We're going to be performing a massive code upgrade at some point over the next week or two. This will result in pretty much every piece of code on the site being modified, including the back-end database.
What you need to do:
When you first log in after this upgrade, you will be required to reset your password. This just means clicking a link, then checking your email and following directions - but that means your email address needs to be up to date!!! To ensure everything goes smoothly for you, please go to your User CP, then click on "Edit Profile" and then the "Edit Email & Password" button. Be sure you have access to the email address you find there! If that's an old email address, be sure to update it. You will also probably want to download your Avatar and Signature graphics - just in case things go sideways and you need to re-upload things.
What to expect:
We expect this upgrade will result in about 6 hours of down time, during which visitors to the site will see a notice about the upgrade. We're going to try to process the upgrade this coming week, but if things aren't working in time, we may have to move the upgrade out to next week. You also may notice that some forums are being consolidated for better organization.
Things will look different, and some features (reviews, chat, etc) may not work properly for a few days or weeks while we attempt to figure out what's broken and repair things.
Here at CAA, we've been wanting to do this upgrade for about 5 years now, but we've been putting it off for various reasons. However, the recent security hole and resulting bot flood (you know, the one that's forced us to disable new user registrations) has turned this into an emergency and we're going to have upgrade quickly.
We're taking this opportunity to radically alter the way code is structured. For those of you who are professional programmers, we're implementing a revision control system to allow better collaboration and quicker security patching. We've wanted to do this for a long time, we first deployed this code so long ago, there literally wasn't really any feasible way to do it. Even though we're in emergency upgrade mode, we want to make sure we take advantage of this down time and make things even more awesome!
This weekend, we've been working really hard behind the scenes and going through all the steps of this upgrade several times (on a backup copy of the server) - to try and make sure there are as few problems as possible when we migrate the live data. We think we've got a pretty good handle on the scope of the upgrade, so we're making the announcement now. If things change, we'll make any announcements we need to here.
Thank you to everyone for understanding,