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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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 59 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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we will be actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. We do ask that you keep any questions, thoughts or feedback about the new forum software here in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work going on behind the scene so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing so it may take a bit for search results to return proper results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so lets us know if you notice any issues so we can look into it.
I have worked with our community support team for just under 6 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. ;)

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Hi Cricket, I like the new format... however now none of my photos appear. I've been a member for 9 years and have made over 650 posts including hundreds of photos. Now it looks like none of my photos will appear in the new format. Very disappointing.
 
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Hi Cricket, I like the new format... however now none of my photos appear. I've been a member for 9 years and have made over 650 posts including hundreds of photos. Now it looks like none of my photos will appear in the new format. Very disappointing.
Can you give me a link to one of the threads where your images aren't displaying, please?

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Just to be clear, two of my favorite things about this forum are gone? The Fuck You option for a post and the Rep option for a post.
We are working on rolling our a new Rep system as this is not the final form of the new software.

You can still insert gifs under insert image:


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Update on images @make that thing forkless

They are still there is it just the rewrite structure from VB to XF is not as tolerant of initial errors in the embedding from Flickr. We don't do rewrites for Flickr, if you change the URL structure it would be on them to support it. You can go back and edit those links and they should show after you do the following.

This is what the new software is trying to use, but it can't figure it out.

Code:
[IMG]http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/2gueZ1s][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48233634182_d961ba08af_b.jpg[/IMG][/url]20190704 RZ350 frame assembly 2019 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]
If you remove the first part and the last it’ll display correctly.
Code:
 [IMG]http://  and [/IMG]
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Update on images @make that thing forkless

You can go back and edit those links and they should show...
So you're asking me to go back and edit hundreds and hundreds of past posts with hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos. Nope. Not going to do that.o_O(n) This wasn't a problem before.
 

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So you're asking me to go back and edit hundreds and hundreds of past posts with hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos. Nope. Not going to do that.o_O(n) This wasn't a problem before.

Unfortunately, it is how they were initially posted/embedded in error.

I will try to push for a script to update but can not promise anything, are other users seeing this?

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nothing to do with usability, but I want to say, making the ads almost half the screen was a shit thing to do. Casper beat me to it about the Rep and FU buttons being AWOL, that sucks too.
 

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i have a union flag beside my name .... no Scottish flag available ?
Can you add your location to your profile so I can see if that changes your flag?

Setting Your Location

Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.

On the account settings page, scroll down to location.

As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.

If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.

Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.

User Location Privacy Settings

Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.

On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.

Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.

Save your privacy settings.


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Beside the obvious issue with posting photos from Flickr (that seams like it won't be resolved), there are numerous other details that I think made the old format have the right "personality" for our community that now seam to be gone. I think others have mentioned the ability to high-five or FU in response to a post. Now we only have a "like" icon. WTF? I can get that on Facebook. Next, all of the emoji icons are super generic. Have the CF specific emojis now been lost? And what about awards/trophies and other icons that would normally appear under each user name? I was proud to have won several knuckles from FOM, but those seam to be gone now. This new format is several steps in the wrong direction. If its a cost issue, I'll be the first to offer some cash if we can return to the old format. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the fucking pop-up adds that are so large the forum text is reduced (at least on my monitor) to one long column of single character wide text. Fuck this! Can we go back to the old format?
 
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Yeah, most of what I used most and a ton of quality of life features are gone. Can't see most recently updated/posted thread under forum headings anymore, don't know where chat went, posting is more complicated and more irritating, information that IS still provided has been moved around. Can't figure out how to easily post image links without putting in tags manually either. I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface here - I've only even tried to post a couple of replies since this went live.

And the rep system, the unique CF emojis, the knucks for FOTM/Y winners, titles and stuff that really made this place feel like a unique community with its own traditions and conventions - I feel like you broke into the local diner I've been having breakfast at since I was a kid and turned it into a Starbucks.

I'm kinda assuming this is gonna be the beginning of the end-most part of the end of CF; it's been waning over the last couple of years and this big bump in the road is gonna kick loose a bunch of the remaining people, I fear, particularly the older members - who I might remind everyone are the vast majority of the depth of this place's knowledge base and a massive part of what draws people here in the first place.
 

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We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers.

One thing you may appreciate is how much easier adding photos to your post will be now. You can upload using the insert image icon, or you can simply copy/paste or drag/drop the image into your post. You also do not have a limit to how many images you can add to the site, although there can only be 20 within a single post. :)
 

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I feel like you broke into the local diner I've been having breakfast at since I was a kid and turned it into a Starbucks.

I'm kinda assuming this is gonna be the beginning of the end-most part of the end of CF; it's been waning over the last couple of years and this big bump in the road is gonna kick loose a bunch of the remaining people, I fear, particularly the older members - who I might remind everyone are the vast majority of the depth of this place's knowledge base and a massive part of what draws people here in the first place.
^^^ exactly this!
 
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