G Scale Model Train Forum banner

1 - 20 of 84 Posts

·
Administrator
Joined
·
413 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

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.

- Community Support
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
413 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
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
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,909 Posts
I found the "new posts" and each link took me to the beginning of a thread. Now that I've been there, will it take me to the place where the 'new posts' start in the thread next time, as the old 'active topics' did?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
44 Posts
I read the FAQ on how to change my avatar image, but the screen shots there do not match what I see. Do you have to be a 1st Class member to do this now?
Thanks,
Vance
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
514 Posts
I opened up my bookmark and behold, I was not sure which large scale web site I was on for a moment.
It certainly is an eye-opener and very clear to read. Logging-in was straight forward.
As a previous spost mention it is nw time to be accustomed to it. ;)
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
413 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
I found the "new posts" and each link took me to the beginning of a thread. Now that I've been there, will it take me to the place where the 'new posts' start in the thread next time, as the old 'active topics' did?
It can take a bit for the new software to catch up to what you have and haven't read, but once it does, clicking the title will take you to the first unread post.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.

- Cricket
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
413 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I read the FAQ on how to change my avatar image, but the screen shots there do not match what I see.
The screenshots use the dark mode, but the rest should be the same.

How To Change/Update Avatar

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

That will bring you to the account details page.

Once you click on your avatar, then click to choose your file.

Make sure to click “okay” afterward.


Cricket
 

·
Super Modulator
Joined
·
20,525 Posts
Notice that there is a new restriction in the signature, you cannot have 2 links in it... I had a link to my site and a picture, and that counted as 2 links... and you have to hit the down arrow to see the whole signature. No big deal, but really an unnecessary restriction... your old signature will stay, but if you have 2 references in it, if you edit it, you cannot save it with 2 links.

Greg
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,670 Posts
I select "NEW" and get a listing of recent posts.
I then select one, and read it, but when I go back to select "NEW" that thread is not shown.
I assume that this is because it is assumed that I have read it, and finished with it.
However, I now have a difficult time finding it again should I need to.
I don't know (unless I took notice of it) which forum it was in.
Should all "NEW" threads not alway be accessible through this selection until a day, or whatever time is decided on?
It's just annoying to lose easy access of a thread that was just read.
Cheers,
David Leech, Delta, Canada
 

·
Super Modulator
Joined
·
20,525 Posts
That runs counter to how the "unread" posts work on virtually all forums.

I go to the unread posts, read them, and come back if there is a new reply, again as unread.

If you want to come back to a thread later, even if nothing has changed or been updated, why not just bookmark that thread?

I rely on how this works so I read all new postings, and not read them again until some additional comments are made.

Greg
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,468 Posts
I don't know what is going on with this site but I hate it. I have been a contributor for many years but you will not be seeing me here any more. I don't know where this will be posted but I hope that the moderators see it and and do something about it. The ole format was much easier tn navigate.

Well, maybe I spoke too soon. I am slowly figuring things out. The new photo insertion is definitely easier. I tried to change my avatar but didn't get what what I wanted.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
413 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Notice that there is a new restriction in the signature, you cannot have 2 links in it... I had a link to my site and a picture, and that counted as 2 links... and you have to hit the down arrow to see the whole signature. No big deal, but really an unnecessary restriction... your old signature will stay, but if you have 2 references in it, if you edit it, you cannot save it with 2 links.

Greg
You can have one external link and multiple internal links. Unless you have an external image linked, this should not be an issue.

- Cricket
 

·
Super Modulator
Joined
·
20,525 Posts
Of course I have an external link to the picture... I'll see if I can upload the signature picture and get back. Thanks for the update.

Greg
 
1 - 20 of 84 Posts
Top