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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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

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Will we still be able to use Tapatalk? I’ve noticed that migrations frequently break Tapatalk use.


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There are some changes that as users we'll all have to get used to.

I'm a member over at the SmithAndWessonForums.com site. We went through the change about 4 months ago. There are a number of differences, and the appearance is very different.

Unfortunately, stability of the site hasn't been that great, with it periodically unable to access it's database.

Overall, I think it's better - but I am pretty adaptable to changes. Some members left the site over it.
 

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So, IOW the owners don't give a **** about what the users like.:rolleyes::roadrage:
This, I'm afraid :money:

There are some changes that as users we'll all have to get used to.

I'm a member over at the SmithAndWessonForums.com site. We went through the change about 4 months ago. There are a number of differences, and the appearance is very different.

Unfortunately, stability of the site hasn't been that great, with it periodically unable to access it's database.

Overall, I think it's better - but I am pretty adaptable to changes. Some members left the site over it.
I've been thru 2 other sites where this happened & both lost a lot of great members & even some of the mods & admins !

Sucks that Verticalscope is scooping up all the smaller independent forums and trying to create a monopoly. Just Google the company & read about the players (management) if you want to get a feel for what they are doing.
 

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It seems they BUY websites, fill them with ads and offer marginal support. Will the same admins and mods even be here? From the original post it came across to me as a software change. End of an era, wish I woulda found it sooner.
 

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Looking forward to hundred of new threads in Chinese, broken search, and not being able to see anything except post titles in Chinese characters. Also the chance to close out the Vertical Scope banner, links to past threads opening a web browser in Tapatalk and many more hijinks.
 

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Change is inevitable, I mean tomorrow is Friday, even though I like Thursday just like it is. :D
 

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I have no idea what most of you guys are referring to with these proposed changes. Just finding this forum, and learning how to navigate it, was a tremendous accomplishment for me;)

From the responses I’ve read from those of you, who are much more tech savvy than I, it sounds like someone is getting ready to pizz down my leg, and tell me it’s raining.

If, during or after the change, I am unable to continue as a member, it has been great knowing you guys. I put finding SigTalk, in the first place, way up on the list of life’s lucky breaks.

I would not be opposed to sharing emails with some of you. Some:lol:
 
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