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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and, as we go through updates, will become a very personalized experience for our members.

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. ;)

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This is the second time in 4 or 5 months that VS has "upgraded" one of my motorcycle forums. And of course, my existing graphics don't carry over for some reason. I'll have to "fix" the issue. This is getting old and I'm just a little bit salty about it. :(
 

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This is the second time in 4 or 5 months that VS has "upgraded" one of my motorcycle forums. And of course, my existing graphics don't carry over for some reason. I'll have to "fix" the issue. This is getting old and I'm just a little bit salty about it. :(
Can you give me an example of your graphics that don't carry over?

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(y) A surprise for me in the morning. Need to run over the site to manage it for the benefit of all members. Thanks for cleaning up the site and thanks for the New Look🙏
 

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Can you give me an example of your graphics that don't carry over?

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Well, just take a look at my avatar pic. It is severely pixelated. Also, some of the existing pics didn't size/scale correctly.
 

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Well, just take a look at my avatar pic. It is severely pixelated. Also, some of the existing pics didn't size/scale correctly.

It isn't big enough. Upload a new image, making sure it is at least 400x400 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.


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I'm on several forums hosted by VS. I am not a fan of the new format, but what's done is done.

The one feature I really dislike is what I'll call hidden new posts. It is especially annoying in multiple page threads. e.g. a thread is 5 pages long. I start reading it and then respond to a post on page 3. My response shows to me as being at the bottom of page 3, eliminating everything in between. I don't see pages 4 or 5 at all. Not until I refresh page 3 or scroll to the top and select page 4 or 5.
 

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It isn't big enough. Upload a new image, making sure it is at least 400x400 pixels.

How To Change/Update Avatar

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Yes, yes. I've been through this before with VS hosted sites...I'll just have to go and do some extra work fixing something that wasn't broken.

Those of us on multiple VS sites have been through this upgrade process before with each of us having different complaints. Biggest issue in the past has been borked up searching.... we'll have to see how this one goes.
 

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Yep, Not stoked about the changes....
 

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I replied to 2 threads but when I click on NEW, the results don't show the threads I just posted in.
I can see the post if I go directly into the thread.
 

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I like the load speed and the fact that it doesn't jump around the screen due to adds. Look at the upper left after you click the new button and check what filters you have on. It will change what shows up. I have been clicking around and have found most of the stuff I was looking for. Play with it a little. Still learning.

I don't like that the indicator of what threads you have posted in is missing or that the change happened without any notice. I went to log on and thought the forum had been hijacked. A day or two notice would have been nice.
 

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I'm not impressed with the changes ... yuk!!! (n)
Note: Conversations replaced the PMs ... I have sent a message to a fellow member but cannot display Sent and Received as the PMs permitted.
I don't even know if the other member has received an email message advising that he has a message. :(
Oh well ... as an ole friend used to say: "no use complaining if no one listens".
 
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