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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.

Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!


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.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection.
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications or road trips to the rest of the community and we have migrated in the existing data from our vBulletin Garages. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/kJez7_baVUCyf6N6y_lb3FM7QTUELc_ocoNe00c_GhIKqjuG3GIO_N_lUiSldJfnGaRdlQinT3k6QuC9QMxr9AYMbC5e8w4N0jzUaRZZ7SuT09X30z-zyLnKF4cgKL5msl_8erpF

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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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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Looks exactly the same as the jeepgarage.org site I follow... didn't like it. I guess I'll have to get used to the new look everyone is changing to.

@Kst8er

It takes some time to get used to the new format and note we are making improvements weekly based upon user feedback.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Looks like 'Dark Mode' is crucial--as the update says, it's an option in the top right menu that looks like three vertical dots '. . .'

The white theme was certainly an eyesore, but dark mode is much better.

My overall initial reaction is that like so many 'improvements' for the modern web, functionality gets worse and less information is displayed on the screen at a time. I suppose young web developers that didn't grow up with BBS and only know Facebook can't be blamed...

For example, there is no longer any indication of which thread has the latest post within a subforum. The subforum name is bolded, but you have to click inside to see. The same goes for a listing of threads

Also, is there any shortcut to go the last or last unread post in a thread fom the subforum listing? These buttons seems to be absent. Edit: I think I've figured out that the default behavior of clicking a thread is supposed to be to take you to the first unread, but the 'read' status has been reset across the board since the migration.
 

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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 nearly 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 nearly 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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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 on a Texas backroad.)

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. :)

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@Kst8er

It takes some time to get used to the new format and note we are making improvements weekly based upon user feedback.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Jeff M
Dark mode helps the eyes... too many clicks to get to new posts. Old version had button on front page. I'm getting there :D
 

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Looks like 'Dark Mode' is crucial--as the update says, it's an option in the top right menu that looks like three vertical dots '. . .'

The white theme was certainly an eyesore, but dark mode is much better.

My overall initial reaction is that like so many 'improvements' for the modern web, functionality gets worse and less information is displayed on the screen at a time. I suppose young web developers that didn't grow up with BBS and only know Facebook can't be blamed...

For example, there is no longer any indication of which thread has the latest post within a subforum. The subforum name is bolded, but you have to click inside to see. The same goes for a listing of threads

Also, is there any shortcut to go the last or last unread post in a thread fom the subforum listing? These buttons seems to be absent. Edit: I think I've figured out that the default behavior of clicking a thread is supposed to be to take you to the first unread, but the 'read' status has been reset across the board since the migration.
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.
Please be assured that we are listening to all of the feedback. We will be seeing weekly updates that are largely fueled but member feedback.

You can follow the progress of the platform updates here:


Week by week, we will get there.

- Cricket
 

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Currently, the site is optimized for modern browsers that support display on devices ranging from desktop to tablet to mobile. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge have some limitations across devices but we are working on finding ways to improve compatibility while maintaining as much of the function and design as possible. Are you able to try Google Chrome or Firefox as an alternative? I think you will find a much nicer experience on the site from one of the alternative browsers available.

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The ads embedded in each thread have the appearance of user posts, quite annoying to differentiate between the two.
 

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The ads embedded in each thread have the appearance of user posts, quite annoying to differentiate between the two.
I appreciate your feedback on the advertising. While the complete removal of ads is difficult, as it helps to pay for the operations and maintenance of the site, we do try and partner with products and services that we think will be of interest to the community. We are working with our development teams to also introduce a new premium membership for purchase in the coming months that will allow members to view the site ad-free if that interests you.

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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.

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.

Please note that previous signatures were grandfathered in, so some changes won’t take effect until they update their signature.

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Member number is now missing. I was proud to be member number 60th person to register for this site.
 

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Member number is now missing. I was proud to be member number 60th person to register for this site.
Hover over your user name and look in the bottom left-hand corner of the window you will see your member ID and it is also in the URL of your profile.


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I appreciate your feedback on the advertising. While the complete removal of ads is difficult, as it helps to pay for the operations and maintenance of the site, we do try and partner with products and services that we think will be of interest to the community.
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I fully understand you have to keep the lights on, and I appreciate the work of you and others who keep things going around here. Was just a suggestion that the necessary advertising not mimic a member's post.
 
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