Long overdue, perhaps, but I have migrated the forums to Discourse, a modern forum software application. It has many more features than the old system, including better support for mobile devices, robust moderation features, ability to edit your posts, and more. I hope you will give it a try.
You may already have a user account. If you have posted in the old forums, a user account may have been created for you during the migration process. Browse some existing threads to check. If you used a valid email address when posting, you should be able to “claim” your user account by using the “Forgot Password” feature, which will email you a link to choose a new password. If this doesn’t work, please let me know (you can email me at mark at my firstnamelastname dot com). If you chose not to use a valid email for your past posts, you may still be able to claim your account – send me a message and I will see what might be possible. Of course, you can always register for a new account – valid email required but never published/shared.
Moderators Needed. As in the past, I won’t be able to spend much time in the forums. That said, Discourse has built-in features for moderators. If you plan to be an active member going forward, and you are trusted by the community, please let me know. I think we need at least one moderator, perhaps even two or three.
I can tweak the display settings. Discourse has various settings for the styles and structure of the forums. I made some decisions about these, but they are easily changed based on community feedback. Some examples:
- I chose a Dark theme (black background). Because Dark Mode is pretty popular these days and it seems like a good fit for a forum about space exploration. But this can be changed…
- The home page of the site currently shows “Latest Topics” … from all forums. This is a great way to see what is new without diving into each forum. You can browse to the Categories page for a conventional view of each of forums (the same forums/categories have been migrated from the old system). But the home page can be changed to look more like the categories page…
Most of all, your feedback is appreciated. I know that many forum members may have moved on, and that is understandable. That said, the migration was a significant effort, and I hope you will give it a try. Please reply with any feedback – Discourse even supports Private Messages, if you prefer! – or email me if trying to claim a user account.