This is a great milestone. Al Benton is our unofficial statistician on this one. I can tell you that we have grown. Al can map it all out on a Gantt chart.
It does not seem that long ago to me that we started this forum, so to see it take off has been a lot of fun. However...the fun iust beginning.
I have been working hard on a replacement for this forum. In fact the entire chris-craft.org web site will be changing fairly soon. We have a long ways to go, but there is a lot of work that has been done.
The new Boat Buzz? Boat Buzz II, Boat Buzz the Sequel, whatever...how about just Boat Buzz.
It will have a wider page format to take advantage of the progression to larger computer monitors.
We will introduce an entirely different photo upload engine. All of this will be handled within the chris-craft domain on servers that we manage, so no more Post Image.
The new Buzz will also have an extensive photo gallery function, allowing you to post hundreds of photos in one place and then link to certain photos or entire galleries within your posts.
The new system will also allow you to save a draft of your post. This means, you can sit down...start writing....go away for a couple of days and finish your post up. No longer will you lose your unposted text. It will even auto save your progress.
Next, the search function will be entirely new and customized.
Oh...and how about a custom forum reader app that you will be able to download for iPhone, Droid and Blackberry. This app will allow you to read and make posts, search etc...all from a custom designed mobile app that is optimized for your mobile device.
Now...the trick is to implement all of this without losing what people love. I am biased on this, but I really think that the way we have Boat Buzz set up is very simple and intuitive. I understand this further when I visit other forums, some of which are very noisy and confusing.
We will not change what you love about Boat Buzz. We know some of you (Rothert
) don't like change, and we're going to be sensitive to that.