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 Efforts to improve the technology, user interface and site performance has revealed weaknesses in the platform and outdated software this site uses.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 We recognize the user experience is slow and there are bugs from the outdated software.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

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O well here we go again,,, ya know i go to a forum that I use all the time and uses the same platform we used back when Paul owed the site it and works just fine, I think vbulletin?, all the lost post , information, gallery pics, and history has NEVER been BETTER for me
 

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I am a little surprised that anyone would complain about a website trying to make it better for it's members. I used to think that little dot bouncing back and forth as I played what was then called tennis was great. Each to their own.
 

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I am all for improvements, but I am very tech. challenged and any changes/upgrades make me apprehensive about being able to navigate the devise after the changes are implemented. My Cell Phone makes upgrades frequently and sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out how to navigate it as well as I did prior to the upgrade. Must admit though with few exceptions after I figure it out I like it better.
 

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I am all for improvements, but I am very tech. challenged and any changes/upgrades make me apprehensive about being able to navigate the devise after the changes are implemented. My Cell Phone makes upgrades frequently and sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out how to navigate it as well as I did prior to the upgrade. Must admit though with few exceptions after I figure it out I like it better.
I'm all for it! Faster load times and a more secure site... whats there to complain about lol.
Jay,
Maybe we can get young Jacob to start an “Old Farts Tech Support” section to help us dinosaurs figure it out!

...W
 

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Not a hard club to join Sam, just live long enough that change is a challenge for ya. Couldn't understand why my Dad had such a problem accepting HEI ignition, for me it meant no more points, condenser and rotor to replace to him something he completely understood was being replaced by something he didn't, but now I get it.
 

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You guys will do just fine. If I am able to figure it out there won’t be any problem for you. Fishing is complicated. This is just where you tell folks what you didn’t catch. :unhappy:
 

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Haha, If I can figure the changes out when they appear, I will try to pass the information along. Often a lot of the changes are in the background and don'r have a major effect on what we do.

I will have to admit running water was a real blessing. Dad was able to rent out that 1 room apartment once he got the moon off the door. You won't find many kitchens where the sink has a lid.
 

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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.
When Will This All Happen?

catfish1.com is currently scheduled for October 8th. 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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"ohiogamefishing.com is currently scheduled for October 11th."

Just out of curiosity, are ohiogamefishing.com and catfish1.com going to have something in common after this?
 

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"ohiogamefishing.com is currently scheduled for October 11th."

Just out of curiosity, are ohiogamefishing.com and catfish1.com going to have something in common after this?
Guessing that “member” forums such as OFG and Catfish1 all needs certain upgrades to their functionalities from time to time and when a new platform becomes necessary there’s a line to stand in and await your turn? Or...... maybe all the outdoor forums are owned by the same entity.

...W
 
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