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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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Not sure if it is universal but the website changed for me today.
So far ... It was a good excuse to see and update the "About you" section.
Disabled push.
I might choose dim but dark is too dark.
Where did history, what year etc. go?
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I'm sure there will be a learning curve but not crazy about my avatar being resized.
 

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I don't know what was so wrong with the old website but this SUCKS! It appears I can no longer just go on and instantly see all new posts since last night. Friggin bland too! Almost no Case Colt or Ingersoll color anywhere. One would think especially for first time viewers it would be an attraction. This is about as exciting as a a hospital webpage where you would go to get instructions for a prostate exam! But I guess like most everything else all good things come to an end.:cry:
 

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There is a tool button labeled NEW on the top bar / far right - which is exactly what you are looking for.
 

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I don't know what was so wrong with the old website but this SUCKS! It appears I can no longer just go on and instantly see all new posts since last night. Friggin bland too! Almost no Case Colt or Ingersoll color anywhere. One would think especially for first time viewers it would be an attraction. This is about as exciting as a a hospital webpage where you would go to get instructions for a prostate exam! But I guess like most everything else all good things come to an end.:cry:
There will no doubt be a learning curve. Whether it turns out to be a mostly good change, is yet to be determined. If History, What Year, etc. are gone, that will be a real loss. Haven't tried search yet. I never used the main one that took you to Google but used advanced and inside of the specific forums. If those are gone too, another big loss.
 

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PARTICIPATED DISCUSSIONS
I forget the name of the button at the top left of the old site but it was the first place I'd go to.
Anyone looking for the same on this new site can go to ACCOUNT DETAILS (top RH corner of the site, 2nd button from the right)>FOLLOWING>PARTICIPATED DISCUSSIONS.
Not nearly as handy but you get there.

We've all seen these site "improvements" before. Hang in there while they consider and implement constructive criticism.
PS: +1000 on insufficient use of Power Red on this new site.
 

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Long ago I developed the attitude "If it ain't broke don't fix it". There may have been a few things that needed fixing, but not a total rework !!! For example the old header was GREAT everything you needed was out in the open. What kind of IDIOT would think it is better to hide that behind behind some icons???

I suppose it is like politicians, some young upstart at a desk needed to do something to justify their pay check.
 

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Long ago I developed the attitude "If it ain't broke don't fix it". There may have been a few things that needed fixing, but not a total rework !!! For example the old header was GREAT everything you needed was out in the open. What kind of IDIOT would think it is better to hide that behind behind some icons???

I suppose it is like politicians, some young upstart at a desk needed to do something to justify their pay check.
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I see the edit button is gone, but you can reply to your own post.
Bring back the old smiley face/emojis they fit this site much better than that new junk.
And what's with the location being hidden behind an icon???
 

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I see the edit button is gone, but you can reply to your own post.
Bring back the old smiley face/emojis they fit this site much better than that new junk.
And what's with the location being hidden behind an icon???
"Edit" is behind the 3 dots, top right of your post.
 

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I don't know if CCI ammunition has a team of lawyers looking to cause issues, but I noticed the favicon closely resembles the one CCI ammunition uses.
 

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As a self proclaimed OCD introverted Engineer who dislikes change immensely (just ask the missus), I will say that I am impressed with the new site format.

Took me about three minutes to find my way around, but the new layout makes sense to find things easier.

The speed of uploading/changing pages is better.

"Key" buttons are all located in one area.

It looks like my personal photo gallery has disappeared again- happened with the last changeover too. Unless the galleries are being restored over time as part of the changeover, I'll go in a learn how to upload again. A quick review appears it may be even easier than it was before.

A big Thank You to our administrators for helping us through things the past few weeks.

With Respect, Willy
 

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Unfortunately for everyone, forum software comes as a platform, and it may not be as customizable as you think. However, I too think the current software is a lot more opaque than the old one. The old one was easier to navigate, even for someone who was new to the site and some important info was there in plain site (like member location, now it's a flag, before it was an actual location).

The actual location is extremely useful in this forum, where people can help each other locally with advise or hands on help.

Not sure what can be done, they already said there was real motivation for moving to a modern forum platform.

Here's my feedback to the forum owners and developers. I know this from my day job: when people find something awkward to use, some stay, but some will disappear faster than a scared deer, if they have an alternative. If possible, I think you should consider another forum platform, one that has those features people liked over the years.
 

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I haven't run the numbers yet but the site now appears to be a resource hog.
While it is fast, my other sites are very slow to load / refresh.
Closed this site and they acted normally.
Not a good sign.
 

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I haven't run the numbers yet but the site now appears to be a resource hog.
While it is fast, my other sites are very slow to load / refresh.
Closed this site and they acted normally.
Not a good sign.
I'm not sure if it would solve your problem or not but if your browser supports it, you could try using noscript to disable unwanted javascript. On this site, I have 6 of the 7 javascript sources disabled and I haven't noticed any slowdown.
 

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Hello all,

If you have any questions on how to use the new software please check out the FAQ tutorials below:

If you do not find an answer there please reach out in this thread and we will assist.

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Hello all,

If you have any questions on how to use the new software please check out the FAQ tutorials below:

If you do not find an answer there please reach out in this thread and we will assist.

Jeff
WHY,WHY,WHY
Just like every other site your company buy's, some times new more improved doesn't make the members happy
Some guys don't do good with change
YOUR WAY turns YOUR SITES INTO GHOST TOWN'S
I've been a long time members here at CCI.
It's not about the money for our members, so why you all give "the way to go people"
Remember the MOD TEAM we have been here for the long haul not you...

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I have not seen anyone say anything, so maybe it is on my pc. But there seem to be a lot of members that have lost their avatar pictures, to be replaced with a colored square with a letter in it.

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WHY,WHY,WHY
Just like every other site your company buy's, some times new more improved doesn't make the members happy
Some guys don't do good with change
YOUR WAY turns YOUR SITES INTO GHOST TOWN'S
I've been a long time members here at CCI.
It's not about the money for our members, so why you all give "the way to go people"
Remember the MOD TEAM we have been here for the long haul not you...

bigman
With respect, We are just pissing into the wind complaining about this. Why do I say that, well I have plenty of experience dealing with these ego maniac, know it all, youngsters with a god like complex...... You just can't talk sense to them. Anybody that has had a computer sense 2000 or so has seen updates that has either locked up or slowed down the computer to the point it was unusable. Who did this, some of the above mentioned youngsters. I am making progress figuring this out, but it is way more complicated than it used to be or needs to be. Then there is all of the stuff we lost with this change.

And your post in the other thread that is now locked, I agree 100%

Gordy
 

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Hi All
I just finished going thru the new format and its easy and still very informative, Thanks to those involved. Al
 
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