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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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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 already getting used to it. I have to admit that I am crazy about it now. It feels so much faster and is easy to use after a brief learning curve. Give it a few days and let me know if you start liking it too. :)

Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
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You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display just by adding the gif URL.


I am also a huge fan of being able to bookmark a thread to have easy access to come back to it later. What features have you found that you like so far?

Let me know if there is anything I can help you find. :D

- Cricket
 

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How To Find New Posts & Use Filters
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the popular button.



This will open a new page where you can click to choose “new posts”.



You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.


- Cricket
 

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It took me a few days to adjust to the new platform.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you find. :)

- Cricket
Thanks, Cricket - the pointers you are posting herein will certainly be helpful, and your good attitude is appreciated.

Mark
 

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Do this to your other sites and you'll continue to lose members...

I'll be here less often now because of this messy design.
 

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Do this to your other sites and you'll continue to lose members...

I'll be here less often now because of this messy design.
To be honest, I have found people getting used to the new platform pretty quickly. A community isn't about what programs we use. It is about the people. No one stays in a forum community because of the platform used. They stay for the members and the content Just my 2 cents. ;)

- Cricket
 

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How To Find Threads You Started
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner of the site, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “my profile”.



On your profile page, you will see a “Find” button. Clicking on with will open a drop-down menu so that you can choose to find all your content, or just thread discussions you have started.



- Cricket
 

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I'll chime in and say this isn't terrible, but there are a lot of people here who can't stand any change no matter how big or small.

I like the cleaner layout and it does seem to be faster. Some parts are a little cluttered, like the front page. I kind of feel like the front page should be the full forum listing by default instead, but then I usually just go to new posts and do my browsing that way.

Speaking of new posts... it would be nice to have a 1 click button to get to them instead of having to do multiple clicks.

I'm not seeing the BotM section or the BotM awards? I'm also not seeing the 5 and 10 year awards either?

We also liked having the location listed under a member's name on their posts.

That's what I am noticing so far.
 

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Member feedback is what helps fuel future updates to the site, so please keep it coming. We do compile all the feedback you share. Although we may not action everything, we are logging what users are saying. We will be continuously updating design and user experience with weekly updates, so stay tuned!

I believe they are still looking at ways of including the 5 and 10-year awards, but will have to check on the BotM section or the BotM awards.

If you hover over an avatar within the thread, you can still see their location if they included it on their profile.

- Cricket
 

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The BOTM section was archived post migration. We had to hide it first because we were not sure if the older years should be hidden or not, but I can work with our guys tomorrow to find a place in the forum to fit them.
As for the awards, we're still working on that. The vbulletin banners didn't convert over so they may need to be rebuilt.

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So much to say about it... so little time... so many facets of what 'the experience' was, are now gone. You've taken away the allure, the closeness of the community... left us with a sparse wasteland. Not trying to be mean or negative, just trying to be accurate and forthcoming. The original format was intelligently laid out with so many ways to interact and understand and be a part of the greater whole - with an 'intelligent intimacy' to the density of the link-layout/structure and the myriad options for interacting with the group - navigation was natural. This is the 50,000 ft. view. The drill-down into the vast details of what has been lost will take cognitive thought and after working 80 hours this week, all I can really say is that the joy is gone. My 2c. And now, I can't even show you my emotions with any resolution using these crap, stock, "emoji's for blank minds" that are put on phones for every dopey kid out there with their head bent forward all day. Heck, at least the old set of emoji's had some real feelings behind them... :doh:
 

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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
You asked for it. I HATE it. There was NOTHING WRONG with the Forum as it was, at least from my end. I wouldn't be surprised if you lose at least half of your former readers. CHANGE for the sake of change, isn't always a GOOD thing. I of course will have to live with it, and only hope that all my previous Cafe friends stay with it. This forum was responsible for bringing together many of us with whom we've bonded and shared experiences, and you had to screw with that system.
 

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When will it stop showing the vbulletin front page? Tried clearing cache but it keeps loading as default. Keeps reminding me what we lost.
 

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I like it. It will take time to get used to, but once you do, I'm sure it will be liked. I work in IT, so it is easier for me to enjoy platform changes.

I can edit my posts, the edit is at the top of the post (not at the bottom like most would expect).

EDIT: This text was added after hitting EDIT.
 

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Can't get logged in through Tapatalk. That sucks.
Hey there!

I've mentioned this to our QA team. They also see this problem.
To fix: clear cache, uninstall, reinstall, unfollow (the forum), then search and login.

Let me know if that works. If you have any issue with any of the steps, please let me know.

Lee
 
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