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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

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How To Find Subscribed Threads

Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.

This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view followed discussions, forums, your discussions, and participated discussions.


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Working nicely here so far...
 
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The jury is out. I abhor change and it may take some time getting used to. I liked the old format which allowed me see the new posts in the forums I was specifically interested in. I don't care about Mustangs from 1974 thru 2004.
 

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The jury is out. I abhor change and it may take some time getting used to. I liked the old format which allowed me see the new posts in the forums I was specifically interested in. I don't care about Mustangs from 1974 thru 2004.
From the new postings page, go to the top left and click filters. From there you can tweak it.
 

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I must say, although it will take a little time to get use to the change I am enjoying the revamped look. Great job guys!!!!!
 

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The jury is out. I abhor change and it may take some time getting used to. I liked the old format which allowed me see the new posts in the forums I was specifically interested in. I don't care about Mustangs from 1974 thru 2004.
How To Filter New Posts To Only Display Specific Section(s)

You can accomplish this by setting a custom default filter on the new posts page.

Step 1 Navigate to the specific forum you want to focus on and click "Follow Forum".

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Step 2 From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on NEW.



This will open a new page of new posts for you. On the new page, click on filters.



Now you can adjust the filters to work for your personal preferences, such as the example above, and save it as the default.

Make sure to click the "filter" button to save it, at the bottom.

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New format is *** useless. I hate it. And if I cannot go back to 'classic', then I'll have to remove my profile and give up on this site. I've been on here since 2008, usually trying to help out others when I can do so.
Again...if I have no choice....then please remove my profile and I'll find another site I can trust to not make drastic, uncalled for changes.
I hate the look. And I cannot find easily places I used to go to...and when I do go there, I get old threads from like 2011. No way I can find to switch back and forth at top of page from one specific thread area to another.
Please get rid of this new * !
Or suck my balls as Cartman would say.
You know what they say...If it works don't ** with it....and finally you've really **** it up.
FUBAR is the word for this website now....can/t do anything anymore on this site. * assholes really it up now. Mother *** !

Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) Give it some time.

We will see weekly updates (approximately) that 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.

Take a moment to browse through our Community FAQs and let me know if you have any questions. :)


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Some information about the new homepage...


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Love this video!!!

Reminds me of the glory days of the Fox Body Mustangs. I miss my 93 Feature LX Vert so bad.

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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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I thought I was on the wrong site when I logged in. It took me a while to navigate initially, but it looks like a needed upgrade. Good Job.
 

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Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) Give it some time.

We will see weekly updates (approximately) that 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.

Take a moment to browse through our Community FAQs and let me know if you have any questions. :)


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It`s one thing to disagree with something, but being a total jackass about it is something else
 
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Well, my banhammer still works as s197gt just found out. It`s one thing to disagree with something, being a total jackass is something else. I won`t put up with that....
 

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It's way better than I thought it would be, and I do appreciate the effort! I know you guys probably already read this in the other thread, but thought I'd follow your request and put MY request here: Can we have a slightly different font or something to distinguish new posts? The 'bold' just isn't enough for my poor old eyes to distinguish very easy!

I'd sure appreciate it.

Thanks for all the work.
 
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