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I just want to say I didn't have any problems with the old site. Yes a few things could have been changed to improve the site. Not a total replacement. This site isn't anything like it use to be. Seems like a downgrade to me. I'm not part of many forums but I can tell you this now feels very generic and blan. Why do I need to have the "recommended for you" posts on the home page. Seems like alot of hoops to get to where you need. People don't stay if things are too hard to navigate. Dosent look special anymore. Is this it? Are they going to bring back all the tabs that were below the header back? So now I also have to go into every single sub forum to see the latest post.. the old site would show the latest post in each forum tab without clicking on the forum to go into it. ugh. Now just 1 hour ago or 3 days ago is all you get.. p.s. the case colt ingersoll font looks like crap on their new generic header. Ugh

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"So now I also have to go into every single sub forum to see the latest post.. the old site would show the latest post in each forum tab without clicking on the forum to go into it. ugh."

Other than when looking something up, I mostly used "today's posts" and "active posts" under the quick links tab.

Far as I can tell, you can basically get the same thing, by hitting "new" and then "popular". You don't have to go into each sub forum.

If this is "it", with no further tweaking, or fine tuning, it is a downgrade. The What Fits, What Yr. and History sections, were really important, especially for new members and should be brought back. There may be other parts too but those are top of my mind.

Since I've never developed, or maintained a website, I'm trying to be patient. There are things required that I don't know and having to work across so many platforms and operating systems, I'm sure has it's challenges. We know some mobile users, had very different experiences than PCs on the old site. Sometimes change is forced from the outside, so we know that stuff happens.
 

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Unless they bring the old site back I predict that another case garden tractor forum will be built, the way all of you guys here really like it and guess who's going to be moving there...
I suspect that is a bigger task than you think. The site and it's content, has changed hands at least twice, that I know of. I'm no copyright lawyer but replicating all of the manuals and old corporate info, without infringement, would be near impossible.

A lot of loss has already leaked to Facebook. I know nothing of that site and never will but I know for certain, that several have gone there and don't come here anymore, or hardly ever.

There was a very good subscription site once but I don't know if it still exists.
 

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I reviewed the FAQ’s but could not find a way to hide the ads like was an option on the previous software. Are we no longer allowed to hide the annoying, non-power equipment-related ads?
 

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Some things I have figured out (with some cues from Eugene, Harry and/or Lionel I think).

There are 4 buttons in the upper right. "New", "Forums", "Profile" and "three dots".

NEW BUTTON
If you click "New", then "Filters" at the left side of the page, it opens up a box called "Show only". Unclick all of the options in the "Show Only" list, then click "Save as default" then "Filter". This sets up the "New" tab so it shows the threads in a format similar to what we are used to.

FORUMS BUTTON
Clicking this gives the list of the Forums liked we used to see. Towards the bottom of the list in the technical library are the manuals we all look for. At the very bottom seems to be the latest postings in the order we are used to seeing them.

PROFILE
Is my own information. Still trying to figure out what "My Showcase" is for.

THREE DOTS
Under here are the FAQ's which describe how to use the new site.

I took the time to write this (which takes a while for me as I am a two fingered typist) because I am hoping members will accept and use the new site. 🤞

I would not like to see us lose anyone over this change :(.

I too am bummed about some of the changes, (e. g. loss of tractor specific icons and my personal photo library), but am trying to make the best of them (some do seem to be improvements).

Most importantly, we need to support our moderators who have kept us all going these many years and are working hard behind the scenes to help us manage this upheaval to our site.

Just my 2cents.

Hoping we all hang in there,

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Wait... I'm shocked... I bunch of people that love antique machinery don't like change?

I think we'll all get used to the functionality of the new software. It's still going to do all the same things, but where, and how is a bit different. No different than picking up an old JD GT and figuring out how their engineers decided to make the snowblower turn/raise... It still blows snow. (and I actually like the JD blower better, but I digress)

If we're missing content like manuals and such, that's a problem. I didn't pour through the tech section completely, but it looks like it's there.

The look is pretty darn generic at this point. I do hope there's a way to get the old smileys back in, but that might not work. Having the huge volume of the default, generic ones isn't any kind of real benefit in my mind. If I had to guess that's a function of the software having to play nice with phone/tablets.

If you're having issues with ads, just get an ad blocker. Yes, I know that removes a revenue stream for the owners of the site. Yes, that can have consequences as well. However, I find the web almost unusable at this point without an ad blocker. There's too much shit blinking, and scrolling, and jumping out from god knows where on all sites so they can make money.

Anyone leaving a forum for Facebook is making a mistake. The value is in the depth of the archive in forums. FB is fine for a little chat, or sharing a picture, but good luck trying to go back to anything more than a few weeks old.

Just hang in there gang, you'll settle in to the new digs, and it'll be fine. It might be bland, but it'll be ok...
 

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I haven't run the numbers yet but the site now appears to be a resource hog.
While it is fast, my other sites are very slow to load / refresh.
Closed this site and they acted normally.
Not a good sign.
BTW, while that day, things were acting as described, I did just check CPU and memory usage when loading the site and it wasn't in any way excessive.
 

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Wait... I'm shocked... I bunch of people that love antique machinery don't like change?

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If we're missing content like manuals and such, that's a problem. I didn't pour through the tech section completely, but it looks like it's there.
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I know some people are like that but I'll jump on change, if I think it adds value, or has good reasons, or resist it, if I think it doesn't. On this, at the moment, I'm agnostic.

I haven't done a deep search but what manuals I checked were there. Missing History, What yr. etc. is IMO a mistake and should be corrected.
 

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Several of the forums I am on have switched to this "template". Good, bad, or otherwise it is probably here to stay until another major change.

What I don't like is how I can't go the the "forums" listing first thing instead it is a "recommended for you" page and then you need to the "full forum listing". That first page is a waste of time as most of it is things I am not interested in. Then on a page I am looking at has "recommended reading" which brings up posts that many will not be related to what I am looking for.

As with most everything that changes it will take time to adapt. One thing I will not do is threaten to leave if they "don't change it back" as a member on another forum did. The mods said "okay, we're not going back to the old style so so bye-bye" and banned him. I sure there was more to the story than this just this one issue.
 

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I'm not afraid to say when something is bad (and I'll never stop suggesting the What Fits, What yr. and History sections be restored) but gotta say when something is good too. I haven't loaded a pic yet but I was just on a thread that had several and I do like that new format. All the pics in the thread are handy in one spot. Might take some switching back and forth the first time through but if you're looking for something you know is there, its handy. Pretty sure we'll come to see that is an improvement.
 

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Has anyone noticed a drop in members signed on?
Yes I have, Lionel. Yes I have! Just checked, there was 14 members and 112 guests. I think thats the most I've seen since the switch. Have rarely seen less than 20 members online, and that was at odd times, and 400-600 guests.
 

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As a creature of habit I really dislike change. I get comfortable with something and don't want to have to relearn how to do something that was almost automatic. But I also know that change in the electronic world is constant. Doesn't mean I have to like it, but I have to live with it. Some of my work related e-stuff seems like it changes every time I turn around.

I have only been here for a little over a year, much less time than many others. In this short time I have come to really enjoy being here. The regular's here are a great group, always ready to help out another in a kind, respectful way, no matter what.

I'm with Willy and hope we don't lose anyone over this. The drastic drop in who's signed in is concerning. Is there that many that upset or a glitch not letting them on, or??

It's the members here that make this THE place for CCI and our MOD's are the backbone that keep it together. I support and thank our Mods for all they do! I know the past few weeks haven't been fun.

I've been trying to give this new site a fair shake. I've been getting around ok, relearning where things are. Not all of the changes are bad. Though maybe not possible, I feel a tweek to the old site would have been better. I agree with others that it's plain and generic. The History, What fits, What year, are important and need to come back. I hope our concerns are addressed and some changes can be made.

The FAQ and tips earlier in this thread answer most questions. No different than a problem with your tractor, if you need help, ask, someone will have the answer.

My two cents, Tim
 

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SO I am looking at the "What's New" page, below the newest post's is a line that reads "Threads below have not been updated since your last visit.". Question is, why is the newest post below that line 6 days old ? And no newer posts being added?

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Gordy,
How many threads are above that line? I know you've been logged in more recent than 6 days ago. 😵
 

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This appears now to be the same host/format as a car forum I frequent.
It was pretty universally hated there too. Some left, not many.
I hated it at first, but the admins listened, there were many tweaks made where they could, and it's really not so bad.
It's just different.
Different from every forum I've ever used.
 

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Gordy,
How many threads are above that line? I know you've been logged in more recent than 6 days ago. 😵
That varies with how active the site is and how often I click on "New Posts" to refresh the page, but 0 upto 10 or 12. Yah I am here mourning and night, more often on weekends or when it is really cold out ;)

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Gordy,
Do you have any filters set? 6 days ago puts me back into a second page of posts. I was set by default in filters. Had to unmark "unread discussions" and set as default.
 

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Gordy,
Do you have any filters set? 6 days ago puts me back into a second page of posts. I was set by default in filters. Had to unmark "unread discussions" and set as default.
Thank You (y) "unread discussions" was the only one with a check mark. I did As you suggested, and now I am up to ten hours old (y)

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