Esteemed Foundry community, I have some exciting news to share about upcoming changes for Tamriel Foundry. I am working on plans to migrate Tamriel Foundry to a new platform which will have a lot of great benefits for the health and happiness of this community.
As some of you may already know, I have recently launched a sister site, Ashen Foundry, which is a newly formed community following the early development of Ashes of Creation. Ashen Foundry is built on a new technology platform (Django) which is empowering me to build some great features which I very much want to bring as upgrades to the community here on Tamriel Foundry. After a lot of deliberation about the best way to accomplish that, I am excited to share that we are creating the Foundry Network which will unite these two communities with a common platform and shared systems.
There is a significant amount of work required to carefully prepare and test this migration, so it will be some time before this change actually affects Tamriel Foundry (probably some time in January or February), but I wanted to share these plans with the community so you all know what is coming and what to expect. If you’re interested in learning more about what changes to expect, read on!
There are a number of key benefits of the migration, but also some downsides. I want to share some detail on the expected changes.
Shared User Network – Both sites will share a common user database with shared social features. Your current Tamriel Foundry username and password will continue to work, but the same user account will also be used if you decide to participate in the Ashen Foundry community. Social systems like Private Messages or Notifications will be common across the entire network.
Improved Front-Page Content Model – Currently, there is a strong separation on Tamriel Foundry between the forums where the members of this community create and share excellent content and the home-page of the site which is a separate “blog”, authored by a limited subset of individuals (many of whom are no longer active in the ESO community). The content model on the new platform is handled very differently, there is no separation between the forums and the content displayed on the home page. What that means is that content creators in the community can create articles (topics) in the forum and the best articles will be automatically promoted to the front page. This will allow both for Tamriel Foundry to feature a much more active and healthy pipeline of content as well as giving the community members of the site with a cool opportunity to benefit from greater visibility of the content they create.
Platform for Ongoing Development – Perhaps the biggest advantage of migrating to this new platform is that it makes it much easier for me to develop new features that will benefit the Tamriel Foundry community. I want to continue adding value to Tamriel Foundry by deploying new features and supporting community member requests. This is difficult for me to support with the current platform both due to limitations in the technology as well as my own lack of interest in pursuing further WordPress development. Moving Tamriel Foundry to Django will give me a much more exciting sandbox within which to build that will empower me to add some long-requested features to Tamriel Foundry which can improve the quality of life for everyone who actively uses this site.
There Will Be Some Casualties
Not everything which is currently a feature of Tamriel Foundry will survive the migration. The cost of migrating some features may not justify the value that they add. Some features which I am currently considering abandoning during the migration process include:
The Interactive Map – This is a cool application which could be restored in the future, but given that the data is badly out of date and many newly added zones are not present, I am reluctant to migrate this to the new platform. That being said, if there is a member in the community who would like to champion the interactive map project, I am open to working with some of you to rejuvenate it and update for the current state of the game.
Activity Feed – The “Facebook” style activity feed doesn’t really fit into the paradigm of the new platform design, nor is it a frequently used page.
Guild Directory (Temporarily) – The effort to migrate guild functionality is somewhat higher than what is required for other content types. My current plans are to retain all of the Tamriel Foundry guild data, but reserve work on restoring a modified vision for guild functionality as a second phase of migration once core system migrations have completed.
Class Pages – There are lots of great resources for game information and our original vision for these pages was never realized. Some permanent pages which no longer have value for the current state of the game may be archived or removed.
Please Share Feedback
If you are an active user of Tamriel Foundry, please share any thoughts or comments you have on this plan. My key goal is to return to a path of improving the site and making it easier for this community to be successful. If you have any ideas about how best to achieve that, please let me know. Thank you all for your long-time support of the Tamriel Foundry community.
Best regards and happy holidays!