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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface, and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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

- Cricket
 

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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.

If you would like to donate your reward points to Hope for the Marine Toys For Tots program, simply click on the Rewards tab in the navigation bar at the top of the site and then select the "donate" link. For the username, enter: Hope

2000 points = $20
 

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Aw man! I bet the gov't will block the new platform! bye-bye ET!
 

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Isn't a little soon to start with the conspiracy theories?

This upgrade is long overdue.

Don't put the cart before the horse.
Well, in the case of NMCI, they just outright block many of the forums from the get go which use newer software and scripts and whatnot.

The older sites aren't as "feature rich". It's not so much the exposed threat surface, it's that the software is so new that it has not been certified.

Cart before horse is how the government is protecting itself...cancelling the effects of zero-days altogether.

It's not a conspiracy, it's the new normal as the government cracks down on all threat surfaces. ISCM is being taken especially seriously since the pandemic where work from home computers are introduced into the intranets for people who don't rate internal assets and VPN connections.

I get zero ads at work as it is since they are completely blocked. That's convenient right now.

I'll let you know how it goes...conspiracy or no.
 

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Well, in the case of NMCI, they just outright block many of the forums from the get go which use newer software and scripts and whatnot.

The older sites aren't as "feature rich". It's not so much the exposed threat surface, it's that the software is so new that it has not been certified.

Cart before horse is how the government is protecting itself...cancelling the effects of zero-days altogether.

It's not a conspiracy, it's the new normal as the government cracks down on all threat surfaces. ISCM is being taken especially seriously since the pandemic where work from home computers are introduced into the intranets for people who don't rate internal assets and VPN connections.

I get zero ads at work as it is since they are completely blocked. That's convenient right now.

I'll let you know how it goes...conspiracy or no.
Let's keep the theories out of this thread please. I have been involved with more than 600 sites moving to the new platform and they aren't being blocked by the government. ;)
 

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Dang...fine

Sorry to bother you...carry on
 

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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.

If you would like to donate your reward points to Hope for the Marine Toys For Tots program, simply click on the Rewards tab in the navigation bar at the top of the site and then select the "donate" link. For the username, enter: Hope

2000 points = $20
So there won't be a rewards system after the upgrade?
 

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If I purchase all three Profile Upgrades, can I turn them on & off?
 

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I still have the original Electrician Talk app on an old IPhone.
Maybe it will come back to life and work.
 

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i'VE got mountains of pictures posted here, some are no longer saved elsewhere.


What can I expect to happen to them when the forum changes? Poof? Bye Bye? Can they be transferred into the new format? Inquiring minds really wan't to know....
 
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i'VE got mountains of pictures posted here, some are no longer saved elsewhere.


What can I expect to happen to them when the forum changes? Poof? Bye Bye? Can they be transferred into the new format? Inquiring minds really wan't to know....
  • If they are posted to threads, they will remain in those threads and follow to the new format.
  • If they are posted to your albums, they will remain in there and follow to the new format.
The link that displays all your attachments on the site will not be available, but as mentioned the attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to browse through the list to see if you want to add anything from there to your albums.
 

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Will the new site have a NSFW section for us?
 
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