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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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Visually, it'll take some time to get used, like any change, to but that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I am glad to see that my data/files are still here, though it's odd that we now have a field in our profiles for "vehicle details"???

What I don't like is the fact that "views" are now such a prominent feature but you can't see the title of the most recently active thread from the main forum page. It just feels less personal and community-oriented.

Also not a fan of users being ranked according to stats. I know it's just a way to display data, but having it on the main sidebar makes it feel a bit like a competition almost.

I do like the new post boxes, I can finally hit CTRL+I and have it italicize! And I don't have to edit a million extra enter lines out of my comments anymore, yay. :)
 

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Hi
I know you guys worked had for this but I do not like the new layout sorry.
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 a few days and let me know if you start liking it too. :)

I am glad to see that my data/files are still here, though it's odd that we now have a field in our profiles for "vehicle details"???
That has been reported and will be corrected soon.

What I don't like is the fact that "views" are now such a prominent feature but you can't see the title of the most recently active thread from the main forum page. It just feels less personal and community-oriented.
The developers are working on a more relevant homepage for us. In the meantime, have you considered saving the link for NEW in your browser bookmark?

Also not a fan of users being ranked according to stats. I know it's just a way to display data, but having it on the main sidebar makes it feel a bit like a competition almost.
I will pass on your feedback to the team.

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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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Also, I realize the home page is alphabetically. However, Breeding Betta should be below Betta Care. People want to know about care most of all.

Thanks,

Linda

Oh, and where is the "edit" button and do members still have 20 minutes to edit? And if we don't have an unlimited mailbox how will we know when we're near full?
 

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How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the timestamp. Select “Edit”.

Members have unlimited editing of new posts for the first 24 hours after posting. Up to 10 existing posts (older than 24 hours) may be edited per week. More editing will be allowed as each of those 10 edits expires every 7 days.

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Honestly, the platform is amazing! I love it! Thank you for making these changes.

Of course, there will always be need for improvement. I honestly like the new features/ functionality. I enjoy no ads as a premium member. The Gallery and My Showcases will take a minute to navigate through.

I too was not fond of member rank based upon responses.
I prefer Dark Mode.
 

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The Gallery and My Showcases will take a minute to navigate through.
I will post some tutorials for y'all! :)

How To Add A Gallery

Click on the 3 vertical dots near the upper-right-hand corner of the community.

Click on “Gallery” in the drop down menu.

From the left side navigation, click on “Your albums”.

Near the top right of the page, click on “Add media”.

A popup will open. Click on “Create personal album”.

First, add a title to your album and a description. Now it is time to click “Upload file”.

Once you have uploaded your file, add some information for the image.

When you are done, click save.

When need to add to your album, click on “Gallery” from the drop-down menu below the dots in the upper right-hand corner of the site again.

Click on “Your albums” from the left-side navigation.

You can click on the add media button again.

And then click on “Add media to existing album.

Or if you prefer, when you click on “Your albums” you can just click on the specific album where you want to add the image(s)

When you click on a specific album, you will also see some privacy options so you can decide who can view your images and who can’t.

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What is the Difference Between the Showcase and Gallery?

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. Showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album.

How to Create a Showcase?

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and select “Showcase”.

From the Showcase page, click on “Add item” in the right-hand corner.

A popup will appear at the top. Click on “showcase”.

A form will open for you to fill in the blanks, such as title, tags, general information, etc.

Scroll down to “General Information” to content and images, in the same way that you would for writing a post. The first image added will be the cover photo.

Add any additional item details, and “Save”.

If you want to make any changes, including choosing a different cover photo from the images you added, you can do so by editing your showcase.

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing those tutorials.

What I forgot to mention is that before the web redesign, quite a few photos were deleted from my Gallery. :cry: I am unsure if I was the only one this happened to. The remaining Gallery photos were jpeg and renamed with numbers (rather than the initial file name when I uploaded them several months ago). Do we know if those photos will be restored? If not, no worries, I know I can probably find the originals in my Google Drive. Thank you for addressing the "Vehicle Details" in our Privacy Settings. Because that was very strange.
 

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing those tutorials.

What I forgot to mention is that before the web redesign, quite a few photos were deleted from my Gallery. :cry: I am unsure if I was the only one this happened to. The remaining Gallery photos were jpeg and renamed with numbers (rather than the initial file name when I uploaded them several months ago). Do we know if those photos will be restored? If not, no worries, I know I can probably find the originals in my Google Drive. Thank you for addressing the "Vehicle Details" in our Privacy Settings. Because that was very strange.
Is this what you are referring to?


- Cricket
 
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