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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We’ve worked hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. Our goal is to provide modern design and technology to make the site run faster, smoother and more reliably. All of the valuable content within the community is still here, even though the layout may look different.

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We also wanted to make it easier for new users to understand the lingo of forums. We have cleaned up various language to more commonly recognized phrases including:
  • Following - Thread subscriptions, and Watched are now known as Following
  • Conversations – Private Messages or PMs are now conversations and can be accessed from the user avatar drop-down in the main navigation
  • Showcase – Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on the content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas the gallery would be like a photo album. It can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.
These are just a few of the great new functions and features to try on the site. Take a tour and look around! If you have any questions, please check out the HELP section for some quick FAQs about the new platform, Help Section

Please let us know what you think about the new experience, your feedback is important to us.

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I will be here during your transition to the new platform, to help with any questions, help with navigation or how to do things, and to listen to your feedback so please don't hesitate to holler at me. I want to help.

I do want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Cricket. When I was born, my father told his friends I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen, and that I sounded just like a cricket (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site.

Although you can certainly use the "insert image" icon to upload an image to your post, you can also just drag and drop it to the text editor or even copy/paste it into there!
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(I took this photo camp here in Texas.)

You can easily share videos just by adding the URL directly into the text editor!


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display automatically just by adding the gif URL directly in the text editor. Try it!
I am also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed. :)

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sorry cricket, got some bad news. you're walking into a tougher job than you might have expected.

autoguide has been slowly implementing changes over the years that has resulted in an incredible amount of members not only actively protesting your company and their actions on this forum and other forums owned by AG, but they get so fed up to the point that they leave. we were one of the largest and most active mustang forums on the internet before all of these unsolicited changes pushed by AG. we had nearly 80,000 members, with posts coming in so fast we had to add new staff members to help moderate constantly. now how many active members do we have? literally less than 10.

first came a redesign that confused so many people they just flat out left. then came a forced password reset which locked out every single person on this forum until they reset their password, and less than 1% of members were able to log back in or even cared to.

every other staff member, myself, and literally 100% of the members of this forum have been very vocal about our dislike for these forced, unnecessary changes. you say you care about our feedback, yet nothing changes when we tell you what we as members want and don't want. hell, a few months ago the forum was broken and nobody could even start a new thread. i reached out to AG through every means possible and had to bug them for WEEKS to even acknowledge, much less fix such a significant problem.

i say this every time there is a change implemented like this, and i'll say it again. this isn't a tech company. this is a community. if you want a successful forum, and therefore more money in your pockets, you listen to the members first. activity brings in ad revenue, not vice versa. the members, and the members alone, are the difference in a forum that thrives and a forum that dies. autoguide doesn't listen to the members. our opinions aren't taken into account. things don't change because it's something we want, things only change when it's something autoguide wants. i mean, it would be more understandable if you guys actually dropped in from time to time to see how things are going so you'd have an educated idea of what could be improved, but you don't. you go by your charts and graphs and board room meetings while totally neglecting the backbone of this (and any) forum, which is the members.

i've been here for 13 years. i am the only remaining staff member who has put up with these changes time and time again, while trying to explain all of autoguide's bad decisions to the members. this forum has been a big part of my life for over a decade, and i've met some of the greatest people in the world here. that's why i'm sad to say that this is finally the straw that broke the camel's back for me.

as the last remaining staff member, i wish you luck in the future. you might want to bring on some more helping hands to keep things under control. i have a few members i'd recommend, but i'm afraid they won't be active here anymore either now.

P.S. it's odd calling you cricket because we had a prominent moderator here for a very long time who went by the same name. oddly enough, autoguide's unnecessary forum changes drove him away too.
 

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sorry cricket, got some bad news. you're walking into a tougher job than you might have expected.

autoguide has been slowly implementing changes over the years that has resulted in an incredible amount of members not only actively protesting your company and their actions on this forum and other forums owned by AG, but they get so fed up to the point that they leave. we were one of the largest and most active mustang forums on the internet before all of these unsolicited changes pushed by AG. we had nearly 80,000 members, with posts coming in so fast we had to add new staff members to help moderate constantly. now how many active members do we have? literally less than 10.

first came a redesign that confused so many people they just flat out left. then came a forced password reset which locked out every single person on this forum until they reset their password, and less than 1% of members were able to log back in or even cared to.

every other staff member, myself, and literally 100% of the members of this forum have been very vocal about our dislike for these forced, unnecessary changes. you say you care about our feedback, yet nothing changes when we tell you what we as members want and don't want. hell, a few months ago the forum was broken and nobody could even start a new thread. i reached out to AG through every means possible and had to bug them for WEEKS to even acknowledge, much less fix such a significant problem.

i say this every time there is a change implemented like this, and i'll say it again. this isn't a tech company. this is a community. if you want a successful forum, and therefore more money in your pockets, you listen to the members first. activity brings in ad revenue, not vice versa. the members, and the members alone, are the difference in a forum that thrives and a forum that dies. autoguide doesn't listen to the members. our opinions aren't taken into account. things don't change because it's something we want, things only change when it's something autoguide wants. i mean, it would be more understandable if you guys actually dropped in from time to time to see how things are going so you'd have an educated idea of what could be improved, but you don't. you go by your charts and graphs and board room meetings while totally neglecting the backbone of this (and any) forum, which is the members.

i've been here for 13 years. i am the only remaining staff member who has put up with these changes time and time again, while trying to explain all of autoguide's bad decisions to the members. this forum has been a big part of my life for over a decade, and i've met some of the greatest people in the world here. that's why i'm sad to say that this is finally the straw that broke the camel's back for me.

as the last remaining staff member, i wish you luck in the future. you might want to bring on some more helping hands to keep things under control. i have a few members i'd recommend, but i'm afraid they won't be active here anymore either now.

P.S. it's odd calling you cricket because we had a prominent moderator here for a very long time who went by the same name. oddly enough, autoguide's unnecessary forum changes drove him away too.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. It is important to me.

Change is always hard. Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am already getting used to it. I have to admit that I am crazy about it now. This is a change that was actually necessary. Over the years folks may have just gotten used to how things worked even if they were slightly broken or sometimes unreliable. We know y'all deserve better.

Our goal is to provide you a platform that can deliver a secure, modern and reliable experience. An experience that can be continually updated and improved over time. To be able to provide a technology platform that could deliver that for you required a bigger change and bigger investment now to set up a new foundation.

I have been working with the new platform since May and one thing I have noticed is that within 30-60 days the site stats begin to increase and the communities begin to actually grow again.

I am always surprised when I meet another Cricket. ;)

Added Note: Although I don't drive one, I have a special love for Mustangs. I used to love taking pictures of one my son had but boy did he ever get speeding tickets in it!
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Our goal is to provide you a platform that can deliver a secure, modern and reliable experience. An experience that can be continually updated and improved over time. To be able to provide a technology platform that could deliver that for you required a bigger change and bigger investment now to set up a new foundation.

I have been working with the new platform since May and one thing I have noticed is that within 30-60 days the site stats begin to increase and the communities begin to actually grow again.
Honestly this response is just straight bullshit. All you guys have done is **** all of us over while constantly claiming you are "improving" our experience.

This community will not start to grow again unless Autoguide ****s off and quits messing with the forums making things worse.

I'm with BWAL on this. I will be one of the long time posters that will no longer use this forum thanks to you guys.
 

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And so it goes..
Another site using this format went live months ago,...........still waiting for them to fix the signature.
How long in your estimate before you fix the signature here ?
( fault message said my sig is ( 3 ) lines too long.. )
 

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And so it goes..
Another site using this format went live months ago,...........still waiting for them to fix the signature.
How long in your estimate before you fix the signature here ?
( fault message said my sig is ( 3 ) lines too long.. )
New Signature Tutorial

Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guests and members can view signatures.

If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

If you have more questions, please let us know.

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I like the old format much better and its not a matter of just getting used to this new one, this new one is lousy.
Why isnt there a spot when you sign in that shows if you have a personal message without having to go into the account box.
 

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the forum is slower, there are more ads (even with ublock origin), more spam, all of my most used features are gone, we get this big popup saying the forum is BBB accredited even though i couldn't find anything about moddedmustangs or even autoguide on the BBB, the list goes on.

you guys keep implementing all of these new "upgrades" with no knowledge of how this forum is even run. you don't keep in touch with the staff here, yet somehow your way of running things is the better way. ask the 70,000 members who left when you started doing **** like this who ran the forum better.

we had private sections that were only visible to members and overnight autoguide decided to make those public without anybody's knowledge, which could cause serious real world problems.

this is the final nail for myself and most others here. funny how one of the biggest reasons people have always said they enjoy this forum is because we let so much **** fly. we let people have fun and argue things out, and it created a stronger community than almost any other forum on the internet. now we literally can't even use the term "let **** fly"

the whole reason this forum was started is because people were tired of the tyranny on another major mustang forum. and now your only remaining loyal members are leaving again.

for those left reading this, we're keeping the party alive on www.reddit.com/r/MMrefugees
 

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I like the old format much better and its not a matter of just getting used to this new one, this new one is lousy.
Why isnt there a spot when you sign in that shows if you have a personal message without having to go into the account box.
If you have alerts or private messages, you will see a dot above your avatar.
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the forum is slower, there are more ads (even with ublock origin), more spam, all of my most used features are gone, we get this big popup saying the forum is BBB accredited even though i couldn't find anything about moddedmustangs or even autoguide on the BBB, the list goes on.

you guys keep implementing all of these new "upgrades" with no knowledge of how this forum is even run. you don't keep in touch with the staff here, yet somehow your way of running things is the better way. ask the 70,000 members who left when you started doing **** like this who ran the forum better.

we had private sections that were only visible to members and overnight autoguide decided to make those public without anybody's knowledge, which could cause serious real world problems.

this is the final nail for myself and most others here. funny how one of the biggest reasons people have always said they enjoy this forum is because we let so much ** fly. we let people have fun and argue things out, and it created a stronger community than almost any other forum on the internet. now we literally can't even use the term "let ** fly"

the whole reason this forum was started is because people were tired of the tyranny on another major mustang forum. and now your only remaining loyal members are leaving again.

for those left reading this, we're keeping the party alive on www.reddit.com/r/MMrefugees
The site is loading almost instantly for me. Can you tell us which device, operating system, and browser you are using?

I have been posting to the team in the private back section. I am not seeing any missed questions. If I am missing something, please let me know so I can help.

Please contact me regarding sections that were previously private so that I can look into this.

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I understand how the sig works, here is the issue:
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I can post a pic,................& text up to 1000 characters as long as I don't hit enter.
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Crazing is the phenomenon that produces a network of fine cracks on the surface of a material, for example in a glaze layer. Crazing frequently precedes fracture in some glassy thermoplastic polymers. As it only takes place under tensile stress, the plane of the crazing corresponds to the stress direction. The effect is visibly distinguishable from other types of fine cracking because the crazing region has different refractive indices from surrounding material. Crazing occurs in regions of high hydrostatic tension, or in regions of very localized yielding, which leads to the formation of interpenetrating microvoids and small fibrils. If an applied tensile load is sufficient, these bridges elongate and break, causing the microvoids to grow and coalesce; as microvoids coalesce, cracks begin to form.
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.........What I can't do is post a pic & 3 lines of information.
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Throwing my two cents out there-

I get what you're doing. You're making everything mobile friendly and following the trends. You're chasing Instagram and Twitter. You want people to pull this up on their phone, scroll endlessly, like and share, and rake in that ad cash. That's fine and dandy.

...but it's not what a forum was built around. What makes a forum valuable isn't a slick UI, it's information. It's about simple text posts about information, replies and answers to questions, with the occasional picture. It's about easily keeping track of the threads you're involved in and engaging in them. That's where this redesign completely falls flat. It's not as easy as it was. And that's why there's forums running absolutely ancient software that are still valuable. They don't need that slick appearance. Information is the valuable thing, and has been traded off for glamor.

But looks don't bring people to a site. How do people end up on forums? They search for answers or things they need. That's how I got here. This site kept popping up with all the answers I needed and a knowledgeable community, so I stayed, and I contributed. But really after all the last shenanigans, there's no one left. No one is coming here to ask questions, and no one is left to answer them. The horses are out, and now the gate is closed. I know you can coast on all the search hits from archived information, but it's not looking up anytime soon. Or ever.

Where I will give credit is being better than the previous rendition that was downright unusable. All those ads made it load so slowly, and they were EVERYWHERE. It was so bad sites without a "classic" mode like Corral were straight up unusable. And the photo upload is an improvement, though I know that has a nefarious purpose getting to own the images and use them for your profit.

In the end it just doesn't accomplish the whole purpose of a forum very well, and there's no one left to keep it alive.
 

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For me, a forum community has never been about the platform. It's about the members who come together to share information and images, ask for and give help, etc., and along the way, real friendships are made. That is what makes it a community.

As technology changes, there comes a time when we have to make changes to a platform.

We understand that there are some inherent changes in moving from vBulletin to Xenforo. However, vBulletin’s infrastructure does not provide the flexibility to be able to provide additional improvements. Continuing on that platform without the ability to maintain a better experience for all of you is just not an option moving forward. We know you expect and deserve continuous improvements over time.

In the past, we have upgraded more slowly. Unfortunately, this became technically difficult and often times would break other features when updates were attempted. Making the bigger investment now in the new platform sets us up to respond faster to your feedback moving forward.

Your security and data are extremely important to us. Modern software and upgrading systems are critical to keep us advanced in providing a better and more secure experience for you to share content. Not updating the software would have made that increasingly difficult over time as other technology advances.

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A picture counts as a line.

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So I should be able to post a pic + 3 lines of text, but in reality you can't.
That's ok, the admin on the other site didn't get it either..
 

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For me, a forum community has never been about the platform. It's about the members who come together to share information and images, ask for and give help, etc., and along the way, real friendships are made. That is what makes it a community.
Boy has that ship sailed. I'm sure you can see that in the member activity numbers. There's what, single digits around anymore?

As technology changes, there comes a time when we have to make changes to a platform.
I get it, everything has to be mobile friendly and easier to monetize.


We understand that there are some inherent changes in moving from vBulletin to Xenforo. However, vBulletin’s infrastructure does not provide the flexibility to be able to provide additional improvements. Continuing on that platform without the ability to maintain a better experience for all of you is just not an option moving forward. We know you expect and deserve continuous improvements over time.
I don't know how many people expect improvements per se. And what is typically done is seldom considered an improvement.

Your security and data are extremely important to us.
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...or to translate, maximizing profit off of said data and information is extremely important. But I've got a bad feeling going forward as you can't squeeze blood from a stone. This place was already a ghost town to begin with and this seems to have sealed its fate. It's a shame.
 
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