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Dear Admin and Mod 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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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 on the backroads of Texas.)

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. :)

- Cricket
 

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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.

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 (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for nearly 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with the company for nearly 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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I'm not here on a smartphone, this is completely awful on a PC. Can't even find the forums...

None of the things that exist on EVERY forum is useable here. No quick link to user CP, no relevant info when scanning thread list (new posts, who was the latest poster, etc). What exactly was wrong with the old format? This is not a website, it's a glorified mobile device app. Plus it's ugly AF, what is this, google? This will be my last time coming here.
 

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The thing I love about Gixxers is the familiarity, can always rely on that linear power.
Same as this site, Loved looking every day to get my gixxer.com fix. It was so simple to navigate and use, So familiar.
Whenever I have ridden an R1 or a 10 I'd just about have to disinfect my arse at the end of it.
Might have to do the same with my eyes, YUK!
 

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I'm not here on a smartphone, this is completely awful on a PC. Can't even find the forums...

None of the things that exist on EVERY forum is useable here. No quick link to user CP, no relevant info when scanning thread list (new posts, who was the latest poster, etc). What exactly was wrong with the old format? This is not a website, it's a glorified mobile device app. Plus it's ugly AF, what is this, google? This will be my last time coming here.
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.

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.

If you are looking for your user cp, simply click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site.
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You can find the full forum listing by clicking on the 3 vertical dots near the upper right-hand corner of the site.
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The last poster indicator will be returning soon.

We understand that there are some inherent changes in moving from vBulletin to Xenforo. However, vBulletin’s infrastructure does not provide the flexibility to be able to provide additional improvements. Continuing on that platform without the ability to maintain a better experience for all of you is just not an option moving forward. We know you expect and deserve continuous improvements over time.

In the past, we have upgraded more slowly. Unfortunately, this became technically difficult and often times would break other features when updates were attempted. Making the bigger investment now in the new platform sets us up to respond faster to your feedback moving forward.

Your security and data are extremely important to us. Modern software and upgrading systems are critical to keep us advanced in providing a better and more secure experience for you to share content. Not updating the software would have made that increasingly difficult over time as other technology advances.

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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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Can you try refreshing the page or clearing your browser cache? The dark view should look like this. View attachment 568573
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That looks awesome.
However,
I tried refreshing the page and clearing the cache, I even tried using Microsoft Edge as a browser (first time I have ever used that browser for anything )
Dark mode still appears to me as I posted previous screen shot
 

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That looks awesome.
However,
I tried refreshing the page and clearing the cache, I even tried using Microsoft Edge as a browser (first time I have ever used that browser for anything )
Dark mode still appears to me as I posted previous screen shot
Okay, that is definitely weird. Are you accessing the site from an old bookmark?

Let's go back to the beginning so I can help troubleshoot.
  • What device are you using to access the site? Computer? Tablet? Phone? Fully updated?
  • Which operating system are you using? (Windows 10, etc.) Fully updated? What version?
  • Which browser are you using? (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, etc.) Fully updated? What version?
  • Have you already tried clearing your browser cookies/cache?
  • Are you using any plugins or extensions?
- Cricket
 

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Hey we don't have the paid / premium membership accolades anymore?
For now, until they figure out how to handle badges, you can see the status by hovering (or clicking) on your avatar in a thread or on your profile page.

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Okay, that is definitely weird. Are you accessing the site from an old bookmark?

Let's go back to the beginning so I can help troubleshoot.
  • What device are you using to access the site? Computer? Tablet? Phone? Fully updated?
  • Which operating system are you using? (Windows 10, etc.) Fully updated? What version?
  • Which browser are you using? (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, etc.) Fully updated? What version?
  • Have you already tried clearing your browser cookies/cache?
  • Are you using any plugins or extensions?
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PC Fully updated
10 64BIT
Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 and as mentioned Edge.
Yes cleared cache ect
No plugins or extensions
 

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just realised theres already a thread for this... i created one cause i couldn't find the forum. lol (id put this back up the top like it used to be)

i think we need tabs up the top to link directly to the forum.
i have the same issue with dark mode as posted above, have tried on multiple PCs and Laptops.

the standard version works fine however the colours make it a nightmare to use.

i seriously hope this new system you have switched to isn't the salesforce of the forum world... because salesforce sucks balls.

i kinda feel like we are beta testing this new system... is that correct?

also waddup cricket? cheers for help with the merger.
soz your ugz btw :LOL:
 
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