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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;">Hello Everyone,<br><br><span style="color:#282828;">My name is Jeff, I am a community manager for VerticalScope.com out of the Chicago office. </span></span></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);">Recently, VerticalScope acquired the Owned and Operated Huddler Communities and have taken over the webmaster duties for the Huddler team for Mothering.com. We have been working very closely with the Mods and Admins on making sure this transition has been seamless and positive for everyone. The leadership you are used to on the site every day will still be here as well as the spirit of the site everyone has helped to develop.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);">There are a few changes expected to happen over the next few weeks while we work on converting the site to a feature-rich and easy to use platform. As part of this transition, Huddler is assisting VerticalScope in converting the forum off of the Huddler platform to vBulletin, and your moderators have been very busy helping us test it end to end. Many of you may be familiar with the vBulletin software platform as it was the original platform the site was built on, and we will be bringing it back with a newer skin and some new features I am sure you will appreciate. </div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);">To give you all a little idea of what we do and why we are here I have broken down some of the basic questions that I am sure most of you have.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;"><strong>Who are you, VerticalScope?</strong></span></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;">VerticalScope is a company of enthusiasts. We manage multiple communities online that work to engage users with a broad spectrum of themes and interests. Our focus it to continue the steady growth of these communities while working to maintain the passion and spirit that make each one unique. Technology, Automotive, Motorcycle, Fashion, Health and Wellness are just a few of the many groups of sites we engage with.</span></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;"><strong>Why are you converting the site to vBulletin?</strong></span></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;">We have made the decision to migrate to vBulletin as it is the same platform we use to scale hundreds of other sites, and was the software platform that originally grew this site. </span></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;"><strong>What are our intentions?</strong><br><span style="color:#333333;"> </span></span></div>
<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;">We bring reliability, support and the infrastructure needed to ensure that the community will be around for years to come. It’s our goal to work with the community and the board staff to help provide the resources required to give this community a broader reach. This works to attract new members to better the overall knowledge shared in the community. Over time the community grows further and becomes an even better resource of information on the subjects you love so much.</span><br>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;"><strong>Will leadership change?</strong><br><br><span style="color:#282828;">Continuity is an important focus for us, YOU as the membership of this community have helped to set the tone. New members are made to feel welcome and should want to continue to contribute to the growth of the site. Your Mods and Admins that you have grown to appreciate will not change and will still be here to help you and keep the site clean and free of distractions. The VerticalScope team are primarily here to make sure the lights stay on and there are as few bumps in the road as possible. We recognise that each community is unique and having respect for this is paramount to us. Since the beginning the moderation staff has established the unique rules and regulations here. The community has also established a strong reputation that makes the site inviting and engaging to all users new and more experienced.</span></span><br>
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<div style="color:rgb(40,40,40);"><span style="color:#282828;"><strong>What am I here for?</strong><br><br><span style="color:#282828;">My primary role along with the rest of the team is to be a technical contact.  You can think of me like the man behind the curtain in the wizard of oz.  The community and moderation staff built the foundation and keep the roof from falling, I am here keeping the lights on inside while we all enjoy the party. We will be on the forum checking in daily to make sure regular maintenance is all taken care of and keep things running smoothly from behind the scenes.<br><br><span style="color:#282828;">I do look forward to getting to know you all and this unique community better.</span><br><br><span style="color:#282828;">Thanks,</span><br><br><span style="color:#282828;"><span id="user_0.6730258660390973">Jeff</span></span></span></span></div>
 

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<p>There will some site downtime around 9am EST tomorrow for this conversion and it should last 4-5 hours. Once the site is back up Users can report feedback and bugs here.</p>
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<div>Expected outage time:</div>
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<div>Start: 9am EST<br>
Open to Mods at: 3pm EST</div>
<div>Complete: 6pm EST</div>
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<p>Thanks,</p>
<p>Jeff</p>
 

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Well we are back open to the public, please post feedback or bugs in this thread.

Thanks,
Jeff
 

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In the Toolbar at the top drop down
Tools>User CP> Subscribed threads or Tools>Quicklinks>Subscribed Threads.
Well, that's not user-friendly at all. So, there's no way it easily see if there are updates to threads we have posted in? And, how do we know if we have unread private messages?

I'm usually fine with message board changes, but I don't like this format at all (both desktop and mobile versions.)
 

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Well, that's not user-friendly at all. So, there's no way it easily see if there are updates to threads we have posted in? And, how do we know if we have unread private messages?

I'm usually fine with message board changes, but I don't like this format at all (both desktop and mobile versions.)
When you are logged in you will see this at the top and it will show you all the Likes, Mentions, PM's, replies, etc...

Welcome, VS JEFF. You last visited: Today at 03:51 PM Your Notifications: 6
 

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I haven't had much of a chance to explore the new look yet, but one thing I noticed is that the due date clubs are not very visually appealing. The main forum looks much better, but the DDCs are the visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. I'm hoping there's still some kinks to iron out and this will be fixed soon?
 

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Thanks AdinaL - that's helpful.

Also, after navigating around a bit - will there be a link for subscriptions added in the drop-down menu next to the log in status message at the top? It's kind of hard to find by having to dig around in the Control Panel, especially if you're just wanting to check for updates in subscribed thread.
 

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Thanks AdinaL - that's helpful.

Also, after navigating around a bit - will there be a link for subscriptions added in the drop-down menu next to the log in status message at the top? It's kind of hard to find by having to dig around in the Control Panel, especially if you're just wanting to check for updates in subscribed thread.

If you look at the Nav Bar up top, you will see a link called Tools with a down arrow. Hover over that and there is a selection for Thread Subscriptions. That will take you straight there. It is still in the User CP, but that is a direct link from any page. :)
 

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I have settings to show messages as linear - oldest first. This is how it has always been. However, before the site upgrade, when I clicked on a thread to view it, it would jump to my unread replies in the thread.

Since the site upgrade, my subscribed threads don't seem to do this.....so then I am scrolling and scrolling and scrolling to find the unread reply. Is there a setting I can modify to get it back to the old way?
 

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Can't I subscribe to forums? What happened to our "activity" page for active feeds of subscribed forums? That was my "go to" spot, now it's gone?
 
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