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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 discussions! 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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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.

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 (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature and I love when I have time to camp. Every now and then I enjoy random road trips to different cities.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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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!
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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. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) to the site which are largely based on community feedback.

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed. :)

- Cricket
 

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Change overload, so I don't know what to think of it right now...

We definitely need our classic egmu theme/colors back though.
 

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Problem is we currently have only two options for themes, Light (#ffffff) and Dark (#000000), nothing in between, no warmer options either, I personally lean towards light themes, but literally pure white is yuck.

The classic colors was a great dark theme IMO, it was also, well, classic.
 

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Problem is we currently have only two options for themes, Light (#ffffff) and Dark (#000000), nothing in between, no warmer options either, I personally lean towards light themes, but literally pure white is yuck.

The classic colors was a great dark theme IMO, it was also, well, classic.
At this time, our options are dark mode and light mode. We have definitely passed on this feedback to the developers.

- Cricket
 

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How To Find New Posts

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. You can also mark all as read.
 

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I also would like the return of the blue theme. It was just the right skin for this place.

Apart from that, I didn't see anything broken at this time.
 

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We will continue to pass on your feedback to the developers.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you find anything.

- Cricket
 

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The "trending discussions" section of the forum doesn't appear to be changing to show what is actually trending. The "whats new" section might be working, but the trending just appears stuck.
 

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The "trending discussions" section of the forum doesn't appear to be changing to show what is actually trending. The "whats new" section might be working, but the trending just appears stuck.
The developers are working on making the homepage more relevant for us.

Threads that have thousands of pages don't have the page numbers aligned.
eg: Random Thoughts Thread. (Clean version)

Looks really bad.
I believe this bug has been reported to the developers, but I will double-check to be certain.

- Cricket
 

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An "old school" color scheme preset that uses the original site's color pallete would be great. That color pallete is part of this site's identity. (Please note the use of present tense) Too many sites use a rather mundane layout with samey colors and icon art styles all in the name of being "modern".

I'm not saying the site needs to be rolled back. The idea of "modern" needs to be thought of in terms of usability and ease of use rather than the apparent up-front focus of style over substance that makes this site look more like every other "modern" site out there. As far as usability goes, this is pretty good as is. I disagree on some of the default site preferences though, but it's no big deal.

TLDR: the site needs to maintain its identity. (color scheme, logo) Modernization with respect to usability is good now and just needs some tweaks, some default preferences should probably be adjusted.
 
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