2015 State of the ClassicCougarCommunity.Com

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2015 State of the ClassicCougarCommunity.Com

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Post by xr7g428 » 20 Jan 2015, 11:59

The only thing we know for sure is that things change. For the first time since the creation of this site it appears that we have plateaued or even started to shrink in the number of active members and posts.

I attribute this mostly to the very rapid growth of Cougar groups on Facebook. Forum software has lagged behind what Facebook, powered by billions of dollars, has been able to accomplish. Facebook is just easier for the average user when it comes to posting links, and pictures. However, Facebook is terrible for any kind of technical explanation or serious "how to" posts. It can be difficult to find a post within just a few minutes and searching for older posts is pretty close to impossible.

Looking forward, there are improvements coming to to forum software that hopefully will make the process easier. Photo posting in particular is a big problem that needs to be addressed. We use tapatalk for mobile users and that group is also growing as more people are using their phones and tablets to access the internet. We depend on open source software so our primary issue is the time required to make the updates when they become available. In some cases the producers of open source products charge for "extras" which really are not extra. I expect this to grow as these folks try to find a way to get paid for what they do.

In 2014 thirty members stepped up and hit the Donate button, a couple of them more than once. The support is critical for the continued operation of the site, and those donations are very much appreciated. Thanks! Previously the Supporting Member badge next to the user name was more or less permanent. Once you donated it stayed up forever. We have now changed that to indicate that the member has donated in the current or previous year. This will provide a much more accurate picture of the level of support the site is receiving. There are no plans to add advertising to site now, or ever.

This site is here for the benefit of the members. What can we do to make it better? What would make this a more fun place to spend the few precious minutes you have to pursue the Cougar hobby? Is Facebook the way to go? You candid and honest feedback is the only way we can find out what we are doing right and most importantly, what we are doing wrong.
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Re: 2015 State of the ClassicCougarCommunity.Com

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Post by CougarCJ » 20 Jan 2015, 12:16

One of the reasons that MCdot.net survives is because for some reason the Classic Cougar Community is difficult to log into and stay logged into for many people. We encourage our customers with project questions to join CCC.com. They sign up and then soon after they have problems logging in. We hear it over and over again. "I can't log in, over there. Did it once, and went back and can't get on anymore."

A couple of our own guys, have experienced this problem. Richard finally got it to work consistently, not too long ago. Not all of these members are computer illiterate either, Darrell can't get back on either.
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Post by Don Rush » 20 Jan 2015, 13:54

Facebook is worthless for documenting content and finding it at a later date. It is more social. Really? Only 30 people flipped you $20? Just guessing that was about the average.

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Post by CatVert68 » 20 Jan 2015, 15:28

I've never had a problem staying logged in to CCC.com. I always come straight into the forums, which is how I have it bookmarked. I agree with Don and Bill that FB is awful for finding anything more than a couple of hours old. I wouldn't want to see a forum resource move in that direction.

This site works well for me just the way it is. I'm sure there are things that could be improved, but I'm satisfied enough that I don't need to think about what they might be.
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Post by 70 Cougar » 20 Jan 2015, 18:30

I've noticed if you start writing a post and get pulled away from the computer for more than 20 minutes before submitting and come back a bit later to submit your post, I find that I'm logged out and have to start my post all over again. On the Concours Mustang website that I creep onto they have an option to keep you logged in constantly which I find to be convenient.

Regarding Facebook, I don't see it having the same technical experience as this forum provides therefore I wouldn't make the switch over. Also I don't see the organizing and searching capabilities with using FB. Facebook is very convenient to upload photos and I find FB to be a lot slower to load and navigate which is annoying to me. I don't mind creeping onto MC.net here and there but the advertising kills the experience for me to be there on a weekly basis.

Exciting to see constant tweaks and improvements, not many forums are managed in this regard. Keep up the great work guys.
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Post by fordnutz » 20 Jan 2015, 18:52

I think there would be very few of the real knowledgeable contributors if this was to move to Facebook. I am never at MC.net, but if this site disappeared and moved to FB, I would have to go back to MC.net, even though it is nowhere as good as CCC.com.
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Post by G68 » 20 Jan 2015, 19:29

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Classic Cougar Community is one of my top most visited and enjoyed websites there are. We members have formed a bond that can't be matched on enormous scales like Facebook. If something were to happen to make the CCC go away it would be a sad day in the life of G68
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Post by sweetair » 20 Jan 2015, 21:22

I'd like the admin and group here to know that I have 4 car sites I look at on a weekly basis. 2 that I look at on an almost daily basis. CCC.com is one of those 2 sites. My marauder site is the other almost daily visit.

I do agree that getting logged off is a bit of a drag when I walk away for a few minutes. My viewing has been down a bit lately but that might be because of the weather for myself. I really want to take the cat out for a hot lap, but the weather has not cooperated. I have managed to take the marauder out though, so all is not lost. Is there a chance the time of year when most of the cats are staying inside might have something to do with this?
I'm looking forward to spring, warmer weather, and hopefully a visit to Mass next early Fall for a cougar meet. Thanks for this great site.
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Post by Trixie » 20 Jan 2015, 21:25

Hello All,

Here is what I have to say, I agree 100% that Facebook is NOT the place for this forum to even consider transitioning to. It would be a real shame if Classic Cougar Community Forum should disappear. I for one have absolutely NO use for Facebook or Twitter or any of those types of sites. Did we forget how to communicate with each other unless we post all of our private and personal information online? Sorry, getting a little off track here. I originally looked at becoming a member of MC.net but was rejected because of my email address! Come on, I think we all know what I'm talking about by the Forum Rules statement posted by the site admin. I know a lot of folks here are members of both sites, but MC.net acts like they are better then anybody else and can exclude anyone they wish as their mood dictates. I have NEVER had any issues here with CCC and was accepted from the beginning. I still am unclear how to post photos correctly, but that is a minor issue. I say congrats to this forum and hope it is around for a very long time.
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Post by MercuryDon » 21 Jan 2015, 01:44

I have never had a problem logging on.
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