on so-called upgrades…
Over the years I’ve been a member of a few internet forums. At least two of them have been through serious ‘upgrades’ and I thought that their mistakes may serve as a good reference for any future software upgrades that I am involved in.
- Test, a lot. Forum A lost members rapidly because they their new service was frequently unavailable (and, even worse, slow).
- Give users fair warning. Both forums A and B upgraded without any communication with their users. One day I logged on and everything had changed. I cannot exaggerate the ruckus and even rage that created.
- Do not assume you know how software features are used. Forum B took away functionality. I don’t expect Forum B to retain more than 10% of it’s original community.