At the top of the page you will see a new tab–FORUMS.
I had mentioned numerous times this was coming and now it is here. I have ‘played’ with it for a few weeks and think I understand how it works.
If anyone would like to use it we can all learn together the positives (or negative) of using this instead of the old system in the right hand column.
For now I will leave the old system in place.
So I have set the ‘Forums’ up with the broad topics we have had for a long time. If you click on a forum you will go to the ‘topics’ page where either you can scan the topics one of you set up–OR you can start a new topic within that forum.
You MUST have a name and email address to start a topic, comment on other topics–nothing new here–you can use the same credentials you use on the main website. Of course if you are using some alias credentials I think it will work.
To get full functionality it would be helpful to use a legitimate email–because you can SUBSCRIBE and get notices when someone responds to a post of yours etc.
The search function on the top of the page will search by topics, keywords OR contributor.
I have set up the system to give the same 5 minute edit window after you post.
This forum is set up with the same ‘spam’ filter–which does a great job removing spam–sometimes too good as I restore maybe 5 comments a week that get caught in the spam filter. In this regard believe me that I would rather have it a little too aggressive than the opposite. Personally I have only seen 1 spam message get through in 2 years.
Who wants to be a guinea pig??