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From the SCA Editors: Spam Moderation Locked

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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 9:46 AM

It's been just about a month since this post was made. I'm not really sure what to think about this situation anymore. My head says one thing, but my heart says something else. Not trying to be negative, nor am I looking for a war with the longtime forum vets, but I think if something was going to be done it would have happened by now. Maybe I'm dead wrong on this, maybe not. But in any case I am quite disapointed.

Kind of reminds me of a girlfriend I once had. For awhile she paid lip service to the relationship, but eventually she just gave up, hoping I would go away. It sort of feels like that around here.

Or perhaps we are like Keith's goldfish. My buddy Keith moved house, and in the process a fish bowl with two goldfish was inadvertently left with a pile of things in the barn. It was remembered about a month later, but sure the fish had died, no one even checked on it. Another three or four months after that, while working in the barn, Keith came upon the fish bowl, packed with algea and most of the water gone... and two live goldfish inside. I feel like one day someone from SA will check in on the forum, find a dozen or so of us struggling to keep this thing afloat, and say, "What!? You guys are still here?"

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, September 06, 2018 12:57 PM

At this point, I don't think appointing moderators will help. I suppose it would help with the spammers.

This place seems to be on life support and no one wants to pull the plug and no one wants to revive it. I thought it may change once Jim Haught left. But, it's more inactive now than ever. Look at any thread on here and the view to comment ratio is 100+ to 1. That's terrible! At one time, if you missed a day here, you missed a lot and it would take a while to catch up. Now, you can miss a month and catch up in a couple of minutes. I don't know what it would take to fix this forum as far as increasing activity. But, doing nothing is driving away the few that remain.

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by TonyO on Thursday, September 06, 2018 4:32 PM

I'd really like to see a response from the forum administration about this. If they have no intentions of keeping the forum up and running then just say so. Basically an honest, pull no punches type of update regarding the state of the forum. I'm not trying to imply that they owe it to us, just asking for some direction.


  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by Robby DeGraff on Thursday, September 06, 2018 5:11 PM

Relax folks, relax folks. The forum is still here, the forum is not going anywhere.

There's truthfully no real updates or news to provide unfortunately about appointing moderators. We've (Kalmbach Media, the publisher of Scale Auto) have secured a deal to completely redo our online system, which includes the Scale Auto website, forum, and photo galleries. We've picked out a new publishing platform and will be ditching our old online content system, SiteCore, soon. Soon, is the keyword, as this could take weeks or months or even up to a year.

During the redesign, the forum and online photo galleries will remain, but expect things to look much more modern, high-end, and user-friendly in times with other sites on the web.

With that said, priorities are priorities, and appointing moderators/determining how to do so is probably on the bottom of the list at the moment for our super, small IT department, who also oversees acticity on the 7+ other magazines' websites.

Again, fear not, the forum is not going anywhere. There's no need to panic.


  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by Robby DeGraff on Friday, September 07, 2018 1:41 PM

There's zero need to get disprespectful, none. This is an online forum. Trust us, we understand the benefit and contributions that make this forum great. We, on the editorial level, have tried all we can and everything now is in the hands of our IT team, who doesn't suck. They're very short handed at the moment, and working hard on revamping all of our websites. Just ignore the spammers for now, and I will continue to try and clean it up when I can. 

Again, no need to panic. This is just a forum.


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