We've made some changes to the forums this month and wanted to take a minute to explain. Removed Google Analytics Changed the Style/Theme Replaced our Photo Gallery with Xenforo Media Gallery Removed Google Analytics - GA is installed on probably 98% of websites and aids webmasters by letting them know how the site is being used, what features are popular, most visited pages, amount of visitors, etc. The problem is that since this data is collected and reports are provided by a 3rd party (in this case Google), we are essentially sharing our data with them. In an ongoing effort to protect the privacy of our users, we have dropped the use of Google Analytics at SM. The only Google code left on SM is in the form of advertisements that we display to those who are not logged in. Members don't see these ads but they help defray the cost of keeping SM running. Changed the Style/Theme - As you've all noticed by now, we had to change the theme or style (skin) of the forums. All functions, buttons and menus should be in the same place you've been used to so functionality hasn't changed. Our former style was installed right around the time we changed from vBulletin software to Xenforo forum software (2.5+) years ago. The style was fine but the developer (guy who created it) wasn't supporting it any longer and each new forum software upgrade was beginning to cause headaches to keep certain things from appearing broken. We've attempted to replicate much of the former color scheme into the new style so that it appears pretty close to the former one. Please be aware that we may still tweak things and we'd also appreciate any feedback you have on these changes. The forum is now using an open source font called Open Sans. Replaced our Photo Gallery with Xenforo Media Gallery - As above, our old photo album software had become unsupported and was probably only a couple of server updates away from failing totally. We chose to replace it with the official Xenforo Gallery and purchased XFMG. All of your albums and photos should have transferred over to the new system and we apologize if any were lost. You can access the Media Gallery via the tab at the top of the page and there are a lot of ways to see stuff... The first view you land on is the New Media view but you can quickly change that to view individual albums (by others or just yourself). There are comments and rating systems as well. The default for all new media added is 'Viewable by everyone' but this can be changed to other options (private, members only, people you follow, etc). It's an incredibly complex and powerful system and I'm still learning new things. Once you added something to the gallery, that image is available when you post with this camera icon in the editor: Clicking that opens up a view of your images which can then quickly be inserted into your post: And selecting an image places it into your post like below where the system ads an 'information' tab and clicking the image takes you into the gallery to view the full image. 2012 Fire 2 by melbo posted Feb 25, 2015 at 9:19 PM As always, feel free to ask any questions or provide feedback.