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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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So far, this is the same format as My Tractor Forum and Green Tractor Talk...which I'm a member of and pretty much used to getting around the site.

One thing I did find out though, is you're logged out and MUST log in to reply to a thread! Bob
 
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Yes Bob, I found I needed to log in initially as well. At least our usernames and passwords were preserved!

This is a very familiar format as you noted and essentially the same as the GTT site. Glad to have the Conversation function now for individual tutoring members on specific electrical issues, etc. where attachments of drawings are now possible.

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I too see the similarity to other sites. This is good! Thanks for the long overdue update. It's appreciated. But for whatever reason, my password and login info did not work at all. I had to request a new password to get in.
 
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My only question is why is the header farm tractors and not lawn and garden tractors? Cool photos, but could be misleading.
 
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Yeah, there is way more advertising:mad:
 

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If I want to see ads all the time, i watch tv.
So, this is progress.
MTF went to this a while ago, it's why I'm not on there much. I find it to be confusing.
 

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If I want to see ads all the time, i watch tv.
So, this is progress.
MTF went to this a while ago, it's why I'm not on there much. I find it to be confusing.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. :)

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Couple of things:
1. The little spray painting GIF for "WELCOME TO WFM". Don't see it anymore. I liked that.
2. I replied to couple posts and then when I went to the 3 dots next to my login picture and clicked on what's new, those post do not appear like they do in MTF or GTT.
3. Is the old gallery still available?
 

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The little spray painting GIF for "WELCOME TO WFM". Don't see it anymore. I liked that.
Unfortunately, that isn't on the new site but we can still welcome our new members. :)


2. I replied to couple posts and then when I went to the 3 dots next to my login picture and clicked on what's new, those post do not appear like they do in MTF or GTT.
It won't show there until you have a reply because it isn't a new UNREAD post by you. Others will see it.

How To Find New Posts

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. You can also mark all as read.


3. Is the old gallery still available?
Is this what you are looking for?


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Unfortunately, the registry program was unable to be migrated to the new platform. I'm sorry. :(
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Will it be made available somewhere else or at least have documentation of it for future reference? I, personally, think that was a valuable resource from the old site. Someone should have at least saved the data.
 
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Will it be made available somewhere else or at least have documentation of it for future reference? I, personally, think that was a valuable resource from the old site. Someone should have at least saved the data.
I am still brainstorming for a solution.

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