Dear Community Members,
Over the past few years, updates to the forum software introduced challenges in usability and performance. Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance have revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses, making it increasingly difficult and frustrating to support and upgrade to more modern, reliable standards that users deserve. In addition, our advertising experience and certain ad partners have further degraded the site's functionality. We do not want this experience for you or the community.
Members want a fast site that performs well across all devices, 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 implement a new platform to meet this community's needs better 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 necessary changes so the migration goes smoothly. However, 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 questions and provide support through this change.
I bet you're thinking, "What does this mean for the community and me?" It means change, but it will help solve most 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. 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 app! Security and user privacy will continue to be a top priority.
When will this be happening? Soon! We recognize the member experience is slow, and there are bugs from the outdated software.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 see activity related to cleanup to prepare for migration shortly. We will post an announcement to you and the community before starting the data migration. Once the migration begins, the site will go into maintenance mode and read-only while they migrate the data.
We appreciate each member's contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you.
- Community Support