!

I'm afraid it's come time to retire the classic skin.

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are we going to have to install quicktime to use the new site

Of course not.

the reason I asked is firefox said I needed it to view your joke site
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Did I miss April Fools day again?


@Road Runner...down boy. She's only a fragment of your imagination

Edited by DonnaB, 22 March 2012 - 07:43 PM.

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Did I miss April Fools day again?

Yes - it was almost a year ago!
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