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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

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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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 you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and I have been helping people figure out this software for the past year. Orienteering through new environments has always been in my life, from the different countries, states, and cities I’ve moved between throughout my life. Orienting yourself to new software usually takes time and I’ve found that having someone there along the way can help y’all get your bearings. While we all work through the new layout, 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 your fave or latest 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 while you’re looking around the site!


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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Ooh, looks fresh and new and a whole raft of new smilies (y)
 

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Hmm, the dark mode is pretty cool.... 😎(y)
 
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Well done to the guys for getting this up and running smoothly!

Is there and equivalent of [My Content], where I can see ALL the recent posts I have commented on?

cheers
There are a few ways to navigate to this information.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner of the site, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “my profile”.

Click on the number below discussions.

You can also click your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select following.

On the following page, click on My Discussions.


You can also hover over your avatar in any thread and click on this option from there
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I will warn that today it may be a tad more sluggish, since we just moved everything over and it may take time to "unpack" some of the older threads.

They're all there in the normal places you can find them, they just may take a moment to populate on your profile.

Hope that helps.

Happy to hear everyone is acclimating well, but if you have any questions or worries, please allow me to help put those to rest.

Cheers,
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Hello Gerrit,......All looks nice, but, I do have a question.............there seem to be a few duplications in the forum sections.....eg. multiple sections for 1/32 cars, scratchbuilding etc.

Are these different or just items to still be addressed/worked out.???

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Thanks.

OK, to get exactly the same as [My Content] showed in previous version you need to click on the your icon, select [Following] then select [Participated Discussions] link!

Is it possible to 'bookmark' this link or have it as a shortcut link somewhere on home screen for easy access to this content as we had before?

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The new format is a nice change.

How do I unfollow (for lack of the correct term) a thread that I posted in? I no longer wish to see it bold when I check my Participated Discussions link.
 

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One general comment, the image that has been chosen for the site banner does not sit well how it currently is, it jars as the track slots in the image clash with site navigation. Personally I would do a quick edit on the image and make the bottom right all dark grey so the navigation buttons can be easily seen. Or use an image that sits better taking in to consideration the functional layout.
 

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The new format is a nice change.

How do I unfollow (for lack of the correct term) a thread that I posted in? I no longer wish to see it bold when I check my Participated Discussions link.
That should be able to be done if you go to the thread and click the "Unfollow" button next to the title:
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Like with most things, there are likely other ways to do this, like from the following page, but this has always been the most intuitive for me.

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Thanks.

OK, to get exactly the same as [My Content] showed in previous version you need to click on the your icon, select [Following] then select [Participated Discussions] link!

Is it possible to 'bookmark' this link or have it as a shortcut link somewhere on home screen for easy access to this content as we had before?

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The "Following" section can be reached from the drop down menu, so to ge to Participated Discussions in 2 clicks.
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The "New" bubble also has some filters that you may fit what you're trying to accomplish as well.
Have you looked through those?

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Hello Gerrit,......All looks nice, but, I do have a question.............there seem to be a few duplications in the forum sections.....eg. multiple sections for 1/32 cars, scratchbuilding etc.

Are these different or just items to still be addressed/worked out.???

Cheers
Chris Walker
Duplicates may be an issue. If you want to, please privately message me with the "Conversation" option and let me know of any you can see so I can attend to them.

Cheers,
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I think this looks really good and promising. Navigation is snappy, layout is clean and readable and at first glance it seems history is all good. Looks like a job well done: congratulations!

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One general comment, the image that has been chosen for the site banner does not sit well how it currently is, it jars as the track slots in the image clash with site navigation. Personally I would do a quick edit on the image and make the bottom right all dark grey so the navigation buttons can be easily seen. Or use an image that sits better taking in to consideration the functional layout.
I am not part of the design team, but I do know the banner does furl up as you scroll down. The navigation buttons will persist with scrolls.

I will bring this up to them though, just to see if anything can be done.

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Hmm, I wonder why the pictures in the New Cars in 2021 tread are so small, is this the new standard? I understand that you want to site to be friendly for mobile phones but I guess that most members will use a normal computer to navigate the forum.

I also checked my profile and I was overwhelmed with all the ”notify me when …” boxes I had to unchecked, basically I use the “new post” button and feel no need to be notified on anything. But that’s just me, a GOG :)
 

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Hmm, I wonder why the pictures in the New Cars in 2021 tread are so small, is this the new standard? I understand that you want to site to be friendly for mobile phones but I guess that most members will use a normal computer to navigate the forum.

I also checked my profile and I was overwhelmed with all the ”notify me when …” boxes I had to unchecked, basically I use the “new post” button and feel no need to be notified on anything. But that’s just me, a GOG :)
There is logic behind this. Unfortunately the move considered these images as "Attachments" which means only the Thumbnails will be visible. Clicking on the image thumbnail will display it full screen, but if you link the specific location I can see what I can do.

Any new images in this thread will be inputted as images naturally, unless specifically set to be Thumbnails.

As for the notification buttons, those are mostly there to let you have whatever choices you want, happy to hear you got it set up exactly as you wish.

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