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    So has anyone else been trying to do their part to bring activity back?
    It's Gumby's fault.

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    I'm refinishing some rims. About all I can afford, time-wise, at this point LOL.

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    I mean my car is kinda done. I do want to replace the headliner and have the sunvisors recovered but I'll probably do that next year, and I'll most likely farm out the work.

    Edit: I had this thread last year: http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/...for-some-paint

    Now you want me to undertake another major project?
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    Hopefully this doesn't come off as harsh, but being someone who does IT professionally, and runs multiple successful forums, I can see why this forum (and other tbird/cougar/2.3 forums are dead): they're all boring, dated and not feature rich.

    for this forum in particular, here's a few things that could use some doing:

    1- stop using the default vbulletin theme, or one that's very close to default. that's boring and doesn't set the site apart, and I'm not sure if it works well on mobile devices. this site NEEDS to work well on mobile devices. most people in 2018 visit sites/forums/facebook/twitter on their phones, NOT on a desktop/laptop device.

    2- create a section/database/wiki for common DIY stuff for our cars. most forum searches suck bad...ask me how I know.

    3- integrate social media style plugins/features on the site: allow people to be tagged using the @ symbol, set up alerts, allow people to create accounts/sign in with facebook and twitter, etc.

    4- stop hiding forum sections until after you're logged in. that discourages viewers and people from signing up.

    5- why is the default setting to ONLY show threads from the last few days/weeks? that's annoying as hell and forces people to use the search tool to find old threads. did I mention that most forum search engines suck bad? you're exacerbating the problem here.

    6- add https to the site. google increases their search engine rankings for sites that uses https. it also loads the pages faster with https rather than http.

    there's more that can be done, but that's a start..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Chicken View Post
    I just haven't had the time to do much lately - it's deer season, and I'm typing this at the cottage on internet that is barely above dialup speed but less reliable. I will say this about the suggestion to update the forum to a more phone-friendly version: Have any of you ever seen what makes a website "phone friendly"? Because any time I visit a forum on my phone it is ab-so-lutely POLLUTED with advertising. Mobile-friendly seems to do nothing except take a perfectly cromulent website and turn it into clickbait. One thing we admins have been pretty adamant about with this forum, right from day one, is that it would never become one of those annoying places full of ads, and I have that same belief still.
    a mobile-friendly site is a MUST in 2018. the sites with a million ads are like that because of the way the admins have set it up. you don't need to make your site obtrusive to make it work well on mobile screens.

    Quote Originally Posted by EricCoolCats View Post
    Agreed. We don't really need advertising on this site, and even if we wanted it...there aren't too many businesses that would make us their target audience.

    So Carm, are you in for the upgrade? If so, who's handling it?
    what's wrong with getting people to pay a small fee to list a small banner ad for their site? it helps cover site costs and it directs people looking for parts suppliers for these cars..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 85turbotbird View Post
    a mobile-friendly site is a MUST in 2018. the sites with a million ads are like that because of the way the admins have set it up. you don't need to make your site obtrusive to make it work well on mobile screens.
    Check out https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/ as an example of this.
    Very mobile friendly, unobtrusive sidebar ads on a desktop which are pushed to the bottom on a mobile screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby View Post
    Check out https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/ as an example of this.
    Very mobile friendly, unobtrusive sidebar ads on a desktop which are pushed to the bottom on a mobile screen.
    That is very nice...super clean. Jealous of that software!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby View Post
    Check out https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/ as an example of this.
    Very mobile friendly, unobtrusive sidebar ads on a desktop which are pushed to the bottom on a mobile screen.
    yes, that's a pretty good representation of what a mobile design should look like. there's a few things that they show on mobile that do not work well, but overall, it's way better than where this forum stands now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricCoolCats View Post
    That is very nice...super clean. Jealous of that software!
    Yes it is very nice. What is the next step for this? Set a date? Can it all be done in 30 days? The value buried in here is worth $250 to me alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CougarSE View Post
    Yes it is very nice. What is the next step for this? Set a date? Can it all be done in 30 days? The value buried in here is worth $250 to me alone.
    it shouldn't take more than a few hours to upgrade the software and make sure everything is working correctly.
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