When is the new site launching?
We'll let you know a couple days in advance. It will be within the next 2 weeks.
What is changing?
We rebuilt the entire site, both in design and codebase from scratch. You can check my blog or previous posts for more specifics about features. The changes are mostly improvements upon current concepts. Nothing major has changed in the nav structure or editing flow of the system, we've just improved tools that already existed based on feedback from you guys and the mods. We were very careful not to change ideas and navigation that was perfectly fine already.
What's the launch plan?
We'll switch the site over late at night so we can minimize the traffic burst we normally get during the day. There will be a blackout period of a couple hours while we move the latest data from the site across. During this blackout period the site will either not be available at all, or any new edits / posts / points on the site will not be carried over to the new site during those hours. If we run into problems when we launch, we'll flip back to the old site, address the problems and try to flip the switch at a later time, repeating the same process.
Will my edits/points/posts/profile be ported over?
Yes. Since we're literally porting to a new database and layout system there may be small layout glitches or broken links, but in general there will be nothing you can't fix.
What's the deal with the new editor? What kind of markup will the new site have?
As you may have heard we're dropping the use of Markdown and HTML within editable fields on comicvine (wiki, forum posts, profile bios...etc). This was done for 2 reasons. One, to remove the ability for members to accidently break portions of the layout, and Two, to make it easier to add content.
We're introducing a word style editor onto the site that allows you to make headers, insert formatted images and edit documents as they look on the page, instead of having to edit actual code.
On a small minority of pages (looks to be around 1%) this conversion process accidently deleted small portions of text, or in more drastic cases, the entire article (I've only seen this on 5 pages personally, but I'm sure you'll find more). This happened because some of you guys were a little more complicated with your html/css/js then normal. Our system just couldn't figure out what you were trying to do.
To address this, when we relaunch, we'll provide links on every bio page to the old content as it was before the launch. This way you can copy over the old content into the new site manually and recover those edge cases. Think of it as an easter egg hunt where you can earn some easy points.
What browsers will the new site work on?
Safari, Firefox, Opera, Camino and IE7+ all work fine. We will likely turn off edit abilities for IE6 because it burps on some of the advanced editing features, but the site will still browse fine for those of you lazy cats that haven't updated your browser in 3 years.
Will my old bookmarks work?
Yes, though we have a new URL structure, you should automatically be redirected to the new URL. If you aren't, just leave us a note on the boards.
What can members do to help us out during launch?
Report bugs by providing a link, a detailed explanation of what is wrong, and your computer/browser stats.
Hunt through the site and fix any markdown conversion mishaps.
During the first two weeks, limit your editing to fixes and not huge additions. As you can imagine, we're going to be getting a HUGE amount of submissions just from everyone trying the new site out. Take it easy on us so we can spend more time fixing bugs then worrying about moderating content.
Have patience. There will be bugs, there will be weirdness, there will be pages that take waaaay too long to load, and there will be searches that don't work. It will take a solid couple of weeks to get everything 100%. Take it easy on us and report bugs in a detailed fashion so we can fix it.
Give us constructive criticism. We dig the new site, but there's prolly stuff we did this time around that will piss you guys off. That's normal, and site's evolve, so don't think anything we did is set in stone. This has always been a community run site and we'll change the site as needed to make everyone here happy.
Anything else to know?
We've changed our company name from Enemy Kite to Whiskey Media if anyone cares. As part of rebuilding this site, we merged the company with some old friends of ours from the CNET days and who we worked with on Political Base. That means the new comicvine was built by Red LAMP, myself and also a few new heroes. We'll try to get a photo shoot in next week so they can show off their costumes :). The new company still owns Comic VIne 100% so you shouldn't notice anything different as far as management goes. There's now just a couple more engineers for people to blame when things break!
Does that mean there will be ads on the new site?
Not yet. We're actually launching the site ad-free! But eventually that will change (though likely not for awhile). Anything we eventually do in regards to ads will be tasteful, with standard ad sizes and no more then one per page.
Feel free to ask any questions here. I'll do my best to answer them. Please try to keep your queries to launch specific questions, and not feature requests.