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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We’ve worked hard over the last several months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. Our goal is to provide modern design and technology to make the site run faster, smoother and more reliably. All of the valuable content within the community is still here, even though the layout may look different.

A Consistent Experience Across All Devices
The site is optimized for all screen sizes, including mobile. All features are available and ready to use on all devices.

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
Your home page now features the most active forums, trending discussions, featured showcases, and top contributing members. This will help keep you up to date on what’s happening in your community and eventually become a very personalized experience for our members with all the great content you love surfaced effortlessly for you.

Search
We have introduced new search algorithms, powered by an industry-leading AI platform, that will 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. During this process, you may see a limited number of posts until indexing has been completed. We appreciate your patience.

Easy to Use and Navigate
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.

You can also navigate by clicking the 3 vertical dots.

Clicking on your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.

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.
These are just a few of the great new functions and features to try on the site. Take a tour and look around! If you have any questions, please check out the HELP section for some quick FAQs about the new platform - Help Section

Please let us know what you think about the new experience. Your feedback is important to us.

Thank you all for your support during this amazing journey!
 

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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.

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 time off 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!
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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 also a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing weekly updates (approximately) to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with VerticalScope for 5 years but I have worked with forum communities 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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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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I know the domain is "thewatchsite", but this has always been the Seiko and Citizen Watch Forum, or SCWF. Seeing "TheWatchSite" on the header just feels wrong...

XenForo is a good choice and I like the functionality. It will take a while to re-orient myself, but I guess thats true for every change.

The Ads are annoying, though. I don't mind the occasional one at the top or bottom, but between posts?

Could you turn these off for registered users? Or do we have to pay the price for "premium" features?
 

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I wanted to take a moment to assure you that we are listening to all the feedback.

That being said, this site is supported by ads.

As you already know, that’s how we keep the lights on around here.

As it turns out, servers, bandwidth, security, and maintenance aren’t free. ;)

The site will remain 100% free to our members but for those who prefer more options in regards to ads, etc can check out the premium option.

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Can the default from the "New" balloon be set to Popular (old Active Topics) instead of New Posts as there is not that much going on in new posts.
Same goes for the WF forum
 

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I tried out the new features and found this gem:
(New Showcase)
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You might want to modify it a bit.
I mean, yeah - drivetrain, interior, exterior... I could even get on board with the "exhaust" part if we were showing off, say, an Omega or Rolex (with the ORIGINAL GAS ESCAPE VALVE).
 

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Can the default from the "New" balloon be set to Popular (old Active Topics) instead of New Posts as there is not that much going on in new posts.
Same goes for the WF forum
Have you tried changing the filter as your default?

You can remove unread and save it as your default.

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I wanted to take a moment to assure you that we are listening to all the feedback.

That being said, this site is supported by ads.

As you already know, that’s how we keep the lights on around here.

As it turns out, servers, bandwidth, security, and maintenance aren’t free. ;)

The site will remain 100% free to our members but for those who prefer more options in regards to ads, etc can check out the premium option.

- Cricket

I totally understand that this all costs money, there’s nothing for free in this world, but it’s quite a bit to much with the ads for my opinion.
 

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I know the domain is "thewatchsite", but this has always been the Seiko and Citizen Watch Forum, or SCWF. Seeing "TheWatchSite" on the header just feels wrong...

XenForo is a good choice and I like the functionality. It will take a while to re-orient myself, but I guess thats true for every change.

The Ads are annoying, though. I don't mind the occasional one at the top or bottom, but between posts?

Could you turn these off for registered users? Or do we have to pay the price for "premium" features?
I like to go a little along with ....... Mr.Jones on the name.
Maybe ....The Watch Site - SCWF ...... would sound better.
But then I am not ..... The Owner-Developer or A Admin. .... here just a participator.
( This now sounds so close to .... WatchUSeek / The Watch Forum U.K. )
 

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Will there be a ....... Citizens Technical and Caliber Repair Section...???
If their is one can you ........ Direct me ...Too It.
 

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Help us @sysadmin, you’re our only hope!

Neilo can’t get on the site at all. He’s tried clearing his cache and doing password reminder and can’t get anything to work.

Any message win can get to him please let me know and I can get it to him.

Also did the pm system not migrate with the change? How will the FS board work?

Thanks
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99% of my viewing and posting is done on Tapatalk so honestly I've noticed nothing different. It's much easier to use the app rather than a browser.
The site is responsive, so it will adjust automatically for you from any device desktop to tablet to mobile.

Have you tried accessing it from your phone browser yet?

Try it and let me know what you think! :)

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Neilo can’t get on the site at all. He’s tried clearing his cache and doing password reminder and can’t get anything to work.

Any message win can get to him please let me know and I can get it to him.
There is a contact us link at the bottom of the site.

Also did the pm system not migrate with the change? How will the FS board work?
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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It is a pity that the right hand 1/3 of the page (on my iPad mini) has been reserved for advertising. It means that each individual post heading is spread over two lines. Perhaps the advertising space could be moved to the top portion of the screen. I don’t really like the ads embedded in the list of posts either. The look too similar to the actual posts.
 
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