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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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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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Everyone's avatar pics got cut down to a smaller size. Can this be fixed?
 

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Everyone's avatar pics got cut down to a smaller size. Can this be fixed?
You may need to re-upload it. The image should be at least 400 x 400 pixels.

How To Change/Update Avatar

Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “account settings” from the drop-down menu.

That will bring you to the account details page.

Once you click on your avatar, then click to choose your file.

Make sure to click “okay” afterward.

- Cricket
 

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You may need to re-upload it. The image should be at least 400 x 400 pixels.

How To Change/Update Avatar


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People have Avatars that may be years old and now going off and finding the original image may not always be that simple.

I do not like this layout. Consistency across multiple platforms always seems to accompany clumsy layout on most.

It is evident the interface has been developed for the lowest common denominator.
 

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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.

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) that are largely fueled by community feedback. Although that doesn't mean every request will be actioned, it does mean we are listening. We won't get there overnight, but week by week, we will get there.

- Cricket
 

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Dammit, this was the last forum I'm on that hadn't switched to this platform. Oh well. Party pooping aside, I have to admit, this rollout is better already than the other half dozen of my forums were after the first week of complaints, suggestions, tweeking and bug swatting. Hell, some of them still aren't this good and it's been over a month. So... I hate it, but regardless... nice job.
 

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There's a zero missing from the right side descriptor. Although a CBR 100RR would be kinda cool...
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Some emojis are showing in word form
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.

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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.

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Except in your ruthless pursuit of site efficiency you have pretty much achieved what every other web forum has and rendered the user experience crap.

The forum is now clumsy to use, I spend more time trying to get to previous viewed topics and its no longer pleasant to use.

I am probably a couple days from not bothering to try any more.
 

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Every forum I'm on that switched to this platform cited speed as a reason for the change, and every one of them runs slower for me than they used to. It's probably time for me to let go of my beloved Windows 7, but that's probably coincidence. They also all cited uniform user experience across device types, which so far has meant I find navigating them on a PC to be just as frustrating as they are on a phone. That all having been said, I'll reiterate that this site has made the change a whole lot better than the others I'm on.
 

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Every forum I'm on that switched to this platform cited speed as a reason for the change, and every one of them runs slower for me than they used to. It's probably time for me to let go of my beloved Windows 7, but that's probably coincidence. They also all cited uniform user experience across device types, which so far has meant I find navigating them on a PC to be just as frustrating as they are on a phone. That all having been said, I'll reiterate that this site has made the change a whole lot better than the others I'm on.
The developers are actively working on any speed issues.

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