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Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
Posted by the ticalc and Cemetech staff on 1 April 2014, 05:31 GMT

Friends-

For much of our history, we have steadfastly stood by our original goal of creating the canonical repository for all applications and utilities for TI Graphing Calculators, and we're proud of our accomplishments. While calls of greater tools for collaboration have always been present, we have focused on mailing lists and presence in the IRC community as our primary means of encouraging users to work with each other. The internet is changing around us, and we need to adapt. That's why we're proud to be partnering with Cemetech.net to create the ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech.

"Having Cemetech power our forums seemed like a much better idea than building our own system from the ground up. We can leverage their expertise in forum management, and they can benefit from our extensive file archive.," Magnus Hagander of ticalc.org said.

The transition will take place slowly, with some minor co-branding of our themes beginning immediately. After we migrate our existing user database into Cemetech's system, we'll move their forums to a new URL under the ticalc.org namespace. In the near term, the two entities will remain largely independent, with different management and administration united under a common goal.

Many of Cemetech's tools, such as jsTIfied, will be integrated with the ticalc file archives, allowing users to quickly preview applications prior to download. The Cemetech news system will be merged with that of ticalc, and the sites will present a single news source going forward. The cemetech archive will be migrated into ticalc.

All too often we see the well-meaning efforts of inexperienced administrators who are unable to preserve historical links and features," Hagander continued, "We will take our time, and we will do it right. When we have a release to show the community, it will be fully-functional and production ready." Christopher "Kerm" Mitchell, founder of Cemetech, was excited with the possibilities. "I've wanted to work with ticalc.org since I was in middle school. When they reached out to me about having Cemetech run their forums, we immediately agreed. On behalf of my entire staff, we can't wait to get started!"

On behalf of the entire ticalc.org staff, we look forward to seeing what new and exciting projects the community creates with these new consolidated tools. We'll keep you informed as this process moves forward during the coming weeks.

-- nikky, on behalf of the ticalc.org and Cemetech staff

Update: The new site appearance has been temporarily disabled for the moment due to some unexpectedly severe browser compatibility issues. We can't say yet when new, fixed theming will be restored, but stay tuned!

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Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
elfprince13 Account Info
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I'm glad to have the strain of hosting the archive taken of the Cemetech servers, and that we can provide a useful community service in response.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2014, 06:05 GMT

Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
franker56  Account Info

This would be like the perfect day to announce such a change. It's almost believable.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2014, 06:39 GMT


Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
KermMartian  Account Info
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It's rather unfortunate that we ended up timing it on April 1st, but it's a project we've been discussing behind the scene for weeks, and we look forward to continuing to gradually merge the two sites' functionalities in the coming weeks and months. It's been a pleasure working with Magnus, Travis, Duncan, Nikky, and Ryan, and I think ticalc.org and Cemetech have a bright future together.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2014, 07:10 GMT

Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
DJ_Omnimaga Account Info
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Aw, the new theme no longer works in Opera 12.16. It worked an hour or two ago D: (and in version 20 it doesn't show up at all)

Reply to this comment    1 April 2014, 07:54 GMT


Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
Travis Evans  Account Info

There are definitely some snags to be worked out at present. Our primary goal was to get a rudimentary JavaScript-driven rebranding started quickly to kick it all off; as we continue converting the rest of the site to use more modern HTML/CSS code over the next few weeks, cross-browser compatibility should improve.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2014, 08:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
Julien Savard  Account Info
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Well, at least it still works in Netscape 4.08, I'm okay with this.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2014, 05:34 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
DJ_Omnimaga Account Info
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Pics or it didn't happen

Reply to this comment    2 April 2014, 07:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
German Kuznetsov  Account Info

*aham* nobody uses nets ape *aham**aham*

Reply to this comment    20 April 2014, 14:30 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
German Kuznetsov  Account Info

Stupid autocorrect - even it does not know what Netscape is.
Ps. O wait it does!!!

Reply to this comment    20 April 2014, 14:31 GMT

Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
jhgenius01  Account Info
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Can't you keep this old theme? Or at least make it an option.

And yeah before in Chrome, it would load the ticalc theme, and then the Cemetech theme would load on top of it. It looked rather unsettling.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2014, 02:18 GMT

Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
KermMartian  Account Info
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That's because ticalc.org has an ancient site theme generated by many and arcane scripts; it's easier to just use Javascript to modify the page post-load than actually re-skin the page. We're working behind-the-scenes on some 21st century upgrades to CSS so we can roll out a proper hybrid theme. Notice that the Forum link still gets fixed after the page loads.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2014, 04:57 GMT


Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
Travis Evans  Account Info

It's something we have under consideration. I can't say anything officially at this point either way, however.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2014, 05:17 GMT

Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
German Kuznetsov  Account Info

Nice April fools Joke :)

Reply to this comment    3 April 2014, 21:26 GMT

Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
princetonlion Account Info

It is?

Reply to this comment    4 April 2014, 20:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
princetonlion Account Info

What does fake news mean anyways?

Reply to this comment    5 April 2014, 14:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
DJ_Omnimaga Account Info
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It's when ticalc posts a news article that is fake, although some fake news are actually partially real and just meant to be funny or sarcastic, like the Calc.org 2006 "redesign".

Reply to this comment    5 April 2014, 21:18 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
princetonlion Account Info

Thanls

Reply to this comment    6 April 2014, 17:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
German Kuznetsov  Account Info

link please?

Reply to this comment    9 April 2014, 21:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
DJ_Omnimaga Account Info
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See link attached to this post. However, without context it's hard to understand the joke anymore. Basically, the site was on the verge of closing because the actual redesign was going nowhere, then one day, it started redirecting to a water gun website (sscentral.org or something) by the one in charge of calc.org redesign.

Reply to this comment    10 April 2014, 02:22 GMT


Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
German Kuznetsov  Account Info

LOL thx i have not gotten as many re:re:re:s on an un-nerdy forum as i have now. :)
PS yes it is a joke :)

Reply to this comment    8 April 2014, 23:17 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
princetonlion Account Info

You might of gotten the replies due to me being a NOOB at Ticalc.

Reply to this comment    9 April 2014, 19:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Introducing ticalc forums, powered by Cemetech
princetonlion Account Info

Also, I just read the Cemetech version. SO it is a joke. Too bad.

Reply to this comment    25 April 2014, 23:01 GMT

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