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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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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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One thing I really will miss is the active content page - which is the page i always sat on for ....years. Just refresh to keep up.

I've found something broadly similar here showing the last 5 posts but to be honest comparatively it sucks the fat one.

No chance of that feature here?
 

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OK just logged in and initial impressions.

It appears bright, clean, fresh and shiny, no problem with that
Dark mode not bad at all

Banner pic, 2 Turbos
Ok, we have have turbos here of course, part of the family
but I'd say most folk don't them so minor quibble there.

Push notification pop up
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stuff yer pop ups!!
Pop ups are Satans post cards
Pop ups cause cancer, misery madness and blindness
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!

Real estate

A lot of real estate wasted on unnecessary crap on the right hand side
'Popular communities' ?Home entertainment and mountain bike reviews?
seriously?

Ads:
Normally I wont go near any site without Adblock and duckduckgo set to
Paranoia max and only release them on trusted sites.
If it means I get turned away from a few so be it.
I turned them both off and refreshed the page...............
OMG
Now I see why the right hand pane is so large........

AdBlock and DDG go back on and damn well stay on !!
ADs for hand bags, wallets and whats her face telling me to fly to Dubai
do not make it a pleasurable or fulfilling experience.

Superficially it appeared clean and fresh but sadly the shine quickly wore off
like bad chrome.
I'm an irregular user nowadays so it wont have much of an impact on me
but will be intersted to see how the regular users find it.
 

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One thing I really will miss is the active content page - which is the page i always sat on for ....years. Just refresh to keep up.

I've found something broadly similar here showing the last 5 posts but to be honest comparatively it sucks the fat one.

No chance of that feature here?
The popular page replaces active topics.

How To Find New Posts

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. You can also mark all as read.

- Cricket
 

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Push notification pop up
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stuff yer pop ups!!
Pop ups are Satans post cards
Pop ups cause cancer, misery madness and blindness
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can tell it no. ;)

Push Notifications

The community offers push notifications if your browser's permissions allow it. You may see a popup in the community allowing you to enable these permissions for the site.

You can also enable/disable push notifications by clicking on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and selecting “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu.

You will now see left side navigation. Select “Preferences”.

Scroll down to Push Notifications to set your preferences.

Enabling push notifications will enable them for this device only. If you log out of this device, you will need to re-enable push notifications.


A lot of real estate wasted on unnecessary crap on the right hand side
'Popular communities' ?Home entertainment and mountain bike reviews?
seriously?
The developers are still working on making the sidebar more relevant to members.

- Cricket
 

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Please correct me if Im wrong or there is a way to turn it off.
Is every 5th post in a given (all) discussions going to be ad content?
I wanted to take a moment to assure you that we are listening to all the feedback. That being said, this site is supported by ads. As you already know, that’s how we keep the lights on around here. As it turns out, servers, bandwidth, security, and maintenance aren’t free. ;)

We are working with our development teams to also introduce a new premium membership for purchase in the coming weeks that will allow members to view the site ad-free.

- Cricket
 

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OK just logged in and initial impressions.

It appears bright, clean, fresh and shiny, no problem with that
Dark mode not bad at all

Banner pic, 2 Turbos
Ok, we have have turbos here of course, part of the family
but I'd say most folk don't them so minor quibble there.

Push notification pop up
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stuff yer pop ups!!
Pop ups are Satans post cards
Pop ups cause cancer, misery madness and blindness
I hate all pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!

Real estate

A lot of real estate wasted on unnecessary crap on the right hand side
'Popular communities' ?Home entertainment and mountain bike reviews?
seriously?

Ads:
Normally I wont go near any site without Adblock and duckduckgo set to
Paranoia max and only release them on trusted sites.
If it means I get turned away from a few so be it.
I turned them both off and refreshed the page...............
OMG
Now I see why the right hand pane is so large........

AdBlock and DDG go back on and damn well stay on !!
ADs for hand bags, wallets and whats her face telling me to fly to Dubai
do not make it a pleasurable or fulfilling experience.

Superficially it appeared clean and fresh but sadly the shine quickly wore off
like bad chrome.
I'm an irregular user nowadays so it wont have much of an impact on me
but will be intersted to see how the regular users find it.
The popular page replaces active topics.

How To Find New Posts

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. You can also mark all as read.

- Cricket

Thanks, I'd found that, I just didn't know their were filters and one screening out posts I'd seen was set.

All good now.

But I can't see who's online. Any tips for that?

And we mods had 'buddied' each other so we could see which mods were online knowing who is best to deal with a given situation.

Am I missing something here too?
 

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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.

There is also a section that displays the newest members.

- Cricket
 

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Setting Your Location

Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.

On the account settings page, scroll down to location.

As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.

If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.

Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.

User Location Privacy Settings

Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.

On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.

Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.

Save your privacy settings.

- Cricket
 

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When I tried to access the forum on my cell phone the old forum came up. The same thing happened when I tried to access the forum on a computer running Wary Linux. Any ideas on why this is happening? How can I access the new forum on these devices?
 

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When I tried to access the forum on my cell phone the old forum came up. The same thing happened when I tried to access the forum on a computer running Wary Linux. Any ideas on why this is happening? How can I access the new forum on these devices?
I will check with the tech on this. In the meantime can you make sure this is the link you are accessing?


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Can you make sure you are using this link to access the forum from your laptop?
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- Cricket
Interesting that I was using the same bookmark on Google Chrome on both devices and the laptop still used the old forum version. I manually typed the address in and I now have the new version on the laptop. I updated the bookmark and all is good. Thank you!
 

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In my experience ,"updates" are written by teckno-geeks to impress other teckno-geeks. They are never written to make life easier for the actual user , and its very seldom that those users are asked what they might like to see as an improvement.
And that is exactly what I see has happened here.
I am old and crusty and dont like this format at all. It will probably be the end of my visiting .....
 
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