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Community Feedback: New Forum Software Is Live!

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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

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.

- Community Management Team
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Grunz if you click on the time link in the post link like before it will take you to the last post or click on the Jump to latest button on the right of the thread header when in the post.
Just discovered that if you edit your post, including old ones, if you click on the picture you can resize it to what you like by dragging the corners although it looks like it is just a resize of the smaller picture. You can also reinsert the original full size picture back in to the post.
I know thumbnails are a pain but when you click them you can see all images posted as a gallery.

Would be nice if they could sort the signatures out though.
Also why did the have to swop the poster link and latest post link around I keep clicking on the poster not the link to the latest post
Does the signature show correctly to other users? as I just see this [SIZE=24pt]Thanks for Reading[/SIZE] [SIZE=36pt]Keith[/SIZE]
I'm using MS Edge and apart from the first visit I haven't had to log in again. I have no saved passwords in edge so repeatably being asked to sign in may be down to cookie settings. Also if there is a remember my option when you login this needs selecting to generate the necessary cookie in most cases.
Having been playing around with a few of the searches and filters the following should work as a temporary fix.

If you use the Events forum and start start a new thread with the date as YYYY/MM/DD or it could be be YY/MM/DD but everyone has to stick to the same format, YYYY/DD/MM won't work (sorry US). You can the go in to the filters and select TITLE and ASCENDING this should sort the threads in to date order with the closes date first. It would also help if the thread originator could go in and the title to remove the date.

A better option would be a new sub forum then the filter could be set to descending order which would show them in reverse date order and the title editing wouldn't be necessary.
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I know a lot of use are finding somethings difficult but I have found the FAQ section under the three dots very helpfull.
Click the new button at the top of the page and then go to filters on the top left. I have them all unselected and I get new posts since last visit first the a sub-divider with older posts below.
I'm not over concerned by the bar at the top of the page, on my PC, but if the search box was dropped so there was just the magnifying glass to click on, which would then bring up a search box, then there wouldn't be the need for a double bar on a small screen. Also could this be made to scroll up with the page on mobile devices which would make it easier to use in landscape mode, which is I think how most pictures are posted.
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Getting more use to the new site now and I find the option to click on the threads header and be taken to the first unread post is great.
Is it possible to get a age limit set on the recommended reading section as a lot of mine are at least 8 years old and even if they look interesting most don't have any pictures so are basically useless anyway.
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Found another 'new feature' I started a reply on my Pc and then switched to my phone as I had a link to copy from the phone and what I had typed on the PC was on the phone. Like it (y) (y)
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The new title will probably help people find the forum as how many people who don't know about the forum will search for 'slotforum' or 'slot forum' as most would think about slot machines and gambling or I think 'slot car forum makes more sense and will match most searches done.
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The location also comes up when you hover over your national flag.
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Autoavia, on the new posts page go in to filters and make sure all boxes are unticked. From what I can see the fillers work from top down and are additive . So I think that if you tick unread content this is what you will see but if you also tick the followed content box you will only see unread content that you follow. I have all boxes unticked and it works for me like the old latest posting page.
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Push notifications are clickable pop-up messages that appear on your users' browsers irrespective of the device they're using or the browser they're on. They serve as a quick communication channel enabling companies to convey messages, offers, or other information to their customers.
Just means you get an instant popup message when of followed topic has a new response. Just a quicker version of the emails we used to get.
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I've got them turned of as I use the new button all the time, I will read a post and then click new to refresh the latest posts page and select the next item to read then click new again so just don't need them.
I think if you set them up right and don't always visit the forum that much then they could be useful.
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