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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 journey!
 

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There is nothing amazing to the users here. It is a supreme pain in the ass and absolutely no advantage to us. Get it fixed because right now this is a fucking mess, the worst yet of your cookie cutter forums. I don't know what your seeing in Geek land but it all looks like shit here. Doesn't fit the screen, writing over writing, no headers. The cafe racer header, whose stupid idea was it to block half the screen with that.

"More engaging" LOL. There is your mistake. People do not come here for you or the Verticalrobbers or your flashy site. People come to forums to engage with other people. All you have done all over the internet is make communication more difficult, piss people off and slow site traffic.
 

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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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There is nothing amazing to the users here. It is a supreme pain in the ass and absolutely no advantage to us. Get it fixed because right now this is a fucking mess, the worst yet of your cookie cutter forums. I don't know what your seeing in Geek land but it all looks like shit here. Doesn't fit the screen, writing over writing, no headers. The cafe racer header, whose stupid idea was it to block half the screen with that.
I am sorry you are experiencing this. That does not sound not the intended appearance.

Can you tell me which device and browser you are using to access the site so that I can help you?

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How to Create a Showcase?

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and select “Showcase”.

From the Showcase page, click on “Add item” in the right-hand corner.

A popup will appear at the top. Click on “showcase”.

A form will open for you to fill in the blanks, such as title, tags, general information, etc.

Scroll down to “General Information” to content and images, in the same way that you would for writing a post. The first image added will be the cover photo.

Add any additional item details, and “Save”.

If you want to make any changes, including choosing a different cover photo from the images you added, you can do so by editing your showcase.

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Ok, so I signed in this morning on a Windoze machine and thought Woodsman was being a bit grumpy, the site wasn't bad... just different.

Then I got home and tried to sign on using a Macbook.

What a clusterfuck, the site is literally unusable on a Mac if you do not use Dark Mode. Without dark mode on, yo seem to have one page floating in front of another, you can see the link to log in but you can't get to it because of what looks like the title page covering it. And then another pop up appears askign to register with facebook or email or whatever

Switching to Dark mode allowed me to log in and post this. No dark mode = no functionality on a Mac. Not in Safari, not in Chrome.

Sorry Woodsman, I had no idea what you were going on about. Now I do and fully agree. The site is quite literally unuseable to Mac users who do not click on dark mode.
 

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All you had to do was keep the old site and make some CR.net t-shirts to fund it.

Hell, I'd pay a yearly membership fee to keep the site the way it was.
 

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Can we not still get some shirts?

My "I Like Pie" shirt is long gone at this point.
 

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I only signed on to like Woodsman and CaTac post.

Good luck with all the snowflakes Cricket........I'm out.
 

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Do you guys make money with cr.net?
Can't you leave us cranky old guys alone? I'm using Chrome and can't even insert a blank line or move the cursor with ?ftw .sdrawkcab gnipyt s'ti woN .syek worraeth
 

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In only a couple months they have managed to wipe out any traces of individuality in the forums. We now are profit centres with identical corporate facades.

Cricket, I don't see that this does anything new, we need to learn how to use it again, which is fucked, but it's the same shit. Congratulations though, you, your peers and the money grubbers from above have managed to take hundreds of individual forums and make them all the same.
 

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Yeah, this is pretty much a trainwreck. Took me forever to manage to log in my iPhone, with or without dark mode.


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Can you tell me which browser you are using on your iPhone?

Can you verify this is the link you are using?


The reason I am asking is that I checked this site on my iPhone and this is what I see.
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Can you tell me which browser you are using on your iPhone?

The reason I am asking is that I checked this site on my iPhone and this is what I see.
iPhone 11 Pro, iOS 13.3.1, Safari browser.
Once I turned on dark mode AND managed to log in, the display corrected itself.

And pop-up ads even for regular members logged into the site? Bogus.
 

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There shouldn't be any popup ads, just regular ads.

I appreciate your feedback on advertising. While the complete removal of ads is difficult, as it helps to pay for the operations and maintenance of the site, we do try and partner with products and services that we think will be of interest to the community.

We are working with our development teams to also introduce a new premium membership for purchase in the coming months that will allow members to view the site ad-free.

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There shouldn't be any popup ads, just regular ads.
Is this what you are referring to as a "regular ad"?
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It covers up page content as I'm trying to read, thats a pop-up in my book, and in any case is muy annoying.

I understand the reality of website ownership, and I have no problem in theory with paying for a premium membership -- I currently pay to support the ADVRider web forum. However, comparing both the volume and quality of posts HERE to the activity over THERE, I currently would not pay to support CR.net -- and that's coming from somebody who has nine years invested in this site. I'm not trying to be deliberately negative, but that's the frank truth. You have a pretty long, steep climb ahead of you to rebuild anything remarkable here.
 

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How can this be profitable?
Adds? REALLY?

Who here has ever actually bought a product based on a forum add?
Hell I have actually gone out of my way to NOT deal with companies that run a lot of adds.
I assume they are WAY to expensive and have too much money for adds....lol
 

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How much would it cost to buy CR.net from our overlords?
Generally speaking, we don't sell our sites.

We will continue to see weekly updates (approximately) which are largely fueled by member feedback, so let us know what you feel is missing. :)

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