We have some exciting news to share— we’re closing in on a new Car Talk Community!
We anticipate launching the community in early January.
The new community features a number of items you’ve requested, including clearer thread navigation, better notification options, improved mobile usability, and — because we’ve eliminated a third party-- no more log-in issues.
For the geeks out there: After researching a variety of platforms, we opted for Discourse, an open-source forum platform from the creators of Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network which powers many large-scale communities such as XPRIZE Community, Bad Voltage Community, and Community Leadership Forum forums. Bringing the Car Talk Community in-house will allow for a more consistent and extendable user interface, while also allowing for content cross-pollination— for example, showing related community discussions next to a blog post on the Car Talk web site.
Next, an offer to help us with the final steps before launch— beta testing!
We are extending an invitation here only, to a limited number of you who are interested in participating. We’ll have a written set of steps we want users to take. We’ll ask you to document errors, and anything you found counterintuitive and confusing. We’ll gather that feedback in a structured fashion.
If you’d like to be considered for beta testing, please send along a note with your community user name to email@example.com. If you’re selected, we’ll send along guidelines when testing begins later this month.
We’ll update you again when we get close to launch!
As always, thanks for your time and energy in helping others get useful answers here. Our commitment to you is to make that process as easy as we can, with the resources we have at hand. Thanks for being along for the ride.
Senior Web Lackey
P.S. Check it out— a few images from the new community. (For those of you on Androids or PCs, sorry it looks like an Apple Ad! It’s a cleaner design, with an intuitive interface, that’s responsive and will work well across a variety of devices. We’re excited to be getting close to launch!