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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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 think it looks great so far. Thanks for the navigation information. It is helpful.
 

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None of the staff (perhaps I should say "former" staff?) are able to log in. Is this issue going to be resolved? Actually, to clarify, they can technically log in but get a permission error and cannot see the forum.
 

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None of the staff (perhaps I should say "former" staff?) are able to log in. Is this issue going to be resolved? Actually, to clarify, they can technically log in but get a permission error and cannot see the forum.
Looking into this now.

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The main thing I miss about the old forum was that next to each category, it would display the most recent thread that was added to. It also showed this on the right side of the screen. Any way of adding that feature to the new setup?
 

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The main thing I miss about the old forum was that next to each category, it would display the most recent thread that was added to. It also showed this on the right side of the screen. Any way of adding that feature to the new setup?
Presently, the forum listing page will not display that and I can't say if it ever will in the future. HOWEVER, there is a way to somewhat replicate this, while also making your forum experience more customized. Maybe replicate is the wrong word. Anyway, if you go into each forum (which are called "nodes" on the new software), you have the option to follow them (top right of the page). Once you have followed all the nodes that you want, you can head over to the Whats New page, click on filter at the top left and choose "followed content" (leave unread checked). This will now ONLY show you content that you want to see and nothing that you don't. This is a great way make the browsing experience unique for each member.

Its not going to give you exactly what you want, but it will let you know when your favorite sections have new activity. Hope this helps.

-Mike
 

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Presently, the forum listing page will not display that and I can't say if it ever will in the future. HOWEVER, there is a way to somewhat replicate this, while also making your forum experience more customized. Maybe replicate is the wrong word. Anyway, if you go into each forum (which are called "nodes" on the new software), you have the option to follow them (top right of the page). Once you have followed all the nodes that you want, you can head over to the Whats New page, click on filter at the top left and choose "followed content" (leave unread checked). This will now ONLY show you content that you want to see and nothing that you don't. This is a great way make the browsing experience unique for each member.

Its not going to give you exactly what you want, but it will let you know when your favorite sections have new activity. Hope this helps.

-Mike
Ahh Ok. Thanks for the reply. Yeah not exactly the same thing but I'll make it work!
 

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Used to be able to save pictures from the Outhouse as JPEGs. Now only WEBP file, which is a GOOGLE Chrome HTML file.
How can I save the pictures as JPEG file? I have liked to forward some of them to my family. Don't want to give them a GOOGLE link.
 

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Used to be able to save pictures from the Outhouse as JPEGs. Now only WEBP file, which is a GOOGLE Chrome HTML file.
How can I save the pictures as JPEG file? I have liked to forward some of them to my family. Don't want to give them a GOOGLE link.
Do you have a link to the page with the photos?
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I noticed something a bit annoying, but there is probably nothing to be done about it. When I am viewing "What's New" and go to click on the link for a thread that has new content, if I just happen to pass the mouse pointer over the username of the person who started the thread a popup instantly appears with that member's info which includes a "Follow" link that just happens to be positioned over the thread link I am trying to click. The end result is that sometimes I accidentally "follow" the person who started the thread. If I catch it at the time, I immediately click unfollow, or I may not notice I followed the person for some time before unfollowing.

As a side note, if anyone has their preferences set to get alerts when they are "followed", and you received follow and unfollow alerts for me, I apologize! It's really nothing personal! LOL
 
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