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FordMuscle Fans,

We are proud to announce to you today some exciting and necessary changes at FordMuscle. We are partnering with the good folks at AutoForums.com to manage and continue to grow what has become one of the largest Ford enthusiast websites online or elsewhere. Effective today, AutoForums.com will own and operate the FordMuscle Forums, under the URL fordmuscleforum.com (and fordmuscleforums.com)

Many of you are well aware that FordMuscle began in 1999 as a small web-publication created by hobbyists with the focus of providing technical content to the Ford enthusiast. Soon thereafter we created a forum and this combination of content and forums resulted in a community of over 170,000 unique visitors worldwide. Many of you have watched and helped us grow along this eleven year span. While we always strive to present to you the best possible website with the least possible disruptions and inconveniences, in the background were the challenges and costs of managing such a large community, hobby, and business. In the past several years we have struggled with keeping up with server loads, hackers, and advances in web technology. Frankly, we have been bothered by the fact that we just can't deliver the best experience that you our loyal readers deserve.

As with any business you must look for ways to be effective and efficient, and that often means realizing your core competency and finding others to do things you aren't so good at. AutoForums.com excels at running automotive enthusiast forums. They are on top of the technology, they have faster and more secure servers, and more people to manage it all. Therefore we are confident that our decision to put the FordMuscle Forums in their hands is a good one. It will also allow us to get back to our strengths, which is bringing you exceptional Ford related content.

While there will be slight changes, and yes change takes a little bit of time to get used to, it does prove itself for the better (those of you who remember our forum upgrade a few years back can attest to that!) The FordMuscle staff of Chirag, Jon and Chris will still be around, we'll still be accessible, and we'll still be involved, but our focus will be continuing to build FordMuscle.com while our friends at AutoForums.com will build fordmuscleforum.com.

Sincerely,
Chirag Asaravala and Jon Mikelonis
 

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Greetings!

Just introducing myself to you, My name is Phil, I’m a Community Director for AutoGuide.com. So you are all familiar AutoGuide manages a number of different online communities. Currently I personally manage all of our sports some motorcycle, some import car and a Tractor Forum, and will be joining the Ford Muscle Forum Team.

What are our intentions?


We bring reliability, support and the infrastructure needed to ensure that the community will be around for years to come. It’s our goal to work with the staff of Ford Muscle as a team to help provide the resources and required to give this community a broader reach, to attract new members to better the overall knowledge shared in the community.

Will leadership change?

Continuity is the focus here, Your Admins and Mods work very hard to keep the walls and the roof up in this place we are just here to make sure the lights stay on. Every community is unique and should always be respected in that regard. You guys have established your own unique rules and regulations and a strong reputation that is carried by all of this and it’s important that we maintain this level of integrity.

What am I here for?

My primary role is to work on the technical aspect of the site and work with the existing staff. I will check in to make sure regular maintenance is all taken care of and keep things running smoothly from behind the scenes and soon have the site running smoother and faster then ever before.

I do look forward to getting to know you all and this unique community better.

Philip
 

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I am always glad to hear that measures are being taken to increase the security of any information what i have stored on the internet. I can certainly understand turning over the technical aspects of hosting a website over to people who specialize in it and have a reputation for reliability and security. The thing that attracted me to this site was the awesome articles on practical things like EFI, and such that are specific to Ford. So now that you are free from what I would consider a huge responsibility, I expect you guys will need some time to decompress but after that, we will expect more technical articles on how to do stuff that we want to do. I have a hundred questions right now, like is the price of annual membership going to change? How about free someday? Are you still going to benefit if the site grows and maintains i.e. do you still have financial interest in it? What can we expect in the future for Article? Where do we submit our requests? I got lots of questions, but I'll stop and welcome our new partners. Welcome Autoforums.com. We are family here. You are now part of what we believe to be an elite group enthusiastic and creative individuals. I hope that this move works out great for everyone involved. Welcome.
 

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From what read, it seems only bad things happen after a website gets bought out by Autoforums.
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While I understand it becomes a economical decision to get away from managing a huge online community (time, money, hassle, etc), the core "community" seems to evolve/change or even dissolve when a large corporate entity takes the helm of good grass roots forum.

Oh well, I hope FM Forums retains some of the good ol' boys that put it on the map.

Congrats and condolences.
 

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I'll refrain from making any pre-conceived judgments until judgment day.
Good Luck and Happy Motoring!
 

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I think things will work out fine! I have seen other Ford sites become BETTER when help steps in, like with Ford Trucks. Still arguably the best truck site on the web... This site should do it for Ford classics in general. Keep it professional, keep the spelling and grammar in check, and all will be well... There is no better auto than a Ford!
Mark Hancharuk
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Chirag Asaravala and Jon Mikelonis

Good Luck on you endevors, you just lost a long time customer and I will not be back.

I really thought you guys where better than this...........
 

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Did everyone forget things our not always for ever like a marriage.
You move up on your job or loose it or change it.
$$$$$ is what makes the world turn.

So sit tight lay back and see what happens before per judging is what I've found that works best. Just an old ford man for over 50 yrs..
Rich
 

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There are some improvements that could be made no doubt. I will not pass judgement or inject any negativity. There are plenty of people on here who do that so well already.

This is a great site and change is inevitable. I look forward to enjoying this community for many years to come.
 

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WHAT is with all the negative vibes man?....

Change can be good...I may not know much about operating a site like
this one...however I can say that the Ford-trucks.com site is crusin' right
along...

Personally...I'll stay around as long as I can....there is just too much
valuable information to be had here!

I cannot believe youse....if ya gotta go...then go...damn shame...
 

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*makes some kind of reference about money and not making enough of it as it is and running out of idea's hence selling of the place*

But its ok I will defiantly accept our new talented hacks, over the old no talent hacks.

Welcome Auto Forums!
 

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Just remember, Obama said CHANGE WAS GOOD.
I have found out when things like this happens things go down hill.
May be wrong, time will tell.

Don't burn your bridges to Chevy. and Chrysler forms yet.Are there any Chevy. or Mopar blacksliders out there?
 

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I am still not sure what all the negativity is about. I am not here to change or remove anything you already have in place. Autoguide is here to help build this forum and grow it more. We have all the infrastructure in place to help the site run faster and more efficiently not to mention I am here to help the staff get along with running this place a little easier so they can spend more time on content and less time on up keep.
 

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If you can come up with a simpler way of posting and organizing pictures you will have my support!

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I am still not sure what all the negativity is about. I am not here to change or remove anything you already have in place. Autoguide is here to help build this forum and grow it more. We have all the infrastructure in place to help the site run faster and more efficiently not to mention I am here to help the staff get along with running this place a little easier so they can spend more time on content and less time on up keep.
Every site has to have a Chicken Little or two proclaiming the sky is falling.
 

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Will we continue to hold all rights to content we add in the forums and Tech Exchange?

David
 
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