Yes, this Web site has changed. The vBulletin forums were removed and a blog-type, WordPress layout has been employed to display my (aka, Warrior) articles and stories.
It wasn’t because I have some authority complex about open forum communication… it was the fact that I was dealing with far more spam than actual contributors. A new forum may be instituted in the future; though not nearly as robust. There are plenty of online discussion groups to join with the heavy back-end administration requirements. A new forum here would be simple and quick system to allow some topic discussions separate from any article. I currently moderate, and recommend, the forums at MuscularDevelopment.com, a branch off the newstand publication.
A little reflection…
Many years ago, back in high school, a good friend of mine helped me tinker with an old 1972 Pontiac Lemans. It was great – original skirts and everything! I purchased the car from an elderly woman for quite cheap. Her husband had passed and the car had been sitting in her garage.
We had replaced everything rubber under the hood (hoses, gaskets, belts), cleaned it out and even did a custom stereo job to leave the old stock system in place – which required cutting a hole in my buddy’s closet door for materials (his mother was pissed!). The compression was fantastic and it was a power horse. But, as time went on, the boat felt more like a barge as maintenance and space requirements became frequent issues. One major problem was how the pin between the power booster and master cylinder kept getting lodged and we simply couldn’t get it fixed.
I am not going to tell you what my next car was after moving away from home, but it was something new with little requirements on my end. But it served the intent: to get my caboose around town. I may have sold that old car, but I learned a lot about auto mechanics – the knowledge will stay with me forever!
The old Web site reminded me off that old car. Large and powerful, but too much work. It was too heavy for the intent. I believe this new design will better serve the information I try to bring, while still allowing commenting and discussions. I am a veteran of backend and frontend programming and design; this new format is powerful yet easier to manage.
If you were a regular visitor here, thank you for your patience and understanding. If you registered as a member of the vBulletin community, your information has been discarded and you’ll need to re-register with this new format. Registration is fast and simple. I’ll look forward to seeing everyone rate articles, vote on polls and comment on the posted information. Feel free to contact me anytime regarding questions, comments and feedback… or to simply drop me a line.
Thanks again for putting up with the change.