Attention All Users - Upgrades Coming, Some Things Going Bye Bye

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  1. Tony_Bacala

    Tony_Bacala Car Robots Professional Administrator

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    Hey everyone,

    In the next week or 2 (hopefully), TFW2005 will be upgrading the 2005 Boards forum to new software. This is much needed and long overdue.

    Most of the features and functionality you know and expect will still be there, and some new things too which we think are cool.

    There are however a couple things that will be retired when we move to the new system.

    Social Groups - their activity of late has been minimal, and there is no built-in version of Social Groups in the new forum software. Instead of spending time and resources getting a custom solution in to handle them, we've decided to let them go into the sunset.

    Once we move to this new software, all data, text, pictures related to Social Groups will be gone. Please adjust accordingly, download and save anything you need ASAP.

    User Albums - these will also not be carried over to the new system. Again, there is no default version of this functionality in the new system, so we are just letting them fade out.

    Once we move to this new software, all data, text, pictures related to User Albums will be gone. Please adjust accordingly, download and save anything you need ASAP.

    These are currently perks for Supporters. We plan to add in additional perks later on, after launch, to make up for these going away. What and when is not decided yet, but it is our intent to do so.

    We'll update again before we start the process, but for now please save anything you need from those areas.
     
  2. Goldimus Prime

    Goldimus Prime Well-Known Member

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    I'm sad to see social groups going! But thankful for the warning. The BW fan group has been invaluable to me for providing youtube links to the Japanese BW shows.
     
  3. TFan2013

    TFan2013 Energon Seeker

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    Thanks for the warning. This gives time for private groups to pack up their things in and chat off site.

    My only concern is that the site will be reformatted to make more room for ads again. Hopefully not since there was no mention of that.

    Thanks again for the warning!
     
  4. Starfire22

    Starfire22 The PoohFather

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    Here's to the Social Groups..

    [​IMG]
     
  5. flamepanther

    flamepanther Interested, but not really

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    Will it break RSS news feeds?
     
  6. CaptainSlayer

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    Fancy new forums? :thumbs2: 

    Wait. Will my Bay emote make it?!

    :bay 
     
  7. bumblebeej8

    bumblebeej8 Pinpoint Doodle User#3

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    Thanks for letting us know!
     
  8. WEEGEE

    WEEGEE they warned me!

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    We won't start seeing ads will we? Because as much as I love this site ads would really ruin things.
     
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    Thank you for the notice. Here's hoping the upgrade will be great.
     
  10. supernova222

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    well, this will be interesting.

    also, what are user albums?
     
  11. Tony_Bacala

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    The upgrades are not related to "gaining more ad space". It is a core software upgrade. Like moving from Android to iOs, or Mac to Windows. Fully new software will be powering the boards when done.

    For those that didn't like the sidebars, you should be happy. :) 

    That being said there will always be some form of sponsors and advertising here, and it will change over time how that's delivered. This place costs coin and takes time to run, and that's how we pay the bills.
     
  12. MnemonicSyntax

    MnemonicSyntax Ron Swanson

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    Will the new software work better as a mobile site, or any plans for mobile integration if not?

    Thanks!
     
  13. Hot Shot.

    Hot Shot. Giving up on the fiction.

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    Will the "No Movie" news filter be making a return?
     
  14. Tony_Bacala

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    BTW - there is not a 1 to 1 replacement of social groups. However, there is new functionality in the system which allows for group chats. Similar to PMs, but they display like Threads do. And users can be brought in, kicked out. It's not perfect replacement, BUT, it should allow folks to start up group conversations and keep them private.
     
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    It should not break the front page news feed for RSS. http://news.tfw2005.com/feed

    All RSS feeds for the forums will change though.
     
  16. Tony_Bacala

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    It will, I did all that this week. :) 
     
  17. Tony_Bacala

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    Sponsors will still be here, and eventually there may be additional advertising mixed in. But never any pop ups, pop overs, click to remove, etc. I hate that shit and will never put it up here. Inline banner-like things only, similar to what we have now just in different ways/places.

    For launch, it's nothing more than what we have now, and I think done less intrusively.
     
  18. Tony_Bacala

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    New forums are 100% mobile friendly. Similar or better than the way the front page works.

    Still not an app though, and no plans for an app at the moment.
     
  19. Tony_Bacala

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    Not in this round of updates. That's a "front page" thing we need to do. This update is primarily about the forums.
     
  20. Stonecrusher

    Stonecrusher Just another Edgelord

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    Oh please no. Don't get rid of Social Groups! Just because they haven't been active recently doesn't mean that they're completely useless! I mean, some people use that to deal with projects they want to keep secret from the general populace, others use it to vent their problems, and still others use it to keep their RPs from expanding too large and cumbersome!

    If you get rid of the social groups, there will be a mass exodus of your website, and you will loose money for it. Please, reconsider.
     
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