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Old 01-25-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Forum & Database Update

Hi everybody,

All of us over at HobbyTalk wanted to make an announcement about the Wings/DAC forums in light of some of the speculation that’s been happening about the future of the forums and the database. We’d planned to announce this in the next week or so, but we don’t want people worrying unnecessarily so are doing so now.

Firstly, we wanted to let everybody know that nothing about the forums themselves will be changing, and that the database/MyCollection won’t be going anywhere or becoming pay-to-use or anything like that.

What has changed is ownership of the site; when HobbyTalk purchased the Wings family sites from Todd, Jim & Michael, besides how much we liked the community that had grown up around them, one of the reasons was because of the database and MyCollection, both of which we very much admired . We had planned to extend and develop this to add many more features and to replicate it on our other sites about other subjects.

However, after much work across the communities, we came to the conclusion that to build the sort of database/collection management system we wanted, we needed to concentrate fully on that and less on the day-to-day running of actual online communities. That meant we needed to find a worthy custodian for all our sites - SlotForum, PlanetDiecast, HobbyTalk & the Wings family - to ensure they continued to run on in the forum their users knew and loved. Happily, forum specialists MAS Media stepped in and expressed their interest in taking over, and after talking about the possibilities with them for a while, we were satisfied that they were the right fit and their hands-off approach would ensure that nothing about the forum experience you enjoy here would change.
This doesn’t affect anything at all as far as all you forum/community users are concerned; all the day-to-day stuff will remain exactly the same, although there will be some detail improvements as we’re currently very behind on updating the forum software and we’ll now be able to move to the newest versions.

However, while the forums are now in the safe hands of MAS Media, we have retained ownership of the database system; just to reiterate, this does NOT mean the database/MyCollection is going away or anything like that; quite simply that we’re working on it and will be making some exciting new changes and improvements to it to bring a more modern and user-friendly interface to it than the current setup has. All the current features will remain, but with the addition of the some exciting new ones to come. There’ll be some images of the prototype coming shortly along with more info about this so everyone can give info/feedback before anything gets implements, obviously. Some of the team members here are taking the opportunity brought by this change to take a step back or a break from their roles and we would like to thank them all for their hard work in helping make the database and site the great place it is today.

Once again, we’d like to reassure everyone that the community is going to remain the same great place you all enjoy visiting. I’ve asked Justin from MAS Media to post here to introduce himself (he should be by on Monday), and if you’ve any questions about anything for the new owners, please ask them in this thread. In case you're wondering, I've also posted this in the Model Database & MyCollection section just to make sure everyone sees it.

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Re: Forum & Database Update

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to thank Andrew for clarifying things here. As he mentioned, our only line of business is running forums. We work with existing moderator teams who care dearly about the site and ensure that the communities needs are being met. We don't plan on making any changes to the site unless it involves making improvements at the request of the community or for security purposes. We will always inform the community of any decisions that may affect the community directly. We have the best intentions to keep things going here and look forward to growing an already great forum.
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This was clearly a large concern with the users of W900...loljk

This is the first I've heard of it.
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Hi everybody,

All of us over at HobbyTalk wanted to make an announcement about the Wings/DAC forums in light of some of the speculation that’s been happening about the future of the forums and the database. We’d planned to announce this in the next week or so, but we don’t want people worrying unnecessarily so are doing so now.

Firstly, we wanted to let everybody know that nothing about the forums themselves will be changing, and that the database/MyCollection won’t be going anywhere or becoming pay-to-use or anything like that.

What has changed is ownership of the site; when HobbyTalk purchased the Wings family sites from Todd, Jim & Michael, besides how much we liked the community that had grown up around them, one of the reasons was because of the database and MyCollection, both of which we very much admired . We had planned to extend and develop this to add many more features and to replicate it on our other sites about other subjects.

However, after much work across the communities, we came to the conclusion that to build the sort of database/collection management system we wanted, we needed to concentrate fully on that and less on the day-to-day running of actual online communities. That meant we needed to find a worthy custodian for all our sites - SlotForum, PlanetDiecast, HobbyTalk & the Wings family - to ensure they continued to run on in the forum their users knew and loved. Happily, forum specialists MAS Media stepped in and expressed their interest in taking over, and after talking about the possibilities with them for a while, we were satisfied that they were the right fit and their hands-off approach would ensure that nothing about the forum experience you enjoy here would change.
This doesn’t affect anything at all as far as all you forum/community users are concerned; all the day-to-day stuff will remain exactly the same, although there will be some detail improvements as we’re currently very behind on updating the forum software and we’ll now be able to move to the newest versions.

However, while the forums are now in the safe hands of MAS Media, we have retained ownership of the database system; just to reiterate, this does NOT mean the database/MyCollection is going away or anything like that; quite simply that we’re working on it and will be making some exciting new changes and improvements to it to bring a more modern and user-friendly interface to it than the current setup has. All the current features will remain, but with the addition of the some exciting new ones to come. There’ll be some images of the prototype coming shortly along with more info about this so everyone can give info/feedback before anything gets implements, obviously. Some of the team members here are taking the opportunity brought by this change to take a step back or a break from their roles and we would like to thank them all for their hard work in helping make the database and site the great place it is today.

Once again, we’d like to reassure everyone that the community is going to remain the same great place you all enjoy visiting. I’ve asked Justin from MAS Media to post here to introduce himself (he should be by on Monday), and if you’ve any questions about anything for the new owners, please ask them in this thread. In case you're wondering, I've also posted this in the Model Database & MyCollection section just to make sure everyone sees it.

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I just wanted to thank Andrew for clarifying things here. As he mentioned, our only line of business is running forums. We work with existing moderator teams who care dearly about the site and ensure that the communities needs are being met. We don't plan on making any changes to the site unless it involves making improvements at the request of the community or for security purposes. We will always inform the community of any decisions that may affect the community directly. We have the best intentions to keep things going here and look forward to growing an already great forum.
Welcome to both and thanks for your presentation and your clarification.
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Welcome to the forum!
Lets wait and see what happens - hopefully any changes will always be for the better.
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I do like how you clearly state you have no care for the forum itself, and have sole interest in the database of ours. (Yes, Ours) If you cared that much about us you'd have not gotten an external 'group' to manage it while you dilly-dally with the DB. Because it is pretty obvious that is your #1 motivation for acquiring it, the forum is a just a...byproduct of it.
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I do like how you clearly state you have no care for the forum itself, and have sole interest in the database of ours. (Yes, Ours) If you cared that much about us you'd have not gotten an external 'group' to manage it while you dilly-dally with the DB. Because it is pretty obvious that is your #1 motivation for acquiring it, the forum is a just a...byproduct of it.

Thank god for freedom of speech. MYT, you sir, just gained respect from me. You hit the nail right on the head.

Now if you leave the forum, I'm leaving. You're the biggest one to bring humor to this site, but also speak the truth.
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To Baskingshark

Congrats on your new acquisition,I wish you guys, Baskingshark and masmedia success and thanks for keeping the forums side "as is".


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I do like how you clearly state you have no care for the forum itself, and have sole interest in the database of ours. (Yes, Ours) If you cared that much about us you'd have not gotten an external 'group' to manage it while you dilly-dally with the DB. Because it is pretty obvious that is your #1 motivation for acquiring it, the forum is a just a...byproduct of it.
Very true. Ah well.. I guess this is the end of Wings900 being as it is. I have a bad feeling about all of this.
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Me too. Right, must dash....got a new WingsCollectors forum to build quick
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I hope nothing changes. Imagine Charter would have to enter his collection into a new database, that would take him weeks to accomplish.
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The new guys assured you that not much is going to change but you don't want to believe them.
Let the whining commence...
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I feel like this a new government coming into play and they're changing everything. Before long, I say a lot of people will drop out of not be on this forum again.
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