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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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Very very much needed and apprecaited!!!
 

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ugh, yet another board falling victim to material design / flat design -- big yuck imo

personally I find this stuff nearly impossible to use -- to the point of actively avoiding it

that said... please don't be surprised if this becomes one of my last messages around here

for those of you who truly need to reach me... I think you already know how

overall, please don't take it personal -- I have had a great time... but nothing lasts forever...

to end on a high note... here... have a pic of my good old 2008 SL, from 2009, after my first drive... a road trip from the Bay Area to Tahoe -- who would have thought that it was the beginning of a great adventure that has, by now, given me 11 great years and more than 150k miles

onwards, and the best of luck to you all!
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I think the re-design will eventually grow on people, especially when they discover and use new features.

I saw that you guys are looking to add people to help manage this community.
If this is the case, PLEASE choose people who are not also vendors/sellers on this forum.

There is a problem with one of the Facebook groups where one of the vendors has become one of the moderators and therefore, deletes or alters any postings of people who report problems with any particular product that this seller is advertising.

Once you hand over control of this forum to anyone who also has financial interests it is going to completely lose its integrity and freedom of information sharing.

Thank you in advance.
 

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Thanks a bunch for the effort, to Cricket and all else involved, coming to the site and seeing this spiffy refresh was a very pleasant surprise! So far, so good with compatibility, speed, and other tech specifics, plus it simply looks very nice.

As an added bonus, it's exactly the same format as my other frequented forum, so I already know how everything works! Cheers!
 

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I’m starting to like it better already. Nice new features. I guess I should have read this thread first.



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Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am used to it now.

We will be seeing regular updates that are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)
 

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This will take getting used to. The lotus site I frequent made the change to this format a few months ago and it was slow and buggy, but it has gotten much better and I can see those improvements are already here.
I got used to it, some things will always be more comfortable, but this is pretty nice.
 

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Dark Mode alone is worth it so much easier on the eyes. Also photos aren't blown up mega size where I used to have to scroll around to get the whole picture. Now the photos fit to desktop nicely.
 

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May 23 : When I replied to a thread on the forum main menu, next to the thread title was who originated the thread and a mark (photo or check mark or indicator) that I responded to that thread.

I don't see that option any more.

Is its return possible in user set up, am I blind, did the feature" go away"?
 

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How To Know If You Posted In A Thread

Step One:
Check your preference settings by clicking on your account settings under your avatar near the upper right-hand side of the community.

That will bring you to a new page with some left-side navigation. Select preferences.
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Step 2: Make sure you have a checkmark in "Automatically watch content you interact with" and then click save.
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Step 3: Now when you check popular or new posts you will see an "eye" under the title area.
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It will also show on the thread list within a forum section.
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Try it and let me know if it works for you.



Alternative Methods For Users Wanting To Know If Someone Replied To Their Thread.

There are a couple of ways you can avoid going back to look. You can try them both to see if one works for you.

Option One
If you use "new posts" to navigation the forum, the default filter is for unread post, so if it is not displaying for you there, there is no response yet.


Option Two
First, double-check your preference settings. Make sure you have a checkmark next to "watch content you create". You can even get an email notification if you wish.
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If you have it set that way, you can navigate to following and click the "my discussions" tab.

On the "my discussions" tab, if the title is bold, it has unread posts in it.
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Let me know if that helps at all.

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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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