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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 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 and I love when I have time to camp. Every now and then I enjoy random road trips to different cities.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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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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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.

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

- Cricket
 

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After a brief tour...Not as bad as I was expecting...time will tell....Good Luck
 

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"edit button/text" Never mind my lack of exploration. Found it!
Testing the picture insertion.
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edit button/text" Never mind my lack of exploration. Found it!

The picture insertion is seamless. Very refreshing. I do not see the "edit" button or text by the time-stamp. Might just be me not knowing where to look.

Testing the picture insertion. View attachment 169332
 

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The picture insertion is seamless. Very refreshing. I do not see the "edit" button or text by the time-stamp. Might just be me not knowing where to look.
How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots next to 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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Dark mode is better, I prefer the old Blue skin.
Am I missing the "View First Unread" button on the threads?
Same here, like the dark mode built-in. Much faster than post-processing dark mode by a browser plug-in.
I too am missing the View First Unread.
I know the SW has the feature, it just needs to be turned on somewhere.

Btw, is the slow loading of the pages caused by the server BW, SW or other? It should be addressed.
And page #2 of New Posts failed to load at first with some server message about cloud access etc. Sorry, I goofed and didn't take a snapshot before hitting F5 which fixed the problem and the 2nd page loaded.
 

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Dark mode is better, I prefer the old Blue skin.
Am I missing the "View First Unread" button on the threads?
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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Same here, like the dark mode built-in. Much faster than post-processing dark mode by a browser plug-in.
I too am missing the View First Unread.
I know the SW has the feature, it just needs to be turned on somewhere.

Btw, is the slow loading of the pages caused by the server BW, SW or other? It should be addressed.
And page #2 of New Posts failed to load at first with some server message about cloud access etc. Sorry, I goofed and didn't take a snapshot before hitting F5 which fixed the problem and the 2nd page loaded.
The site is still indexing, so we may see occasional slowness or errors, but the site is loading virtually instantly for me.

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Also, my avatar seems mangled. It is enlarged now and clipped so only a tiny portion shows.
I do not know where my original avatar is. Is there a way to fix our avatars on the server side? If not, I'll have to dig mine up somewhere and upload it again, hopefully without distortion.
 

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Also, my avatar seems mangled. It is enlarged now and clipped so only a tiny portion shows.
I do not know where my original avatar is. Is there a way to fix our avatars on the server side? If not, I'll have to dig mine up somewhere and upload it again, hopefully without distortion.
It may be the size. It looks best if the dimensions are at least 400x400. We can fix it from our end. It can only be reuploaded from your end.

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Hello Cricket, I have not seen Spanish Moss in San Antonio. Must be near LA/TX border. Next pic could be part of the new San Antonio River.

No "Delete" button. For someone that creates two threads it would be nice to have a "delete".
Light version was difficult to see the separators between posts. The Dark version is better.

I was able to view my first thread/post, it came up fairly quick.

> I was looking at the photo I attached on my post and also see TennX photo.
 

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Hello Cricket, I have not seen Spanish Moss in San Antonio. Must be near LA/TX border. Next pic could be part of the new San Antonio River.
The first picture I posted was from a camping trip to NE Texas at Caddo Lake State Park.

The second picture was from a quieter section of the San Antonio River Walk.

No "Delete" button. For someone that creates two threads it would be nice to have a "delete".
Only moderators and admins are able to delete a post, as needed, for situations such as duplicate posts. Simply report the post for staff assistance.

Special Note: If a thread is deleted, it then deletes all the responses and thus other people’s posts too. Or, when deleting a post, people may respond. Then, if you delete one post, the following posts will not make sense - because one is missing it, it destroys the understanding and flow.

Light version was difficult to see the separators between posts. The Dark version is better.
I have an easier time with the dark mode as well. Your feedback has been passed on to the developers.

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How To Create A Signature

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.

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