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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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It's going to take some getting used too...I'm on this site enough (which is way obvious now with that "top contributors" box lol) that I knew all the ins and outs of the old platform, this is obviously night and day different.... dark mode should be defaulted I think, that white backdrop is crazy bright

....onward to exploring
 

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It's going to take some getting used too...I'm on this site enough (which is way obvious now with that "top contributors" box lol) that I knew all the ins and outs of the old platform, this is obviously night and day different.... dark mode should be defaulted I think, that white backdrop is crazy bright

....onward to exploring
Sorry if that box is outing you, but we figured the most active members should be showcased. If you need any assistance reacclimating to the site, let me know and I can assist further. :)

-Gerrit
 

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Hey there,

I think these may be in the FAQ , but I can add them if they're not. Reaction score is the total positive reaction score to your content on the community, currently that is only through liking.
Points are based off of the Trophy system, which will be expanded upon over time.

-Gerrit
 

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How do we find past threads we have started OR threads we have posted in where we have uploaded pictures so we can delete them to clear space for new pictures to be uploaded?
 

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You can findthose by clicking on your avatar from anywhere in the forum
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Replies is all discussions you've replied to, Discussions is all discussions you've started.
Clicking on your avatar in the top right drops down a menu where you can click on your "My profile" button
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The full list will look like that above, where Media is the images and albums you have uploaded.
One of the coolest features, you have no limit on how many images or albums you share, so no need to keep a check and balance on them :)

If anything has yet to load, that is an indexing thing from the software so do give it time to gather all of that information.

-Gerrit
 

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But on that note....if everyone has no limits on attachments anymore, and no limit on conversations (PM's).....what will be the added benefit to a premium membership?

These are the current benefits....but most seem to be null and void now with the new format...
  • Premium Member Tag Under Username - (ie.
    Premium Member Image
    )
  • Image Next to Username (ie.
    Premium Member Image
    )
  • Premium Member Tag Under Username - (ie. Premium Member Image)
  • Image Next to Username (ie. Premium Member Image)
  • Increased Attachments Size to Unlimited
  • Private Messages Increased (from 30 allowed to 500)
  • Can Post Events to Calendar
  • Increased Photo Gallery Storage (from 25MB to 50MB)
  • Increased Photo Gallery Image Size (from 2500k to 3000k)
  • Can Upload Animated Signature Image (Yes)
  • Increased Signature Character Allowance (from 1000 to 2000)
  • Increased Signature Image Dimensions (from 468x60 to 500x100)

  • Can message users who have exceeded their quota: Yes

  • Increased Profile Picture Dimensions (from 2500x250 to 400x400)
  • Increased Album Image Dimensions (from 600x600 to 1500x1500)
  • Increased Album Image Size (from 1MB to 1.5MB)
  • Increased Album Quota (from 100 to 300)
 

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It's going to take some getting used too...I'm on this site enough (which is way obvious now with that "top contributors" box lol) that I knew all the ins and outs of the old platform, this is obviously night and day different.... dark mode should be defaulted I think, that white backdrop is crazy bright

....onward to exploring
And I'm at the top of "community staff" lol.
Already had someone asking me a question.
I'm kind of in the dark myself at this time.
And i did switch to the dark platform. Much more EZ on the eyes.
Trying to get comfortable navigating the new site.
Although i don't like the new header. Can't see all of it. Maybe because of the "moderator" bar at the top
 

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And I'm at the top of "community staff" lol.
Already had someone asking me a question.
I'm kind of in the dark myself at this time.
And i did switch to the dark platform. Much more EZ on the eyes.
Not going to say anything negative at this time until I get comfortable navigating the new site.
Although i don't like the new header. Can't see all of it. Maybe because of the "moderator" bar at the top
Those damn alphanumerics... a 1 will always put you at the top! :ROFLMAO:

you can't see much of the header even without a moderator bar....
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I think that's about zero of the submitted images that made the cut too :(
 

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But on that note....if everyone has no limits on attachments anymore, and no limit on conversations (PM's).....what will be the added benefit to a premium membership?

These are the current benefits....but most seem to be null and void now with the new format...
  • Premium Member Tag Under Username - (ie.
    Premium Member Image
    )
  • Image Next to Username (ie.
    Premium Member Image
    )
  • Premium Member Tag Under Username - (ie. Premium Member Image)
  • Image Next to Username (ie. Premium Member Image)
  • Increased Attachments Size to Unlimited
  • Private Messages Increased (from 30 allowed to 500)
  • Can Post Events to Calendar
  • Increased Photo Gallery Storage (from 25MB to 50MB)
  • Increased Photo Gallery Image Size (from 2500k to 3000k)
  • Can Upload Animated Signature Image (Yes)
  • Increased Signature Character Allowance (from 1000 to 2000)
  • Increased Signature Image Dimensions (from 468x60 to 500x100)

  • Can message users who have exceeded their quota: Yes

  • Increased Profile Picture Dimensions (from 2500x250 to 400x400)
  • Increased Album Image Dimensions (from 600x600 to 1500x1500)
  • Increased Album Image Size (from 1MB to 1.5MB)
  • Increased Album Quota (from 100 to 300)
We have some updated to the premium membership being released this month and it will grandfather in existing accounts to the new system.

Details and ETA are to be determined but most likely less or no ads, special VIP premium sections, and special badging.

Jeff M
 

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Those damn alphanumerics... a 1 will always put you at the top! :ROFLMAO:

you can't see much of the header even without a moderator bar....
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I think that's about zero of the submitted images that made the cut too :(
We send those to the Creative department and unfortunately there are sometimes unable to work with user submitted images.

Jeff M
 

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Seems manageable. Given the shocking white background of the new format "Dark Mode" is welcome. Of course had the admins team not used white background / blue text as the default it wouldn't have been needed either, so sorta faint praise...

How does one edit a previous post? I was about to go clean up some older posts and don't see an "edit" for older posts now. It seems we can only edit posts made under the format. Which is gonna hurt.

Maybe we can have that back?
 

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Seems manageable. Given the shocking white background of the new format "Dark Mode" is welcome. Of course had the admins team not used white background / blue text as the default it wouldn't have been needed either, so sorta faint praise...

How does one edit a previous post? I was about to go clean up some older posts and don't see that "edit" option now..
You can no longer edit posts made before the switch, at least not at the moment. Only posts made after the switch


-Give it a second... it had to go to space and back first ( Sent from the lifeline that is my iPhone XS Max )
 

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Seems manageable. Given the shocking white background of the new format "Dark Mode" is welcome. Of course had the admins team not used white background / blue text as the default it wouldn't have been needed either, so sorta faint praise...

How does one edit a previous post? I was about to go clean up some older posts and don't see an "edit" for older posts now. It seems we can only edit posts made under the format. Which is gonna hurt.

Maybe we can have that back?
All posts, pre or post move can only be edited within a 24 hour window.

-Gerrit
 
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