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    Originally posted by Moderator 1 View Post
    The community's familiarity with vBulletin has been a huge reason we've persisted with it for so long, so yes, we're definitely aware it's going to be a huge transition for everyone if/when we do finally pull the trigger. I'll have to learn all the back end buttons and levers too, so, yes, I'm sure there will be some growing pains when it comes time! I did some preliminary checking out of one of the platforms they were considering and it seems pretty intuitive, but change is always tough.

    We definitely plan to keep the users in the loop during any transition we eventually make to keep your input and ideas involved with the process, so we can all figure things out together!

    CanadianTrotter As promised, I sent the details and screenshots up the line for help, but I haven't heard anything back. I did a search on vBulletin's help forum and there were some complaints of a glitch affecting some users trying to log in on iPads, so I sent the tech folk a link to see if that was related. You're welcome to post specifics here if you like in case anyone here would have any ideas. Although I'm the chief button pusher, I'm by no means a tech guru, and I've gone through the options I can think of to resolve the iPad issue. I wish I could be of more help!
    Thanks for trying, I didn't doubt you sent the details further up and realize your hands re tied.

    I have the use of the Mac in the evenings which makes things easier...if I can remember not to tap or scroll on the screen!
    Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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      I'll hang in through whatever changes are decided upon.

      COTH has a diverse and (mostly) intelligent membership. Whether I agree or disagree with some members, there are many with whom I would miss having a dialog and others whose knowledge about specific subjects I value and would be a loss to me if I were to "pack up my toys and go home" over the glitches, frustrating as they are.

      The moderation of this site is also an important feature. Intelligent, that it insists on civility, without being repressive.

      Thanks Moderator 1

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        Originally posted by skydy View Post
        I'll hang in through whatever changes are decided upon.

        COTH has a diverse and (mostly) intelligent membership. Whether I agree or disagree with some members, there are many with whom I would miss having a dialog and others whose knowledge about specific subjects I value and would be a loss to me if I were to "pack up my toys and go home" over the glitches, frustrating as they are.

        The moderation of this site is also an important feature. Intelligent, that it insists on civility, without being repressive.

        Thanks Moderator 1
        Much appreciated on all points, skydy!

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          Mod 1, as a suggestion maybe make a sticky to have every one who is still here make sure their email address are current so that if/when the board software changes an email blast could be sent

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            Originally posted by clanter View Post
            Mod 1, as a suggestion maybe make a sticky to have every one who is still here make sure their email address are current so that if/when the board software changes an email blast could be sent
            Won't the website address be the same so like in all times past that they have updated a person will open COTH and see something new and different... but be able to log in.

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              Originally posted by skydy View Post
              I'll hang in through whatever changes are decided upon.

              COTH has a diverse and (mostly) intelligent membership. Whether I agree or disagree with some members, there are many with whom I would miss having a dialog and others whose knowledge about specific subjects I value and would be a loss to me if I were to "pack up my toys and go home" over the glitches, frustrating as they are.

              The moderation of this site is also an important feature. Intelligent, that it insists on civility, without being repressive.

              Thanks Moderator 1


              COTH has become its own version of a search engine for so many things!
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                Originally posted by skydy View Post
                COTH has a diverse and (mostly) intelligent membership. Whether I agree or disagree with some members, there are many with whom I would miss having a dialog and others whose knowledge about specific subjects I value and would be a loss to me if I were to "pack up my toys and go home" over the glitches, frustrating as they are.[/USER]
                Hit the nail on the head with this. I find that in one topic I am disagreeing with someone while in a completely different topic I'm in agreement with that same person.

                I try to keep my whining to myself as much as possible and just don't click on topics I know will raise my BP.

                I've had an opportunity to exchange information and read from people that otherwise, I'd have most likely never 'met'.

                COTH is part of my morning 'routine' as it's something I can do regardless of the weather outside... currently 104 in the shade on my north-facing patio...!
                Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr

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                  Lots of issues and glitches on the Mac, surprisingly very few on the iphone.

                  Have difficulty even getting to the main page to log in, logging in is very slow, moving from page to page is very slow, et...
                  Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                    Getting to the forums has been suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper slow for me for at least a week, but about 50% of the time. Sometimes the page loads right up, other times it takes legit 5+ minutes. Not my computer or internet, I can access any other website normally while COTH forums are trying to load.

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                      Old news but just wanted to mention that the forum has gone back to being silly slow again. This problem had resolved itself (mostly) but I am now having problems with it timing out when I go to change pages.

                      Prior to today I was one of the people that could see the smiley faces, now I can not.

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                        Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                        Old news but just wanted to mention that the forum has gone back to being silly slow again. This problem had resolved itself (mostly) but I am now having problems with it timing out when I go to change pages.

                        Prior to today I was one of the people that could see the smiley faces, now I can not.
                        Same here, all day yesterday, could rarely get in, read for a few minutes, then hit the blank page quirk.
                        Still at it this morning.

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                          Me three.... it's been decent for quite a few days and yesterday started being a pill again... and now all my smilies are 'gone' (I had one left for awhile).
                          Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr

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                            Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post
                            Getting to the forums has been suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper slow for me for at least a week, but about 50% of the time. Sometimes the page loads right up, other times it takes legit 5+ minutes. Not my computer or internet, I can access any other website normally while COTH forums are trying to load.
                            Same here -- it's taking forever for the forums to load on my PC, almost all the time. Other websites are fine.
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                              Ditto. Sometimes very, very slow to the point of timing out, and then an hour later it's fine only to slow down again even while I'm on the site.

                              And for some reason an innocuous post I made got flagged on the weekend, needing approval. Would like to know what I did to trigger the algorithm so I can avoid it in the future.
                              They don't call me frugal for nothing.
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                                I'm not having real slowness issues here (now FB? whole 'nother story LOL), but the smilies are gone All gone. Can't even type them in - typing them in doesn't even get the characters to show up, much less the actual graphic

                                No biggie, just a report.
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                                  ​​​​​JB, smilies have been broken for a while.

                                  Moderator 1

                                  This morning, page load performance has been as desired. However, went to one page and got a Bad Gateway. A page refresh loaded the correct page.
                                  Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr

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                                    Originally posted by Where'sMyWhite View Post
                                    ​​​​​JB, smilies have been broken for a while.
                                    Not for some of us. Some of us they have been working all along and them not working is a change very recently. That is why I mentioned it above, because it is a change for me.

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                                      Originally posted by trubandloki View Post

                                      Not for some of us. Some of us they have been working all along and them not working is a change very recently. That is why I mentioned it above, because it is a change for me.
                                      Yeah, mine did work longer than many but over time, I've been loosing a few at a time until recently when they were all 'gone'. I miss them as I count on them to help convent intent beyond what just the words are.
                                      Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr

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                                        And now via Notifications the site its telling me that I'm not authorized to read this thread*and to contact site admin. But I can access it if I go to the forum. This happens to me about 3 or 4 times a month.

                                        * I am able to open other threads via Notifications...for now.
                                        They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                                          I get a pop-up of "working" quite a bit.

                                          In hindsight, it seems that COTH could have made a better choice in software providers.

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