After a considerable amount of work, we're pleased to announce that the next iteration of OrangePolitics is now entering a public beta. Please check it out and let us know what you think! Feel free to log in, mess around, look for old content, and try out posting and commenting! The site reflects a pull of our current database which I made about a week ago. Related, if you have recently changed your password, the change may not be reflected on the new site; if you're having trouble logging in, let me know and I'd be happy to help!
Do note that when we say beta, we mean it. Things may break, disappear without warning, and there may be downtime while we perform testing, maintenance, and feature upgrades. All content posted to the beta site will be deleted before the final release, so if you've got something important to say that you want to make sure gets saved, make sure you post it on the current site (here). Anything posted to the current OP site (posts, events, comments, etc.) will be imported to the new site when we make the final transition.
It is worth noting that, although we have referred to this project as an upgrade, from a technical perspective it is not an upgrade, but the creation of a new site to which the old content has been imported. This method was chosen because of a number of technical issues with performing a direct upgrade due to legacy issues with the old site. I point this out mostly because there may be some things which we haven't recreated yet, and if you notice some features or content which is missing, please let us know! Just because a feature isn't on the new site yet doesn't mean it won't be there at launch, but let us know anyway just to be sure that we include it.
The new site at this point does not implement many new features from the user perspective (yet), but rather, will offer us the framework to do cool new things in the future. I'm excited about some of the things that the platform will allow (especially my desire to add some new mapping features) but most of them are still a little bit further down the road. That said, there are certainly some new tools which Drupal 7 brings will be helpful to the editors, in the form of crucial security updates, spam blocking, content management tools, and similar features, that will hopefully allow them to spend more time on content-related work.
Please post your comments, concerns, and wishlist here. I’m also happy to help answer any questions on a one-on-one basis via email if you are having trouble with your account or other issues.