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

  1. Sophie_M
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    28 October 2020 in reply to eight
    Hi eight, at the moment there is no option to customise the size of one's avatar. An avatar may appear to be formatted differently based on the size of the image that is uploaded.
  2. tranzcrybe
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    28 October 2020 in reply to eight

    Hi eight,

    I think the window for uploaded pictures is about 900 x 900 pixels. Have you tried resizing the image with the grab handles?

    If not possible, then using your own editing software, rescale your original to 900px (y axis) to fit in the whole image - might take a few goes to get it right. BTW, I think what you have now looks great.

    t.

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  3. eight
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    28 October 2020 in reply to tranzcrybe
    i stg geoff has Long Avatar??? is it some optical illusion that i can't break out of it looks very not square to me mate
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  4. tranzcrybe
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    28 October 2020 in reply to eight

    Hi Eight,

    Kudos for your powers of observation!

    I had a look too - you are absolutely right, a bit of copy & paste revealed that Geoff's is about 10% taller.

    Maybe there is some favoritism for 10k + posters? lol. Perhaps that was the format back in the 'old days' (sorry Geoff!) to have rectangles - sooo circa 2000's. I think we'll need an official inquiry to get the bottom of this, but you have a sharp eye, Eight. Well done!

    -t.

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  5. blondguy
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    28 October 2020 in reply to tranzcrybe

    I wish there was a Pixel bonus to 10k+ posters Tranzcrybe!...and kudos to eight for mentioning profile picture

    It may not be super helpful Tranzcrybe yet kudos to the previous online forums management who worked so very hard for a long time to provide us with a new forum platform that was due in Feb 2019

    be well

    Paul

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    29 October 2020 in reply to eight

    Hi Eight, I'm sorry about this, it was only that I couldn't log in to my account to try and change the photo, it wouldn't accept my password, so in the long and short of this, while I was talking (online) to Modsupport, they asked me if I was happy for them to replace the photo, which they did.

    Best wishes

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  7. Sleepy21
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    30 October 2020 in reply to Moonstruck

    hello i like the idea of threads for people to support each other with similar age groups/concerns

    but i also love that the threads can be a mix of ages - as someone in my 30s i can gain so much from listening and learning to people both older and younger than me.
    When i was in hopsital recently (where the age range was 18 - 64) the young ppl taught me how to use tiktok and the people older than me shared amazing ways they had contributed and helped others in their recovery.

    I'm all for different ages accross different threads and spaces here but also love there to be spaces where all ages are welcome, if thats possible.

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  8. monsie
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    31 October 2020 in reply to Moonstruck
    I need someone to help me to join a forum. I do not know how to do it... I have never been in a forum. Thank you
  9. Sophie_M
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    31 October 2020 in reply to monsie
    Hey Monsie, welcome to the Beyond Blue forums! It's great to have you join us. 
     

    We'd recommend reading over our FAQ thread here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/welcome-and-orientation/the-forum-faq-thread-  and the 'forum etiquette' thread here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/welcome-and-orientation/forums-etiquette-give-support-to-receive-support. They both have a lot of useful information for beginner users. 
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  10. mocha delight
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    I wish there was section were we could post pictures of our distractions we use when we are down in the dumps say like if that happens to be say like a 1000 piece puzzle or say if it’s something arts wise ect ect ect and to be able to post progress pictures would be good. Plus I think not only would that benefit new members but long time members as well who hadn’t thought of trying something as a distraction or hobby/s if that’s want you want to call it or something else that they never thought of trying out before.
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    2 November 2020 in reply to mocha delight

    Possibly add a tab to separate the ‘my threads’ into ‘threads created by me’ and ‘threads posted on’.

    Not_Batman

  12. Sleepy21
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    3 November 2020

    hi not_batman - good idea :)
    like it!

    I was wandering - it's a bad hard to find the rules/guidelines for the threads - seems a bit complicated, they are spread about in random places?
    Could there be one very very basic and very very clear space with thread rules/guidelines where newcomers could be directed? it's hard people come and they inadvertedly may break the rules but it is not so easy to not what they are.
    For example I read somewhere that we are not allowed to discuss specfic medications here - but i can't remember where i read it - where is all this information stored?

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  13. Sophie_M
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    3 November 2020 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hey Sleep21,

    We agree this is a great idea! There isn't currently a central location to access a detailed explanation of the guidelines. However, we do have our "community rules" page which has a short description of the guidelines/rules: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/community-rules.

    The other important threads are the FAQ thread, Forums etiquette: give support to receive supportWhat do all the badges mean?, and Why we don't allow discussion of specific medications on the forums which are a bit all over the place!

  14. Chumptastic
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    19 November 2020
    Why have you gotten rid of the work forum????
  15. Sophie_M
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    19 November 2020 in reply to Chumptastic
    Hi Chumptastic,

    Every now and then we give our forums a spring clean. Any threads or boards that have been long dormant could be removed. It is possible this is what has happened to the thread you refer to. We suggest if you would like to post to a thread about work and mental health conditions that you start your own thread on the subject.
  16. Missing user
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    Hi, my suggestion is can the mods please make a thread for insomnia/sleep issues? So what it is, how to deal with it such as treatment, if any, and for those who are awake late at night to chat to others?

    also, does BB have an app, so you can use the webchat, forums, etc?

    - Tayla

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    21 November 2020 in reply to Missing user
    Hi Tayla

    Good question! There is a huge thread topic called 'Sleep' Dools wrote it ages ago and its full of super helpful tips about sleep. Just enter 'Sleep' in the search bar above

    Re the app.. Unfortunately there isnt an app available or plans for one...yet

    Online forum management were working very hard to update the forum platform in 2018 -2019

    Thankyou Tayla for the proactive suggestions

    Paul

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  18. Missing user
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    22 November 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul, thanks. I didn't know about that.

    - Tayla

  19. Missing user
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    23 November 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi all.

    Is there a music thread, to talk about music anywhere?

    - Tayla

  20. Missing user
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    23 November 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi mods.

    I just wanted to ask, can we please put something up somewhere on the forums that people aren't allowed to talk about medication here? I saw a post that I was going to comment on (politely of course) mentioning a certain medication in the title, but it has since been removed. I know that person was new and just looking for advice but I think people forget we aren't Medical Professionals here (well apart from Nurse Jenn I would assume). It can be triggering to some people, and it did upset me a little. I was a bit triggered but not overly upset. Can this please be bought to our attention more? Thank you. Just want to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome here. Not being judgemental, just looking out for people. I was going to politely tell them they're not allowed to mention medications let alone the names of it but the thread has been deleted.

    PS - is there a thread to talk about music anywhere on the forums please?

    - Tayla

  21. Sophie_M
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    23 November 2020 in reply to Missing user
    Hi Tayla,

    Our community guidelines page outlines these rules - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/community-rules

    New members in particular may not have yet read the community guidelines. However, our forums are moderated, and this content will be removed. The user will then be privately reminded about the guidelines. If you see something that you believe is in violation of the rules, you can feel free to report this to us via the 'report' button on posts.

    Additionally, you are welcome to make a thread in the 'Staying well' section of the forums on the topic of music if you would like to.
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  22. Missing user
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    23 November 2020 in reply to Sophie_M

    Thanks Sophie_M.

  23. Sleepy21
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    19 December 2020

    Hi all

    I don't know about others but I would feel uncomfortable giving too much info here - eg my real first name + where I live + basic background details - it would be easy to identify me quite quickly

    I think ppl should be encouraged to be careful with using their real first names, unless they are very careful to change other details about themselves.

    Although it's great to make friends here I think, from my own experiences through the MH system it is possible that ppl could be put in unhealthy positions if that were to happen outside the forums.
    I think this rule needs to be clearer.

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  24. Moonstruck
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Sleepy21

    If contributors could please stay "on topic" it would be good. It's easy I know to establish a friendly rapport with the thread originator, and others who post, and therefore drifting into a casual, social-type conversation about general things ......but every now and then take a glance at the Name of the Thread and try and stick to it...please.

  25. Sleepy21
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Moonstruck

    It is hard to stay on topic here and a bit of a minefield to understanding how to operate according to the rules. I don't know the rules and am not sure how to stay on topic. How much do we have to stay on topic? sometimes tangents can be kind of productive if they are topic-adjacent.
    Also - I'm concerned about exclusion that happens here on occasion.

    New users post on a long established thread and don't get acknowledged. This is a public space for vulnerable ppl. Whereever they post, they should be able to be included and get a response. From anyone. This keeps the discussions fresh and interesting and we should welcome diverse responses from any new members.

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  26. quirkywords
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Sleepy21

    Sleepy we try as much as possible to reply to a person posting for first time on a long post that hasnt been used for a while.

    I am often seeing first time posters in such threads and welcome them . I know we may miss a few but really it is one thing like you say that is important and we really try so hard to answer all first time posters wherever they post. Thanks for your contribution.

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  27. Sleepy21
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    20 December 2020 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirky thats amazing that you guys try that and I know there are so so many threads

    I meant also when ppl join in a thread and are ignored because the threads become close and cliquey.
    That is very unhealthy in a MH forum and I just wanted to remind ppl that all threads are public
    No one needs to be allowed to join, invited to join, or can be told to leave.
    That is how we heal from having had exclusive environments - by making this inclusive, rather than replicating patterns of having only certain ppl included and accepted, and rejecting others. All threads are for everyone who feels they would like to join.

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    20 December 2020 in reply to Sleepy21
    I have seen it recently where someone a new person was made to feel unwelcome on thread and I felt really sorry for this person and noticed they haven't replied to any other threads since.This is a mental health Forum and everyone should be welcome.I think we can lose the fact it is mental health forums with the cyber friendships we developed.These friendship are great as a lot of us are lonely and it is just good to have someone to talk to and this helps with mental health.
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  29. Sleepy21
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark

    have seen that too and experienced it myself

    Also seen it happen to others

    There are no private threads. Of course some threads are for only certain ppl - eg the under 25 threads and I fully respect that boundary.

    But if a thread is general than that meets it should be safe for everyone.

    I'm interested to hera more about what u said about cyber friendships

    It can be a great thing i think, what do u think? happy to hear any feedback on this or anything else re exclusivity and exlcusion on the threads. cheers

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  30. quirkywords
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Sleepy21

    Matchy and Sleepy, and all those reading

    I too have been ignored in a long thread where it seems like a club for just a few people.

    I think we all know what it is like to feel excluded so we need to be as inclusive. On the whole most threads are inclusive and people try hard to help others. I have seen many examples of people reaching out and showing kindness to others on the forum and helping people who are a bit confused and lost.

    You both and many others are very friendly and compassionate.

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