What Do Forums Need?

Discussion in 'Help Requests' started by Ken Anderson, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Ken Anderson

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    Yes, or you can do it directly from Twitter. Anything that includes a link to the forum or to a specific forum thread will do it. Long URLs can be shortened using bitly or one of the other URL shorteners. I have used tinyurl for years but I am getting a phishing attempt warning from it today so I won't leave the link to that.
     
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    I have a twitter account, but only used it once. The reason I opened it was my daughter started posting little notes on the walls of the girl's bathroom saying things like "you look beautiful today" and you're such a wonderful friend), etc. She did it anonymously and it turned into a big thing, and she started a twitter page for it. I used it for that. I haven't touched it since.
     
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  3. Ken Anderson

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    Please don't misunderstand me. No one is required to advertise for the forum. Please feel free to do so if you wish, or not to if you'd rather not. Your participation here is what adds the most value to the forum.
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    Mostly, what a forum needs is conversation. When a new thread is started, or a new post is made, consider whether you have something that you might be able to add to it, and then take the time to do that. Like the rest of you, there are some topics that I have neither interest or knowledge of so I don't participate in every conversation here, and I don't expect any of you to do so. That's fine because, as in real life, we don't try to engage in every possible topic that comes up.

    When you have something on your mind, whether it's a concern over something that's going on in the news, a book that you have read, something that you remember from another point in your life, or anything at all, really, please take the time to start a thread on it. Yeah, there may be times when no one will reply to your new thread but that's not very likely. While we are not a large group, we are a diverse group and if something is of interest to you, it is probably of interest to someone else here as well.

    When you post a link from a news item, or a blog, please take a moment to add your own words to it. If you are posting it here, I assume that it must mean something to you, that you found it to be funny, interesting, or otherwise of use to someone, so let us know what you think about it.
     
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    Thank you, @Ken Anderson! With many of the forums I've seen, joined in, conversed with--Seniors Only Club is my favorite. It's the best I've encountered in the social network, so far. Honestly, I even choose SOC community over FB. :) I mean, I keep coming back to the forum. Also, I find many of the Seniors here make me laugh. I like the fascinatingly easy-going and witty character the forum has been designed for engaging discussions. I'm glad to be here.

    I enjoy it here. I like the various choices of topics in several categories. I just need to explore more with my mind for ideas, or just being me when I'm here at Seniors Only Club. :)
     
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    There are so few forums for senior people. I belong to one or two others but most of them are frequented by members with appalling english language, and I'm not trying to be mean, but at times it's hard to work out what they are trying to say.

    It's refreshing to find a forum where there are people who have lived a little and have the same kind of memories as I do. I could see right away that it is a high quality place to post.
     
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    When I began searching for a good forums, I hit a lot of duds before I found this one. I can't tell you how many times I read threads about which cell phone provider you use or other mundane time killers. I like the content on this forum, so much more. There's actual conversations here. That's the entire point of a good forum, isn't it? Thats also why I don't visit the other ones anymore.
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    When starting a new thread, please do your best to use a thread title that suggests the topic that the thread is about, and include an opening post that has content, so that it is clear to people what the thread is going to be about. You'll find that more people will participate in a thread if the topic is clear from the title, and you will also be more likely to attract readers from the outside, who may later become members themselves.
     
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  9. Ken Anderson

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    Every forum needs members, particularly those who will enjoy what we have to offer, and be eager to participate in discussions. Everyone should feel free, but in no way obligated, to invite anyone fifty or older who you think might enjoy the forum. Please explain the first and last name convention to them so that I don't have to ask them to change their handle into a name, since that always feels like getting off to a poor start, on my end and theirs. I am also willing to work with anyone who may be having difficulties registering. Often this comes up when a new registrant's email tags our email confirmation notice as spam, and moves it to a spam folder. Since it is automatically generated, some spam filters do that. In such cases, I am perfectly willing to approve the account manually if they send me a request, since I can validate the email address that way. I have done this a few times, but some people just give up if they register for an account and never receive a validation email (which is probably in their spam folder). Anyhow, please feel free to invite anyone who you think might be a good fit.

    Being able to use the English language is required, but various levels of proficiencies can be accommodated. I don't care what part of the world our members are from, or what their religion and political persuasions might be. Although these things might come up in discussion, there are no requirements for membership that address such things.
     
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    Thanks for all who contributed to this thread, I found it very illuminating, being a relative newcomer to forums, it helped me understand why a couple of previous forums I have been on seemed to fall, or are falling apart with lots of bitterness and arguments. I think the person running the forum has a lot to do with the quality of the postings and the people attracted to the forum in the first place. So thank you Ken for being visible and joining in the conversations in a positive way, so unlike the previous forum I left recently. Long may SOC prosper and stay calm and interesting. :)
     
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    Oh oh, maybe this isnt the forum forum for me. I will never write more than a paragraph. im not a writer...I dont like to write and never have.

    Im also having trouble on this forum with my ipad, for aome reason I cant go back and fix a typo until I post and then edit.

    I see I wrote (some) wrong but cant fix it....i try to go back but all I get is the copy and paste option.
     
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    @Chrissy Page , both Bobby and I , Ina, and Dave all use our iPads (that I can think of right offhand). Sometimes you have to make a space after a mis-spelled word before the touch and fix option will work; but you should be able to just backspace over the word and re-spell it if you notice it right away.
    If you are using a virtual keyboard; I recommend getting a bluetooth keyboard case instead. That is what we use, and it is much more convenient for typing than using the virtual keyboard.
    The case that I have is hard to get the iPad out of ; but the one that Bobby has, the iPad slips in and out easily, and he can use his without the keboard case if he is doing something where he won't be typing.
    The case that we have is made by Zagg; but there a good variety of all kinds and prices if you look on Amazon. Having a keyboard case makes the iPad almost like having a miniature laptop, but with all of the extra features that the iPad has and a laptop doesn't.
     
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    Thanks Yvonne but this is the only place I have the problem.

    Right now I'm on my iPhone and seeing if I have the same problem.

    I don't seem to but my phone is really too small for forums!

    Yes, if I notice the word right away I can fix it but not if I notice it later.
     
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    I noticed that we have had a couple new members sign up in the last few days. They both tried to sign up with user names instead of regular names.
    I know that Ken just mentioned this recently; but since people are not seeming to understand how to make a "real sounding name", rather than a username, I wanted to bring it up again.

    Whenever I have invited someone to the forum, I always tried to explain this to people , so they understand how to register. I tell them that it can either be a real name , or a made up name; it just has to look like it could be a real name. Then I usually explain what my name is on the forum; so that way, if you are inviting friends from another forum that uses usernames, they have the idea of how to register.
    If someone you invite is still having trouble, you can message Ken, and he will straighten it out. He has had to help me with people a time or two.
     
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    We all have things to say, and we can either state them to a vacuum, by simply posting whatever it is that we have to say, or we can bring it up in conversation. Of course, the latter is preferred. Although sometimes it's necessary to simply make a statement when starting a new thread, forums are more fun when people speak to one another. Read, not only the opening post, but what other people have had to say about it. You can address other members by name through the use of the @ symbol. After entering the @ symbol, enter the first couple of letters of the member's name and the forum will make suggestions for you. This is similar to tagging someone in Facebook in that it gets their attention, letting them know that you have said something that might be of interest to them. Plus, it's more conversational and natural to use someone's name.

    I've mentioned it more than once before but, unlike some forums, whose owners are only interested in a lot of new threads, I like the ones we have to go on until we've exhausted everything we have to say about the subject and, even then, if someone new comes along, they should feel free to bring it up again. New threads are good too, as long as there are replies to it. Otherwise, a new thread can be disappointing to the person who started it, since we all like to believe that others are interested in what we have to say. For the most part, I think we are.
     
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    There are three main types of communication: Telegraph, Telephone....tell a woman!;)
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    I come to senior forums to talk with like minded seniors. Also I like to contribute what experiences I have gone through during my senior years.

    I am slowly weening myself from another forum that is becoming overrun with politics and one sided opinions. This is not what I am looking for in a senior related forum! I can search the web all day for politics and hot topics..JMHO
     
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    Yes I agree with that completely Ken, long may this one stay interesting and stimulating, without all the wasteful rhetoric that just causes rifts between members.
     
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    We have only a few political sub-forums, and plenty of non-political ones, and I am willing add more.
     
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    A forum should be a place where, unlike a minefield, you can boldly stride without worrying about being blown up.

    Not many are.
     
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    Well stated, my Friend, and welcome (again) to the forum, @Sifu Phil Bonifonte .
    You will like it here, and can take off the Body Armour, and just enjoy the coffee at Joe's Cafe, and have fun socializing.
    Even in the political threads, life is safe. We might shred up the topic; but never attack each other, and pretty much anything can be discussed here.
    We are all careful who we invite to the forum, because everyone enjoys the little haven we have here.
     
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  22. Sifu Phil Bonifonte

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    Ah, thank you, m'Lady - this armor IS getting a wee bit heavy ...

    [​IMG]

    I'm pretty much apolitical, as you know, but that's good to know.

    Even though you've probably invited the wolf into the fold with me, I appreciate it and will try my best to be good.

    ...

    Yeah, right ... o_O
     
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    Ah, Phil. Welcome my friend. I just came from the other "forum" and the same two or three people have shut down another thread. They seriously need to be sent on their way.
     
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    Hi Dave, and thank you!

    Unfortunately Admins walk a fine line between allowing people to express themselves and banning them. Some walk that line with far more grace and ability than others, but I realize that it's a tough job.

    That's why I turned them down when they offered me the CEO position of the Internet. ;)
     
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    Other than spammers, I don't think I've banned more than two people from this forum. There have been those who have gotten angry and left, but it has rarely been necessarily to ban anyone. I'm hoping it stays that way. If there are rules to this forum, they are:
    1. Try not to be too offensive.
    2. Try not to be too easily offended.
     
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