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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.




Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!





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.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions, and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications, or road trips to the rest of the community. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.

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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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. Showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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 Tools

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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Nice job!
Why do image attachments still open in a new tab/window, with no way to easily navigate between multiple attachments?
This would be how the existing attachments migrated over. If you are posting new attachments they will post a large image by default. Handy new feature is you can copy and paste images into a thread if its from another site. If you use the the paper clip icon in the bottom left of the dialog box you can choose to post the image as a thumbnail or its full size.
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Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
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You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display just by adding the gif URL.


I am also a huge fan of being able to bookmark a thread to have easy access to come back to it later. What features have you found that you like so far? Have you tried dark mode yet? :)

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Are you going to put back the most recent discussions (Used to he on the far right side)?
To access most recent and popular discussions you will need to go to the right and up. The button with the squiggly arrow, it will pull up the popular posts and the the recent posts.
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Testing pic posting. I like it.

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When you upload an attachment, you can pick full photo or thumbnail. I really like the copy paste feature for images on other sites. Especially helpful when you just need to share an animated GIF to get your point across. ;)
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Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
View attachment 289486
You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display just by adding the gif URL.


I am also a huge fan of being able to bookmark a thread to have easy access to come back to it later. What features have you found that you like so far? Have you tried dark mode yet? :)

- Cricket
This pic of downtown San Antonio reminds me of when I was an extra for the movie The Getaway. Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw were in a bo
To access most recent and popular discussions you will need to go to the right and up. The button with the squiggly arrow, it will pull up the popular posts and the the recent posts.
-Philip
Thanks, this site has some nice features.
 

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How To Find New Posts & Use Filters
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the popular button.



This will open a new page where you can click to choose “new posts”.



You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.




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Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
View attachment 289486
You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.
Isn't that behind that mall across the street from the Alamo?

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I click on the links in my email notifications & they all take me to a page that says "The requested forum could not be found." Is there anyway to correct this?
 

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So far I don't see anything that indicates which threads I've looked because the name/font/color looks the same for all of them.

If there's a new posting where do you click to get to it? I see new messages (based on the time) in threads I've been in but no way to jump to them.
 
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