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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
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No one should have to wait for information. This site has been built to be much faster and more reliable, period.

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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:

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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

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– 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, https://www.srtforums.com/help/

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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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! :)
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(I took this photo at one of my favorite Texas State Parks.)

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. What is your favorite feature?

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

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How To Find New Posts & Use Filters
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the upward-pointing arrow and then select “New Posts” from the drop-down menu.

This will open a new page of new posts for you. You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.


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Im getting more used to it. I did prefer the older way with the "active topics" vs the new "popular" and "new posts" buttons.
 

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Is there a way to Jump to the last post you read in a Thread like the old 'site'?
Clicking the post title should take you to the last post you read. That being said, it is currently cookie-based so if you block cookies, or use multiple devices, it may not always work perfectly.

With the last generation site, there was a way just to keep the original look. Is that still a possibility or is that no longer possible?
Unfortunately, this is a brand new platform so there isn't an option to view the old version. Give it a chance. I have a feeling you will get used to it.

Im getting more used to it. I did prefer the older way with the "active topics" vs the new "popular" and "new posts" buttons.
Popular is the replacements for active topics. Let me know if you have any questions.

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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 thread discussions or followed forums. You can also manage your notifications for them here.

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odd that most of the page is non data.. notice large white space on both sides.. and the banner/picture takes the top half of the screen... is there a way to go back to the old layout ?
 

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odd that most of the page is non data.. notice large white space on both sides.. and the banner/picture takes the top half of the screen... is there a way to go back to the old layout ?
I believe that is what they are talking about in another thread with respect to the "larger HD monitors". Basically the current setup was done in such a way (as I understand it?) in order to allow the same settings across all platforms, and because this includes smart phones, it is creating the wide margins on our home computers, especially those with widescreen HD monitors, like myself, having a gaming rig.

They are working on a fix, it is messing up some of the older threads because it compressed the margins in further, the Commemorative Edition thread for instance. I'm hopeful they will find a happy medium, or perhaps allow a setting that we can select for "computer" or "phone".
 

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You can see the progress report on monitors here

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I'm happy to see the change about showing the last poster to a thread. I didnt realized i missed it, until you added it back and yeah, its better.

One other thing that used to be here that i personally liked, which is now gone, is where it showed a persons location under their name on the left.
 

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I'm happy to see the change about showing the last poster to a thread. I didnt realized i missed it, until you added it back and yeah, its better.

One other thing that used to be here that i personally liked, which is now gone, is where it showed a persons location under their name on the left.
They are still looking at ways to add more info under your user name but in the meantime, if you hover (or click) on a username in the threads, you can still see their location.
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