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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We’ve worked hard over the last several months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. Our goal is to provide modern design and technology to make the site run faster, smoother and more reliably. All of the valuable content within the community is still here, even though the layout may look different.

A Consistent Experience Across All Devices
The site is optimized for all screen sizes, including mobile. All features are available and ready to use on all devices.

Speed and Reliability Are Key
No one should have to wait for information. This site has been built to be much faster and more reliable, period.

New Homepage Experience
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will help keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and eventually become a very personalized experience for our members with all the great content you love surfaced effortlessly for you.

Search
We have introduced new search algorithms, powered by an industry-leading AI platform, that will help you find information faster. We plan to roll out new features to continue improving search, and to power many additional areas of the forum.

Due to the volume of content, our search platform may take some time to complete indexing. During this process, you may see a limited number of posts until indexing has been completed. We appreciate your patience.

Easy to Use and Navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to use. Near the upper right-hand corner of the community, you will see navigation icons.

The first icon is for what’s new on the site.

Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new unread posts. On that page, you can click on additional tabs as well, such as Popular, if you prefer to view active topics.

Clicking the list icon next to “NEW” will bring you to the full forum listing.

You can also navigate by clicking the 3 vertical dots.

Clicking on your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.

Dark Mode
We have introduced Dark Mode. One of our favorite features allows you to access the site with a power-saving, and easier on the eyes dark mode. You can access it in the drop-down menu under the 3 vertical dots.

Save Bookmarks
Now you can save your favorite discussion threads and posts! Bookmarks are a handy way to remember and easily find great content or stuff you want to read later.

We also wanted to make it easier for new users to understand the lingo of forums. We have cleaned up various language to more commonly recognized phrases including:
  • Following - Thread subscriptions, and Watched are now known as Following
  • Conversations – Private Messages or PMs are now conversations and can be accessed from the user avatar drop-down in the main navigation
  • Showcase – Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on the content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas the gallery would be like a photo album. It can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.
These are just a few of the great new functions and features to try on the site. Take a tour and look around! If you have any questions, please check out the HELP section for some quick FAQs about the new platform - Help Section

Please let us know what you think about the new experience. Your feedback is important to us.

Thank you all for your support during this amazing journey!
 

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Just Some Dude in Jersey
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On the subject of "Filter":
So, you click on Filter and you see "Show Only" followed by a list and boxes to check. Logic would say that you're supposed to put a check in the boxes of the stuff that you DO want the site to Show Only. Instead, the result is reversed. Instead of ONLY showing the ones that you selected in Show Only, the site now DOESN'T show the ones you wanted to show.

It's a simple fix. Simply change the words to "Do Not Show........." or "Click the Categories Not to Show". Obviously this is a petty complaint, but ya gotta complain about something, right? :)
 

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I will be here during your transition to the new platform, to help with any questions, help with navigation or how to do things, and to listen to your feedback so please don't hesitate to holler at me. I want to help.

I do want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Cricket. When I was born, my father told his friends I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen, and that I sounded just like a cricket (I was born with the hiccups.) so yes, I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my time off out in nature and exploring the back roads. During late autumn when it starts to finally cool down, I disappear from the world for a bit for camping trips and hiking.

Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site.

Although you can certainly use the "insert image" icon to upload an image to your post, you can also just drag and drop it to the text editor or even copy/paste it into there!
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You can easily share videos just by adding the URL directly into the text editor!


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display automatically just by adding the gif URL directly in the text editor. Try it!


I am also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years but I have worked with forum communities for closer to two decades.I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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Pedal Smasher
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I like the updates, the site looks great. I do have a question, how do you view threads you’ve subscribed to? I know how to find threads I started, but I’m not finding recent threads I’ve replied to.
 

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So far, I really like this. Everything seems to be intuitive (at least to me) and if you take the time to do a site tutorial, there are some handy options they’ve put in. It’s visually appealing too.
 

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So far, I really like this. Everything seems to be intuitive (at least to me) and if you take the time to do a site tutorial, there are some handy options they’ve put in. It’s visually appealing too.
We are in the process of updating/improving the FAQs to make it easy for everyone. In the meantime, I am here to help.

- Cricket
 

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Maybe it's operator error but when I go to new posts and click on a thread it takes me to the beginning of the thread instead of the new posts within.
 

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Maybe it's operator error but when I go to new posts and click on a thread it takes me to the beginning of the thread instead of the new posts within.
It can take a day or two for everything to catch up to the new platform, but normally the following will work for you.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
@AGadmin: Navigation is pretty intuitive and everything appears to have migrated. I like the Gallery add-on.
I think the image at the top of the page would be more appealing if more of the cars were shown.
I will pass on your feedback to the team.

- Cricket
 

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I found the answer to my question. For some reason I didn’t see fallowing in the user menu. :)
 

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We need our previous smilies back!

Dieter
We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

- Cricket
 

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they seem like the same ones on my phone which I personally don't use
So no more beer chugs or happy b-day or you rock?
 

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Not bad but it's going to get used to after 14 years of using the "old" forum.
And yes please get the "old" smileys back, better a good smiley than a few milliseconds faster page loading......
 

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seems can't find any of my Recent posts?
My Photo Gallery?
Who online list?

Mike
 

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Well so far I have been enjoying the new look :) . I'm sure in time we all will get use to
the new forum. I have only been here a short time where as many of you are use to the old forum
and changing is difficult for most of us. I like the support thus far from admin :)

I have to admit, I do miss some of my standard symbols. I couldn't find any symbol that was
even close to the driving car and dancing banana :) sure did like those.
 

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We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

- Cricket
 
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