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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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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 nearly 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for nearly 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. 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!
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(I took this photo on the backroads of Texas.)

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?

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

- Cricket
 

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Upper right-hand corner of the site navigation help.

The first icon is for what’s new on the site.

Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new posts. On that page, you can click on additional tabs as well, such as Popular, if you prefer to view active topics.

Clicking the icon next to “new” (looks like an ordered list) will bring you to the full forum listing.

The above navigation can also be found under the 3 vertical dots.

Clicking on your avatar will bring up a drop-down with all things related to your account.
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- Cricket
 

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Well, you really changed a great lay-out to something not so good and tough to get around, thanks!
Oh, and in your description about the site you showed you are not an a.t.v. mechanic.
A 'wench' is a peasant girl or female servant...and a winch is a coil drum for moving heavy objects.
Oh well, I am old enough to remember the 'Good Ol Days'.
 

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Can someone explain to me why this site no longer works on my mobile phone? I get 2 or 3 error messages then it just says Loading for ever.
 

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Can someone explain to me why this site no longer works on my mobile phone? I get 2 or 3 error messages then it just says Loading for ever.
This same set of problem happened a few years ago with new ownership, wanting to add their spin on a great site they took over. The loading problem had something to do with cookies and using a cell phone.
Also, to look at a thread first post, click on the thread title.
A lot got changed, or was removed which sucks, but this is to be expected with new owners or new management that do not use the site for information, just investing and personal income.
Did/Have the members noticed not once was there an admin sponsored thread asking members what needed changing, or what was favored and did not need changing? With 36+ thousand current members, not much was wrong.
Oh..I did see spell-check has been added during reply typing, great! That's one for admin :)
 

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It started working with my phone browser shortly after I logged in here with my laptop.
 

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Well, you really changed a great lay-out to something not so good and tough to get around, thanks!
Oh, and in your description about the site you showed you are not an a.t.v. mechanic.
A 'wench' is a peasant girl or female servant...and a winch is a coil drum for moving heavy objects.
Oh well, I am old enough to remember the 'Good Ol Days'.
Thank you for alert us to the typo. This should be resolved now.

Can someone explain to me why this site no longer works on my mobile phone? I get 2 or 3 error messages then it just says Loading for ever.
I am glad to hear that you already resolved this issue.

What do you click on to go to the First unread post in a thread?
Navigating Thread Listing

  • 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.
This same set of problem happened a few years ago with new ownership, wanting to add their spin on a great site they took over. The loading problem had something to do with cookies and using a cell phone.
Also, to look at a thread first post, click on the thread title.
A lot got changed, or was removed which sucks, but this is to be expected with new owners or new management that do not use the site for information, just investing and personal income.
Did/Have the members noticed not once was there an admin sponsored thread asking members what needed changing, or what was favored and did not need changing? With 36+ thousand current members, not much was wrong.
Oh..I did see spell-check has been added during reply typing, great! That's one for admin :)
We don't have a spell check built into the platform (that I know of) but your browser may be doing that.

- Cricket
 

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So I've been knockin around the new site. While the format is a little on the Frilly side the site has some cool things.
I did see some confusing screen shots I think "Cricket" posted. This "Help Section" list above jumps to a generic help site that has a few icons that don't exist here, those have been changed thank you.
Going to try the new picture feature now. It appears that pics not thumbnails, can be added without having them stored on a 3rd party site or up loading them to our gallery.
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Wow I think it worked....
 

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Changed my Grizzly Central browser link to bring me directly to the What's New page.
Using a couple filters on the "What's-New" "New Posts" page. Bring up the threads I like. Like I had the old site set up.
These new/old processes seem to work better, once I understood them.
Maybe in a couple days I'll over look the Frilly look.:rolleyes:
 

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Something I do like that was added... go to the upper right, the 3 dots. Choose Dark Mode. Much better on the eyes.
 

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Something I do like that was added... go to the upper right, the 3 dots. Choose Dark Mode. Much better on the eyes.
Hum....I didn't see where to like or say thanks for your helpful post
 

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Changed my Grizzly Central browser link to bring me directly to the What's New page.
Using a couple filters on the "What's-New" "New Posts" page. Bring up the threads I like. Like I had the old site set up.
These new/old processes seem to work better, once I understood them.
Maybe in a couple days I'll over look the Frilly look.:rolleyes:
This is a good idea. The dark mode makes look a little less frilly.
-Philip
 

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This is a good idea. The dark mode makes look a little less frilly.
-Philip
I have never cared for the reversed text aka dark mode sites. To me at first glance the text seems blurred and the content of each pages seem smeared together.

Hmmm...Just noticed it seems that conversations are delineated by a double line
 

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How would I delete PM's now "conversations"
 
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