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Dear Community Members,

Over the past few years we have been working to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance on this platform. We’ve worked to develop a new, faster site that performs well across all devices, allows easily sharing knowledge on a secure platform, and makes finding relevant and interesting content more simple.

We are implementing a new platform to better meet the needs of this community and that allows 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. The technology we use to host our communities is subject to continuous innovation, and by creating an environment that can be better controlled and maintained, we can push more frequent updates and improvements to the platform.

Preparations We’re Making

The next step in this process is to prepare the site for migration to a new platform. You may notice some general maintenance tasks to ensure that there is no outdated or obsolete data that could conflict with the new platform structure or new features added to the site.

We will also be going through the site and documenting any links/articles and stand-alone content that may not migrate. For content that is still relevant but cannot be migrated in its current form, we will be placing that information into threads or archiving it. Rest assured, that even if data is not visible after migration, it is all backed up for consideration after migration. If there is a specific area that you are concerned about, please let us know.

What’s Next?

I bet you’re thinking, “What does this mean for me and the community?” It does mean change, but moving to a new, more stable platform 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. With the new platform, page speed will be much faster, uploading an image or video will be easier and streamlined, and user privacy and site security are much improved within the newer system.

When will this be happening? You may already start to see activity related to cleanup in preparation for migration over the coming year. While we can’t promise that migration will occur within a given time frame as of yet, due to some of the challenges of preparation and workflow being tough to predict, know that we are working to make this happen for the community. However if we can get this platform updated sooner, we will make every effort to update in a timely manner.

What Can You Do To Be Prepared


  • 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 on the site will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to browse through the attachment list (if applicable) to see if you want to add anything from there to your albums for easy access later.
Thank you for your attention and we hope to build a better home for this community to thrive.

- Your Community Management Team.
 

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It would be nice if you could get rid of the spammer that's been putting in these iPhone ads in the main forum over the last few weeks.

If you can't even get the basics right, how is a new platform going to be any better?
 

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If you're too busy with busy work, how about appointing someone here to deal with the spammers? :baby:

I recommend: pm-r ... Dr.G. ... Macfury ... CubaMark, all reliable people who attend the forum often.
 

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I recommend: pm-r ... Dr.G. ... Macfury ... CubaMark, all reliable people who attend the forum often.

Thanks for volunteering me 18m2, but I wouldn't have a clue as to where to start, but I do have a Delete Key, but I would probably get pretty tired of pressing it trying to get rid of the SPAMMER.

One thing I would suggest to the admins while they are doing their upgrade and improvements to the site, and that is to make the text windows MUCH narrower than many of them are now, and make it possible for the window to be made narrower and allow the text to flow and wrap and follow suit.

The text on many posts here often end up being fixed at around 170± characters line length and usually won't wrap to less than about 150± characters per line. Very annoying and hard to read.

The line length used to be around 80± characters as I recall, which was comfortable and easy to read in a text window.

As an example, the VSAdmin post above shows on my iMac at about 125-140 characters per line for the narrowest text wrap to occur, almost twice the length of most recommended paragraph reading widths.

And I am reading this on a 27 inch iMac, Lord only knows how people are reading it on their iPad or iPhone??? Or maybe the text just wraps better on those devices.


- Patrick
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If you can please make sure the new format is available for Tapatalk, that would be most appreciated.


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