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The August Update is underway and may take a few days so please be patient. You may see some things come, go, change, or be modified during this time so don't worry it's not you. lol

Stay tuned!

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The first order of business is moving PRE to a different server. Be aware that while the move will be quick, you may experience issues accessing PRE the next 24 hours. Although it should be relatively painless for most people, a few may experience some issues for a short period of time so be aware of that.

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The server transfer is complete. Thanks for your patience, if you even noticed. lol

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  • New PRE member profile look
  • New PRE look
  • Forum names simplified
  • PRE banner removed to only text
  • Moved to new and better server
  • Tweaks, modifications, etc behind the scenes for a smoother experience for staff and members
  • Removed gallery, clubs, and video sections due to inactivity and un-needed bloat
  • Simplified menu
  • Showcased member Leaderboard in the menu
  • Deeper social media integration
  • More improvements, modifications, etc are ongoing

Keep an eye out for more to come!

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You did the right thing by removing the unecessary features. There's social media now, so Gallery isn't really needed anymore, except if you bring it back so members can share their experience  with their favorite PR/Sentai cast members from all those events. Plus anyone can make millions of screen-shots from the TV show and the movies, not to mention that a lot of pictures featuring both PR and Sentai can already be found all over the internet. The same goes for the video sections, if PRE's members don't share their own videos with the cast or even the crew members in them, it makes no sense keeping those mods. Not sure about the cubs mod, I never used it. 

 

PRE needs to be put out there. It needs representatives and advertisers to go to Comic Cons and similar events. It needs to do Cast & Crew Interviews on-spot. Just advertising it on social media sites and other websites & forums is not enough anymore. 

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11 hours ago, Mnikolic said:

You did the right thing by removing the unecessary features. There's social media now, so Gallery isn't really needed anymore, except if you bring it back so members can share their experience  with their favorite PR/Sentai cast members from all those events. Plus anyone can make millions of screen-shots from the TV show and the movies, not to mention that a lot of pictures featuring both PR and Sentai can already be found all over the internet. The same goes for the video sections, if PRE's members don't share their own videos with the cast or even the crew members in them, it makes no sense keeping those mods. Not sure about the cubs mod, I never used it. 

 

PRE needs to be put out there. It needs representatives and advertisers to go to Comic Cons and similar events. It needs to do Cast & Crew Interviews on-spot. Just advertising it on social media sites and other websites & forums is not enough anymore. 

Yes I agree! Thats all something I'm working on.

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The other problem is that Power Rangers isn't really a significant source of income for most people to invest a lot of time and effort into as fans. It's more a labor of love than it is something financially rewarding. Thats part of why many websites/forums/etc come on strong when they launch, then eventually start to die away or are infrequent at updates. 

Unless you can find something that doesn't take up much time, doesn't require much money, and isn't a big financial loss, you will do ok. But where forums were the primary source of communication with fans, now social media has completely changed and fragmented that landscape. 

And as the fans age, the dynamics of the fandom age too. When the original actors like JDF eventually step away, there won't be much left to fall back on.

And this game of hot potato with the franchise also keeps risking putting it into worse shape if the fans don't like the new directions. Plus Power Rangers is linear. It has limited talking about potential and appeal. Plus many of the newer actors are lacking that appeal.

Time will tell. And I agree PRE needs more done. But it has to be done in a way where its not about money and where its sustainable for the long term. And thats the real battle. 

What happens when those doing the interviews and appearances for PRE decide to move on? Especially if they were popular? It's tough to replace them. I'm gonna be doing more research into things in how to further improve PRE and expand it's reach. 

 

But even popular forums have turned more into general discussion forums rather than PR forums anymore. 

 

Only time will tell where things go next.

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Let's hope Hasbro will eventually get some established actors/actresses who will eventually become the supporters of the franchise or if Hasbro manages to push some now to-be-cast members around following their role in Power Rangers, maybe it'll help the franchise as well.

 

Maybe the show becoming union again will give the boost that the franchise needs. I mean, why not give a chance to those cast members who right now, because of the Union rules, can't appear in the show? I say bring them back and use their existing characters to wrap up some plots and storylines from the past. Then use the same cast members and give them new roles, since it's been confirmed that PR is a multi-verse series. Or just go the path where the union cast members show up in the series playing new roles. Start with that and then work their old characters in. There are a million possibilities on how to improve Power Rangers. The only problem may be... the finances and of course, even if the show goes union again, some actors/actresses STILL won't be willing to come back because of various professional and/or personal reasons. Of course, hiring an all union main cast would also help a lot. 

 

PRE needs a power boost, but that power boost can only come in the fandom expands and becomes stronger. Primarily, the show needs to get back on its old track - to the 40-episode per year format. Team-ups included. It needs to start doing original theme songs for each new season, needs to get good soundtracks to go along with a specific season's theme. It needs better writers and people who actually will care about it. Without that, PRE and other PR/Sentai-based sites/boards have no chance to even dream of remaining online in the long-term. The days of just adding new features, skins, content etc. have long since passed. I remember back in the day, you would do an update to PRE and even if it would be a small(er) one, the activity on the board would break the roof. Even old threads that would be inactive for a couple of months would get bumped although it would be against the forum rules back then. PRE needs that kind of activity and overall interest in it.

 

However, everything depends on the franchise itself. It needs breakthrough plots, characters and storylines that will bring a complete overhaul to it. It needs to attract new audiences, audiences that will stick for at least the next decade, if not more. It'd be a good idea if PR went back to the primetime again. That would be a good start and I'm sure it'd help. Also, shorter breaks between episode batches of a singe season wouldn't be too much.   

 

Long story short: if the franchise returns to its regular shape, PRE and other PR/Sentai-based websites/boards have a chance. Otherwise, we can pretty much do what we want, but it won't be enough and it won't have the desired effect. If it doesn't have the desired effect, all we can do is close shop for good. 

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Can't we advertise the site that related to the Rangers on youtube? Maybe message the person who owns the channel first?

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