bladeandsoulbot – An update on the Dojo

It's been a while since I've properly conveyed how the inner workings of the Dojo are going on. Here is a rundown of what's been going on the past few months behind the scenes here.

The long sought after forum updates
Months ago, even last year, we discussed possible forum updates coming to the Dojo. Other Curse-hosted forums are making the move to a forum software called Cobalt. You can see it live on the Minecraft forums and LolNexus forums. Cobalt is very clean and organized and, from what I've been told, is incredibly simple to use (admin-wise). For example, installing modules like Twitch streaming, PvP leaderboards, guides, etc would be very easy if we had Cobalt. As it currently stands, I do not have the ability even create another section of the website, such as guides, due to limited access and a forum software that has not been updated in 6 years. Yes, our current forum software has not been updated in 6 years.

I was contacted by Curse early this year with promises of the Cobalt update, set for January or February. After that, I never heard back from them. I finally received a response a few weeks ago which basically amounted to a "we didn't have enough time for it and now we have more important things to worry about" story. They prioritized other things over the Dojo's much-needed update right around when the game was released, which would have been an amazing time to update the Dojo to support our 1500% viewership increase.

Needless to say, Cobalt likely is not going to happen. They need more development time and money than currently available for us. I guess they enabled advertisements on the Dojo for their other projects?

I will try to work with them to at least get our current forum software updated. If we can get that, we might be able to work with them to get some mods installed and maybe I'll have the ability to actually edit the website. ._.

Imgur
I would like to remind everyone not to post links to Imgur, per this thread. Unsurprisingly, we are still blocked by Imgur and they are not willing to negotiate with us at all on the block. Please use another image hosting website. (:

Bans
I recently discovered that there is a major flaw in our 6 year old forum software. Bans that are marked to be lifted on a certain date are not being automatically lifted. For example, if you were banned from the Dojo from May 1st to May 3rd, the system will not remove your ban on May 3rd despite being told to do so. I apologize if you were caught in this system flaw, I have removed all of the bans from this year that should have been lifted but were not. If you are affected by this, please message me or email me (check my profile for more information).

That is all I have to report for now. (:

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