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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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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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A HUGE potential issue moving forward is photos that have been posted. This is a very, very visual board.

I truly hope the juice will be worth the squeeze.


Over the years we have lost photos due to image hosting services making changes - nothing can be done about that - out of your control. I understand.

Question 1 - Will the photos in threads that are visible today remain visible after the migration?

Question 2 - Will private messages that are currently in stored PMs be carried over? I have messages from dead friends I like to retain.

Question 3 - What DATE will this change occur? It wouldn't bother me if the migration happened AFTER the November 2020 election.



FWIW - I'm happy with this board the way it is. :rolleyes:
 

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I have to chime in about having a usable photo host on site. I have seen other sites "upgrade" and lose their photo hosting ability.

The common response is there are many free photo hosts on the web. My response is that I am not going to post firearm or firearm related pictures on a third party host that might not be firearm friendly. Tin foil hat syndrome? Nope, seen too many accounts canceled, too many photos vanish. Too many links stating "Link Not Found" months or years after the post.

Call me paranoid, but I like hosting firearm photos on the firearm forum site.

Otherwise, good luck with the upgrade. I have noticed slower start ups lately, but have been blaming my service provider. :D :D :D
 

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A HUGE potential issue moving forward is photos that have been posted. This is a very, very visual board.

I truly hope the juice will be worth the squeeze.


Over the years we have lost photos due to image hosting services making changes - nothing can be done about that - out of your control. I understand.

Question 1 - Will the photos in threads that are visible today remain visible after the migration?

Question 2 - Will private messages that are currently in stored PMs be carried over? I have messages from dead friends I like to retain.

Question 3 - What DATE will this change occur? It wouldn't bother me if the migration happened AFTER the November 2020 election.



FWIW - I'm happy with this board the way it is. :rolleyes:
Yes all photos that are currently visible on the site will still be visible after the migration. PM's will also be moved over in full.

Exact date will be announced closer to it, in case of delays.



All good here.

Will Tapatalk still work? I pay and use that for a no bs ad experience
Tapatalk will still be supported

Kevin
 

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Question 2 - Will private messages that are currently in stored PMs be carried over? I have messages from dead friends I like to retain.
Use vbulletin pm reader to keep them. It's what I use to keep my messages off akfiles, cause even as a paid member they don't give you enough PM storage. You just go into inbox, select all messages, download as xml and open up pm reader and import the xml in. Do the same for sent messages.

It's old, unsupported anymore, and free, it works. Just download, make a folder on your desktop, extract the .exe and run it and import the .xmls your download. I keep the exported xmls together in the same folder that way I can re import them if something ever happens.

for some reason it wont let me post a link to cnets site to the archived download, but just google search for it and it's in the first 2-3 results.
 
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Great...more problems that will ensue yet no administrators to fix them.... cant wait....
 

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Imbed videos an option?

Also site security? No need to let us get hacked like the other site.
Yes it will auto embed videos and have stronger security protocols than the current site.

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