imho the home page layout now sucks...
you overloaded w/ modules and haven't setup a decent layout
a standard 1024x768 screen is only going to see the first 6 threads and the forum jump points on the left, and that's if you're a member and logged in, it's worse if you're a visitor (2 forum topics, adds, and that's it)...having to page down instead of catching stuff at a glimpse is cumbersome for folks just stopping by for a glance...pretty much amateur hour if you ask me compared to any number of established 2 wheeled boards out there
again, just my 2 cents so take it for what it's worth...
I listen and value everyone's feedback. I really wish I would have taken a screenshot of the old Home page to reference, as going off the things you are complaining about, it was 20 times worse IMHO. It had a huge header at the top, there was a How to Drift YouTube video, and the 10 recent threads at the bottom of the page. And everyone, Lurkers and Users both had ads unless you donated to the site. I've cleaned up the Home Page to provide all recent activity on the forum in one main layout and as of now, no one logged in can see ads, even those who have not donated.
Send me an email, please, with a list of any 2 wheeled board out there that you feel is better and tell me what you like about it, and I'll check it out. I'm always looking for additional ways to improve things. You mentioned you admin'd one notable forum, so send that as well, as I'd love to see that too. My email, which is always open, is [email protected]
not having any idea who you are or how the sudden change of hands came to be, i'll lay back and see what you do, appreciate that the site is still around and if you are still here in 5 or more years, i'm sure it'll all be good
To respond to this, I'll just say I'll see you in 30 years, as I am committed to taking what Kevin has done up to this point and improving upon it. To tell you more about me and the change that happened, I'll refer to the following 2 posts I made:
Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Kevin and I have had lengthy communication up to this point, and I've been working very hard not only moving the forum to a better server, but also making all kinds of upgrades to the software. To follow up on what Kevin said about the ownership transferring:
Even though the ownership of the site is changing, the vision of the site will not change. Kevin has made it very clear to me why he started Wrist Twisters and his goal for the community and I strongly agree with his vision and intent.
I also want to make sure everyone knows that I will never charge any kind of subscription to use Wrist Twisters. Every function and feature and use of the site will always be free to the community. I cannot stress that enough. I've seen communities change hands and then the new owners start charging the users, and that will not happen here and I want to squash that thought before it ever comes up.
The structure of the site will stay the same. The admin and mods will stay the same.
So what will change? Well, I've already upgraded the forum software to something more new and updated, which will provide many more functions and features from there. That will be the hardest part about all of this - once thats in place, I will continue to add new functions to the site such as giving the users the ability to have individual riding blogs, integrated social features for connecting up with other riders and friends, and more.
My personal focus is going to be improving and upgrading the forum software, not the vision or the community. I hope there is a distinct difference that everyone can understand.
If anyone has any questions for me, please post up and I'll answer them as I read them.
Now, I'm going to go post up my introduction thread.
Hello everyone, my name is Lash and to tell you about me, I'm a motorcycle connoisseur and a riding junkie. I just love to ride, ever since picking up my first motorcycle in 1996. I'm probably one of the most laid back people you will ever meet, always been a die hard Kawasaki fan, but I just like motorcycles so I can appreciate anything with two wheels.
Outside of motorcycles, I love to snowboard, am big into computers and technology, enjoy photography, and I'm always down for a good espresso.
Looking forward to contributing to the Wrist Twisters motorcycling community.