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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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So far the site is very slow, loading things from all kinds of places.

Logging in with Firefox didn't work until I went directly to the login page. Kept saying network error.

How can I display 40 posts on a screen?
 

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If my last post ever shows up, disregard it, after a dozen or so tries it’s gone to partial dark mode, I assume it’s got something to do with the migration not being fully functional at the moment.
 

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I'm glad to see there are Gifs now! They can explain things and how I feel so much better than I can! Not sure I like the layout all that much, but I will give it some time to grow on me. Glad to see we haven't all vanished into cyber space!
 

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Yes we hit a minor speed bump right out of the gate, but things have appeared to stabilize. Let me know if you all are experiencing further issues or have other questions.

-Gerrit
 

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I can't seem to find out how to get to the last unread post in a thread. I can get to the threads with new posts but have to go to the last page and go back. Just wondering if you are still censoring hell too. As in I'm having a he!! of a time getting to the last unread posts lol.
 

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Censors may not have been carried over, but we're going to reestablish them with the staff here soon enough :)


  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
-Gerrit
 

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Thanks, looks like that only works on posts since the update. Just tried the Donald Trump thread and clicking the title took me to post number 1. No big deal as I will mark everything read and start fresh. Looks like the update went well, good job.🍻
 

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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.
UHmmm
Got signed in only way I could find a way to reply was a post quote to the thread.
I must be missing something?

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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I used to only get in thread ads while not logged in. This is excessive for being logged in. I do like how easy it is to ad pics in quick reply. But you should also ad a jump-to page option when looking at a list of threads Some threads may be 30pages long and you dont want to go to page 1 first
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Thanks, looks like that only works on posts since the update. Just tried the Donald Trump thread and clicking the title took me to post number 1. No big deal as I will mark everything read and start fresh. Looks like the update went well, good job.🍻
The information is populated after migration, as they are different software based there was no way to migrate those thread cookies over so it will need to be generated as if new.

I used to only get in thread ads while not logged in. This is excessive for being logged in. I do like how easy it is to ad pics in quick reply. But you should also ad a jump-to page option when looking at a list of threads Some threads may be 30pages long and you dont want to go to page 1 first View attachment 157822
As mentioned in post #10, this is an option, and as noted above, this needs to be stored as cookies brand new. Let me know if you need clarification on this function.

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Not sure if I have to use my phone to view this or reply.
But I couldn’t post on the laptop without doing a post quote.
So this might be good bye guys?
It’s been fun
 

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Not sure if I have to use my phone to view this or reply.
But I couldn’t post on the laptop without doing a post quote.
So this might be good bye guys?
It’s been fun
When viewing a thread you should be able to see this at the bottom of any thread:

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This should avoid needing to "reply" to an individual comment. This will be just above the recommended reading section as well.
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I used to only get in thread ads while not logged in. This is excessive for being logged in.
Oh wow. That's really bad. Hope they can fix that or they will drive away a lot of users. No wonder so many folk are running ad blockers. Options are limited on iPhones.
 

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When viewing a thread you should be able to see this at the bottom of any thread:

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This should avoid needing to "reply" to an individual comment. This will be just above the recommended reading section as well.
-Gerrit
Sorry Gerrit.
For whatever reason that part is missing.
I use internet explorer on windows 10.
I get a large box that says join the discussion after I am already signed in.
 

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As someone who usually has problems with these sorts of changes and wonders why they have to happen, this one seems to be ok - so far. Seemed to accept password that had not inputted since last Winter - this usually is an issue.

Maybe it been suggested or even is a feature that I do not know how to use, but for some of the longer running threads would be good if when you reopened them it would automatically go to last post you had opened vs having to go to last and sometimes rewind from there.
 

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Sorry Gerrit.
For whatever reason that part is missing.
I use internet explorer on windows 10.
I get a large box that says join the discussion after I am already signed in.
Can you try on a different browser? IE is no longer supported as an active browser, and we've found that they tend to break with some coding.

As someone who usually has problems with these sorts of changes and wonders why they have to happen, this one seems to be ok - so far. Seemed to accept password that had not inputted since last Winter - this usually is an issue.

Maybe it been suggested or even is a feature that I do not know how to use, but for some of the longer running threads would be good if when you reopened them it would automatically go to last post you had opened vs having to go to last and sometimes rewind from there.
As the software is fundamentally different, the thread cookies couldn't be moved. Once you've checked and read all of the threads it should function as follows:

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
-Gerrit
 
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