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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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Hello!
I will be here today as we begin to unpack from the move to this new software update. You may have a lot of questions or comments, or may need help orienting yourself to some of the things that look different around here. I hope I can help you feel comfortable navigating around.

My name is Gerrit, and I have been helping people figure out this software for the past year. Orienteering through new environments has always been in my life, from the different countries, states, and cities I’ve moved between throughout my life. Orienting yourself to new software usually takes time and I’ve found that having someone there along the way can help y’all get your bearings. While we all work through the new layout, it is all of these skills that I hope to bring here to you now.

Orienteering is never an easy skill, but with me as your guide through the site I hope that we can explore this brave new look for the site together. I won’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I will work to find you the most accurate information together.

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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!



You can easily share your fave or latest 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 while you’re looking around the site!


I am also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community, it’s much easier on the eyes. What is your favorite feature?

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

-Gerrit
 

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is there a way to block avatars like on the old software? and when seeing when older posts were made on a thread instead of it saying X days ago is there a way to change it to the date and time stamp like on the old forum?
 
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is there a way to block avatars like on the old software? and when seeing when older posts were made on a thread instead of it saying X days ago is there a way to change it to the date and time stamp like on the old forum?
Currently there is no way to hide all avatars. NSFW filters can be adjusted in your Account Settings if that is your concern.

Currently the only way to see date / time is to hover over the time stamp that shows you X days/hours/ minutes ago.


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Is there any way to get the old one back I don't see it in option.

This new style is horrible in Safari I can't access the breadcrumbs or top nav anymore on any of the pages (adblocker is off):

 

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Seems like integration to Tapatalk is broken? Can't use it now.... is that intended/permanent or temporary bug???

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Is there any way to get the old one back I don't see it in option.

This new style is horrible in Safari I can't access the breadcrumbs or top nav anymore on any of the pages (adblocker is off):

This usually seems to be caused by conflicting browser extensions. I am not sure which you are using, but toggling their settings may help resolve the top navigation bar for you.
Seems like integration to Tapatalk is broken? Can't use it now.... is that intended/permanent or temporary bug???

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Tapatalk has always been a 3rd party software, so I can't speak perfectly to how it functions. Usually with updates though, you would need to clear your browser app to make sure it loads this site properly.

Let me know if that clears things up.

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Text coloring isn't enabled in signatures?
There are several options that we are working on rolling out for signatures. All old signatures have been grandfathered in, but new ones will need to follow the guides set for it. If you're looking to add additional options, the gear icon allows you to toggle BB Code which should allow for further text editing options.

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There are several options that we are working on rolling out for signatures. All old signatures have been grandfathered in, but new ones will need to follow the guides set for it. If you're looking to add additional options, the gear icon allows you to toggle BB Code which should allow for further text editing options.

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I've done the BB code to manually put the coloring "back" into my signature by pasting in existing BB code since "color" isn't an option, and it while it does show in the sig editor, it does NOT show in the threads.
 

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Vortex is not just some forum. Its a knowledge repository for all things vag. Going to miss the stories that were written for the site. The Classifieds are buried, and this site has no soul left to it. The supreme leader is dead, long live the supreme leader. To whom ever came up with this change. You have killed the family in dog in front of the kids, and are now ok with skinning it in the front yard in front of the neighbors.
 

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Long time user. This update is absolutely horrendous. You've broken something that didn't need fixing. Its impossible to get around, there was nothing wrong with the old navigation system.
 

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I can understand that some of y'all may not be too comfortable with change. I am a creature of habit myself and it took some poking around for me to feel better with this software. I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with the new platform before they went live with it so I am used to it now.

Can you tell me what you don’t like about it? Is there anything I can help you find?

We will see regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we are actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. :)

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Honestly after a few minutes it's pretty easy to move around. Thanks for the update - the previous platform was really dated and probably full of security holes. Good riddance.
 
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