We've modernized! It's a new Penn State basketball world! Our old forum hadn't adapted for modern browsers, let alone for mobile use. So we've brought our own messages over (as best we could -- private messages couldn't make the journey), matched our structure as best we could, and flipped the switch.
- SSL - usernames and passwords will be encrypted before being transmitted
- Mobile happiness - much easier to follow/contribute from the arena!
- "Live" message threads that will make things better for in-game threads - no more refreshing, updates will be pushed out to you
- Much more: Read about Discourse, the platform, here: http://www.discourse.org/about/
We'll improve the UncleLar Recruiting Matrix and the Scholarship Matrix after a bit of a re-work there, too.
The blog may be going away. We started it in the last 90s, before the term "blogging" had been coined, when news about Penn State basketball was hard to come by, impossible outside Central Pennsylvania. With energetic sites like RLR and others entering the fray over the years, that's not needed.
There will be struggles. We become attached to our user interfaces, even when they're not that fundamentally sound. I appreciate everyone's efforts to embrace this change, because without you ... we really have nothing.
I didn't run a fundraising drive this past spring because I knew this change was coming. I wanted everyone to give this a chance before deciding whether to contribute. I've dropped a couple grand into the change, so if things remain dynamic, I'll try to get some of that back in a drive later in the season.