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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by rob lay, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. rob lay

    rob lay Administrator
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    Dec 1, 2000
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    Rob Lay
    I wanted to take a second exactly one week after we made the switch to the new software. Yes, I know I have been frustrated at times, but overall I believe it was very smooth for me. I hope it was as smooth for you. I understand it's hard to change, especially when many in our community weren't born with a Sega in their crib.

    I know everything isn't perfect yet, but I believe everything is stable and the initial kinks have been worked out. It's only going to get better from here and I promise no major changes foreseeable. We're now on the industry leading software and I believe they have the legs to improve and be stable for years to come. I make decisions after much feedback and discussion with the community and I make that final decision with full responsibility for the outcome. Everything I do I want to be the best for all of us in the community. Some don't believe, but this change will allow FerrariChat.com to achieve the next level of enjoyment and community for Ferrari enthusiasts in the world.

    Here are some of the things fixed/updated the past week...

    1) Profile fields can now be filled out without birthday bug.
    2) Profile pictures can now be added.
    3) Avatars can be added and also turned off if you personally don't want to see all of them.
    4) "Page can't be displayed" error has been fixed.
    5) Board rendering has been quickened a little.
    6) Thumbnails removed in favor of one image inline per post.
    7) Default dark gray/gray color style lightened up to be easier on the eyes.
    8) 270 user id's have been updated with old post count and registration date so far.
    9) Several additional Regional Communities added.

    Priorities to work out...

    1) Get all users that have submitted the form updated with total post count and original register date.
    2) Update header to be more browser friendly and copy to all non-forum pages.
    3) Find out if system generated emails are going to Bulk Mail for Yahoo users and Spam for AOL users. We might need to start a campaign to get this fixed with those companies.
    4) Improve the performance of the board.

    I'll be working on the site most of the weekend, except when I'm working on my cars. Here are some first week statistics...

    Number of new registrations...

    Date Total
    October 30, 2003 0
    October 31, 2003 195
    November 01, 2003 410
    November 02, 2003 184
    November 03, 2003 243
    November 04, 2003 142
    November 05, 2003 133
    November 06, 2003 65

    User Activity...

    Date Total
    October 30, 2003 1
    October 31, 2003 196
    November 01, 2003 557
    November 02, 2003 589
    November 03, 2003 789
    November 04, 2003 832
    November 05, 2003 905
    November 06, 2003 910
     
  2. JOEV

    JOEV F1 Rookie

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    Thanks for all your hard work Rob - your efforts are very much appreciated.

    Joe
     
  3. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Thanks for all your hard work Rob - The new site is Excellent!
     
  4. bjm

    bjm Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Brian
    Could someone please tell me how to search old messages. Searches are only going back to start of this new board i.e., Nov 1 03. Thanks
     
  5. 308 GTB

    308 GTB F1 Veteran
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    Click on FerrariChat.com above to get to the home page. Once there, scroll dpwn to the bottom and click on Old FerrariChat.com Archives. That will get you back to the old FC site. Scroll down to the bottom of that page and click on Search to search the archives.
     
  6. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Apr 28, 2003
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    Rob, I appreciate your patience with us old aging baby boomers. I remember when I first taught my wife how to use a mouse. "Honey, you can't look at the mouse. You have to look at the screen while you move the mouse with your hand."

    Never fear, though. You Gen X types will eventually rule the world. Want proof? There are roughly 90 million baby boomers. There are roughly 60 million Gen Xers. You do the math.

    DrTax
     
  7. ferrariartist

    ferrariartist F1 Rookie

    Feb 21, 2003
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    looks really great... kudos Rob!...i havent personally had the time to delve into everything new (moved) i still have a lot to learn about what has changed (hopefully i wont ask any dumb questions...)

    Thanks Rob!!

    GT
     
  8. FerrariFrank1

    FerrariFrank1 F1 Rookie

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    Rob,I must admit,that I was one of the "Fossils" that was whining about change. "JUST when I'm gettin' the hang of the old one..." But,yes,you were right,and it was easy to do. I should've had a little more confidence,as,I am sure that in your Infinite Plan,you did not want to leave out any existing users,or leave anybody by the wayside. So,I am very grateful to you for making ,this Fossil,anyway,just this much more "computer savvy" than I was a week ago. Believe it or not. I didn't even get "on line" ever,until July of this year! I apologize for not trusting you and that you would make sure not to leave us old farts out. (is 43 an old fart? I suppose that if someone is a teenager it is! :) ) Thanks again for this great venue in which to meet other Ferrari lovers,and to get some "Tech Tips",ideas,photos,etc... I really do appreciate it...both the site,and the opportunity to learn a little more "computer stuff". Thanks!
     
  9. FerrariFrank1

    FerrariFrank1 F1 Rookie

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    Some of my buddies and I were joking around,"he should have made different FChats for different age groups"... #1) FChat-15 to 30. Advanced computer stuff. Video games,etc... #2) Fchat- 31 to 40. Very simple,basic computer skills like an old CRT... #3) FChat-41 and up...A chalkboard! :) Thanks again!
     
  10. rob lay

    rob lay Administrator
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    Dec 1, 2000
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    You don't know how much truth there is to that. I'm creating a custom style down the road that users can select in their User CP that has all large fonts. :)
     
  11. Santini

    Santini Formula Junior

    Oct 1, 2003
    480
    North Carolina
    Thank you Rob! This is a terrific site.
     
  12. FerrariFrank1

    FerrariFrank1 F1 Rookie

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    I'm glad that you saw the humor in that,as it was intended!
     
  13. vincent355

    vincent355 F1 Veteran
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    thanks Rob,

    I'm starting to get used to it, and I like it. I'm begginning to use some of the custom features.

    Vincent.
     
  14. peterp

    peterp F1 Veteran

    Aug 31, 2002
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    Great job on the new site -- it works great and the transition was seamless. I really liked the old site, but the new one is just as easy to use and much more flexible. Only wish I had more time to use it.
     
  15. allanlambo

    allanlambo F1 Rookie

    Jun 9, 2002
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    Thanks Rob!!!
     
  16. FerrariFrank1

    FerrariFrank1 F1 Rookie

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    THANKS ALLAN! (the Avatar!)
     
  17. F328 BobD

    F328 BobD Formula 3

    Mar 17, 2001
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    Rob, the new software is so much better than the old version... it always takes a little time to get used to any new process. The more I use this, the more I appreciate it. Great job!
     
  18. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
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    Thank you Rob!!

    Now that I've had a little time to prowl around the new site and try a few things I really like it!
     
  19. ART360

    ART360 Guest

    I'm starting to get used to it. The page thing has me in a tizzy at time, but I'm getting used to the new format. Like the quicker loading. Good job Rob.

    Art
     
  20. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Glad you're liking it, Art.
    You'll find that the buttons under posts will be practically invisible after a while - there when you need or want 'em, though.
    Years from now you'll laugh about all the fuss and bother, so why not laugh now, aye?
     
  21. Entelechy

    Entelechy Formula Junior

    May 19, 2001
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    Echoing the rest - great job Rob and a relatively smooth transition. Like the others, the more I use it and get used to it, the more I like it :)

    ~C
     
  22. Dale

    Dale F1 Veteran

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    Well done rob youve worked very hard on this new site,its brill
    Thanks Dale.
     
  23. shmark

    shmark F1 Rookie

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Thanks Rob. All it took was a few days for the thread and post count to grow for it to feel like home again. The first few days were like walking through an empty warehouse but now it's starting to become a lively conference center again. Where are the booth babes? :)
     
  24. Ron328

    Ron328 Formula 3
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    Thanks for this great site, Rob.
     
  25. Artherd

    Artherd F1 Veteran

    Jun 19, 2002
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    Thanks Rob!

    No question this is a supior backend, hopefully we will see more customization options on the front end!

    I have already thought of a few simple perl scripts that I could use to make the new FC appear more like the old, just for my own use.

    I have noticed the increase in speed, whatever you did worked well!

    Best!
    Ben.
     

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