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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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Another forum that I frequent adopted this same platform. At first I was skeptical but now I like it.
Thanks for the update.
~JOE~
 

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Had no idea this was coming but everything works great so far. The site is much more responsive, especially on mobile. Thanks to everyone who has been working on this.
 

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I did like it but now not so much. I keep getting a pop up banner asking me if I would like push notifications. The banner will not disappear even after I click the “never” option.

I’m back to using Tapatalk to access the site.
~JOE~


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I did like it but now not so much. I keep getting a pop up banner asking me if I would like push notifications. The banner will not disappear even after I click the “never” option.

I’m back to using Tapatalk to access the site.
~JOE~


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Good afternoon. If you are using an adblocker on either the computer or phone, temporarily disable it for the site and then see if you can dismiss the pop-up. Sometimes, adblockers will target that as an ad and you won't be able to interact with it.

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Not sure when the forum changed to all this new stuff , haven’t been online much and pop in on occasion but what’s up with all the new website changes . I don’t like any of it it was much better before , I can’t see where it shows any of my friends online , who my friends even are or that I even have a friends list or how to even private message any of them ? All I see is + follow , how do I even view who I’m following or who is following me ?
 

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Same problem here I can’t see my friends list anymore. One the best options we had before change. I would store conversations on fishing spots and private get togethers with my friend list.
 

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I too have been very confused...I too preferred the previous format. Since changing over, participation on this forum has become less and less...and it had already fizzled out to a drizzle.
 
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The changes are because it has a new owner. VerticalScope, a Canadian company. They also bought the other forum on which I am active, because it's local to where I now live (pensacolafishingforum.com) . The same changes occurred there a couple years before they occurred here, and the identical formatting was obvious. The changes take some getting used to, but to be honest it's not SO bad once you get used to it. I preferred the way it was before as well, but it's what it is.

From what I hear, owning and running a forum like this is a big time-consuming headache, so I can understand how someone might, after the fatigue of years of management of a forum, take a purchase offer if it's sweet enough. Hate to see it happen, but I guess I sorta understand it. <shrug>
 

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Private messaging is the ‘conversations’ pick when you click your avatar icon in the upper right corner of the screen. When you go to your profile click the ‘About‘ tab to see followers and people you are following, believe these should be what you are calling your friends.
 
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Not sure when the forum changed to all this new stuff , haven’t been online much and pop in on occasion but what’s up with all the new website changes . I don’t like any of it it was much better before , I can’t see where it shows any of my friends online , who my friends even are or that I even have a friends list or how to even private message any of them ? All I see is + follow , how do I even view who I’m following or who is following me ?
You can see your friends list by clicking the About tab on your profile. Scroll down to People you are following and people who are following you.

Who’s Online?

When you are reading a thread, you will see a green dot on the avatar of those who are online.

If you want to see everyone who is currently online (depending on their settings) you can find this information on the members page.


Click on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select Members.
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In the left side navigation of the Members page, click on Online Members.
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