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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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Noticed the "Vendors" section includes all the "Modifications" sub forums instead of Modifications being its own group. I also think the Vendors section should be below the Modifications section.
 

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Also just visited on my iPad/Safari. Clicked a category and was taken to a page demanding I update my Flash player. Did it again and was taken to a page telling my my Norton subscription expired yesterday. Which I never had. And can't use on an iPad anyway. So yeah that's awful.

Also seeing that the CougarFest planning Committee subforum and the Gold/Platinum Mamber Hangout are both accessible to anyone, including those that aren't even logged in.
 

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Here's a screencap showing the drop-down history of all the redirecting that's going on.

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So far, yes. Safari in iOS and MacOS when not logged in. Just tested it.
I have reported this issue.

In the meantime, this may help


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- Cricket
 

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CougarFest planning Committee subforum and the Gold/Platinum Mamber Hangout are both accessible to anyone, including those that aren't even logged in.
Can I get more information on this from you? Who was able to access these sections previously? Should they be part of the premium forum section?

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Can I get more information on this from you? Who was able to access these sections previously? Should they be part of the premium forum section?

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Moderators was only visible to people who were moderators and admins.

Gold/Platinum were only available to premium members.

I thought I posted this issue before, but now I can't find it...weird.

Edit: Ah, here it is.
 

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I'm having trouble with searches. There's a few threads that I refer back to over and over again so I usually am able to find them quickly, but I'm having a hard time now. I even went back in time and searched for one thread manually by scrolling through all the threads from the right time period
The thread I'm specifically having a hard time with today is titled "My suspension refurb thread" and should be in the suspension performance forum sometime in 2010 with me as the originator, but I cant find it.

Also, I just noticed I had some messages waiting for me for some time now. I now know that a little blue dot on my profile pic means I have notifications, but I didn't notice the dot or realize that it meant anything until today. Its a small issue, but perhaps a more obvious notification indicator might be helpful?
 

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I'm having trouble with searches. There's a few threads that I refer back to over and over again so I usually am able to find them quickly, but I'm having a hard time now. I even went back in time and searched for one thread manually by scrolling through all the threads from the right time period
The thread I'm specifically having a hard time with today is titled "My suspension refurb thread" and should be in the suspension performance forum sometime in 2010 with me as the originator, but I cant find it.

Also, I just noticed I had some messages waiting for me for some time now. I now know that a little blue dot on my profile pic means I have notifications, but I didn't notice the dot or realize that it meant anything until today. Its a small issue, but perhaps a more obvious notification indicator might be helpful?
Is this the thread you are looking for?


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That is the correct thread, I've never had trouble finding it before, not sure why searches were turning up nothing for me.
 
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