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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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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Functionally, much better. But you've lost something really important. The EhMac mascot is the little guy in the toque with a laptop and has been here since the site was started. He needs to be put back up next to the logo.


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I'm digging the responsiveness, and the clean look - I think we'll adjust pretty quickly. Still digging into the features, but initial reaction is "great!"

My quibbles:

1/ the ehMac man must return! We can move into the 21st century without forgetting our past. Please bring him back in some way, shape or form.

2/ the landing page replicates the feature of Facebook and Twitter that I ABSOLUTELY HATE. I haven't checked to see if there's an option to change this, but I really, really dislike "Recommended for you". FB does this... so on every visit to FB, I inevitably hit "Most Recent" to get the content I want. There was was on option to set it as standard, but it rarely stuck, and now it seems to be gone. At least Twitter's "most recent" option has been consistent for me in the past year or so. But ehMac? If I can't set it to default on "New", I'll have to build muscle memory to hit that button at the top-right on every visit. (I'm fine with "Recommended" if it follows material at the bottom of the page, but I have a visceral repulsion to an algorithm guessing as to what I want to see).

Kudos to the team on the update - more feedback pending usage.
 

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How do I get rid of or change the "Recommended Reading" list I get at the bottom of some pages, which are annoying and completely out of dateand not even associated with the topic I'm currently reading???


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How do I get rid of or change the "Recommended Reading" list I get at the bottom of some pages, which are annoying and completely out of dateand not even associated with the topic I'm currently reading???


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I tried to get rid of it, but the best i can get is some questions about how to make these more relevant. Truth is, I will never look at them. Just want them gone.
 

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1. Bring back our mascot.

2. Remove the "Recommended for you" portion and bring it back to the original home page where I am the one who decides where to navigate to.

3. When I click on "New", it shows me a lost of threads where there are unread posts; but there is no way I can go to the first unread post - it goes to the very beginning of the thread. Clicking on the last page number does not help because there may be posts there that I have already rea. I want to got to the first unread post, irrespective of page.

Thank you and cheers
 

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I tried to get rid of it, but the best I can get is some questions about how to make these more relevant. Truth is, I will never look at them. Just want them gone.
So true, and I would sure like them gone I or at least updated to something current. Recommending some posts from back in 2003 era is a little bit stupid in my opinion.

I would also like to see the modify the post text strip (B I ...) moved to the top of one's post rather than at the bottom. That seems to be the way that most other similar forms have it laid out and would make it much more consistent.

This strip should be at the top of one's post or reply...:
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like this:
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But I'm finding most of the changes and improvements to me just that... Improvements!!!

But I also expect things to take a few weeks before they are completely sorted out.


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Some of the "recommended" posts are people reporting SPAM, and some actual SPAM that has not yet been removed. It's clearly not an actual recommendation based on anything relevant to me, so I would like to see it gone.
 

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So true, and I would sure like them gone I or at least updated to something current. Recommending some posts from back in 2003 era is a little bit stupid in my opinion.

I would also like to see the modify the post text strip (B I ...) moved to the top of one's post rather than at the bottom. That seems to be the way that most other similar forms have it laid out and would make it much more consistent.

This strip should be at the top of one's post or reply...:
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like this:
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But I'm finding most of the changes and improvements to me just that... Improvements!!!

But I also expect things to take a few weeks before they are completely sorted out.


- Patrick
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I get the feeling these posts from VSA are canned messages probably used for every forum they update. There seems to be zero interest in what ehMac was, nor interest in the Mac community moving forward. In general I like the new look but it does not really fix anything. If you look at all the sections the only active one is the "everything else" section. Others go days or months without posts and those are all the specific Mac related ones. Not sure why I am writing this out, I do not have a lot of confidence that it will be read by anyone involved with running the site.
 

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I get the feeling these posts from VSA are canned messages probably used for every forum they update. There seems to be zero interest in what ehMac was, nor interest in the Mac community moving forward. In general I like the new look but it does not really fix anything. If you look at all the sections the only active one is the "everything else" section. Others go days or months without posts and those are all the specific Mac related ones. Not sure why I am writing this out, I do not have a lot of confidence that it will be read by anyone involved with running the site.
Goes without saying. They own more than 600 automotive websites and discussion boards. EhMac's value is that it has 1.5 million archived posts that get hits when searched. Take a look at the SPAM That has been reported days or weeks ago. These same SPAM posts are listed as "Recommended for You" when I log in. The owners DO poke theirs snoots in here from time to time, but the interval is getting longer.
 

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Goes without saying. They own more than 600 automotive websites and discussion boards. EhMac's value is that it has 1.5 million archived posts that get hits when searched. Take a look at the SPAM That has been reported days or weeks ago. These same SPAM posts are listed as "Recommended for You" when I log in. The owners DO poke theirs snoots in here from time to time, but the interval is getting longer.
It is a shame, this used to be my go to spot for all things Mac, now I look elsewhere for answers as they generally come quicker then posting here.
 

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There seems to be zero interest in what ehMac was, nor interest in the Mac community moving forward.
To be fair, I don't know that it's their fault. ehMac isn't what it was. There's next to no actual Mac discussions anymore and that's 100% on us. So why would the owners show interest?

When's the last time there was a big thread for WWDC, or any of the special events? What would actually drive new users to participate? It's not a Mac community at all. The only way you'd know it's supposed to be a Mac community is the banner graphic. It's a community of people who had at some point shown interest in Macs, lament days of yore and discuss anything but.

Would it help if there were some successor to ehMax at the help? Possibly, but we bear most of the blame for what's come to pass.
 

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To be fair, I don't know that it's their fault. ehMac isn't what it was. There's next to no actual Mac discussions anymore and that's 100% on us. So why would the owners show interest?

When's the last time there was a big thread for WWDC, or any of the special events? What would actually drive new users to participate? It's not a Mac community at all. The only way you'd know it's supposed to be a Mac community is the banner graphic. It's a community of people who had at some point shown interest in Macs, lament days of yore and discuss anything but.

Would it help if there were some successor to ehMax at the help? Possibly, but we bear most of the blame for what's come to pass.
I do agree, it is not entirely the lack of leadership on the site but I think there is a portion of the blame to be put on the lack of it. Before the change you had people running the sites passionate about Apple products, people fed off that and it grew. Now there is nothing at the head and few people on the site at any given time. Like anything having a strong leader helps immensely. Now Apple events completely pass buy without even a mention on the forum, this may be a change though in how we all view the products or Apple in its present state (I am not overly thrilled with their direction). I am not on any other Mac forums so not sure if they are as lively and excited and posting regularly or if this is unique to ehMac.
 

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To some extent it is Apple itself. They're no longer producing the kind of equipment that gets people really excited. Apple used to offer new products that actually changed aspects of the way I lived my life. Tim Cook is a technocrat bore, concerned about production questions involving incremental changes to product lines. He's not a visionary. I was excited about the new Mac Pro offerings until I spent seven years avoiding the garbage pail Mac. Now I can get into the Mac Pro space for $7,500.

iPhones? Oh, a new camera! Oh, another new camera!

MacBooks? An extra 8 minutes of battery life! Incremental increase in resolution!

At the same time, offering equipment that is not user serviceable (even when it should be) cuts down on questions about what someone can do to rectify a certain problem, upgrade RAM, etc. Used to have a lot of questions about getting into the software, repairing things, forcing an older unit to run newer software. I have had questions about using Apple products to digitize analog video, but nobody here has the expertise to help out. I've found that assistance on other sites. At one point, EhMax forbade anyone from speaking about Hackintosh projects. There are much larger communities that provide answers to the small questions that remain and questions about legacy equipment. They exchange software hacks--and even discuss Hackintosh projects.
 

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To some extent it is Apple itself. They're no longer producing the kind of equipment that gets people really excited. Apple used to offer new products that actually changed aspects of the way I lived my life. Tim Cook is a technocrat bore, concerned about production questions involving incremental changes to product lines. He's not a visionary. I was excited about the new Mac Pro offerings until I spent seven years avoiding the garbage pail Mac. Now I can get into the Mac Pro space for $7,500.
I agree with you there, although I wonder if some (a lot) of the blame goes to Ive, and the perpetual shrinking machine? I get the impression Jobs would have reigned him in, but he got the run of the show under Cook. He sacrificed everything to make things as stupidly thin as possible. We once had form AND function.

Lots of neat stuff on the horizon now, and I don't think it's coincidental that it's coming after whatever tomfoolery Ive had on the roadmap has passed.

The M1 has me pretty excited to see where things could go. Rumors are that the MacBook Pro line may become "Pro" again soon.

Holy cow, a Mac discussion! o_O
 

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What's your biggest bottleneck on your MacBook and will the M1 chip solve it? Currently, I'm primarily using an old 2010 Mac Pro and the most serious bottleneck remains Internet lag. It's not a functional problem, jut a minor irritant.
 

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It's not so much about solving a particular issue for me right now. I tend to upgrade every 6 years or so, so I'm not due for a while and I have no reason to sunset either of my iMacs (well, the 2011 is getting cranky but that's another story.)

My work gear is due next year though. I'll be keen to see what an M2 can do. As a developer, the Neural Engine stuff sounds intriguing.

I do think it's exciting new technology, that has the potential to move forward much more quickly than the snails pace Intel has managed the past decade. Or, it will light a fire under Intel's complacent britches. Just look at the night and day difference between the launch iPhone and the 4 for instance.
 
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