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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 last several 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.

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.
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, https://www.celicasupra.com/help/

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 (I was born with the hiccups.) so yes, I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my time off out in nature and exploring the back roads. During late autumn when it starts to finally cool down, I disappear from the world for a bit for camping trips and hiking.

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!
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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?

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years but I have worked with forum communities for closer to two decades.I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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Hope this is the right thread.

How would I go to the last post in a thread? There used to be an icon for this. It helps when the thread is multiple pages long.

Based on my 10 minutes so far, it seems like a good improvement overall. One gripe is that the post listings are too cluttered. I would like to see more separation and size difference between the post title and the author of the post. Indenting the post information would be helpful or a larger difference in font size. I am looking at the New Posts and I have to concentrate to read each post title for some reason. Maybe since they are all bolded. Then, as a contrast, look at the 'Recommended Reading' at the end of threads. It is easier for me to read with out concentrating and straining my eyes. Things are spaced out and the title is easily distinguishable from the post information. It would be nice to have a compromise of these two styles.
 

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Hope this is the right thread.

How would I go to the last post in a thread? There used to be an icon for this. It helps when the thread is multiple pages long.

Based on my 10 minutes so far, it seems like a good improvement overall. One gripe is that the post listings are too cluttered. I would like to see more separation and size difference between the post title and the author of the post. Indenting the post information would be helpful or a larger difference in font size. I am looking at the New Posts and I have to concentrate to read each post title for some reason. Maybe since they are all bolded. Then, as a contrast, look at the 'Recommended Reading' at the end of threads. It is easier for me to read with out concentrating and straining my eyes. Things are spaced out and the title is easily distinguishable from the post information. It would be nice to have a compromise of these two styles.
The top of each thread does have a Jump To The Latest button at the top right of the thread.

It may take a few days for this to catch up properly from the old site, but this may help you as well.

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.
 

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Ugh, Adchoices, why did it have to be Adchoices, with no way to disable or block I HATE Adchoices...

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I did figure out how to disable AdChoices, running smother now...

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Looking good so far.

I hope the search function still works.

This site has a lot of information
 

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It may still be indexing for a day or two.

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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It's pretty, but why the platform change?
We understand that there are some inherent changes in moving from vBulletin to Xenforo. However, vBulletin’s infrastructure does not provide the flexibility to be able to provide additional improvements. Continuing on that platform without the ability to maintain a better experience for all of you is just not an option moving forward. We know you expect and deserve continuous improvements over time.

In the past, we have upgraded more slowly. Unfortunately, this became technically difficult and often times would break other features when updates were attempted. Making the bigger investment now in the new platform sets us up to respond faster to your feedback moving forward.

Your security and data are extremely important to us. Modern software and upgrading systems are critical to keep us advanced in providing a better and more secure experience for you to share content. Not updating the software would have made that increasingly difficult over time as other technology advances.

- Cricket
 

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Thanks, Cricket.

Been doing this stuff since the "PHP" days. Nice to see that the leads at XenForo came from vBulletin.
I was pretty excited to see that too.

If the site is slow at the moment, be patient. We do updates weekly and one is just finishing up.

- Cricket
 

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I am requesting under my photo meme below an option to have like before a "location" ie I had where I live as San Ramon Valley...TIA

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Thank you
 

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Speaking of data and privacy, I'd like to not show which country I am currently in, when I post.

I travel too much...
Setting Your Location

Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.

On the account settings page, scroll down to location.

As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.

If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.

Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.

User Location Privacy Settings

Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.

On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.

Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.

Save your privacy settings.

- Cricket
 

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Arch, everybody has a little flag for their country next to their name on the left. If you hover over the flag, it tells you the person's specific location as before.

Cricket, thank you so much for doing this! Sounds like the others are still adjusting to the change and getting used to the new software. Speed seems a little slow today on a desktop at work, but I'll try again this weekend on my phone and such.

I've been using this on another board for about a year, and trust me people, there is no going back once you get used to it! The absolute best part, the Alerts panel! You can still browse Subscribed threads as before by clicking on your Account Details button and selecting "+ Following". This list does not disappear after each visit! In addition, you can just use the Alerts panel to keep up on threads people reply to that you've replied to, posts of yours that people have liked, etc. And it also doesn't dissappear on each visit! The beauty of this is we can all just drop in on our phones anytime we feel like, and start going through new posts and threads we follow, without having to commit to a mammoth hour long session like before, for fear of closing the browser and losing our list of new posts since our last visit!

The ability to copy and paste images, upload images from our phones etc and so much is awesome!
 

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Copy that that!! I got it now!! Duh
 

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...The ability to copy and paste images, upload images from our phones etc and so much is awesome!
Do tell?

will

Edit- Have I mentioned how much I hate photobucket now?
 

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Do tell?

will

Edit- Have I mentioned how much I hate photobucket now?
It just works! On my Droid right now. Click this button...

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I literally just screen captured that image on my phone, then clicked that button and browsed to it on my phone and uploaded it. No middle ware! And if you are on a desktop, you can just right click on any image on your computer, from a google search or a screen capture and select "Copy Image" and then paste it into the dialog or even the dialogue your typing text in and it just works! That doesn't even work on FB! If it's a image thats hosted online just copy its url to save cs.com a little server space though.

Heres a classic pic sitting on my phone to celebrate!
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And now my favorite thing about this software, I came here this morning, responded to your reply, and now I'm outta here and putting my phone down! I'll come back later on the day and reply to the rest of my notifications and updated threads. No more mammoth cs.com sessions, in and out, as good or better then Facebook in that department too!
 
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