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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 H
Q. 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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Well, looks like yall managed to ruin the layout of this forum just like you did Hondaatvforums.

This update sucks. It's clunky and hard to read. Of course, the site owners were told that before the change was made, but apparently didn't care.

That's fine though. A new forum is being created by the people who have contributed the most time and effort to helping folks out on this forum and Hondaatvforums.com.

This one will become a ghost town like so many others because you didn't listed to the site users.
 

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Hey Jeepwm,
This is exactly the point of this thread, to give you a place where I will listen. We regularly make updates fully generated off of user suggestions and announce them via release notes.

If you have an suggestions you'd like to see, I'm all ears.

-Gerrit
 

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Well, looks like yall managed to ruin the layout of this forum just like you did Hondaatvforums.

This update sucks. It's clunky and hard to read. Of course, the site owners were told that before the change was made, but apparently didn't care.

That's fine though. A new forum is being created by the people who have contributed the most time and effort to helping folks out on this forum and Hondaatvforums.com.

This one will become a ghost town like so many others because you didn't listed to the site users.
Thanks, I agree.
 

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Hey Jeepwm,
This is exactly the point of this thread, to give you a place where I will listen. We regularly make updates fully generated off of user suggestions and announce them via release notes.

If you have an suggestions you'd like to see, I'm all ears.

-Gerrit
OK. Here's my feedback. Bring back the old format, or I will not be posting here anymore.

The same company owns this forum that owns Hondaatvforums. Several of us complained over there for months. Nothing changed. Admin is doing nothing but paying lip service with the "do you like it". The new format is intended to generate ad revenue, nothing more.

Here's your feedback you got on the other board, and you STILL did exactly the same thing to this board.





We said "leave it alone" very clearly here after your company ruined that site. As expected, you completely ignored those of us who spend the most time on this forum.


All the regulars who helped people out on that forum left. They're going to leave this forum too. That's what happens when companies ignore their clients.
 

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OK. Here's my feedback. Bring back the old format, or I will not be posting here anymore.
The long and short of it is that we will not be moving back to vBulletin, the software was problematic, and we decided to move to a software to help us prioritize your safety and security. Some of the issues with the old site specifically, there were several factors considered when moving away from VB:
  • vBulletin does not support IPv6, leaving a security gap in registration and spam management
  • vBulletin relies on third-party plugins that get more and more unsupported with each passing year
  • vBulletin skins do not properly respond to mobile devices (which is a significant and growing portion of site traffic).
  • The most stable VB version is 10 years old and is only updated with security patches. Newer versions are known for very difficult bugs for usability (inability to post pictures for instance)
  • vBulletin's response time is staggeringly slow at best, even with the most recent server updates we've performed
  • Use of vB still requires us to lean on a third party for major updates and fixes should something break in the core software
We have to develop custom tools to make any major updates to the site. This is not any out of the box software that we can just update on a whim and we are releasing weekly updates to tweak some stuff and that will happen indefinitely. If you each me your top 5 pain points and I can give you some input to ETA or if it will happen or not.

-Gerrit
 

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A couple things I did to help with the appearance was switch to dark mode (I don't like it either but it's better than light IMO) and if your on a desktop zoom out (yes out) one click and the forum will fill the page width and it won't look like your in tablet view on a PC. It helps a little wih the look.
 

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This forum is exactly like another ATV forum I’m a member of. I hated it at first but the more I used it & got use to it the more I liked it. Seemed clunky at first but it can be more user friendly once you figure how to get around in it.
 

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Anything you like, don't like you want us to know about? We use feedback to build out a better site.
-Philip
 

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this sucks, last post from me it has been a good ride but it is all over, another one bites the dust!!!
 

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Unimpressive . . . . as is the 'other' Honda ATV forum. Won't be spending much time here.
 

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Hey,
Sad to hear of those departing, but if you're on the fence, let us know what features you'd like to see. :)

-Gerrit
 

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I would have thought you'll would have learned a lesson after ruining the Hondaatvforum site , would have to guess that breaking up of the site must be the goal of the changes -------
 

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Is admin here going to do anything about the Chinese spam this site is getting flooded with???????? If not this forum will be deleted from my phone and computer. Getting very frustrated with it. ???
 

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Hello

Sorry for the delayed response on a reply we have a bit of a backlog.

We have recently made some updates to the spam controls and settings so the approval queues would catch a lot more potential Spammers.

Once those are resolved we will start working again on bugs and new features.

Anybody interested in joining the Mod team?

Jeff M
 
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