You still aren't acknowledging what schwim is saying.
Really? Pretty sure I did.
we don't know what kind of other changes were made on the back end.
I would assume... the same as my own bank did, they upgraded the back end and the new updates to secure the database on the server from getting hacked would also require a new, tougher password scheme. This is just a PART of the security upgrades put into place after they got hacked.
I would expect that schwim should know this already.
Your local staff (moderators and administrators) don't work for Auto Guide/Vertical Scope or anyone else for that matter. We just volunteer our time to help out the members of our site... because we love the place and want to contribute to keeping it as good as we can.
We are not privy to the deeper goings on of Auto Guide/Vertical Scope and can't answer questions about the technology that drives the forums. We can only assist members with the more basic and rudimentary functions of the site.
So... I don't really know anymore than you guys but applying a little common sense and not having a flat out pissed off and negative view of the company who has run and owns this forum lead me to believe that this change is just a part of the larger picture.
Do they screw up now and then. Absolutely.
Are they perfect? Not only no... but hell no.
Did they piss of about 80% of the members when they upgraded the forum to a new format... obviously.
Do they do as good a job as they can considering they own, probably 75% of all the successful automotive related forums on the internet... I don't know, but I'd like to think so.
Nobody blamed our passwords for them getting hacked. Our passwords obviously would NOT have given them that kind of access.
I don't know why you guys are taking this so personally... other than your pissed off at being a little inconvenienced this morning, despite everyone being notified in 3 different threads for the last week.
Obviously... it wasn't that big of a deal or we wouldn't be logged in here bitching about it.