As another year goes by, we get another big platform upgrade for this website and forums! Lots of changes, which led to an extended downtime today (in addition to our 3 minutes of downtime every morning for regular maintenance). While last year's upgrade brought some pretty big structural changes, this year's upgrade is more of small quality of life changes.
** UPDATE: ** We've managed to restore Discord links. If you're experiencing any issues however, try un-linking and re-linking your account manually.
Don't worry, unlike Facebook, Discord integration is not going away! However, the integration system with Discord had to be changed, and because of this, everyone's account which had been linked to Discord has been un-linked. If you try to log into the forums with the Discord button, before you re-link your account, you may receive an email association collision error. As such, you will have to log into your account with your normal username/email and password. After which, you can re-link your forum account to your Discord account.
If you don't remember your account password, you can use the lost password form to get a password reset sent to your email. If you're still having issues, please use the contact us form and we will get...
Yesterday, Facebook disabled our connected app here at 8WAYRUN. They claim we are "creating a negative user experience that is in violation of our Platform Policies". Naturally, that vague accusation doesn't mean anything. Trying to get in contact with Facebook about this returns canned responses which in no way give us further details on the problem. As Facebook, like many web platforms have no real customer service; it doesn't look like this problem will get fixed anytime soon.
As such, Facebook integrated features on this website, such as single sign-on may be broken. If you use Facebook to log into this website, please make sure your account has been updated with other login methods. Definitely be sure to add a password to your account so that you can login without depending on third-party services. If you are having problems logging into your account, please use the "Contact Us" form in the footer.
You may have noticed that 8WAYRUN has been down for an extended period of time (instead of the scheduled 3 minutes of downtime each morning). This was due to a huge upgrade to the platform in which this website is built upon. This is not an insignificant upgrade, so I wanted to go through it all explaining some of the new features. As usual, a lot of the changes are behind the scenes or for the moderation team, which will be left out of this announcement.
Interested in showing your support for 8WAYRUN? Well we now have a whole bunch of branded merch available! In addition to hats, like we've had in the past, we also have bags, backpacks, shirts and hoodies! Everything we are selling are now available from our store on Etsy.
You should have noticed by now, that this website has been receiving a series of updates throughout the weekend. Besides the visual changes, the code behind the website has been rebuilt from the ground up. This has been a near 6 month long project which has finally come to fruition this weekend. With any big updates, there are not only a lot of changes, but also possibly a lot of bugs. If you discover any bugs, usability problems, or perhaps just have some feature requests, let me know.
This website is now completely ad-free! No ad-banners, no ad-links, no native ads; ever. Not even to guests. I won't be going through the majority of the changes in this post, because the majority of changes are behind the scenes and only moderators/administrators will notice them. There are however, a few front-end changes that may be of concern.