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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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Hello!
I will be here today as we begin to unpack from the move to this new software update. You may have a lot of questions or comments, or may need help orienting yourself to some of the things that look different around here. I hope I can help with that orienteering, and I hope I can help you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and helping people orient themselves as long as I can remember. I was born in Europe, raised throughout parts of the US, and now am in Canada with the Vertical Scope H
Q. Orienteering has been something I’ve done for most of my life, and was both the first merit badge earned, and the first one I taught within the Boy Scouts (yes I did that whole thing too). Quickly and accurately finding my way around is such a cornerstone of my life that my first tattoo naturally had to be a compass to help me navigate. (Though I did leave it up to the artist to make it less basic that something that looked like it’d need some sort of seasonal coffee drink) and it is all of these skills that I hope to bring here to you now.

Orienteering is never an easy skill, but with me as your guide through the site I hope that we can explore this brave new look for the site together. I won’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I will work to find you the most accurate information together.

-Gerrit
 

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site. You can also see our FAQs here!

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!



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, it’s much easier on the eyes. What is your favorite feature?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed.

-Gerrit
 

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Hate it. Looks like yet another bookmark to remove (along with 2 other sites I used to frequent that have made this change in the last couple of months)...

I do appreciate all of the reference material over the years!
 

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Is there a way to edit your first post in your own journal? If not, the journals are not worth being kept alive since there is no option to update the first post with Infos.
Also there is no link in your profile which directs people to your journal...
 

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Hate it. Looks like yet another bookmark to remove (along with 2 other sites I used to frequent that have made this change in the last couple of months)...

I do appreciate all of the reference material over the years!
What issues do you have with the new design or any questions we can help you out with?

Is there a way to edit your first post in your own journal? If not, the journals are not worth being kept alive since there is no option to update the first post with Infos.
Also there is no link in your profile which directs people to your journal...
We can give edit access to the Journals section, I will get that updated tomorrow am.

Am I missing any?

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I no longer see a tool that allows me to view 2015+ subforums anymore? When I click the filter button, the choice is not there.

For instance, I wanted to look at the 2015+ Suspension/Stiffening section only this morning. Not sure why these aren't listed as part of the normal forum view anymore for VA chassis cars.
 

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On the previous version of the forum, there was a tool at the bottom of the 2015+ Discussion Page that allowed you to filter the view by individual topic. So I was able to only look at Wheel/Tire threads or Exhaust threads, etc..
 

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On the previous version of the forum, there was a tool at the bottom of the 2015+ Discussion Page that allowed you to filter the view by individual topic. So I was able to only look at Wheel/Tire threads or Exhaust threads, etc..
You can do this now through an advanced search. Let me know if you need assistance understanding this functionality.

-Gerrit
 

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Unfortunately, looks like I need help to understand. When a I open advanced search, it only filters to 2015+ Discussion, but no layers beyond.
 

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I understand why you removed the filter feature now. I see that when you start a new thread, it no longer gives and option for a category. I honestly thought that was a great feature because it allowed the user searching for info to narrow the view.

What is strange, is that you left all those tags on the old posts, which make it look like there are sub categories.

Not trying to beat a dead horse, but in my humble opinion, I think removing that feature is a miss
 

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Still not able to edit my Posts in my Journal...


What issues do you have with the new design or any questions we can help you out with?



We can give edit access to the Journals section, I will get that updated tomorrow am.

Am I missing any?

Jeff M
 

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Gotta say I don't care for this update at all. I liked knowing where everything was and how quickly I could access information. This seems more convoluted and the white background is too stark and bright.
 

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Gotta say I don't care for this update at all. I liked knowing where everything was and how quickly I could access information. This seems more convoluted and the white background is too stark and bright.
White is too stark and dark gray is too dark/black. Take a cue from Adobe Lightroom, where you can pick a more neutral gray that's easy on the eyes.
 
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