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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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During your transition to the new platform, I will be here to help with any questions, help with navigation or how to do things, and 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 a very long time now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my free time outdoors and exploring the back roads. During late autumn, when it starts to 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 drag and drop it to the text editor or even copy/paste it into there!

You can easily share videos by adding the URL directly into the text editor!


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display automatically 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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates, which are primarily fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, we will actively listen to the feedback and share it with the developers. We ask you to keep any questions, thoughts, or feedback about the new forum software in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together, so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work going on behind the scene, so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing, so it may take a bit for search results to return accurate results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page, so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so let us know if you notice any issues that you would like us to look into.
I have worked with our community support team for seven+ years. I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. So I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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"They should change the pic of spin fishermen on top." I agree, does not inspire confidence in site content.
 
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Fly fishing site? Please fix your spinning rod header.
"They should change the pic of spin fishermen on top." I agree, does not inspire confidence in site content.
I will report this to the designers and update you when I have more information.

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Spinning rod?

The rest looks like shit too.

Just rename the whole thing to "Fishing Classifieds" That's just about all that gets posted now days here....smh
"flyfishing" in the name, but not in the google search to choose a random image for the header. that says it all.
The creative team is working on updating the banner for us.

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I will report this to the designers and update you when I have more information.

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Perhaps, Cricket-san, VSA might employ a fly fisher on staff to, just once in a while, administer a fly-fishing site? Eh!

No offense intended - I dislike this "modern" format and much prefer the ancient, slow, outdated format that was WFF.
 

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Y'all should be seeing the new banner now. It may take a bit to see if the old one is still in your cache.
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There are some issues...

Go to My Profile.

Latest Activity: Says "The News Feeds is currently empty." Really???
Discussions: Shows only posts I created. No way to see all my posts or anyone else's for that matter when on their profile???

On Account Details there is a section named "Lure Details" Cute. But this is a fly fishing site. There are no lures applicable to Fly fishing. Not really sure what "Lure Details" is. Did you mean lurid details should be shared like how WFF is crashing....???

Clicked on New Showcase. Screen says I do not have any unread items. Really? I have pages of posts I have never read. The filter is for Unviewed posts. Go to New Posts. Filter is for Unread items. So there is a difference between Unviewed and Unread??? And messages do not on screen do not know the difference. If the software can not make sense of these nuances, how the F%$# do you expect us users to?

It will take awhile to convert over to the new software from a usability standpoint. Just not easy or intuitive at all... Not sure I want to even try for all the effort it will take...
 

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Security/permissions have changed a lot. Looks like once you post something, it is permanent. This applies to posts on threads as messages/conversations as well. Nice software upgrade by taking two steps back. Yea baby!
 

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I can no longer edit my posts? It has a save button but all that does is add a bookmark. So now I have to quote my post and fix typos?
Please take a moment to review our FAQs. :)

How To Edit A Post

Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the timestamp. Select “Edit”.

Members have unlimited editing of new posts for the first 24 hours after posting. Up to 10 existing posts (older than 24 hours) may be edited per week. More editing will be allowed as each of those 10 edits expires every 7 days.

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