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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.

Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!


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.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection.
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications or road trips to the rest of the community and we have migrated in the existing data from our vBulletin Garages. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/kJez7_baVUCyf6N6y_lb3FM7QTUELc_ocoNe00c_GhIKqjuG3GIO_N_lUiSldJfnGaRdlQinT3k6QuC9QMxr9AYMbC5e8w4N0jzUaRZZ7SuT09X30z-zyLnKF4cgKL5msl_8erpF

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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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!

~ Community Support
 

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I Like the new forum look. It’s just like the Fiat 500 forum. Really easy too use. Do you guys on it too?

 

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I Like the new forum look. It’s just like the Fiat 500 forum. Really easy too use. Do you guys on it too?

Thanks for the great feedback.

Yes, we do!

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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 nearly 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. 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!
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(I took this photo on a road trip to Alabama.)

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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Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guests and members can view signatures.

If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

If you have more questions, please let us know.

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Yes - BUT there used to be a link that I could click that said see all Posts from the last day, last week, last 2 weeks. That's the link that I'm looking for. Now just a listing of ALL posts. It appears that link does not exist anymore. I guess that's another thing that went away when you made the Forum more smart phone friendly and less real computer unfriendly .....
 

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Yes - BUT there used to be a link that I could click that said see all Posts from the last day, last week, last 2 weeks. That's the link that I'm looking for. Now just a listing of ALL posts. It appears that link does not exist anymore. I guess that's another thing that went away when you made the Forum more smart phone friendly and less real computer unfriendly .....
That feature isn't entirely gone.

When you click on "What's New", there is a Filter setting that allows you to drill down on what you're looking for. Uncheck every box and it'll give you a list of every post from the last 30 days. It should by default sort by newest post first.

I have mine set to unread posts only. With that checked, it gives a list of every post that is up to 30 days old that I have not read yet.

For what it's worth, it's just like the previous "last day", "last 2 days", etc options, but eliminates the smaller increments.
 

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The only thing, I don’t care for. It cuts off you profile photo, in a Small circle.

What I do like. I can go back into time. 11 years ago. Look up my first posts. inserting photo’s, and links are a breeze. The site, is so fresh looking. You can see the monitors, right off. Who posted the most post.
 

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Another note is that we finally have higher resolution avatars! No more of those 80 by 80 tiles you can't even make out. I imported my Facebook profile photo and it's pretty crisp looking here.
 

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The only thing, I don’t care for. It cuts off you profile photo, in a Small circle.
Miss M says it's a higher resolution, but it's just 'cropped' as a circle.

The question I have is what pixel 'square' is the new avatar size (before cropping)?
Used to be 80x80 pixels, now ???x??? cropped to a circle?
 

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That feature isn't entirely gone.

When you click on "What's New", there is a Filter setting that allows you to drill down on what you're looking for. Uncheck every box and it'll give you a list of every post from the last 30 days. It should by default sort by newest post first.

I have mine set to unread posts only. With that checked, it gives a list of every post that is up to 30 days old that I have not read yet.

For what it's worth, it's just like the previous "last day", "last 2 days", etc options, but eliminates the smaller increments.
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I'm just now seeing the new format and I think this will take some getting used too. Very modern and clean looking. I like the additional features and ease of search options. It'll take a week or so to get used to it.

Well done to our admins and moderators!
 

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Miss M says it's a higher resolution, but it's just 'cropped' as a circle.

The question I have is what pixel 'square' is the new avatar size (before cropping)?
Used to be 80x80 pixels, now ???x??? cropped to a circle?
400x400, and the site will do the cropping thing for you. :)
 
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