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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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

- Community Support
 

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Wow, that sounds like a bit of a monstrous undertaking.
Hope everything goes as smoothly as possible and thanks
for maintaining and improving the best gun forum on the internet.
 

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This forum is much easier to use than many other forums I've been too.
Easy to submit messages and comments, easy to upload photos, and easy to search subjects.
I hope that doesn't change.

One thing I would suggest is to have more gun categories.
A separate category for G2C's and G2S's, another for G3's and G3C's, and another for the TH9 & TH9C.
 

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Before anybody asks....this is the first that we (the staff) have heard of this change. We will get to enjoy the experience together.

I don't want to assume too much, but I'm pretty sure that you can take a look at XDtalk or SmithandWesson forums and get an idea of what the new layout will be. If I'm wrong about that, I'm sorry but those sites are owned by the same group and they have already been updated.
 

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Well, I've lived with it for ten years, let's see what happens next.
 

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I want to give you an update on the process I use once the site goes live with the new platform.

The night before the site goes live you will see an announcement from me that the site will be going live soon. Once the actual process starts, the site will be in read-only mode while the team does the migration from the old platform to the new one.

Once it does goes live you will see an announcement thread created here in this section. All questions and feedback about the new platform should be posted ONLY in that thread.

You will then see my reply to that post, introducing myself.

I will add a new signature to the admin account and update the avatar.

What should you be doing now before this happens?

  • Make sure your email address is up to date in your account.
  • If you don't remember your password, now would be a good time to reset it. Save the information.
  • The link that displays all your attatchments on the site will not be available, but all attachments will still be in your posts. It might be worth taking the time to browse through the attachment list to see if you want to add anything from there to your albums for easy access later.
When Will This All Happen?

taurusarmed.net is currently scheduled for October 7th. HOWEVER, the schedule is very fluid, so that could change depending on any complications or schedule changes. I am simply giving you a heads up.

As your dedicated support, during this transition, I will be here with you multiple times a day once the site goes live with the new platform, answering questions, and listening to feedback.

My only request is that you remain patient with me while we work through the changes. :)

- Cricket
 

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Since these messages are coming from cricket, it'll be just like S&W, Colt, and Springfield. I still don't like their format but at least we'll have a head start on the learning curve.
 

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It looks like the admin is tearing down our comfy log home and replacing it with a glass and steel highrise. I hope they reconsider and rebuild the TA.net in it's old image.
 

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Well....looks like we might have a short (hopefully) bumpy ride coming up. I just hope we can land on our feet.
I'm gonna buckle my seat belt.
 

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I'm on another of their forums that has been on the new platform for nearly a year now. The change will be significant both in appearance and navigation. It takes some getting used to.
It will be both good and bad - depending on how well you like this current format. Having simultaneous experience in both platforms, I can say that for the most part I prefer the new look and feel now that I'm familiar with it in the car forum.

Moderators, once you get the hang of new navigation processes I think you'll like it. (I say that even though I'm old and set in my ways, but the new platform has grown on me.) You'll have some new tools at your disposal. Don't be afraid to tell Admin what you need -- they responded pretty well on the car forum.

Good luck everyone!
 
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