First off, THANK YOU for your patience as we've gone through a tremendous conversion process. We've been working on this monumental project for months, and while we hope we've been able to cover all the big stuff, there's still a lot to do!
If you have any problems or issues, PLEASE look in this new troubleshooting section for people having the same problem. If you don't see a topic on the problem you're having, we ask that you start a new topic with as much detail as possible.
Here's a quick video tour of the new BYC:
We've kept your login and password the same. You can go here to login to your account. If you have problems accessing your account, try resetting your password. If you still can't get in, contact us (make SURE you use the email address you used to signup!).
We Kept Your Nice Things:
You'll see that we've transferred as much of your "stuff" as possible... not an easy task with millions of posts, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds-of-millions of images. The stuff we moved includes:
- Topics / Threads (now called discussions)
- Posts (now called "messages"
- Private Messages (now called "conversations")
- Topic / Thread Subscriptions (Watched Threads)
- Forum Subscriptions (Watched Forums)
- (If you notice anything missing, please see if others have reported here, if not, let us know with a new topic here.)
There are two main sections about YOU. They include:
- Your Profile Page (anyone can access). This has stuff like general info about you, posts you've made, etc.
- Personal Details (only you can access). This is where you can edit all your settings like your signature, contact info, and all your site preferences.
We know there are tons of areas you visit every day on BYC (ya, we know you love it here... so do we), so here are some areas you should check out:
- The Discussion Forum
- BYC Articles Section, including the Learning Center, Chicken Coops, etc.
- Chicken Breeds & Product Reviews
- Galleries and Albums
- How do I upload pictures?
- What are "Trophies"?
- New "Members" page
We recognize that about 65% of our visitors are on mobile devices! That being the case, we've been trying to focus even more on making sure the new BYC is very mobile friendly. Of course, it's VERY hard to program a site with lots of features to work perfect for every device combination of phone, tablet, computer, browser, version, etc., but we'll do the best we can!
Some New Features:
A few cool things on the new system include:
- A better mobile experience
- Easy image uploads
- The ability to sort threads by "most liked"
- The system automatically saves a "Draft" of your messages every 30 seconds!
- User Trophies
- Automatic smilies: Type : ) (without the space) and automatically get
- Multiple ways to upload images, including copy/paste & drag/drop
- Awesome "quote" / reply functionality
- Cool new navigation (floating top menu bar and the "quick to top / bottom" arrows to the bottom right of each page)
- Spellcheck works proper now! No need to right-click on red squiggled words.
- You can now see when your GFM will expire and you will be notified in advance!
There are unfortunately a few things we're losing or being changed:
- Private Messages: We discovered that the old system didn't "delete" your messages, but just hid them. So in our quest to import as much stuff as possible, that included all these deleted PMs. So, if you want to clean out your PM's, you can use the "select all" option at the bottom of each page, and delete all the PM's you want removed. (or just leave them... we don't mind storing them).
- Ovations: They are no longer "weighted", it's now a 1-to-1 relationship. Also, we unfortunately weren't able to keep ovation comments
- Lists: Unfortunately the new system doesn't support lists
- "Who's viewing this thread": We're working on adding this feature