Three years ago we launched this new site, a bespoke, custom built forum. The intent was to build it up to a good level, do some promotion and watch it flourish, well, this was a little naive, as anyone who creates web apps will know, they’re hard and take a lot of time, more time than I had available. The amount of time that goes into making responsive web interfaces that work all device types is immense. The promotion never happened and I couldn’t find time to add all the features I’d intended and that the community asked for.
Other things never happened due to time constraints, such as bringing the features and photo galleries back. This really, really frustrates me, we’ve got such a rich history of these that the world needs to see again.
So not long ago I made the difficult decision (for me personally as a developer) to migrate the forum to an off-the-shelf solution that would have all the features you’d expect from a modern forum and something that would receive regular updates and improvements.
The main advantage to moving to Discourse is the freeing up time to get the other important things done, like promotion, bringing the features and galleries back using other readily available software and getting things like stickers made up again.
With that in mind, we’re in the process of migrating the forum to Discourse, a very, very good forum software that will do everything we want and more.
I’ll update here once things move along more. At the moment we’re working on setting up Discourse and building a database and file migration system.
We’ll keep all the content and user accounts with passwords so you should just be able to see a new LB one day and log-in as usual.
I’m pretty excited by this and hope you will be too once you see it