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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AG_admin » Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:47 am

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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby signalpuke » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:27 am

XenForo?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby daveb91 » Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:11 pm

Thank you...I never doubted this would happen ...not one bit, should be the best thing to ever happen here...
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby BrakeExpert » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:38 pm

All those words didnt tell us one thing. Guess we will find out if its got that capcha junk, popups, and login problems after it happens. One word of warning: Honda-tech.com . Don't forget the screwup there :P
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby signalpuke » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:45 pm

BrakeExpert wrote:All those words didnt tell us one thing. Guess we will find out if its got that capcha junk, popups, and login problems after it happens. One word of warning: Honda-tech.com . Don't forget the screwup there :P

Different company. Expect a lot of old threads to be bumped (which might be fun) and a different user interface. The current forum software pretty much has everything they are going to add, but with dumb [crud] on the right side of the screen trying to navigate you to a forum for airfrying or some [crud]. uBlockOrigin will block 99% of all the [crud], just disable cosmetic filtering and the site will work fine.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AttackCRX » Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:38 am

I like it just the way it is. If I wanted ads, I'd go to another forum. Oh wait....you need revenue, from an outdated CRX forum..
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AG_admin » Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:48 pm

Ad presence will be pretty much the same as it is now, just different locations.

The new software will be based in Xenoforo 2, but will be a custom version of it that we developed ourselves with them. This means we will have a lot more freedom to fix, alter, and customize then we currently do

We have been doing these migrations to sites in our network for almost 2 years now, and there are very few issues to sites after the transition. We will also have staff on hand to help guide and explain the new methods and fix any issues that do come up, which will hopefully be between few and none

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby jzxcrx » Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:55 pm

Will we lose any of the old stuff? Hope not!
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby signalpuke » Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:13 pm

I'm not familiar with any other phpBB forums that were transitioned to XenForo, but the vB boards seem to have transitioned smoothly. Board layout will likely be changed up, there will be some random 'advertisers' in the Vendor Classifieds section. New users will have to post 30-50 times before they can PM or use the Classifieds section. Threads from 20 years ago will be advertised as 'related content' at the end of every thread. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby AG_admin » Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:13 am

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I want to give you an update on the process I use once the site goes live with the new platform.

The night before the site goes live you will see an announcement from me that the site will be going live soon. Once the actual process starts, the site will be in read-only mode while the team does the migration from the old platform to the new one.

Once it goes live you will see an announcement thread created here in this section. All questions and feedback about the new platform should be posted ONLY in that thread.

  • You will see me reply to the thread introducing myself.
  • I will add a new signature and avatar to the admin account.
What should you be doing now before this happens?

  • Make sure your email address is up to date in your account.
  • If you don't remember your password, now would be a good time to reset it. Save the information.
  • The link that displays all your attachments in your user control panel will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to save images that are important to you.
When Will This All Happen?

crxcommunity.com is currently scheduled for August 25, 2021. HOWEVER, the schedule is very fluid, so that could change depending on any complications or schedule changes. I am simply giving you a heads up.

As your dedicated support, during the transition, I will be here with you multiple times a day, answering questions and listening to feedback.

My only request is that you remain patient with me while we work through the changes. :)

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby daveb91 » Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:00 pm

Will you be trimming down the admin/mod list to more active people. The people that still show up are working well but some are not even logging in.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby Baker » Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:28 am

AG_admin wrote:[*]The link that displays all your attachments in your user control panel will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts.


Not sure what that means or what you're referring to.

daveb91 wrote:Will you be trimming down the admin/mod list to more active people. The people that still show up are working well but some are not even logging in.


:word:
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby nihkon » Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:41 pm

daveb91 wrote:Will you be trimming down the admin/mod list to more active people. The people that still show up are working well but some are not even logging in.

What is it that you feel is not currently being handled that you think we need more active staff for?

Baker wrote:
AG_admin wrote:[*]The link that displays all your attachments in your user control panel will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts.


Not sure what that means or what you're referring to.

Currently, in your "User Panel", there is a "Manage Attachments" tab (within the "Overview" tab) that shows all the images that you've attached to posts.

They're saying that tab will no longer be available, but it won't affect the attachments themselves.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby daveb91 » Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:39 am

Nikon wasn't towards you because you are active..but the admin/mod list just needs cleaned up. Nothing has gone untouched spam is removed fairly quickly there is just some dead weight..
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby Baker » Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:17 am

nihkon wrote:They're saying that tab will no longer be available, but it won't affect the attachments themselves.


How long has that been there? I've never even noticed it, if it has been there all these years. :lol:
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New Forum Software Coming to the Site

Postby nihkon » Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:20 pm

daveb91 wrote:Nikon wasn't towards you because you are active..but the admin/mod list just needs cleaned up. Nothing has gone untouched spam is removed fairly quickly there is just some dead weight..

:-)b

Baker wrote:How long has that been there? I've never even noticed it, if it has been there all these years. :lol:

Lol. It's been there since they installed the option to add attachments to posts, back in September 2020.
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