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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.

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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, https://www.subaruxvforum.com/help/

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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Dark mode thus far is fantastic.

The search seems to be GREATLY improved, especially considering it basically didnt work prior lol. But searching a general term like "acceleration" brought up numerous threads under the "relevance" setting, and when I switched it to "most recent" it brought up the ongoing current thread.

So far so good!

ONE thing I would like, as I just tried and it did not work.. anyway to quick post from the keyboard? Being around forums for years, I personally prefer the alt+s to post a quick reply. That didnt work. Any tweaks/suggestions?
 

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LOVE the Dark Mode.
 

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Figured start one with user errors?

First one ive come across is this:

Went to my user profile, clicked the "find" dropdown, clicked "Find all threads started by" and it came up with nothing.

Will these searches/filters/results transfer over eventually? Generally thats how I would head to my build journal instead of navigating through the site forums/sub-forums.

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Please keep all feedback here:


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Figured start one with user errors?

First one ive come across is this:

Went to my user profile, clicked the "find" dropdown, clicked "Find all threads started by" and it came up with nothing.

Will these searches/filters/results transfer over eventually? Generally thats how I would head to my build journal instead of navigating through the site forums/sub-forums.

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Search is still indexing so some of these features may take up to 24 hours before they are working as they should. Please keep reporting ANY bugs you find in this thread and we can keep checking in. The paint is still wet so please be patient but do share your reports and thoughts.

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Question. I have some discussions bookmarked in my browser from the old website. I see that the bookmarks are still working but they take me to the old website. How long will these old bookmarks remain active?

I really like the new site. Seems intuitive for something new.
 

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Question. I have some discussions bookmarked in my browser from the old website. I see that the bookmarks are still working but they take me to the old website. How long will these old bookmarks remain active?

I really like the new site. Seems intuitive for something new.
They should automatically redirect once they are done with everything.

If they don't, please let me know.

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Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
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You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display just by adding the gif URL.


I am also a huge fan of being able to bookmark a thread to have easy access to come back to it later. What features have you found that you like so far? :)

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Excited about higher picture quality! Love that a lot of the redundant/unnecessary links have been removed. Feels a bit zippier with from my initial impression.

PS. Digging the new avatar Chicken
I wanted to show you a cool tip for adding photos to your posts now.
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You can, of course, click the "insert image" icon and go from there but a great short cut, if the image is sitting on your desktop you can just drag it directly into the content area of a post you are making and it will automatically add it for you. Try it and let me know what you think!

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I wanted to show you a cool tip for adding photos to your posts now.
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You can, of course, click the "insert image" icon and go from there but a great short cut, if the image is sitting on your desktop you can just drag it directly into the content area of a post you are making and it will automatically add it for you. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Works beautifully! Love that I can resize the image direct in the text box like you would in Word.

Was also able to drag an image straight from my browser window..

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Super picky nitpick here, but I will say that I miss seeing who the most recent contributor to a thread is when scrolling through the site.
This has been common feedback we have received. Hopefully, it will return soon.

Member feedback is what helps fuel future updates to the site, so please keep it coming. We do compile all the feedback you share. Although we may not action everything, we are logging what users are saying. We will be continuously updating design and user experience with weekly updates, so stay tuned!

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I’ve been trying to use this new look on the Impreza5 forum for a while now but still haven’t grown to like it. It seems much more mobile friendly so maybe I’ll change my tune when using my phone when bored waiting for the wife while she’s shopping at a clothing store.
 

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How To Find New Posts & Use Filters
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the popular button.

This will open a new page where you can click to choose “new posts”.

You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.


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