mailing lists shutting down; forums being upgraded

    Feb 20 2009 | 11:24 pm
    Hello Everyone
    This is a final email, to remind everyone that the public mailing lists are shutting down. The "plug will be pulled" at 5:00pm MST. Also, at this time, we will be taking down the forums so that they can be upgraded to the latest version of the forum software. At this point, it is unknown how long the forums will be down; we hope they won't be down that long, but as one of the upgrade tasks involves rebuilding the search index, which for a forum with as many messages as ours, is going to be very time-consuming, the forum upgrade process could take a while. In a worst-case scenario, the forums may not be back up and available until Saturday morning. We realize that this is very inconvenient for some of you, but we try not to make a habit of doing this sort of thing, and we've tried to schedule it at a point when the forums have the least amount of traffic.
    If you find yourself going into "forum withdrawal", I'd like to suggest taking a walk, getting some fresh air, maybe spend some time with your family. Treat yourself to a good meal!
    While the forums are down for maintenance, we will put up a page saying just that. When the forums are back up and ready to use, this page will go away and will be replaced by the normal forum index.
    We understand that this transition is not popular with some of you. However, we really hope that you'll give the forums a chance, and try to adapt them into your workflow.