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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 last several 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.

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.
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 think my only feedback so far is that I'd like to see more visual separate being logical sections.

Thin lines of slightly different darkness between posts in a thread (or threads in the forum list) aren't great for easy readability.
Compare the designs linked below to the new style here to see what I'm talking about.

Edit: just noticed that the strike-through tag is either missing or changed (see my signature).
Edit 2: how do you change the color of text? Clearly colored text is still supported (since my signature is still in color) but I don't see controls for it.
Edit 3: I like the link unfurling, though. That's pretty easy to read.
 

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I think my only feedback so far is that I'd like to see more visual separate being logical sections.

Thin lines of slightly different darkness between posts in a thread (or threads in the forum list) aren't great for easy readability.
Compare the designs linked below to the new style here to see what I'm talking about.

Edit: just noticed that the strike-through tag is either missing or changed (see my signature).
Edit 2: how do you change the color of text? Clearly colored text is still supported (since my signature is still in color) but I don't see controls for it.
Edit 3: I like the link unfurling, though. That's pretty easy to read.
Would you like things to still look as... Boxy?
There are some advanced text options currently not available, but we're working on rolling them out, hopefully soon.
Love to see some positives along with the adjusting to the site!

-Gerrit
 

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How to jump to the first unread post in a discussion thread?
Navigating Thread Listing

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
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Would you like things to still look as... Boxy?
There are some advanced text options currently not available, but we're working on rolling them out, hopefully soon.
Love to see some positives along with the adjusting to the site!

-Gerrit
Boxy, curvy, whatever.

The point is that there should be a clear separation between areas where that are just filler and areas where information is displayed. I'm sure I'm misusing the terms but I call these negative and positive spaces. I attached a screen shot with notes of a thread but the same is true of the forum and thread listing pages.

To a certain degree, this theme already does it but it needs to be more consistent.
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Is spellchecker on posts still built into this new version or do I need to change some setting to enable it? I'm sure it was there before
 

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Is spellchecker on posts still built into this new version or do I need to change some setting to enable it? I'm sure it was there before
Usually spell checker is a feature of your browser. Which browser are you using?

I am on Chrome, which has one built-in but I prefer the free version of Grammarly. Have you tried it?

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I use Firefox. I've been getting spellchecker flagging up spelling errors on other webs sites. Anyway, I did add a UK dictionary and can now see badly spelt words highlighted. Thanks for your help.
 

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Navigating Thread Listing
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  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.
- Cricket
Thanks for the clarification how to jump to the first unread post in a discussion thread.
It seems that all personal "pointers" to the first unread messages were reset while changing to the new website.
 

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Thanks for the clarification how to jump to the first unread post in a discussion thread.
It seems that all personal "pointers" to the first unread messages were reset while changing to the new website.
It can take a few days to catch up to the new platform.

- Cricket
 
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