So, what's the verdict?

Peter

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So on this day 2 years ago the forums here at Maggotdrowning.com endured what was probably it's biggest upheaval since it began life in 2001.

Back in 2000 Dave had been playing around honing his coding skills for a webpage that a friend wanted writing. Dave being Dave decided it would be a shame for his work on it to go to waste and that combined with his love of fishing saw Maggotdrowning.com being launched on the Web in 2001.

I was fortunate to meet Dave shortly after this at another fishing website's Fish-In organised by Trogg in Staffordshire and having already been a member of a couple of forums which I didn't feel at home on signed on for Maggotdrowningto give it a try. There were probably no more than 30 members back then but we all seemed to be of a similar mindset, so slowly, mostly by word of mouth initially others started to come on board.

By the Summer of 2005 There were around 5000 registered members, a fair few regional and national matches and Fish-ins being organised and all the time beavering away in the background Dave was coding away in the background tinkering with the forum software to keep it user friendly, in fact he got so good at it that he managed to make it do things that Snitz's developers didn't realise could be done.:oops:

Over the years we've had some very loyal support from some of our Advertisers, notably the Grantham Family at Lindholme Lakes, Bobco Tackle and Nick Gilbert and his Float-Store .
Not forgetting those of you that are our Site Supporters, It's very much appreciated and contributes markedly to the smooth running of things. :upthumb:

Anyway to get back on track, by 2018 the Snitz software wasn't getting any technical support from the developers, so the decision was made to take the plunge and change the forum format tham members had become so familiar with and comfy using over to a new platform using the latest state of the art XenForo software and despite some misgivings by members once again the Site Supporters stepped up to help us finance the associated costs involved. :upthumb:

A couple of months saw the necessary software purchased, set up and run in the background, with some of the staff playing around on it to see what it was capable of and whether we could break it, until 20th April 2018 when Dave pushed the button at Maggotdrowning HQ and we were transported to the Forum that we are all using now.

So the question is, What do you think of it now? ;)
 

bezzer

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I love it!

It's still without doubt the best Fishing Forum available.

We all might not agree with each other on many things, but our passion for Angling supersedes any differences we may have.

Keep up the great work guys (y)
 

genesis

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Very happy with it and it's so easy to use. A big thank you to all members who donated to the funding page when Dave set it up (y)
 

The Landlord

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Ace. As a former mod on other forums (forae?) I appreciate the background work that goes on & the difficulty some members have when faced with new software. This is really user friendly & has great features. Keep up the good work Dave & Co.
 

ukzero1

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Personally I think the forum is running as smooth as ever. fair enough, the upgrade has helped but even back then (I joined in 2004), it was better than any other out there. People do get nervous of any upgrade and I'm sure those involved felt the same when the new one went 'live', but fear no more.
Excellent job done by all involved. :upthumb:
 

mickthechippy

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Quite often I go back into the archives for a snippet or two of searching for info, or a memory lane adventure

the old forum now seems quite agricultural compared to the present format, this being far easier to navigate around

I do have some misgivings on some of the present set up, and for some reason the older format and content was to my mind friendlier, there was far less what you could describe in a way aggresive posting, that could be the way the membership has grown and the addition of specialised forum sections, that previously didnt exist

I still have trouble posting pictures but thats down to my lack of media skills

gets the thumbs up from me
 

Andy the grandad

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I have always enjoyed using the forums but since the lockdown (I am isolated for twelve weeks for medical reasons) It is a life saver, it is keeping me sane and entertained.
Keep up the good work all of you especially the people who put in all the work on it.
 

Pedro2504

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I think I’d have gone loopy of late with the situation as it is at this present time without the fantastic Brotherhood of Maggotdrowners!
I know we’re all unable to follow our favourite pastime at the moment and console myself that reading and talking about Fishing comes a close second to actually wetting a line, of course there are different forums within the ‘club’ and there are some highly informative, educational, controversial and downright hilarious posts on a vast array of topics. So for me the tenner I recently spent to become a Site Supporter was money well spent and for me proves that the ‘Drowners’ is the best forum out there and long may it continue to be so.
Many thanks to Dave & all the Staff !
 

Whisker

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I love it, easy to use, goldmine of info and if you can't find what you're looking for, stick up a post and someone will know.
Even when there's no fishing to be had, log on to MD and we can still get a virtual match, or a quiz on a Friday night.
And all for a tenner a year... what could be better?
Thanks to all the admin/mods and Dave for driving behind the wheel the of the bus! :upthumb:
 

Neil ofthe nene

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So weird. I was thinking about this yesterday, around two years since the changeover and everything has settled well. Can't imagine going back to the old software.

My only question is why does clicking Home take you back to the old home page. Or is it me and my steam powered 'puter?

Old Home.JPG
 

ukzero1

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My only question is why does clicking Home take you back to the old home page. Or is it me and my steam powered 'puter?

Nope, it's not you or 'puter mate. Maybe it was left like that so people could look back at old threads and reminisce.
 

adrian john tas

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Great forum in both its guises
We may have differences of opinions on things but our passion for all things angling normally prevails
Keep up the good work Red leader and mods
 
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