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Topic: How can we improve the forums? Your suggestions and comments please

  1. Guest_1643
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    4 March 2022
    Thanks quirky thanks everyone for sharing and being open and kind.
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  2. demonblaster
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    13 March 2022 in reply to Guest_1643
    Thanks Sophie and team ☺
  3. robthomaslover
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    13 March 2022
    personally i don't think people should be allowed to have usernames that contain their full name, or first and last name. i understand that they're new here but the whole point of this forum is to be anonymous, and they're giving out their name. some people even mention where they live or the shire for example. i know that we don't know what they look like & whatnot but this could be rather dangerous. just my opinion.
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  4. omgomg
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    13 March 2022
    I just want to know how to post a question or find a thread just the basics Also dont want to have my spelling and grammar corrected thanks anyway if ppl think thats they are being helpful
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  5. Ggrand
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    13 March 2022 in reply to omgomg

    Hello omgomg,

    A very warm and caring welcome to the forums...

    If you go back to home page then press on join discussion....when the page turns then press on “all posts”...If you scroll down you will see the different threads that are available ie..Depression....anxiety...PTSD..etc choose which one you think refers to your question...then press on “New Thread”....and write your question out and post it...

    I will look out for you on the forums...come back here if your still having problems....

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  6. mmMekitty
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    13 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Hi Tayla (which may be a pseudonym for all I know) & that's the beauty of knowing this place is anonymous - we are not certain when we do see something that appears to look like a person's real name, that it actually is. I haven't recognised the name within your own username, & didn't assume it even related to any real person, or fictional character or whatever...

    Of-course, when people join, they give certain personal info & also choose a username, which, if it did match their own actual name, would not be allowed.

    Because I have received no message regarding the times I've mentioned I am in SE Qld, or even (I think I did once) narrow down to a big sprawling city.. that this is okay. It would be extremely unlikely anyone would find me if they gather up all the little fragments of info. I can't imagine why anyone would go to that much effort?

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    Hi Team,

    Finding again, threads I see & want to think about before answering has proved difficult & I've not found a couple at all again. If I remember to make notes, who what where & when, then I can find them. I get so tired & I forget to make the notes before leaving... I'd like a way to quickly mark the threads I want to return to, even if I haven't posted on them yet.

    Threads move up & down the list, drop off onto earlier pages so quickly, I've not found them that way.

    The search has turned up things I'm not searching for, mostly because I don't recall any specific username or thread title, & adding a date doesn't seem to help.

    I search for key words, which think I recall seeing, but get other threads, often the same thread/s will get a mention in the search results several times over.

    If I could mark the thread, have a list of these turn up in my profile area, that could work. I would only expect these to remain on my marked list while I haven't posted to them. Or maybe I could choose whether or not to keep certain posts on a permanent list?

    I'm not sure it is necessary to have the list of threads I've posted to, listed each & every time I've posted to them. Maybe convert this list to be the list of threads I want to keep track of, whether or not I post on them.

    Thanks again for all efforts on our behalf.

    mmMekitty

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  7. robthomaslover
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    13 March 2022 in reply to mmMekitty
    yeah i just realised that my post sounded hypocritical since i use my real name, Tayla. but that's all the information i give, that & my age (22). i apologise for sounding hypocritical. i didn't mean any harm, i was just trying to think of privacy & safety concerns. i should've thought of that beforehand. but i guess you're right. most of the usernames i'm referring to are real names though. i think mentioning if you're in SE QLD would be ok just not the suburb as that's not allowed. again i didn't mean to sound hypocritical and judgemental. i do apologise. i was just thinking of others. but thats true, it would be hard to find any user on here in person. my apologies.
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  8. mmMekitty
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    13 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    No, Tayla, I wasn't thinking that at all. NO judgement. I think 'Tayla' is fine. I have notived some people choose to share their first name, (or what may be their first name), but I have try to not presume these names are actually the real name... we're anonymous. I guess it's a little deliberate blindness.

    It is like when I was in a writers' group, & we deliberately chose to assume everything written there was fiction - even if we knew it was not. Therefore a safe space was created.

    No worries,

    okay. & I realise, I may or may not have told my actual age in a few posts, too. 😸

    I did try to avoid actual personal info such as even my biological gender...but couldn't quite manage.

    I chose to be 'mmMekitty' & even that was a slight risk. One day, I may be surprised to learn someone who has known me when I had Mekitty, will discover me here, on BB...but even that is very unlikely. If they do, & if they have any respect for me, they won't mention any connection between us.

    If they dont, well, we'll have to see then...

    Privacy is a very important part of the forums. I completely agree.

    Even now, just to be sure of my privacy, I'd like to change my username & picture, to something even less likely to be traced back to me... but that would make many of my posts read very strangely indeed!

    I think I can live with my choice. Just the occasional tempory change of picture, perhaps.

    I could show you one of my abstract photos? 😸 I could upload it as an avatar picture, just for a little while...Good idea, hey?

    mmMekitty

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  9. robthomaslover
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    13 March 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    yeah i know, it's ok. i just wanted to clarify that and apologise for sounding hypocritical. i wasn't judging anyone, i was just making a suggestion because in my opinion it's dangerous.

    i just chose my real name as i feel comfortable with that although i don't mind being addressed by my username. and to clarify that i'm a female.

    yes i wish i could change my username too. i just decided on that because i couldn't think of anything else. and yeah if you like. your current photo is nice.

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  10. blondguy
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    13 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Hi Robthomaslover

    You weren't being judgmental at all...I guess its up to the member if they wish to post using their actual Christian name yet you have mentioned a good point where privacy is concerned yet just for me its not relevant

    I have been signing off my posts using my actual first name for over six years...It doesn't give me any bad vibrations...yet thats only my humble opinion. I guess Im just happy to be who I am

    we have spoken before on the forums and its always a bonus to read your posts :-)

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  11. robthomaslover
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    14 March 2022 in reply to blondguy

    my apologies Paul. i use my first name too. but i meant those with full names. but i suppose in a way it wouldn't be an issue, i didn't think of it like that. i shouldn't have said it, i do apologise.

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  12. geoff
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    14 March 2022 in reply to omgomg

    Hello omgomg, for spelling if you google this 'correct spelling on android and computer' or there are add-ons you can have to correct the spelling.

    We have to appreciate that if you have a portable keyboard sometimes certain letters don't appear once you punch them, correct spelling will rectify this or windows does have an auto correction in spelling.

    Geoff.

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  13. robthomaslover
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    i would like to see more threads in the social part, such as games, positive things, whatever really. i can't think of any myself but i'd try to participate in them. sometimes i don't feel up to reading other posts so i feel like socialising or distracting myself, well trying to. i did look through all of the old threads but i'm not sure i want to comment on some of them from years ago.
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  14. blondguy
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    16 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Hey robthomaslover

    you have always spoken from the heart.....no apologies necessary. You have made an excellent point about people that use their full name...you are spot on

    Thanks heaps for your super helpful posts too :-)

    my kindest

    Paul

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  15. quirkywords
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    17 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Hi

    robthomas I like the social word games ones that require one word answers

    There are quite a few. You could always start another different thread.

    Thanks

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  16. mmMekitty
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    Another idea: alongside how many people have posted to a thread, could we also see how many times it has been viewed? (I know, it won't actually show how many views are by different people, & how many are multiple views by the same individuals, but my idea is to indicate the thread is being seen & read when there are few, or maybe no responses at all. At least the people who wrote the threads will see their thread has been seen.

    There's threads I don't know how to answer, threads I want to go back to but can't find again, & so I am guilty of not even saying 'welcome'. I think how upsetting it must be when someone comes here, in need, & no one seems to notice. People could be lest with the impression that no one cares or hears them. Many of us knows that feeling very well, so I think it is very important that ALL new threads are responded to in some way. Maybe a inadequate response is better than none?

    mmMekitty

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  17. robthomaslover
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    17 March 2022 in reply to blondguy

    thank you Paul and quirky.

    mmMekitty - true, but i don't know if that would make some people uncomfortable. personally for me it would. i don't like when people mark posts from others helpful on my thread but don't reply.

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  18. Hryadyansh
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    18 March 2022
    Tech support related to my account details
    I wish to know how i can change diplay name of my account, how i can delete my account if i wish to and how i can delete a post of mine.
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  19. robthomaslover
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    18 March 2022
    i'd also like the opportunity to change my username, even if there's a thing underneath that says (original user, then your old username). i just came up with mine because i was mb20lover & this was all i could think of but now i wish i thought of something else. but i suppose it could be confusing. i'd also like to put GIFs and photos, for example somebody sharing their artwork or something creative, obviously approved by the mods first. i know we can use emojis if we type them in but maybe we could have certain emojis or stickers for the forums? friendly things of course such as hearts, etc. or maybe a beyond blue heart or something? i don't know really, i just thought it would be an idea. i suck at suggesting things.
  20. robthomaslover
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    22 March 2022
    is there any way to change my username please?
  21. Croix
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    22 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Report your own post and ask the moderators to do it. Probably best during office hours.

    -C

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  22. robthomaslover
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    23 March 2022 in reply to Croix
    thanks Croix, i'll try that.
  23. Anicca
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    30 March 2022
    I would also like to have an app for Chat forums and email notification if someone has replied or commented on my thread.
    Anicca
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  24. robthomaslover
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    30 March 2022 in reply to Anicca
    true. but you can go to 'my threads' & it will show your own threads & ones you've participated in, & others replies will come up. what do you mean by an app for chat forums?
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  25. mmMekitty
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    30 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover

    Hi Annicca, When you go back to 'Forums' from this page, you may also find three rectangular buttons, ina a row,. One will show Forum Section Headings , the next shows 'New posts' & the third shows 'My posts' which are all posts you have answered , with the most recent of these, answered by anyone, at the top of the list.

    Now, I tend to use that, instead of going to My Profile page..

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    😺Hi Tayla!

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  26. Anicca
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    31 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover
    I really just want to click on an app where I can stay logged in, and see the latest posts and threads.
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  27. robthomaslover
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    31 March 2022 in reply to Anicca
    i see your point about an app. but you can use the internet/webpage to stay logged in. & if you've forgotten your password, you'll get an email so you can change it. it's easy enough to see the latest posts. you can go to the forums, then go "all posts" & browse through the topics, or "new threads", & to see ones you've made & participated in, go to "my threads". it's fairly simple really but i understand it can be confusing for new members/people who haven't been on the forums for a while.
  28. Anicca
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    31 March 2022 in reply to robthomaslover
    My webpage doesn’t keep me logged in, even though it is ticked. I just feel like I’m taking the long way round. I’d like to log in and be on the page I want to be. I get impatient.
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  29. robthomaslover
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    1 April 2022 in reply to Anicca
    that's odd. if you have a Google account (yes it's free) you can have your passwords saved on there, so it logs you in. i suppose an app could be helpful. i was just trying to help, sorry...
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  30. That Other Guy
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    Send email notifications when replies are made. You send them when you change a post, so you can. Change the page so it doesn't use form data, and I don't get prompted to refresh or, even better, use AJAX so I don't need to refresh to see new posts.
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