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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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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 59 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?

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we will be actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. We do ask that you keep any questions, thoughts or feedback about the new forum software here 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 proper 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 so we can look into them.
I have worked with our community support team for 6 years. 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. ;)

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I have been trying to post pictures of my tractor since last night. It looks like it worked but the post does not show up. I got this error just now by clicking the button that says More Post Options just because I wanted to preview the post to see if it had the pictures. If you are reading this post, I don't think I am really blocked.
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Last night the site was in read-only mode. Can you try again now?

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I got a message that it wanted to enable "push notifications". I said Not Now. All I want is to receive an email if somebody replies to a thread I am following. I don't want anything more pushy than that. Do I need to enable push notifications to allow this? Thanks.
 

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This is extremely difficult for me to navigate. So much more simple back then. JMO. But it’s very hard and is very complicated. I miss the old one. Never had any problems with it.
 

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This is extremely difficult for me to navigate. So much more simple back then. JMO. But it’s very hard and is very complicated. I miss the old one. Never had any problems with it.
Can you let me know what part of navigating the site is difficult for you?

I am here to help. :)

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Like the new format. (y) Thank you for the work that's been done to keep this site going.

I would like to see the "Latest Post" at the top of the search page instead of at the bottom.
 

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I would like to see the "Latest Post" at the top of the search page instead of at the bottom.
Can you explain more what you mean? Are you referring to which posts display at the top of the thread? If so, they are in chronological order.

The following may take a few days to work properly, while the new platform learns what you have and haven't read, but once it does, clicking the title will take you to the first unread post.

Navigating Thread Listing

  • Clicking the thread title will take you to where you left off, the 1st unread post.
  • Clicking the timestamp below the title will take you to the 1st post of the thread.
  • Clicking the timestamp above the last poster user takes you to the last (newest) post.

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I'm getting gray 2.5 circles, often over lapping on the right hand side of the page, and some sort of icon with and down facing arrow periodically on the left hand side of the page.
 

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I'm getting gray 2.5 circles, often over lapping on the right hand side of the page, and some sort of icon with and down facing arrow periodically on the left hand side of the page.
Are you using Internet Explorer by any chance?

Currently, the site is optimized for modern browsers that support display on devices ranging from desktop to tablet to mobile. Internet Explorer and older versions of Microsoft Edge have some limitations across devices but we are working on finding ways to improve compatibility while maintaining as much of the function and design as possible. Are you able to try Google Chrome, Firefox, or the newest version of Edge as an alternative? I think you will find a much nicer experience on the site from one of the alternative browsers available.

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This is extremely difficult for me to navigate. So much more simple back then. JMO. But it’s very hard and is very complicated. I miss the old one. Never had any problems with it.
Generally I do not like change and think that most things that are "new and improved" are not improved. I only registered here a couple days ago but the old format is what I am more comfortable with in online forums. I did notice that the old site seemed very slow. I noticed that as soon as I started using it. The new site seems much better in that regard.

I think the old forum software presented everything in a more compact fashion which probably made it seem easier to navigate even though it is the same basic stuff with a bunch more space and advertising. This is common when sites are revised for mobile devices, IMO. You're probably looking at it on a computer screen, like me. If we were on a cell phone we might think the site got better instead of worse.

Websites are no longer run by some guy who has an interest in a subject and wants to share with people of similar interests for the common good. They are companies who want to market products to consumers. Any little guy who is still doing it out of the goodness of his heart gets an offer to sell out to one of those marketing companies just because his website had X amount of visitors and they see an opportunity to jam their advertising in the faces of X more people. My friends had a fishing web site and that's exactly what happened. Of course, they were happy to get that check...
 

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Hate to be the "spoil sport" but can you Put it back the way it was? Many of our members are older and have been a member on this site for 10+ years and will have a very very hard time navigating this new fangled "Thing".

What is up with the "Premium Membership"? I've been a member here for just over 10 years, if that doesn't qualify for a Premium Membership I don't want any part of the furums.

This appears to be the same layout that is used on MTF and I refuse to go back over there. The Ads and crap being injected into every thread is among the worst part. Yes you can PAY for a Premium Membership to remove SOME ads but Who the Hell is going to do that? I for 1 can not afford to pay another Bill.

Thanks for messing up the Greatest Garden Tractor forum and Community on the planet.

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Hate to be the "spoil sport" but can you Put it back the way it was? Many of our members are older and have been a member on this site for 10+ years and will have a very very hard time navigating this new fangled "Thing".

What is up with the "Premium Membership"? I've been a member here for just over 10 years, if that doesn't qualify for a Premium Membership I don't want any part of the furums.

This appears to be the same layout that is used on MTF and I refuse to go back over there. The Ads and crap being injected into every thread is among the worst part. Yes you can PAY for a Premium Membership to remove SOME ads but Who the Hell is going to do that? I for 1 can not afford to pay another Bill.

Thanks for messing up the Greatest Garden Tractor forum and Community on the planet.

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I agree 1000% with you. Ads blocking everywhere. And people can’t seem to find their way around it. I wish there could be a second site to go back. I miss the old site so much.
 

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Can you let me know what part of navigating the site is difficult for you?

I am here to help. :)

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well I thank you for your help, but it’s really just confusing. I’m so used to the old site and the simplicity of the old one. The new one has 2x more buttons and it’s easy to forget where goes where.
 
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Generally I do not like change and think that most things that are "new and improved" are not improved. I only registered here a couple days ago but the old format is what I am more comfortable with in online forums. I did notice that the old site seemed very slow. I noticed that as soon as I started using it. The new site seems much better in that regard.

I think the old forum software presented everything in a more compact fashion which probably made it seem easier to navigate even though it is the same basic stuff with a bunch more space and advertising. This is common when sites are revised for mobile devices, IMO. You're probably looking at it on a computer screen, like me. If we were on a cell phone we might think the site got better instead of worse.

Websites are no longer run by some guy who has an interest in a subject and wants to share with people of similar interests for the common good. They are companies who want to market products to consumers. Any little guy who is still doing it out of the goodness of his heart gets an offer to sell out to one of those marketing companies just because his website had X amount of visitors and they see an opportunity to jam their advertising in the faces of X more people. My friends had a fishing web site and that's exactly what happened. Of course, they were happy to get that check...
well I was on my cell phone a lot on the old forum. I would just simply switch to the full version!
 

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The site software update will be a bit of a learning curve but hopefully will improve things for the members.

One suggestion I will make is regarding the banner at the top of the page - the pictures appear to be of full sized tractors rather than garden tractors. Since the theme of this site is "Garden Tractors" it might be more appropriate to show pictures of garden tractors (2 wheeled and four wheeled) unless the theme of the site has changed to include all tractors??

Just a suggestion.
 

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Manuals do not work. All I have clicked on say they are no longer there.
 
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