Imagine having a name like "Mac Rebennack" and thinking that you probably needed an even cooler name to play music. That's how Mac became "Dr. John, the Nite Tripper". Most of you probably know him as the fellow who sang
I been in the right place/but it must have been the wrong time
Is this the wrong time to introduce a brand-new place to talk about cars? Let's hope not, because that's what we have right here, along with a new name. You've known this site as "Hagerty" for a while now. That's cool, but "Hagerty Media" is even cooler --- and from now on, you can just type in www.hagerty.com/media to visit us directly. As the director of this site, I'll be your Dr. John and your guide to what we're offering, both here on the Hagerty Media site and in our astounding (FREE ADVICE) and interesting (FREE ADVICE, TOO!) new community site. It goes a little something like this:
You can expect that we'll have a lot more daily news, delivered earlier and later in the day. We will continue to bring you great car stories by all the contributors you've come to know: Jay Leno, Wayne Carini, Larry Webster, Don Sherman, Aaron Robinson, Patrick Bedard, and many others. We will be helping you share the story of your own cars and adventures with your friends and with the rest of the Hagerty Media community. More than a million and a half of you are already reading every month. That's great! Bring your friends.
Want more? The new community site at community.hagerty.com is the place. If the old Web forums were Optisparked LT1 engines from the Nineties, this place is like an LS9. You can talk to us, talk to each other, and talk to the community of experts we will be bringing in to give you real-world-experience answers to your questions. Once we're up and running, we will be selecting a Commenter of the Day each and every weekday. The other sites do that, too --- but we are going to be handing out real prizes. Here's an example: What if we could give you a new Ferrari 488GTB? That would be great, right? Well, we can't do that... but we might give you a chance to drive one at 150mph or beyond.
Oh, and we are finally giving you the chance to comment directly on the articles. That was long overdue.
In the months to come, we'll be listening to your feedback and making the appropriate changes. So don't be shy about speaking up.
Thanks for joining us on this journey. When I joined Hagerty a year ago, I knew that we'd eventually be able to offer our dedicated readers, members, and fans a way to build a community like no other. Thanks for your patience. Is this the wrong time for a new approach to automotive enthusiasm? That's not for me to say --- but I'll tell you this: you're in the right place.
Will I still be able to click on an author's name to see all the articles posted by that author? That function doesn't appear to work on the new site. That's how I kept up with my favorite author, Rob Siegel!
Just like the 1980 Chevy Citation, we have to test some of this stuff in public to make sure it works... and we'll fix this faster than the Citation got fixed, I promise.
Fingers crossed this redesign won't be as bad as several others I've seen in the last few months.
One of my Ham Radio sites did a redesign, and they made the site just about useless.
Sometimes change is good, but when it's just change for change's sake, it usually backfires.
I'd like to be able to see a better feed of the latest stories.
But thank you for finally adding comments. If you guys develop a good comments section, I'll finally be able to drop Jalopnik for good
Nice to read. We have been enjoying change for some time. When this is successful we all will benefit and grow. I know that is why I am here. Hopefully we will enjoy sharing information with each other. But first, I need to know if you will be delivering that Ferrari to the house?
So... this is what comes of "cabin fever" ?
Sorry, but I'm greatly disappointed.
If anything, it seems more difficult to navigate.
It wasn't broke — you know the rest.
I'm not an everyday reader of the Hagerty blog, but that doesn't mean I don't like to scroll through older stories when I do have time. Before the refresh, the posts were paginated, so I could jump directly to posts that had been written days, weeks, or months ago and start where I'd left off. With the new redesign, we seem to have lost the pagination (or if it's still there, it's not clear how to access it). Instead, we have an endlessly lengthening roll of stories with the most recent always at the top, which makes it very difficult to read older stories in any systematic way. In short, bring pack pagination!
I'm fine with the site refresh, though navigating is still tricky. Having to join each discussion group seems like it will discourage participation even from the simple fact of people not realizing they have to join the group to post.
as of mid-April I am noticing the following:
-having to login to various sub forums. I click a link and now I am not logged into that section. Sometimes it lets you type a post, error messages and you lose what you typed.
-related to the above, having to login multiple times to a subsection for it to stick. At times, it seems I cannot login some parts. This does not seem consistent. This also happens when trying to like a post --you often get a screen refresh and have to press like a second time to get it to show up as a like.
-articles are being posted by the same few people but they aren't the writers of the articles. I understand that Bryanhagerty (for example) is obviously doing a ton of work to populate the site with the content, but it should be the writer's avatar to build brand identity as it were. Besides, it looks odd having a huge list of posts by 2-3 people.
Hi @Pepperalls - thank you for being an active part of our community from day 1!
We are actively looking into the login issues you described - it could be a symptom of a too short session duration which we will take measures to extend.
As for community poster linking back to the author byline - that is a great note and we will look to change that.
I truly appreciate your feedback and participation - keep it coming!