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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

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 (I was born with the hiccups.) so yes, I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my free time out in nature and exploring the back roads. During late autumn when it starts to finally cool down, I disappear from the world for a bit for camping trips and hiking.

Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site.

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 a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing regular updates to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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Looks GREAT!!

I'm already familiar with other sites running this software and it's not too bad to pickup the nuisances of it and get in the groove.

Nice job everyone!
 

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I am sorry, I just don't get why the entire format gets changed like this, why?

You have to re-learn the whole thing, and all the stuff added, wow, ok, over my old man head.

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The drop down window "MARTINSR, stay up to date by allowing Hot Rods to send you push notifications" coming down onto the screen every time I move to a new screen! DAMN THAT'S ANNOYING!

Yep, this sucks so far.

Brian
 

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I am on a similar board & have NO filters selected. this site will NOT keep that clear, every time I click "new", the filter shows "unread discussions" as selected........:mad:
 

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The drop down window "MARTINSR, stay up to date by allowing Hot Rods to send you push notifications" coming down onto the screen every time I move to a new screen! DAMN THAT'S ANNOYING!

Yep, this sucks so far.

Brian
Yeah I am unimpressed so far Brian, and I don't have the time to re learn this stuff just to be comfortable. I can see my time here is going to be limited. I don't like change and I am too damn old to relearn this all over......I was skeptical before and now I am disappointed!
 

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I am on a similar board & have NO filters selected. this site will NOT keep that clear, every time I click "new", the filter shows "unread discussions" as selected........:mad:
Did you save the filter option?

Have you tried starting fresh by clearing your cache/cookies?

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C'mon guys, this is not that tough. It took me a few go's to get used to it too but after you do, you have a lot of options to pick from. I've been on several other sites using this software that have limitations and so far I haven't found any on this site so far. Admins I believe are putting forth a good effort to make everyone comfortable with it.
 

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@MARTINSR

For more information on why we did this the upgrade check this post: HERE

For more information on how to use the new site please check the Community Feedback Thread: HERE

We also have FAQ's and Tutorials to help you learn the new features: HERE

Jeff M
 

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I had to type in the img codes to get my pics to show up. That won't fly. What icon am I missing?
 

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I had to type in the img codes to get my pics to show up. That won't fly. What icon am I missing?
 

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I had to type in the img codes to get my pics to show up. That won't fly. What icon am I missing?
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You can simply just upload images now.

How To Upload Images To Posts

Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.

It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.

Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.

Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.


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With the new format I guess the threads "today's Post" went by the wayside. It was just about the only one I checked in on figuring that no mater what topic was being discussed it would go thru the "today's Post". The new format has a ton of subjects BUT I do not have the time to go thru each one. I got cars to build and golf to play!
 

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@39 master

Please check out this thread for more info on the migration and note we still do have "New Posts" in the upper right-hand corner.

More tutorials in our FAQ's here also"

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@idrivejunk

You can simply just upload images now.

How To Upload Images To Posts

Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.

It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.

Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.

Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.


Jeff M
When I used that icon, only a link to the pic showed up. I host my pics offsite due to the reduction in image quality that occurs when pics are uploaded here. Adding bracket img bracket before and bracket forward slash img bracket after produces the desired result.
 

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Yeah I am unimpressed so far Brian, and I don't have the time to re learn this stuff just to be comfortable. I can see my time here is going to be limited. I don't like change and I am too damn old to relearn this all over......I was skeptical before and now I am disappointed!
Very disappointed with the layout. Also.......what happened to my avatar picture ? I can't even find my other pictures. The worst site format and software that I have ever seen.
 
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