We’re very excited to be able to introduce you to the new and improved version of the very best site for Scrambler-related information on the web and the home of the best CJ forum with the best users anywhere
While we know it will take some time for folks to get used to the new setup, this move to update the forum back-end software has been a long time coming and allows us to make some other overdue improvements and additions. With the upgrade, we’re also adding a suite of new features and content, some of which will roll out over time. Here’s an introduction to some of the highlights.
It’s BACK! This has been one of the most-requested features from people who remembered our old site where there was a section of technical and production information related to Scramblers. This new forum allows us to easily create articles and sort/tag them by topic so that we can continue to build this out. We’ve started adding in some of the previous content from the old site and we’re open to anyone’s help in writing new articles.
BUT THERE’S MORE! In what we think is just about the single coolest feature of this new forum software, we can promote any thread on the site to a full-blown article that then appears in the relevant tech section! This will allow us to highlight the very best threads and information on the forum so they’re at everyone’s fingertips as an article without having to search. Look for us to start asking for help in identifying threads for this treatment.
We're earching for suggested threads to promote: http://www.cj-8.com/forum/showthread...icle-promotion
First and foremost, if you’re not into Facebook, don’t worry: you don’t ever have to use any of the Facebook features and you do NOT need to sign up with Facebook!
Repeat: you don’t have to have anything at all to do with Facebook!
, for those of you who are on Facebook, you have a couple of things you can do:
-you will see “Like” buttons thoughout the site that you can click to put a note about a cool article/thread/post/picture/etc. on your wall.
-you can also use the “Facebook Connect” button at the top of the site to connect your account here to your Facebook page so that you can post any reply or new post directly to your page (look for the small checkbox near the buttons to post). So if you were to, say, write up a cool trip report with pictures on here, you can have it also post to your Facebook wall by just checking the box when you go to post it!
We ain’t done yet! While we would have loved to have gotten everything ready all at once, we didn’t see a point in holding back all of the cool features above any longer than we just had to. This is a list (and it’s not even the complete list) of additional cool stuff we’re looking to do now that we’re on the current version of the forum software:
-Alternate color themes for paid members including mobile themes
-Galleries for paid members
As with any software upgrade, there’s some changes to the way things used to be set up or done on the old forums to go along with these new features.
(for those with permissions to post photos) is different, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can find great tutorials on how to put pictures into your threads. Here’s a couple we found:
Usergroups and permissions
we have created a new, basic usergroup that is the group for free users who sign up for an account here on the site moving forward and any free user who’s not been active in 2012. In the past, the free users here had a number of benefits/settings that almost any other forum site reserved for paid members. We struggled with this decision for a long time but, ultimately, we have had hundreds of active “registered” forum users with a very small handful of paid upgraded members and had to move to lessen the burden on the server/hosting/administration for the site accordingly. While we greatly appreciate the paid memberships we have received, Matt has had to cover costs for the site out of his pocket and major efforts like this upgrade take additional funds on top of the normal operation.
For those free “registered” members who have been active in 2012 (and this is the vast majority of people reading this), in order to ease the transition, we moved these users to a temporary “Legacy Registered” group with the same permissions that they have had in the past. We will phase out this usergroup later this year and hope that folks take the opportunity to upgrade to a paid membership to take advantage of the new member benefits while also helping to support the forum and ensure future upgrades and improvements.
Here's a short summary of some of the benefits for paid forum supporters.
Annual Paid Member ($30/year with or without auto-renew):
- no attachments on posts
- 20 private message storage
- default color theme only
- basic signature
- small custom avatar (50x50 pixel)
Lifetime Paid Member ($150 one time):
- attachments (100 MB limit)
- Tapatalk mobile-optimized application access for smartphones and tablets
- photo gallery for uploading pictures
- Alternate forum color theme access
- 200 private message storage
- expanded signature with pictures
- profile picture (100x100)
- large custom avatar (100x100)
- Colored username to denote membership
- Access to member forum and ability to help decide on features/additions/upgrades
Note: features and pricing subject to change and availability. Forum software updates and other changes may cause some features not to work for a time, but we will work to make needed changes ASAP.
- Same as Annual, with the following exceptions:
- attachments (no MB limit)
- 1000 private message storage
- profile picture (320x240)
- larger custom avatar (250x250)