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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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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.

- Cricket and Your Community Team
 

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They always tell you how great it going to be and then when the change, nobody’s happy. Then they tell how great it’s going to be when the kinks are worked out.
 

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I foresee major problems in the near future.
 

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One of the other sites I visit as much as I visit here is also owned by verticalscope and they changed formats a few months ago. It was a complete chit show and the site continues to have issues.
I wish I could optimistically say what's coming is going to be better. Thats unfortunately not the case.
I always try to be positive as I was when everyone at the other site was complaining before and during the change. I gave it a chance. Many here are not going to like whats coming.

If they are moving to Xenforo forum software then many here are probably not going to like the change.

Here is a list of forums running Xenforo...
https://xenforo.com/community/threads/the-large-xenforo-forums-list.87974/
 

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We need a backup plan. If the forum disappears, we all meet at Zigs house in Ziggidyville. I've got it stored in my Magellan.
 

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Hopefully the people behind this will run a parallel test site, instead of simply "throwing the switch and seeing what breaks".

Personally I think the current NGF site runs fairly well, and as the old saying goes, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
 

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I agree. It's not like there are a million users here, there's just a handful of regulars, and a handful of hit and runs at any time. We don't need no upgrade.
 

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I've worked 30+ years in IT, and seen just about everything. Most changes are usually unnecessary, and bought about by people who either want something they are familiar with (instead of learning an already established system), or they are trying to "justify" why they are being paid.
 

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I've worked 30+ years in IT, and seen just about everything. Most changes are usually unnecessary, and bought about by people who either want something they are familiar with (instead of learning an already established system), or they are trying to "justify" why they are being paid.

That. Just like government.
 

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A big part of the move is for the future of the site. We are using old software here that is no longer supported by it's developer, which means if/when something major were to break, there wouldn't be much we could do. Better to make the move when things haven't already been lost. The new software is based in Xenforo, but it's one that we custom built with that software's developer, and it's one where we have full access to alter and repair without needing to rely on outside support

Kevin
 

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Good to hear. I didn't like the look of what I saw, but if you're going to tweak it to suit your "audience", that's good.
 

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When is the swap over going to take place? We went through a swap from Phpb to Xenfro of a forum I was one of the admins on and it was a learning curve for us. The end out come was good for both us and the users.
 

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Just in case I dont remeber my user name and pass word ---its been nice lurking and giving a little imput. Really enjoy the memes and funny picts and will miss them if shtf and cant get back in.
 
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