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We are excited to announce that we are live on our new updated 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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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.

- The Management
 

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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. ;)

- Cricket
 

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Change happens going to be a bit to get use to . Will have to ask stupid questions cause I am not a computer person so be ready :unsure::unsure: . Were is the column we had on side that showed current posts ? Sorry again I just got rid of my flip phone awhile back if that says anything . .
 

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Thank you Admin and Cricket for all the hard work you and the team have put in getting this update installed. It seems to have taken about 14 hours. Well done, there is a tremendous amount of information to transfer on the pages of these forums.

And thank you for sticking around to answer questions.
 

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OK tried to take the "tour" and clicked on it but nothing happened , then was going to do it again and now can't find it ??????😬😬😬😡😡😡COMPUTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
 

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Change happens going to be a bit to get use to . Will have to ask stupid questions cause I am not a computer person so be ready :unsure::unsure: . Were is the column we had on side that showed current posts ? Sorry again I just got rid of my flip phone awhile back if that says anything . .
OK tried to take the "tour" and clicked on it but nothing happened , then was going to do it again and now can't find it ??????😬😬😬😡😡😡COMPUTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I will be your personal tour guide, just let me know how I can help you. :)

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.
 

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Are we going to get our old Smilies back? They're far better than anything in the menu that came with this package. If not, could someone post all of them so we can copy and save the Gifs?
 

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Are we going to get our old Smilies back? They're far better than anything in the menu that came with this package. If not, could someone post all of them so we can copy and save the Gifs?
We currently use standard UTF-8 smilies. This helps greatly in keeping things fast loading and standardized across device types. We no longer run custom GIF files for every single smile which is terrible for web performance, and fast-loading websites.

- Cricket
 

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Well I guess The Firearms Forum sold (sold out) to Second Media Corp. This is the 4th forum that has adopted the Second Media format so I'm assuming they bought The Firearms Forum too. SMC is an advertising business, has little (nothing) to do with firearms besides using a forum to sell/advertise specific firearm products.

The "Miami Vice/New Age" color scheme looks like it was done by a teen aged girl art student and is basically ugly! New format is 10 times harder to navigate.

Yes I'm pissed! TFF was in the top 3 of my favorite forums, but has dropped to the bottom of the deleted forums list...
 

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Wonderful....

On another note, I have a lifetime Supporting membership. What happens to that?
 

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Well I guess The Firearms Forum sold (sold out) to Second Media Corp. This is the 4th forum that has adopted the Second Media format so I'm assuming they bought The Firearms Forum too. SMC is an advertising business, has little (nothing) to do with firearms besides using a forum to sell/advertise specific firearm products.

The "Miami Vice/New Age" color scheme looks like it was done by a teen aged girl art student and is basically ugly! New format is 10 times harder to navigate.

Yes I'm pissed! TFF was in the top 3 of my favorite forums, but has dropped to the bottom of the deleted forums list...
No, we didn't sell out. It's new to us also. No one likes change, myself included, but it is what it is.
Hopefully, it will get better so give it a chance.
 

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Wonderful....

On another note, I have a lifetime Supporting membership. What happens to that?
I found the answer on the FAQ page...https://www.thefirearmsforum.com/help/faq/#membership_price

FAQ's are the bottom item on the 3-dot dropdown menu top right of page.

We keep our lifetime memberships.
 
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Anyone who is missing their lifetime premium, please contact me by private conversation (private message) so that I can help.

How To Find Conversations (Private Messages)

From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.

 

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I've been browsing around.

What are the meanings of some of the "badges" on our profile pages? I'm now a vendor. What does that mean? Others have other badges, some self-explanatory.

Is there any way to jump to the first unread reply on a thread?
 

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I found the answer on the FAQ page...https://www.thefirearmsforum.com/help/faq/#membership_price

FAQ's are the bottom item on the 3-dot dropdown menu top right of page.

We keep our lifetime memberships.
Thanks, BlackEagle!
 

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Will there be a way to edit posts?
 
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