Welcome to the new WMSTR Community Forum

Discussion in 'Welcome!' started by dachtera, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. dachtera

    dachtera Videographer/Web Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hello and welcome back to the Forum!

    As you can see, we have been doing quite a bit of work to bring everyone an easier to use forum tool! We have switched away from the old software program for a number of reasons in favor of this new tool which does not have many of the issues the old software had.

    If you are an existing member, you will need to use the link under the login menu to have a new password sent to you. We were unable to transfer passwords from the old system to the new system. Otherwise, all of your posts, pictures and such have been moved over to this new site!

    Please, let us know if you have any questions,

    - WMSTR Forum Admins
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  2. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    As one of the founding members of the original forum back in 2007 (8 years ago!) I want to personally thank Tim Dachtera, Vern Nanosky, and Rick Halldorson for the last 3 weeks dedication... whether meeting with me to discuss the future of the forum, doing research as to how we could "fix" things and get back to something that worked and was fun to use, and eventually testing a site we had up for a week... re-arranging, tweaking settings, and making sure everything was working, and helping make the unanimous decision to proceed with XenForo (the new platform this site is built on) ONLY to do it all again after we purchased our own XenForo license, have it converted, and start the process all over again! Dozens of hours go into making this thing look, and work like it does for all of our members to use.

    Special thanks from me personally go to Tim Dachtera, who put up with my relentless "frustration" (putting it nicely) in an effort to make our old vBulletin platform work. In the end, it didn't happen. THAT WAS NOT TIM'S FAULT! The problem we a lousy platform that was not ready to be released when we bought it, and a company who did not seem to be interested in helping us fix it! Ask me sometime in person what I think about vBulletin! My thoughts are unfit for print here!

    This forum platform seems to be working perfect! It has many cool features. We will unlock more of them moving forward as we all learn more. One thing that is easier than ever to do now is post pictures! No more 3rd party hosting, unless you want to do it that way. You can share photo's easier than ever now!

    One down side, and one we could not avoid... while ALL of the old content is there, post counts and # of views of some threads is inaccurate. Many started over at zero. That is unfortunate when we have some very interesting, Blue Ribbon! threads that had in excess of 20,000 views, but that is one of the things we were unable to bring along in the conversion process. We apologize for that. We just couldn't avoid it.

    I will be writing some "Tips and Tricks" threads with screen shots on how to use certain features as we move forward. They take some time to put together, so just watch for one to show up from time to time. I will post them in the site questions forum.

    I also would like to thank Jerry Christiansen and Clayton and Jane Larson for their input getting this site running. They were part of the test team of the "beta" site. We selected them because they regularly contribute to these pages. Their input as regular member /users was invaluable making some of the decisions we had to make!

    Thank you all for being as patient as you were with our old, crippled forum! We know it was troublesome for many of you, and our participation showed that. Now that we have this new site up and running, we hope you'll come back and join in on the conversation and make this site even better than it once was!

    :Welcome: Welcome Back! :Welcome:
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2015
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  3. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi all,

    It is GREAT to be back. Thanks to the crew that Mark mentioned above for all their efforts. I am looking forward to the updated forum. LET THE POSTING BEGIN!

    Jerry Christiansen
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  4. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Thanks to Mark, Tim, Rick and Vern for all their hard work. We look forward to the Forum getting back to what it was years ago. We encourage everyone to start posting again and to be active participants!

    Jane & Clayton
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  5. michaelsteer

    michaelsteer Junior Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Great to have the site up! Thanks to each and everyone.
  6. Darren Gunderson

    Darren Gunderson 20 Minneapolis #8702 Crew WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Yes, it is great to be back up. Hopefully we can regain some more activity here now that things are going to work better. It used to be more active.
  7. Pete Mandt

    Pete Mandt WMSTR President WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Very nice. Thanks for the hard work on this. Looks like it will work again! Really appreciate it.
  8. 40avery

    40avery Mega Poster Super Moderator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    We are back!! Still a few bugs left to iron out but we will take care of them as soon as we possibly can. We hope that you enjoy the new forum as much as you used to. It is a great place to share and keep in communication during the long winters and during the summers for what is happening on the hill!

    Happy Posting!
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  9. Nebraska Cowman

    Nebraska Cowman Junior Poster

    yeah, bugs. The first two times I clicked on this topic all i got was the reply page. Worked the 3rd time.
  10. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    That is part of what I wrote about in the general discussion forum... the glitch we had last night. Hopefully that doesn't happen again!
  11. SMOKEY

    SMOKEY Junior Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Changing my password on the new WMSTR Community Forum went as smooth as silk, thanks Mark for the great instructions.
    Jim Rauch
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