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    This forum/site needs SERIOUS help...

    Last week I tried for days to post NEW threads under different topics, and instead of posting it would route me back and say "thread not found"... Now THIS week, I have been unable to even bring the site itself up at all during the evenings from my home computers - My wife and I both have mac books, we tried changing browsers from Firefox (which I normally use) to Safari, neither could pull the Ocean City.com website up... I'm staring to think there are a lot of bugs like this preventing people from posting in here - every day I notice multiple new members added, yet almost NONE are posting, and asking questions??????? I could see existing members losing interest, or maybe boycotting because they don't like the new format, or maybe they are upset because the Sand Dollar program is basically useless at the moment, but that doesn't explain the lack of participation from these "new "users.... And before somebody answers back that it's "winter time" , I've been a member here for the past 8 winters, & this is NOT normal... Also on Trip Advisor forum we are averaging 2-3 new postings daily, and it's "winter" over on that board too... Something IS wrong here. BIG TIME!

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    I agree something must be up is can get here and it always says there are others here but see no posts. Haven't see the problems you have but have never seen it this low in the winter before.

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    • #3
      I haven't had any of the problems that you have mentioned. It comes up all the time for me using Firefox on built by me PCs. As for the lack of discussion, I really have nothing to say. The way things are going financially, I will not see Ocean City for several more years.

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      • #4
        Something has to be wrong, stopped by this morning and it said there were 11 users here, now it says there are 18 and not a single post not even spam.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bob Hall View Post
          I haven't had any of the problems that you have mentioned. It comes up all the time for me using Firefox on built by me PCs. As for the lack of discussion, I really have nothing to say. The way things are going financially, I will not see Ocean City for several more years.
          Bob, here at work I'm using an OLD desktop style pc w/ XP, & firefox - things are ok. HOWEVER at home I can not even pull the website up at all ... nothing. Now, keep in mind, I have been using this "new" site for over 7 months BEFORE the site officially launched for the rest of the members to use... I'm in the same house, same ISP, same router, same Mac Book(S). Yet I can no longer access the site. If I didn't have this "old windows work compute", I'd be under the assumption, that the site/ forum were shut down right now.

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          • #6
            I've been able to pull it up the few times I've checked. I'm using Google Chrome right now. It does seem that there is not much traffic on here lately. Hopefully it will pick back up when spring rolls around. I'm not a big fan of the new site, although the old one wasn't great either. I like the way Trip Advisor has their Q&A set up better, I'm not a fan of the separate topics on here really.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeanM View Post
              Bob, here at work I'm using an OLD desktop style pc w/ XP, & firefox - things are ok. HOWEVER at home I can not even pull the website up at all ... nothing. Now, keep in mind, I have been using this "new" site for over 7 months BEFORE the site officially launched for the rest of the members to use... I'm in the same house, same ISP, same router, same Mac Book(S). Yet I can no longer access the site. If I didn't have this "old windows work compute", I'd be under the assumption, that the site/ forum were shut down right now.
              Dean, I seriously think there is something in your macbooks that is the culprit. Have you updated anything on it recently that you can think of?

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              • #8
                Before the new site launched there were an average of about a dozen new posts per day...now there is about 1-2. I think the issue is a little bigger than Dean's Macbook
                I have no trouble opening the site..although it does take an extraordinarily long time to load. It clearly has issues no one wants to deal with as evidenced by the lack of input from admin...

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                • #9
                  Ok, here's what I did today (right now actually) Here's what I've done. I took the mac to work, & hooked it up directly to the modem, it works great. So, I called my wife, & had her disconnect the router and hook her mack book up to the modem in the house, it works there as well now... So it would seem the the router is the issue on my end, As none of the FOUR Mac Books, (all have Snow Leopard OS) or my son's lap top with windows 8, will pull up the site using any combo of computers and browsers the HOWEVER keep in mind this is the same router I've been using for the past 2 years and every other site DOES still come up for us. Keep in mind though, when I had the original problem, (where I was unable to post from home OR work using both windows & mac) that it was immediately after that situation got resolved that I could no longer pull the site up from home....

                  If buying a new router is the solution, then it's a non- issue for sure. I just find it next to impossible to believe that all of a sudden my router has developed a problem that is indigenous solely to THIS site...

                  Also, I do want to point out that once the Admins were aware of this problem, they contacted me immediately, and are/ have been trying to figure this out as well, and I'm waiting to hear back from them and hopefully either they or someone on here can figure out WHY this is happening.

                  My main concern was if I had been away from this site for a while, and got this error msg while trying to load the page - after a few times of THAT I'd figure this site was shut down for good...

                  Any thoughts on this Bob???

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                  • #10
                    Actually, I was going to suggest next that you try the macbook at work or somewhere else in order to rule out any connectivity issues. About a month ago, the Centurylink DSL modem at my main job would start blocking all internet access to anything connected to it wirelessly. This was after a major surge throughout the building despite it being hooked up to UPS. I essentially couldn't do my job because I couldn't get my laptop out to where it needed to be on the floor. All of the configuration settings were correct in the modem so I asked for a new one and they shipped it to me. Been running trouble free there since. You may want to check to see if any ip addresses or domain names are on a block list if you know how to get into your settings.

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                    • #11
                      Bob, I'm not sure exactly how to check those settings, I'm considering getting a new router...

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                      • #12
                        Ironically Dean, this topic has seen the most traffic that the forum has seen in a while. While I think this new forum is an upgrade from the old forum, I think the navigation is lacking. Also, I think some of the icons could use an upgrade. On the old forum, I could easily see if new threads were created under a certain forum topic, if a reply was posted to a thread, etc. I can still do that now, but it seems less reliable. For instance, I notice that the forums topics have different shades of blue indicating whether or not any new activity occurred within the topic. The darker blue seems to indicate that there is new activity, but when I open the particular forum, nothing new is posted. Also, red seems to indicate a "hot topic", but some of the threads don't have any replies since last fall, but are still listed as "hot topics".

                        Don't get me wrong, I like the new stuff. I just think some things need tweaked. And I agree with everyone else too: This winter has been much slower than previous winters.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Britt4duke View Post
                          Don't get me wrong, I like the new stuff. I just think some things need tweaked. And I agree with everyone else too: This winter has been much slower than previous winters.
                          From the feed back we have here (in this and other threads), I'm seeing a certain pattern with the complaints in regards to the new format. I'm starting to think that all the bells and whistles have just made the forum TOO COMPLICATED. Perhaps the rest of the site may flourish with the new set up, but when it comes to this forum it's simply not working. I think that posting and replying to threads is far superior now than under the old format - BUT... it looks like the problem is getting to that point ie, getting to the forums page itself, scrolling for topics, trying to see which threads are new, & which ones have new posts in them. In short, NAVIGATION seems to be the common denominator here.... I understand that sounds like a pretty simple statement, but the facts remain something is wrong here.

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                          • #14
                            You're exactly right DeanM. This seems a little trite, but just look at the main topic categories. The difference in color between "read" and "unread" categories is so miniscule it's ridiculous. You mean to tell me that they couldn't have made "unread" categories yellow and "read" categories gray. Having two close shades of blue just seemed like a lazy move.

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                            • #15
                              I agree the colors are lacking!! But if you click on "new posts" it will take you directly to any new activity..............

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