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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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Well it looks like you did a beautiful job Cricket ! 😀😉 Can't believe how sleek
everything is, and how great things turned out. 😮 Wasn't sure if we were going
to look the same, but with some modernizing, or be totally updated. So to see
that we have been totally updated is just the best. I think we needed a change,
and this is above, and beyond what I imagined, and hopefully everyone else had
imagined too. :) Am looking forward to checking everything out, and enjoying
that new forum smell. 😄

Really appreciate all the hard work, and want to thank you once again !
 

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Just wanted to give you guys props on the new digs... I generally hate change. But you guys have really made it really easy and done a great job. Thanks a lot. It will be even more fun to spend time here. 🙂
 

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Just wanted to give you guys props on the new digs... I generally hate change. But you guys have really made it really easy and done a great job. Thanks a lot. It will be even more fun to spend time here. 🙂
We will be here every step of the way to answer questions and help you find things. :)

- Cricket
 

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How To Find Conversations (Private Messages)

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.

- Cricket
 

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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.
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Nice to see a new face on an old friend. Thanks
 

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MEH!
 

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I wonder, when you click on the "new" balloon if you can default to "popular" rather than "new posts" which seems poorly named as they are clearly not new.
 

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I wonder, when you click on the "new" balloon if you can default to "popular" rather than "new posts" which seems poorly named as they are clearly not new.
The NEW icon takes you to new UNREAD posts. You can, however, change the default by changing the filters used.
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Or, if you prefer, you can click on "Popular" for active topics.

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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.

- Cricket
 

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The NEW icon is for all new UNREAD posts.

If you prefer "popular" then changing your filter and saving it as the default will be very similar to what you are requesting.

- Cricket
 

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Not sure if I like the new setup, specifically the Avatars all now looked washed out and blurry, and the whole board looks like a start-up forum.
 

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WOW, this is really dif!

It'll take some getting used to...
 

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Not sure if I like the new setup, specifically the Avatars all now looked washed out and blurry, and the whole board looks like a start-up forum.
Chaz, I know that Frans was having an issue with his avatar the other day also. (y)

So he changed the picture size to 400x400 I think, and it shows up perfect now. 🙂
Am hoping that it is the same issue for you, and that it shows up the way you want
it to sir.
 

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Obviously this new site doesn't work well with Tapatalk. I no longer can reply to a post anymore, and the same thing happened when The Watch Site (SCWF) upgraded.

All other watch forums still work fine. Sometimes new and improved isn't........
 

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Obviously this new site doesn't work well with Tapatalk. I no longer can reply to a post anymore, and the same thing happened when The Watch Site (SCWF) upgraded.

All other watch forums still work fine. Sometimes new and improved isn't........

There shouldn't be issues using Tapatalk.
  • Is your Tapatalk fully updated?
  • Have you tried clearing the Tapatalk app cache?
If all else fails, you can try removing the site from Tapatalk and then adding it back in again.

That being said, the site is responsive, so it will adjust automatically for you from any device desktop to tablet to mobile. Have you tried accessing it from your phone browser yet? Try it and let me know what you think!

- Cricket
 

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Not sure if I like the new setup, specifically the Avatars all now looked washed out and blurry, and the whole board looks like a start-up forum.
Please try reuploading it. It needs to be at least 400 x 400 pixels.

How To Change/Update Avatar

Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “account settings” from the drop-down menu.

That will bring you to the account details page.

Once you click on your avatar, then click to choose your file.

Make sure to click “okay” afterward.

- Cricket
 
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