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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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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How To Find New Posts

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.

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Site looks good. Nice work. Details will take time, but I see the old BB code emojis aren't displaying their corresponding images... at least not on what is probably the mobile version. I haven't checked in from the desktop yet.

Even if they're no longer available in their old form, it would be good to have them translate in all the old posts if for nothing other than their entertainment value.
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[edit: Will you look at that?! It's a Banana! Not one dancing with a wrench but a banana nonetheless. The posts I'm reading have all showed the text. Hmmm....]
 

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Site looks good. Nice work. Details will take time, but I see the old BB code emojis aren't displaying their corresponding images... at least not on what is probably the mobile version. I haven't checked in from the desktop yet.

Even if they're no longer available in their old form, it would be good to have them translate in all the old posts if for nothing other than their entertainment value.
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[edit: Will you look at that?! It's a Banana! Not one dancing with a wrench but a banana nonetheless. The posts I'm reading have all showed the text. Hmmm....]
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.

Did you post the banana from your phone keyboard? I've noticed being able to use emojis (in most cases) from my phone.

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Nope! I noticed the typed text in all the old posts so I tried the same: "banana" between colons appeared as the image you see in the post above.

I guess all the content prior to the upgrade is going to look like this then, but it is all about the speed. Something has to give.

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Thanks for the insanely quick response to my input.
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I want to show y'all a feature that I absolutely love.

Provided you have created an Album within the Gallery, you can easily share that Album within a post.

If you want to share one of your albums in a post, it is a simple as copy/pasting a link.

Step 1
Navigate to the album you want to share.
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Step 2
Once you have access your album, scroll down to "Share this album" and select the code for Copy GALLERY BB code.
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Step 3
Simply paste the code into the contact area of the text editor.

The results will look like this.

This would be really nice for things like van builds.

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wow no chat - no offense but we used that quite often, any idea when it will be back?
Unfortunately, 3rd party apps, such as chat boxes can cause security issues for sites so unless the developers decide to build one for us at some point in the future, I am not expecting it to return. You might want to consider starting a chat thread in the off-topic section as a workaround for now.

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People's signatures are not displaying correctly (cut off half pictures and hidden sig)
I realize there is a "drop down"..
but to see people's sigs, you have to drop down every one one each time?
Displaying only "part" of a photo looks broken
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Unfortunately, 3rd party apps, such as chat boxes can cause security issues for sites so unless the developers decide to build one for us at some point in the future, I am not expecting it to return. You might want to consider starting a chat thread in the off-topic section as a workaround for now.

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Guess I will be here a lot less then
 

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So for all you that were chatting with me here if you need to contact me I am on facebook as markmitch63 or you can email me at [email protected]. I will still stop by once in a while just less often with chat being gone. Thanks, Mark
 

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People's signatures are not displaying correctly (cut off half pictures and hidden sig)
I realize there is a "drop down"..
but to see people's sigs, you have to drop down every one one each time?
Displaying only "part" of a photo looks broken
That is a choice in your Preferences.

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.

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Thanks.
Sadly, the site "default" setting is to the "broken part view version" (with drop-down)
New people.. (and MOST people) will never know to fix this.
I'm lost and I just read this...
 

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Alright this is absolutely awful, there was nothing wrong with the other layout, now were just like every other forum. This layout is just utter garbage... That Logo is utter garbage too.
 

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What is a "Push notification"? I saw a pop-up banner giving me the choice of 'allowing' or 'never' ; etc.
And with the 'minimal slice of a picture' it seems to be useless waste. Either one wants to see it, or they don't. Can we individually choose to have it default to either displayed in it's entirety, or not?

I am not particularly happy with the new format, but I am normally slow to assimilate a lot of new concepts, so it might just be me.
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