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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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Hi Cricket / Admin,

One quick question. On the old site layout users could select 'latest first' on a topic rather than the default oldest first. I dont want to come in on a topic from way way back which means scrolling all the way through.
I want the 'read latest first' is this option selectable if so where is it please?

Aussie Ed
 

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Hi Cricket / Admin,

One quick question. On the old site layout users could select 'latest first' on a topic rather than the default oldest first. I dont want to come in on a topic from way way back which means scrolling all the way through.
I want the 'read latest first' is this option selectable if so where is it please?

Aussie Ed
At this time that is not an option but the following may help.

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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Hi Admin Team,

This caption has trouble & confusion written all over it ! I know this because the Suzuki Forum I belong to uses exactly the same lay out.

New readers will start posting their vehicle problems in this section because they will not scroll down and see the VEHICLE SPECIFIC sub forums.

I think you will need to add a 'rider to this caption' stating that Model Specific Questions should be in the respective Model Forum concerned.

Aussie Ed
 

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Let me take this up with the team to see if we can find some better ways to organize things.

- Cricket
 

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Setting Your Location

Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.

On the account settings page, scroll down to location.

As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.

If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.

Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.

User Location Privacy Settings

Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.

On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.

Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.

Save your privacy settings.

- Cricket
 

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Thanks Cricket,
If you open up Main Message Centre you'll already see that it is littered with previous posts which are MODEL SPECIFIC and should have been placed in the respective Model Specific Forum.
When we had the similar problem of Newbies posting Technical Questions in the Intro Forum you added the additional line 'do not post technical questions here'. I think you will need to add a similar line of clarification in the Main Message Centre heading that Model Specific should be posted in the respective Model Forum.
If you dont then everyone (new) will start posting all and sundry questions in the Main Message heading.

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Hi Cricket,
I just wondered if you could explore altering or adding clarification to the 'Main Message Centre' title.
We are still getting posts which are 'Model Specific' being posted here rather than in the Model Forum applicable to the vehicle. Okay I know users should read and be more observant but ....the title itself is confusing 'Main Message Centre - Anything Chevrolet Related' . This invites incorrect posting and does not point users to use the Model Specific sub forums. I suspect that the title is 'historic' and with the scope now to post in the Forum applicable to the model owned I think the use of this Main Message Centre needs to be revisited and either deleted or made clearer what is intended to be posted here.
Just saying......

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Hi Cricket, That was quick response. I'm not convinced that we actually need that title at all !! It is confusing.
We have Idle chit chat section and we have sub forums for the specific vehicle models so as it stands the current option is superfluous in my opinion. It just causes unnecessary fragmentation and incorrect posting.
If you retain it then the only other suggestion is to add underneath the main title that Posts about specific vehicle models should be placed in the respective Model Sub Forums.

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Cricket, The adjustment you've made actually gets the 'tail end' cropped off when viewed on the forum page. May I suggest that the first wording which says 'General Discussions Only' be deleted so that the full wording of Specific model etc etc can be read in full. Good progress well done.
 

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I see the full description so it likely depends on the screen size.

I will take another look at this.

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Cricket,
To provide helpful feedback , For me to see the full line I have to reduce my screen to (minus) 80% which makes reading of the posts quite difficult (too small to read comfortably). At 100% the wording runs out at the word the.....
 

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Cricket,
To provide helpful feedback , For me to see the full line I have to reduce my screen to (minus) 80% which makes reading of the posts quite difficult (too small to read comfortably). At 100% the wording runs out at the word the.....
The description has been updated.

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Hi Cricket, Answer is .... well nearly. I think it is going to depend on the graphic settings of the pc, mobile, android etc which the Forum member uses. On my laptop the secondary line ends being cropped. (which I can only resolve by altering my graphics settings so small that I cant read the post content). Win some, lose some is the outcome.
Aussie Ed
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