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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 past few 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.

Bookmarks
Now you can bookmark your favorite discussions! 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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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 (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for nearly 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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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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(I took this photo camp here in Texas.)

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?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed. :)

- Cricket
 

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Meh.....not a fan. some features are nice, some are missing from the previous which were nice to have, my album has vanished.

Overall - IMO it is pretty generic....dare I say sterile.
 

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I'm sure I'll adjust, just like any software update. My only concern at the moment is that the ads show up like a post in the thread, complete with an avatar. Ads should be clearly marked as such and displayed in a way that people can't accidentally click on them while scrolling through the thread or mistake them as spam (exactly what I did). If you're going to hide them in the thread, please display them differenty than the comments from forum posters.
 

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Is there another tutorial? I can't figure out how to edit posts. (Nevermind, just found the "Edit" button.

I'd also like to be able to change the name of one of my threads. Thanks
 

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Is there a button that will take you to the last post you read in a thread (like before), or does this new interface take you automatically to the first un-read post? Seems like that might be the case.

I don't mind any of the changes so far... I learn quickly.
 

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Is there a button that will take you to the last post you read in a thread (like before), or does this new interface take you automatically to the first un-read post? Seems like that might be the case.

I don't mind any of the changes so far... I learn quickly.
That would be handy.
 

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Meh.....not a fan. some features are nice, some are missing from the previous which were nice to have, my album has vanished.

Overall - IMO it is pretty generic....dare I say sterile.
Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am already getting used to it.

Your albums should still be there. They are just referred to as gallery now.
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I'm sure I'll adjust, just like any software update. My only concern at the moment is that the ads show up like a post in the thread, complete with an avatar. Ads should be clearly marked as such and displayed in a way that people can't accidentally click on them while scrolling through the thread or mistake them as spam (exactly what I did). If you're going to hide them in the thread, please display them differenty than the comments from forum posters.
I will pass on your feedback to the team.

Is there a button that will take you to the last post you read in a thread (like before), or does this new interface take you automatically to the first un-read post? Seems like that might be the case.

I don't mind any of the changes so far... I learn quickly.
This is automatic, but it can take a few days to catch up on the new platform.
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.
- Cricket
 

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I miss the "Recent Threads" that were on the sidebar. Other than that, I like the new look.
 

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Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am already getting used to it.

Your albums should still be there. They are just referred to as gallery now.
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I will pass on your feedback to the team.



This is automatic, but it can take a few days to catch up on the new platform.
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.
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I don't mind change I'm just meh on this one.

No albums, no gallery, no pictures, no happy. Where did they go?
 

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Full signatures are gone(unless you click "show full sig.." as well as user info under their respective username and avatar. I like seeing where people are from if they elect to show it. Stats were nice too.
 

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How do we post gifs from a link? It works in "Preview" mode, but as soon as you post, it's just a still picture.
 

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Full signatures are gone(unless you click "show full sig.." as well as user info under their respective username and avatar. I like seeing where people are from if they elect to show it. Stats were nice too.
Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guest and members can view signatures.

If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

If you have more questions, please let us know.

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Was it in your Garage or Gallery?

Do you see anything here under "Your media?"


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Bless your heart.....you are trying.

Let me break this down:

Old format - There were pictures in MY album
New format - MY pictures do not exist/present. MY media is EMPTY. I can see others pictures in the Media BUT mine.

Clicking on the thread title takes you to the 1st post only not the 1st unread
 

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Thanks team for all your hard work - It looks like a fairly successful migration to the new platform, which is no easy task!
The UI is a little different, but let's give it a fair go - the auto jump to last unread is a major win in my book, and dark mode is nice too.
 
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