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We are excited to announce that we are live on our new updated forum platform!

It’s been a long time coming. Let’s face it. Sometimes older forum technology lags behind other parts of the internet. Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over. We have teams dedicated to building a world-class community for you. The development has been steady with regular software releases since May 2019. Asking members for feedback and coming up with ideas for improvement is what we want.

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
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

Search
We have introduced new search algorithms, powered by an industry-leading AI platform, to 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 over the first few days after migrating. During this process, you may see a limited number of posts until indexing has been completed. We appreciate your patience.

Finding Your Way Around
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.

Clicking your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.

You can also navigate more by clicking the 3 vertical dots.

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.
Take a tour and look around! Check out the Help section for some quick FAQs about the new platform.

Please keep all feedback, questions, concerns, requests for help, etc.regarding the new platform right here in this Feedback thread. This will help us make sure not to miss a request for help and also let us pass along your thoughts to our Product team. The Admins and I will be here to help along the way taking note of your comments.

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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. You can also check out our FAQs.

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 free time 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!

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 a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing regular updates to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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I'm trying to learn the new forum interface. Can't seem to find the "Alerts" pull-down, formerly in the top right corner, which would show me replies, likes, etc.

Where is it now?

Peace favor your sword,
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OK, I think I found it. I have to click on my Account Details icon/avatar in the upper right hand. That pulls down to a group menu which includes the Alerts selection. Click on that it it takes me to the list.

I have to say that this is NOT quicker or easier. Before, I'd just hover over the Alerts. Now I have to click, and pull down, the go to a list. Maybe I don't care about what's there and only wanted to check to see if I care.

This feature needs tweaked. It went from easy to harder and less user friendly.

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Peace favor your sword,
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Thanks for mentioning dark mode Cricket. I prefer it also. It's much easier on the eyes.

I was going to write much of what was written in the first 2 paragraphs of this thread, but all I need to write is "ditto". I don't like change, but this seems to be a good one.
 

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For the most part, it's good. Love the video embed feature. I agree with Kirk, the alerts were easier to find before. Also, I had a typo in my last post but couldn't find the edit option after I posted. Is there one?
 

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How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the timestamp. Select “Edit”.

Members have unlimited editing of new posts for the first 24 hours after posting. Up to 10 existing posts (older than 24 hours) may be edited per week. More editing will be allowed as each of those 10 edits expires every 7 days.

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Alerts/Notifications

A dot on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site, indicates that you have alerts or new conversations (private messages). When you click on your avatar you will see a number next to Alerts and/or Conversations indicating how many new ones you have. Click on each to view them.

You can adjust your settings for alerts by selecting Account Settings and then Preferences from the left side navigation on the new page.

Scroll down to “Receive a notification when someone…” and set your preferences.

For email alerts, scroll down to Content options and adjust your settings.

Make sure to click Save at the bottom if you make any changes.

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I like it!!
 
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I'm sorry, but the new format feels cold and lifeless. With the old format, you felt like a member of a community.
 

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Let me know if there is anything I can help you find! :)
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The old site used to have several featured links across the top of one of the pages, I think maybe forums, and the link I liked was recent posts. Does the new site have something like this?

Thank you.
 

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The old site used to have several featured links across the top of one of the pages, I think maybe forums, and the link I liked was recent posts. Does the new site have something like this?

Thank you.
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.


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I don't know if it bothers anyone else, but I was proud when I became a "Well Known Member" and now I'm just a "Registered Member". I also liked being able to see what other members were online.
 

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Let me know if there is anything I can help you find! :)

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It's not a matter of finding. If I cared to poke around forever I could probably find stuff. The old format had stuff right out in the open and it didn't require knowing what dots are for, or drop down menus. I won't upgrade to Windows 10 for the same reasons. I like stuff out in the open, like having what I actually use on the first screen of my phone and the other apps either hidden or deleted. On Windows 8.1 I have what I need as icons in medium size on my desktop so I don't have to poke around finding things. I'm just old and old school.
 

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not digging the captcha verification, whats up with that? Ad placement sucks too. Oh well progress and change happens.
 
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