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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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

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 a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

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

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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One of the immediate issues with the "new" BS - LOTS and LOTS of screen space wasted.
Condensed format of the "old" BS allowed to read lots of information on a single screen without much scrolling.

Now it takes ENTIRE screen to just read the TWO lines of little_john's post.
Just to read TWO lines.
For shame.
Very poor ergonomic layout; 75-80% of the screen space is wasted.
This should change if BS to continue.
 

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I like it so far but it really wants to sell me stuff.
 

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I like the old format better.

To much empty space now, the extra icons don't add anything, and at first pass I dont know what posts are new vs old.

Can we get rid of the BBB logo and the GDPR logo in the top right corner when scrolling down? Can we get rid of the extra white space on the left side?

Why is the forum now suggesting other forums to visit?

The about discussion box does not add anything over the post count at the top of the page.
 

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One of the immediate issues with the "new" BS - LOTS and LOTS of screen space wasted.
Condensed format of the "old" BS allowed to read lots of information on a single screen without much scrolling.

Now it takes ENTIRE screen to just read the TWO lines of little_john's post.
Just to read TWO lines.
For shame.
Very poor ergonomic layout; 75-80% of the screen space is wasted.
This should change if BS to continue.
I doubt the extra screen space will be wasted for long.
 

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I think I might possibly like it, maybe.

Alex
 

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I doubt the extra screen space will be wasted for long.
Don't you see the over-head required for every single post?
I can read more on my phone screen than on this current forum layout now.
 

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Those who don't get... See how much screen is wasted to just post this one line. Poor ergo.
 

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Don't you see the over-head required for every single post?
I can read more on my phone screen than on this current forum layout now.
The empty space will likely be filled with ads soon enough. Premium will be "reduced ad experience".
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The empty space will likely be filled with ads soon enough. Premium will be "reduced ad experience".
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It is NOT about the blank space to the right side of the posts (which is a shame too) - that empty span below the BBB and GDPR signs is NOT an attribute of every single post but rather the attribute of the entire page. Terrible space eater. At least the advertisement span can be made 50% more narrow by putting the BBB and GDPR signs in a single column (not a row as it is now). I request this to be done.

But my main original complaint is about empty space wasted above and below the each post (including this entry form too - unnecessary space eater - it should only appear when someone wants to post or edit).
 

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It is NOT about the blank space to the right side of the posts (which is a shame too) - that empty span below the BBB and GDPR signs is NOT an attribute of every single post but rather the attribute of the entire page. Terrible space eater. At least the advertisement span can be made 50% more narrow by putting the BBB and GDPR signs in a single column (not a row as it is now). I request this to be done.

But my main original complaint is about empty space wasted above and below the each post (including this entry form too - unnecessary space eater - it should only appear when someone wants to post or edit).
I get it now.
 

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I'm beginning to like this more and more.
 
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Well for only $19.99 / year you can get the "PREMIUM" website experience.
Money grubbing at its finest.
I hate it......HATE IT!
I had just come back to posting on an active bee site after being a mod on another site. Just drop all of the money grabbing stuff and ask for donations.
I would gladly give for all of the swarm and cut out calls I receive off of this site, some years upwards of 50 calls.

What happened to my pic for my avatar??


What happened to chat?
 
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