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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. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.

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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. 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 Tools

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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Hi All Community Members and Staff,

This week’s update features additional improvements based on user feedback and the ongoing collaboration within the community. We are encouraged to see the trial of some of our new profile settings and pages like Showcase, My Discussions and Participated Discussions. These are all ways to contribute and interact with your fellow members and guests. The following are details to take note of with this week’s upgrade.

Get to New Posts Faster

Have you checked out the popular section? It’s well...very popular! We heard feedback that seeing the most popular discussions is good but folks would also like to quickly get to new posts. We’ve made this easier by implementing a drop-down from the popular icon. This should provide options to go straight to popular, new posts or any of the sections within that tab. Let us know what you think!

Highlighting

When highlighting text, we’ve made that more visible both in light and dark mode. Plain and simple.

Performance & Bug Fixes

Your community should be fast and work well. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why we added even more page speed improvements and some general fixes to the alignment of images & avatars. Enjoy!

We continue to monitor posts within the Community Feedback discussion thread regularly if you have questions or feedback. The positive communication and collaboration is what helps us deliver great new features and improvements to you every week!

Thank you,
Your Community Support Team
 

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Hi All Staff & Community Members,

We want to announce new improvements based on your feedback and significant community collaboration. The upgrade this week is specifically focused on personalizing your membership experience and account settings even further.

Sensitive Content

There are a diverse set of members and guests that are active within your community. We welcome all kinds of voices and want to ensure that this site is a place to share opinions in a safe and appropriate way, especially for visitors under the age of 18 years. As such, we have introduced a filter for sensitive images that may not be appropriate for a younger audience or those who choose not to view certain types of image content. As a member, you can keep the default settings or go to your account settings preferences to adjust. As a guest or member who wants to view one image at a time, you can always click to "Show Content". We hope this makes the community more active and welcome for all.


Performance & Bug Fixes

As always, we are cleaning up small errors and working on page speed. You can expect this to be ongoing maintenance that just makes the site work better. Enjoy!

If you have any additional comments or questions, please reach out to your site admins for the feedback post in the community feedback section. We continue to monitor this discussion thread regularly.

Thank you,
Your Community Support Team
 

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Hi All Community Members and Staff,

We would like to tell you about improvements that are not quite ready yet but are coming soon! As you have already heard us say numerous times now, we are truly listening to your feedback. As active community members, you know what key features are important to enable your participation and engagement in the community. There are a few key items that are continually coming up as more immediate priorities for you. While this is not the entire list, we did want to share updates in the following areas.

Advanced Search Options:
Our development team is actively working on developing an advanced search feature that will better help find exactly what you are looking for. This is a priority for all of us.

We’ve also heard that searching within threads and forums is critical as well as being able to filter by date and thread title. While there are more search functions that can be added, we want to work towards delivering you better Search as soon as possible. Let us know if we are on the right track.

Signatures:
Personalizing your experience is an important part of being a member here. We have heard your feedback on having more options with text and images in your signature. We are launching a solution in the next couple of weeks to allow for this. We hope you like it!

Display on Wider Screens:
The designers are actively making adjustments to accommodate for wider monitors and higher resolutions. As this will affect the display of the site, there is some complexity around the changes to ensure it still works well on ALL devices. We appreciate your patience here and look forward to delivering this improvement very soon.

Showing Locations:
This community is a great way to bring together people from all parts of the globe. We have heard many times that there is interest to show your member location more prominently near your avatar. We are working on a better way to achieve this. In the meantime, you can adjust your location within your profile settings to show when you roll over a member avatar with your mouse.

Much of this feedback has come from your posts within the Community Feedback discussion thread. We do check regularly and often. Thank you again for all your help in making this community better each day.

Your Community Support Team
 

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All Community Members and Staff,

Personalizing your experience and telling the community more about yourself is an important part of being a member here. We have heard your feedback on having more options with text and images in your signature. We are happy to announce that those improvements are here!

Below are some additional details on how to make your signature all about YOU! We’ve also included some instructions on personalizing your display of the site to show or hide signatures, depending on your preferences. We look forward to your feedback and launching more features and improvements in the weeks to come!

Signature Options
  • Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line.
  • You can include images but an image also counts as a line.
  • Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels to optimize display across all screen types.
  • You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.
Fun fact: Both guests and members can view signatures, however, members have more options!

If a member has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

If you have more questions, please let us know in the ‘We Are Now Live Community Feedback’ discussion thread. Thank you again for all your help and collaboration in making this community better each day.

- Your Community Support Team
 

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Hi All Community Members and Staff,

We would like to announce some improvements and progress based on community feedback and in-thread comments. We appreciate your patience and willingness to work with us.

Last Poster is Back
You wanted to see the last member to post in a discussion. It is important and we heard you. Your discussion listings have been updated. We hope this makes it easier to find the topics that are most interesting to you.

Tapatalk
We have updated the Tapatalk plugin, which should resolve an issue with images posted by Android Tapatalk being visible through browsers. We are also actively working with Tapatalk support to iron out bugs related to using the app and an issue with Android Tapatalk users being able to view some images. We also encourage all to keep their Tapatalk app up-to-date and on the latest version so all software can play nice together!

COMING SOON!
An update on some of the additional features and improvements that members have been providing feedback on.

Widescreen
You like big monitors! The site has been adapted to bring more of the content up higher on the page and wider to accommodate the extra pixels. We expect this to be delivered in 1-2 weeks.

Multi-quote
Wanna quote lots of great content in your posts? We have made that easier and you can expect that to launch in the next 1-2 weeks as well.

Advanced Search
We are a few weeks away from delivery on advanced search but development is in progress. We are utilizing www.vespa.ai to make search even better and more powerful for the community now and into the future.

If you have more questions, please let us know in the ‘We Are Now Live Community Feedback’ discussion thread. There are more improvements still to come, based on your feedback and collaboration. We will sign off for now and let you get back to your community!

- Your Community Support Team
 

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How To Multi-Quote

Step 1
: Click the multi-quote icon at the bottom of each post that you want to quote.

Step 2: Scroll down to the text editor where you are going to write your post. Click "Insert Quotes".

Step 3: A small window will pop up for you to verify (or delete) quoted content that will be added to your post. Click "Quote messages".

Final Step: The quoted content will automatically be added to the text editor. Add your comments and click to post your reply.

Added Notes: You can multi-quote from more than one discussion thread in the forum. You can also simply highlight the part of the text you want to quote. A small popup will allow you to choose the multi-quote option using just the selected content.


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Advanced search is back!

How To Search The Site

Near the top of the community, you will see a search bar.

Simply enter your search word or phrase and click enter on your keyboard.

How To Access Advanced Search

If you have already entered your search words in the search bar but want to narrow down your results or choose to search only certain forum selections, click on “Advanced Search”.

This will allow you to choose to search titles only, add the member username who posted it or even select a specific forum to search from the scroll menu within search in forums.

If you prefer to go directly to advanced search, you can access it under the 3 vertical dots at the top right-hand corner of the community.

- Cricket
 
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