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Asa3,249 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today
Edit: Just looked at Firefox and the link is added automatically as a "shopping link addded by SkimWords". So it's an ad basically and means nothing.

Eugh, keyword advertising! I take back all I said Smile

Hang on, that was just a test import?

Hmm, a bit odd. Presumably they will have regular backups which could have been used to test a migration, rather than making the site read only for that length of time.
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John Koenig46 posts since 15 Dec 2016
London London
If they have already completed a migration, why not move over to the new forum? why keep using the old one meaning another migration has to be done.

Guessing there are issues.

Yep. As mentioned in Pad's post two above yours:
Quote:
We identified a few issues that we can now iron out


I think it's more problematic than they claim. Confused
NeilWilkes1 post since 1 Feb 2017 new member
London London
What's scary is next week it will be 16 years to the day since I first signed up to DS... which is more than half of my life. Of course the site's changed dramatically (and gone badly downhill) in that time.

In fact when I first joined, Digitalspy was just the forums, the news was a separate site called Diginews. It didn't all come until the Digitalspy name until some point in 2001.


And I remember you Smile

From memory we (re)launched the forums under the Digital Spy brand in March 2000 before packing all of those old diginews sites up into DS about a year later.

It's a little saddening to read some comments on this thread from old school users who felt progressively isolated over the years, as media and broadcasting was the genesis of the site and remained a key, albeit smaller, part of it when I left around six years ago. (On my new venture I still look for us to cover broadcasting articles, no matter how tenuous the link!)

For what it's worth I felt we used to do a good job of maintaining the two spheres of our site - internally we used to brand the entertainment and media content 'purple zone' and 'red zone' - and the showbiz content we did cover at the time was deliberately as down-the-line, as "BBC", as we could make it.

As I say that was six years ago though and the site has since changed dramatically in several ways - editorial style, remit of content covered, design, staff, etc - not to mention the online environment is a much, much tougher atmosphere for publishers to thrive in. Aaaaaaand it wouldn't really be my place to comment on any of that Cool
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Ste943 posts since 22 Jun 2001
Granada BBC World
What's scary is next week it will be 16 years to the day since I first signed up to DS... which is more than half of my life. Of course the site's changed dramatically (and gone badly downhill) in that time.

In fact when I first joined, Digitalspy was just the forums, the news was a separate site called Diginews. It didn't all come until the Digitalspy name until some point in 2001.


Just checked my join date 04-03-2000, so 17 years next month, also more than half my life!