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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 past few 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.

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.

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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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 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 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.

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 camping here in Texas.)

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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ok, been on here for about 30 min. and just checking everything out. and so what i have done to make a comment was open another ECC tab so i can go back and forth. i know its a new revamped site but here you go:

1) seems like after refreshing the page some Post seem to disappear, like this one, cant find it on the other tab. i know its a new platform and things are glitchy right now ,,,so it will probably be worked out, Old Bear did a post on "waiting to make comments until things are worked out" but now his post is missing.

2)Under the forums tab: the sections: Events & Projects , Drivetrain & Performance , Body & Chassis ,etc. they are right after/run together without any separation. Can there be border lines or something to distinguish between sections? and IDK if it will be just clutter but maybe identifying icons, like for example after Drivetrain & Performance have a pic of an engine, driveshaft and rearend(for drivetrain) and a speedometer/tachometer (for performance). For Body & Chassis, a pic of an el camino body and a chassis/frame, etc.

3) the right hand column on this page that has: About this Discussion , El Camino Central Forum ,etc. Can this be an optional collapsible/ minimized column. Doesnt seem people need to constantly see that column displayed . you can used the space saved to expand the post.
4)if i have to get use to the black on white/ white on black screen i guess i'll adapt. but a couple different softer colors wouldnt hurt to highlight/distinguish the page.
Thanks,Just my 2 cents, and i know there was/is/still continuing to be a lot of effort being put into this new platform (y)
 

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where is the Banner on the top for National El Camino Owners Association ? Should remove pics of the rides that can't see in full & replace it with El Camino Central is Home to the National El Camino Owners Association ! Also how do you search for members ?
 

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1) seems like after refreshing the page some Post seem to disappear, like this one, cant find it on the other tab. i know its a new platform and things are glitchy right now ,,,so it will probably be worked out, Old Bear did a post on "waiting to make comments until things are worked out" but now his post is missing.
There's a filter option under posts that defaults to hiding posts already seen. You need to uncheck that to see old ones again. Also I agree there should be the NECOA banner somewhere on the home page.
 

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There's a filter option under posts that defaults to hiding posts already seen. You need to uncheck that to see old ones again. Also I agree there should be the NECOA banner somewhere on the home page.
ahh...got it, saw that in the beginning and it was the only one checked but didnt really understand it, unchecked it and i'm all good...thanks
 

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Rather than my Avatar, I was seeing the Avatar of a jet passing through a circular cloud.
This also appeared on threads by JJLT1a rather than his usual one.
Is the jet avatar the one for visitors?
I had multiple sessions open and got security errors when it had the Jet Avatar replacing mine. Possibly that session was not logged on?

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Very, very low priority: Notice in post above that Text and Link shows. Yet the image does not show in the signature.
 

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ok, been on here for about 30 min. and just checking everything out. and so what i have done to make a comment was open another ECC tab so i can go back and forth. i know its a new revamped site but here you go:

1) seems like after refreshing the page some Post seem to disappear, like this one, cant find it on the other tab. i know its a new platform and things are glitchy right now ,,,so it will probably be worked out, Old Bear did a post on "waiting to make comments until things are worked out" but now his post is missing.

2)Under the forums tab: the sections: Events & Projects , Drivetrain & Performance , Body & Chassis ,etc. they are right after/run together without any separation. Can there be border lines or something to distinguish between sections? and IDK if it will be just clutter but maybe identifying icons, like for example after Drivetrain & Performance have a pic of an engine, driveshaft and rearend(for drivetrain) and a speedometer/tachometer (for performance). For Body & Chassis, a pic of an el camino body and a chassis/frame, etc.

3) the right hand column on this page that has: About this Discussion , El Camino Central Forum ,etc. Can this be an optional collapsible/ minimized column. Doesnt seem people need to constantly see that column displayed . you can used the space saved to expand the post.
4)if i have to get use to the black on white/ white on black screen i guess i'll adapt. but a couple different softer colors wouldnt hurt to highlight/distinguish the page.
Thanks,Just my 2 cents, and i know there was/is/still continuing to be a lot of effort being put into this new platform (y)
All of your feedback will be passed on to our developer team.

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) that are largely based on member feedback.

- Cricket
 

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Rather than my Avatar, I was seeing the Avatar of a jet passing through a circular cloud.
This also appeared on threads by JJLT1a rather than his usual one.
Is the jet avatar the one for visitors?
I had multiple sessions open and got security errors when it had the Jet Avatar replacing mine. Possibly that session was not logged on?

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Have you tried clearing your cache and starting fresh?

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Very, very low priority: Notice in post above that Text and Link shows. Yet the image does not show in the signature.
You may need to upload signature images if they didn't carry over.

New Signature Tutorial

Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guests and members can view signatures.

If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

If you have more questions, please let us know.

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Is there a special thread for reporting bugs?
Or should we start a new thread in the Site Issues and Website Help Forum?
Anything related to the new platform should be right here in this thread so that we can keep all of the information together.

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where is the Banner on the top for National El Camino Owners Association ? Should remove pics of the rides that can't see in full & replace it with El Camino Central is Home to the National El Camino Owners Association ! Also how do you search for members ?
Can I get more information on what you are asking so that I can check with the team?

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.

On the forum listing page or on any forum sections, you will see a Top Contributors box in the sidebar. Click on View All.

This will bring you to the Members page with options in the left sidebar, including who is online.

You can also search to find a member.

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Somehow new posts are disappearing from thread.

Example: I added posts 7 & 8 to this thread.
I refresh it and they no longer show.

As additional evidence, this first screen shot shows the alerts where Administrator took action.
The second screen shot shows that clicking the link on the alert list brings the thread up and still reflects just 6 posts.
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To help with Post #5
This site is the virtual home of the National El Camino Owner's Association.
The banner should reflect that.
Member and Administrator for the site, KenRogers1 has clean graphics available to be added to the banner.

Below is a screen print of the previous banner showing both El Camino Central and National El Camino Owners Association.
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The question on look for members had options to search by region,county, state, ect ! if you couldn't remember their user name you could search by letter ! they way y'all have it you must know the name exactly & that is hard to do
 

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Somehow new posts are disappearing from thread.

Example: I added posts 7 & 8 to this thread.
I refresh it and they no longer show.

As additional evidence, this first screen shot shows the alerts where Administrator took action.
The second screen shot shows that clicking the link on the alert list brings the thread up and still reflects just 6 posts.
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squag27 helped me out on this one...."There's a filter option under posts that defaults to hiding posts already seen. You need to uncheck that to see old ones again " i think this is you problem too and save the filter. i also see by your snap shots that you are displaying the ECC logo at the top of your screen. all i see at the top left is a small icon which looks like a cross thru a camera lens and when i hoover over it, it gives the web address to ECC
 
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