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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 last several 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.

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.
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 jo
 

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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 (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 time off 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!
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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?

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years but I have worked with forum communities 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
 

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So far so good (y). My only concern is to the banner image with the "new" Cherokee. We are a community of older model Cherokees and Grand Cherokees. XJ'S, ZJ'S and WJ'S. Don't want to falsely lead anybody to believe that the newer models are prevalent here cause they are not.....I'm definitely not opposed to broadening our audiences to the newer models. Including the newer Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, and even the Commanders(since they are based on the Grand Cherokee platform ). Don't want to sound stand offish. Great job so far .
 

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:D gonna take some getting used to, Are our old smiles gone? No more :worthlesswithoutpics:
 

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So far so good (y). My only concern is to the banner image with the "new" Cherokee. We are a community of older model Cherokees and Grand Cherokees. XJ'S, ZJ'S and WJ'S. Don't want to falsely lead anybody to believe that the newer models are prevalent here cause they are not.....I'm definitely not opposed to broadening our audiences to the newer models. Including the newer Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, and even the Commanders(since they are based on the Grand Cherokee platform ). Don't want to sound stand offish. Great job so far .
I will pass on your feedback to the developers.

:D gonna take some getting used to, Are our old smiles gone? No more :worthlesswithoutpics:
We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

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So what happens to the old smiles on post, random characters?
 

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So what happens to the old smiles on post, random characters?
We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

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  • Yeah, definitely more getting used to than I originally thought. Also not sure if I'm wrong but even in dark mode site seems to be really killing my battery on my phone.Any one else having this problem, or is it just me and my antiquated S5 ?
 

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Just something I found to be evident.

I use a VPN and usually use a Canadian server when I surf... long story why. However, I noticed because of this the country flag next to the "Premium Member" under my avatar is a Canadian flag and I'm state-side. Not really sure what I am saying, but thought I would say something.... you probably don't have access to that function.... 🤷‍♂️

Overall though, I'm glad the migration went well, and the new look is better as well as functionality... loving the dark mode!

I have yet to work with the mobile version though.

Will there be an APP put together at some point?
 

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Just something I found to be evident.

I use a VPN and usually use a Canadian server when I surf... long story why. However, I noticed because of this the country flag next to the "Premium Member" under my avatar is a Canadian flag and I'm state-side. Not really sure what I am saying, but thought I would say something.... you probably don't have access to that function.... 🤷‍♂️

Overall though, I'm glad the migration went well, and the new look is better as well as functionality... loving the dark mode!

I have yet to work with the mobile version though.

Will there be an APP put together at some point?
If you reset the location using the drop-down menu it will use the location listed in your settings rather than the IP.

Setting Your Location

Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.

On the account settings page, scroll down to location.

As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.

If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.

Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.

User Location Privacy Settings

Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.

On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.

Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.

Save your privacy settings.

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Thanks! For the help, for I got it changed. I appreciate it.

I also want to say that I am really liking the way a photo is inserted into the text field. The ability to resize them is a huge upgrade over the last forum attachment service.

Great job admins!
 

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Can we not edit are posts anymore?
Took me ten minutes just to quote somebody in mine too. LOL.

EDIT: Forget it I found out how. MLOL.
 

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How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the timestamp. Select “Edit”.

Members have unlimited editing of new posts for the first 24 hours after posting. Up to 10 existing posts (older than 24 hours) may be edited per week. More editing will be allowed as each of those 10 edits expires every 7 days.

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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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Why are my images duplicated on this post?
 

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No. I don't think so. Seems to be working now!
 

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I’m using Tapatalk and since the transition have not been able to see any pictures in any posts.
Edit: can see some pics, like Pizzaman’s pics.
Most just show as broken links.
Mine seem to show when posted through Tapatalk.
I’ll read back through this and try other browser formats, but should this still be working with Tapatalk?
PFA
 
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