I’ve got a couple of announcements to make:
1. I’m going to move from comment moderation on the Tracks site, to requiring membership to make comments. I’m hoping that this will be more effective in reducing spam, and will require less intervention from me as a moderator. To facilitate this, I’ve added a login form to the top of every page. The membership is the same as for the forum and wiki, so if you have already signed up for either of those, just sign in with your username and password. If you have uploaded an avatar, it should also show that avatar against your name if you make a comment. I’m also creating a bug tracker within the Tracks website, so you will also be able to use the same credentials to create tickets and comment on tickets that others have created.
2. I’ve got to move the entire Tracks site (and my own blog) to a new server over Christmas. In the process, I’ll have to disable the current site, Trac, forum and mailing list for a short while so that I don’t lose any data in the move. I’ll try to make that period as short as possible, but it depends on the process going smoothly! So if you see a notice that the site is down over the next few days, don’t be surprised. When it is finished, we should get faster page loading and experience much greater stability.
3. When this process is all over, Tracks will get its own, shiny new domain at long last: http://www.getontracks.org/ I’ll redirect the old site to the new one, but it would be a good idea to update your bookmarks when the process is finished too.
Wish me luck! It’s a bit of a complex process, and I’m fairly scared of messing things up!