Feature Cleanup

Jan 9 2017, 12:04 PM

We're looking forward into the new year. As JFH has grown and changed over the years so have the needs of forum administrators and their members. The result? Some features and modules are rarely, or sparsely used. This is for a variety of reasons -- sometimes they have been eclipsed by newer features, they are outdated, or simply not of use in today's web.

Without any spin: we are going to be removing some features that less than 2% of our active boards even have enabled, and less than 0.5% are even "utilizing."

Out of respect for those still using these features, we are not doing this at the time of posting, and instead have marked them as deprecated with a notice for the last month or so. This is to let everyone know these features will be removed soon.

There is no time frame for them to be pulled - you do not have to worry about this for now, as this would be months, possibly a year down the line for some features before they are taken out. We will continue to check on the usage levels of these features and remove them accordingly. Our schedules will adjust as well based on any feedback to this post.

Here is a list of the features that have been deprecated and will eventually be removed, as of 1/9/17

  • IPBookie System -- removed as of 2/25/2017
  • DL System -- removed as of 3/4/2017
  • Army System -- removed as of 4/2/2017
  • IPDynamic Lite -- removed as of 3/4/2017
  • Navigation Bar Set-up
  • Ad Removal (not premium) -- removed from Admin CP 1/23/2017, credit system still active.
  • RSS Feeds -- removed 1/23/2017
  • Lo-Fi Version
  • Search Engine Spiders (ACP, not their recognition)
  • Lottery
  • Hack Attack Logs and 'Secure Login' settings - these are handled more internally now via our own heuristics.
  • My Assistant (Already replaced by alert system - but will be removed entirely if not enabled).
As always, we are not going to stop adding features and working on JFH. But a cleaner code base is always easier to work with -- and less clutter in the Admin CP makes things more clear for both current and new administrators.

We apologize if you are utilizing one or more of these features and urge you to reach out to us if this will critically affect you. This will help us adjust our time frames in the future for removal and we may also be able to help you find a better solution for your needs.

We have ALSO deprecated the "Profile Templates" section of the Admin CP -- but I have not included it in the less than 1% category. Many users are still operating out of this section, so it will be a long time before it is removed. However, a notice is displayed to urge moving their template over to the new HTML Templates system -- which for most is a quick copy and paste.

Thank you for your continued support as we go forward into another new year!


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