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Community Feedback: New Forum Software Is Live!

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 Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over.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.

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.

- Community Support
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RIP FEOA. See you on Facebook
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So long FEOA ,, I'm out of here . not paying for this , who came up with this BS .
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I'm outta here because it's a mess. Where you seeing paid membership? I donated $5 a couple years ago, but that's it.

I just can't find a damn thing in this junk ass format. Such a shame.
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who asked for a payment? paying members have been removed for a few years now
So long FEOA ,, I'm out of here . not paying for this , who came up with this BS .
I'm outta here because it's a mess.

I just can't find a damn thing in this junk ass format. Such a shame.
its not really that much different.. it IS different though. problem is we had so many software and spam problems. unfortunately it looks like this is their solution
New setup removed all my pictures ? why ? in my profile .
Yeah I'm just salty... All I can say.. Old familiar FEOA is no more. Feels cold and generic like jelopnik or whatever..

and it has a Euro escort on the cover... Cool and all, but it's a site for 1-3 gen American escorts in essence.
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Good job with the move. In the limited surfing, things seem to be pretty consistent with the original site. You're obviously experienced as this isn't necessarily easy to get right. I appreciate the update and time investment.

Once things have settled meaning, low priority: It has been suggested that the photo be updated to include a range of generations and models popular among the varying nations.
Still the same folk and posts. Site software still works very similarly.

You can still get an activity feed via: Latest activity

Some tweaking is to be expected.

Click the three dots in the top-right and you can easily switch to dark mode.

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Hey there all!
not paying for this , who came up with this BS .
Premium membership isn't necessary at all to enjoy the site, it will remain free and open as it always has.

I just can't find a damn thing
The change will take a little getting used to at first, but once situated, you'll find it's a much smoother ride than before. Page load times have improved, and things are much more stable on this platform.

problem is we had so many software and spam problems. unfortunately it looks like this is their solution
Spam should get a lot better for the site on this platform, with quite a few integrations and protective measures in place now.

and it has a Euro escort on the cover
We'll go ahead and have that changed shortly.

-VS Admin
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Hello all,

We listened to your feedback and we will work to get a new banner setup. However, we need some input on what makes and models you would like to see with the banner.

  • You can submit your high res images here and creative will review to see what will work with the layout.
  • Note that the images must be your own work and non-copyrighted or publically available from Ford
  • Please keep the images from a front/side view, closed windows and doors, no drivers or people in the shot.
  • By submitting your photos you agree to have FEOA.net have full authority to use the photos in a creative way.


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Banner has been updated to a US Escort GT

what happen to my pictures ? / photo gallery ,are you going to reply on that issue ?
Guessing they should still have a copy of the of the old pics. Probably just need to be ported over.
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what happen to my pictures ? / photo gallery ,are you going to reply on that issue ?
Can you give me some examples where the images are missing so we can check with the team.

There is still some post-migration work going on behind the scenenes.

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. You can also check out our FAQs.

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 59 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my free time 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!

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

The new forum software is still a work in progress.

We will be seeing regular updates which are largely fueled by community feedback. While that doesn't mean we can action every request, it does mean we will be actively listening to the feedback and sharing it with the developers. We do ask that you keep any questions, thoughts, or feedback about the new forum software here in the Community Feedback thread to help us keep all the information together so we don't miss anything.

There is still some work going on behind the scene so you may notice some changes as we work.
  • It can take 24-48 hours for the site to finish indexing so it may take a bit for search results to return proper results, including showing all your threads/posts under your profile.
  • We will continue to clean up the order of the sections on the full forum listings page so you might see some stuff move around.
  • We are reviewing permissions and special permission sections so let us know if you notice any issues so we can look into them.
I have worked with our community support team for 6 years. I have worked with forums 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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Now that I've been to roam around the site I like the upgrade. Thankfully I don't use the site to host my pics so I didn't have any pic loss. I agree it was kind of weird at first but after a few minutes of exploring it was pretty easy to find everything.

For what it's worth I like the change.....

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The site now has a "Recommended Reading" feature at the bottom of threads. These are often very old posts, for instance right now the five that I can see below date from 2003, 2004, 2006 and two months ago.

This may not actually be a bad thing, but recently there has been criticism of exhuming ancient threads, and now the site is encouraging it.

I do find it interesting to read some of the behaviour from when the members were a lot younger.
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