Pat Kinnison

Get Ready to Enjoy Our Site Better

Go Pokes and Scout are following the lead of CBS online and moving to a new platform that will make your subscription mean so much more in information and ease. You’ve heard that progress is a wonderful thing. In this case, that phrase may not be strong enough.

Four months ago, CBS acquired Scout, the network partner for Go Pokes. Since then, the CBS team completed a thorough review of Scout's platform and technology and has been working feverishly to prepare the site for a comprehensive overhaul.

I don’t think I need to tell any of the longtime and maybe even the short-time subscribers to Go Pokes how necessary that is. How many times over the years have you reached out to Terry (Tush) or myself regarding issues with the site and how it functions.

The preparations from CBS are nearing completion and the overhaul will be implemented next month.

What does this overhaul entail? By the end of July, Scout, and therefore Go Pokes, will be moving to a new platform for all aspects of the site. That includes the forums, front page, articles, database, and video. User accounts, articles, media, and forums posts will be migrated to the new site.

Why do an overhaul? The biggest reason is stability. This new site is being built off the existing CBS platform, whereas the Scout infrastructure is unstable and a major burden to maintain. The CBS platform offers much greater stability immediately, and scale-ability, which creates some exciting potential for adding site features and improving coverage. It's important to highlight that while this is a new platform to us, it's not new to CBS, as they've been using it for years now, so this is existing, functional technology that has been tested in a live setting.

Why now? Changes of this magnitude cannot be implemented in-season. Not only is our staff preoccupied with coverage responsibilities, but readers don't want to be distracted with a brand new interface and any potential accompanying bugs during that time. And the prospect of staying on an unstable platform until next April is a risk not worth taking.

What to expect? A faster and more stable site. Specifically with regards to the forums, there will be some features and characteristics that our users have been requesting for years. For example, you will be able to jump to new posts within a thread, you'll be able to upload images directly to your posts, and there will be an unlimited posting archive moving forward. There will, however, be some temporary feature voids as they are re-developed, such as the Scout iOS app, Quick Reply, and effective search tools.

 

This is going to be the same Go Pokes - same staff, same content, same community. It's just going to be on a new platform. We understand change is inconvenient, but we've made efforts to make the new look as familiar as possible and are confident this is both a necessary and beneficial move for the present and future of Go Pokes.

The product that debuts next month should be viewed as a starting point. As we've done in the past, we'll listen and pay attention to your comments on what the platform and what we, as the staff of Go Pokes, can do better. The folks at CBs, particularly the engineers, have promised they will stay on top of the transition and do all they can to make sure, you-our subscribers (and readers/participants on the free boards), the reason we do what we do, will be satisfied and happy with the new platform and how it brings the information you crave about your Cowboys to you. 


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