Obviously, nin.com has been in dire need of an update for quite a while now. We’ve been busy working on all sorts of other things, as you know, but now with a NIN tour happening, we’ve talked a lot about how to keep nin.com modern, have the best features for our needs and yours, and not have to shoulder the burden of maintenance entirely on our own. We’ve decided to migrate from our current custom site to Modlife’s platform. It’s robust, customizable, has a ton of up-to-date features, and most importantly, provides us with an actual team of people who are working to keep the site evolving.
This migration is going to change nin.com and its features quite a bit, and we’re only just beginning to lay out the roadmap. It’s going to be a gradual process, but the first step will be tomorrow (Monday), when we will close off new nin.com user registrations. This is necessary to migrate all the user data over to Modlife’s platform, so your username/password will not change. The next step will be revamping the homepage in a way that hides all the old site content from view while we work on renovating it. However, during the transition, all the old content, like the forums, will still be accessible via direct URL – they just won’t be linked from the main nin.com anymore, and they will use the old, frozen user database. You can think of it as a sad graveyard, or as a secret private club, depending on how positive you are.
Change is scary, I know, but it’s long overdue, and all of this should, in the long term, result in a much better and more lively nin.com experience. We’re excited about the future here and the opportunity to finally be able to move forward with the site.
So, you have questions. “What happens to remix? What happens to images/video? What happens to the forum archives? What about the app?” The answer: We don’t know yet. It will be a gradual and modular process, and any important archival stuff that we aren’t able to migrate over to Modlife’s platform will be preserved in some fashion.
Now, for conversation: Do we make an effort to import all of the current forum structure and archived posts to the new platform, or do we start clean? Will there be mass panic if you all lose your old posts? Is this the worst thing ever and do you hate us now?
posted by rob sheridan at 11:18pm at the nin.com forum