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Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform! We have been working hard over the past few months with a leading design and product firm to deliver a cleaner, faster and more engaging experience for you. We have leveraged XenForo tools and features but added layers of 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.

Easy to use and navigate
We have made the design clean and simple to focus on the areas the community uses the most and removed clutter.

We have also introduced a number of new and updated features:

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.



Popular and New Posts
We have made it easy to navigate directly to the Popular (previously Active Topics) Posts. You can find the Popular section, which includes “New Posts”, by clicking on the trending up arrow in the navigation. Always be up to date!





Bookmarks
Now you can bookmark your favorite discussions! Bookmarks are a handy way to remember and easily find great content or stuff you want to read later.

Following
Following a thread is a great way to stay up-to-date on the topic, and receive alerts or emails when there are new replies. Thread subscriptions and watched threads are now called “Followed”. Your followed threads can be accessed by clicking on your user avatar, and clicking “Following”. We have migrated all of your existing subscriptions into the new platform.

Show off your own collection.
We have introduced “My Showcase” for you to show-off images of your own vehicles, modifications or road trips to the rest of the community and we have migrated in the existing data from our vBulletin Garages. This is your opportunity to upload often and share your passion! Visit Showcase.

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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 through the right-hand drop-down menu.

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:

Forum Listing – the forum index, or forum home, is now known as the Forum Listing page. It can be found in the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.

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 content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album. Can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots

Popular – is the new name for Active Topics. You can also directly navigate to New Posts / Today’s Posts from this button

Account Settings – is the new name for UserCP. The account settings can be found by clicking on your avatar in the top right navigation

Bookmarks – a great place to store valuable content that you may want to reference later.

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, https://www.mercedescla.org/help/

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!

~ Community Support
 

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Please don't be afraid to test out things to see how they display on the site.

Images look beautiful. (I took this one in downtown San Antonio.)
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You can easily share videos just by adding the share URL and they display really nice.


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display just by adding the gif URL.


I am also a huge fan of being able to bookmark a thread to have easy access to come back to it later. What features have you found that you like so far? :)

- Cricket
 

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How To Find New Posts & Use Filters
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the upward pointing arrow and then select “New Posts” from the drop down menu.

This will open a new page of new posts for you. You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.

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How To Change/Update Avatar
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “account settings” from the drop-down menu.

That will bring you to the account details page.

Once you click on your avatar, click to choose your file. Make sure to click “okay” afterward.

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Woah this is really clean. Live it, also dark mode - wow didn't expect that.

I didn't realize there was a scoreboard for all this forum stuff - like most albums, most posts
 

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I switched to Dark Mode immediately!!! Love it.
How do I edit my profile?
More questions as I use the new site.
 

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I wish the "New Posts" button still available right on the menu, i know this is stupid, but we have to do 2 click to access it now...
I agree.
 

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I switched to Dark Mode immediately!!! Love it.
How do I edit my profile?
More questions as I use the new site.
Got to hand it to you Rob, you are very patient and understanding - much more than myself.
Too bad they didn't ask for our input before pulling the trigger.... How do you feel about not having the lead page with all of the navigation tabs in one location?
I can't wait to see jmc's feedback!
 

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It's all found under the arrow tab. A bit weird calling the newest posts Popular.
Plus, as already mentioned, you have to click onto the arrow, then Popular
to get to newest posts. That's the way it is. Not terrible.
 

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I switched to Dark Mode immediately!!! Love it.
How do I edit my profile?
More questions as I use the new site.
How To Find Account Settings & Preferences
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “account settings”.


Once you have clicked on “account settings” a new page will open. Scroll down for profile information.

You can also browse through the left side column navigation for the specific settings.

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It's all found under the arrow tab. A bit weird calling the newest posts Popular.
Plus, as already mentioned, you have to click onto the arrow, then Popular
to get to newest posts. That's the way it is. Not terrible.
Popular is the replacement for 'active topics'. New posts are those with posts you haven't yet read.

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I understand, but just think Popular is not really accurate when referring to the latest posts. Maybe they should be called Latest or Most Recent Posts. :)
 

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I understand, but just think Popular is not really accurate when referring to the latest posts. Maybe they should be called Latest or Most Recent Posts. :)
Its mostly just a different language the software uses.

PM or Private Message = Conversation
Showcase = Garage
New threads = Start a Discussion
Thread = Discussion
User control panel = Account settings
Alerts = Notifications
Trophies = Action based point system

We dont set these, the original XenForo software developers assigned these titles.
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Tapatalk appears exactly as it's always been. No changes.
 
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