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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 past few 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.

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.

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, 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!
 

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Hello!
I will be here today as we begin to unpack from the move to this new software update. You may have a lot of questions or comments, or may need help orienting yourself to some of the things that look different around here. I hope I can help with that orienteering, and I hope I can help you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and helping people orient themselves as long as I can remember. I was born in Europe, raised throughout parts of the US, and now am in Canada with the Vertical Scope HQ. Orienteering has been something I’ve done for most of my life, and was both the first merit badge earned, and the first one I taught within the Boy Scouts (yes I did that whole thing too). Quickly and accurately finding my way around is such a cornerstone of my life that my first tattoo naturally had to be a compass to help me navigate. (Though I did leave it up to the artist to make it less basic that something that looked like it’d need some sort of seasonal coffee drink) and it is all of these skills that I hope to bring here to you now.

Orienteering is never an easy skill, but with me as your guide through the site I hope that we can explore this brave new look for the site together. I won’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I will work to find you the most accurate information together.

-Gerrit
 

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site. You can also see our FAQs here!

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 also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community, it’s much easier on the eyes. What is your favorite feature?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed.

-Gerrit
 

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Hey BB Community - There's a new nifty feature called "Dark Mode" - on the admin bar at the top of your screen, you will see three little dots in a vertical row to the RHS of your Avatar picture, click on them, they open up a drop box, at the bottom is a little crescent moon with Dark Mode next to it - click it & it will invert the colours on your screen.... Gerrit is right - much easier on the eyes 👀

Ciao
Greig
 

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Is there anyway to get RSS feeds for individual forums? The feed link at the bottom right hand corner of the page gives every post. The vBulletin software enabled me to get just get a feed of the Alfetta & GTV6 (1972-1986) forum.

I appreciate the cleaner, modern redesign.

Thanks.
 

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Is there anyway to get RSS feeds for individual forums? The feed link at the bottom right hand corner of the page gives every post. The vBulletin software enabled me to get just get a feed of the Alfetta & GTV6 (1972-1986) forum.

I appreciate the cleaner, modern redesign.

Thanks.
One of the new name switches is your subscriptions are now Followed content.
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.


Does that help you find what you need?

Gerrit
 

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One of the new name switches is your subscriptions are now Followed content.
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.


Does that help you find what you need?

Gerrit
Thanks, Gerritt. I found what I needed on an XenForo forum. Appending the forum URL with index.rss gives the feed for that forum, e.g., https://www.alfabb.com/forums/alfetta-gtv6-1972-1986.14/index.rss
 

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Currently that is not an option to remove, what issues do you have with it that we can perhaps address?

-Gerrit
Gerrit, thanks for asking.

The old forum had ads in the side nav. One reason I paid to be a Premium Member was to get rid of the side nav. It shows more of the forum in the browser page. Though there aren't any ads, it still takes up space unnecessarily. It feels like an ad for the forum itself.

I am not mad as some are. But it is a concern.

Gary
 

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Gerrit, thanks for asking.

The old forum had ads in the side nav. One reason I paid to be a Premium Member was to get rid of the side nav. It shows more of the forum in the browser page. Though there aren't any ads, it still takes up space unnecessarily. It feels like an ad for the forum itself.

I am not mad as some are. But it is a concern.

Gary
If it was a Premium benefit we will certainly look heavily into reenabling this or providing some extra option.

-Gerrit
 

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I can only imagine what a PITA it is to complete a migration like this. Congrats on the revamp and move!

I'm sure we'll all find things that we like about the new UI, layout, and functionality and slowly forget about all of the new "annoying" changes. (remember all the versions of facebook? Me either.)
 

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I can only imagine what a PITA it is to complete a migration like this. Congrats on the revamp and move!

I'm sure we'll all find things that we like about the new UI, layout, and functionality and slowly forget about all of the new "annoying" changes. (remember all the versions of facebook? Me either.)
Hello!
We're here to help you find those favorite new features, and to help make changes to make the transition easier too. :)

-Gerrit
 

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So I used to get a daily summary email of posts to various forums (e.g. Parts for Sale). Now I get every single new post clogging my email inbox. Poked around the console to figure out how to fix this, but cannot seem to find it. Anyone have any advice?
 

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"modern design and technology,, smoother and more reliable"... If any of these things were important to me i wouldn't drive a 45 year old Alfa Romeo. :)
Crackie i too have had my inbox flooded all day.. In the body of the email they send you it should say "View All Following" i unsubscribed from all to make it stop.
 

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What happened to *My Garage"? Seems to have disappeared? Is it still there and I can't find it?
Thanks
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Hi there, I used to have subscribed threads sorted into sub folders by applicable car in my fleet. I might be missing something but it looks like my followed discussions is just one big pot of disorganized mess. How do I recover my followed sub folders?

Thank you,
 

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So I used to get a daily summary email of posts to various forums (e.g. Parts for Sale). Now I get every single new post clogging my email inbox. Poked around the console to figure out how to fix this, but cannot seem to find it. Anyone have any advice?
Crackie i too have had my inbox flooded all day.. In the body of the email they send you it should say "View All Following" i unsubscribed from all to make it stop.
You both should also be able to change your email preferences from inside of your account settings.
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I personally like unsubbing from my email, feels more cathartic to me, but Crackie are you looking to get like a daily digest of posts you follow?


What happened to *My Garage"? Seems to have disappeared? Is it still there and I can't find it?
Thanks
Mark
This is now your showcase, you can upload images and a full description of what you're showing off. The 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.
To edit a Showcase, click on your Avatar in top right-hand corner and select “My Showcase”

Open the Showcase you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom, and above comments you will see the Share options and a three-dot menu icon ⁝ click the icon and choose “Edit item”

From here, you will be brought to the editor used to create the Showcase. Make changes as needed, then Save.

Hi there, I used to have subscribed threads sorted into sub folders by applicable car in my fleet. I might be missing something but it looks like my followed discussions is just one big pot of disorganized mess. How do I recover my followed sub folders?

Thank you,
The Subscriptions are now called "Followed"
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.
 

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Hi there, thank you for getting back to me. I feel your reply didn’t answer my question. I did find my followed discussions. On the other format I could sort those into groupings of my choosing. Now I just have 8 pages of followed discussions. How can I sort those into six or so folders of my choosing.

Thank you,
 
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