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Welcome back members! Whether if your new or you are a member that has been with us from the beginning, you are all going to see quite a change in Bay Side Gamers!  After the very long awaited anticipation we have all had for the past several weeks, we have put a mass amount of hard work such as coding,modeling, and organization into our website to make it better than ever for everyone that stops by to visit us! As of now, our new and improved website that we and all of you can now call home is now open for all to see!  I had a pretty long trip down many roads of problems and delays with a vast amount of things and even some of you have wondered "Is bayside closed?" Well, to answer the big question, the answer is we are differently not, we are still around and are running at full steam ahead on our boat to success for everyone! (especially on twitter). As for me, "Empire" it's been most definitely very difficult for all of the ups and downs the site has had due to various reasons. I have put allot of money and time into building a website that I always wanted. A site that I felt comfortable with by the way its ran, and by the way it looks. We did this by moving from SMF to IPS4 website software. The staff agreed that this is the biggest, and best option to go with despite our financial issues we came across numerous times. Personally I really love IPS because of it's professional feeling and welcoming atmosphere it can provide a website. I first started testing this software a while back when I used to be a moderator for about 18 months on a old gaming forum which is no longer running due to poor management. While the community administrator chose poor decisions against what the rest of the staff recommended to make it get better, and made the site eventually lose interest to all of it's users, I was still active on the website to help try and keep it alive until the day the owner finally shut down the website. With my prior experience of being a IT Technician, and having a much more time and dedication to this website than anyone else, I look forward to making this the best website that is enjoyed by everyone that finds us, and with that said I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read this, and for taking the time to sign up with us.

To Our Members
We have decided to build a fresh start all the way from the ground up because we had around 33 members and only 3 to 4 are active on the previous website that had SMF software loaded onto it, and since we were running SMF at that time we had errors and bugs and I was going nowhere with the modifications that I had wanted. SMF has released an new update some months ago and since then, it helped make our website go nowhere and possibly get even worse than before. So, I decided that I dislike the software and so did my team, and after deep long thinking, discussing, and researching, I decided to change to a more professional software that gave me all the apps that I need that comes with support and that is much better to use for our type of website. 

To Previous Registered Members
You will need to register with us again due to the fact that we started from the ground up and unfortunately were not able to save everyone's accounts. Once again thanks for your understanding. Please keep reading on, with the new updates and add-ons. 

Forum (Main page)
we are allot gaming and modification for the GTA series , we are helpful and supportive group of people. The forum will be changed around, till then we have to decided if we like the current or whatnot. The layout will still be on going work with the way the categories are layout, not to worry as we are working to improve it and feel free to post under the site errors and suggesting. If you are wounding that you can't post or start and topic, it's because that you are new and we have spam bots looking over you. Once you make more posts you will move up and get more permissions.

Home Page
The home page is still under-going work, What you see now on the home page is this topic (that's if you are reading from the homepage) if you want to replay link below. There is nothing else to say. It will be done once it's done, and we will update you all with the new home page.

Reviews & Articles
We added an new system to Bayside Gamers. A brand new page that's full of different categories regarding gaming (Game Directory) and tech support, as well as tutorials for Grand Theft Auto. The reviews/articles page is made from scratch with the articles database and pages merged together to bring an hole different perspective. The main purpose of this is to post about random new gaming release's, assist others with issues, and to display different social media channels. If you guys want to see more categories, or if you think that this is a good idea that we have added, then please feel free to contact our team to let us know your opinion on everything!

Community Guidelines & Privacy Policy
We are not enforcing any community guidelines at this point in time, because you all should know the very basic rules anyway. We are going to let things go ahead and see what happens, and soon we will add a specific and detailed community guidelines page, depending on the issues that come up and present themselves as problems to the site. The privacy policy is A very important item that every website should have, we are aware of this however at a later time we will have it displayed for all to see but for now we're skipping this step in order to make the website public to everyone as soon as possible.
 
Gallery/Downloads
One benefit about using the IPS software is that they have many great gallery and download apps, it's clean, well organised and can add many more options into the database. We added fields, a revamped layout for actual download pages and the ability to link mods together. We hope that the downloads section is a big improvement for everyone compared to before, to our team is most certainly is. The Gallery is the place for any member to upload their gaming images and to share their great editing work that they have created for the games they love to play. The Gallery can also help display modifications that you guys are working on, or that may of been created. We have added many sections for any random game you may play (since we are more than just focusing on GTA). Regarding the download section, at the moment we only have GTA available because we are still creating all of the other fields for other games. We did this once again to try and get the website open to the public as soon as possible. With time to come, we will soon have more categories set for all of the games you know and love. If you have any ideas as to which games you would like categories for, please let us know and we will do our best to add the category for you so that everyone else is able to enjoy your modification as well. Keep in mind that that we will be adding (in details) the rules for the gallery and download section in the near future. 
 
Bayside Gamers will soon grow bigger and better, with the help of all of you! Help us build this website into the website everyone wants to see now and in the coming future with everything you guys could hope and imagine! Remember, without your support we have no idea how to improve the website to the way you would like without getting feed back from everyone. Well everyone, I personally would like to thank you for joining us and hope that you help us continue to grow by spreading our name around to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, anyone you know that you think that would like us, or that enjoys gaming just like we do. We hope to see you around on the forums 
 
-Empire,
Community administer
 
 
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Well, everything looks perfect but there are some issues here and there.

I can't post in member introduction section and also in some other sections as well.

Would you mind taking a look at those permissions? 

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Well, everything looks perfect but there are some issues here and there.

I can't post in member introduction section and also in some other sections as well.

Would you mind taking a look at those permissions? 

Thanks for letting me know, like I said the permissions it's perfectly normal of how I set it up. You need to create around 5 content before you are able to move from semi new group to newbie group, you get more permissions as you move up.

so to all new registered members, to make this clear you need at least 5 content before you can use the download page at full steam and to have the ability to post in other category.

Happy gaming :D

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I'm glad you went from SMF to IPS4.

IPS4 is some fantastic software. I haven't used SMF since around 2008...and I was not a fan of it.

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I'm glad you went from SMF to IPS4.

IPS4 is some fantastic software. I haven't used SMF since around 2008...and I was not a fan of it.

I moved away from SMF since I was getting allot of site error problems, plus I had to visit four different sites just to get plugins/apps, Can't even keep up with new updates. SMF has definitely changed since 2008. IPS has all in one built ins, 

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Looks good but I am having trouble posting in the suggestions section of the forum. It won't let me start a new topic in that section. The forum is also quite slow loading for me and it is definately this site as all other sites are super fast - might be caused by the heavy amount of ads on the index :/

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Looks good but I am having trouble posting in the suggestions section of the forum. It won't let me start a new topic in that section. The forum is also quite slow loading for me and it is definately this site as all other sites are super fast - might be caused by the heavy amount of ads on the index :/

Thanks for the feedback, You can post in the suggestions section, you need to Minimum of five content count to post, However I have changed it to one since it's important. I definitely agree regarding the slowness of the site, since it's slow for me to. and I don't have much heavy ads. I look into it. I add it to the list of things B|

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