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Old 06-17-2019, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Call for GFX Staff: vBulletin 5 compliant styles

Exciting times, forum folks!

Right, sorry, what's this about?

For a multitude of reasons, I and the other forum staff have been weighing up the systems we run the board on and, in particular, the update from vBulletin 3, which has served us well for many years, to the newest offering, vBulletin 5. This is not a decision we've taken lightly, or without strong consideration of the work and the impact of such a change involved, and I'm happy to share with you all the reasons we've decided to go this way - but that isn't what this post is about.

It's not? Then what are you shouting about?

One of the main issues we have with vBulletin 5 right now is the lack of custom styles for it. On our live board, we have the benefit of a broad selection of styles to suit many different eyeballs. On the new vBulletin 5 test board, we have... well, the default, mainly. I have started to lay out the base of a darker theme based on the "Orbiter" theme in the live forum, but I'm a sysadmin and a backend developer.

What we need is skilled hands, ideally people who have made vBulletin styles before - maybe even styles for vBulletin 5 - but anyone with sufficient creativity to help us adapt a subset of the styles we have available in the current forum to vBulletin 5.

But I'm really attached to ${STYLE}. What about that one!?

We'll publish a list of the styles, or their equivalents, when we know what will and won't carry over to the new board, as part of the actual announcement of the move. If your favourite style doesn't exist in the new forum, you'll have to select another one after the migration.

What styles we can and can't move will be down to the capabilities of the people migrating them across. Just because your favourite style isn't available from day 0 of the move doesn't mean it never will be, equally.

I'm a really skilled individual with a certain set of skills, what's in it for me?

Cookies! No. Well, maybe. Those gracious individuals prepared to contribute their time and effort will be rewarded with a GFX Staff badge, which conveys certain privileges and marks you out as someone who has helped with the forum in this capacity.

I don't know if I can actually send cookies to people, other than the ones the forum normally sends, but it's worth a try!

You've convinced me. Where do I sign?

Just here, on this dotted line, in your own blood er... If you're interested in contributing to the forum migration in this way, reply below and we'll reach out to you to discuss the plans further. Please do be prepared to demonstrate some aptitude for this sort of work.

Thanks, and !
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