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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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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 here in Texas.)

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. :)

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WHY ALL THE WHITE!!!!!!!
I'm on the Vulcan forums as well and they did the same there.
It's hard to read with all that white on the screen.
And while I have your attention, that group of post that was on the upper right for the most recent posts - that I loved.
This setup where everything is hidden - no thanks! Prefer the old site, but I know that wont happen!
 

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WHY ALL THE WHITE!!!!!!!
I'm on the Vulcan forums as well and they did the same there.
It's hard to read with all that white on the screen.
And while I have your attention, that group of post that was on the upper right for the most recent posts - that I loved.
This setup where everything is hidden - no thanks! Prefer the old site, but I know that wont happen!
Have you tried the dark mode yet?
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WHY ALL THE WHITE!!!!!!!
I'm on the Vulcan forums as well and they did the same there.
It's hard to read with all that white on the screen.
And while I have your attention, that group of post that was on the upper right for the most recent posts - that I loved.
This setup where everything is hidden - no thanks! Prefer the old site, but I know that wont happen!
I also liked that feature where you could go directly to new posts. A few seconds of looking around and I found the way to do it on this new site.

I created a shortcut to enter the site with new posts listed: here it is if you'd like to do the same: Rebel 3

The white screen makes the site more friendly to smartphones. Whether you like it or not, that's the way things are going.
 

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I also liked that feature where you could go directly to new posts. A few seconds of looking around and I found the way to do it on this new site.

I created a shortcut to enter the site with new posts listed: here it is if you'd like to do the same: Rebel 3

The white screen makes the site more friendly to smartphones. Whether you like it or not, that's the way things are going.
Tests have shown our eyes read black on white easier than any other combo.

You can also see "new posts" by just clicking on the "NEW" balloon in the upper right corner.
 

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Hello
Question: how do i set the reading order of the replies in a post?
In both the old and new forums the default reading order is ORIGINAL POST, 1ST REPLY, 2ND REPLY, 3RD REPLY and so on. First reply first.
There was a setting in the old forum to change the reading order to Newest reply first.
I have looked thru the SETTINGS area of My Profile and could not find a wat to chenge teh default reading order.
Thanks
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Hello
Question: how do i set the reading order of the replies in a post?
In both the old and new forums the default reading order is ORIGINAL POST, 1ST REPLY, 2ND REPLY, 3RD REPLY and so on. First reply first.
There was a setting in the old forum to change the reading order to Newest reply first.
I have looked thru the SETTINGS area of My Profile and could not find a wat to chenge teh default reading order.
Thanks
Dan
At the time there isn't an option to change the order.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
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Is there any time restriction on the edit facility?
I do like the new, BTW.
You can edit a post for up to 24 hours without moderator/admin assistance with the exception of the classifieds and the new showcase feature which have unlimited editing. I am also working on getting your build threads (Honda Rebel 3 Member Bike Showcase) set to unlimited editing as needed.

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You can edit a post for up to 24 hours without moderator/admin assistance with the exception of the classifieds and the new showcase feature which have unlimited editing. I am also working on getting your build threads (Honda Rebel 3 Member Bike Showcase) set to unlimited editing as needed.

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The build threads are now unlimited editing.

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so far so good. it looks cleaner than the old. I haven't figured everything out yet but suppose it'll happen soon.
I found the "new" balloon which has helped me figure out which threads i haven't read yet containing new posts..
but if I don't use that, and i browse "all", there are plenty of sub forums listed in RED which I took to mean new replies, but they're from months back. am I interpreting the colors incorrectly? or do i need to change a setting for that.
 

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so far so good. it looks cleaner than the old. I haven't figured everything out yet but suppose it'll happen soon.
I found the "new" balloon which has helped me figure out which threads i haven't read yet containing new posts..
but if I don't use that, and i browse "all", there are plenty of sub forums listed in RED which I took to mean new replies, but they're from months back. am I interpreting the colors incorrectly? or do i need to change a setting for that.
Within the new posts page, ALL the posts are UNREAD by default unless you change your filters.

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.

You can also choose to mark all forums as read on that page if you want to start fresh.

In thread listing, a bold title means it is unread or includes unread posts.

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Who’s Online?
When you are reading a thread, you will see a green dot on the avatar of those who are online.

If you want to see everyone who is currently online (depending on their settings) you can find this information on the members page.

On the forum listing page or on any forum sections, you will see a Top Contributors box in the sidebar. Click on View All.

This will bring you to the Members page with options in the left sidebar, including who is online.

You can also search to find a member.

- Cricket
 
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