Rather than write another long message, I simply copied and pasted the original from February. The biggest difference is the transfer will start any day now. The site will be dark for a few days and should be back up on Monday. So never fear, we will be here.
Cloudy Nights has always been a labor of love, ever since it started as a pure telescope review site around 14 years ago. As the popularity of the internet grew, so did the size of CN. Adding the forums really helped the site explode until it finally became too large for Allister, Tom T, and the original crew, I would call them the Magnificent Seven but I honestly don’t know how many were involved in the day to day, to handle. So in 2004 he asked if we would like to purchase CN. We thought about it for around a second and said we would be happy to help. Along the way there have been entirely too many good folks help run CN behind the scenes to name names, so this is a heartfelt blanket thank you for your service.
During the past decade there has been a paradigm shift in the way that CN functions. The reviews are not coming in on as steady basis as when the website really started going. The “front page” of CN actually doesn’t see as much traffic as we think it should. The majority of reviews are actually showing up in the most popular part of CN, the forums.
The forum software itself is bad compared to current standards. The search stinks, the site is slow, it has outdated structure, and is just is pushed to its limits with the current thread load. Greg, Mike L., and the rest of the crew, has done their best getting the site to function properly but we have run out of band aids. There is only so much they can do with both hands tied behind their backs due to the limitation of the software.
The user base is what makes CN such a great instrument of astronomy and really a platform for the way other communities should conduct themselves. You all are friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to help a fellow enthusiast in need. For that, I thank you all.
However, times they are a changing.
You all have worked very hard over the years to make Cloudy Nights the booming site that it is; we are now working to make it a better experience for you. Cloudy Nights is going to go through a transformation. The site will have a different fit and finish when we are all done. It will be faster, slicker, and better overall.
Thank you for all your time and effort into making CN what it is and I think you all will like the new site. Please feel free to comment here with anything at all.
I think you will find the look very familiar. Remember, the people behind the scenes are working very hard to make a great experience. Not everything will be perfect out of the gate. Give them some time as they are volunteers donating their time to get it right.
And yes, ads will be around the new site. However, we will start working on Astronomy specific ads. It might take a little time, but there is some nice targeting software that will allow us to display ads to specific forums and such. It is needed revenue to keep Cloudy Nights running.
“Discouragement is the anesthetic the devil uses on a person just before he reaches in and carves out his heart.”
Here I go again, CN 3.0 Date is now
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