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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and, as we go through updates, will become a very personalized experience for our members.

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 weekly updates (approximately) 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. ;)

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I know someone put a lot of time and effort into this but it is a bit over the top. Please don't keep fixing something if it isn't broke in the first place.
 

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What you youngster site wranglers don't get is that most of us are curmudgeonly old farts that hate change. Instead of a great new experience, it's a PITA.
I tend to be an old fart as well but I have started getting used to the new format.

I am here to help. :)

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We have some amazing FAQs that may help with the most common questions and answers.


But, I am here to help you find what you are looking for.

Let's start by helping you find your private messages.

How To Find Conversations (Private Messages)

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.

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This is a feature I really like that some of you might too.

You can Showcase your gun(s) and once there are enough showcases, the homepage will start featuring them.

How to Create a Showcase?

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and select “Showcase”.

From the Showcase page, click on “Add item” in the right-hand corner.

A popup will appear at the top. Click on “showcase”.

A form will open for you to fill in the blanks, such as title, tags, general information, etc.

Scroll down to “General Information” to content and images, in the same way that you would for writing a post. The first image added will be the cover photo.

Add any additional item details, and “Save”.

If you want to make any changes, including choosing a different cover photo from the images you added, you can do so by editing your showcase.

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What is this Dark mode?
It allows you to choose a dark background.

How To Switch Between Dark Mode & Light Mode

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and then click on “dark mode” or “light mode”.

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How do we change the sort on a thread to the newest post first (at the top) instead of at the bottom? We have threads here that go on for years and have large numbers of pages, so seeing what's just been posted without having to go through the entire thing again is helpful.
 

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How do we change the sort on a thread to the newest post first (at the top) instead of at the bottom? We have threads here that go on for years and have large numbers of pages, so seeing what's just been posted without having to go through the entire thing again is helpful.

At this time there isn't an option to change the order of the posts. There is an icon at the top of each thread though to jump to the latest.
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It may take a few days for the new platform to catch up but when it does, clicking the title should bring you to the 1st unread post.

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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At this time there isn't an option to change the order of the posts. There is an icon at the top of each thread though to jump to the latest.
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It may take a few days for the new platform to catch up but when it does, clicking the title should bring you to the 1st unread post.

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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That would be nice to have, that is how the old system worked and it was easy to see new info on a old post
 

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Well I think I figured out how to get it back to the layout that I had used before. So other than some new graphics and such I can land on the "same page" as before and find things like I did before.
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This is going to take some getting used too...
Can you add some more definition between posts? Its kind of hard to tell where one comment ends and the other starts. Maybe some more definition or borders and such.
 

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To quote Simon & Garfunkel " Orangutangs are skeptical of changes in their cages
and the zookeeper is always on the run"


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I am probably just missing it, but why is it when I respond to a post , does the post then not appear in the "NEW" list ? I h ve troulble finding it . Also, is there a "my content" list that shows the posts I have commented on ?
 

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This is really confusing to find and keep track of posts/threads that have been ongoing or to see when someone adds to a thread your really making it a PITA for us older guy's. I used to pay to help support the site, I quit when you started spamming with adds. I don't see supporting it in any near future. I spent couple hours trying out stuff and trying too get the layout. I am not impressed.
 

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Not too happy with being automatically signed up for email, alerts and notifications in multiple places. Also having to turn them all off individually. I don't need or want any of that and its a pain to find out that you thought it was shut down only to discover that on the preferences page it is but on another page there are 30 different items that have to be ticked to the off position or its not off. Check the profile page and there again is something that needs to be turned off. It should all be done on one page and there should be a global don't bother me button. I hate facebook, google and the rest of the stupid like me crap so don't make us turn it off. Let those who want it turn it on.

Otherwise its ok. Every new board change means we have to learn more silly crap. Its a pain but its the way things go. I'm with Redroth though, don't need flash and bling, I use the site for info and to share info. Don't want social BS toys.

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This is going to take some getting used too...
Can you add some more definition between posts? Its kind of hard to tell where one comment ends and the other starts. Maybe some more definition or borders and such.
Agreed. Is there any way to thicken the line between posts? It's nearly impossible to discern where one ends and the next starts. You also use the same tiny line to separate the text of the Signatures from the text of the post.
 
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