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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Suggestion, place Welcome and Introductions by itself, instead of people having to guess where it is and having to go through Notices and Announcments, assuming they'll figure out that a Welcome or chance to introduce themselves might be a Notice or Announcement. I sure wouldn't.

    Make it obvious and easy for new people to find. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    It is very hard to find.
     
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    Although it's mentioned in another thread, I thought I'd mention here as well, for those who may have missed it, that the forum software does allow me to change your member name now, and I have it set so that you can change your own member name if, by chance, you have created an account here using a handle rather than a first and a last name.

    You can do that by placing your cursor over your profile name in the upper right of the page. A box will pop up with two columns of options. Near the bottom of the second column you will see an option for "Username Change" and that's the one you'll want. We only allow one username change though, so as not to confuse people too much. Exceptions might be made when warranted, however. If you need any help, ask.

    The Seniors Only Club forum has been online since January of 2015, and I am pretty excited about the group of people we have here. This is a forum for people who are 50+ or fifty years old or older. Although this might span a lot of years, we tend to have more in common, and some of us have gotten past the age where we need to one-up someone in every forum thread, as you've probably seen in forums that include younger people. Anyone fifty years old or older, and able to write and understand the English language is welcome here, and your English doesn't even have to be all that good.

    Please feel free to join in on any discussion or start one of your own if you don't see anything that stirs you to conversation. Other than in this area of the forum, you will usually see me participating in forum discussions under my regular member account -- Ken Anderson.
     
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    So, I can change my last name if I want? Time I divorced @Terry Page. :)

    We've been separated since June. I'm thinking about it...something that starts with a C but not my real last name, so I can use my real signature. CC

    Maybe I'll start another post and ask for suggestions.
     
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    Yes, you can. I don't mind when there's a reason for it. I limit the number of changes to one because I don't wand people changing their member name twice a week since this would confuse everyone.

    When you change your name, everything you've done here remains, but is replaced with your new name. I don't know, but probably the posts where someone has flagged you as Chrissy Page would carry over, but that wouldn't be a big issue.
     
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    Ok, I'll have to think about it, Ken. I don't want to mess things up.

    When you sat "flagged" do you mean "tagged"?

    Everybody knows I'm Chrissy, last name isn't so important but I do have special ties to CC and you know that's how I sign anyway.
     
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    It wouldn't mess anything up, @Chrissy Page << I meant flagged but tagged would mean the same thing, in context.
     
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    I'll give it a day...
     
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  13. Ken Anderson

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    We have been fortunate enough to have gained a few members recently, so I thought I'd add a post to this notice for their benefit. I am the administrator and only moderator of this forum, but I rarely spend time in the forum under my Admin account, preferring to be just another forum member. This account has no administrator privileges because that help me to see what you see, and also because I just want to be a part of the forum, as you are.

    If there is something that I need to do in the administrator part of the forum, I'll log into that account. Otherwise, I just check it for messages from time to time.

    If you've come here from another forum, you might find that we're a little different. I hope so, anyhow, because there's little point in doing the same thing that someone else is already doing.

    You'll notice from my posts in the political sections that I'm a little on the conservative side and, from the religion sections, that I am a Christian; as are some others here. Those are my my positions as a member of this forum, however. It does not necessarily follow that this is a conservative Christian forum.

    If you are a liberal atheist, I'll probably disagree with you often in the hot topics part of the forum, but that would be me disagreeing with you as a fellow member of the forum, and that's not the same thing as a warning from the administrator of the forum. If I get angry with you in a political or religious discussion, I am probably just expressing a human emotion. Plus, the chances are very good that I'm not even angry, as strong disagreement is often misinterpreted as anger in a forum discussion.

    I try to keep a fairly loose hand on the forum, so you are unlikely to get in trouble for posting something in the wrong area of the forum or even for a spontaneous display of anger or a poor choice of words, as long as I don't get the idea that you're trying to start a fight with someone.

    We're human, hopefully. I try very hard to prevent the non-humans from establishing accounts here. As humans, we might go off the deep end from time to time. If you find that you have said something that has angered someone else in the forum, apologize. Even if you are sure that you are in the right, it doesn't hurt to apologize. It is very easy to misunderstand the words of others in a forum discussion, particularly if it is someone who disagrees with you. I've had people get angry with me when I was trying to be agreeable. It happens. Sometimes I can see where I might have used words that were misunderstood. With me, the problem is usually that I used too many words, and only part of them were read or correctly interpreted.

    Anyhow, I want you to feel comfortable here. The simple version of our rules are this:
    1. Try not to be too offensive.
    2. Try not to be too easily offended.
    3. Play well with others.
     
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  14. Bobby Cole

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    Okay....1. I will wear extra deodorant so I do not offend anyone.
    2. If someone forgets theirs I will pretend I do not notice.
    3. Sorry, I will only share my cat's eyes and clearies; The steelies are mine. Oh yeah, ya gotta bring your
    own pebble for hop scotch because I never lend mine out after Timmy stole my last one.
     
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    Be nice. I will be running a Facebook ad for the next three days, so we will probably have more lurkers than usual. Usually, a three-day advertising campaign will yield perhaps one new member, and sometimes none, but it does bring a lot of people here and it doesn't cost a lot.
     
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    Please do note that my previous post will be adhered to at all cost. Just a question though.
    Must I wear starched shirts and pleated trousers or do we even have a dress code for such events?
    If not, how casual can I be? Do we offer tea and coffee or something stronger like a nice cabernet?

    Who's going to rake the sand in the sandbox?
     
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    Yes, please. Wash your faces and your hands too.
     
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    I saw the adds on Faceoff and liked them.. I actually hit the LIKE button just to make it look as if someone was interested......

    I just took a shower so if a new member comes on here they will see that I am another clean member....
    I even washed my hair (whatever I have) to impress them.....

    Hope it brings in a few new members.....
    Ken, thanks for trying something for new members...........
     
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    We have been fortunate enough to have had several new members recently, and I don't always greet everyone individually.

    Oh, I could easily set up an automatic greeting that would post a pre-made welcome notice that would be displayed to everyone who created a new account, but that would be phony, and a waste of space and time.

    So I will try to greet new members as I notice them, and realize that they are new, but I'll also miss people. No matter, because if you become involved in our forum discussions, there will be plenty of people to greet you. Their greeting is as good as mine, and a whole lot better than a canned message.

    Anyhow, if you're new here, welcome to the forum.

    If you have had experience with other forums, you might find that this is a little different. Not in its look, because this is basic forum software, without a lot of bells and whistles.

    But things are a little on the informal side here. I am the forum administrator, but I generally log in under my Admin account only once a day or so, unless I have some administrative matters to take care of.

    I prefer to use a regular member account, and you should treat me like any other forum member.

    If I have something to say to you regarding forum rules or administrative stuff, I'll often use this account, simply because I am usually here under this account. But if you ignore me, and it's important, I'll contact you under the Admin account. That is not usually necessary, though.

    As you read through the posts here, you will find that I have opinions on most things, but unless it has to do with forum rules or stuff, my opinions are no more valid or invalid than your own.

    I am not going to ban you because you disagree with me on politics, or because you chose a different religion, or none at all.

    There are some longer rules and policy stuff, but the basic rules here are pretty simple.
    1. Try not to be too offensive.
    2. Try not to be too easily offended.
    3. Play well with others.
    If you can't handle being disagreed with, don't play in the Hot Button Issues area. While I still expect a large degree of cordiality and respect in that area, I am well aware that subjects of politics and religion can involve strong emotions, and sometimes these are not expressed as nicely as they could be. We should still try to respect one another, wherever we are, but, as we would in a person-to-person encounter, if we realize that we have maybe crossed a civility line, then an apology will usually suffice. A sincere attempt to avoid crossing these lines is better, but I do make more allowances in the Hot Button Issues section than in the rest of the forum.

    Although I have, I do not often ban people, and am doing so less now than I did at first. I have learned that, as adults, you guys are usually able to work things out for yourselves, and I prefer it that way.

    We have no moderators here, other than myself, and I am not here all the time, although I am here frequently throughout the day and night. At some point, perhaps I'll appoint a moderator or two, but I would want them to act more like a welcome wagon than a police department.

    Anyhow, I want you to feel comfortable here. In real life, meaning outside of forum life, we probably don't always say the right thing, or don't always say things in the best way, particularly when we find ourselves disagreeing with someone. I will accept that from you as I would ask you to accept it from me, and from other members of the forum.

    In real life, most of us will apologize once we realized we have hurt someone's feelings or stated our position too harshly. Not everyone will, but we probably all have people in our lives who are a PITA, but who also contribute something valuable to the conversation.

    I know that I have found, here as well as in the town I live in, that there are people who I didn't much like at first, but whom I have come to love, or at least to tolerate.

    Welcome to the forum. Enjoy it or I'll ban you.
     
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    el banyou. Isn't that the Latino translation for bathroom? And further, why wouldn't folks enjoy using el banyou and why would it be an option?
     
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    LOL... el baño :D Bobby.. be banished to the back of the Spanish class..


    Nice post tho', Admin One... :D
     
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    Yeah, I lived in Nogales for a couple of years.
    Just can't quite get myself to like the word, "ban" though........... Reminds me of a bad experience I had with an underarm deodorant.
     
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    LOL>>> :D
     
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    Most of you probably already know this but, for those who are new, or who may have missed it, this is not a profit-driven forum. Many forum owners own several forums, and they make money from advertising. Some have private areas of the forum that forum members can pay to subscribe to. Many of them have hopes of selling their forum at some point in the future, after which they can start another one, build that up, and sell it as well.

    I have had two inquiries from people wanting to buy this forum. I don't even know what they might have offered because I am not interested. I have run other forums and, while I have given two of them away, I haven't sold one yet.

    There is no profit motive for this forum. I have paid for the forum software, and I pay for any upgrades to it, which I am going to have to do soon because it's been awhile. Any additions to the forum are paid for by me. Once a year, I pay for hosting. I have paid for various incentives in the past, and will probably do so again in the future. There have been costs involved with search engine optimization and advertising. All of this is paid for by me.

    Some of you have contributed to the costs of running the forum, and I thank you for that. I don't nag people to contribute, and I certainly don't strong-arm anyone, and that's not what this post is about. You contribute to the forum through your posts, your threads, and your presence, and that's good enough for me.

    There is no secret plan for me to somehow recoup this money or to profit in any way from this forum. This forum is here because I enjoy it, pure and simple. The fact that some of you enjoy it as well adds to my own pleasure in being able to make it available. That's what it's about, and nothing else.
     
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    Hummmmmmm........psst. Hey everybody, the boss sounds really ticked!
     
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