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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

- 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.

 

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Ugh, XenForo. I'm a software engineer who specializes in OS level software and security. XenForo has a mixed reputation when it comes to security. Please make sure you keep it up to date and I advise all users to keep an up to date browser/OS. The attack surface with the switch is now much larger.
 

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Thought I was on the wrong site for a minute. I am always torn between "if it ain't broke" and liking new technology, especially considering my career is in information systems. Change is always challenging, but I am sure it will be fine.
Hopefully mobile will work much better.
 

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Is it just me or has something changed overnight?

I don't know why fora persist in changing their user interface every so often. Usually its just change for change's sake. Personally, I preferred the old format - this new one just appears too "busy".

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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 started transitioning sites to it and I have come to love it.

We will see regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)
 

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I'd need to look at the previous version of the site to give detailed specifics, but with the words in bold and so much blank space on each page now the site seems geared more for use on small touchscreens and for people with poor eyesight. I say that as a criticism, though some people will see it as a positive.

Look at the main page of each forum. Bold topic lines, so much separation between text, empty space, pretty sure there's fewer subject lines that fit on each page now. Some forum sites make such things even more pronounced by making the subject lines even bigger and bolder and more colorful, making the forum look like it's intended for little kids and also making reading the site "stuttery" and jarring for the eyes instead of smooth and pleasant.

It's sort of like when Windows 8 came out and got rid of the start button/menu and had the tile desktop and people hated it because the tiles were big and had less information, required more scrolling, etc, than the Windows 7 or Windows XP start menu.

So hopefully that kind of thing can be kept in check.
 

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I was on another forum that went to this format. They had such an overwhelming drop in activity they went back to the old version. I don’t care for this style. Difficult to navigate.
None of our sites have gone back to the old format.
 

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Thank you but that was only one problem. As I never search forums and am in the habit of staying in today's posts.
It seems if I read a post it is no ;onger new and i can't go back to it. I left a site and came here so I didn't have to play hide and seek.
 

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Thank you but that was only one problem. As I never search forums and am in the habit of staying in today's posts.
It seems if I read a post it is no ;onger new and i can't go back to it. I left a site and came here so I didn't have to play hide and seek.
The first icon is for what’s new on the site.

Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new unread posts. (If you switch to popular you can see those you have read too.)

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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How To Save (Bookmark) Threads Or Posts

This is a great option for those times when you want to save a thread to come back to later. At the bottom of the post, you will see “save”. Click on it.

Once you click on it you can add any notes to remind yourself and then simply click to save.

When you are ready to find the saved bookmarks again later, from the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “bookmarks”.

 
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