AOPA forums closing.....

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by PaulS, Sep 10, 2019 at 9:48 AM.

  1. PaulS

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    I say BS for the reason.....

    From the AOPA forum:

    *** AOPA Forums Closure Notice *** Attention all forum users: During our 2019 cyber security audit, it was determined that this user forum is no longer safe from cyber security vulnerabilities. After considerable research and discussion, it has been determined that the AOPA Forums capabilities have been supplanted by the AOPA Hangar and other social media platforms. As such, AOPA has decided, in the best interest of our member's cyber safety, to shutdown these user forums permanently on October 14, 2019. We hope that you will utilize AOPA?s other platforms to continue the conversations. Please visit the AOPA Hangar at https://hangar.aopa.org and AOPA's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AOPApilots/
     
  2. EdFred

    EdFred Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Facebook more secure? Ha.
     
  3. Bill Jennings

    Bill Jennings Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Deja vu all over again! Isn't it one of AOPA's previous forum shutdowns the reason for PoA's existence?
     
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  4. CJones

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    Yep. That's how I remember it. I thought they were already shut down circa 2005.
     
  5. RussR

    RussR Cleared for Takeoff

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    Just saw that and came to post!

    Wonder if "poadeleted20" will show up back here...
     
  6. Greg Bockelman

    Greg Bockelman Administrator Management Council Member

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    Doubtful. He is already on the new site.
     
  7. NordicDave

    NordicDave Line Up and Wait

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    The AOPA forum site is near dead after they moved a lot of subscribers to the new clumsy Hangar site.
     
  8. WannFly

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    wait.. there are other aviation forums other than POA?
     
  9. PaulS

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    Yep, the new site ****es me off.
     
  10. Everskyward

    Everskyward Administrator Management Council Member

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    Not sure how the new site is more secure. I clicked on the link and I can see the messages, and if I click on the member I can see member info, even though I'm not logged in.

    I couldn't do that on the old AOPA forum.
     
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  11. Tarheelpilot

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    I figured their mods/former POA member just ran everyone off deleting posts he didn’t agree with...
     
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    No more AOPA renewal for me!!
     
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  13. Cogito

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    How do you know this message wasn't a hack on AOPA's forum? ~~~
     
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  14. PaulS

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    Lol, they do say it's insecure to cyber criminals.
     
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  15. BigBadLou

    BigBadLou Final Approach

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    How many times has AOPA killed their forums so far? I myself know of only 2 instances.
    But I agree, this sounds like a cop-out.
     
  16. Shepherd

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    They got hacked.
    You didn't hear it from me.
     
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  17. flyingron

    flyingron Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Well, it's no wonder they got hacked. They are running a version of the forum software from 2009. vB3 hasn't been supported with security updates for years. Even vB4 (which was what POA was running prior to the XenForo upgrade) was better supported but vb5 has been out for over three years now as well.

    This is sort of like saying you're getting rid of your PCs because Windows 7 has security flaws.

    The stupid thing is I offered to help them upgrade. Their sole modification to the forum (other than basic styling) was to put in the cookie check to see if you have an active AOPA membership from their main page. Trivial to move over. I even told them it would be trivial to make tapatalk work in their scheme back when lots of people were asking for it. I never even got the dignity of a "no thanks" response.

    Jesse on the other hand spent several hours relaying to me how he accomplished the XF upgrade to this site (since I was making a similar jump on another site).

    When the forums go, so will my AOPA membership. They have been less and less valuable to me as time goes on.
     
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  18. Checkout_my_Six

    Checkout_my_Six Final Approach

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    Meh....times are a changing. Move on folks....;)
     
  19. schmookeeg

    schmookeeg Cleared for Takeoff

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    Oh great, now the Nigerians know that Lou Betti likes Cessna 210s. We're friggin doomed.
     
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  20. murphey

    murphey Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    AOPA has forums?
     
  21. Tarheelpilot

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    Forums can’t be flown to golf vacations. Not surprised their leadership has little interest in maintaining the forum.
     
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  22. Let'sgoflying!

    Let'sgoflying! Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    What are some examples of how the security vulnerabilities can affect users?
     
  23. ktup-flyer

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    The hangar site is horrible. Still better than the EAA forums though
     
  24. frfly172

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    The hangar site needs a little work. Hopefully they will progress to a better site.
     
  25. Greg Bockelman

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    Probably not.

    What I suggest is for those of us not happy with this move to drop a line to whichever editor at AOPA is overseeing this and voice our displeasure.
     
  26. Checkout_my_Six

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    Good luck wit dat....;)
     
  27. ScottM

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    And I am still in the top two posters!

    Has nothing been happening here? LOL!
     
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    Henning was ejected and a bunch of regulars left.

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  30. EdFred

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    Holy ****bags, a ScottM sighting.
     
  31. CltFlyBoy

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  32. CltFlyBoy

    CltFlyBoy Filing Flight Plan

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    Do I get some kind of special prize for being a user who created an account here in 2006, reads the forums, and waits 13 years to make his first post?
     
  33. ScottM

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    WHERE?

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  34. EdFred

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    He's a transgender with a lisp? Things have changed!
     
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  37. EdFred

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    I was thinking that since it took him 13 years how to post, the short bus could take him someone special to celebrate. :D
     
  38. ScottM

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    Anyways....

    I was wondering what flight bag I should get?

    Does anyone have a good idea about which headset is the best?

    Lastly, what airplane should I buy?

    Surely there should be some sort of consensus by now.
     
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  39. Pilawt

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    Any AOPA refugees in the area please advise ...
     
  40. Cluemeister

    Cluemeister Line Up and Wait PoA Supporter

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    You forgot:

    I'm thinking of buying a plane and leasing it back to a flight school. I'm thinking I could come out ahead. Is this a good idea?