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Hello Mercurycougar.net -

You may have noticed the server downtime yesterday. Today marks the dawn of a new day at Mercurycougar.net. I have, effective today, transferred ownership of Mercurycougar.net to Vertical Scope.

Mercurycougar.net is now part of the automotive family of websites owned by Vertical Scope. This is a great thing for the Mercurycougar.net members. You will soon be introduced to Helena Ciardullo. She will be the new administrator for Mercurycougar.net going forward.

You may be wondering why?

For most of you, you already know I do not take part in the day to day goings on of Mercurycougar.net. I manage the back end stuff and pay the bills. I’ve been doing this one man show since I started Mercurycougar.net ~9 years ago.

My heartfelt thank you to the stalwart members of mercurycougar.net for making this one of the best classic car forums on the net today. Over the past ~9 years, Mercurycougar.net has become THE authoritative resource for fanatic classic cat lovers.

Our Contributing members have been responsible for keeping this site alive and for the most part, out of my own pocket book, for which, I'm eternally thankful.

Personally, I am an senior leader at a fortune 30 company and simply don't have time for the car hobby I've loved and that has kept me out of trouble for the past 20 years, between traveling and spending time with my kids. My twin girls are now 8 and keeping me busy with all the goings on of kids immersed in grade 3.

I really struggled with the decision as this is a bit of my baby, having started it back when I was restoring my own 69 XR7 cat. As it happened, it turned out it was more about the journey that the destination, so to has it been with this website. I'm sure that all resonates with you. Time for me to move on and for the community to get alot more invested attention.

My time has been less and less over the last couple years and I didn’t feel I was bringing the members all that is possible for Mercurycougar.net. Vertical Scope brings capital, staff and marketing to ensure the longevity of Mercurycougar.net and take the site to a new level. This means more options and more opportunities for Mercurycougar.net members.

How does this affect you?

The beautiful part is it doesn't affect you at all. I have been working with Helena to ensure a seamless transition and to close any outstanding issues. All the site modifications stay just as they are and our devoted members continue to enjoy the site as always. Other than a new admin behind the scenes, Mercurycougar.net continues as it always has. I will still drop in every now and then, as I do now.

The next level!

With the resources available to Vertical Scope, Mercurycougar.net is on the cusp of great things. I expect to see new vendors signing on and the potential of specials and group buys for our members in the future.

All the best,

Logan
 

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We here at autoforums.com bring with us staff and resources to make this site grow by leaps and bounds. We provide the resources necessary to run this site and maintain the day to day technical and managerial tasks that are time consuming for one person. With that I would like you all to know that this is still YOUR community and we are here to work with the community and Logan to keep this site a place for you to come and feel at home. To let you know we have upgraded the software the site runs on, this will help keep the site reliable and functioning. You may notice some changes but these may just be transfer errors and please let us know so we can fix them as soon as possible. My name is Helena, please feel free to ask questions in this section of the forum and I will do my best to answer any and all of them. As of now I will be the only Autoforums.com member to join the site, I am here to answer questions help with technical issues and make sure we are doing our job and keeping you all happy. If you have any issues feel free to discuss below. I hope you all enjoy this new chapter in Mercurycougar.net life.
Thank you all for reading and Happy Holidays.
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Logan-

On behalf of any of us that don't get the chance to tell you-

THANK YOU for this wonderful site. It has been an absolute MUST for many of us, myself included. The fellowship, education, and fun I've had here has made this site one of the greatest tools, educational resources, entertainment values, and social mediums I've EVER encountered in my life.

The Cougar community in general has a lot to thank you for, and we will miss you. Good luck to you in your endeavors. We hope you stay in touch, too!


Happy Holidays, Cheers,
 

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I second the above from Brian. This site has been a godsend for me!! I jumped into this community a bit over a year ago and have learned a whole lot in this short time, thanks to all the other members. Logan, this is one of the best auto forums that i am and have been a member of!! Thank you!! And all the best on your next ventures!!
 

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Thanks Logan. You kept this place safe and on-topic, battled the evil spambots valiantly. I wish you best in your future endeavors.

To the new owner: I'm old. I don't like change. Grumble, rabble, rabble, grumble.
 

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Thanks for EVERYTHING Logan and welcome Helena!

What about donations and will this place eventually become something requiring a paid subscription?
 

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any paid subscription on our sites is an option NOT a must. it only offers you extras and less ads. not paying you still have full access to the site and what you have now wont change.

does that answer your question...

and to the old :) I am a good person to go through change with... :)
 

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another cougar forum (tccoa), for newer cars, was sold about a year ago. At first, for a week or so, almost every post we made had one or two words that were clickable and led to ads. People didn't like that. Then thankfully for some good reason, the links went away.
 

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Logan,
I also want to thank you for this forum. It has been good to know you here. I hope things do well for you and your family.
Helena, Welcome on board.
 

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Many thanks and the best of luck !
 

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any paid subscription on our sites is an option NOT a must. it only offers you extras and less ads. not paying you still have full access to the site and what you have now wont change.
First and foremost, thank you to Logan for all you have done.

Now if I may play devil's advocate, because that's what I do, does this statement mean that we will begin to be bombarded with ads? I would be happy to pay a subscription fee, but not for "less ads", only for none.
 

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Thanks Logan !!!
You done good.
 

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another cougar forum (tccoa), for newer cars, was sold about a year ago. At first, for a week or so, almost every post we made had one or two words that were clickable and led to ads. People didn't like that. Then thankfully for some good reason, the links went away.
Those can be very very irritating.
 

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Yes, thank you, Logan, for all you've done for the Cougar community. And a welcome to Helen as well.
 

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No not bombarded usually one bar on top of page and one on bottom. on home page top bottom and side bar. For paying members the there will be an add on the top of the page. but it is a vendor add.

i hope that answers your question.
 

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Logan:

Thanks for all you have done for this community, you will truly be missed! Now enjoy your family and may God bless you.

Helena:

Welcome to the community. That being said, I do have a question for you. How much will an advertisment limiting subscription cost?

This is the only site I visit on a daily basis, even from this God forsaken country I find myself in at the moment, and I do not want to lose any of the community or archives hosted on this site.:uhoh:
 

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what you are referring to is what we call Intellitxt. It a text advertiser that will target certain key works... Likely we will add it, BUT it will be turned off for registered member. So if for some reason you are not signed in, that is the only time you will see it, or if you don't have an account.

another cougar forum (tccoa), for newer cars, was sold about a year ago. At first, for a week or so, almost every post we made had one or two words that were clickable and led to ads. People didn't like that. Then thankfully for some good reason, the links went away.
 

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you won't lose what has already been built. the community and the content will stay the same.


Logan:

Thanks for all you have done for this community, you will truly be missed! Now enjoy your family and may God bless you.

Helena:

Welcome to the community. That being said, I do have a question for you. How much will an advertisment limiting subscription cost?

This is the only site I visit on a daily basis, even from this God forsaken country I find myself in at the moment, and I do not want to lose any of the community or archives hosted on this site.:uhoh:
 
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