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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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

- The Management
 

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Change is inevitable. But it's been 11yrs on here for me and I'm just now learning this format. Just kidding, looking forward to the new one.
 

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I quit several other forums that changed their format to "Modernize" them. Please don't ruin TFF.
If your friends bought a new house that was ugly, would you stop visitin'?
 
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I wouldn’t worry too much. We had an update a few years back, maybe 3-4 that went fine. We all did have to reintroduce ourselves for some unknown reason but that was the only hitch I remember. Software was a little different to navigate but it wasn’t a big deal and neither will this be.
 

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Will it remain Xenforo or change to a different software?
 

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I dislike change too, I'm sure at first it will be uncomfortable.
In reality though, odds are the ups will far outweigh the downs.
I'm guessing it will eliminate the agonizing freezes.
 

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As Alfred E Newman Said "What Me Worry?!"

If the update improves our experience that is already good then that is great.
 

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I quite like the XenForo product, and the pricing is great; if the COVID thing hadn't wiped out the pool league I helped start two years ago, I'd probably migrate the player community from the Wordpress site I built to something like this site. But I'm game for something new, always! If you need more beta testers prior to going live, contact me. I'll be happy to help in any way I can.
 

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If your friends bought a new house that was ugly, would you stop visitin'?
The site I'm referring to changed into a hard to navigate and slow, ad laden mess.

I wouldn’t worry too much. We had an update a few years back, maybe 3-4 that went fine. We all did have to reintroduce ourselves for some unknown reason but that was the only hitch I remember. Software was a little different to navigate but it wasn’t a big deal and neither will this be.
God help us.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. Anticipating the change, although as it is, the site works fine for me.
 
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