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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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Hello!
I will be here today as we begin to unpack from the move to this new software update. You may have a lot of questions or comments, or may need help orienting yourself to some of the things that look different around here. I hope I can help with that orienteering, and I hope I can help you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and helping people orient themselves as long as I can remember. I was born in Europe, raised throughout parts of the US, and now am in Canada with the Vertical Scope HQ. Orienteering has been something I’ve done for most of my life, and was both the first merit badge earned, and the first one I taught within the Boy Scouts (yes I did that whole thing too). Quickly and accurately finding my way around is such a cornerstone of my life that my first tattoo naturally had to be a compass to help me navigate. (Though I did leave it up to the artist to make it less basic that something that looked like it’d need some sort of seasonal coffee drink) and it is all of these skills that I hope to bring here to you now.

Orienteering is never an easy skill, but with me as your guide through the site I hope that we can explore this brave new look for the site together. I won’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I will work to find you the most accurate information together.

-Gerrit
 

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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.

-Gerrit
 

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Hey ya,

Had a good poke around. Getting used to it...

There are a lot of missing sections or dead links in some threads now.
I can;t find the build threads sections at all any more. The only way to get to it is via my signature link. Are the threads to be moved to a new section?
A working example of missing images. - My build threads. most of the early post images don't seem to display the images. They correspond to my galleries which are all still there. the later pages show fine, however. Is this just a case of the system working back through over the coming days or do I need to go and re-link them? (ps I tried to edit the post but it just flashes and goes back to the page again... :confused:
 

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Not been on for a while so this is a suprise.....
maybe a while before I'm back too.
Is the Brickyard still around...?
 

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Think this forum is on its last legs tbh ! Hardly anyone on here anymore
Now no t5 sections it seems
Most people have left for Facebook forums and i think thats the way i will head
 

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Seriously though guys ......................... I think we could do with a 'Menu' to help us navigate the site better, a 'Menu' that leads to sub-catagories to help us find what we're looking for. As what is available to us right now is a tad 'bare' shall we say. I hope to God that that isn't the final finished site, or I would be inclined to say they have made a mojor faux-pas!

Not user friendly at all!


TURK
 

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Guys. Hang in there. Bound to be teething issues straight after the switch. Let them iron out the creases it’ll take a little while for everything to sync up
I appreciate there always are Mike, at first we'll all find it difficult even to navigate around the site. But I think that comments ( good or bad ) from us will help to make this new site a better site eventually. Of course there will be bad comments, we're only thinking aloud here, and it's really our first impression on the new site.

Also, can we maybe suggest certain items to be changed, added or even moved? Many members have been coming here for years ( myself 11 years ) and have become accustomed on how to navigate the 'old' site, infact, most forum sites. The site needs to be user friendly, if people have difficulties navigating the site and can't find what they're looking for, they will simply move on!


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Hi Turk. I don’t have anything to do with that side of things. I just lurk on here personally and happen to work for VS but I do know the admin team are very proactive post migration. So over the next 24 hours things should start falling into place. Going forwards it is very much a two way conversation to improve the experience and they welcome all feedback.
 

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Thanks for all the questions and feedback, allow me to crack into some:

Hey ya,

Had a good poke around. Getting used to it...

There are a lot of missing sections or dead links in some threads now.
I can;t find the build threads sections at all any more. The only way to get to it is via my signature link. Are the threads to be moved to a new section?
A working example of missing images. - My build threads. most of the early post images don't seem to display the images. They correspond to my galleries which are all still there. the later pages show fine, however. Is this just a case of the system working back through over the coming days or do I need to go and re-link them? (ps I tried to edit the post but it just flashes and goes back to the page again... :confused:
Some dead links are errors we can correct, some are not. If you give me some examples I can see to recovering as much as possible, allow me to do some of that work so you won't have to

Have all the photos gone from old threads?
They shouldn't be, some may still be indexing, but if you catch any not loading, let me know and I'll find them back :)

Seriously though guys ......................... I think we could do with a 'Menu' to help us navigate the site better, a 'Menu' that leads to sub-catagories to help us find what we're looking for. As what is available to us right now is a tad 'bare' shall we say. I hope to God that that isn't the final finished site, or I would be inclined to say they have made a mojor faux-pas!

Not user friendly at all!


TURK
The buttons on the top right should help with that:
New will take you to all New threads
The icon next to it will take you to the forum listings

let me know if you have further questions.

Gerrit
 

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As this thread is about community feed back ...................... Opera web broswer 'clips-off' the top of the page ( Version:65.0.3467.62 - Windows 7 64-bit )
The banner with the two T4's doesn't load.
Still can't find direct access to the various categories.

The three horizontal dots top right of page Site Navigation > Forum Listings certainly doesn't lead me to a sub menu of any sort. There just doesn't seem to be an obvious way of accessing the 'Customising and Modding' section. I haven't tried various other sections of the site as yet like the memebrs builds threads, as the my concern is my ongoing quad headlight project. If I can't find it I doubt very much that anybody else would!

Also, I would like to see the actuall page views on any given thread instead of a rounded-down figure, on my project thread I have found it extremely usefull for gauging just how much interest there is on such a project.


TURK
 
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