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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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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 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 here in Texas.)

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. :)

- Cricket
 

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I see the forum has a new look, A look that is hard on the eyes after 10 minutes. Anyone know how to get the original yellow look back.
This is a brand new platform so we don't have a way to get the original look back.

Have you tried the dark mode yet?
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This is a brand new platform so we don't have a way to get the original look back.

Have you tried the dark mode yet?
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Yes I have. I don't think this site will last very long with the new platform. The old platform was easy to navigate and the search engine was user friendly. A perfect example is your moving this post to this section. Why not leave it in the discussion section where everybody could benefit from your response. It took me a while to find my post and I was looking for it. This was a great site before it was messed with.
Thankfully goldwing docs is still around.
 

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Knowing that change is pretty much a constant in the IT world, the forum change doesn't surprise me... At my age though, I'm not too excited about change and having to learn yet another scheme so I can navigate around my favorite site... That said, I suppose I'll stick around for a while and see if I get used to it, or perhaps my interest will dwindle - not sure at this time... Having been in IT in my working years, I appreciate all the hard work the IT staff does, but to me, it just another new site that I do not particularly care for the look and now have to learn all over again!!!
 

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I suppose I will have to get used to it, or move on. I can say I don't like it at all. It's such a drastic change with what was so familiar and easy to use it probably has spelled the end of this community.
 

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It's going to take me a while to find stuff, but that's okay. I'll just go with the flow on this, I have the feeling I'm going to be seeing this again on another 3 forums.
 

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What happened here? I can't seem to navigate the way I used to plus it is very hard to see what is going on. Live? I hate live stream on You Tube also. If that is what happened here I will probably be moving on.
 

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here is the link I was using to get to this forum:


It was set up to get new posts without getting the new posts from the fun forum which is nothing but a bunch of useless drivel. It doesn’t work any more and that sucks.
 

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All right, where the heck is the EDIT button for a post. I don’t like this new format at all.
 

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Here is another thing; I click for new posits, get thread titles, click on the thread and get the first post, not the new posts. I don’t see an icon to go directly to the unread posts in a thread.

Dude, you guys really screwed this forum up BAD!!!
 

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Knowing that change is pretty much a constant in the IT world, the forum change doesn't surprise me... At my age though, I'm not too excited about change and having to learn yet another scheme so I can navigate around my favorite site... That said, I suppose I'll stick around for a while and see if I get used to it, or perhaps my interest will dwindle - not sure at this time... Having been in IT in my working years, I appreciate all the hard work the IT staff does, but to me, it just another new site that I do not particularly care for the look and now have to learn all over again!!!
I suppose I will have to get used to it, or move on. I can say I don't like it at all. It's such a drastic change with what was so familiar and easy to use it probably has spelled the end of this community.
It's going to take me a while to find stuff, but that's okay. I'll just go with the flow on this, I have the feeling I'm going to be seeing this again on another 3 forums.
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 ask me all the questions you need to so that I can help.

All right, where the heck is the EDIT button for a post. I don’t like this new format at all.
You should be able to edit your post for up to 24 hours. Near the timestamp at the top of the post, you should see an edit link if it is within that time limit. After 24 hours you would need to reach out to a mod/admin for assistance.

Time limits are used in order to preserve useful thread content, while also protecting the forum against spam. We have formulated the current times in a way to best prevent thread confusion and time gaps left vulnerable to spam.

Here is another thing; I click for new posits, get thread titles, click on the thread and get the first post, not the new posts. I don’t see an icon to go directly to the unread posts in a thread.

Dude, you guys really screwed this forum up BAD!!!
It may take a day or two to catch up to us here on the new platform, but then you should start seeing the following.

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.
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What happened here? I can't seem to navigate the way I used to plus it is very hard to see what is going on. Live? I hate live stream on You Tube also. If that is what happened here I will probably be moving on.
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.

- Cricket
 

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How do we get the new posts list to not include the Fun Forum and it’s nonsense?
 

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How do we get the new posts list to not include the Fun Forum and it’s nonsense?
With the filters, you can add those things you want to be included.

How To Filter New Posts To Only Display Specific Section(s)
You can accomplish this by setting a custom default filter on the new posts page.

Step 1 Navigate to the specific forum you want to focus on and click "Follow Forum".
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Step 2 From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on NEW.

This will open a new page of new posts for you. On the new page, click on filters.

Now you can adjust the filters to work for your personal preferences, such as the example above and save it as the default. Make sure to click the "filter" button to save it, at the bottom.

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