Time for a little housekeeping

We’ve got two announcements today about services we will be shutting down in the coming weeks. Their use has waned, and it’s time to put them out to pasture.

The Bitbucket Google Group

A few years ago we started this forum to allow our users to interact with each other and the Bitbucket developers. Since that time, much has changed and we’ve added many more avenues for getting help with Bitbucket as well as Atlassian’s other products. To that end, on 1, October 2013 we will permanently set this forum to read-only mode. In its place, we encourage you to use Atlassian Answers for the same questions you’ve always had. Answers has a few advantages over the forums, such as:

  • You aren’t talking to an empty room – Of all the questions posted on Answers, over 80 percent receive at least one answer, with almost half that answered within an hour!
  • Karma! – Points are awarded to our more active users. This establishes credibility in the community.
  • Atlassian swag – As you climb the Karma levels, you get free Atlassian swag like t-shirts, backpacks and jackets.
  • Built-in community – Since you’ll be posting in an Atlassian-wide forum, you can get help with topics like deployments, tagging, and other best practices by tapping the knowledge of the greater Atlassian community.
  • It’s FREE! – No explanation needed.

To sign up, simply visit https://answers.atlassian.com, click login, then sign up under the login boxes. Once your email is confirmed, you’ll have full access to Answers, not to mention all the Atlassian services linked with Atlassian ID, including: support.atlassian.com (for ALL support, including Bitbucket), jira.atlassian.com for bug reports for Atlassian’s other products, confluence.atlassian.com for leaving comments on our documentation, and more in the future.

Subversion to Mercurial bridge

For some time now, the Subversion to Mercurial bridge we offered hasn’t worked in numerous situations and cases. So, we’ll be shutting it down officially on 1, October 2013. This should only affect a very small group of users in the community, but it is important that they know this is coming.