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We're excited to announce an upgrade to the Crutchfield Community coming (barring any showstoppers) next week. Here's a sneak preview:
New Look & Feel of the Crutchfield Community June 2009
There's a new look and feel coming to the Crutchfield Community. We're upgrading our software which adds some new and interesting features and we've changed the look and feel a little. Some of the most interesting changes are listed below. One we're really excited about is the social aspect of the new community. We'll also be releasing new features over the coming months to help improve your social community experience.
Important changes to note:
Private profile view:
Public Profile view #1:
Public Profile view #2:
Public Profile view #3:
I like the announcements field for online times.
The rest I'll have to see when it goes live.
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The upgrade is currently scheduled for Tuesday morning. The community will go
offline at roughly 6AM so we can upgrade the servers. If all goes well we should
be back online with the new version of the software around 10AM.
If you have any questions please feel free to let us know.
Transparent to the user?
Reminds me of one of my favorite Dilbert's:
Dogbert: Okay, at midnight we shut down the old computer system and fire up the new computer system!
Dilbert: Are we sure we want to shut down the old system before the new one is operational? - what if the new system doesn't work properly? Won't there be chaos?
Dogbert: Let me check into that ...
Dogbert: Nope, according to my contract I get paid the same either way.
Dilbert: Yeah, me too!!!
I guess that depends on your definition of transparent ... Things will look different, and there will be new functionality. However, your profile, account, posts and all of that will still remain the same.
We've done a pretty good amount of testing with this software. We'll have a thread set-up for questions and such about the new software, and of course I can always be reached by DM or e-mail. I know there will be some adjustment period to the new look and feel, but I hope that you will all hang in there through the changes.
Not sure how best to do this, but is there going to be some sort of official announcement to the general members?
I know if I posted a question and wanted to add some data and couldn't log in from 6:00 A.M. - I would be on the phone at 7:00 when the advisors got there, and you might want to minimize that as much as possible.
At least a "We are currently upgrading our software and expect to be online by 10:00 A.M." message displayed for the time that it was down, rather than the "Technical difficulties" screen we sometimes see would be good!
Because my name is on the business, I work hard to make sure you get the best possible shopping experience. I look forward to hearing your comments .
- Bill Crutchfield Founder and CEO
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