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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 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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So is mo admin still several folks or just you Cricket? And howdy Cricket.
 

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Well, I guess I'll start with the first complaint.
I'm older. I have old eyes. So I bought a TWENTY SEVEN INCH monitor so I can see everything BIG.
Fully ONE THIRD of my screen is now taken up by a column of ...stuff....on the right that I can't get
rid of. "About This Discussion", "Popular Communities", "Top Contributors".
How do get rid of all that useless crap and get the rest of my screen back?
I'm down to an eighteen inch monitor with all that junk!
 

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And another one....
Much of everyone's avatar is hidden inside of a silly circle. Only half of Vito's bike is visible.
And my avatar has a BIG GREEN DOT right over the head of the motorcycle rider!
What's that about?
 

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And another one....
Much of everyone's avatar is hidden inside of a silly circle. Only half of Vito's bike is visible.
And my avatar has a BIG GREEN DOT right over the head of the motorcycle rider!
What's that about?
I bet I can answer that one. It is what it is. You know longer have privileged avatars based on number of posts. Everyone is the same now. So you might have to create a new one. I know mine is poofed!!! No one will know me anymore.
 

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I don't know what a privileged avatar is. Didn't know I had one.
I've had the same avatar since I joined here in 2012.
Most of the avatars are not even recognizable now.
 

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Well, I guess I'll start with the first complaint.
I'm older. I have old eyes. So I bought a TWENTY SEVEN INCH monitor so I can see everything BIG.
Fully ONE THIRD of my screen is now taken up by a column of ...stuff....on the right that I can't get
rid of. "About This Discussion", "Popular Communities", "Top Contributors".
How do get rid of all that useless crap and get the rest of my screen back?
I'm down to an eighteen inch monitor with all that junk!
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.

The sidebar cannot be disabled but the developers are working on making it more relevant for us.

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) that are largely based on member feedback.

- Cricket
 

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And another one....
Much of everyone's avatar is hidden inside of a silly circle. Only half of Vito's bike is visible.
And my avatar has a BIG GREEN DOT right over the head of the motorcycle rider!
What's that about?
The green dot on your avatar indicates that you are currently online.

If you increase the size of your avatar it will be clear again.

- Cricket
 

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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.

- Cricket
 

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Cricket, thanks for the reply. But that sidebar is entirely useless info that could be put elsewhere, under a drop down at the top. Please see if they will remove it.
And another thing while I'm on a roll. LOL!!!
All the posts seem to run into each other. There is no divider showing where one post ends and another begins. Wait....If I stare REALLY CLOSE at the screen, there appears to be faint grey line between them.
Really? How about a nice dark thicker line delineating sections of the screen from each other.
Thanks Cricket.
 

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Cricket, thanks for the reply. But that sidebar is entirely useless info that could be put elsewhere, under a drop down at the top. Please see if they will remove it.
And another thing while I'm on a roll. LOL!!!
All the posts seem to run into each other. There is no divider showing where one post ends and another begins. Wait....If I stare REALLY CLOSE at the screen, there appears to be faint grey line between them.
Really? How about a nice dark thicker line delineating sections of the screen from each other.
Thanks Cricket.
I will definitely pass on your feedback to the team.

Have you tried the dark mode yet?

- Cricket
 

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How To Find Subscribed Threads
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.

This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view followed discussions, forums, your discussions, and participated discussions.

- Cricket
 

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I don't know what a privileged avatar is. Didn't know I had one.
I've had the same avatar since I joined here in 2012.
Most of the avatars are not even recognizable now.
I just stumble onto how to change it and it's like Cricket said.
It will just take time to get used to all the new bells and whistles.
Hang in there and just poke around in places you haven't visited
in a long time anyway I bet.
 

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I have the avatar situation under control. Hang tight guys until I can get my example up.

Edit:
Uh Oh, Houston we have a problem. I don't see any signatures here, (the way I fixed it on Kawaiforums), Is that the case. No signatures?
 

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Cricket, thanks for the reply. But that sidebar is entirely useless info that could be put elsewhere, under a drop down at the top. Please see if they will remove it.
And another thing while I'm on a roll. LOL!!!
All the posts seem to run into each other. There is no divider showing where one post ends and another begins. Wait....If I stare REALLY CLOSE at the screen, there appears to be faint grey line between them.
Really? How about a nice dark thicker line delineating sections of the screen from each other.
Thanks Cricket.
I have the avatar situation under control. Hang tight guys until I can get my example up.

Edit:
Uh Oh, Houston we have a problem. I don't see any signatures here, (the way I fixed it on Kawaiforums), Is that the case. No signatures?
My signature is there. Don't know about anyone else's.
 

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New Signature Tutorial
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 guests 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.

- Cricket
 
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