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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and, as we go through updates, will become a very personalized experience for our members.

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 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 free time 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!

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?

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

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums 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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This is great.

I want to be abrasive and oppose the change, simply because everything looks different and it's easy to oppose change for the sake of opposing change, but in truth....

The website is faster, the functionality is better, it's improved in every way.

Nice!
 

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The new site is awful for people who don't enable Javascript. The enable push notifications thing and the "We've updated!" notification pop up on literally every page I view, and I can't get rid of them. Clicking the little x doesn't work. I can't access my user settings anymore; clicking the little three dots next to my avatar at the top right of the screen does nothing. And the avatar is blurred out for some reason. The forum is ugly. The useless sidebar (that has stats, mod names, etc.) takes up a fourth of the screen on every page, cutting into text real estate. Who cares who is a Top Contributor? This isn't Facebook. The text box for posting is vertically squished.
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Please stop modernizing the site. People come here mainly to read text, not to have shit popping up at us. And we don't need the "you have javascript disabled" notification at the top of every page. People who disable JS usually do so deliberately. I took screen shots to show how bad it looks, but I no longer see a way to upload images.
 

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I took screen shots to show how bad it looks, but I no longer see a way to upload images.
I am pretty lazy so I usually just drag and drop an image into the text editor or even copy/paste.

If you prefer, you can use the insert image icon.

How To Upload Images To Posts

Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.

It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.

Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.

Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.

- Cricket
 

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Ok, I figured out how to get to my settings. I also noticed that we're subscribed to news emails by default and can't get rid of the sidebar without purchasing a premium account. And there are premium forums too! This is bullshit. Splitting people between paid/unpaid is not good for the social atmosphere of this forum.
 

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Please take a moment to read through our community FAQs. You will find tutorials for help using the site, like the example below.


How To Find Subscribed Threads

Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.

This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view followed discussions, forums, your discussions, and participated discussions.

- Cricket
 

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I'm not liking how far to the left everything is oriented. Most sites either have a header on the left or orient things in the centre because it makes things easier to read, I kind of feel like I have to turn my head unnaturally far to the left in order to use the site. Maybe it's just because it's new and I'm not used to it but I wonder if anyone else feels the same.
 

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Thanks I hate it

Can you tell me what you don’t like about it? Is there anything I can help you find?

Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am used to it now and actually like it.

We will see regular updates that are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)

- Cricket
 

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So what happened to all our typology roles that were linked to our profile. Like our MBTI and Enneagram types. How do we individualize ourselves besides just putting them all into our signature?

Also my post rank is messed up, it should be some Japanese characters, however I can't change it either.

Shows this "&#31169;&#12434;&#24859;&#12375;&#12390;" when it was originally "私を愛して"
 

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The community will remain 100% free for all members, but for those who want a few extra features, they can CHOOSE to premium membership option.

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No, it's not 100% free for all members if there are forums non-premium members can't access. Premium forums are a percentage of the total forum.
 

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Can you tell me what you don’t like about it? Is there anything I can help you find?

Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am used to it now and actually like it.

We will see regular updates that are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)

- Cricket
Well we can't color our posts from what I can see. We can't search within a thread like we were able to before. How come I can add my car make and model but not things that are relevant to this forum? Posts per page are too low. I only mainly come here to play mafia and all of these issues make it basically very difficult for us to play.
 

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So what happened to all our typology roles that were linked to our profile. Like our MBTI and Enneagram types. How do we individualize ourselves besides just putting them all into our signature?
Echoing this, this is kind of a problem. Especially since our signatures fade out now and most of the time people won't click the show all thing, we want to talk about typologies here and if we can't see the typologies of the people we're talking to we have no idea what perspective they're speaking from. I can't really see any reason this should've been removed.
 

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So what happened to all our typology roles that were linked to our profile. Like our MBTI and Enneagram types. How do we individualize ourselves besides just putting them all into our signature?

I will see if there is a way that can be returned below our user names. In the meantime, add it to your signature.

Also my post rank is messed up, it should be some Japanese characters, however I can't change it either.

I fixed that for you.

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Over in the Mafia sub-forum, it was customized so that posts don't count towards our total post count and you can't Thank (or Like) posts. Currently, I see that new posts count again and posts can be Liked. Hoping it's an easy fix as it worked really well for us.
 
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