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Sneak Peek At The NEW AVSForum!

AVS Members...

As you know changes are afoot here at AVS, and we wanted to make sure the members got a sneak peek at what will be coming very, very, soon. Thanks to some great work by the moderators and some dedicated members, we've been making changes and improvements to the new platform over time and are getting close to the point where we're ready to open the doors! We'll be providing a lot more detail on the new features and ways to interact with them around launch time, but today I just wanted to share a few screenshots. There are certainly some aspects of the platform that are brand-spanking new, but in a lot of ways it's true to the core experience that users have come to know and love. Posting, interaction, help and support.

Home Page: Although most members are eager to jump right in to the forums, we're hoping to make the home page a premiere destination as well with a focus on recent activity and content collection. The strength of AVS lies in the community, and we'll be working on new ways to surface the best content so it can be seen by everyone.


Thread Page: As you can see, the thread list and thread pages aren't too different from what you see today. We're trying to keep the core experience as consistent as possible and at the same time provide entirely new ways to interact around passion for home theater and home entertainment. On the subject of core experience, as you will see in the attachment, there will be a dark skin version as well. You can pick which skin you like more, but users with the dark skin currently will be defaulted to it.

Let me also say this now and that is a big SORRY to those that liked the good old days with the Retro theme as we will not have the Retro Theme. You see, themes are just to hard to maintain I am sorry to say. But we surely needed a Dark Theme for in theater use and the team surely came through. It is my personal favorite.


Reviews: As you all know, member reviews are a key component of AVS and they are done in threads. Now I know we have tried review systems in the past, but they were not up to our needs. We feel that now on the new platform we finely have one that fits very well. Also there will be product pages that aggregate details, reviews, thread discussions, and more about a product all in one place. Threads will always be an important part of the review process, but we can also use the new product taxonomy (the classification of something) to do more. Every Owner's Thread could have a matching product page that shows everything that's happening with that product on AVS, what people think of it, and where to buy it.


Galleries: Along with regular uploads there will be community albums where you can collaborate on albums (think "Coolest Man Caves"). The new platform also has new ways to discuss and share these photos across the site and view galleries by popularity.


A quick word about mobile: We're working on an entirely new HTML5 solution to go with the new site. It won't be live for launch, but you can expect it shortly after. Designed from the ground up with power users in mind, this is definitely something to be excited about. With that said, the dedicated AVSForum app you now may have will no longer function. Please feel free to remove it from your devices once we do convert over. (Trivia...That was my theater on the splash screen.)

HOWEVER...We will support TapaTalk on the new platform, so, well, if you have it, you will be set to go. If not...you may want to install it.


In Closing: There's a lot more, both feature-wise and under the hood, but there's no substitute for playing with the real thing We'll be posting guides and FAQs to help, as there will certainly be some questions and concerns with the change, but we've put in a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure this is the right fit for the community. Hopefully the new platform and the great users at AVS can take the community to new heights. Stay tuned for more to come as we approach a new level of "calibration".

All in all, people fear change. They like what they have and are content. I get that. But what I also get is we are running on software that is years behind and we fight off hack attempts more that you would want to know. We are stuck with what we have and need to patch it to keep it running. Not a good place to be for a site of this size and reach.

We DID NOT make this move lightly. We looked at several platforms and talked with many. It took over a year to get this this point. But here we are as we not only look back at our journey, but look to the future of a more powerful AVS for both members and industry alike. We look to the members to help continue to drive the industry in the right direction. We look to the industry to hear our needs and help us see where the future of home entertainment is going. And we look to AVS as the place it all happens time and time again and now on a platform with a team looking to help all find what they may be looking for.

Thank you all for taking this large step with us. And thank for being members of AVSForum!


Some screen shots of some of the above referenced items...
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post #2 of 126
I look forward to seeing what the discussion threads look like and how they work in practice but all the additional feature sections seem like great additions. Can't wait to see more.

The Dark style for the threads looks pretty similar to what we have now, so that should not be that disruptive.

Thanks for all the hard work guys.
post #3 of 126
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Originally Posted by Kosty View Post

I look forward to seeing what the discussion threads look like and how they work in practice but all the additional feature sections seem like great additions. Can't wait to see more.

The Dark style for the threads looks pretty similar to what we have now, so that should not be that disruptive.

Thanks for all the hard work guys.

Hi...

I will try to get a shot of a thread view tomorrow. Right now the sandbox area is currently going though another update based on member feedback from those that had access to the test site.

As such, not access currently.
post #4 of 126
Looks GREAT
post #5 of 126
Looks good but I'm not sure the black backround on the forum page is best. Will the thread discussions have the black backround too?
post #6 of 126
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Originally Posted by mankite View Post

Looks good but I'm not sure the black backround on the forum page is best. Will the thread discussions have the black backround too?

You can choose the black background now too...it's optional.
post #7 of 126
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

You can choose the black background now too...it's optional.

I view AVS world through retro glasses, will this be an options at the new site?

Thanks

Djoel
post #8 of 126
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

I view AVS world through retro glasses, will this be an options at the new site?

Thanks

Djoel

Not by launch but we hope to get it added in at some point in the near future.
post #9 of 126
Will the New AVS Forum destroy my privacy by linking me to others/social networks or otherwise publish my identity?
post #10 of 126
Omggggggggggggggggggggggg
post #11 of 126
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

Not by launch but we hope to get it added in at some point in the near future.


Thanks Mike, great to know.

One more question, I've notice AVS will also revamp the Classified section for the better.
Any chance to incorporate our feedback right in our ads from other major selling sites. Such as eBay, or I don't know AudioGon, etc? I'm thinking that would help allot folks, and keep scams away.

Thanks again

Djoel
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

Not by launch but we hope to get it added in at some point in the near future.

I am sorry, this is not the case as was mentioned in the first post. Sorry Mike...Just wanted to be sure you had the right info regarding the Retro skin color.
post #13 of 126
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

Thanks Mike, great to know.

One more question, I've notice AVS will also revamp the Classified section for the better.
Any chance to incorporate our feedback right in our ads from other major selling sites. Such as eBay, or I don't know AudioGon, etc? I'm thinking that would help allot folks, and keep scams away.

Thanks again

Djoel

Actually...It is a more SIMPLE system meaning more of a posting type classified. No way to pay for a purchased built in or what have you. It really will be something that get more developed down the road more if the need fits and we see how it is used. So, I do not see at this time bringing in any other data etc from outside sites. But you never know. Not really the best answer I am sorry to say. It surely is a differnt system, but seems to be simple and quick. The only thing is no COMMIT TO BUY and then a way to pay etc. It is all handed via PM.
post #14 of 126
Looks fantastic! I'm a sucker for dark themes, and this one is right up my alley.............Good job everyone!
post #15 of 126
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Originally Posted by Mad Mickey View Post

Will the New AVS Forum destroy my privacy by linking me to others/social networks or otherwise publish my identity?

Says the man with 4 posts with 3 made in 2009. We don't publish your identity now Mr. "Mad Micky" if that is you real name. (Sorry I jest.) And we don't on the new site either. We may have social link options for sure. (Right now the test site does have a "Connect with Facebook" option. Not sure on it's status though. Oh wait, I just kinda made a Facebook Joke.)

Not sure this helped at all. But I tried.
post #16 of 126
Sooo.. No more avs app? Aww
post #17 of 126
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Here is a THREAD VIEW in two screen grabs. Sorry, but could not figure out how to get it in one grab. (Sorry, it's 2:35AM here)
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post #18 of 126
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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post

Sooo.. No more avs app? Aww

I am right their with you. As mentioned, it was cool to have my theater as a splash screen on everyone's phone. But as also mentioned, we have TapaTalk but the bigger news is that we are working on HTML5 and then things will really be exciting as that is scalable for any platform. (In theory. LOL)
post #19 of 126
Love the new look.

Thanks for the work you do.
post #20 of 126
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I am sorry, this is not the case as was mentioned in the first post. Sorry Mike...Just wanted to be sure you had the right info regarding the Retro skin color.

a big boo for taking away the fantastic blue/magenta color theme so many of us have grown to over the past decade.
post #21 of 126
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

You can choose the black background now too...it's optional.

Actually, the black background may be of help to those of us with sensitive eyes.
post #22 of 126
I love the black background.
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Originally Posted by David Bott View Post

but the bigger news is that we are working on HTML5 and then things will really be exciting as that is scalable for any platform. (In theory. LOL)

Good stuff David. Im looking forward to it
post #24 of 126
I would guess that most members have widescreen monitors. How about widescreen screen grabs when you make such again?

I like it, so far.
post #25 of 126
Any improvements to the forums? I would really like to see a better "unread posts" option. Sometimes I go to the site, read a few threads and then go back later to read more. The previously unread threads are no longer unread. Annoying behavior for me.
post #26 of 126
The site is allready fantastic can't wait to see the improvements keep up the great work guys
post #27 of 126
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

I love the black background.

A big thanks to members like Franin who have been helping us test the new platform these last few weeks.
post #28 of 126
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Originally Posted by gtmtnbiker View Post

Any improvements to the forums? I would really like to see a better "unread posts" option. Sometimes I go to the site, read a few threads and then go back later to read more. The previously unread threads are no longer unread. Annoying behavior for me.

Yes, I've noticed threads are not marked as read after inactivity as they are now.
post #29 of 126
Thanks for adding tapatalk. Makes the site much more accessible to me on a BlackBerry as I am usually looking for quick stuff to read while on-the-go and message boards are perfect for that.
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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post

Sooo.. No more avs app? Aww

Same here - the iPad app is my primary access model.

Hopefully the HTML5 solution arrives quickly.
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