Apple’s online support Discussions boards blipped out briefly this weekend after the site was allegedly hit by a malicious attack — and that’s when Apple quietly announced that “Apple Discussions is becoming Apple Support Communities“.

“Very soon a major change will be taking place here at Apple Discussions. To help you prepare we have created some documents to give some insight and instructions on this major upgrade,” Apple informs on its website.

These communities seem set to be a lot more social, with user profile, biographies, user images and the ability to “Personalize your homepage, select your preferences, add widgets.”

In the past, Apple’s Discussion forums have often become places were new product testers (customers) of first-generation products note product failings or weaknesses. You can find some (fairly general) information on how the new Discussions will work right here.

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