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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.

Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!


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.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection.
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications or road trips to the rest of the community and we have migrated in the existing data from our vBulletin Garages. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/kJez7_baVUCyf6N6y_lb3FM7QTUELc_ocoNe00c_GhIKqjuG3GIO_N_lUiSldJfnGaRdlQinT3k6QuC9QMxr9AYMbC5e8w4N0jzUaRZZ7SuT09X30z-zyLnKF4cgKL5msl_8erpF

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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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!

~ Community Support
 

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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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(I took this photo in Austin, 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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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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Not really my cup of tea. But I'm a hobo user so can't complain. But the amount of ad's hurts my eyes, even between the posts?
 

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Hi Kyle.
Looks slick and more modern compared to old.
Can we ditch the header photo though?
None of our cars look like these, maybe get a selection and we'll vote?
 

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Hi we have lost the ability to edit posts that are anymore than a couple of days old. Thats a ready handy feature especially for the project section as we tend to use the first post to be kept up to date with the latest spec of the car for example. Assume you are the same team that run the F56 forum as its the exact same look and feel.

P.s do you own a Mini and what do you think of coilovers?
 

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After a VERY quick look round my first criticism would be when clicking on the "new posts" button when you then view the thread list and click on one you used to automatically be sent to the first post since you last looked at that thread rather than (seemingly) now having to go to the last post & work back manually to find where you left off.
 

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Some toughts after a first look around...
  • New platform looks more modern, not necessarily better. Maybe a thing to get used to.
  • Can't find the "new posts" button
  • Cant' find the "detect a hobo" button
  • Photos embedded in old posts not visible
  • Cant' edit old posts
  • Header photo needs to go, and whoever chose it needs to be fired
  • Coilovers
 

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New posts unsubscribed?
Both are what I use, the top one most on this site, or did!

The top banner flickering constantly as I scroll is really fucking annoying!

Cursor keeps disappearing, also annoying!

A different look yes but immediately harder to use as in it takes too long to go straight to where I want, I spend enough of my life here using quick links to things I want, I don't wish to go round the houses. Even Mini2 and NAM etc have the top tabs, so where have our two rows of top tabs gone? Sorry, have little patience when stuff to do to go a long way round for the amount I use this site ;O(

Response please? I can see no replies to the above posts so is this a sign we're being handed a take it or leave it site change?
 

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Looks good, comments are:-
New posts should be a separate button, so you don't have to choose from a drop down
Broken links in threads, looks like emojis not loading see below (Mac with Firefox)
Copy/paste png image works great (y)
Banner photo is shite, we are not total mini resurrected, but you know that ;)
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Not really my cup of tea. But I'm a hobo user so can't complain. But the amount of ad's hurts my eyes, even between the posts?
I appreciate your feedback on the advertising. While the complete removal of ads is difficult, as it helps to pay for the operations and maintenance of the site, we do try and partner with products and services that we think will be of interest to the community.

We are working with our development teams to also introduce a new premium membership for purchase in the coming months that will allow members to view the site ad-free if that interests you.

- Cricket
 
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