Esteemed Foundry community, as you have hopefully noticed as you read this Tamriel Foundry has arrived at our glorious new long-term home on the common Foundry platform which will power both Tamriel Foundry and our recently launched Ashes of Creation sister site, Ashen Foundry, for years to come!
We are therefore extremely pleased to announce the creation of the Foundry Network which units these communities under a common platform with shared social systems. I am confident that this migration will have great benefits for the health and happiness of this community. The new Foundry platform is built in Django, a Python web framework, which empowers me to build some great features which will benefit both Foundry sites.
There was a significant amount of work required in order to achieve this migration, so I'd like to thank the many close friends of the Foundry who provided their assistance and advice while preparing for the move. I'd like to particularly thank @Latin, whose thorough feedback and testing assistance was extremely valuable.
If you're interested in learning more about what changes to expect, read on! Also, if you would like to get more involved with the Foundry community you are more than welcome to join our Discord Server where you can chat directly with other Foundry members.
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and the home-page of the site which is a separate "blog", authored by a limited subset of individuals (many of whom are no longer active in the ESO community).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.
Beefier Web Host - As part of the migration process the site has moved to a new hardware stack on AWS. That improved hardware stack conveys numerous benefits including a more powerful web host, separation of web and database servers, and a better performing Redis memory cache. In short, Tamriel Foundry site performance and responsiveness should be a strong suit of the platform moving forward!
Frequently Asked Questions
HELP! My ___ is broken!
If you encounter anything which isn't working as you would expect, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to [email protected], send me a private message, or ping me on Discord (Atropos#3814). I promise to work quickly to help iron out any issues that you might encounter.
Why is this happening now?
This was a great time to do the migration. We've been hard at work building new features for Ashen Foundry and really wanted to share those same improvements with the Tamriel Foundry community. The hard work behind this migration allows us to have a single shared user database, benefit from the same improved content model which puts YOU as the content creator right on the front page, and improve the ease of long-run maintainability for both sites by unifying them under a common code-base.
What happened to ___ feature from old TF that I really liked?
Some Tamriel Foundry features were not included in the migration. That being said almost anything that at one point existed on Tamriel Foundry can be re-created on the new platform if there is enough community interest to justify the effort. If you have feedback, please don't hesitate to share in our Suggestions, Bugs, and Feedback thread.
Not Everything Survived
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.
Thank you all for your long-time support of the Tamriel Foundry community. I hope you all find the changes to your liking!