So, thanks to the work by @zeal and @megalithicrock, and everyone’s donations, the test boards are up and running on a privately hosted solution - I.e. not being hosted by Discourse themselves. It’s hoped this will be far cheaper and more sustainable in the long run, but will require some additional involvement from the community with regards to maintenance and administration in the long term. The discussion around financial contributions and how the forums are funded is a separate thing to this and will happen at another time.
First, here’s the link - it looks a bit different right now, as we’d like to have people signed up and posting on there before pushing some theme and plugin changes (basically to test what performing this sort of change looks like on a ‘live’ site):
Please leave any feedback and issues you have with the test forums here, and tagged with (TEST FORUM) in the subject, along with the device you’re using and details and screenshots of the bug or issue:
Right now, we’re going to take a fairly general approach to testing, so basically, just register an account, log in, and perform as many actions as you can on the test environment. @sean has put together this very helpful map detailing many ‘journeys’ and actions you can take - if you spot anything missing, you can add it on the Figma map itself by leaving a note on the relevant section.
Once we have a good number of users registered on the test environment, it might be a good idea to do some more focused testing, depending on how many issues are identified and where they are identified during this initial period of generalized testing. This would involve splitting users into testing groups and assigning them different areas of the forum to test - i.e using android devices, or editing profiles, or using the search functionality etc. This is also super important, as we want to make sure any issues are ironed out before making the switch.
- I’d like to volunteer for this
It’s likely I’ve missed something out, so let me know if so. Obviously feel free to ask any questions!
Can an @admins pin this or make it more visible across the whole boards somehow?