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We are excited to announce that we are live on our new 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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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 59 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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we will be actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. We do ask that you keep any questions, thoughts or feedback about the new forum software here in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work going on behind the scene so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing so it may take a bit for search results to return proper results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so let us know if you notice any issues so we can look into them.
I have worked with our community support team for 6 years. 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. ;)

- Cricket
 

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My Followed Forums

For sections of the community that have special importance to you, go to the forum section and click "Follow Forum".

You will see a list of options open for your preferences. Add a checkmark to your preferred options. Click Follow at the bottom.

Your Followed Forums will display at the top of the full Forum Listing page.
 

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I'm somewhat familiar with this style forum, some of the others I'm on use this software as well. I really do like the dark mode option. I do a lot of computer work, and dark mode saves my eyes.
 

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I'm somewhat familiar with this style forum, some of the others I'm on use this software as well. I really do like the dark mode option. I do a lot of computer work, and dark mode saves my eyes.
I absolutely love dark mode. :)
 

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Small problem, if i read a post then hit "New" i cant see that thread anymore until someone posts in it again, i think its because of the "Unread discussions " box in the filter being checked, problem is if you un-check it, it just puts itself back in check when you when you hit "New" again and the thread you just read cant be seen again
 

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I'm somewhat familiar with this style forum, some of the others I'm on use this software as well. I really do like the dark mode option. I do a lot of computer work, and dark mode saves my eyes.
I like this in dark mode too. Still getting a feel for things but I think I'll get used to the new format, just wish our RGs were still visible on our posts.
 

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I like this in dark mode too. Still getting a feel for things but I think I'll get used to the new format, just wish our RGs were still visible on our posts.
We are working on improving the trophies in the future to help make up for this.

If you hover over an avatar within the threads, you can view your reaction score (likes) though.
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Is there a way to search for members by letter of the alphabet? Sometimes I can't remember how a username is spelled.
 

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I know I'm old and usually in the way but can someone please save me some time and let me know how to go to the first unread post?
 

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I know I'm old and usually in the way but can someone please save me some time and let me know how to go to the first unread post?
Up in the top right corner, click on the text bubble that says "NEW". That should get you started anyway.
 

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Is there a way to search for members by letter of the alphabet? Sometimes I can't remember how a username is spelled.
You can get to the member's list through the three dots menu pull-down in the upper RH corner.

But there may be an an easier way, depending on what you're trying to do (at least in the full version - IDK about mobile or Tapatalk). For example:

If you're trying to start a conversation "blind":
  1. Click into "Conversations" from the pull-down menu from your avatar at upper right
  2. Once there click the "Start conversation" button/bar near upper right.
  3. Once you have a new convo screen just start typing in "Recipients" once you type at least two letters it'll automatically show you all the members that fit that partial ID so far. Obviously, the more letters of the name you type the fewer possible members it's likely to show you. (ex: I just did it with my own ID. After the first two letters there were 7 possibilities. By the time I got "Bir" in there was only mine left and all I had to do was click it to finish filling in the user ID).
OTOH, if you see a post of theirs, all you have to do is hover over their avatar then click "Message" at the lower right of the pop up it initiates.

If you're trying to use "Search" to find a post of theirs, just go into "Advanced Search" and you'll find it does much the same thing as above when you start typing a user ID into the appropriate box. To get to "Advanced Search" just click into the search bar at the top and it'll pull down another menu that gives you that option.
 

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You can get to the member's list through the three dots menu pull-down in the upper RH corner.

But there may be an an easier way, depending on what you're trying to do (at least in the full version - IDK about mobile or Tapatalk). For example:

If you're trying to start a conversation "blind":
  1. Click into "Conversations" from the pull-down menu from your avatar at upper right
  2. Once there click the "Start conversation" button/bar near upper right.
  3. Once you have a new convo screen just start typing in "Recipients" once you type at least two letters it'll automatically show you all the members that fit that partial ID so far. Obviously, the more letters of the name you type the fewer possible members it's likely to show you. (ex: I just did it with my own ID. After the first two letters there were 7 possibilities. By the time I got "Bir" in there was only mine left and all I had to do was click it to finish filling in the user ID).
OTOH, if you see a post of theirs, all you have to do is hover over their avatar then click "Message" at the lower right of the pop up it initiates.

If you're trying to use "Search" to find a post of theirs, just go into "Advanced Search" and you'll find it does much the same thing as above when you start typing a user ID into the appropriate box. To get to "Advanced Search" just click into the search bar at the top and it'll pull down another menu that gives you that option.
Did you change your name? Thought I was on the wrong forum.. lol
 
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