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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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How To Find New Posts

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. You can also mark all as read.

- Cricket
 

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How To Create A Signature

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.

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Two topics which a member has brought up so far. 1/ it appears we have lost the signature photos?? and 2/ the new posts are at the bottom of the page, where it would be more prominent if it was at the top? Just thoughts.

John :)
 

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Two topics which a member has brought up so far. 1/ it appears we have lost the signature photos?? and 2/ the new posts are at the bottom of the page, where it would be more prominent if it was at the top? Just thoughts.
You may need to reupload your signature image if it used the old coding.

I am not sure I understand the question about newest posts at the bottom of the page. Are you referring to the order of posts within a thread? If so, at this time they are in chronological order and there isn't an option to change the order, but I will definitely pass that feedback to the team.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • 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.
- Cricket
 

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You may need to reupload your signature image if it used the old coding.

I am not sure I understand the question about newest posts at the bottom of the page. Are you referring to the order of posts within a thread? If so, at this time they are in chronological order and there isn't an option to change the order, but I will definitely pass that feedback to the team.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • 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.
- Cricket
It was me that queries about having to scroll down, as the old format of the forum had the new posts all at the top, but I've since seen the 'NEW' bubble top right which brings up all the new posts and posts with new comments.
 

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Don’t like it. 😭
 

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Don’t like it. 😭
Can you tell me what you don't like about it?

Is there anything I can help you find?

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 some time and let me know if you start liking it too. :)
 

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I must say I'm starting to get use to it. OK, I don't do change well, and some bits, particularly to do with moderating I have to hunt for. But that really is because we are quite a friendly lot so don't generally need moderating very often.

The only bit I've not really sussed out yet is PM's (Personal messages) I know they are possible, because I received one from you ;) but I really don't know how to send or look at them??
 

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I must say I'm starting to get use to it. OK, I don't do change well, and some bits, particularly to do with moderating I have to hunt for. But that really is because we are quite a friendly lot so don't generally need moderating very often.

The only bit I've not really sussed out yet is PM's (Personal messages) I know they are possible, because I received one from you ;) but I really don't know how to send or look at them??
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”.

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Can you tell me what you don't like about it?

Is there anything I can help you find?

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 some time and let me know if you start liking it too. :)
I’m just a grumpy creature of habit. As I’m currently in lockdown I’ll have time to get used to it.
 

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I don't think humans are a creature which ever really likes change. Lets face it, I did not like the last iteration of LF when it first arrived. We just need time to come to terms with it. Certainly I'm finding it much easier than the day it first appeared just a couple of weeks ago. :)
 

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Hi Cricket
Another grumpy old woman here (not computer literate), I'm fiddling about with this forum too!! but what the "fuff"!!
I don't do social media and now in these scary virus times that we have found ourselves in I am trying to communicate in the only way I can cope with.
Permission to go "off topic" please?
When you introduced yourself you said something about how you were called Cricket and I looked at where you lived and your age. Your dad must have called you after The Chirping Crickets and Buddy Holly who were born in Lubock Texas!!

Stay safe to all faithful "old members" on this thread xx ❤

Love, Vertual Hugs and Kisses from Chel and Juice xx 🐾🐾
 

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Buddy Holly, my hero of my youth. The day music died. I remember to crash so well, Buddy, Ricky Valens and The Big Bopper 😰 I'd just left school and was spending my time chatting up the girls at the youth club. So long ago.

 
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