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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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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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A couple of other gun forums I surf (Defensive Carry, M&P Pro, etc.) have gone to a new interface (and I'm assuming a new underlying software platform.) I wonder if this is the same? I wonder if the ownership is the same, and they're consolidating to a single piece of software?
 

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I'll put $ on the "updates" being more and bigger ads included in a piss poor interface...
I'm hoping things will improve, not get worse. As far as ads, I had never seen a single ad on GT until I changed browsers. And then they were all over the place. But all I had to do was upload uBlock Origin and haven't seen a single ad since.

It's always better to spend a short amount of time lighting a candle than spending countless hours cursing the darkness.
 

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A forum I was on "upgraded" a year or 2 ago. It went so badly that it drove a significant number of users away and they ended up going back to the old style board. Still the buy/sell section isn't corrected and the site hasn't been the same. One of the biggest **** ups I've ever seen.
 

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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
Thank you
 

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Hopefully it will not be a dreaded "New and Improved" version that is neither.
 

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Let’s give ‘em a shot at improving GT.

Major transitions are always a rocky road, so be prepared for issues. Just as long as hiccups don’t start just before Nov3 we’ll be fine. Screwing with our election discussions will not be well received.
 

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Does this mean I won't be able to get my black magic/love/success/Bollywood special formula potions from our favorite late-night vendor anymore?
 

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Two questions...

1. Am I going to lose my likes? I'm gonna be pissed if I lose my likes.

2. And this is the important question, are you on the Trump Train or are you ridin with Biden?
 

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Next thing will be wearing your masks between keystrokes.
Now that there is funny, IDCWUR!

I've never seen even one of these "forum software updates" go smoothly anywhere else. And that's going all the way back to the BBS days, either. Good luck, and;
RIP, 'Burnt Ham BBS'!:fred:
 
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