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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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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.

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During your transition to the new platform, I will be here to help with any questions, help with navigation or how to do things, and 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 sounded just like a cricket (I was born with the hiccups.), so yes, I have been Cricket for a very long time now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my free time outdoors and exploring the back roads. During late autumn, when it starts to 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 drag and drop it to the text editor or even copy/paste it there!

You can easily share videos by adding the URL directly into the text editor!


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display automatically 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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will see regular updates primarily fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, we will actively listen to the feedback and share it with the developers. We ask you to keep questions, thoughts, or feedback about the new forum software in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work behind the scene, so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing, so it may take a bit for search results to return accurate results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page, so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so let us know if you notice any issues that you would like us to look into.
I have worked with our community support team for seven+ years. I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. So I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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Cricket, are you a Bot?


I have just logged in to find the site all changed. Not sure I will be posting much now if it all - see ya :)

We did announce the upcoming changes back on April 20th.

I am not a bot. I introduced myself above. :)
Someone broke the site. Appalling!
Let me know if I can help you find anything. :)

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also work out what has happened to my logo image, blurry and chopped off at the moment
the makeover is a poor imitation of
The minimum dimensions for avatars is 400 X 400 so if your original was smaller than that, you may want to re-upload one.

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Is there any way to not show the giant N avatar thing? I preferred it when having no profile pic just disappeared that element entirely.
That will display if you haven't uploaded an avatar.

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.

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The general chat section will really die now being stuck way at the bottom of the forum list!
You can keep it at the top if you wish. :)

My Followed Forums

For sections of the community that have special importance to you, go to the forum section and click "Follow Forum".

You will see a list of options open for your preferences. Add a checkmark to your preferred options. Click Follow at the bottom.

Your Followed Forums will display at the top of the full Forum Listing page.
 

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Must admit I preferred it when threads showed the date & time of last posting rather than how many minutes or hours ago.
If you hover over the time stamp, it will provide more info. I believe that after about 24 hours; it switches to the date.

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I'm still getting zero email notifications from subscribed/followed threads despite having the boxes that look relevant on the preferences page ticked. Is it just me?
It may take a bit for the new forum software to catch up with the cookies related to that feature. (Old vs. New)

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Once the new software learns what you have and haven't read, the following will work.

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.

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I will be stepping away for the afternoon, but I will return tonight to answer more questions.

One of my co-workers (Mike D) may stop in while I am away from my computer.


Take a moment to browse through our Community FAQs and let us know if you have questions. :)

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Can you tell us what you don’t like about it? Is there anything I can help you find?

Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. I was lucky enough to get to use and play with this new format before it was live here.

We will see regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)

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Slow & glitchy
Massive animated adverts in right hand margin
Scattergun approach to layout - about as user friendly as a regional newspaper website

Bring back the old look or at least give us the option of a “Classic“ skin
Not sure if you are using a mobile or desktop but wanted to say that the site is responsive, so it will adjust automatically for you from any device. Check it out and let me know what you think!

There is a premium membership option that members can use that limits advertisements and offers a Focused Reading Mode's option to hide the right sidebar column if you choose.

At this time, there is not an option to have a "Classic" skin.

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Just seen the new format. Seems to be like many other forums I don't bother with unless I am googling for information.
There is too little information on one page resulting in extra scrolling. I use the forum to offer / get help and information so I can still do that but it's not as pleasant and I probably won't browse as much which is a shame because you can learn of potential issues.

I do like dark mode but would like the option to change the text from white to another less stark option.
Hoping this will help...Cricket posted earlier about ways to make your way around the site here, how to navigate thread listings here. And if you have favorite forums that you like to follow or frequent, you can always follow them again so as to keep them at the top of the site for easier access. This is explained in detail here

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Are attached images still limited to 250KB?

I believe it is 20 MB. :)

I miss the old smilies gif animations, they were great and more fun than the standard emojis common today which are now also here, could you find a way to bring them back [if you haven't lost them!]? Maybe incorporate a special BabyBMW GIF button?

Let me look into this to see if we can recover any of these.

The "quote" function feels a bit odd in that it saves it like a mini-clipboard thing, it'll take some getting used-to...

There are a few more ways to use the quote feature.

How To Quote

When you see a post that you want to quote, click the reply button on that post. It will automatically add the quoted content to the content area where you can add your reply/comments following the code.

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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I used to click on a topic and i'd go straight to the latest post, now it just puts me at the start of the thread.... am i doing something wrong or is this now the way it is now?
It takes a bit for the forum software to learn what you have and haven't read, so the older threads may not work properly yet.

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.
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Hi,

So after the forum software update i cannot see my photo's in my 'members cars' thread anymore...
Is that just for me or for every one?
Do i need to do something to change this?

EDIT: looks to only be the ones uploaded bu Flikr??....



Mark.
I don't have control over the 3rd party apps such as Flickr but I can look into this.

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