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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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Hello!
I will be here today as we begin to unpack from the move to this new software update. You may have a lot of questions or comments, or may need help orienting yourself to some of the things that look different around here. I hope I can help with that orienteering, and I hope I can help you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and helping people orient themselves as long as I can remember. I was born in Europe, raised throughout parts of the US, and now am in Canada with the Vertical Scope H
Q. Orienteering has been something I’ve done for most of my life, and was both the first merit badge earned, and the first one I taught within the Boy Scouts (yes I did that whole thing too). Quickly and accurately finding my way around is such a cornerstone of my life that my first tattoo naturally had to be a compass to help me navigate. (Though I did leave it up to the artist to make it less basic that something that looked like it’d need some sort of seasonal coffee drink) and it is all of these skills that I hope to bring here to you now.

Orienteering is never an easy skill, but with me as your guide through the site I hope that we can explore this brave new look for the site together. I won’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I will work to find you the most accurate information together.

-Gerrit
 

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site. You can also see our FAQs here!

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 also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community, it’s much easier on the eyes. What is your favorite feature?

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

-Gerrit
 

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is it just me, or have all my howto service the up images no longer visible in the forum thread... #fail
 

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Not a fan of the new look, but, possibly as an old fart, I dislike change. Need to relearn how to navigate my way round the forum for new posts, were always on the right of my screen, but need to go looking now.Adverts between posts take a bit of getting used to, but as I said, I am an old fart.
 

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is it just me, or have all my howto service the up images no longer visible in the forum thread... #fail
Where are you having this issue, I can look into it for you if I get linked :)

Not a fan of the new look, but, possibly as an old fart, I dislike change. Need to relearn how to navigate my way round the forum for new posts, were always on the right of my screen, but need to go looking now.Adverts between posts take a bit of getting used to, but as I said, I am an old fart.
If you need assistance learning the ropes of the new navigation let me know. Also feel free to make feature requests if you're yearning for something :)

-Gerrit
 

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Where are you having this issue, I can look into it for you if I get linked :)


If you need assistance learning the ropes of the new navigation let me know. Also feel free to make feature requests if you're yearning for something :)

-Gerrit
its the only stickied thread in the general technical forum with 82k views.
 

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Only used the forum a little before the facelift. Like a few other posters a bit of a grumble as things moved to new places but getting used to it now. Particularly liking the 'New' button so I can focus on active topics, as well as the little light that appears on my avatar when I'm online or have a new alert. Would be even happier if 'Following', which is currently under the avatar menu, moved to a button on that toolbar as well - it and 'New' are the two links I use most, followed by 'alerts'.
As a side matter, since I've seen it flagged on another (unrelated) forum I read, could you put add advice on how to stay GDPR-compliant in our posts? I've had no training in the matter, and apparently posting our/others' license plates might fall foul of the rules (this was flagged on a neighbourhood forum, where someone was asking for evidence of poor parking, so not entirely sure whether/how much to believe it).
 

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Only used the forum a little before the facelift. Like a few other posters a bit of a grumble as things moved to new places but getting used to it now. Particularly liking the 'New' button so I can focus on active topics, as well as the little light that appears on my avatar when I'm online or have a new alert. Would be even happier if 'Following', which is currently under the avatar menu, moved to a button on that toolbar as well - it and 'New' are the two links I use most, followed by 'alerts'.
As a side matter, since I've seen it flagged on another (unrelated) forum I read, could you put add advice on how to stay GDPR-compliant in our posts? I've had no training in the matter, and apparently posting our/others' license plates might fall foul of the rules (this was flagged on a neighbourhood forum, where someone was asking for evidence of poor parking, so not entirely sure whether/how much to believe it).
Hey there,
You can accomplish this by setting a custom default filter on the new posts page.

Step 1 Navigate to the specific forum you want to focus on and click "Follow Forum".
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Step 2 From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on NEW.

This will open a new page of new posts for you. On the new page, click on filters.

Now you can adjust the filters to work for your personal preferences, such as the example above and save it as the default. Make sure to click the "filter" button to save it, at the bottom.

As for remaining GDPR complaint, any image you upload you will have to be responsible for.

-Gerrit
 
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