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We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform!

It’s been a long time coming. Let’s face it. Sometimes older forum technology lags behind other parts of the internet. Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over. We have teams dedicated to building a world-class community for you. The development has been steady with regular software releases since May 2019. Asking members for feedback and coming up with ideas for improvement is what we want.

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
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

Search
We have introduced new search algorithms, powered by an industry-leading AI platform, to 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 over the first few days after migrating. During this process, you may see a limited number of posts until indexing has been completed. We appreciate your patience.

Finding Your Way Around
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.

Clicking your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.

You can also navigate more by clicking the 3 vertical dots.

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.
Take a tour and look around! Check out the Help section for some quick FAQs about the new platform.

Please keep all feedback, questions, concerns, requests for help, etc.regarding the new platform right here in this Feedback thread. This will help us make sure not to miss a request for help and also let us pass along your thoughts to our Product team. The Admins and I will be here to help along the way taking note of your comments.

- Community Support
 

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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. You can also check out our FAQs.

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 free time 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!

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 a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing regular updates to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums 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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Totally different, advertising annoyingly intrusive on my iPad which does not have Adblock. At the moment there are three orange bars flashing in the top right and nothing seems to stop it.
I suppose I will either have to persevere and get used to it, or run screaming to the gangway.
 

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As has been said. Will take a little familiarisation. I do not have any adverts so far. So far,so well done.
 

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I am getting advertisements but I don't care I just ignore them unless interested. I am not into Gummi Fun Mix - whatever that is - but I suspect the ad generates income?
I like the forum layout and replies being posted right below the original post.
 

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Just trying it out. I like the black background 'dark mode' obtainable under the 3 vertical dots (top RH corner) mode.
Now trying to add a test photo!
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Wow it worked - even found the edit function (under the 3 dots)
 

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I'm now a vision impaired member and frankly I think this new format is bloody awful and almost akin to facebook with none of the original SN site warmth/depth. I hope it's only a temporary change and we'll revert to the old SN format soon.

Small point in new format favour I can (or think I can) edit without being timed out and give (or give not) a reason for editing.
 

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Wow, another big learning curve for a sight impeaded 86 year old but good things take time so we must persevere and trust that the site's sun will shine again.
Spongebob
 

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Awful!

Will not be checking in as frequently as previous incarnation. My usual J (sunglasses) smiley signature has disappeared.

J.
 

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I cant see how to go to "New Comments" or "New Photos" in the gallery. Previously new comments on pics was my first port of call.
 

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No chance to check functionality yet but my first reaction was that I had to scurry around to try and find some glasses as I had difficulty reading the text😢 Was never a problem before
 

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Searching the picture galleries:

It seems that the option of searching the picture galleries for specific pictures, are lost in the transformation/update of the site. If that is so, that is a shame. Need to be shown how to perform this. Regards, Popeye01
 

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Deleted content. Unable to delete entire post apparently. :unsure:

How does one delete a post?
How does one search the gallery?
What is the difference between 'Showcase' and 'Gallery' ?

please.
 

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Totally different, advertising annoyingly intrusive on my iPad which does not have Adblock. At the moment there are three orange bars flashing in the top right and nothing seems to stop it.
I suppose I will either have to persevere and get used to it, or run screaming to the gangway.
Install a VPN (I use Surfshark) and you will see no ads again.
Cheers, Gijsha
 
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