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Scout.com, CF.C transitioning to new platform in July

COUGFAN.COM WILL BE moving to a new, more stable user interface next month. We have some preliminary information on what should be a smooth July transition.

Four months ago, CBS acquired Scout.com, CF.C’s network partner. The CBS team has since completed a thorough review of Scout's platform and technology and has been working hard to prepare the Scout.com sites for a comprehensive overhaul.

The preparations are nearing completion and the overhaul will be implemented in July. Here are some things to keep in mind as the transition nears:

What Does This Overhaul Entail?

By the end of July, CF.C will have moved 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. And yes, features like post counts and avatars will automatically be transferred, as well.

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 less stable and a major burden to maintain. The CBS platform, in addition to offering much greater stability, also offers scalability, creating 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 - this is an existing, functional technology that has been tested in a live setting.

Why Now?

For CF.C, the best time for a change like this is in July, in the calm before the storm of August's fall camp and the college football season itself in September. Changes of this magnitude cannot be implemented in-season: 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 March is a risk not worth taking.

What To Expect?

A faster and more stable site. Specifically with regard to the forums, there will be some features and characteristics that some users have been requesting for years, and there will be an unlimited posting archive moving forward. Current forum archives will be migrated over, too. There will, however, be some temporary feature voids as they are re-developed, such as the Scout.com iOS app, Quick Reply, and effective search tools.



This is going to be the same CF.C — same staff, same unique content, same community. It's just going to be on a new platform we believe will serve you better. While change can be hard sometimes, we've made efforts to make the new look as familiar as possible and are confident this is a necessary and beneficial move for now and the future. Scout.com has been through many changes over the years, but the CF.C staff and community has continued to be extremely stable.

The product that debuts next month should be viewed as a starting point. As we've done in the past, we'll request and compile your feedback and develop a priority list to submit changes, bug fixes and feature requests, which CBS says it will prioritize in the coming months. Thanks for reading and for being part of the CF.C community.

— The staff of Cougfan.com


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