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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

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 Mike D. I was born and raised in SW Pennsylvania and currently still reside in the same small town where I grew up. I come from a large family that grew up looking out for, and taking care of, one another and we still get together quite regularly. I spend a lot of my free time with my family and close friends, mostly watching sports, particularly football, baseball and/or basketball. When able, we do like to try to get to the beach once a year, but that doesn't always happen, lol.

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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we will be actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. We do ask that you keep any questions, thoughts or feedback about the new forum software here in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work going on behind the scene so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing so it may take a bit for search results to return proper results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so let us know if you notice any issues so we can look into them.
I have worked with our community support team for almost a year, but I have worked with forums for almost 20 years now. I will do my best to answer any of your questions and if I am not able to, I can find someone who can.

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Seems ok so far but already I am noticing that the advanced search option seems to be lacking a couple of features. When you did advance search before you could filter results by threads or by posts. So if you posted for example the word "scooter" and you were looking for a particular thread but the words scooter might not be in the title you could choose to have the results ordered by thread rather than just a massive list of posts with that word in.

Everything else seems straight forward enough so far. Thanks for all your efforts.
 

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Seems ok so far but already I am noticing that the advanced search option seems to be lacking a couple of features. When you did advance search before you could filter results by threads or by posts. So if you posted for example the word "scooter" and you were looking for a particular thread but the words scooter might not be in the title you could choose to have the results ordered by thread rather than just a massive list of posts with that word in.

Everything else seems straight forward enough so far. Thanks for all your efforts.
With the site migration, it can take the search 24-48 hours to re-index and function properly.

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The page I have bookmarked in the past is active topics, I've looked for but not found that yet, do we still have that?
If you click on "New Posts", there is a "Popular" tab that you can click on and that will give you the most active/popular discussions
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Its not that, the options to view search results by post or by thread are not there. could be important with a forum with as many legacy threads as this one.
Here is a quick how to for searching. Let me know if this helps

How To Search The Site

Near the top of the community, you will see a search bar.

Enter a search term or phrase and click enter on your keyboard or click the magnifying glass.

Advanced Search

To narrow down search results, click on “Advanced Search” after clicking the search bar.

This will allow you to choose to search titles only, add the member username who posted it or even select a specific forum to search from.

Enter your search criteria and click “Search “ at the bottom.

You can also access advanced search by clicking the 3 vertical dots near the upper right-hand corner of the site and selecting “Advanced “Search”

Search Specific Forum

If you want to search a specific section, navigate to the forum section before entering your search term in the search bar and then select the option.

Search Specific Discussion Thread

If you want to search a specific discussion thread, navigate to it before entering your search term in the search bar and then select the option.


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You might notice a bunch of threads when you click "New Posts" however that is just static migrated content that was posted under our username. You can simply "Mark All Read" under "New Posts" to clear them.


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Yes I found all that Mike but as I said there is no option as there was before to show the show results as threads rather than individual posts.

Also if you look at the new posts threads apart from the odd few that have been posted on recently every one of the most recent threads seems to be some advertising editorial for various dealers. Maybe the indexing will sort this out but it appears as if a VS member has posted them thus screwing up seeing all the recent new posts as they were in order from yesterday.

 

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Yes I found all that Mike but as I said there is no option as there was before to show the show results as threads rather than individual posts.

Also if you look at the new posts threads apart from the odd few that have been posted on recently every one of the most recent threads seems to be some advertising editorial for various dealers. Maybe the indexing will sort this out but it appears as if a VS member has posted them thus screwing up seeing all the recent new posts as they were in order from yesterday.

You can try searching just for "Titles" and that may help yield the results you are looking for. Also, I just posted about the same screenshot above your comment, lol.

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Well, I have to say, I don't care for it one bit so far, can't find any of my threads or posts, I thought I'll try Home, all you get is adverts, so I'll not be in any rush to open this up first thing each day, last possibly after all the other forums.

this is a layout thing, people get used to the way things are and we're all mostly older people, and not that keen on change, but this is massively different to before, I may get used to it but for that, I will need to want to and right now I do not.

So don't all get on my back for having an opinion, if you like it great, but I won't be the only one.
 

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Well, I have to say, I don't care for it one bit so far, can't find any of my threads or posts, I thought I'll try Home, all you get is adverts, so I'll not be in any rush to open this up first thing each day, last possibly after all the other forums.

this is a layout thing, people get used to the way things are and we're all mostly older people, and not that keen on change, but this is massively different to before, I may get used to it but for that, I will need to want to and right now I do not.

So don't all get on my back for having an opinion, if you like it great, but I won't be the only one.
Is there something specific that you are having trouble with or something I can assist with? Let me know. It may take some time to get accustomed to but give it some time, maybe, and see how it works out for you.

We also have some great information and tips located here in the site FAQ

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Well, I’m in but one major question is why, oh why has Outdoor Bits been given such prominence ?

It is now only one of very many MH support companies, yes it had history on here, but that is now long past.

Please remove ALL the Outdoor Bits threads from such prominence.

Is it just me or has the normal capital letter if return is pressed for a new line been disabled ?

Also, why have you migrated the Rallies with such prominence since there are no longer supported and afaik, rarely happen.
 

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Having looked a little deeper, I find the new layout far from easy to negotiat. It is hard to find what used to be called “Active Topics” - the suggestion that you posted is NOT the equivalent.

there is a massive prominence of companies. That MAY be an indexing issue that will be resolved, but sadly, if it continues to be so hard to find things, I am unlikely to try for long.

this is the third total change that I have lived through, but at present, seems the most confusing and frustrating outcome.

it cannot go back, so the only other option for me is, as I said.

I have deliberately pressed return to give line spacing

and it does not start new paragraphs (which is effectively what such a thing should be) with a capital letter. Yes, it does a capital after a full stop. Like that.

but not if you press return to insert a line space.
 

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Well, I have to say, I don't care for it one bit so far, can't find any of my threads or posts, I thought I'll try Home, all you get is adverts, so I'll not be in any rush to open this up first thing each day, last possibly after all the other forums.

this is a layout thing, people get used to the way things are and we're all mostly older people, and not that keen on change, but this is massively different to before, I may get used to it but for that, I will need to want to and right now I do not.

So don't all get on my back for having an opinion, if you like it great, but I won't be the only one.
All up in the right hand corner Kev. Just click your picture and click on following.

I think its good to be honest so far. Its in line with other modern forums and I guess the idea is to keep the format similar to others you might visit. At the very least its faster than it was, much faster. It will take a bit of getting used to for many but it had to happen.

 
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