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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 past few 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.

Bookmarks
Now you can bookmark your favorite discussions! 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 (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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I like it! It’s a nice clean look.
 

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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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(I took this photo camping here in Texas.)

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?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed. :)

- Cricket
 

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There is another forum I'm a member of that changed to this format also. Its different, so some people won't like the change but I've gotten used to it because of the other forum I'm a member of.
 

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There is another forum I'm a member of that changed to this format also. Its different, so some people won't like the change but I've gotten used to it because of the other forum I'm a member of.
Change is always hard. It's hard for me too.

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 went live with it so I am already getting used to it. I have to admit that I am crazy about it now. It feels so much faster and is easy to use after a brief learning curve. Give it a few days and let me know if you start liking it too. :)

- Cricket
 

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Welcome back!
 

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Very nice looking upgrade! If you guys need help with database indexing or back-end tuning, I'm a 30+ year expert in client/server/web/database optimization.
 

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New Signature Tutorial

Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guests and members can view signatures.

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.

If you have more questions, please let us know.

- Cricket
 

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So far, so good. It will be fun to check out the new changes and get things set up.(y)
 

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Thanks for the little tutorials - very helpful!

a question - I probably missed - when viewing a section of thread titles I always hit the little button that took me directly to the posts that were made since my last visit. Is there such a thing here now?

Hope I explained that properly....
 

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When I click on NEW and get a list of the newest posts, it works fine, but when I click on a topic, it takes it to the oldest topic. I can click on JUMP TO LATEST to get the latest post in that thread, but why should I have to do that? I am unable to find any setting that can make this permanent like I was able to in the old version.

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Well we all made it to the other side all in one piece. Awesome!! I really like this new quick reply box on the bottom of the forum... something I've said we needed for a while. I'm not to excited about the 'mobile optimized usability' but I'll have to get used to it because unfortunately it is the future of computing.

Anyway, I was looking in the gear grinders thread and noticed that none of the smilies or quotes are working. Is there a setting I need to adjust on my end?
 

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When I click on NEW and get a list of the newest posts, it works fine, but when I click on a topic, it takes it to the oldest topic. I can click on JUMP TO LATEST to get the latest post in that thread, but why should I have to do that? I am unable to find any setting that can make this permanent like I was able to in the old version.

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I just found that also. Similar to my question above but what you said gets me to where I want but takes an extra click.
 

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Welcome to MTF Number 2 You Can Probably look at this forum In either a white or Black Background But at least In white Here it's Not so Bad because VS keep some Of the Green Lettering. But My Problem is this Layout is Basically a Carbon Copy of MTF The Individualism of the forums Is Gone at least if VS owns them
 

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Also... whats up with the like button? if its gone do we get a jealous button? 😄
 
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