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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 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 camping 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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UGH!
It was so much easier to navigate the previous version. I have seen this "upgrade" on a few other forums, and IMHO, it's much harder to navigate. Is there a quick way to see the last day, last 2 days, last 3 days, etc? That's where I would usually start,
 

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UGH!
It was so much easier to navigate the previous version. I have seen this "upgrade" on a few other forums, and IMHO, it's much harder to navigate. Is there a quick way to see the last day, last 2 days, last 3 days, etc? That's where I would usually start,
Ugh I feel the same..........almost all the other boards I frequent changed to this style and I hate it........it was only a matter of time until this one changed, what a shame
 

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And another one of my forums bites the dust. dammit. :(
 

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Love Dark mode.

One question, can't seem to find the answer : do we have an active members list, like we had before at the bottom ?(members loggued on, guests, etc..). Thx.
 

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Love Dark mode.

One question, can't seem to find the answer : do we have an active members list, like we had before at the bottom ?(members loggued on, guests, etc..). Thx.
Who’s Online?

When you are reading a thread, you will see a green dot on the avatar of those who are online.

If you want to see everyone who is currently online (depending on their settings) you can find this information on the members page.

On the forum listing page or on any forum sections, you will see a Top Contributors box in the sidebar. Click on View All.

This will bring you to the Members page with options in the left sidebar, including who is online.

You can also search to find a member.


UGH!
It was so much easier to navigate the previous version. I have seen this "upgrade" on a few other forums, and IMHO, it's much harder to navigate. Is there a quick way to see the last day, last 2 days, last 3 days, etc? That's where I would usually start,
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.

- Cricket
 

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Not sure what's so upsetting with the now forum software. This coming from someone who HATES UI changes, but most functionality doesn't seem that different from the old one?

It's now working on my phone browser without having to switch to the desktop version (I run a very ad-restrictive configuration), which is nice, the dark mode is nice, and it's easier, I think, to get a list of posts I or a specific member have posted - I found the old forum very convoluted on that one. The showcase function may have possibilities, I'm still holding judgement on that.

A couple of things did annoy me on the desktop version, like signatures being truncated and it being overly generous on what behavior (aka "current activity") the forum is revealing to others. But I found options to adjust that in the settings, so that's good.

I do have two questions:

- There's looong list of notification "alerts" - that are all enabled by default, and I've disabled all of them. But what do they even do? I.e. how would that notification manifest itself? I assume it's just a pop-up when you're logged in, since there are other settings for email notifications?

- Is it possible to disable the "recommended reading" in the bottom of the page altogether? I'm pretty sure an algorithm can't do a better job of figuring out what I should read than I can myself, and I'd really like to avoid wasting time always ending up seeing that when I speed-scroll to the bottom of a page to view the latest post.
 

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I do have two questions:
Make that three questions, since I got one more...:

Is there any way to disable the entire right-hand side bar? It's a waste of space, and an unnecessary distraction.

I don't need to know how many replies and participants a discussion have, I can find the forum main page and any sub forums myself no problem, and I would really prefer to not get any "popular community" proposals.

Thank you!
 

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Who’s Online?

When you are reading a thread, you will see a green dot on the avatar of those who are online.

If you want to see everyone who is currently online (depending on their settings) you can find this information on the members page.

On the forum listing page or on any forum sections, you will see a Top Contributors box in the sidebar. Click on View All.

This will bring you to the Members page with options in the left sidebar, including who is online.

You can also search to find a member.




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.

- Cricket
Thanks. That'll take some getting used to, but I'll live ;)

Cheers,
 

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Not speaking on behalf of the forum or the Admins, but I think this is all new software. It's not going to be able to look like the other forum software you're used to.

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Not speaking on behalf of the forum or the Admins, but I think this is all new software. It's not going to be able to look like the other forum software you're used to.

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Old was vBulletin forum software, new is XenForo.
 

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Wow what a surprise to see the new format. I like dark mode on my iPad! Going to explore and get used to the new UI.
 

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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!
EDGE on Windows 10 does not work! Can't post replies and searches ect.
Firefox works just fine though.
Actually I have been mitigating away from "Edge" as I have been having some issues with other web pages also. Some are worse than others but yours is high up on the list. It simply will not post ect.
Just a comment on the subject.
 

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So far...so good. Once I get used to where everything is at, shouldn't be any issues going forward.
 

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Just so I get my expectations right, how long after posting to the help section linked in your signature before we can generally expect a reply from an admin? I'm not in a hurry at all, I just wanted to make sure it'll be attended to eventually, and that I have indeed posted my questions to the right place. :)

Thanks!!
 
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