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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 HQ. 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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I really like the flag of the country of origin Of the member.
 

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Did we lose the ability to edit? Big loss, if we did. And it was too short as it was.
No, it's at the top of you post... first is the post number in the thread, then how long ago it was posted, then the word edit.

I think this is forum to forum, but some forums don't let you edit after a certain period of time.
 

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OK. Hopefully I'll see it when I hit Reply on this post.

OK, there it is. They didn't exactly make it easy to see.

This version of the software does not seem as intuitive to me as the old one.
 

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OK. Hopefully I'll see it when I hit Reply on this post.

OK, there it is. They didn't exactly make it easy to see.

This version of the software does not seem as intuitive to me as the old one.
Piloteers transitioned to this software a couple months ago... you get used to it. One thing I like is being able to select the text I want to quote rather than quoting the entire post and deleting the text. And multiquotes is easier. I really haven't posted pictures on forums since photobucket took a dump a couple years ago and refuses to let me have my pictures back without downloading them individually, but posting pictures and videos is supposed to be easier.
 

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I really like the new version. The only negative part is the adds between the posts and all the ones on the right of the posts. Otherwise its a big success. Thanks for the ones who spent a lots of their times to make it possible.
 

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Got it. But it's not red in dark mode.
It's not in red in light mode either... unless the admin edited the post he/she/it didn't say it was in red.
 

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Another nit (or two):

On the previous version, if you pasted in a link to another thread, it LOOKED like a link. Now it looks very much like a quote of the OP of the link.

The only difference is the title is first, underlined, but you may not notice that given that the first post appears right under it.

And why can't I underline anything when editing? Tried to do this when editing this post and it only gave me bold and italics as options. (I see it's available under those 3 dots over on the right, but... come on!)

Also, what's the allowed editing time on this new platform??
 

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Another nit (or two):

On the previous version, if you pasted in a link to another thread, it LOOKED like a link. Now it looks very much like a quote of the OP of the link.

The only difference is the title is first, underlined, but you may not notice that given that the first post appears right under it.

And why can't I underline anything when editing? Tried to do this when editing this post and it only gave me bold and italics as options. (I see it's available under those 3 dots over on the right, but... come on!)

Also, what's the allowed editing time on this new platform??
I will pass on the feedback to the team regarding linking to forum threads.

Most of the time underlining is reserved for links, but it should be available in the text editor. Is it just while editing that you are seeing it?

Depending on your device you should still be able to use keyboard shortcuts to underline text. On my keyboard, I can just highlight the text and then click Ctrl and U.

You should be able to edit your post for up to 24 hours. Near the timestamp at the top of the post, you should see an edit link if it is within that time limit. After 24 hours you would need to reach out to a mod/admin for assistance.

Time limits are used in order to preserve useful thread content, while also protecting the forum against spam. We have formulated the current times in a way to best prevent thread confusion and time gaps left vulnerable to spam.

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I will pass on the feedback to the team regarding linking to forum threads.

Most of the time underlining is reserved for links, but it should be available in the text editor. Is it just while editing that you are seeing it?

Depending on your device you should still be able to use keyboard shortcuts to underline text. On my keyboard, I can just highlight the text and then click Ctrl and U.

You should be able to edit your post for up to 24 hours. Near the timestamp at the top of the post, you should see an edit link if it is within that time limit. After 24 hours you would need to reach out to a mod/admin for assistance.

Time limits are used in order to preserve useful thread content, while also protecting the forum against spam. We have formulated the current times in a way to best prevent thread confusion and time gaps left vulnerable to spam.

- Cricket
In edit mode, it appears as a URL, but when someone is reading it, it has the title underlined, then the 1st post appears under it, similar to a quote.

Here's the post I did it in, but you'll see it in this post, too:


In the previous version, and in other forums I'm on, only the underlined link would show up. I'm just concerned that some folks may not realize that it's really a link; they may think it's only a quote.

The previous time limit was something like 5-10 min, so 24 hr is much better. (Maybe even too long. I'm used to a few hours.)
 

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Why when I push the *NEW *icon I get all the time ( error 502 ) and I have to push the green top button to go to the live version to see the newer posts? After this I can see them.
 

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When I clicked on the link in post # 2 here:


it just takes me back to the home page, not to the link. Are old links no good in the new format?

(PS: You can see how the old links used to look, as I discussed in posts #14 and #16 above.)
 

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When I clicked on the link in post # 2 here:


it just takes me back to the home page, not to the link. Are old links no good in the new format?

(PS: You can see how the old links used to look, as I discussed in posts #14 and #16 above.)
Some of the old links may not automatically redirect. Sometimes it clear us with time.

- Cricket
 
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