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Posted by Terry | Aug 01, 2012 @ 01:23 PM | 31,338 Views
Hey RCGroups,

We're excited to announce August's "Plus User of the Month!" Each month, we'll spotlight one Plus user who is positive, helpful and interesting. Please congratulate Park_aviator: guitarist, student, RC pilot and RCGroups.com member. Be on the lookout for his interview with Jim Graham in our podcast!

Check out Park_aviator's blog! https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=324503

Posted by Terry | Jul 12, 2012 @ 02:13 PM | 28,721 Views
We all know how hot the multirotor segment of the hobby is right now so RCG has decided to expand the multirotor section!
There will be a new section called "Aircraft - Electric - Multirotors."
It will have 3 forums:
- Multirotor Talk
- Scratchbuilt Multirotors
- Multirotor Electronics

Use the report button to let us know of any posts that need to be moved and enjoy the new forum sections!
Posted by Terry | May 10, 2012 @ 02:15 PM | 28,845 Views
You can't stop the threads on RCG! They just keep growing and growing. I feel like I was just blogging about how we had over 1.5 million threads the other day. I noticed that we have already blown past 1.6 million threads! That is a lot of RC related tech information, videos, photos, fun and fellowship in one place! Thanks to all our users who create the content that makes RCGroups.com great!
Posted by Terry | Apr 18, 2012 @ 04:58 PM | 29,542 Views
The RCG coders are always hard at work, and sometimes they slip one by me. I was looking at the Maps page today and saw something new in the Tools list called "Find Users Near This Place." Now you can find like-minded RC enthusiasts that are located near the Maps location on which you've clicked. Very slick! I have uploaded some screen shots to help you find this feature and see what it does. Thanks to the RCG coders for this cool new addition to the site!

1. Click on the Maps button.
2. Click on a location.
3. Click on the "Tools" link.
4. Click on the "Find Users Near This Place" link.
5. BAM! Now you have even more RC possibilities!
Posted by Terry | Apr 09, 2012 @ 04:19 PM | 29,611 Views
Our Maps page is growing every day! I'm proud to announce that we now have more than 3,000 locations! Here is a list of some of the things you can find on the Maps page:

- Boating Sites
- Car Tracks
- Flying Fields
- Hobby Shops

Did you know when you find a place on our map you can also:
- get directions to that location
- check the weather at that location
- get a link to that location (if provided)
- find other users that are close to that location
- find Google results for that location

All this comes in handy when you are going to out to do your favorite RC activity but it also comes in handy for your club events.
You can link directly to your field using the Maps page:
Here is an example

So the next time you are looking for a place to fly, boat, drive or buy be sure to check our Maps page and if you're having an event be sure to add your location and use it to help others find all the information they need to make it a success!

The Maps Page

Posted by Terry | Apr 03, 2012 @ 02:33 PM | 27,854 Views
In December I was excited to announce that RCGroups.com had over 20 million posts. This morning I noticed that RCG has now exceeded 21 million posts! That is a lot of posting in just a few months! Thanks and congratulations to all of our users. That is a lot of RC knowledge in one place!!
Posted by Terry | Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:13 PM | 26,779 Views
Hey gang, it's your favorite ever-enthusiastic bright yellow transmitter mascot here once again with exciting RCG news!!!!

You've probably noticed that we've switched the site over to the new style. A lot of you have participated in the testing of this new style over the last couple of moon cycles, and on behalf of everyone in the RCG Labs THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME FEEDBACK!!!

For the time being those of you who are emotionally attached to the mid-90s can use the "Classic" link in the footer to switch yourselves back. This won't work forever, unfortunately, because the Labs guys are working on new watchits that just won't connect with the older doodads.

During the beta period a number of people suggested they'd like a widescreen version of the site, so we've made a "Fluid" option for you. Scroll down to the footer and click like you've used the web before.

Note that if your browser width is less than 1200 pix or so, or if you are using a mobile device, you probably won't notice a difference by switching to the "Fluid" style.

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:59 PM | 25,585 Views
I like to watch the RCG Forum Spy; it's like taking the pulse of the site. In January as I watched it there seemed to be more posts than usual. I did some checking, and guess what? In January, we averaged over 10,000 posts per day! That is an official RCG record! Congrats to all of you for sharing all of that great RC info, and congrats to RCGroups.com for breaking yet another record!
Posted by Terry | Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:11 PM | 35,884 Views
I woke up this morning and noticed the header had changed on RCGroups!
The coders in the RCG lab must have been working over-time last night.
To me the new header looks as crisp as iceberg lettuce!

You can still switch back to the "Classic" style by using the style option at the bottom of the page in the new style.

The new header style means the new site style must almost be finished. I can't wait to see what is next!
Posted by Terry | Jan 10, 2012 @ 11:41 AM | 29,982 Views
I was reading the site while charging my battery this morning and noticed two ginormous records were broken by RCGroups!

On January the 9th we had 11,151 posts - that's a record folks!!

Then I noticed on January 6th we had 5,392 users on at one time! The thing to note here is we only measure how many users are on in the last 15 minutes so that is huge!

Congrats RCGroups.com!

Posted by Terry | Dec 28, 2011 @ 03:28 PM | 25,607 Views
Since we introduced our Maps page new locations have been popping daily. The Maps page now has more than 2,500 RC related locations. Thanks to everyone that has submitted a location! If your RC field, car track, boating site or hobby shop isn't listed then be sure to get it on there.
Go to the Maps page
Posted by Terry | Dec 20, 2011 @ 03:08 PM | 22,207 Views
Most of you RCGers already know we created a new mobile site. Now you can use the "quote" feature on RCGroups.mobi! Just use the quote button located at the bottom of each post and BAM! you're quoting while mobile!
Posted by Terry | Dec 15, 2011 @ 02:02 PM | 36,801 Views
If you are reading my blog you probably saw the countdown banner. I'm pretty stoked that we are nearing 20 MILLION posts. That's just insane! It's kind of hard to wrap your wire around. Think of all the topics, all the thoughts, all the information, all the planes and all the good times that it takes to make 20 million posts. Congratulations to all of you RCGers that helped to make it happen, and are making it happen at this very moment! WOO HOO!!
Posted by Terry | Dec 12, 2011 @ 08:33 PM | 27,255 Views
I've heard a lot of you meatspacers move about from place to place...

That's why I'm very excited about the new RCGroups.mobi site, the RCG with mobilitationism!

Say you are out in a flying field and BAM! you need some RCG, what do you do? I'll tell you what do, you type RCGroups.mobi into your smartphone or other mobile device and HOLY COW you will be on our beautiful new mobile site!!

The "mobi" site is missing some features but it uses less bandwidth so it will load faster.

Go check it out!

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Nov 29, 2011 @ 06:52 PM | 24,355 Views
Remember that Maps project we launched awhile back at http://maps.rcgroups.com ??

Well, people seem to like it so we thought we'd beautify it!

Take a look at it and let me know whether you love it or love it.

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Nov 08, 2011 @ 03:02 PM | 21,001 Views
Man oh man is RCGroups.com growing by leaps and bounds!
I was just looking at our stats at the bottom of the forum and I about broke my antenna when I saw that we had more than 1.5 million threads...not posts, threads! Holy smokes! I heard Cliff Whitney call RCGroups the "collective" and with 1.5 million threads I can see why. Congrats to everyone!!
Posted by Terry | Oct 28, 2011 @ 03:35 PM | 22,514 Views
You might have noticed something new today. We have added Facebook "like" and Google +1 buttons! This is cool because now if you see something you like on RCGroups you can share it with your friends on other social networks.

They are located next to the post reply button on threads, underneath the map on the maps page and on member blog pages underneath the username and title. They are super simple to use. If you like something and want to share it on Facebook just click the FB "like" button. If you want to share it on Google click the +1 button.

If you just can't stand the sight of these two buttons we have a solution for you too! They can be disabled by going to myrcgroups -> edit options, then go to the forum display options in the thread display options section and click the disable social media buttons check box. It's just that easy!

Now click that like button up there...you know you want to!

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Oct 20, 2011 @ 02:00 PM | 25,502 Views
Hey gang, just your friendly neighborhood transmitter mascot here again with another exciting announcement about the RCGroups Beautification project!

We've just uploaded some changes to the beta style we toyed with earlier this week. Thanks to everyone who contributed feedback. Some of you just hate hate hated it because it was a fixed width style, so we're trying some new things this time.

Here is what we've changed:
  • Added a notification/style switcher under the main menu for all styles
  • Increased contrast between all text and background colors
  • Fixed bug that was causing horizontal scroll bar to appear prematurely when sizing the window down
  • Added a minimum and maximum width to the content area instead of a fixed 1000px width
  • Added a full fluid style
  • Various small fixes

The new style is something we're calling "adaptive width" because it will let you resize it up to a certain point. Give it a shot and if you don't like it try the fully fluid width. Note that unless you have a widescreen monitor you won't see the difference between the two.

After our last test ended with some negative feedback, Jim Bourke posted some thoughts to explain why we wanted to try a fixed width style, for those still curious.

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Oct 17, 2011 @ 02:47 PM | 23,833 Views
RCGroups has looked pretty much the same for a decade, and it's time to update our style. Want to peer into the future and see what's coming? You can! It's like having a crystal ball.

RCGroups New Beta Style!

Our new "Beta" project lets you see what we're working on in the RCGroups labs. Offer feedback to help us make the experience positive for everyone.

What to expect from the beta style
Here are some of the things we've changed for the beta style:
  • Layout is fixed to be 1000 pixels wide
  • The footer has a new layout and look
  • New or updated icons for just about everything
  • Improved consistency and legibility when viewing threads and posts
  • And many small changes designed to make the site more compact and easier to use!

We plan to make a number of additional changes, all of which will be available to the beta users first.

How to turn on the beta style:
  • Click on the "My RCGroups" tab on the blue navigation bar
  • Go to the box on the left side of the window that says "Settings and Options"
  • Click on "Edit Options"
  • Scroll down to "Miscellaneous Options" and change the forum skin select box to "RCGroups Beta"

We're working on making it a bit easier to switch back and forth but follow the above directions if you are eager to try it out!

Make sure and let me know if you see anything broken or if you have other feedback as we work to modernize our look.

Terry o-[ : ) ]
Posted by Terry | Sep 27, 2011 @ 10:51 AM | 19,705 Views
I like to keep up with the news and the news is we just broke our record for most users online! Now there are different ways to measure this number. Some sites go by hours, some go even longer but the RCGroups.com time frame is 15 minutes. Yesterday in one 15 minute window we had 4,078 users online at the same time and that my friends, is a new record for us! So yippeee and horay for RCG!!