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Old 08-11-2020, 02:42 PM   #1
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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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 doesnít seem correct once the site goes live, donít panic! Weíll have a dedicated person monitoring as the site goes live to answer any questions and provide support through this change.

Whatís next?

I bet youíre thinking, ďWhat does this mean for me and the community?Ē 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. Youíll 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 memberís contribution to this community and look forward to an improved experience for you all.

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We will be retiring the Rewards program on September 14th in preparation for the new forum platform. All requests for eGift cards must be sent no later than September 14th so you must use them or lose them. You can choose to donate them to Hope, if you wish and I will make sure they go to the Toys For Tots program as we have done in previous years.
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We will be retiring the Rewards program on September 14th in preparation for the new forum platform. All requests for eGift cards must be sent no later than September 14th so you must use them or lose them. You can choose to donate them to Hope, if you wish and I will make sure they go to the Toys For Tots program as we have done in previous years.
You will remind us closer to the 14th?
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You will remind us closer to the 14th?
I absolutely will.
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You will remind us closer to the 14th?
You can give them to me so you don't have to worry about it......
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Yeah!

And thank you.

Hopefully there will be some new emojies too.
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can points be used to buy beer ?
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but really. upgrades scare me, usually they make things worse, the new facebook, for example. but, it is what it is i spose.
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I don't have a problem with the speed or the way it is now but maybe with the change i'll start seeing email notifications of forums read again and UN-BOLD those i have read.


I found the HOPE link but have no idea where to go on that link to give any points to anyone.




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I found the HOPE link but have no idea where to go on that link to give any points to anyone.
Click on the Rewards tab near the top of this page, then you'll see the Donate button, click on that and it should be self explanatory from there.

There's also gift cards if you prefer or you can split it up.
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It asks you for a user to donate to.
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It asks you for a user to donate to.
Yes, if you want your points to go to Toys for Tots then enter the username Hope
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I absolutely will.

Your announcement is not readable. I and at least one other do not have permission to read.
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It asks you for a user to donate to.
i think all you guys need to buy me a beer
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Your announcement is not readable. I and at least one other do not have permission to read.
It simply links to this thread.
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