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    Frustrated by the OZC Forum?
    Here’s what we’re doing about it!
    We know that many of you are frustrated by our online forum. It used to be a hive of activity. An active online community where we could learn more about our cars and the people that own them. We could buy, sell and trade parts (and cars!). We could connect with services, knowledge, history and the club that supports and celebrates these beautiful machines.
    Currently – the forum is fraught with technical glitches that cause a very frustrating experience for users. The forum has lost its active members – and without the community, it has lost its reason for being.
    Originally – we were getting feedback that people didn’t really care if we resurrected the forum or not. With the invention of FaceBook Groups and other online communities – maybe we really didn’t need it anymore. It’s a free benefit we offer to members and non-members alike and we know it is a lot of effort to bring the forum and the community back to life – so maybe it just wasn’t worth it. We were discouraged. And unmotivated.
    But then something happened…
    We started hearing from more frustrated and angry people. Hmmm… maybe they do care? And when we started looking at the effort/cost of replacements and were saddened to learn we may lose the history and/or attachments – we started to get sentimental about the history, stories, projects and all that other great stuff people had posted.
    We started to re-think about the benefits of being the “go-to” place for a vital and important community that may have lost its home. And we started realizing that in today’s age, as our members spread further across the province (and beyond) – and the commute in and around Toronto is becoming insanity – maybe an online community where members can connect virtually might be needed again. (And especially because over half our members don’t use FaceBook but do use computers).
    So… we’re here to let you know we’re going to give it a solid try again.
    Without going into too much detail – we are now planning to move our forum (and all of its history) to a platform managed by the company who wrote the original software that our forum is based on. (For those that are curious – it’s vbulletin.com.) This is a new option that has only recently been available to us. It’s not guaranteed that we can port the history – but give us a couple of months to coordinate all the logistics and we’ll let you know how it worked out!
    As a side note – no one will have noticed but our website has a few technical issues in the background as well which prevent expansion and ongoing maintenance – we are also committed to fixing those this summer… (in addition to fixing our cars and getting the ready for Z-Fest! )
    We want to personally thank everyone for their patience while we sort through these things. Hopefully we’ll have our community back online soon and hopefully everyone is looking forward to taking advantage of it!
    Sincerely Raj & Diane.
    Eric Zondervan
    72 240Z
    11 Sierra 4X4
    14 Kia Rondo EX
    19 Audi Q5
    08 Ski Doo MXZ
    18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
    16 Triumph Street Triple R.
    2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
    65 Honda Moped

  • #2
    Glad to hear! Facebook is fine for discussion, but forums are where it's at for being able to find useful information that was posted years prior, and generally keep better records of stuff.

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    • #3
      Yesterday I got locked out and no amount of trying got me back in. Funny thing was, I could still log into the administrators area. This morning, I was logged in. The way in seems to be to give it a rest over night.
      Eric Zondervan
      72 240Z
      11 Sierra 4X4
      14 Kia Rondo EX
      19 Audi Q5
      08 Ski Doo MXZ
      18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
      16 Triumph Street Triple R.
      2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
      65 Honda Moped

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      • #4
        Great to hear Eric! Looking forward to it.

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