Hello it's us again,
Last week DiS was eight years old and we very eagerly put our new site online. We had spent a couple of weeks testing it and knew there were a few errors but we weren't aware quite how many little irks we had with IE6 and how many of you were still using it...
One week on and Tom Waddington, our web guru, has been working around the clock to make things work. As we said when we launched, it's going to take us at least a month to begin to finish the new site. There is so much still to be done aside from stomping out a few rogue bugs but we had to go live so that the development of the site could be finished.
What's still to be done? The future of DiS 5.0 includes:
Much better listings, including the ability for trusted users to do things in a wiki-style
Lots of things in the right hand column
A shift away from square images
A super-clever featured articles box at the top of the frontpage
Feeds of news, blogs, artist info and various other clever things from the interweb which should help you manage and share your music life
So that's what we've not done. In the past week (and mostly in the past 12hrs) what we have done and 'unbroken' is:
Google-powered our search (click here to try it for Justice), however it's a little buggy whilst Google re-learns our page addresses. We'll be fine-tuning it to make it much easier for you to search the boards, news archive, etc. in due course.
The boards now work in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 (hopefully also for those of you in Opera and AOL's browser too)
The old database has now been turned into the new database, which may sound very dull but it was a huge job, mostly because it included 5 million messageboard posts! We apologise for the short outages whilst this was taking place.
Fixed signing up for a new user profile
Lots of annoying little bits which we won't bore you with
We're well aware that there's still a lot to be fixed, like it treating replies as new posts to the boards and a few broken links. We're also going to play around with the faint grey boxes which are barely showing due to their lightness on some browsers.
I think we know most things that are broke by now but please do feel free to report any bugs you've found by commenting below. Constructive criticism is very much welcome too.
Thank you for your patience and for all the kind words of encouragement. More news soon.
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