July 26, 2013
On Monday July 29 at 10AM Eastern time, the LOTRO Forums will be placed into read only mode and a forum, “Temporary Discussions” will be created for each of our supported languages (English, German, and French). Posts in these forums will not be saved or copied to the new forum. It is only being created so that players can continue to interact with us and each other during the maintenance. We encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up to date as we will be posting updates and status changes there. If there are issues during the deployment our social media channels may be the only means available to us to update you. We currently expect the migration to take up to 4 days to complete.
What is staying and being improved:
Official Forums The forums will be upgraded to a newer version of VBulletin. Changes will include:
- The forum styling/appearance will be updated and will now scale to the full width of your browser window.
- A new “Community Digest” page that will have links to lotteries, forums, and updated news.
- The reputation system will be discontinued.
- Forum performance will be improved.
- Forums should perform better on mobile devices.
LOTRO Lotteries The lottery widget is going away and a new Lottery page is taking its place. Several small changes have been made that should make it easier to see which lotteries you are eligible for, which you have entered, and your winnings after the fact. You should also now be able to see all lotteries, even if your character cannot enter them. The “no lottery” message should also now correctly state there are no lotteries running if there are no active lotteries.
Character Copy for Bullroarer and Beta. The character copy system we use for Bullroarer and beta testing will be improved and easier to use.
The following features are being discontinued:
- The LOTRO Lorebook
- Player Blogs
- PvMP leaderboards
- Skirmish Leaderboards
- Character and Kinship Data and Pages
- Signup Rewards
- Item Icons / Tooltips
- Signature System
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