SOE has been transitioning their official game forums to new software, and next on the slate is EverQuest II. When this change occurs on November 9, 2012, the old forums will become locked and read-only for a limited period of time. Players will need to re-register on the new forums. SOE will not be transferring any of the old forum posts over, but we have word that Feldon at EQ2Wire has been working on backing up every post over there. We'll keep you updated once he makes his backup available!
The full announcement is available after the jump.
As you may have heard through the grapevine, EverQuest II is getting new forums. We are excited to announce that we have an official date for our transition to this awesome new forum system that will run smoother, faster, and have great new features included.
Our forum transition date is Friday, November 9th, 2012!
As a result of this transition, users of our current forums will need to create a new account once the new forums go live.
To help you understand this transition, here are answers to a few commonly asked questions (shamelessly stolen from Piestro who stole them from Brasse...):
1. We will be archiving the old forums as read-only for a period of at least several months (several being more than two). This should allow everyone plenty of time to retreive what they want and need from the old forums. We are NOT going to keep them forever, but we'll provide 30 days notice before we do take them offline. For EverQuest II, the only part of the old forums that will remain open will be the Chains of Eternity Beta forums. You will be able to continue to post your feedback in the Beta forums through expansion launch. At that time, they will transition to read-only like the rest of the old forums.
2. For those of you who want to copy the ENTIRE old forums content for perpetuity, feel free to do so. (Some of you have started doing this already!) While we technically "own" the content, it is already publicly available and contains no private information.
3. Forumites will need to register for the new forums. Sorry guys, there is no way around this as we cannot manually transfer your data. Yes, this means you will have to request your "handle" again; these forum names will necessarily be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, as we have no way for folks to reserve names in advance.
4. For the first two weeks, if someone "steals" your handle, and especially if this is done with the intent to impersonate you, contact email@example.com. Our Forum Admin will be able to look up old forum data and make a call on an individual basis on the request. There is only one Forum Admin, so please be patient with your request if an issue does arise.
We look forward to seeing you on the new forums!
Source: EQII Forums