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Update on the old forum archive

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Update on the old forum archive

Posted by Lisa Miles on Jan 14, 2020 9:37 am

Hi all

I have some news regarding the archive of the old posts in the previous forum (powered by Fusetalk)

The Fusetalk software will finally go offline permanently by the end of January 2020 meaning that it will no longer be available or searchable. As we’ve said previously the software is no longer supported and now poses a serious cybersecurity concern.

There will be a short length of time where discussions within the old forum will not be available while an archive is being prepared.  We suggest if there are any discussions you wish to keep for reference, that you save a copy of it before the end of January.

It has also been requested that we only archive the conversations posted on the old forum since the release of the 18th Edition Wiring regs (i.e. from July/August 2018) so that out-of-date regs information is not made available. So again, if there are any past conversations that you wish to keep a copy of then we’d recommend that you do so before the end of January.

Any questions please ask or email us at community-online@theiet.org
 
Lisa Miles - Online Community Manager, Engineering Communities

Re: Update on the old forum archive

Posted by ebee on Jan 17, 2020 8:46 am

Yes there is a weatlh of info on this old forum derived from qualifications, skill and practice down the ages. Taught not in a textbook way but from experience. Much of it is relevant and the 18th does not alter it`s overall relevance. A lot is given by the giants of this forum whose shoulders we stand on. Please do not remove this excellent source of reference

Re: Update on the old forum archive

Posted by Paul Skyrme on Jan 28, 2020 4:03 pm

Lisa Miles‍, Amanda Weaver‍, Leon Markwell,‍ Mark Coles‍,
Please review the deletion of the information on the old forum, whilst the view on information being current is important, surely the charitable remit of the IET is to educate, and there is much information there to educate many.
After all, the laws of physics are unchanged...
Paul Skyrme MEng, BSc(Hons), IEng, MIET, MSOE, MBES, SIIRSM, TechIOSH, CMSE®. #e5 Founder Member

Re: Update on the old forum archive

Posted by Martynduerden on Jan 28, 2020 5:36 pm

It would be a devastating loss for the industry to lose this volume of information, whilst there is clearly information on there which is no longer relevant it remains a huge educational and reference tool for both new industry entrants and existing members with depleting brain cells and capacity!

Please reconsider this decision.

Thanks

Martyn

Re: Update on the old forum archive

Posted by Lisa Miles on Jan 30, 2020 4:01 pm

Hi All

Just a quick reminder that the old Fusetalk powered forum may suddenly disappear as of tomorrow and to reassure you that we do have a copy of the content database with all of the topics and threads etc.

There are still discussions being had as to what format the archive will take and how far back the content in the archive will go but rest assured that we do have a full copy of the 45,000 or so topics that the old forum contained. 👍
Lisa Miles - Online Community Manager, Engineering Communities

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