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Small Car Czar
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Just a heads up to the entire FJ community. The staff has become increasingly frustrated with the forum software, as I'm sure many of you have.


We have outgrown this application and the only real choice is to move to a different brand of forum. Which we plan on doing asap. Moving this much data and preserving as much of the FJ "look and feel" is going to take a bit of time. But, we are working on it.


Please hang in there with us as we prepare for, and make the move. We will make it as smooth as possible and will provide additional information in this thread as we move forward.

A rough estimate at this time is that we would like to get it done in the next 30 days or so. If things move faster, then we'll take advantage of that. We will be speccing out new hardware as well.


So, the future of FJ is looking very bright. We just ask for your patience during this task.
 

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Small Car Czar
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Re: FJ : The Next Generation

Plans are to take the majority of the forums offline late Friday night... with the new site coming back online sometime Sunday.

In the meantime, we will have one "catch all" forum here for people to gather/post in, like we've done in the past.

We'll give a more detailed timeline in the next day or so.

We are getting close!
 

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Small Car Czar
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Re: FJ : The Next Generation

So far we are on schedule to start the move tonight around 12 Midnight Central.

Hopefully the move will go fairly smooth and the new forum will be up sometime Sunday. We will have a single FJ "lounge" up here for you all to post, however anything posted there will not make it to the new board.

Also, we will probably have the Chat Room enabled as well.

Once the new forum comes online it WILL BE DIFFERENT. We are moving to a completely different forum software vendor so obviously there will be differences. We have tweaked the look to be very similar to the current board though. Those tweaks will continue many weeks after the new site goes online as we learn about the board's new features, etc.

Speaking of new features, all in all I think everyone will really like the new board once they get use to it. It has several cool new details and we will add more functionality as we move forward.

The move is being made because due to our high traffic we simply outgrew the current forum software. We conducted a poll that asked if people were OK with a move to a new board (even though it might be a bit different visually and technically) if it provided more speed and addtional features. The response was overwhelmingly "go for it!" So, we are.


Therefore, just to sum up, we are working to make the transition as smooth as possible. There will be bumps along the road. But, we are commited to move forward and will continue to develop the new board. So, please don't inindate the new board with posts like "this doesn't work right" or "I don't like this", please give us a few weeks to iron out the kinks and then we will solicit comments and opinions about enhancing the new forum.

Thanks for you support and patience. '06 is going to be a HUGE year for FJ, we have a lot in store for you!
 
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