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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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and, as we go through updates, will become a very personalized experience for our members.

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.

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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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Does this mean you are going to clamp down on spammers and scammers? There has been a wave of new 'members' signing on that only do private messaging. Is this a platform for illegal activity?
 

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Does this mean you are going to clamp down on spammers and scammers? There has been a wave of new 'members' signing on that only do private messaging. Is this a platform for illegal activity?

We have some tools in place to help us with this.

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How To Find Conversations (Private Messages)

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.

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Not really feeling the love here . Long time member but really not liking change .
Have to get used to it I guess .
Bring Alvin back
 

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Not really feeling the love here . Long time member but really not liking change .
Have to get used to it I guess .
Bring Alvin back
Yeah change sucks, I have to do as I say... change or die :/
 

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Changing the look is one thing.... Adding a shit ton of advertising? To a forum that is already near dead..? Good luck with that.
If you really want to improve this forum, put strong measures in place to ensure that scammers, spammers, and bots can't mess up the environment. There are so many one post wonders that seem to be just signing up to waste people's time. Like the one in the Monster forum with the cut wiring that is obviously telephone cord... What is with that?
 

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If you really want to improve this forum, put strong measures in place to ensure that scammers, spammers, and bots can't mess up the environment. There are so many one post wonders that seem to be just signing up to waste people's time. Like the one in the Monster forum with the cut wiring that is obviously telephone cord... What is with that?

The spam prevention tools are stronger than ever but there will always be spam posts that slip through. Simply report those posts.

How To Report a Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the time stamp. Select Report from the drop-down.

Add your reason for the report to the popup and click Report when you are done.

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I've been reporting posts all the time... Check the Asia and Europe sections with the latest posts about bitcoin. They were still up last time I looked...
You need to up your game.
 

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I've been reporting posts all the time... Check the Asia and Europe sections with the latest posts about bitcoin. They were still up last time I looked...
You need to up your game.
I am not seeing any current reports. If you still see some spam, please report the post using the report post feature. :)

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I reported them the moment they went up. That was 2 weeks ago...
Go look at the posts yourself. See if you agree they are garbage. Then act.
 

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I could make a request or suggestion, please take a look at Tundras.com, it would be nice to have the same type of moderation. I would probly help a lot to bring this forum back to life.
 

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Looks real slick. 👌🏻

Any chance you could implement an "ignore" option for threads as they have on the uk forum?
 

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If you go and look and maintain vigilance on the forum, you can also find them.
See post #12. I already told you where to look. I also told you that I reported it (now) 15 days ago.
 
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