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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.

Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!


Bookmarks
Now you can bookmark your favorite discussions! Bookmarks are a handy way to remember and easily find great content or stuff you want to read later.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection.
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications or road trips to the rest of the community and we have migrated in the existing data from our vBulletin Garages. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/kJez7_baVUCyf6N6y_lb3FM7QTUELc_ocoNe00c_GhIKqjuG3GIO_N_lUiSldJfnGaRdlQinT3k6QuC9QMxr9AYMbC5e8w4N0jzUaRZZ7SuT09X30z-zyLnKF4cgKL5msl_8erpF

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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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!

~ Community Support
 

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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 (yes, the insect) so I have been Cricket for nearly 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas and spend most of my off time out in nature. I spend my vacation, in the fall, hiking and camping.
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I have worked with VerticalScope for nearly 5 years now. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

- Cricket
 

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Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site. You can also see our FAQs here!


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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(I took this photo on a road trip to Alabama.)

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?

I will be here to answer questions and to help you navigate, as needed. :)

- Cricket
 

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I don't like the change. I abandoned another forum when they changed to VerticalScope after hearing about their data breaches in 2016 and 2017. Cricket is one of the administrators there too.

On the other forum, we were told by Cricket we would have to wait for features to be added to the new forum that had already existed and worked in the old forum. Also not all of the features already on the new site, searching for example, worked correctly.

I may not be a prolific poster on Lotustalk but I've been a member here for over 12 years and have really enjoyed the knowledge shared by all the members. Now I feel my time on this forum may be coming to an end.
 

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I used to check the parts for sell forum and could then just look to the right to see the latest comments. Now I have to look at 2 screens. First world problem but the change was not an improvement so far. Maybe it will be worthwhile if the search function is better (have not tried it yet).
 

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The ads are already a little jarring for me. Is an integrated GEICO ad necessary between every fourth post in a thread? I'm signed in and I'm seeing this on mobile and PC (Chrome browser). On PC, there's a large ad on the right and on mobile, there's an ad on the bottom of the screen. Is there a way around all the ads?
 

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The ads are already a little jarring for me. Is an integrated GEICO ad necessary between every fourth post in a thread? I'm signed in and I'm seeing this on mobile and PC (Chrome browser). On PC, there's a large ad on the right and on mobile, there's an ad on the bottom of the screen. Is there a way around all the ads?
Adblock plus works for me in my Chrome browser.
 

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Like most of us, I am a creature of habit, so it takes me a bit to get used to changes. (I was more than a little grumpy about it all at first.) I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am already getting used to it. I have to admit that I am crazy about it now. It feels so much faster and is easy to use after a brief learning curve.

We will be seeing regular updates to the site that are largely fueled by member feedback. You can monitor the update progress here.


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Just what I was afraid of. Same format McLaren Life went to. So much less usable. Hardly go there anymore. Can’t research anything.

These last thirteen years here were a great experience. I will miss it every day.

Is it just a sellout to all the damn ads mixed in through this? Or just someone who needs to improve things that have been great for decades?
 

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hate it, especially the colors and mailbox(conversations)
 

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I'm not sure if it is a setting but the posts don't update when a reply is posted. If a response is posted, the post should go to the front and they don't. Give it a try and you will see.
 

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The new site is garbage. 👎

Between the unavoidable ads and the need to flip through multiple pages constantly, I think I’m done with Lotustalk.
 

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Just what I was afraid of. Same format McLaren Life went to. So much less usable. Hardly go there anymore. Can’t research anything.

These last thirteen years here were a great experience. I will miss it every day.

Is it just a sellout to all the damn ads mixed in through this? Or just someone who needs to improve things that have been great for decades?
I was just about to note that this is the same new format as McLaren Life.
I've worked with it there, and still find it awkward to navigate.
It's too bad that a good thing had to be messed with.
 

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Like others I'm reluctant to change but I don't find the change that bad. It will take some getting used to just like turning 65 did. Fortunately for me I've not been a member that long so it hopefully won't be as bad for me to get accustomed to.
 
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