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Dear Community Members,

Over the past year or two, there have been updates to the environment that have introduced challenges in usability and performance. Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses. This has made it increasingly difficult and frustrating to support and upgrade to more modern reliable standards that users deserve. Our advertising experience and certain ad partners have further degraded the functionality of the site. This is not the experience we want for the members of this community.

Members want a fast site that performs well across all devices, to be able to find relevant and interesting content, and easily share through text, images, video, and messaging on a secure platform. Our goal is to provide this ultimate user experience to all members.

We will be implementing a new platform to better meet the needs of this community and allow us to provide support more efficiently. Our focus is to create a sustainable platform that performs well, and loads faster on all devices, while offering seamless ways to search and connect. Technology is constantly innovating - by creating an environment that we control we can maintain the site with more frequent improvements and maintenance updates.

Although change can be difficult, we are here to support you through the process. We make every effort to review existing settings and make the changes needed so the migration goes smoothly. If you notice something doesn’t seem correct once the site goes live, don’t panic! We’ll have a dedicated person monitoring as the site goes live to answer any questions and provide support through this change.

What’s next?

I bet you’re thinking, “What does this mean for me and the community?” It does mean change, but it will help solve a large majority of the issues that this site may have been experiencing. We have reviewed reported issues, site statistics, traffic data, and user feedback to help us prioritize the changes and improvements. Uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined. Ad formatting will change with a new site layout. The site will be more responsive - there is no need to use a mobile skin or special app! Security and user privacy will continue to be a top priority.

When will this be happening? Soon! We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software. The sooner we can change that the better we can make the experience for you. You’ll start to see activity related to cleanup in preparation for migration very shortly. We will post an announcement to the community prior to starting the actual data migration. Once the migration begins, the site will go into maintenance mode and will be read-only while data is being migrated.

We appreciate each member’s contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you all.

- Community Support
 

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:smile:Thank you; had just made a comment to CWO this morning that this site sure was slow to load. Other than reading books on the ipad this site is about the only socializing I do so it would be nice faster.
 

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Since all "your" other forums have been and/or are being converted to the new software format, I knew this was coming. The new system is not faster, despite what it promises. Other than that I really hate it - as do a lot of other old folks. In fact, some have hated it so much that they completely dropped out of the other forums.

I HOPE people stay around even though the new format will be so totally alien to us older folks. GONE are the English word links and now there are series of dots and strange emoji things that you have to figure out. And when there are words, they are mostly different. For those of use who do not use cell phones, it was extremely challenging and painful.

I still don't like it but I'm sort of used to it. It is either use the new format or quit conversing with all of the truly wonderful people here.

I did have to re log in on both of the other forums I belong to that already made the switch - so it is a good idea to find that password that you stashed somewhere........because you'll probably be needing it. I also had to remove the saved cookie in my CCleaner and save a new one after logging into the new format.

Just a small heads up for my "fellow inmates."
 

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I have been using it on your some of your other sites. It takes a little getting used to, but overall I like it.
Since all "your" other forums have been and/or are being converted to the new software format, I knew this was coming.
Could one or both of you perhaps provide a link to one of the "other sites", so we could get a look at what we're in for?
 

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Ahhh, going to XenForo. I do agree, the stock Xenforo forum format leaves little to desire, but it can be setup very nice. I was a co-owner of an Android phone forum and we ran Xenforo, it was setup great and easy to navigate, just depends on the template it uses. Other than the crappy stock templates, Xenforo is a lot easier to update and offers a more stable, smoother user experience.
 

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It doesn't look like it's broken down into categories...just one long thread of posts? Is that right?

If you click on Home, it has different forums. I like the What's New, so I made that my link.
 
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