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08/14/20 at 10:33pm
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Hey look at that, the new website is up, and we updated the forum too. Somebody tag Robert C.

Big big thanks to Owen Mundy and his students at Davidson College for all their hard work in making this happen! 

Click around, check out the new features, and the new store, and let us know if something doesn't work for you. Be sure to include what device and browser you are using. president@tarheeltrailblazers.com

Also: special thanks to Marcus Barton for backing up our forum and bringing it to the new site (for better or worse), to Jerry Adams for modding the forum for years and years, extra web help from Sean Smith and Tim Sizemore, Nelson Woltz for our trail descriptions, Mark Sullivan for knowing things, and all those that provided pics through our photo contest last year.
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Reply #1 - 08/14/20 at 11:21pm
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 08/14/20 at 10:33pm:
Hey look at that, the new website is up, and we updated the forum too. Somebody tag Robert C.



Man, now just get D River open and I can die in peace.   Wink

New site looks awesome
  
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Reply #3 - 08/15/20 at 2:59am
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Nice.  I think the previous site update was when I was using a dial up connection.
  
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Reply #4 - 08/15/20 at 1:12pm
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Looks great—thanks to the devs!
  
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Reply #5 - 08/15/20 at 4:20pm
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Looks great! Well done with the limitations of integration.
Wish the forum was mobile friendly.
  
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Reply #6 - 08/15/20 at 5:06pm
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 08/14/20 at 10:33pm:
Hey look at that, the new website is up, and we updated the forum too.


Do you have a link to the new site?
  

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It's up and running. If you don't see it, reset the cache.

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nightowl wrote on 08/15/20 at 5:45pm:
It's up and running. If you don't see it, reset the cache.

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Perhaps this is known.  It appears the new site is configured for UTC and that posts are time-stamped to this and NOT showing in a localized form.  It presently is 4:29 PM ET, and the above message certainly wasn't made in the future.

The clock in the top, right corner of the website shows "Aug 15th, 2020 at 8:29pm".
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EXCELLENT!!!
  

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Reply #10 - 08/17/20 at 1:23am
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Trail Junky wrote on 08/15/20 at 8:32pm:



Perhaps this is known.  It appears the new site is configured for UTC and that posts are time-stamped to this and NOT showing in a localized form.  It presently is 4:29 PM ET, and the above message certainly wasn't made in the future.

The clock in the top, right corner of the website shows "Aug 15th, 2020 at 8:29pm".



Yeppers.  It's known.  Just a couple of fine-tune tweaks need to be made.  There's also a few issues with attachments and user avatars..
  
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Any chance of putting the trails in alphabetical order?

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Website looks fantastic! 

Maybe next update there can be a board for ebikes.  Cheesy
  
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Trail Junky wrote on 08/15/20 at 8:32pm:



Perhaps this is known.  It appears the new site is configured for UTC and that posts are time-stamped to this and NOT showing in a localized form.  It presently is 4:29 PM ET, and the above message certainly wasn't made in the future.

The clock in the top, right corner of the website shows "Aug 15th, 2020 at 8:29pm".



Is that avatar issue the not-always-displaying of avatar images?  Mine is not loading, and the image URL is accessible directly.  There may also be a problem with forum user accounts not remaining logged in.
  

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Reply #14 - 08/17/20 at 1:39pm
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Robert C. wrote on 08/17/20 at 1:30am:
Any chance of putting the trails in alphabetical order?

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FWIW: Alphabetical left to right seems less intuitive than up and down in columns, but I'm sure we'll get used to it (I'm only looking at a few trails anyways).
  

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Reply #15 - 08/17/20 at 1:49pm
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Looks great! Thanks for all the hard work..
  

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Trail status in a list:
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Reply #17 - 08/17/20 at 6:30pm
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Just noticed that the map and MTB project part for Big Leaf Slopes seems to be tied in to the Big Leaf Loop trail at Poston.  The Google map link also goes there too.  The Trailforks link works properly though.
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I apologize in advance if you don't need this information...

The colors for the trail status icons turned to gray instead or red, green, or yellow sometime in the last couple of hours.
  

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Metalmok wrote on 08/18/20 at 3:57pm:
I apologize in advance if you don't need this information...

The colors for the trail status icons turned to gray instead or red, green, or yellow sometime in the last couple of hours.


We didnt want to offend any body so we switched to a neutral color with symbols. 
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Phisher Pharms is misspelled in the list of trails...just sayin
  

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Reply #21 - 08/19/20 at 12:43pm
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PLEASE bring the colors back for the trail status page. It was so much easier to see, especially on mobile, which I’m sure is how most people check. 

Besides that, the update is fantastic. The look and layout is spot-on. 

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So I guess single speed really is dead.  Cry
  
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Like the updated forum colors. It's flow better with the main site.
  
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For the pics that scroll across the homepage, might be cool to footnote the trail name.  Makes for a nice tie in.
  
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Robert C. wrote on 08/19/20 at 4:26pm:
So I guess single speed really is dead.  Cry


Holly Molly, just noticed it was gone.   Angry
  

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Yellowduck wrote on 08/26/20 at 8:55am:


Holly Molly, just noticed it was gone.   Angry


It hadn't received a post in over a year. Along with munis and freeride. No need for a separate section.
  
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 08/26/20 at 3:50pm:


It hadn't received a post in over a year. Along with munis and freeride. No need for a separate section.


No need for a separate section... as long as the forum is dead.

Until there is an easy way to post photos to the forums, link media, post social reactions, and do it all across PC/tablet/phone, the site will remain dead.  In fact, it may be too late to change or improve things since so much traffic has been driven away from the site already.

But I'm not telling people what they don't already know.  Doesn't sound like anything is going to change.
  

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Bonsai Nut wrote on 09/21/20 at 7:06am:


No need for a separate section... as long as the forum is dead.

Until there is an easy way to post photos to the forums, link media, post social reactions, and do it all across PC/tablet/phone, the site will remain dead.  In fact, it may be too late to change or improve things since so much traffic has been driven away from the site already.

But I'm not telling people what they don't already know.  Doesn't sound like anything is going to change.


You're conflating forum activity and website traffic. Memberships, donations, and swag purchases are all sharply up, and our Beatty trail coordinator reports 20 volunteers showed up when he used the events function. Seems like the website is doing what it's supposed to. A busy forum does nothing for me. And I suspect if we switched to a modern forum software, nobody would bother to sign up, because social media.
  
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 09/21/20 at 3:59pm:
And I suspect if we switched to a modern forum software, nobody would bother to sign up, because social media.


I would sign up and still be an active forum user just as I am today if the new system was standalone similar to how YaBB is.  This type of system works and doesn't need the social media and Big Data tie-ins to function.  Plus, I am one of the few not to be found across any of the "social media" sites and essentially have never been.
  

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Reply #30 - 09/21/20 at 9:25pm
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I'm confused..
But what exactly has improved vs. the old website/forum?

Yes, it looks a bit different. And we've lost a few sub forums.
  

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Reply #31 - 09/22/20 at 8:27am
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 09/21/20 at 3:59pm:


You're conflating forum activity and website traffic.


No I'm not.  The first two key metrics you glance at to evaluate a site are:
(1)  Traffic
(2)  Engagement

Engagement of course being how long people spend on the site, and how much of your site they utilize.  You can have a site with low traffic and high engagement, or one with high traffic and low engagement.  Of course, advertisers much prefer the former, because low engagement scores typically mean you're one step away from the big tech graveyard in the sky.

But I'm not telling you anything you don't know - with a forum whose traffic peaked 12 years ago.  Suffice it to say I am looking for an online Charlotte mtbiking community, and it ain't gonna happen here... as I have been told numerous times.  Why even bother with a forum - it seems inconsistent with your vision for the site and just requires maintenance for something that doesn't add any value?  I keep suggesting the things that need to be done to make your forum an asset instead of a liability... and all I seem to be doing is pissing people off(?)
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SirNotAppearing wrote on 09/22/20 at 2:51pm:
Be prepared to answer questions about whether you should go tubeless or not five times per day.


Answer: yes

That wasn't so hard Smiley
  

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It's good to have people willing to speak their mind in a coherent and polite manner.
But let's not get carried away. 

Bonsai, 10 years ago those against the herd kind of comments would have gotten you 50 tongue lashes from the lurkers/regulars here..   

Most of the problems have now moved onto greener pastures or were banned..

Be careful what you wish for.   Wink
This aint California. And it's not all bad.
Plenty of drama out there for the taking for those willing to look around a little. 

Hey moderators, can we please add an e-bike forum.., for talley and company?  Smiley 
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It's good to have people willing to speak their mind in a coherent and polite manner.
But let's not get carried away. 

Bonsai, 10 years ago those against the herd kind of comments would have gotten you 50 tongue lashes from the lurkers/regulars here..   

Most of the problems have now moved onto greener pastures or were banned..

Be careful what you wish for.   Wink
This aint California. And it's not all bad.
Plenty of drama out there for the taking for those willing to look around a little. 

Hey moderators, can we please add an e-bike forum.., for talley and company?  Smiley 


Not sure I understand anything you said, and for that matter, I have no idea what my time in California has to do with whether you can use a web site on a phone or easily upload photos, but not surprised that someone would toss it out as some sort of personality flaw.  

However I do accept that an interactive community is not what this site is about, and that's fine.
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Reply #36 - 09/23/20 at 9:07am
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I guess I'm old school.  I would much rather use the forum than the social media platforms.  I miss the traffic that used to be here.   

And yes, there should be a e-bike forum.
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Bonsai Nut wrote on 09/23/20 at 7:31am:


Not sure I understand anything you said, and for that matter, I have no idea what my time in California has to do with whether you can use a web site on a phone or easily upload photos, but not surprised that someone would toss it out as some sort of personality flaw.  

However I do accept that an interactive community is not what this site is about, and that's fine.


Always good to maintain ones sense of humor.
Especially on the Internets.   Smiley

Beyond that, you wont find a perfect place on this planet.
I know. I've been it around it a couple of times looking.  Cool 

  

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