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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

- Community Support
 

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I prefer the old format. I could use that.

Nemo
 
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On the old site threads with new replies in them showed up highlighted and if you clicked them then it took you to the newest reply in that thread. On the new site clicking the thread takes you to the beginning of the thread.

How do I go to the newest replies instead?
 

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On the old site threads with new replies in them showed up highlighted and if you clicked them then it took you to the newest reply in that thread. On the new site clicking the thread takes you to the beginning of the thread.

How do I go to the newest replies instead?
Once the new forum "sees" that you've visited a thread, it'll take you to the newest reply. First time after the upgrade went live it took me to the first post. Marked everything read, and now it takes me to the first unread reply.

@GPAdmin - You could use a couple more mods around here to handle spammers, among other things.
 

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Once the new forum "sees" that you've visited a thread, it'll take you to the newest reply. First time after the upgrade went live it took me to the first post. Marked everything read, and now it takes me to the first unread reply.

@GPAdmin - You could use a couple more mods around here to handle spammers, among other things.
I think it's just easier to mark the whole forum as read and then miss out an a few items that were posted from the last visit.
 

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Put back the old format! I do not like this new format and colors!!
 
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This is the same layout as GlockTalk. I am use to it but I like the old forum much better.
 
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Lame software. Leaders set trends. Followers follow trends. Most all internet forums us this new software. There is nothing much better about it, and lots that is worse. The default Light Mode SUX!!! It ought to default to Dark Mode and give users the option to switch to Light Mode, if they prefer.

Again - Lame software. And this forum's owners, in the socialist country who does not allow citizens to carry defensive weapons, is real late in the trend. Because this forum doesn't make them as much money as their many other forums, which do.

Trendy is for limp-dicks.
 

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Is there a way to set my conversations to all read? I dont want to go through all my saved convos from the past dozen years or so to mark each one read one at a time.
 

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I hate the "mark all read" button for the individual forums. :devilish:(n):poop:

Actually, I like it and find it convenient. But since everyone else is bitching I'll just go along. 😁
 
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OK. Why do we need 4,389 damn smilies? There's so many to choose from it takes away the spontaneity and fun. Bring back Mr. Green!

Now you get a :poop:
 

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And get rid of the "Recommended Reading" suggestion at the bottom of the page. So far none of them have been relevant to the current discussion.
 

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None of the individual topics indicate whether you have posted in them. That was a nice feature of the old software.
 
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The search doesn't work.
 

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New replies only appear under "popular" vs new posts. Very confusing.
 

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I don’t see any differences. Then again, I use the iPhone app to access the forum, not the website.
 

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I already took the tour, but the pop-up ad to take the tour keeps appearing on the main page of new content.
 

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In general, I'm ok with the new layout. On the desktop it seems to improve readability through additional whitespace - looks cleaner. I haven't had an opportunity to dig down into functionality to access changes in usability. I manage other websites and forums and I know that it seems like no one is ever happy with changes to the user interface due to their familiarity with the old format. At the end of the day it comes down to functionality.
 
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