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      Post #76037, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      I mentioned a few weeks ago that a new airlinercafe site would be developed soon, and I haven't forgotten. I started working on a new site, with a new modern look, and after I started modifying the forum software to make uploading of images easier, I realized that I was simply putting a new paint job on an old car. Jodie even helped me with writing some of the descriptions, titles, etc. for the various sections. The current platform dates back to the early 2000's, is hard to code for, and very time consuming. Thus, I decided a total rebuild would give us a more robust platform and be better for the long-run...

      The new site will definitely include the Forum, Private Messaging, Kit & Decal Database, as well as the Articles, Walkarounds, and Profiles sections. The Articles and Walkarounds will be rebuilt in a new format. However, I'm not sure about the Member Galleries. Do we need a Members Gallery? Please post any other suggestions and requests here as well.

      Rebuilding the entire site from scratch is no easy task. I'm estimating about 500 hours worth of work with a lot of the hours going into migrating the data. I really want to preserve the Forum and Kit & Decal database. There is good value in both and I think it's worth preserving. So, I've recruited one of the best programmers I know to help with the rebuilding of the site. For the past month or so, he's been working on the tools to export the data from this rickety site and import it intact into the new site. It's a lot of work and I don't expect him to do it for free. So, I'd like to raise some funds as a thank you for all his hard work. My goal is to raise $2500 which is not a lot of money in the world of web development, believe me. If you'd like to donate, please PayPal your donation to newcafe@airlinercafe.com

      I will post all donations here, unless you would like to stay anonymous.

      I've already come up with a design that I like very much. Would you guys like to see screenshots of it, or should we let it be a total surprise???

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      ahmed

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      Post #76039, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow! I'm pretty new here and things keep getting better an better! Thank you Ahmed for all the work! I think it would be pretty cool to see the new design

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      "Nobody has seen me and Batman in a room at the same time, just saying."

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      Post #76054, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I would be happy with whatever you decide. I fear if you ask for feedback you may end up getting 100 different opinions.

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      Post #76061, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Yeah, that is true! I thought there would be more excitement, or maybe not everyone has seen this post. A lot of the sections of the site will remain as is, but will be vastly improved in functionality. The Forums will finally get all the features everyone's been asking for, for a long time:

      - One-step image uploading
      - Thread Subscription/Notification of new posts
      - Ability to notify moderators of offensive posts

      So far we have only 2 donors:
      cesare747
      pa747sp

      Thanks you two! We have a long way to go. Whatever you can contribute will help. Here's an image to whet your appetite.



      Please don't pay too much attention to the small details like links, text, etc. It's just a rough image for now.

      I hope that helps to get more people excited and hopefully some more donations. Thanks everyone!

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      Post #76066, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      That preview looks really really nice, airy, fresh and modern. For good stuff like this I can donate, I will be honored to make a donation end July.

      I like today's page design and have no issue with the photo uploading process but this preview just wets my appetite.

      Cheers, Stephane

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      Post #76068, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Jesse. Thanks Stephane I'm glad you like the design. Like any modern design, it will be responsive, so it will look like this on tablet:



      Mobile:


      But, besides the look, I will try my best to make the site as user-friendly and as easy to use as possible.

      Thank you very much to the following donors:
      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy

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      Post #76082, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for keeping the site going, I am here almost every day. Probably more time than I spend actually working on my projects!

      Let me get logged into PayPal, Id be happy to contribute to something I use so much.

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      Post #76089, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks really good Ahmed!

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      Post #76100, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you! I'm glad you like it. I'm pretty excited. The new site is going to be the biggest transformation since Airlinercafe was launched. Lot's of new features. I have some pretty good things in mind.

      Updated donors list.

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767


      Thank you very much for your support everyone!

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      Post #76102, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Just found this, I'm liking the new look, should work well, keep up the good work always appreciated.

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      Post #76113, posted on 07-01-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Graeme! Your support is always appreciated as well.

      An update to the donors list:

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw


      Thank you, everyone, your donations are highly appreciated. Also, thanks or the kind comments in the PayPal transaction, sorry I have not been able to respond to everyone individually. Right now we are at about 1/4 of where we need to be, so please keep them coming. Whatever you can spare, will help. Thanks!

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      Post #76150, posted on 07-06-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      An update to the donors list, just want to make sure everyone gets credit for helping out.

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
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      Thanks for your support everyone!

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      Post #76198, posted on 07-10-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      Another update to the donors list. When making a donation, please add your Airlinercafe username to the notes section. Sometimes, the PayPal address and what's in the database here do not match. Thanks!

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight


      Thanks again everyone! Your support is highly appreciated.

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      Post #76231, posted on 07-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Donation sent. I hope it helps to get you over the finish line.

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      Post #76233, posted on 07-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you very much, David, and welcome to airlinercafe!

      Here's an updated donors list:

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight
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      Convair990A

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      Post #76440, posted on 08-08-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Everyone,

      Wanted to give you all an update. We've reached a great milestone by successfully porting over all the forums/posts. And, we'll be able to make a final transfer right before the cut off to the new site, so nothing will be lost. This is a great win! After this we'll be porting over the photo database and working on the new upload and approval interface for the photo database. I will keep you guys posted as we make progress.

      Also, the donations have grinded to a halt. We're not even close the $2500 goal, so please keep them coming. Every little bit helps. Thanks for your support!

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      Post #76441, posted on 08-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks great Ahmed,

      Keep up the great work. The new functions are most welcome.

      Cheers

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      Post #76466, posted on 08-14-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Andrew! Glad you like it. Thanks also to everyone for the new donations.

      Here's an updated donors list:

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight
      mark m
      Convair990A
      Jabrokaw2
      Bramsing
      airlinercrazy
      MC84
      norherman
      DullesFlyer
      +2 Anonymous


      If I've missed anyone please let me know.

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      Post #76561, posted on 09-05-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      A quick update to the donors list. Again, thank you very much everyone for your support. The development is progressing, albeit a little slower than I'd like. I will let you guys see/test as soon as possible.


      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight
      mark m
      Convair990A
      Jabrokaw2
      Bramsing
      airlinercrazy
      MC84
      norherman
      DullesFlyer
      Boeing797
      astirrot
      +2 Anonymous



      If I've missed anyone please let me know.

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      Post #76784, posted on 10-18-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      It's been as while since I've given an update as far as the development of the new 'Cafe is concerned. Work is progressing slowly, mostly on the Kit and Decal database now. An issue that has come up is the Member Galleries and Kit and Decal database combination. We're trying to figure out exactly how to incorporate the two or keep them separate. Should we combine the upload interface for the two and have the photos separated by categories, tags, etc.? Or keep them as complete separate entities as they are now? I know it's been the source of confusion in the past with members getting confused as to where to upload the photos and not fully understanding the screening process for the Kit and Decal database. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the two. What do you think?

      An update to the contributors list. We've had a few more donors. If I have missed you, please let me know.

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight
      mark m
      Convair990A
      Jabrokaw2
      Bramsing
      airlinercrazy
      MC84
      norherman
      DullesFlyer
      Boeing797
      astirrot
      John
      rck14
      Redbelliedjet
      +2 Anonymous



      We have a member willing to generously match dollar per dollar the next $200 in donations. So, if you have not donated yet, right now would be a great time as your dollar will go twice as far. Thank you very much everyone for your kindness and generosity.

      P.S. You can send your donations to newcafe@airlinercafe.com via PayPal.

      Regards,

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      Post #76803, posted on 10-22-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you so much to those of you stepping up and donating to the dollar-per-dollar challenge:

      rck14
      F-ILIP
      NX28388
      Cambrian
      Echo Mike
      Kikiferret
      aceebee


      Very grateful for your kindness and generosity!

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      Post #77675, posted on 02-23-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi everyone,

      Wanted to give you all a status update on the new 'Cafe. Work is still progressing, but obviously delayed and moving a lot slower than I'd like. I'm happy to say the Forums and other site sections have been built. Content still needs to be ported over for quite a few pages, but all the Forums have been migrated.

      The two remaining sections are the Kit & Decal Database, and the Member Galleries. The biggest stickler at the moment is the Kit and Decal database. It has been a little tricky setting it up in a way that will be easy to use for everyone as well as allow for migration of all the content on the current site. If you haven't looked recently, there are over 27,000 items in the database now. We have to make sure everything goes smoothly and everything is migrated properly. We've had a couple of setbacks but are back on the right track. So, stay tuned, and hopefully things will go smoothly from here on and we can enjoy the new site soon.

      Thanks for your patience!

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      Post #77677, posted on 02-23-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Sounds good, thanks for the update! Holler if you want some tire kickers, I'd be happy to join a bug bash.

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      Post #77682, posted on 02-24-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi everyone,

      Wanted to give you all a status update on the new 'Cafe. Work is still progressing, but obviously delayed and moving a lot slower than I'd like. I'm happy to say the Forums and other site sections have been built. Content still needs to be ported over for quite a few pages, but all the Forums have been migrated.

      The two remaining sections are the Kit & Decal Database, and the Member Galleries. The biggest stickler at the moment is the Kit and Decal database. It has been a little tricky setting it up in a way that will be easy to use for everyone as well as allow for migration of all the content on the current site. If you haven't looked recently, there are over 27,000 items in the database now. We have to make sure everything goes smoothly and everything is migrated properly. We've had a couple of setbacks but are back on the right track. So, stay tuned, and hopefully things will go smoothly from here on and we can enjoy the new site soon.

      Thanks for your patience!



      Thanks so much for putting in the time and effort. Look forward to the results.

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      Post #77683, posted on 02-24-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Sounds good, thanks for the update! Holler if you want some tire kickers, I'd be happy to join a bug bash.



      Yes, definitely. Once ready, I will call on a few members to test things out and provide feedback. Thanks!

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      Post #77715, posted on 03-01-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Ahmed, i don't know if this issue has been hashed out and a decision made yet, but i always thought Hyperscale and ModelingMadness.com had a good system for organizing built models and build articles: Aircraft Type, Scale, Kit Manufacturer, Builder. Made it very easy to dial things down to aircraft type and very quickly see finished models, paint schemes, and data points from different modelers who built the same subject.

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      Post #77720, posted on 03-02-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks David. Will take a look.

      Regards,

      ahmed