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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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. [insert FAQ link]

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 weekly updates (approximately) 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. ;)

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So far I'm not very impressed.
 
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How the heck do I remove "Recommended Reading"? I looked in my preferences and didn't see a way.

I'm an adult and really don't need anyone to recommend threads that I should read. I find that extremely intrusive and me being a contrarian will likely go out of my way not to read those threads even if I have previously posted there.
 

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Ditto. May I ask why editing has been restricted to only 10 times in 7 days, or is it 7 times in 10 days? And how is one to determine the time frame to determine the number? Write them on a calendar? Oops. Now it allows me to edit this thread. What was the message I read before?

I tried to edit a post made three days ago to include better photos and received this message "You may not edit more than 10 different post(s) within 7 days ". But I can edit this post which I created less than an hour ago.
 

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Ditto. May I ask why editing has been restricted to only 10 times in 7 days, or is it 7 times in 10 days? And how is one to determine the time frame to determine the number? Write them on a calendar? Oops. Now it allows me to edit this thread. What was the message I read before?
Editing has been restricted? That doesn't bode well for me, as I typo often and, thus, I edit heavily. If it's content I added, why, exactly, can't I edit it as often as I like as I'm it's originator, right???
 
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Well first up all, congrats on getting through the upgrade with no major issues.

As far as to the improvements....the site dies seem fast. Fast is good.

I'm still getting used to the new interface and functionality. I'm taking a wait and see stance on that.
 

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No P38, P5 or P88 in the header?

But a 1911 image is included???
I agree. It would also be nice if they were arranged in Chronological order of when they were introduced. PP was first and should be on the far left, then P38 next, and so on down the line to the right. Just my opinion.

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So I have tried about 5 times and agree it is faster in some cases. The Google ads are a pain but I am removing them as fast as possible. I see photographs are embedded in posts which is good. Still it clumsy to work with. The "Alerts" are not necessary, alert to me means action must be taken immediately, not you have a message. I also do a lot of editing, because spell check likes to make up words. Limiting edits will make some interesting reading. I am trying to adapt and learning as I go.

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I agree. It would also be nice if they were arranged in Chronological order of when they were introduced. PP was first and should be on the far left, then P38 next, and so on down the line to the right. Just my opinion.

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That is excellent feedback.

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Editing has been restricted? That doesn't bode well for me, as I typo often and, thus, I edit heavily. If it's content I added, why, exactly, can't I edit it as often as I like as I'm it's originator, right???
How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of 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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How the heck do I remove "Recommended Reading"? I looked in my preferences and didn't see a way.

I'm an adult and really don't need anyone to recommend threads that I should read. I find that extremely intrusive and me being a contrarian will likely go out of my way not to read those threads even if I have previously posted there.
Since they are at the very bottom you can simply ignore them but there isn't a preference setting to disable them.

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How To Find Subscribed Threads

Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.

This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view followed discussions, forums, your discussions, and participated discussions.

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Okay, editing solved. What has to be done to "Not Subscribe" for emails for replies to posts. I get enough email as it is, I can check when I look at the site for Q&A throughout the day.

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Okay, editing solved. What has to be done to "Not Subscribe" for emails for replies to posts. I get enough email as it is, I can check when I look at the site for Q&A throughout the day.

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The options are all within your account. Let me know if you can't find them.

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Since they are at the very bottom you can simply ignore them but there isn't a preference setting to disable them.

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That is extremely disappointing and yes I'll be sure to ignore them. Thank you.
 

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So not a fan of this format. Why are the topics not shown in chronological order by default? Maybe it’s newer software but has an archaic feel. This was a busy forum compared to others. I expect that to change with this format. Maybe this upgrade allows greater advertising and revenue?
 
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