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#1 2022-11-10 07:14:58 pm

alldritt
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From:: Victoria, B.C. Canada
Registered: 2002-12-12
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MacScripter.net’s Future

Hello everyone,

When I took over responsibility for MacScripter.net I tried to make as few changes as possible.  The community was and is thriving and I see no need to meddle.  For those that don't know, Shane and I also operate the Late Night Software support forum which hosts its own AppleScript focused discussions in addition to supporting our products (Script Debugger, SD Notary, Shane's Libraries, UI Browser and many other things).

We are approaching what I jokingly call the MacScripter apocalypse.  MacScripter.net faces some technical issues I have to address before too long:

1. The software on which MacScripter runs is unmaintainable.  It is a highly modified version of FluxBB and there are elements of the software that are failing.  These modifications prevent me from adopting updates that may arise from the FluxBB project.  For example, certain posts don’t render for reasons we don't yet understand.

2. We are nearing a point where outbound emails are going to be rejected because they don’t conform to modern security standards.

3. Duplication of effort.  Shane, Nigel and I are present both on MacScripter.net and in the AppleScript section of the Late Night Software support forum.  These two sites cover the same ground.

To address problems 1 & 2, rather that invest money in fixing the FluxBB derived software only to have it fail in some other way in the future, I want to transition to a modern and maintained forum software solution.  I'm already familiar with Discourse through the Late Night Software forum, and so feel comfortable adopting that package for MacScripter.net.  This will mean a change to how the site operates and looks.  I will endeavour to maintain all the existing content and external links into the site.  This being said, inevitably, a transition of this magnitude involving MacScripter.net's 30,000+ members and 100,000+ posts will cause upheaval.

To address problem 3, once we have both MacScripter.net and the Late Night Software forum running on the same software, it becomes possible to merge the two sites.  The general AppleScript content present on the Late Night Software forum would be merged into MacScripter's existing AppleScript sections while the Script Debugger specific discussions would take place in its own separate new MacScripter section.  We would also merge UI Browser, Xcode and other discussions taking place on the Late Night Software forum into new sections on MacScripter.net.

I propose to keep the MacScripter.net domain, and retire forum.latenightsw.com doamin.

I am in the planning stages for this transition so there is opportunity to incorporate useful feedback and ideas into this effort.

Cheers
-Mark


Mark Alldritt - Late Night Software Ltd.
support@latenightsw.com | mark@macscripter.net

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#2 2022-11-11 10:35:37 am

estockly
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Registered: 2009-01-03
Posts: 159

Re: MacScripter.net’s Future

I find the archives of MacScripter invaluable.

There's a lot of information going back years and years, and, with the nature of AppleScript, some times a post or a thread from 15 years ago has a working answer to my question.

So, I'm asking if it's possible, before the forums are merged, if the old messages could somehow be preserved in an accessible, searchable fashion?

I'm on both forums, and I think merging them is a great idea.

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#3 2022-11-15 01:38:52 pm

kerflooey
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Registered: 2011-07-07
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Re: MacScripter.net’s Future

What Ed said!

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#4 2022-11-16 01:45:53 pm

ccstone
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Registered: 2009-02-07
Posts: 420

Re: MacScripter.net’s Future

Hey Mark,

Keep good backups... ????

I look forward to having more modern features and UI.

-Chris

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#5 2022-11-17 04:55:28 pm

alldritt
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From:: Victoria, B.C. Canada
Registered: 2002-12-12
Posts: 46
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Re: MacScripter.net’s Future

Thank you all for your feedback.  Just a quick update.

I'm going reduce my scope and focus on getting MacScripter converted to Discourse.  I'll get the existing MacScripter content converted and stabilized before considering any other alterations.

With the aid of some very generous donations (Thank you David) I've been able to retain some help to get this done properly and quickly.

Cheers
-Mark


Mark Alldritt - Late Night Software Ltd.
support@latenightsw.com | mark@macscripter.net

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