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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.

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.

Bookmarks
Now you can bookmark 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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Wookie on the Beat
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Where the fuk is chat and why the fuk is my truck not in the banner.
 

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The great white Canadian
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They did say the new site wasn't going to support the chatbox, but they would be working on getting it.
Also why isn't my truck there. Pretty sure that truck in the middle it just a google photo.
 

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Where the fuk is chat and why the fuk is my truck not in the banner.
Chat Box is no longer a feature on the site at this time.

They did say the new site wasn't going to support the chatbox, but they would be working on getting it.
Also why isn't my truck there. Pretty sure that truck in the middle it just a google photo.
The creative department looked at the images and tried to uses ones from a member if they could. However sometimes the quality of the image, lighting, or angles do not work so they use stock photos.

Jeff M
 

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site. You can also see our FAQs here!

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 also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community, it’s much easier on the eyes. What is your favorite feature?

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

Jeff M
 

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So, Jeff. Are you the new shaggy and birdfgt?
 

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This is gay.
 

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Wookie on the Beat
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I will be working with the Community Management team as we roll out updates to this new software and answer questions.

Jeff M
I get you guys are trying to update the whole site and to be honest. I like it, but you guys are gonna lose a lot of the OG's and be hard to get new guys in here without a chatbox. I realize you guys are working on it but should have rolled out with the new layout. Also, the alert when someone comments on a thread or a like notification is barely noticeable
 

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Two things @TechAdmin

Where did the OG emoji's go?

And where's the option to display more posts per page
Right now you just have access to the out of the box emojis until we release additional ones.

There is no option to update the amount of post per page this time but it is being looked at for future releases.

NOTE: weekly updated will update site features and we have one coming tomorrow afternoon already so standby for more updates.

Jeff M
 

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I get you guys are trying to update the whole site and to be honest. I like it, but you guys are gonna lose a lot of the OG's and be hard to get new guys in here without a chatbox. I realize you guys are working on it but should have rolled out with the new layout. Also, the alert when someone comments on a thread or a like notification is barely noticeable
Understood however these new updates were key to keep the site secure and current with best practices for mobile and Google search.

Jeff M
 

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No need for a cluttered up chatbox IMO. I'm sure most of those that used it before can still keep in touch by logging into their Grindr app 🌈

and yes the new generic emoji's totally suck. We need the old ones back ASAP
also the profile needs location, age, likes etc. like it was before.
 

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No need for a cluttered up chatbox IMO. I'm sure most of those that used it before can still keep in touch by logging into their Grindr app 🌈

and yes the new generic emoji's totally suck. We need the old ones back ASAP
also the profile needs location, age, likes etc. like it was before.
Note you can update your profile info here and vehicle info should be coming under avatars soon.

Jeff M
 

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Yeaaaaa this isn’t the best.
 
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