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  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655
    edited December 2013

    My thoughts are there will be those that hate the new format (at least until they get used to it), So far I am ok stumbling around B) Oh, and the read only announcement is still out there for forums

  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @ray80 said:
    My thoughts are there will be those that hate the new format (at least until they get used to it), So far I am ok stumbling around B)

    Thanks, Ray!

    We realize it will take some adjustment, but I'm really beginning to love it myself. Don't hesitate to ask if you need assistance!

  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655
    edited December 2013

    @[email protected] said:
    We realize it will take some adjustment, but I'm really beginning to love it myself. Don't hesitate to ask if you need assistance!

    I edited in a little other comment in previous post (and I see I get tagged for being a name dropper :o )

  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @ray80 said:
    I edited in a little other comment in previous post

    Yes, I know. That flip hasn't been switched. Baby steps. B)

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 16,155
    edited December 2013

    I for one am pleasantly surprised; this is a smooth transition compared to the previous upgrades. And best of all, you didn't destroy a fairly active community- unlike Inside Line, which decimated the level of participation on their blogs...

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  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @roadburner said:
    I for one am pleasantly surprised; this is a smooth transition compared to the previous upgrades. And best of all, you didn't destroy a fairly active community- unlike Inside Line, which decimated the level of participation on their blogs...

    Glad you're pleased! We've been working very hard to ensure a smooth transition. If you have any questions about navigating, just ask!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,130

    Karen, I like the appearance upgrades, as well as the relative ease-of-use in terms of message posting. The thing I cannot find, and am fearful is lost, is the forum/thread tracking of the previous forum. Is that something that is here, and I'm just not seeing it?

    I like to monitor a wide range of threads, but may end up fading away if I am relegated to doing that manually.

    Thanks for all your (and others') effort!

    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited December 2013

    We're still learning how best to track stuff. Try clicking the "stars" to add discussions to My Bookmarks and then click on that link on the top right for updates. But remember to check Recent Discussions too.

    Others will come up with other tricks that may suit them better.

    And - do you really need those sunglasses you're wearing up in Fairbanks Xwes? Time to change your avatar. ;)

    [edit - ah, that's better, you don't look sunburned now, lol]

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @xwesx said:
    Karen, I like the appearance upgrades, as well as the relative ease-of-use in terms of message posting. The thing I cannot find, and am fearful is lost, is the forum/thread tracking of the previous forum. Is that something that is here, and I'm just not seeing it?

    You're not seeing it :) If you're looking at a list of discussions, there's a star icon to the right of each title. Clicking on that star will add it to your forums bookmarks, which functions like the old "My Watched Items." When you are in a discussion reading it, there's a star at the top of the page next to the discussion title - same deal.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,130
    edited December 2013

    Sweetness! I'm seeing stars now! Thanks, Kirstie! :D

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  • rayainswrayainsw Member Posts: 3,177
    edited December 2013

    It appears that as of right now, only 1 of my "Watched Items" \
    Discussions has been carried over.
    One I set up several years ago.
    Is this conversion in process?
    Or will we need to 'rebuild' our list?
    I also do not see a way to 'watch' a Discussion on the
    last page of a Discussion - what am I missing here?
    Thanks,

    • Ray
    • Confused...
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  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @rayainsw said:
    It appears that as of right now, only 1 of my "Watched Items" \
    Discussions has been carried over.
    One I set up several years ago.
    Is this conversion in process?
    Or will we need to 'rebuild' our list?
    I also do not see a way to 'watch' a Discussion on the
    last page of a Discussion - what am I missing here?
    Thanks,

    • Ray
    • Confused...

    "My Discussions" is the list of topics you personally created. Unfortunately, watched items from the old forums could not be migrated here. You will need to bookmark those (click on the start at the top). Once bookmarked, you can easily find it in "My Bookmarks".

    Hope that helps!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,130

    Ray, I think that we have to rebuild it. An unfortunate side effect?

    Kirstie... one more question! Is there any way to add a whole forum category, such as "Subaru," to our bookmark list? I see that it sorts the discussions by those most recently posted, but that is not to say someone will not revive an old topic in order to get a question answered, or post a new discussion altogether within the "Subaru" group.

    I'd like to see that activity as well.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @xwesx said:

    Kirstie... one more question! Is there any way to add a whole forum category, such as "Subaru," to our bookmark list?

    I don't think there is, but I believe that way back during testing, we did mention it. I'll add it to our list of stuff we'd like to have. Good point.

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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited December 2013

    Kirstie... one more question! Is there any way to add a whole forum category, such as "Subaru," to our bookmark list?

    You can click on the Subaru tag (under Popular Tags) and that will list every Subaru tagged discussion by most recent comment. If you don't see Popular Tags on the right click the Categories link and they should appear.

  • rayainswrayainsw Member Posts: 3,177

    Wow – that is a really big issue for me, personally,
    as I used this feature to keep track of when a forum discussion I cared about had a new post – or more than one new post. Otherwise, I did not need to open \ check any forums that were not active since the last time I had checked.
    It was quite convenient.
    I typically kept that ‘Watched Items’ list page open in a Tab in my browser all day, with ‘auto-update’ turned on – and checked periodically to see if anything was new.
    Is there [ I hope ] some similar functionality in the new Forums software platform?
    I cannot imagine separately checking a couple of dozen bookmarked pages to see if there are new posts . . .?
    Thanks,

    • Ray
      Even more confused . . .
    2020 BMW M340i
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @rayainsw said:
    I cannot imagine separately checking a couple of dozen bookmarked pages to see if there are new posts . . .?
    Thanks,

    • Ray
      Even more confused . . .

    OK, wait - you don't have to do that. Once you bookmark a discussion, you can just click the "Bookmarks" link in the list of menu options on the right-hand side of the page, right under your user ID. You can scan the list of your bookmarked items to see if any have new posts. They'll move up to the top of the list, and those discussions in which you've already read all new posts will appear slightly grayed out.

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  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,347

    . . . and the beat goes on.

    I made continuous use of the thread details that used to be embedded in each post (who responded, who responded to them, etc.), and that appears to have gone away, along with several other things.

    Or perhaps I'm dim. Yeah, that's it.

    '08 Acura TSX, '17 Subaru Forester
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,347

    Oh, and is there an "edit" function?

    And, more importantly, how were the default images (pictures, whatever) chosen. I like orange, so I'm OK.

    '08 Acura TSX, '17 Subaru Forester
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @cdnpinhead said:
    Oh, and is there an "edit" function?

    And, more importantly, how were the default images (pictures, whatever) chosen. I like orange, so I'm OK.

    Above and to right of your comment, there is a small wheel. Click on that to edit/delete your post.

    Are your referring to the image next to your screen name? Click on your name to go to your profile. At the top right, there is a figure icon. Click on that and select Edit Profile. You can upload a photo from your computer there.

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 16,155

    @cdnpinhead said:
    Oh, and is there an "edit" function?

    And, more importantly, how were the default images (pictures, whatever) chosen. I like orange, so I'm OK.

    Theres a gear icon in the upper RH corner of your post- you can edit it up to four hours later. You can pick a different avatar if you like as well.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @roadburner said:
    Theres a gear icon in the upper RH corner of your post- you can edit it up to four hours later. You can pick a different avatar if you like as well.

    Thanks for sharing tips with other members, RB. I think sharing features and how to access them with each other is going to be our best learning tool. If you hover over any member's post, you'll see that you can give them an "awesome", etc. if you like. If you go to your own profile page, you can see how many "awesomes" you have.

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  • tifightertifighter WAMember Posts: 3,268
    edited December 2013

    I've been playing around with things this morning and have to say I think this has been pretty well done. The functionality is there on the front end, and I can only imagine how improved things are on the back end. Not sure how the new software determined my join date was in 2010, but you can't win them all I guess.

    Anyhow, good job!

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  • bpeeblesbpeebles Member Posts: 4,085
    edited December 2013

    I like that the annoying "login using Facebook" pop-up is finally gone. (I even opened a problem-ticket on that)

    HOWEVER: Being a software-developer myself - I am not happy that my years of "Watched Items" is not carried over. It would seem to me that you folks would have put more effort into supporting your long-time Edmunds contributors. Instead, I feel as if Edmunds has tossed me under the bus. Due to this, I am contemplating just not being an Edmunds member any longer.

    Please tell me that this oversight will be corrected and my "Watched Items" will be restored. (As bookmarks)

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @bpeebles said:

    Please tell me that this oversight will be corrected and my "Watched Items" will be restored. (As bookmarks)

    It wasn't an oversight - it was simply an impossibility. The structure/language/etc - EVERYTHING is different. Just getting existing discussions over was a monumental challenge. Our team did everything they could to transfer whatever could possibly be transferred. As we mentioned before the switch, staying on the old platform was out of the question. We picked the best software we could find, with the most accommodating team on their end, and put some of our best IT folks on this project. I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you wished it would have.

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  • bpeeblesbpeebles Member Posts: 4,085

    Kristie - thanks for the quick and honest response. Again, I am a software developer and can understand that some migrations to a different platform can be a challenge. I will commend your team for being able to keep my previous posts going back to at least 2007 (although I know I was a member in 2002)

  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @bpeebles said:

    HOWEVER: Being a software-developer myself - I am not happy that my years of "Watched Items" is not carried over. It would seem to me that you folks would have put more effort into supporting your long-time Edmunds contributors. Instead, I feel as if Edmunds has tossed me under the bus. Due to this, I am contemplating just not being an Edmunds member any longer.

    I'm sorry that you feel this way and we certainly would not want you to leave. However, going in we knew some folks would not approve and that's natural for a major change of this nature. I hope you will at least give it a chance and we are here to assist in any way we can.

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Member Posts: 4,085
    edited December 2013

    Thanks Karen, Thanks for the response. I will give the new Edmunds forums several weeks to see how things work out. I have already started to add to my 'bookmarks' list.

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454

    @bpeebles said: I will commend your team for being able to keep my previous posts going back to at least 2007 (although I know I was a member in 2002)

    Hm, just found one of mine dated 2002 in a fast skim.

    Hadn't noticed the missing Facebook popup until you mentioned it. That's a nice omission!

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 20,824

    How do I find stories from the sales front lines?

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    You can use the Forums link at the top of the page, where you'll find a search box to find any of your "lost" favorites. Here's a link: http://forums.edmunds.com/discussion/4831/general/x/stories-from-the-sales-frontlines#latest

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,130
    edited December 2013

    @[email protected] said:
    If you'd like to bookmark an entire Category, go to Edit Profile > Notification Preferences. You'll find a full list of Categories there and can select those you wish to bookmark.

    Mark, I appreciate the reply on this! Unfortunately, I don't see that there are any Categories under that section at all.... Attached is a screenshot of that particular section. If you can provide any further clarification for the technically challenged (yes, I'm in that group!), I'd sure appreciate it!

    Thanks!

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126
    edited December 2013

    @xwesx said:

    After Mark posted, we discovered that he can see that list, but the rest of us aren't seeing it. So this one's not a fault in your technical expertise. We've sent that question in to find out why.

    PS - being able to attach a file is a NICE feature, IMO.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    edited December 2013

    @cdnpinhead said:
    Oh, and is there an "edit" function?

    And, more importantly, how were the default images (pictures, whatever) chosen. I like orange, so I'm OK.

    The avatars were (I think) simply randomly generated (mine was brown) but it's really easy to change. Just click on your username and you'll be at your profile page. Hover over your avatar and you'll see the words Change Picture at the top of your avatar image. Click and select an image from your computer. I like orange too... perhaps an orange car??? :)

    Oh yea, edit (just used it) Click on that little "gear" to the right of your username above the post, you'll see Edit. You have a 4 hour window to edit.

    And below a post you can click Quote, and it will copy in the post you're responding to (just like I did with yours)

  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    edited December 2013

    @[email protected] said:
    PS - being able to attach a file is a NICE feature, IMO.

    • I know we're past Thanksgiving, but I'm thankful for all the helpful eyes and fingers poking around and pointing out things that might need tweaking or are really neat new toys we have!
      I know I work here, but this is by far my favorite forum and set of members to be around.

  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655
    edited December 2013

    Hhmm Can't click quote from shoes and have to work (to large a reply maybe), but I'll add on browsers I've been using (Firefox and older IE) the 'gear' doesn't show up unless cursor is withing your reply area

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454

    Yeah, the Gear and the Promote/Insightful/Awesome buttons don't show up unless you hover within the post area.

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H EdmundsAdministrator Posts: 11,126

    @[email protected] said:
    Yeah, the Gear and the Promote/Insightful/Awesome buttons don't show up unless you hover within the post area.

    That's probably to cut down on visual clutter. No real need to see those all the time.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372

    @ray80 said:
    Hhmm Can't click quote from shoes and have to work (to large a reply maybe), but I'll add on browsers I've been using (Firefox and older IE) the 'gear' doesn't show up unless cursor is withing your replay area

    The gear is showing up if I'm anywhere over the post (at least in Firefox) I'll have to try some other browsers in a bit. But keep noticing things!!

  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372

    I'm liking the Actvity link for showing me who has responded recently in discussion I'm in. Still building up my Bookmarks, but it's nice to see the familiar faces we're all used to!

  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655
    edited December 2013

    How does one reply to a particular post, as in a post 2 hrs ago (or whatever) that has a dozen UN-related posts after and you want to replay to earlier one (that may be clear as mud but hopefully someone can understand) ? Without quoting that is.

  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @ray80 You can type the person's screen name and put @ at the beginning of it. Like I did with you here.

  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655

    @[email protected] said:
    ray80 You can type the person's screen name and put @ at the beginning of it. Like I did

    with you here.

    And if that person had made other posts after the original one you would have to some how sort it out with the answer (OR QUOTE) ?

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,347
    edited December 2013

    What do I do to stop getting dozens of e-mails telling me of all the wonderful things that are going on here?

    '08 Acura TSX, '17 Subaru Forester
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092

    @ray80 said:
    And if that person had made other posts after the original one you would have to some how sort it out with the answer (OR QUOTE) ?

    Uhhmm, I think so.

  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    edited December 2013

    @cdnpinhead said:
    What do I do to stop getting dozens of e-mails telling me of all the wonderful things that are going on here?

    On the right side of page in your tools, click on the gear/wheelie beneath your screen name. Select Edit Profile. Select Notification Preferences. You can choose notification by Email, Popup, or none at all. And then click on Save Preferences.

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Member Posts: 4,085

    I have been trying to change my avatar... The only option I seem to have is to upload an image from my harddrive. Is there some way to select from the 'built in' avatars that Edmunds appears to have available?

  • ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655

    @cdnpinhead said:
    What do I do to stop getting dozens of e-mails telling me of all the wonderful things that are going on here?

    Go to your profile and edit your notifications ( At least that is what Kirstie suggested elswhere)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 15,626

    First off, I want to thank Edmunds. I'm sure this whole newness did not come cheap, but for us posters it is still free. I dig the cleaner, more modern look. I love that I can post a picture right to the site & have a profile pic too. The badges are very cool too. I'm proud of my 5,000 post, 10 year, & archeological badges.

    I figured out how to follow a thread from another poster & how to view your "starred threads." What I'm not seeing is the old "read new posts" button.

    Great job overall though!

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