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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 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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Is this what the "new" forum is going to look like permanently? It looks like something a 15 year old designed in the early 90s. To say I hate the change is a MASSIVE understatement.
 

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I'm not sure what you dont like about it but I belive they did a great job. Everything is a lot easier to navigate. This coming from a some what new guy who has been on this forum and only this forum since I first got my car almost a year back. When I first started using this forum I didn't even know how to nativage it. This makes it alot more user friendly for the new guys coming in.
 
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I like the image pasting ability!
 

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Is this what the "new" forum is going to look like permanently? It looks like something a 15 year old designed in the early 90s. To say I hate the change is a MASSIVE understatement.
..... It just looks like the new Reddit design. I like it. It's way more modern and user friendly. Not sure what you mean by "designed by a 15 year old in the early 90's" because that's exactly how I would describe the way it USED to look.
 

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What browser are you using on your phone? You could be able to just tell it to use desktop mode in the options. Google Chrome makes it really easy.
IPhone so safari. I have already attempted manually requesting the desktop version and it simply reloads the mobile version.
I have no intention of using Chrome, Google has enough of my data as it is.
 
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hmm I am in edge and see the full version. Did you try clearing your cookies?
 

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I'm not a fan either but
A) I'm locked into the mobile version and
B) have been using forums for 15+ years. I learned how to navigate them now they're changing.
The new design direction many websites are taking to be "modern" is gross and I don't understand it.
 

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IPhone so safari. I have already attempted manually requesting the desktop version and it simply reloads the mobile version.
I have no intention of using Chrome, Google has enough of my data as it is.
The mobile and desktop versions are very similar to give users a consistent user experience no matter which device they are on.

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Is this what the "new" forum is going to look like permanently? It looks like something a 15 year old designed in the early 90s. To say I hate the change is a MASSIVE understatement.
Yes, there will be weekly updated and tweaks to the layout based upon user feedback and development.

This is an example of a site built in the 1990's, this design is using all the current best practices.

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The mobile and desktop versions are very similar to give users a consistent user experience no matter which device they are on.

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I'll check it when I get home. If this is what I'm stuck with I'll give it a week, if I can't adapt I'll be moving on. Shit I might have to rejoin Facebook, that's depressing...
 

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Well this certainly is... different lol
 

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Good-bye animated avatar... you had a good run. :/

I feel like these modern web designs are for attention-deficit children whose get easily overwhelmed by screen content.
Reminds me of when 3sx updated their site... and it just looked like they removed 95% of their content.

Drag-and-drop image sharing though... I guess...
 

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my "signature" seems to be buggered.
 
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