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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 past few 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.
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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.
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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. ;)

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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. :)

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Site looks great! congrats! And I LOVE the light mode.... I could do without the ad space on the right, but perhaps paid supporters don't see that section?
 

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I like Dark mode better than Light mode. I dislike the nearly 1/3 screen width ad column on the right side of the screen. I understand the need for ad space, but it's intrusive.
Site looks great! congrats! And I LOVE the light mode.... I could do without the ad space on the right, but perhaps paid supporters don't see that section?
I wanted to take a moment to assure you that we are listening to all the feedback. That being said, this site is supported by ads. As you already know, that’s how we keep the lights on around here. As it turns out, servers, bandwidth, security, and maintenance aren’t free. ;)

We are working with our development teams to also introduce a new premium membership for purchase in the coming weeks that will allow members to view the site ad-free.

- Cricket
 

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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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We just went through this on Stromtroopers. Admin won't be around long, so ask any questions you have NOW!

Lots of differences. Take a LOT longer to navigate through to areas you normally went directly to, but you learn. Page is now totally generic, including the pictures on the home page. Moderators don't have as much control, so cut them some slack for a while!

Take some time to learn it. PM's are different for instance.

The learning curve is steep, so just dive in and learn!
 

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How To Quote

When you see a post that you want to quote, click the reply button on that post. It will automatically add the quoted content to the content area where you can add your reply/comments following the code.

How To Multi-Quote

Step 1
: Click the multi-quote icon at the bottom of each post that you want to quote.

Step 2: Scroll down to the text editor where you are going to write your post. Click "Insert Quotes".

Step 3: A small window will pop up for you to verify (or delete) quoted content that will be added to your post. Click "Quote messages".

Final Step: The quoted content will automatically be added to the text editor.

Add your comments and click to post your reply.

Added Notes: You can multi-quote from more than one discussion thread in the forum. You can also simply highlight the part of the text you want to quote. A small popup will allow you to choose the multi-quote option using just the selected content.


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How do I skip to the first unread post in a thread?
It may take a day or two to catch up to the new platform, but normally, clicking the title will bring you to the first unread post.

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.
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WOW.
What a pleasant surprise. The new layout looks great and the best part so far is that uploading pics directly is easy and eliminates the need for 3rd party hosting. How do you add new pictures to your showcase?

Hopefully this site update and the new SV (3rd gen) helps bring back SVR!!!

Oh and love Dark Mode!
 

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I am going to add 2 tutorials below. One if for adding a new Showcase and the other is for editing it.

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.

How To Edit Showcase

To edit a Showcase, click on your Avatar in top right-hand corner and select “My Showcase”

Click on the title or image of the Showcase that you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom, and above comments you will see the Share options and a three-dot menu icon. Click the 3 vertical dots.

From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Edit item”.

From here, you will be brought to the editor used to create the Showcase. Make changes or add content as needed. Before clicking “Save” at the bottom, you may add a checkmark to post as an update if you are working on an ongoing Showcase, such as might be the case for projects, to alert your followers.

If you want to change the cover photo, click the 3 vertical dot again.

From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Set cover image”.

A popup will display the images within your showcase.

Click to add a dot to the one you want as the cover and click save.

Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions.

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As Zuki said, eliminating the need for 3rd party image hosting is FANTASTIC! Hands down, the best single improvement. This is going to encourage folks to add more image content and make posts more engaging.

I like being able to bookmark the "NEW" icon to my browser, one click goes strait to new posts. Couldn't do that on the old platform.

Dark mode is nice.

It will take some getting used to but pretty soon will feel comfortable again.

Is it possible to import the old SVR emoticons? The standard ones listed are lame. :confused:

Overall I like it.
 

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I am going to add 2 tutorials below. One if for adding a new Showcase and the other is for editing it.

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.

How To Edit Showcase

To edit a Showcase, click on your Avatar in top right-hand corner and select “My Showcase”

Click on the title or image of the Showcase that you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom, and above comments you will see the Share options and a three-dot menu icon. Click the 3 vertical dots.

From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Edit item”.

From here, you will be brought to the editor used to create the Showcase. Make changes or add content as needed. Before clicking “Save” at the bottom, you may add a checkmark to post as an update if you are working on an ongoing Showcase, such as might be the case for projects, to alert your followers.

If you want to change the cover photo, click the 3 vertical dot again.

From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Set cover image”.

A popup will display the images within your showcase.

Click to add a dot to the one you want as the cover and click save.

Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions.

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Thanks for the repsonce. I tried that (edit and post image) and it saved the picture under general information, NOT under the gallery with the other images. Is there a way to add to the gallery images under the showcase section?

Thanks in advance!
 

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The gallery and the showcase are 2 different things. Which are you trying to add to?

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.

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As Zuki said, eliminating the need for 3rd party image hosting is FANTASTIC! Hands down, the best single improvement. This is going to encourage folks to add more image content and make posts more engaging.

I like being able to bookmark the "NEW" icon to my browser, one click goes strait to new posts. Couldn't do that on the old platform.

Dark mode is nice.

It will take some getting used to but pretty soon will feel comfortable again.

Is it possible to import the old SVR emoticons? The standard ones listed are lame. :confused:

Overall I like it.
We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies/emoticons. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

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The gallery and the showcase are 2 different things. Which are you trying to add to?

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.

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Okay sorry for the confussion on this. Just learning. When I click on my showcase and scroll down, I see a gallery section within the showcase. I think I have got it now. Thanks.

And thanks again for all the work to make SVR great again!
 

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Okay sorry for the confussion on this. Just learning. When I click on my showcase and scroll down, I see a gallery section within the showcase. I think I have got it now. Thanks.

And thanks again for all the work to make SVR great again!
We will continue to see weekly updates (approximately) which are largely based on community feedback, so keep watching for more improvements. :)

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How do you delete a thread? I see the edit option but that seems to just let me edit the title.
 
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