Spine-Health Forums have gone through a number of software changes over the years.
Back in 2005-2008, PunBB was the software behind our forums
In 2008, there was a major migration to Drupal, the software we currently use. The major reason was because Drupal was a CMS (Content Management System) which allowed the medical side of Spine-Health to grow. The medical side has grown astronomical over the years.
To the point, where that side has had an impact on our forums. It was a two way street. When changes needed to be done to the medical side, development had to consider the forum side. When changes were needed to the forum, the medical side had to be taken into consideration.
The owners and architecture and development staff of Veritas Health LLC had to take a long look into the future. The results of that was that it was critical that the forum side and the medical site need to be split. Today, there is a major development effort to complete that goal.
The medical side of Spine-Health will be separate from the forum side. Drupal will still be the software to manage the medical side, but we will be introducing a new forum software. VANILLA is the new platform for our forums. YES, it will be different then Drupal, things will look different, act different, etc. But the bottom line, this decision will help improve the overall performance of our Forums, plus allow for future upgrades without needing to worry about the medical side.
I have been involved for the past several months regarding this change and migration. Right now, I am heavily involved in all that needs to get done. I fully understand that with changes, there are going to be so many questions, problems, concerns, etc. One of the more involved tasks I have is to try to make this migration seem not as difficult for the member community. In my past years with IBM, I coordinated so many software and hardware migrations. So, I know what is coming down the line. I am trying to make this transition as seamless as possible. I am looking at everything through the member's eyes, through your eyes. Can the the new system look like the old? Probably not, no, more than probably, it wont! But, its my job to make it easier for all of us to get through this migration.
I recently came back from a visit to Veritas Health LLC in Deerfield, IL. I meet with everyone, from the graphics designer, the editors and the development staff. It was so very rewarding to know that the folks behind this are very concerned and aware of the member community.
For the next several weeks, I will be spending more time preparing and understanding this migration. Because of this, I may not be spending as much time watching the current forum and responding. I love answering member's questions and I am sure that by now, you all know I also can put a firm hand on problems.
Please excuse me if I am not as present as I normally am. But please trust me, those that know me and have confidence in me, know that what I am doing will be for the overall benefit of Spine-Health and its members.
At some point in the near future, I will be announcing a Link to this new system. It will be a test ground for those that are willing to see what the future looks like.
I am just asking everyone to trust me, and know that we will all get through this together.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences