Forum Update & Style Change

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Forum Update & Style Change

Postby Joe » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:39 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for your patience during yesterday's upgrade debacle. I've spent some time working in IT, but whenever I have to get down and dirty with this phpBB software, it pushes me to my technological limits. So despite thinking more than once yesterday that I completely gassed the whole lot of board content, everything seems to be safe and sound. I can build rinks, but I think I'm learning that I cannot administer message boards. I'll accept that.

You've obviously noticed that the board style has changed a bit. We were using a 3-year-old version of the board software, and with the upgrade to the latest stable release, our old style is no longer supported. I like the look and feel of this one, although I'll need to fiddle around a bit more with things like the top banner and whatnot. Also, if you find anything that appears broken, strange-looking, or otherwise warrants attention, please shoot me a PM or email me at

Above all, thanks for adding your pictures, thoughts, questions, and expertise. What we're building is both a community and a database of rink thoughts and solutions, and it's been fun to see. I particularly love seeing the rink rookies from a couple years ago giving seasoned advice, which is how the backyard rink community thrives both in person, and on boards like this and others. Good stuff.

Finally, a thanks to the omnipresent KevMac, who is always around greeting new members, answering questions, and helping moderate the board. Couldn't do this without you!

Yours in cold weather,

I'm Joe from and

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