New and enhanced message board platform coming soon! Much better mobile experience.

GopherHole Staff

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Nov 3, 2008
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We are excited to announce that we will soon unveil a new message board platform on GopherHole. We are moving from the outdated vBulletin to the much more popular and better user experience of Xenforo. Your GopherHole username, password, post count, etc. will all transfer over, as should all threads and posts since 2008. New features are listed below, but one of the big and best new features is a much better mobile experience. We will no longer be using TapaTalk as the new platform will be responsive no matter which device you use. An example of a message board that uses the new Xenforo platform that we will move to is

When the transition happens, we request your patience to ensure we fix any glitches that may arise. If you have any direct questions you can post them in this thread or email us at [email protected].

Some of the Xenforo features versus VBulletin:

- Xenforo has drag and drop image uploading which is much more intuitive.

- You can mention a user by putting @ before their user name in a post. For example:
I'm not sure how to repair the widget, but @bobjones has done it so you may want to ask him
When you do this, user bobjones will receive an alert that he's been mentioned, so he knows to check out the post.

- Private Messages are similar, but are called "Conversations"

- In addition to email notifications, Xenforo has "alerts", which is a count of items related to their account next to their user name on the top/right of every page.

- Push notifications. Users can have notifications pushed to their desktop or phone (unfortunately this only works with Android phones for now). They do not have to have their browser or email open to know they've received a reply, conversation message, etc.

- Xenforo is fully responsive to screen size and will collapse menus and screen items based on screen size. When it collapses a menu, the menu tabs turn into a menu button which when clicked slides the menu into view from the left side of the screen.

- Xenforo has support for Emojis, so users have the ability to be expressive beyond whatever smilies are installed.

- Xenforo automatically embeds a Youtube video player in posts when users post a link to Youtube.

- Xenforo uses less system resources than VBulletin, so during busy forum times you generally won't see site response time impacted as much.

- Xenforo has stronger one way password encryption than VBulletin. The first time you log into Xenforo with your existing VBulletin user id and password, it will re-encrypt your password using the stronger Xenforo method.

- Because Xenforo is developed by former VBulletin developers, the overall feel of how to use the forum won't change much.

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