Upcoming changes to musescore.org
In January we released an upgraded musescore.com site. While it looked as if it was just a cosmetic change, the site codebase was in fact completely rewritten from the ground up. We are now doing the same rewrite for the musescore.org site and aim to put the new site in place in the coming months. A more precise timing will be given once we get into the testing phase.
Performing a complete overhaul of the MuseScore sites is necessary for several reasons. New consumption patterns (mobile and touch first) and new security standards are just two of them. But also renewed caching and anti spam strategies are required to sustain further growth of the sites for the coming years. Finally, for musescore.org specifically, we want to drastically improve the first time experience (landing, download, install, getting started, extend with plugins, soundfonts, styles, ...), the navigation and search system to find your way around the available resources (forum, handbook, howto's, tutorials, ...), as well as the content revisioning and translation system.
To make all of this happen, we will be using version 8.3 of the Drupal content management system which is due for April this year. We need to be on this cutting edge version as it comes with the translation features we need for translating the handbook. Unfortunately aiming on state of the art software sometimes means there are casualties, which is in this particular case the issue tracker.
Although Drupal 8 was already released 1.5 years ago, a port of the issue tracker module for version 8 is not available yet. What's more, it hasn't even been started. And with Drupal 6 coming to end of life by the end of this month, we can't wait any longer and a decision needs to be made. So the issue tracker on musescore.org will be closed and will move to the one on github. This is not happening today, as we are still figuring out the modalities. We'll post a follow up in this thread once things are in place.
If you have questions or remarks, don't hesitate to post them in a comment.