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Forum Central => The Three Towns Forum => Topic started by: DaveR on September 01, 2010, 11:16:12 AM

Title: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on September 01, 2010, 11:16:12 AM
Got an idea to improve the Forum? Or a problem? Tell us about it here.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Hugo on September 07, 2010, 03:09:56 PM
I am not sure if I'm posting in the right place Dave but it's not an idea I've got it's just advice I need.

  I haven't worked out how to post photos on the forum. :-[

My photos are all downsized ready to post and on the previous forum I would use the browse button to obtain the photo then position the cursor to where the photo was to go, Then I would press submit to post the picture,

When I wanted to post the next picture I went into edit and repeated the process.

Could you please advise me on the easiest way I can post any photos I've got and whether there is a limit to the number of photos that can be posted in one go. 
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2010, 03:36:19 PM
Hello Hugo,

How to upload photos to a post.

1) After writing your post, underneath the message box, click on Additional Options.
2) Next to Attach, click on the 'Choose File' button.
3) Select the photo file you want to use from my computer's hard drive (it must be less than 300k in size).
4) If you want to add another photo, click on (more attachments) and repeat the procedure.
5) Click on Post and the message & photo should be displayed.

Its pretty much the same procedure as before, the main difference is that you just add the photos and they are displayed at the end of your post, you dont choose where they go in the post. You can add a maximum of 4 photos per post at present, although I can easily change that if you would like more.

Have a go, any problems, just let me know and I will advise.

Dave
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 09, 2010, 09:41:34 PM
Is this the right thread on which to ask a question?

If so..I was wondering how you get 'promoted' in the heirarchy.

Not being snobbish, but I wondered why Steve for example is a Lieutenant, and I am a measly ensign.
This is not a true reflection of my true greatness,  :laugh:

Seriously though, is it based on the number of postings or somesuch?
I am a little worried that Steve may be able to order me to polish his boots, or do 100 press ups.
I would like to rise to the rank of King Emperor,  or is that a penguin?


Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on September 09, 2010, 09:48:40 PM
Purely down to the number of postings, mate. The ranks are something to do with Star Trek, apparently.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 09, 2010, 11:55:31 PM
Thanks Dave,
Thought so...after checking the members list..
Star Trek eh?  In that case I am supremely confident of reaching the status of Master of the Universe.
MAybe I could even become a member of the Q Continuum,...(only another Trekkie would understand)

But...I am going to attempt for the FIFTH time to upload a photo.....previous 4 failed miserably

Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 10, 2010, 08:09:45 AM
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If so..I was wondering how you get 'promoted' in the heirarchy.

It's all a bit of fun, actually.  In some (many) forums you can acquire 'Karma' points, or stars based on how others perceive the quality of your posting but in this one it's based purely on the number of postings a member makes.   As I'm a sci fi enthusiast, I decided it might be fun to have Star Trek ranks, which I realised almost immediately was a mistake when Dave became Lt Comander before I did  >:( >:( >:( 

Anyhoo, this can all be changed at some future point, but the reassuring news is that you only need make 100 posts to acquire your first 'promotion' which, given your prodigious posting record in the old place ,Fester, you'll soon have accomplished  :D
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 10, 2010, 08:10:50 AM
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But...I am going to attempt for the FIFTH time to upload a photo.....previous 4 failed miserably

Did the attempts fail because the photo was too large?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 13, 2010, 08:28:47 PM
Hi Ian...
I rather think my attempts failed because the image I selected ( Q from Star Trek ) ...had a nasty virus attached.
It wiped my PC completely and it has been in Kindways since Friday being repaired.
Thats why I've been ''off air'' for a few days...
 :rage:

Maybe one shouldn't mess about with the Q continuum??    Even the Mason's didn't destroy my PC ....only the US Server!   :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on September 13, 2010, 08:48:44 PM
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As I'm a sci fi enthusiast, I decided it might be fun to have Star Trek ranks, which I realised almost immediately was a mistake when Dave became Lt Comander before I did  >:( >:( >:( 
...and now I'm a Captain!  <:<:<:<

Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 13, 2010, 08:51:19 PM
Make it so...
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 13, 2010, 08:52:38 PM
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..and now I'm a Captain!

But not as we know it....


 Z@@
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on September 13, 2010, 08:55:40 PM
All these Star Trek references are going way over my head...  :P The last episode of Star Trek I watched had William Shatner in it and it was about 1973.  ?{}?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 13, 2010, 09:08:09 PM
Star Trek was quite the franchise, in its day.  The other - very serious - contender was Babylon 5.  Both excellent, but ST has a more well developed mythology, I think.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 13, 2010, 11:00:18 PM
William Shatner was the original and best Enterprise Captain in my opinion.....but Jean Luc Picard was more thoughtful, intelligent and impressive.

I have the dubious distinction of owning all the DVDs of the Original Series, plus the Next Generation ....still compulsive viewing for me!
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 14, 2010, 08:12:59 AM
A kindred spirit  8)
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 15, 2010, 11:06:29 PM
Ian / Dave...
I have a query, which when answered may enhance my experience on this new Forum.

The way I like to use this site is to click on either ''new posts since my last visit'' or ''new replies to my posts''

But...tonight, after leaving a few posts on various threads, I was about to sign off as I was getting nothing in the way of responses....then I checked on the Home page, and there was indeed a few replies, posted later than mine.   
I could see them from there if I clicked on them, but...they did not appear when I clicked on the ''new replies to my posts''

Is this because I did not log off?   Do I need to log off and back on for those buttons to work?

 :rage: :rage:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 16, 2010, 07:38:17 AM
Nope.  The new replies probably appeared after you'd gone through all the existing ones.  The best way is to return to the top and clock on the 'show unread posts since last visit' link.  That has the effect of re-reading the database to show the most recent posts, including those that appeared after you'd been on for a while ..
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on September 16, 2010, 10:32:26 PM
I'm not so sure about that Ian,
Because, I do have the habit of clicking on that button ..''unread posts since my last visit''
But when it shows blank, I think its time for me to retire for the evening...HOWEVER....last night, it was blank .....but there was quite a few postings listed at the bottom of the home page which I had never seen,  including replies to MY postings.

I shall keep an eye on this, and report back accordingly.
If I am wrong, I shall let you know, if only for the sake of courtesy.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: jemima on September 16, 2010, 11:09:22 PM
I seem to have the same problems with "show unread posts since last visit".
Title: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 17, 2010, 06:43:16 AM
I could not log on last night for some reason, even at one point it was telling me I did'nt exist :rage: :rage: Does anyone else have a problem or is it just me? :'( :)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2010, 08:21:21 AM
As long as you know you exist, that's the main thing!  :D I take it all is well now?

All websites have the occasional blip now and again, even the biggest ones like Amazon and Google.  :rage:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2010, 08:31:57 AM
I tend to either look at the 'Show unread posts since last visit' link at top right of screen or just go down to the bottom of the screen where the last 15 posts made are displayed.

It's worth mentioning that 'Show unread posts since last visit' means just that, i.e. 'since last visit'. Say you log in for 5 mins just to see what's going on, click on the link and see 10 unread posts. If you only click on 1 of them to read it and then log out again, the other 9 wont appear on that list the next time you log in, even though you haven't read them. That's happened with me a couple of times. Does that make sense?

Adding to that, I think I'm right in saying that all unread posts are indicated by the little diamond icon with a satellite dish on it to the left of the category names on the main page. Click on the icon and it shows all unread posts in that category, regardless of when you have logged in or out.

Hmmm, not sure I've explained it very well but have a look and see if it makes sense to you.  ££$
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on September 17, 2010, 08:40:27 AM
Yes;  the 'last visit' is interpreted by the computer as the last time you actually clicked on the 'show unread posts since last visit' link, so if you close the browser or log off or leave 3T then the next time you return it will only show those posts that are actually 'new' .

FWIW, I never log off and never close down the browser, and don't actually shut down the computer, BTW - Macs simply 'sleep', so I don't have the problem you're experiencing.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 17, 2010, 08:41:57 AM
Most likely it was a glitch at the MySql server end.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 17, 2010, 08:47:33 AM
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As long as you know you exist, that's the main thing!  :D I take it all is well now?


Well I think I exist, but who knows I could be a figment of my own imagination ;D  All is well now though 8)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on September 17, 2010, 10:05:17 AM
I'm still having problems with 'incorrect password' 2nd go at it is fine though.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 17, 2010, 11:57:34 AM
We can assign you a new password and send it to you, if the problem persists.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2010, 12:31:18 PM
Think its a browser problem, tbh.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 17, 2010, 02:12:51 PM
Cache related?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 18, 2010, 07:51:02 AM
no problem at all logging on today :)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 18, 2010, 08:59:13 AM
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Anyhow, perhaps we SHOULD become a closed order, develop our own handshake, and issue bespoke leather aprons to all Forum members?

I run a closed forum and I also part-manage a subscription forum and there are pluses and minuses to both.  I know you weren't serious, Fester, but a closed forum stagnates growth, but allows the members to really know each other well. What you end up with is a sort of club , in which everyone knows everyone else, but where there's not a lot of change.  Personally, I favour an open forum, with effective management of registrants.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on September 18, 2010, 07:15:51 PM
I was thinking more of a closed order, like a silent order in a monastery ....where we could seek permission from the all powerful moderators,once a year to post something.  Something bland, something fitting...
Something in praise of the moderators themselves perhaps.
Certainly nothing critical, and most definitely no images of the outside world ...there is a scary world out there!!
If this favour was granted....then we would wait a further year to seek permission to see if there was any answer to our missive...

In the intervening time we must work, pray and eat a small amount of porridge each day.   
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 19, 2010, 08:20:49 AM
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a silent order in a monastery ....where we could seek permission from the all powerful moderators,once a year to post something.  Something bland, something fitting...
Something in praise of the moderators themselves perhaps.

Marvellous, truly marvellous!!!



 <:<:<:< X:(( +}}{ _))* _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on September 19, 2010, 08:23:04 AM
It would have to be named after some shining (and therefore - dead) example of taciturnity, of course. Perhaps the Order of St Sycophant, perhaps?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on September 19, 2010, 10:38:50 AM
this man, who has crawled and crept through life, wounding the hands he licked, and biting those he fawned upon: this sycophant, who never knew what honour, truth, or courage meant...

Charles Dickens--Barnaby Rudge .

Ideal ! :-X
 *&(
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on September 19, 2010, 10:45:38 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of The mysterious order of St Oscar .....
...he doesn't have much to say for himself, and he is most mysterious.

 )*)&
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 02, 2010, 09:29:47 PM
Although I am appreciative of my new Rank as a Lieutenant Commander,  I would really prefer an Royal Air Force Rank - something like Group Captain!    )*)&

Any chance of a change of Service?    >>>
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on October 02, 2010, 09:48:24 PM
Forget it Yorkie,   this Forum is run by Star Trekkies  ..(like me)

If this change is sanctioned it will forever rubber stamp my suspicion that Masonic influence has no limit ...  WWW
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Michael on October 02, 2010, 10:41:42 PM
R.A.F.----not a bad idea. In real life I was an AC2 struggling up to AC1.  If the forum changes, please note I WANT MY SUPERIOR RANK.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 03, 2010, 08:43:18 AM
I take it that you were both in the RAF, then?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 03, 2010, 09:32:50 AM
Both Brylcream boys by the sound of it!    Per Ardu Ad Astra   
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Michael on October 03, 2010, 06:55:05 PM
Yes, I was a brylcream boy.  I spent a long time at Brize Norton which is often mentioned in the news.  National Service of course.   I may be old----but not old enough to have been in the war.   
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 04, 2010, 07:51:49 AM
My Father was a navigator - on Lancasters.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on October 04, 2010, 10:40:14 AM
It has been noticed by some, including myself, that amongst the host of Smileys from which we have to select includes the Scottish and Welsh National Flags.   )*)&

Without wishing to shout "Foul!" and invoke the power of any Statute concerning discrimination or racism I do hope the Administrators (one Welsh, one Scottish) will rectify the matter by introducing an English Flag depicting the red cross of St. George.   I know that there will be many who will applaud this most worthwhile addition to the Forum.   :Scot:  $welsh$   +

Size is everything!!!! _))* L0L _))* L0L
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 04, 2010, 11:18:12 AM
Indeed.  A scandalous omission.   
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on October 04, 2010, 11:43:18 AM
How about we just get rid of most of them? 80% of them are never used anyway.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 04, 2010, 11:57:17 AM
They are by some of us!


 <:<:<:< {}{} X:(( _))++
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on October 04, 2010, 01:05:56 PM
You're darn tootin' they are!! ;)  :D  :(  8)  ::)  :P  :-X  D)  Z**  L0L  :laugh:  :rage: :Scot:  *&(  ))*  ££$ 
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Trojan on October 04, 2010, 08:20:00 PM
The English flag was present when the forum was first started, along with the Scottish flag, but mysteriously disappeared and seemed to be replaced by the Welsh flag. I don't think it's the Masons this time, but the forum could have been infiltrated by Plaid Cymru.  :-X

It may be easier just to have the Union flag, which represents England, Scotland & Ireland. However, as Wales isn't represented on it, we would have to keep the Draig Goch.

You're right, size is everything Yorkie.  L0L
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 04, 2010, 08:27:37 PM
Hmmm...you're right;  there was an English flag.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Trojan on October 04, 2010, 08:42:00 PM
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Hmmm...you're right;  there was an English flag.

Dave?  ???
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on October 04, 2010, 09:28:22 PM
I think Trojan's on the right track here. The issue is obviously one of relevance to the forum, which is based in Wales. Wales is part of the UK, which is part of the EU. Therefore, those three flags are the only ones of relevance.  Make it so....D)
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Trojan on October 04, 2010, 09:58:11 PM
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I think Trojan's on the right track here. The issue is obviously one of relevance to the forum, which is based in Wales. Wales is part of the UK, which is part of the EU. Therefore, those three flags are the only ones of relevance.  Make it so....D)

  $wales  $uk  ZXZ


  $eu
  :votive: :votive:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on October 05, 2010, 08:58:17 AM
Ah!  But the Union Jack is the emblem of the UNITED Kingdom which embodies England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  By using only the Welsh Flag, the English (of which there are many in the ThreeTowns Area), the Scots and any Northern Irish will undoubtably feel a bit miffed.   _))*  L0L
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 05, 2010, 09:02:08 AM
The original St George flag was included purely because of the football world cup, I seem to remember...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 05, 2010, 09:02:57 AM
After having now used the Forum for some time I think that the page lengths need to be lengthened, or number of posts per page be increased.   I find, all too often, that I am having to go back over previous pages to get back to the crux of the thread.   )*)&

I know that posts per page is limited, and one has sometimes to back track, but I think it could be improved as suggested.   D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 05, 2010, 09:11:45 AM
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I think that the page lengths need to be lengthened, or number of posts per page be increased

That's not as easy as you might think.  It involves tinkering with the actual code of the templates, and that can have unforeseen consequences.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 05, 2010, 10:33:18 AM
Well we don't want you doing too much tinkering, do we??    )*)&  $wales
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 05, 2010, 12:05:10 PM
Not if we want to be able to find everything in the morning :-))  :o
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 05, 2010, 08:52:22 PM
Maybe we could all have our own individual Emblem????   WWW
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2010, 09:14:47 PM
We do, don't we? It's called an Avatar.  D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Bellringer on October 06, 2010, 11:16:39 PM
No doubt like many other users, I look at the adverts that appear on the various thread pages. One that intrigues me is the Groupon coupon system that seems to offer fantastic discounts. Has any member had any experience with this company?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 07, 2010, 10:30:51 PM
If you type the word p a i n without the spaces you get this pain
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2010, 08:11:11 AM
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If you type the word p a i n without the spaces you get this $pain$
Fixed!  :)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 08, 2010, 08:58:37 AM
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Well, if this is your idea of having fun, count me out. Perhaps Ive just picked a bad time to read these posts,

Mike - I've transplanted my response to your comment in the F for A thread so as to avoid interrupting that thread. 

Cyber communities are notoriously prone to personality clashes from time to time.  There're actually very good reasons for this, both psychologically and sociologically. When we deal with other people in the real world, we take with us an armoury of signalling mechanisms and deciphering skills that allow us to determine what other people are really saying and why they're saying it.  In any cyber community, however, we're deprived of most of the mechanisms and cues that allow us either to express ourselves unambiguously, or to comprehend people's motives when they write.  We're left with trying to make sense of what people are saying purely from the page - and that presents all sorts of problems.

It also strikes at the very root of our need for recognition and approval.  Most of all, we all want what we say to be appreciated and valued and most of us want to be held in at least normal esteem.  However, when you're dealing with only a written medium, it's very easy to get the wrong of the stick, and to do so rather easily and it's equally easy for someone to misunderstand what you've written.  Some people, for instance, come over incredibly badly in writing or emailing, but are actually rather decent folk when you meet them. I think we  all have to make allowances - and it's not easy, I grant.  But if anything surprises me, it's that we don't have more of such confrontational issues.





Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 08, 2010, 10:42:43 AM
I don't think you have grabbed Mike's comment correctly.  I think he is refering to the monotonous repetition of words associated with the previous, or starting with the closing letters of the previous.   I did not read his post as anything to do with personallity clashes.

I also find those games somewhat pointless, and their use seems to be a platform for those wishing to increase their "posting total" in very short time with the minimum of mental effort.   )*)&
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 08, 2010, 10:58:12 AM
Sorry if I got the wrong end of the stick, Mike, but it just shows how easy it is to do :-)))
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 08, 2010, 11:00:55 AM
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I also find those games somewhat pointless, and their use seems to be a platform for those wishing to increase their "posting total" in very short time with the minimum of mental effort.

I think you're wrong about that. These two games run in other forums, and most of the folk who frequent them are those who don't give two hoots about their postings total.  I think they just enjoy the game.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2010, 11:56:17 AM
Surely, if you're not interested in a thread, then you wouldn't read it?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 08, 2010, 12:01:32 PM
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I think you're wrong about that. These two games run in other forums, and most of the folk who frequent them are those who don't give two hoots about their postings total.  I think they just enjoy the game.

I care half a hoot about my posting total and typing this will increase it by 1 D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 08, 2010, 12:04:26 PM
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Mike - I've transplanted my response to your comment in the F for A thread so as to avoid interrupting that thread. 

Cyber communities are notoriously prone to personality clashes from time to time.  There're actually very good reasons for this, both psychologically and sociologically. When we deal with other people in the real world, we take with us an armoury of signalling mechanisms and deciphering skills that allow us to determine what other people are really saying and why they're saying it.  In any cyber community, however, we're deprived of most of the mechanisms and cues that allow us either to express ourselves unambiguously, or to comprehend people's motives when they write.  We're left with trying to make sense of what people are saying purely from the page - and that presents all sorts of problems.

It also strikes at the very root of our need for recognition and approval.  Most of all, we all want what we say to be appreciated and valued and most of us want to be held in at least normal esteem.  However, when you're dealing with only a written medium, it's very easy to get the wrong of the stick, and to do so rather easily and it's equally easy for someone to misunderstand what you've written.  Some people, for instance, come over incredibly badly in writing or emailing, but are actually rather decent folk when you meet them. I think we  all have to make allowances - and it's not easy, I grant.  But if anything surprises me, it's that we don't have more of such confrontational issues.






  Ian that has summed it up perfectly, every forum I've ever known has problems, this is one of the most peaceful ones $3towns$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on October 08, 2010, 12:25:27 PM
I won't quote, as it would make a very long posting, But I agree with Ian's statements, also Dave's. The word games are a pleasing diversion and cannot usually be misinterpreted, Barbiroli and I have always had alot of banter between us, I don't know her, but she seems to have the same sense of humour as myself.
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 08, 2010, 12:51:24 PM
Contrary to the impression that people may have possibly come to, I also read, and avidly take part in these "games".   However, that does not prevent me from having my own general opinon as to their usefulness, entertainment value, or otherwise.  I am also pleased that the views of others have also been aired, and a balance of opinion created.    D)   ZXZ   Z**

My Grandpuppy!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on October 08, 2010, 10:26:49 PM
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I won't quote, as it would make a very long posting, But I agree with Ian's statements, also Dave's. The word games are a pleasing diversion and cannot usually be misinterpreted, Barbiroli and I have always had alot of banter between us, I don't know her, but she seems to have the same sense of humour as myself.
 ;D ;D ;D

I have had the great pleasure of meeting both Nemesis and Barbiroli.
I can tell you Nemesis, that you are very similar, in many very positive ways .... and for what its worth I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of either of you!

 
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Barbiroli on October 13, 2010, 01:30:50 AM
Hey Fest are you trying to give us women a bad name?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on October 13, 2010, 02:28:21 PM
 ^*^0 &well& _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 13, 2010, 05:01:18 PM
One types £18. and two 0's and gets this 00
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 13, 2010, 05:18:31 PM
It's a trick cyclist :-)))
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 06:21:49 PM
It's fixed now - £18.00

Ian, where did you get these dodgy smilies from?  :P ;D

The one I'm looking forward to using is this one:
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Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Barbiroli on October 13, 2010, 06:27:04 PM
Oh DaveR you sadist  :o :o
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 06:38:43 PM
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Oh DaveR you sadist  :o :o
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Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 13, 2010, 07:55:56 PM
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Ian, where did you get these dodgy smilies from?

The smileys are fine;  it's the codes I make up that cause the problems :-)))
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 08:03:54 PM
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Ian, where did you get these dodgy smilies from?

The smileys are fine;  it's the codes I make up that cause the problems :-)))
Yesssss....  $fan$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on October 13, 2010, 08:11:57 PM
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It's fixed now - £18.00

Ian, where did you get these dodgy smilies from?  :P ;D

The one I'm looking forward to using is this one:
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Haaa ... beat you to it Dave,   nip across to the Colwyn Bay Pier thread to verify !

Totally Shameless.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 14, 2010, 07:45:42 AM
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Yesssss.... 

The discerning will note that Dave and I exist in a state of dynamic creativity...


 $bounce$  ^^^^
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on October 14, 2010, 10:45:48 AM
Looks like the link that I passed on!  Some great ones on there !
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 20, 2010, 09:23:57 PM
Has something happened to the Classified Advertising thread.  My ad seems to have disappeared!      ¢¢##
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on October 20, 2010, 09:45:05 PM
WOW !!!   54 Members logged on at 9.08 tonight ....

Its great news for the Forum,  and bad news for the pubs and businesses in town .... we are all at home tapping keyboards!

 $3towns$

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 20, 2010, 09:50:38 PM
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Has something happened to the Classified Advertising thread.  My ad seems to have disappeared!      ¢¢##
That's odd. Someone appears to have deleted that thread - was it Uncle Ian?  ?{}?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on October 20, 2010, 10:10:00 PM
I never noticed but that's great news. The previous record was 43 people on the 16th October. Thanks to everyone who visits the Forum...and extra thanks to those that post!  $thanx$  $good$
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 21, 2010, 08:03:21 AM
And everyone's who's spreading the word :-)))

I also think the forum is proving its worth as the Craig y Don Policing topic is showing.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 21, 2010, 08:10:42 AM
Certainly wasn't.  No idea how that's happened. 
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on October 21, 2010, 08:30:15 AM
Had to trawl back through my own postings to find mine and post SOLD
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 21, 2010, 08:33:49 AM
I seem to recall they were all in a thread called 'Test Posting', which I started after Nemesis said she had trouble posting her ad. Each ad is far better having its own thread, of course, but that is strange.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on October 21, 2010, 08:57:02 AM
Back to the Drawing Board!    ))*  ¢¢##   L0L   ZXZ
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 21, 2010, 09:21:57 AM
Just had a look - the topic had been moved to 'Games & Jokes'; it is now back in 'Classified Adverts'.  D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 21, 2010, 05:31:35 PM
Interesting.  Made a break for it, then?  :)
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Trojan on October 22, 2010, 04:07:29 AM
As the nights draw-in, and it starts getting colder, I think you may find more people on-line. Just wait for the next force-8 westerly with driving rain - the record may be broken yet again.  %0%
Title: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Michael on October 23, 2010, 11:23:28 PM
Hello moderators, I've got a bit  of an irratating problem with the forum. When I sign in I click the "stay signed in" box but it doesent take any notice. I have to sign in every time. Ive tried deleting the "hours" box but that doesent make any difference. Any ideas?  Mike  (Could it be Fester making it difficult for me?) LOL
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on October 24, 2010, 12:19:22 AM
Don't blame me for your Forum problems...!  I wouldn't know where to start...  :laugh: :laugh:
In recent months you have had feuds with local youths,  unreliable garages, unruly sheep ...and now you turn the finger of suspicion towards me?

I reckon you should put it down to masonic influence ...   like I always do.

By the way ... Gogarth is still missing in action !
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on October 24, 2010, 08:31:56 AM
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When I sign in I click the "stay signed in" box but it doesent take any notice. I have to sign in every time. Ive tried deleting the "hours" box but that doesent make any difference. Any ideas?

It's not the forum, Mike; it's your computer and browser. What browser / system are you using?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on October 26, 2010, 12:59:23 AM
Just wondering...
You know there used to be a parameter of 5 personal messages per hour allowed?
I got kicked out a few times in the early weeks of the New Forum for reaching that limit...

Has it now been removed or upped considerably?  Because last night I was chatting to Quiggs, Pendragon and Scott for quite a while ... and never got the warning message.    Can I relax now?

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 26, 2010, 07:14:00 AM
It's now ten, Fester.

While we're on PMs , can I point out that they're not a secure form of communication - but then - what is?

When we take the database back-up, the PMs are there for us to see in plain sight.  We don't go looking for them but they're not encrypted, so we would see them if there was any sort of problem that we had to sort out.

Just to let you all know.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 26, 2010, 07:19:17 AM
Thinking about it, we could install a chat room, if there's sufficient interest.  A chat room is simply a development of the original Internet Relay Chat  system, that started all the current social networks that now exist.
Essentially, it's simply a 'live' forum, where what you type appears in the chat room as you type it, thus allowing the group that have logged into the room to have a virtual conversation.  It differs from PMs in that the messages typed remain in view and the entire set simply scrolls slowly upwards as time goes on.

Don't like chat rooms myself, and the attraction tends to wane fairly rapidly, but we could install one, if you wished.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on October 26, 2010, 07:29:23 AM
A chat room was tried in the old forum, but, as you mentioned, the attraction did wane fairly rapidly. However, with a new merry band of forum members here, there might be some new interest.  X:((
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2010, 12:25:54 PM
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A chat room was tried in the old forum, but, as you mentioned, the attraction did wane fairly rapidly. However, with a new merry band of forum members here, there might be some new interest.  X:((
I like the sound of that, I would use instant messaging.  ;D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 26, 2010, 03:56:08 PM
Well, we can investigate what's available, but chat rooms are a poor imitation of a skype conference call.   We'll get back to you, folks.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on October 26, 2010, 09:21:21 PM
I think there is some chat room software for SMF, there's also a classified adverts program that enables users to post proper little ads with photos.

Today, btw, sees another Forum record broken - this time for most posts in one day - we're up to 138 today already, with a few hours to go. 

$3towns$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on October 26, 2010, 11:56:14 PM
Ian, with regard to the privacy of private mails... (well, the word private is obviously a misnoma)
You say that they can be seen, even if inadvertantly by you guys.
Does that apply to PM's which have been deleted?  Or only ones which have been left on file?

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 27, 2010, 08:10:49 AM
If both you and the recipient delete the PM then it won't be on the next database backup but will still be on any previous backups. Safest thing is never to send anything you don't want read by anyone other than your intended recipient via PM.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on October 27, 2010, 08:16:21 AM
Fester, it's not entirely a misnomer. They are private, because there's no way anyone else can read them without having access to a database backup - which is limited to Dave and me.  We don't bother searching the database, either; this would only happen if a problem occurred and we needed to scan the database to find where the problem might lie.

Trouble with the electronic age is that storage being so cheap you can safely assume that copies of just about anything you've ever committed to the digital domain will be around somewhere. Except that incredibly important submission you were doing for your boss, just before the power outage that lost the file, of course....
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on October 27, 2010, 06:58:17 PM
Hia, where has the Recommend a local business bit gone please ? :-*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on October 27, 2010, 07:16:52 PM
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Hia, where has the Recommend a local business bit gone please ? :-*

It's in the Help Wanted section.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on October 27, 2010, 07:19:58 PM
Trojan your a darlin thanx matey  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 30, 2010, 10:21:37 AM
Folks:

We have a problem, the solution to which which we need to consider.  Some of you will have noticed that we've renamed the 'Less clean jokes" topic, which we did because we felt that some of the jokes were not simply 'less clean', but actually too explicit.  However, this hasn't resolved the issue, for reasons which I'll explain.

The forum is accessible to Google and is also able to be read by non-members. One consequence of that is that RSS feeds can and do pick up the latest postings and display them on any site to which we have been linked. As a forum, this is good for us, as it encourages folk to join. However, when explicit comments from here appear on someone's blog, say, then the effect can be to deter potential members from joining, which is clearly not what we want.

There's also the problem that we can't make the 'Less Clean jokes' topic totally removed from the forum, and another factor is that those of you who have children or grandchildren don't want to have to close down the computer every time they're around. 

While I accept we're all adults in here (AFAIK) I think we might have to consider carefully about the image we want to project. 

What's the general feeling on that?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on October 30, 2010, 10:50:00 AM
Although I am a male adult of some considerable years and class myself as being "broad minded" ( I'm always thinking of Broads**) I have been quite shocked at recent very explicit contributions.    When I consider that my Wife,  Daughter and other easily shocked people could be reading such trash I am of the opinion it should be cast into the ethernet waste basket, never to be seen again.     L0L

I am not against "rude" jokes or funny stories, having posted a few myself, but a line must be drawn as to what we consider acceptable to those around us, as well as ourselves.

Keep them funny, but also keep them (reasonably) clean!    _))*

** Broads = sailing in Norfolk!    :laugh:  :laugh:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Nemesis on October 30, 2010, 11:07:22 AM
I agree with Yorkie, I am no Spring Chicken and consider myself broadminded, but some of the last few contibutions went a bit far for general publication.
It could easily put less broad minded people off.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on October 30, 2010, 11:11:10 AM
As a temporary measure, whilst we discuss the issue, I have made the 'Games & Jokes' board Members Only, so that Guests and Search Engines will not be able to read the content.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Nemesis on October 30, 2010, 02:57:27 PM
That sounds a very sensible idea to me.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Bellringer on October 30, 2010, 03:08:38 PM
I have felt uncomfortable about some of the things posted, to the point that I rarely visit the thread. I agree with the action you have taken.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Quiggs on October 30, 2010, 03:16:45 PM
I concur with the previous sentiments. Some of the postings are more suited to the Barrack Room than to an open Forum.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Michael on October 30, 2010, 06:19:22 PM
I've not read any of the thread so I cannot comment, but I am very surprised that any member of this forum would post such material.I am 100% with Yorkie and everyone else on this, make it members only and I would go further------if a member persists in carrying on with this sort of stuff, kick him off the forum. (Thats provided its not Dave R LOL).  I think I have written about the problem I had with my completly innocent and niave idea of a Fathers and daughters, mums and sons free golf evening. To my horror google put searchers straight into a porn site. Needless to say I cancelled the whole idea immediately, and have spent most Tuesday evenings all summer in trying to explain why to potential participants. This terrible problem is being made worse through the internet
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Fester on October 30, 2010, 06:56:52 PM
Yeah, having read back a little ... I think I am amongst those responsible for the recent ones that went beyond the pale.
Well, there had to be a line drawn at some stage.
Basically, I looked at a couple of jokes posted that day and thought...what?!!  surely they'll get deleted ??!.. but No,  so then I followed up with one which I had received and tickled me,  but in hindsight maybe wasn't appropriate (for the majority)... and was in a similar vein to the previous ones.
So, I'll shoulder my share of the blame...and then contribute tto he suggestions you have invited.

However, I am not qualified to judge what is appropriate for ''the majority''

So, Ian and Dave,  I invite you as moderators to do nothing more technical than simply delete (or censor)  whatever YOU feel doesn't belong.

Or...those (like Mike) who are more easily offended, just don't click on that thread!  No offence, but thats why I never look at Bellringing, Rally Cars or Eddie Stobart Truck spotting...

Job done.

The (suitably penitent) Fester.

Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on October 31, 2010, 07:51:04 AM
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I looked at a couple of jokes posted that day and thought...what?!!  surely they'll get deleted

Neither Dave nor I want to be censoring anything, Fester;  it goes against the grain for us to have to do anything of the sort. And it wasn't your jokes that started us thinking. But I believe the feelings of those who've posted about the matter are pretty clear, and we should respect the fact that a line has to be drawn, which seems to be concerning the use of graphic and explicit language in the forum.

So folks, from now on, no overtly explicit and graphic jokes, please. Subtlety and inference are the order of the day :-)))

Thanks.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2010, 09:03:18 AM
October saw a large rise in visitors and pages viewed on the Forum. Over 2,100 people visited the Forum and the number of  pages viewed increased to 173,810 for the month, compared with 128,026 for September. If we extrapolate the pages viewed figure, that equates to over 2,000,000 page views a year.
 $3towns$
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Bellringer on November 01, 2010, 09:35:58 AM
That's terrific Dave. I like the word "extrapolate", haven't heard that one before!
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2010, 10:38:30 AM
It's a posh word for "guessing"!    :laugh:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2010, 10:52:21 AM
Maybe an 'educated guess'....  ££$
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: suepp on November 01, 2010, 10:55:05 AM
why use a big word when a diminutive will suffice? ::)
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on November 01, 2010, 01:01:00 PM
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why use a big word when a diminutive will suffice?


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Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2010, 01:18:32 PM
That's terrific Suepp. I like the word "diminutive", haven't heard that one before!      D)
 $uk
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 03, 2010, 11:32:31 PM
Just wondering....Why is there a Maidmarion and a Midmarion on the membership roster?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: dontheturner on November 04, 2010, 02:31:24 AM
 
  JUST FOR THE RECORD>

  It took me quite a while before I found this header ''Suggestions'', (it is too well hidden) and realised there was some discussion, about the ''less than clean jokes''.most of which I had posted. 

So guys, and gals, jusrt for the record, I contacted Ian,immediately I realsied, and I promised him, there would be no more from me.

If in future, any of you members, have a gripe, why not contact the member directly, by PM? 

Just my two pence worth, for this excellent forum. - and I do love Llandudno!..
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on November 04, 2010, 07:49:24 AM
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It took me quite a while before I found this header ''Suggestions'', (it is too well hidden) and realised there was some discussion,

As a technical aside, Don, if you click on "Show unread posts since last visit" (top RH side of your browser window) it will always show you which topics have been posted to...since your last visit.

 *&(
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2010, 08:16:42 AM
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Just wondering....Why is there a Maidmarion and a Midmarion on the membership roster?
One is a spelling error!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on November 04, 2010, 09:00:34 AM
One of them is Robin Hood's bird and the other is half way through a sex change!                 L0L  L0L
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on November 04, 2010, 09:08:23 AM
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It took me quite a while before I found this header ''Suggestions'', (it is too well hidden) and realised there was some discussion, about the ''less than clean jokes''.most of which I had posted. 
So guys, and gals, jusrt for the record, I contacted Ian,immediately I realsied, and I promised him, there would be no more from me.
If in future, any of you members, have a gripe, why not contact the member directly, by PM? 
Just my two pence worth, for this excellent forum. - and I do love Llandudno!..

The Forum has two very knowledgeable Moderators and I suppose everyone was relying on their expertise with the Blue pencil.
Other comments were in reply to a request from the Moderators as to what were the feeling of the populous.
These were fair and a reflection of peoples opinions and concerns. 
The course chosen was correct and it is not the job of Members to directly criricise the actions of other Members.   That's why we have Moderators to keep us all in check!
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on November 04, 2010, 10:39:01 AM
In the main I agree with Yorkie.   As a generalisation, I think it's better to make comments and complaints to us, rather than directly to another member, because what we type isn't always what we mean to say, or how we mean to say it, and misunderstandings can arise very easily.   Objectivity also plays a part, and Dave and I try to be as disinterested as we can where disputes are concerned.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 05, 2010, 03:03:32 AM
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One of them is Robin Hood's bird and the other is half way through a sex change!                 L0L  L0L

 _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 05, 2010, 05:57:57 PM
Kind of sorry I asked now...  ¢¢##
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on November 15, 2010, 12:03:23 AM
I wanted to post some pics of last nights Motorhead gig,  but each one is 2.5mb in size ... the limit on here is 600kb,  is there anything (simple) I can do to change my pictures file size?

When I pressed 'compress picture into a zip file' ...this sounded logical and hopeful,  but the file size of that is still 2.4mb for some reason...

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 15, 2010, 01:17:23 AM
Err, yes... if we don't deal with these eyesores.... they will degenerate into, well ....eyesores!

Is that possible?   L0L L0L _))* _))*

Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Trojan on November 15, 2010, 06:19:59 AM
You could try something like this:

http://www.drpic.com/ (http://www.drpic.com/)

Download your pic.

Click 'resize' (75%, 50% or 25%)

Then save it as a jpg.

Your original stays the same, and you end up with a re-sized duplicate, fresh and ready to be posted in the.... $3towns$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 15, 2010, 06:38:38 AM
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Err, yes... if we don't deal with these eyesores.... they will degenerate into, well ....eyesores!

Is that possible?   L0L L0L _))* _))*


 $lol$
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2010, 08:21:45 AM
What Trojan said.  :D

Most of the photos I post on here are around 100k in size, they don't need to be any larger to get a decent quality image.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Paddy on November 15, 2010, 12:44:46 PM
I usually just open a pic in "paint" and re-size it or save it with a file extesion that takes up less space. Very easy and very quick.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Paddy on November 15, 2010, 12:50:12 PM
How do I "quote" just a segment of smeone's post that I want to comment on? I've seen it done a few times but I can't figure it out!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on November 15, 2010, 01:51:23 PM
Highlight the segment - then copy using CTRL C - paste into new location using CTRL V.

CTRL C puts it onto the Clipboard - CTRL V lifts it from the clipboard.    $uk
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: TELL on November 15, 2010, 02:28:40 PM
I was chatting to one of my neighbours this morning and mentioned one of the items that I had read on this forum. He told me that he doesn't follow the forum anymore because he got fed up with opening it up to see the latest comment in the news sections and constantly finding the update was an unnecessary remark or even just a laughing icon.
Perhaps this may explain the recent lack of interest?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 15, 2010, 02:54:07 PM
Its a shame your friend feels this way, I think when someone has made a funny comment on whatever board in this forum, putting an icon only in your quote is simply a way of expressing your appreciation of the comedy value of the last post. Nothing wrong with that is there? Everyone on this forum tries not to divert from the subject matter too much but when most of the members are familiar with each other due to posting on the same topic boards is hard to hide our humorous sides, I wasn't aware there was a recent lack of interest, I was under the impression that more members were joining by the day.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on November 15, 2010, 03:26:48 PM
Fester:  couple of points.  First, make sure your resolution is set to no higher than 96 dots per inch or 'for screen'.  Secondly, use any image manipulation software you have to get its size down to below 140 Mb. Thirdly, make sure you save it as  jpeg .
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 15, 2010, 03:40:37 PM
That's right.  The numbers continue to grow.  But of course, the real issue is twofold: was this the forum the one he was thinking about (it's amazing how many folk say they don't like what's on the forum. or they thought such-and-such a thing was amusing when they're taking about somewhere else entirely) and the second point - and far more relevant - is why your 'friend' doesn't post in here with his comment. Of course, it's simple to denigrate something when you've nothing positive to say about it and the world is full of the nay sayers and negative thinkers but this place is still in its infancy, and will only become what the members want it to become.  Perhaps instead of dismissing the place, he might make some effort to contribute and make it what he prefers it to be.  Dave and I have put the infrastructure into place, but we can't do more than host the place.  It's up to everyone else to make it work.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on November 15, 2010, 03:52:25 PM
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Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Paddy on November 15, 2010, 06:01:48 PM
CTRL V lifts it from the clipboard.

Just tried it and it seems to have worked! Thanks.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Paddy on November 15, 2010, 06:04:51 PM
It seems it hasn't worked. The quote doesn't appear in a blue box like the others.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 15, 2010, 06:11:15 PM
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It seems it hasn't worked.

just quote as normal, then highlight and delete the bits you do not want, just remember to leave the bits in brackets at the start and end and check it in the preview before posting D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2010, 06:16:17 PM
Yes, you need to have the [ quote ] at the start of the quote and [ /quote ] at the end (but without the spaces inside the brackets).
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2010, 06:19:25 PM
A Forum is only the sum of its Members' contributions, for good or bad.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 15, 2010, 06:32:02 PM
Having thought a little more about what I wrote above, there is one thing I think could be off-putting to potential members, and it's something that Don touched on, albeit in a different situation.  The practice of making facetious asides or responses to serious questions happens a fair bit, but perhaps we need to moderate the practice a bit.  It can become tiresome when you've asked a question and all that happens is folk post what they consider witty comments. It's human nature to try to make light of things, but perhaps there are places for it, and maybe we shouldn't do it in every topic. 

This isn't an edict, BTW;  simply an observation.  What does everyone else think?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on November 15, 2010, 06:51:12 PM
As far as I see it - The Forum is an open Forum and apart from really undesireable content anything should be accepted.

However bandwith is not cheap and unneccessary and frivoless usage should be reduced or eliminated.  To this end the Administrators or Moderators should exercise their own control by deleting comments or issuing warnings to persistant offenders and maybe having a short ban on their postings.  This,however, may have a negative effect on Membership with a migration to other Forums.

The Members must be their own Moderators and think what they are posting before they hit the "Post" key.



Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 15, 2010, 07:41:31 PM
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Yes, you need to have the
I still can't get the hang of it




Ahhhhh yes I have, whoopy do, thanks, its never worked before
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on November 16, 2010, 12:12:55 AM
I said ''Simple'' didn't I?

I shall spend a little time deciphering all this when I get back from Manchester on Weds, (seeing Motorhead AGAIN!!)

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 16, 2010, 12:34:12 AM
Being the selfish and self-important prig that I am, I think that everyone should take MY points and questions seriously ... and go out of their way to agree with  me.

That said, all members can feel free to ignore (or put smileys such as this  L0L _))*) on the postings of everyone else.

Seriously though its different strokes for different folks surely? ... and the forum IS doing VERY well ... perhaps TELL's friend might find the more political content on OSCAR more to their taste.    Not many  L0L L0L on there !

And yes... I do put the occasional post on there, but its a very different medium to this.


Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 16, 2010, 04:53:22 AM
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A Forum is only the sum of its Members' contributions, for good or bad.

It can't be anything else really.  I*
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on November 16, 2010, 07:45:50 AM
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I said ''Simple'' didn't I?

That was!

Here's roughly how it all works.

Compressing a jpeg - which is already a lossy medium - doesn't usually achieve the desired effect.  But any image manipulation software has a setting for 'resolution', and that's what you need to look for.

The reason is simple: on screen, we see images that are 96 dpi (dots per inch) as clear, but if we were to print those images, they wouldn't look as good, owing to our brains' ability to compensate for what we see on screen.  Thus, to print out a photo, for instance, you would need to set the resolution to 300 dpi. 

When you take a pic on your camera, the software you use on your computer makes adjustments to show the entire image on your screen at the lowest resolution, but it doesn't change the resolution of the original image, which will be pretty high - usually between 300 and 600 dpi. What you have to do, in effect, is to make a copy of the image in a much lower resolution, so it displays perfectly on a screen.

It's very simple, once you understand the relationship between 'size' and 'resolution'.  Also, to help you out, most image manipulation software has a little percentage box somewhere at the bottom, which can be set to 100%, and when you do that, you can see just how large the image really is.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: TELL on November 16, 2010, 05:00:04 PM
My neighbour's case rests I think!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2010, 05:49:52 PM
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Perhaps instead of dismissing the place, he might make some effort to contribute and make it what he prefers it to be. 
That's it in a nutshell. If people aren't prepared to contribute, then they can't really complain about the content, can they?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2010, 05:57:06 PM
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The practice of making facetious asides or responses to serious questions happens a fair bit, but perhaps we need to moderate the practice a bit.  It can become tiresome when you've asked a question and all that happens is folk post what they consider witty comments. It's human nature to try to make light of things, but perhaps there are places for it, and maybe we shouldn't do it in every topic. 
I agree, the more serious discussions (i.e. all those not in the Members' Lounge section)  need to be kept clear of that sort of stuff. It doesn't encourage anyone new to post, really.  :)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on November 17, 2010, 08:55:46 PM
How do I add my own smileys to a post.  :D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 17, 2010, 11:41:52 PM
A question if I may...

Have some posts been erased recently?   And if so why?
I have been away for a couple of days and I have found a couple of threads not as I remember them.

The example which prompted my question is on the Local Eyesores thread.
Tolly made a point ... I posted a remark ...I recall Trojan posted something after that... but only Tolly's remark remains, and the others are gone.

Please don't tell me that this is due to the remarks being deemed 'frivolous' in a 'serious' topic ... all due to an inconspicuous complaint from one person who never posts anyway?

Please advise...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2010, 07:14:53 AM
We're not deleting posts, Fester, but we do move some to pop them into more appropriate topics.  Most of the local eyesores topic towards the end was moved into this topic because it had drifted so far off subject.   

The only two reasons for deletion are legal and personal.  If there's a legal issue we have to act immediately. If something's been posted that affects another member of the forum, we might also act, depending on its severity.  But we both oppose deletion, other than in exceptional circumstances. Capricious deletion in the old forum is exactly how Dave and I come to be running this one today.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2010, 07:23:40 AM
Click the 'additional Options' link (bottom LH side of the new post box)  and it reveals a box which says 'Attach".  You can then browse to a smiley you have and it will be uploaded with your post.  It won't, however, be n the normal smiley location.  To do that, your smiley would have to be added to our smiley sets, which we can do, if you wish.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 18, 2010, 09:32:16 AM
Thanks Ian ....
So where am I going wrong with the search tool then?
I looked for my remark regarding eyesores, and Trojan's follow up... and I still can't find it.
If its only been moved, then I thought it would appear in some archive, or miscellaneous tidy up thread?  ..but no.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2010, 05:49:40 PM
They are all on page 6 of this very thread:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=124.msg6312#msg6312 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=124.msg6312#msg6312)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Michael on November 18, 2010, 07:04:38 PM
Ian, our moderator, our starbased commander. I must congratulate you on the technical excellence in your reply immediately before my post.  Not because of its technical excellence------No------its because of the time.   07.23 and, wait for it, thats A.M.        I take my hat of to you and return to under the blankets!!!!  Mike
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2010, 08:39:32 PM
Shucks....


 :laugh:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 19, 2010, 12:02:54 AM
May I enquire as to why?  thats not where I left it.

Something smells fishy!
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on November 19, 2010, 12:13:37 AM
I didn't know that there was more than one 7.23 in each day ..... ZZZzzzzz


Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 19, 2010, 08:08:11 AM
'Twas moved because the initial post and all the subsequent ones were off topic, and belonged in the current topic. They were, after all, questions about the forum....
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 19, 2010, 05:01:14 PM
Sorry, but the ones I am refering to were remarks about Llandudno's eyesores..... and related to a previous post on the subject.  ?{}?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 19, 2010, 05:09:23 PM
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The practice of making facetious asides or responses to serious questions happens a fair bit, but perhaps we need to moderate the practice a bit.  It can become tiresome when you've asked a question and all that happens is folk post what they consider witty comments. It's human nature to try to make light of things, but perhaps there are places for it, and maybe we shouldn't do it in every topic. 
I agree, the more serious discussions (i.e. all those not in the Members' Lounge section)  need to be kept clear of that sort of stuff. It doesn't encourage anyone new to post, really.  :)

on the other hand it did encourage me, I like some humour, the 'real' worlds full of serious stuff, nice to escape from it, I can though see both points of view!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 19, 2010, 05:48:30 PM
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on the other hand it did encourage me, I like some humour, the 'real' worlds full of serious stuff, nice to escape from it, I can though see both points of view!
I'm with Fester and Merddin Emrys, It was the humour and mixed comments that I liked too. If it were all kept serious it wouldn't be the same and I doubt I would comment on half the stuff. Although the comments have been moved to a different section, they mean absolutly nothing and do not relate to any prevous posting in that section and is therefor pointless. Little laughing signs etc make it more like a disscussion and less like a debate.  Trojans pictures and Festers comical postings make this site more interesting.  Someones "neighbour" does not speak for the majority of people posting on this forum and certainly has no bearing on the increasing numbers of people signing up does it? When the only person who's complained is also the same individual who has never posted, why does this same person affect the content of the forum? Sorry but that's what I think, There are a lot of faithful members on this forum who see no problem with content. Angie x
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 19, 2010, 06:03:17 PM
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on the other hand it did encourage me, I like some humour, the 'real' worlds full of serious stuff, nice to escape from it, I can though see both points of view!
I'm with Fester and Merddin Emrys, It was the humour and mixed comments that I liked too. If it were all kept serious it wouldn't be the same and I doubt I would comment on half the stuff. Although the comments have been moved to a different section, they mean absolutly nothing and do not relate to any prevous posting in that section and is therefor pointless. Little laughing signs etc make it more like a disscussion and less like a debate.  Trojans pictures and Festers comical postings make this site more interesting.  Someones "neighbour" does not speak for the majority of people posting on this forum and certainly has no bearing on the increasing numbers of people signing up does it? When the only person who's complained is also the same individual who has never posted, why does this same person affect the content of the forum? Sorry but that's what I think, There are a lot of faithful members on this forum who see no problem with content. Angie x


That's it in a nutshell $good$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 20, 2010, 12:38:44 AM
Go on Angie... Go on Girl, you tell 'em......   Grrr.    Oooh you do have a lovely turn of phrase!
Merddin, lovely to see you and your DELIGHTFUL Mrs Merddin once again... I do hope you kept your hands firmly in your pockets at the Winter Fayre!

But.... now I fear that Mr Trojan has disappeared, just like his posting!

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 20, 2010, 07:16:42 AM
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Merddin, lovely to see you and your DELIGHTFUL Mrs Merddin once again... I do hope you kept your hands firmly in your pockets at the Winter Fayre!

Good to see you again too! and you can rest assured not a penny was spent  D) I could'nt believe some of the prices  :o mind you after chatting to a nice gentleman on the NFU stand we walked away with two nice free Parker pens  D)  L0L
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 20, 2010, 02:13:49 PM
We are listening to what you're all saying, and I probably need to add a comment or two.
First off, there's no way either Dave ir I want to stop the sides completely.  What we're trying to do - and trying to please everyone in the process - is simply have a forum in whcih there can be both relaxed comments and humorous comments and asides and serious debate.  Even in a serious debate there are bound to be the odd off-the-cuff comments, but what we don't want is for them to dominate a topic in which folk are trying to debate seriously.  That's really the problem;  some folk take a lot of time over composing their posts on some issues, and when the only responses they get are puns and jokes, it can be disheartening.

In a sense ,that why the "arcade" was set up;  in there you can say what you want and joke to your heart's content, because no one is debating any one particular subject.   But those who like to debate and discuss seriously surely deserve the chance to do so.

Finally, Dave and I don't take much notice of third-hand comments from people who've not posted.  If people don't like what they see, then they should join another place. Or join this one and try to change it from within.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 21, 2010, 12:09:40 AM
AHA!! .. SO..my posts (and Trojans) WERE shifted due to their lack of seriousness..... I KNEW IT !!
...and it was sheer coincidence that the half-hearted complaint was posted the previous day?

Your apology is accepted.

Fest knows best!   L0L L0L L0L 
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on November 21, 2010, 11:23:25 AM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/big/big-smiley-004.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/free-big-smiley.php)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 21, 2010, 08:14:02 PM
My neighbours have never heard of Llandudno, Colwyn Bay or Conwy.  _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 21, 2010, 08:41:39 PM
How can that be?
Lemmy is your neighbour.... and he was in Llandudno only last week!

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 21, 2010, 08:50:16 PM
They have heard of Motorhead and also we have Hotpoint washing machines over here.

They were astounded to learn that Lemmy used to work at Hotpoint.

Just been trying to explain that Llandudno Junction isn't in England.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 21, 2010, 09:20:51 PM
Yanks eh?
Yes I correspond with a few friends over there...
I just can't make them understand that WALES isn't in England !!   :o :o :o
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 21, 2010, 10:45:52 PM
just tell them England's that bit stuck on the side of Wales!  $welsh$  :D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 22, 2010, 12:00:38 AM
The response would most likely be....

Is England near London.... ?   Or is Wales like an island or something, off Europe or Afrca maybe?

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 22, 2010, 08:58:10 AM
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I just can't make them understand that WALES isn't in England !!

That's a technically interesting point. As Wales isn't actually a country, but in the gift of the sovereign to their male heir, it can be argued by hereditary monarchists that Wales is a part of England.

Having said that, 'twould make not on jot of difference to our colonial cousins, who need subtitles on the opening frames of films showing Big Ben and Parliament indicating "London, England".   They see the UK as the 51st state;  of that I'm sure.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2010, 09:09:33 AM
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it can be argued by hereditary monarchists that Wales is a part of England.
But who would listen to a bunch of people who are happy to bow down before someone they regard as their superior just because of an accident of birth?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 22, 2010, 10:15:04 AM
 ;D ;D ;D

Nice...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 22, 2010, 08:21:55 PM
SSHUSHHHH !!

Talk like this is heresy!

If they hear this, they'll be raising an army.... building a ring of castles.... subduing and suppressing everyone again!

Don't make them mad....
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2010, 08:25:11 PM
They'll nooooooo take my freedom!  $wales
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 23, 2010, 07:30:34 AM
Och...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 25, 2010, 07:14:49 PM
With the Act of Union in 1536 Henry VIII made Wales a part of England.

He did not see the need to reform the government of Wales at the beginning of his reign, but gradually he perceived a threat from some of the remaining marcher lords and therefore instructed his chief administrator, Thomas Cromwell, to seek a solution. His solution was the annexation or incorporation of Wales which, along with other significant changes at the same time, led to the creation of England as a modern sovereign state.

Th Acts of Union were done by passing a series of measures between 1536 and 154. These included:

An act for laws and justice to be ministered in Wales in like form as it is in this realm (27 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1536, and,
An act for certain ordinances in the king's dominion and principality of Wales (34 and 35 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1543.
The first of these acts was passed by the English parliament which had no representatives from Wales in it at all and its effect was to make Wales an integral part of the kingdom of England: Wales ... is and ever hath bene incorporated, annexed, united and subiecte to and under the imperialle Crown of the Realme as a verry membre ... of the same.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2010, 07:20:17 PM
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With the Act of Union in 1536 Henry VIII made Wales a part of England.

He did not see the need to reform the government of Wales at the beginning of his reign, but gradually he perceived a threat from some of the remaining marcher lords and therefore instructed his chief administrator, Thomas Cromwell, to seek a solution. His solution was the annexation or incorporation of Wales which, along with other significant changes at the same time, led to the creation of England as a modern sovereign state.

Th Acts of Union were done by passing a series of measures between 1536 and 154. These included:

An act for laws and justice to be ministered in Wales in like form as it is in this realm (27 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1536, and,
An act for certain ordinances in the king's dominion and principality of Wales (34 and 35 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1543.
The first of these acts was passed by the English parliament which had no representatives from Wales in it at all and its effect was to make Wales an integral part of the kingdom of England: Wales ... is and ever hath bene incorporated, annexed, united and subiecte to and under the imperialle Crown of the Realme as a verry membre ... of the same.
But who gave him the authority to do that? No-one asked the people of Wales what they wanted....or Scotland....or Ireland. We fought two World Wars supposedly for 'freedom', yet three of the four component countries of the UK were subsumed into the Union at the point of a gun.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 25, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
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With the Act of Union in 1536 Henry VIII made Wales a part of England.

He did not see the need to reform the government of Wales at the beginning of his reign, but gradually he perceived a threat from some of the remaining marcher lords and therefore instructed his chief administrator, Thomas Cromwell, to seek a solution. His solution was the annexation or incorporation of Wales which, along with other significant changes at the same time, led to the creation of England as a modern sovereign state.

Th Acts of Union were done by passing a series of measures between 1536 and 154. These included:

An act for laws and justice to be ministered in Wales in like form as it is in this realm (27 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1536, and,
An act for certain ordinances in the king's dominion and principality of Wales (34 and 35 Henry VIII c. 26) in 1543.
The first of these acts was passed by the English parliament which had no representatives from Wales in it at all and its effect was to make Wales an integral part of the kingdom of England: Wales ... is and ever hath bene incorporated, annexed, united and subiecte to and under the imperialle Crown of the Realme as a verry membre ... of the same.
But who gave him the authority to do that? No-one asked the people of Wales what they wanted....or Scotland....or Ireland. We fought two World Wars supposedly for 'freedom', yet three of the four component countries of the UK were subsumed into the Union at the point of a gun.

Yes, quite. Someone should have popped a musket ball in his ass.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2010, 07:38:00 PM
Perhaps we could send E-Thug back in time to have a word?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 25, 2010, 07:56:58 PM
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Perhaps we could send E-Thug back in time to have a word?

I dunno 'bout that. 'Enery wasn't very computer literate.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 25, 2010, 08:54:28 PM
16th September 1400

Owain Glyndwr proclaimed Prince of Wales


8th October 1400

Owain Glyndwr and other leading rebels are officially outlawed.  By the English. Glyndwrs estates are confiscated and granted to John Beaufort Earl of Somerset

Could this be anything to do with why resistance had diminished somewhat.  >>>
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 25, 2010, 09:45:03 PM
The Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542 (Welsh: Y Deddfau Uno 1535 a 1542) were parliamentary measures by which the legal system of Wales was annexed to England and the norms of English administration introduced. The intention was to create a single state and a single legal jurisdiction; frequently referred to as England and Wales. The Acts were passed during the reign of King Henry VIII of England, who came from the Welsh Tudor dynasty.

They are frequently referred to as the Acts of Union of 1536 and 1543, but some scholars consider this name to be misleading. The Acts' formal names now, as recorded in the UK Statute Law Database, are "The Laws in Wales Act 1535" [1] and "The Laws in Wales Act 1542".[2]
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on November 25, 2010, 11:09:24 PM
Hundreds of years of Welsh culture, customs and language were magically supposed to be absorbed...........
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on November 25, 2010, 11:11:51 PM
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Hundreds of years of Welsh culture, customs and language were magically supposed to be absorbed...........
We only know what's been recorded, or not or destroyed.
 )*)&
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 25, 2010, 11:44:08 PM
How is any of that any different to making the UK a part of the European Union?    There was no referendum or consultation of the people.



Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on November 26, 2010, 12:28:44 AM
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Perhaps we could send E-Thug back in time to have a word?

Do we have the ability to send someone back in time?  Wow I knew this Forum's software was good... but not THAT good.

Anyway, E-thug doesn't appear on here, sometimes I wish he did.... he amuses me on Oscar, (not sure if he appears elsewhere),   but he seems to have met his match with the evil Ted the Bear... Funnee stuff, to distract me from the boring and meaningless local politics.  

You see we can campaign for noble and worthy causes on here, and STILL have some fun...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on November 26, 2010, 08:03:44 AM
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But who gave him the authority to do that?

That is exactly why I oppose any form of monarchy.  Kings in that era neither needed nor sought permission from their vassals, many of whom would have been our forbears. Their only allegiance was to themselves and the prosecution of their offpring's claim to the throne.   To achieve that, they had to placate those capable of mounting a challenge to them militarily, and possibly acquire foreign allies.  But asking the people? Unheard of.

Now, we celebrate the probably very temporary marriage between the latest parasitic progeny of that bloodline, ad those who cast doubt are told they're spoiling everyone's fun,  being miserable or, in the case of the Bishop who voiced something a lot of folk were thinking, sacked. And we're supposed to be a democracy. 
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: dontheturner on November 26, 2010, 11:03:58 AM
 
  HEAR! HEAR!   Ordah!  Ordah!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Blongb on November 27, 2010, 03:31:26 PM
If only Oliver Cromwell hadn't tried to abolish the Christmas festivities; things might have turned out quite differently
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: dontheturner on November 28, 2010, 06:37:30 AM
Hello Guys, and Gals,  Wouldn't it be a good idea to put a link to the Llandudno Web camera?

Just found it, whilst looking at other places - might you, it was dark while you were all sleeping.  dontheturner
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Ian on November 28, 2010, 08:40:39 AM
Excellent idea, Don.  Does it point anywhere interesting?
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: dontheturner on November 28, 2010, 12:15:10 PM
The pier, Appears on the left, and the prom, centre & to the right.
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Trojan on November 29, 2010, 10:19:20 PM
Is this the one Don?

http://www.llandudno-weather.co.uk/ (http://www.llandudno-weather.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: dontheturner on November 30, 2010, 01:44:29 AM
  Yes, it is Trojan, but if accessed via a web cam site for the whole of the UK, it can also be viewed, over the previous 24 hours, which will make it more interesting for people outside of the UK. - I am trying to find the link again! = I was looking also at B'ham, London, and Manchester, incl, Wrexham, and other places in ''the kingdom''  ( I didn't realise, how many towns and cities have them. (Including abroad)  dontheturner *&(
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: dontheturner on November 30, 2010, 09:29:07 AM
 
Hello again Guys ! -

have a look at www.webcameras.co.uk (http://www.webcameras.co.uk)

regards Don
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Yorkie on November 30, 2010, 10:55:06 AM
What are we supposed to see?   Just an advert for the company!     :weeping:
Title: Re: Your suggestions are welcome....
Post by: Pendragon on November 30, 2010, 10:58:16 AM
Did you put the right link up Don. all I got was an advert too   ))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on December 16, 2010, 05:29:34 PM
The Forum has gone HAYWIRE !

Dave, Ian, get the spanners out.

Tonight, as usual I clicked on 'show new replies to my posts' .... and only one hour ago I had whittled that list down to nil.
So, I was surprised to see a very long list.
Intrigued I started clicking on them.... but soon realised that they were all old postings.  (Some yesterday, and some months old)

I've cleared them up again,  but is this symptomatic of some other echnical problem?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on December 16, 2010, 05:48:36 PM
Working fine for me! Anyone else having any problems?

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Bellringer on December 16, 2010, 09:53:26 PM
No problems for me
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on December 16, 2010, 11:41:10 PM
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Working fine for me! Anyone else having any problems?



Must have been a very strange one-off.   I was doubting myself at first.... but then I had to wade through about 30 thread, and dismiss them all one by one.

Talk about blasts from the past!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on December 17, 2010, 08:11:18 AM
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I had to wade through about 30 thread, and dismiss them all one by one.
No need, at the bottom of the 'Unread Posts' page, there is a button on the right-hand side that says 'Mark all posts as read'. Click it and it clears the lot.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on December 17, 2010, 09:27:20 AM
Also I'd suggest using 'Show unread posts since last visit" instead of the 'show new replies to my posts'.  That way avoids long lists if I've done a bit of housekeeping - which I had:-))
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on December 17, 2010, 11:44:16 AM
Ahhh...so some tinkering was going on.... I knew I wasn't going mad!   
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on December 17, 2010, 04:14:47 PM
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Ahhh...so some tinkering was going on.... I knew I wasn't going mad!   
Wear your wooly hat mate, this snow is affecting your bonce.  _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on January 04, 2011, 03:37:26 PM
Just noticed that I have received a recent promotion and am now a "Sector Ambassador".   Does that mean I now get paid for all those Stars?     And in which Sector am I supposed to be ambassadoring?     $eu     $uk      $wales
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on January 04, 2011, 05:40:49 PM
No Yorkie... I fear it means something very different.

I fear that it means that you have spent far too much time on ''Fun For All'' and ''Follow On'' than is good for a person!   L0L L0L   


Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Jack on January 20, 2011, 07:45:52 PM
I don't know whether it was on the old forum or on this one, but DaveR recommended a website that could be used to reduce the size of digital  photographs so that they can be published on this forum?  Does anyone know what the name of the website or similar is? $thanx$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2011, 07:49:35 PM
Here's a a few sites that should do the trick. I generally resize pics so that the longest side is 600 pixels.

http://www.picresize.com/ (http://www.picresize.com/)
http://www.shrinkpictures.com/ (http://www.shrinkpictures.com/)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on January 22, 2011, 09:10:09 PM
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I don't know whether it was on the old forum or on this one, but DaveR recommended a website that could be used to reduce the size of digital  photographs so that they can be published on this forum?  Does anyone know what the name of the website or similar is? $thanx$

Hi Jack,
Trojan gave me the site  DrPic.com  when I originally asked the question... I still use it most days, it was good advice.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on January 23, 2011, 12:16:48 AM
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I don't know whether it was on the old forum or on this one, but DaveR recommended a website that could be used to reduce the size of digital  photographs so that they can be published on this forum?  Does anyone know what the name of the website or similar is? $thanx$

Hi Jack,
Trojan gave me the site  DrPic.com  when I originally asked the question... I still use it most days, it was good advice.


http://www.drpic.com/ (http://www.drpic.com/)   $drink$

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Jack on January 23, 2011, 05:40:56 PM
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I don't know whether it was on the old forum or on this one, but DaveR recommended a website that could be used to reduce the size of digital  photographs so that they can be published on this forum?  Does anyone know what the name of the website or similar is? $thanx$

Hi Jack,
Trojan gave me the site  DrPic.com  when I originally asked the question... I still use it most days, it was good advice.


http://www.drpic.com/ (http://www.drpic.com/)   $drink$

Many thanks DaveR, Fester and Trojan - I will have to get snapping now and take some obscure photos for the quiz!!


Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on January 23, 2011, 06:10:07 PM
Not TOO obscure , please!!!!!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 24, 2011, 06:11:00 PM
around 5pm tonight the forum was down, also I've noticed over the last few days that it's getting much slower :(  anyone else noticed it, or is it just the slower broadband n Penrhyn Bay  :rage:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on January 24, 2011, 06:28:58 PM
It is probably just Penrhyn Bay.  We (PB folk) are served from Rhos on Sea Exchange which is (apparently) waiting to be upgraded.

The speed always slows down as the kids get home from school and the service cannot cope with the extra load.   I check occasionally with my ISP and they advise me the problem is still waiting to be resolved.  I am with PlusNet now but also had the same problem with another outfit.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 25, 2011, 01:30:45 PM
the forum still seems very slow to load pages at the moment, I can see other things on the internet at the usual (for Penrhyn Bay) speeds, yesterday at around 5pm the screen said something like 'cannot connect to server' perhaps it's a side effect of the popularity of this forum?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on January 25, 2011, 01:46:55 PM
Could be a problem with the hosting outfit.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on January 25, 2011, 01:48:00 PM
I just saw a blip now, it seems to be the sql database server, rather than the website, as the main page at www.threetownsforum.co.uk (http://www.threetownsforum.co.uk) displays correctly all the time. Probably just a blip at our Hosting company, Heart Internet, but we can keep an eye on it.  ££$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on January 26, 2011, 07:22:35 PM
I can report no blips, and no slowing down in processing speed.
Up here on The Orme, all is well!

Quick as a wink this Forum.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on January 27, 2011, 01:19:36 AM
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Could be a problem with the hosting outfit.

Could be. I did tell DaveR to dry clean his tan Crimplene suit rather than throw it in the washer.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on January 27, 2011, 08:17:59 AM
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Could be a problem with the hosting outfit.
Could be. I did tell DaveR to dry clean his tan Crimplene suit rather than throw it in the washer.
Will do. Was that the one I lent from you back in 1976 and never returned?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on January 28, 2011, 01:18:43 AM
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Could be a problem with the hosting outfit.
Could be. I did tell DaveR to dry clean his tan Crimplene suit rather than throw it in the washer.
Will do. Was that the one I lent from you back in 1976 and never returned?

 :-[
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 06, 2011, 06:18:58 PM
I noticed that pictures taken by Hugo were slow to open for me... then I looked at the detail and I realised that they were approx 650kb in size.

Why is it that when I try to post an image above 300kb I get a warning message, and the posting is disallowed?

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 06, 2011, 06:35:04 PM
None of Hugo's photos are above 200k in size. Photos above 300k will automatically be rejected, there's no need to post anything with a larger file size.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 06, 2011, 06:38:05 PM
When I right click on Hugo's pix, they say  637kb,   650kb etc....  which contradicts what it says on the screen.
Anyhow, whatever the answer, those pictures of Hugo's always seem to open and unveil slowly,  as if they are decoding.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 06, 2011, 06:42:27 PM
The image sizes are underneath the photo and I've just checked they're correct by downloading the photos and then seeing what the file size is. They all match. Must be your dodgy laptop...  :P  ;D

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on February 06, 2011, 06:47:14 PM
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The image sizes are underneath the photo and I've just checked they're correct by downloading the photos and then seeing what the file size is. They all match. Must be your dodgy laptop...  :P  ;D


I think it's because there's a lot of photo's in the thread, that it opens slowly, which is usually the case, as they open slowly on my machine too.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 07, 2011, 10:35:08 AM
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::)
 ::)
 ::)
 ::)
not rolling for me

Is it just me or is the roll eyes smiley not working (could do with a roll eyes smiley placed here)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2011, 10:49:25 AM
It's never worked, I will investigate.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2011, 10:52:42 AM
 Fixed

:roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 07, 2011, 11:15:12 AM
'bout time  :roll:

cheers Dave
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 07, 2011, 11:57:24 AM
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I think it's because there's a lot of photo's in the thread, that it opens slowly, which is usually the case, as they open slowly on my machine too.

It's more to do with the numbers of photos in each posting.  It might be useful to limit it to three in future .
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 07, 2011, 06:22:10 PM
Can't stay logged in to the forum, go away for half hour and I'm logged out even though I use the logged in 'Forever' box

My email still showing in my profile even though I've ticked the box 'Hide email address from public?' SOLVED

apologies if I'm doing something wrong somewhere $salute$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 07, 2011, 06:26:47 PM
I've just looked and your email address is hidden, perhaps only you, Dave and Ian can see it?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on February 07, 2011, 06:31:23 PM
I 've never been able  to stay logged in, I only need to leave for a few mins. at away we go--I have to log in again.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on February 07, 2011, 06:37:26 PM
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I think it's because there's a lot of photo's in the thread, that it opens slowly, which is usually the case, as they open slowly on my machine too.

It's more to do with the numbers of photos in each posting.  It might be useful to limit it to three in future .

The Old Postcards Llandudno promenade & pier thread has quite a few pages with four pictures and loads relatively quickly.

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30.0 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30.0)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 07, 2011, 06:42:15 PM
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I've just looked and your email address is hidden, perhaps only you, Dave and Ian can see it?
Thanks Merddin Emrys, I just logged out and checked 'brumbobs' profile and it is hidden, though it wasn't yesterday
(must've hid it by clicking off and on the tickbox several times)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 07, 2011, 06:43:10 PM
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I 've never been able  to stay logged in, I only need to leave for a few mins. at away we go--I have to log in again.

I never log out just seems to stay on for me  D)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on February 07, 2011, 06:48:21 PM
I would have thought staying logged-in forever would be virtually impossible.  :-X
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 07, 2011, 06:57:11 PM
Just went away for a few minutes and got logged out
when I went to log in it said password incorrect but I clicked log in anyway and here I am  ???
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 07, 2011, 09:32:36 PM
On Firefox, I stay logged on FOREVER....  which means that when people THINK I am on the forum, I am only actually on the internet somewhere... perhaps on Oscar or BBC News.

When you click on ''hide email address'', it is still visible to YOU,     but no other member or guest can see it...

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 08, 2011, 08:31:30 AM
The time which you can stay logged in seems to vary according to your OS and browser.  If you close the machine down completely, however, you will be logged out, but then the browser (depending on what you're using) can automatically log you in.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 08, 2011, 01:13:09 PM
Thats right Ian,   on mine Mozilla Firefox does exactly that.... saves a lot of faff.

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 08, 2011, 01:31:49 PM
I use Chrome, unlike Firefox, there aren't many settings you can b****r up, so I don't think it's my end, any other sites I'm logged into I remain logged in.
I only have to change from the threetownsforum to another website then back again after a few minutes and I'm logged out.
You may wonder why I don't just open another browser window and leave the threetownsforum running,
well if I go away from the computer I like to keep what I've been up to private, so I leave it on a safe page like http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2011, 01:50:41 PM
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I like to keep what I've been up to private
?{}?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 08, 2011, 02:57:26 PM
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I like to keep what I've been up to private
?{}?
I'm a fat, grey haired dirty old man, no need to ponder Dave  ;D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 08, 2011, 03:13:44 PM
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I like to keep what I've been up to private

Then you need Tor (http://www.torproject.org/)

If you get it, you should only use it with Firefox.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 08, 2011, 03:21:39 PM
I use http://www.hidemyass.com/ (http://www.hidemyass.com/)  ;)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 08, 2011, 03:28:46 PM
VPN systems are good, but not always robust. This from Wiki:

"Nonetheless, Tor and the alternative network system JonDonym (JAP) are considered more resilient than alternatives such as VPNs. Were a local observer on an ISP or WLAN to attempt to analyze the size and timing of the encrypted data stream going through the VPN, TOR or JonDo system, the latter two would be harder to analyze as demonstrated by a 2009 study.["

But in fact, to  hide yourself totally you need to use Tor or a VPN plus a discrete top level domain server.  And even that's not totally foolproof.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 08, 2011, 03:34:08 PM
hey, what I look at isn't that bad  :laugh:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 08, 2011, 03:41:17 PM
 :twoface: :twoface: :twoface:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2011, 07:01:32 PM
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I use http://www.hidemyass.com/ (http://www.hidemyass.com/)  ;)
Doesn't work, mate. Some proxies do, but that one certainly doesn't.  Someone used to come and read my blog using it but all the usual information showed up in the Stats 8)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 08, 2011, 07:10:50 PM
doesn't it  ?{}?

It certainly changes my ip address according to IP Chicken
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2011, 07:13:03 PM
On my Stats, it showed the Hidemyass IP address AND the real one as well.  L0L
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 09, 2011, 12:06:34 AM
What the BLOODY HELL are you three on about????

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Trojan on February 09, 2011, 04:23:55 AM
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On my Stats, it showed the Hidemyass IP address AND the real one as well.  L0L

I remember you advising me about that one Dave, how it doesn't work.....and one that did.

Councillor Blog springs to mind.  :twoface:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 09, 2011, 07:46:39 AM
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On my Stats, it showed the Hidemyass IP address AND the real one as well.  L0L
Seems there's a lot of people on different forums saying the same Dave
Hidemyass can't fool statcounter  :(
but you can access forums/blogs when your ip address has been blocked using hidemyass
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 09, 2011, 08:54:30 AM
Fester:

Anonymity on the internet is tricky to achieve.  You leave a trail whenever you visit any sites and through that trail it's possible (although difficult) for the unscrupulous to track down your own computer IP and from that - your real name and address.  All the systems which try to achieve anonymity slow down your browsing, too, so there's a compromise in terms of speed and safety - just like driving, in a sense.

The most effective  free solution is Tor.  Once you download it, it patches into Firefox directly and then you simply run the program. There's no techie messing about.  Your browsing is then routed through about 100+ servers around the world to the one you're actually looking for, so if anyone intercepts your browsing they'll only see the servers through which the information is being bounced.

It's not 100% anonymous: no system is, but it's as near as you're going to get for free.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 09, 2011, 10:20:28 AM
Thank you Ian...
I kind of got the jist from the earlier postings,  but it got ridiulously techy.
Thats a great and clear explanation.

I have decided that its too much hassle, and I will have to remain un-anonymous!

Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 09, 2011, 10:54:49 AM
I don't even tell myself who I am, safer that way  L0L
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on February 09, 2011, 01:03:40 PM
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Thank you Ian...
I kind of got the jist from the earlier postings,  but it got ridiulously techy.
Thats a great and clear explanation.

I have decided that its too much hassle, and I will have to remain un-anonymous!



You are hardly anon. if you post pics of yourself and your good lady !!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 10, 2011, 12:37:02 AM
Hi Ian,

I seems that a comment or two that I made on the CCBC cutbacks thread have been deleted.
I believe that maybe one of Trojan's was deleted too.

I never had you down as an advocate of censorship, but may I RESPECTFULLY request,  that if you do feel the need to delete a posting, then the ''offending'' person could be informed, together with a reason why the decision to delete was necessary.

That would be preferable than simply guessing if one's posting has been moved, for example.

Most confusing Sir.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2011, 07:27:31 AM
You're quite right, Fester, and I duly apologise.  I had intended to PM you both, but things overtook me, yesterday, and I simply forgot.

It wasn't a major issue, really, but reading a couple of the comments made me feel mildly uncomfortable directed - as they were - at another member of this forum.  They'd have been fine made at the bar in a night club, but not - I feel - in a public forum and  not - specifically - when directed at another member.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 10, 2011, 07:30:06 AM
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Also, when "The one that calls himself Trojan" was moderator of the Llandudno Local, one balmy California evening, he was mysteriously  unable to log in. Then, all of a sudden The Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Local's disappeared overnight. Maybe someone was privy to his password, or maybe it was a hacker?

Then Ollerton apparently walks into Kindways the next day, they start laughing hysterically at him and tell him his moderator has eliminated his forums.

I don't suppose this has been mentioned over a few beers in Llandudno town centre has it?

On the subject of disappearing forums, is this forum being regularly backed up?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2011, 07:32:34 AM
Yes, it is.  The provider we're with is good, and more secure than most, actually.  Regular backups are taken, which nightly get bigger and bigger :-)))
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 10, 2011, 07:36:42 AM
cheers Ian, good to know everything shouldn't get lost again $thanx$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2011, 07:55:56 AM
We hope! 


 $drink$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 10, 2011, 11:03:38 AM
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You're quite right, Fester, and I duly apologise.  I had intended to PM you both, but things overtook me, yesterday, and I simply forgot.

It wasn't a major issue, really, but reading a couple of the comments made me feel mildly uncomfortable directed - as they were - at another member of this forum.  They'd have been fine made at the bar in a night club, but not - I feel - in a public forum and  not - specifically - when directed at another member.

Thanks Ian.
I have to point out though, if I may, in a friendly way.. that there have been quite a few disparaging remarks made about me on the Forum in recent weeks.
I actually think it is amusing, and would never wish to discourage it.  Its called banter!
I would have hoped that that JFS, being a person standing for HIGH public office, would be equally resilient and perhaps have a sense of humour too?

Similarly, I believe that the comments made (by both Trojan and I) were actually quite positive and admiring of JFS.
However, the perception of the Moderator is more important than mine, hence why you are the custodian of the 'delete' button.

Lastly, if you believed that the comments might have prevented the fellow forum member from posting on the Forum, well she can hardly post less than NONE can she?   My comment was actually designed to do the opposite, and encourage a response.

But Hey ho.


So,
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2011, 08:53:19 PM
You have broad shoulders, Fester, and can readily accept the good natured banter that comes your way.  That wasn't just good natured banter, however.  We want to encourage folk to post in here, it's true, but I'm not sure that innuendo and double entendres abut someone who hasn't yet posted are the way to go about it. And you're right; it's entirely about the perception of the administrators, and we're simply doing the best we can.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 11, 2011, 12:27:20 AM
 Y^^Y Y^^Y Y^^Y $3towns$ &well& &well& &well&
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 05:32:37 PM
Only a little question............What does that smiley face next to "everything to do with Llandudno mean" ?
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: brumbob on February 14, 2011, 06:35:35 PM
doh, it means happy  ;D
If you start a new topic or reply to one you have the option of changing the standard message icon to one of the other 11 icons, it's just that nobody has bothered to do it except for the starter of this thread.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 06:37:19 PM
Right, cheers matey  :-*
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: brumbob on February 14, 2011, 06:37:58 PM
as you will see, I've used the cheesy icon in my post above and the wink icon in this post
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 07:02:27 PM
Well I didn't know that, I should have a thumbs up icon on this post now. Cheers Bob


Yep it's there
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 22, 2011, 11:23:35 PM
I notice sometimes when the forum is slow to load it always seems to be down to some JavaScript pointing to betboopartners.com which appears to be a click-through betting advert that can bring in revenue to a web site/forum but I have never seen a gambling advert anywhere on the forum. Is this some defunct script still in the html or is it an advert that my Google Chrome just doesn't display?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 23, 2011, 08:24:05 AM
www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com) is a fantastic website. That's www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)   ;D 8)

I use Chrome and its never given me any problems?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 23, 2011, 08:32:58 AM
I do find that sometimes pages with lots of pictures are very slow to load, however if the pictures are on Photobucket or Flickr then there is no delay.  It can't be anything to do with Betboo, the advert which you can see at the top of the page (and what an excellent website www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com) is too  D) )
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 23, 2011, 08:42:20 AM
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I do find that sometimes pages with lots of pictures are very slow to load

Yes;  it seems to be down not so much to the numbers of pictures per page, but more to the numbers in each posting. Particularly when someone posts a large number in several successive posts, then the browser keeps moving upwards as each picture loads.

We can reset the number of images allowed in a single posting to two and that might improve things a bit. Might be worth a try, anyway.

The other alternative ,as you suggest, is for folk to use sites like Photobucket or Flickr and simply post references to them from their posting. If enough people would like to know how, then I can post the instructions in Faqs.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 23, 2011, 08:46:46 AM
You lot must have slow connections because I never have a problem with photos loading. Takes a few seconds and all is done.  :twoface:

The only thread that it may cause problems on is Walking and the photos add a great deal to the story being told.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 23, 2011, 09:03:04 AM
yes its a superfast connection in Penrhyn Bay  (not!)  :rage:  :rage: but I love the walking thread and the pics, when I can see them that is  :(
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 23, 2011, 09:10:54 AM
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You lot must have slow connections because I never have a problem with photos loading. Takes a few seconds and all is done.

Even with a fast connection the multi-image posts can take a few seconds. It's not the time, however, as much as the fact that you can't view the most recent post until the images have all loaded, because the browser resets the view area as each image loads.  It is only a few seconds, I grant you, but it's noticeable - particularly when you have a fast connection and become used to everything loading almost instantly.

It's not the number of images per se that we would reduce, merely the number in each posting. That would speed loading. It's simply that they'd be spread across more postings.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 23, 2011, 07:06:13 PM
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www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com) is a fantastic website. That's www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)   ;D 8)

I use Chrome and its never given me any problems?
Finally spotted betboo tonight, never noticed it before, it always seems to be David Roberts Photography or some Emporium or other  :laugh:

Photo pages load very quick for me, it's just now and again that the betboo java script has problems but that may be their end.
As for cutting the limit to two photos per post, wont people just make more posts of two thereby defeating the object.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Fester on February 23, 2011, 10:52:10 PM
That Emporium (or other) is alright I suppose.... but betboo.com is just great...

Did I just say Betboo.com?      Its the future of Llandudno in more ways than one...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2011, 08:02:47 AM
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As for cutting the limit to two photos per post, wont people just make more posts of two thereby defeating the object.

No, because it seems to be the way the server treats multiple images in a single post that slows things down and most aspects of a post are controlled by CSS coding, so that would 'pad' the breaks between photos and create an apparent speed increase.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 24, 2011, 08:12:45 AM
I've knocked it down to 3 photos per post now.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 24, 2011, 08:13:16 AM
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Did I just say Betboo.com?      Its the future of Llandudno in more ways than one...
How right you are...
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 26, 2011, 09:08:36 AM
From time to time, the old question of which method to use to see recent posts arises. There are - essentially - two possibilities:
 

Although they appear similar, they do - in fact - serve different purposes. If you use only the second method, (Show new replies to your posts.) the only listing you will see will be those replies to posts you have made. This is good if you're in a hurry, or don't want to interact with every new comment. It's also excellent for forums which deal with technical questions and have thousands of queries each day.  If you've posted a query about something, you certainly don't want to be wading through 95000 replies to find yours.

In a small forum like this, however, it's important to remember that by using that method only, you will miss half of what's happening. You'll miss all new posts that are made in topics to which you might not have contributed for a while, you'll miss responses to your posts after any housekeeping has been done but - perhaps most importantly in a community like this, where we aim to help each other - you won't see when someone has posted a query to which you might have the answer.

In short, if you want to keep in touch with everything on the forum, always use Show unread posts since last visit
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 26, 2011, 10:41:39 AM
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In short, if you want to keep in touch with everything on the forum, always use Show unread posts since last visit
Well it doesn't quite work like that, Show unread posts since last visit only shows the last new post in a thread,
there could be twenty new posts in a thread but in the 'new post' list only the last one will show up.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2011, 10:48:30 AM
As a trial, I have installed AdBrite Advertising on the Forum. Unlike Google Adsense, this means we get paid every time an Ad is displayed, rather than based on the number of time an Ad is clicked.

As before, any revenues raised will go to pay for the running costs of the Forum, with any surplus being distributed to non-profit organisations in the Three Towns area.

 $3towns$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 26, 2011, 11:03:11 AM
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As a trial, I have installed AdBrite Advertising on the Forum.
Where,
will it be in the part under this post that at the moment says:
Gathering data...
Please allow up to 3 hours for this zone to activate. Contact customer service with any questions.

Great news if it helps with the running costs, nobody ever clicks on adverts.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2011, 11:11:57 AM
That's it, and it will appear at the top as well, rotating with the Photography and Emporium ads. I have removed Betboo for now. That's betboo.com  $good$
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 26, 2011, 11:18:49 AM
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Well it doesn't quite work like that, Show unread posts since last visit only shows the last new post in a thread, there could be twenty new posts in a thread but in the 'new post' list only the last one will show up.

Actually, I said "In short, if you want to keep in touch with everything on the forum, always use Show unread posts since last visit" and it does mean you do just that.  I had thought folk would have realised that to do as you suggest would lead to the index being inundated with posts and therefore unreadable, which is why I didn't point that out. However, since you have, it shows you the last post in any topic where there have been any new posts since your last visit.  Obviously, the software designers have tried for brevity and to keep the interface as uncluttered as possible, so the simple

Show unread posts since last visit.

works rather better than a two-page diatribe explaining its foibles.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 26, 2011, 11:19:55 AM
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Great news if it helps with the running costs, nobody ever clicks on adverts.

Actually, they do, and frequently.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 26, 2011, 11:32:11 AM
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I have removed Betboo for now. That's betboo.com  $good$

 :( :( :'( I'll miss seeing the advert for  www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)  8)
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 26, 2011, 11:43:37 AM
Yeess..almost become like a old friend


 ¢¢##
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 26, 2011, 12:19:15 PM
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Actually, I said "In short, if you want to keep in touch with everything on the forum, always use Show unread posts since last visit" and it does mean you do just that.  I had thought folk would have realised that to do as you suggest would lead to the index being inundated with posts and therefore unreadable, which is why I didn't point that out. However, since you have, it shows you the last post in any topic where there have been any new posts since your last visit..

Actually, I didn't suggest anything of the sort.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 26, 2011, 12:23:49 PM
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Great news if it helps with the running costs, nobody ever clicks on adverts.
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Actually, they do, and frequently.
Obviously not enough to finance the forum.


hmmm, something just went wrong with the quotes :laugh:
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 26, 2011, 03:13:36 PM
Okay.  You said:

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Well it doesn't quite work like that, Show unread posts since last visit only shows the last new post in a thread, there could be twenty new posts in a thread but in the 'new post' list only the last one will show up.

but that was in response to my pointing out that

" if you want to keep in touch with everything on the forum, always use Show unread posts since last visit
"

It seemed to me that the clear inference of your posting was either that the information I gave was erroneous - otherwise why would you have bothered posting, or you were being pedantic about the phrase itself. Now, if it was to expand upon the phrase, Show unread posts since last visit, then you should have referred directly to the quote and not simply written "Well it doesn't quite work like that,", because that implied that you disagreed fundamentally with what I was posting and were not merely being pedantic, which is what you now seem to be suggesting.

If you were simply being pedantic, and wanted to show that the phrase was in error, then I refer you back to where I stated

 
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"I had thought folk would have realised that to do as you suggest would lead to the index being inundated with posts and therefore unreadable, which is why I didn't point that out. "

 In other words, I assumed that most folk understood already that "Show unread posts since last visit" would simply show the last post in any topic which had new postings in, which, of course,  tacitly links to all unread posts thus, in effect, proving that what it says is correct,  because it does show all unread posts, and makes the process navigable by only showing the last in any topic.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: brumbob on February 26, 2011, 03:44:43 PM
Just stop being so pompous and making condescending replies Ian, though I'm sure that you at least think you're right.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on February 26, 2011, 04:42:40 PM
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Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 27, 2011, 08:10:20 AM
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Just stop being so pompous and making condescending replies Ian, though I'm sure that you at least think you're right.

Posting an abusive posting instead of dealing with the points raised is in contravention of our T & C.  I haven't been abusive towards you;  I've merely stated facts. If you can't express yourself in a reasonable way, then your posts will be edited or removed.

And I've sorted out your quotes.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on February 27, 2011, 04:49:15 PM
The flashing "you're the 9999,999 visitor, You've won a prize" thingy at the bottom of the page everytime I post is really starting to get on my nerves.  If I try and close it I get redirected to a bingo/lotto site. Can I stop it..........or can you please?
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 04:59:14 PM
How is that possible, I'm the 999999999999999999999999999,999th visitor and also I think, the 10,000th visitor this morning too  _))* , I found the flashing annoying too  :rage:  Bring back www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)  I say  :D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Pendragon on February 27, 2011, 05:07:34 PM
Ha ha Andy I was the 10,000th visitor when I first signed on this afternoon.  It's the flashing that's doing my head in.  Good job I'm not Epileptic.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: DaveR on February 27, 2011, 05:18:12 PM
Flashing on the Forum?!  :o  :o That's not allowed.  L0L

That Ad doesnt seem to appear for me, I shall take a look.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 05:54:03 PM
It was this morning that I saw it, I've not seen it this afternoon, mind you I've been out a lot today!
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Bellringer on February 27, 2011, 06:21:35 PM
I'm the 999,999th visitor and have resisted clicking on the 'claim here' space.
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on February 27, 2011, 06:25:18 PM
I did click and won £2,000  -  Just shows all that glitters sometimes is Gold!    _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 06:32:07 PM
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I did click and won £2,000  -  Just shows all that glitters sometimes is Gold!    _))*

yes, but to claim your prize you need to send me £40 in used banknotes in a brown envelope, left under the recycling bins by the Co op, you may then possibly get your 2k in Monopoly money  _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on February 27, 2011, 06:40:23 PM
As we both live in PB, I'll drop it round on Tuesday, 3 March,2015.  Better give me your address.      L0L   L0L
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 06:51:25 PM
Cool 8) ok, I won't need your address as you'll be receiving nowt, not a sausage  _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Yorkie on February 27, 2011, 07:11:41 PM
In which case I will have to instruct my brief or send the boys round!     ZXZ
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 07:45:40 PM
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In which case I will have to instruct my brief or send the boys round!     ZXZ

feel free to instruct a pair of briefs  _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on February 28, 2011, 08:54:03 AM
Now is this the same scam which requires you to stand on Southend pier at midnight to collect your prize from a unicorn dripping in diamonds?
I should coco ! ;D
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 28, 2011, 09:02:42 AM
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Now is this the same scam which requires you to stand on Southend pier at midnight to collect your prize from a unicorn dripping in diamonds?
I should coco ! ;D

is that the same unicorn that is on Llandudno pier at 2am?
and what does unicorn dripping taste like?  L0L
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Ian on February 28, 2011, 09:13:19 AM




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Now is this the same scam which requires you to stand on Southend pier at midnight to collect your prize from a unicorn dripping in diamonds?

and what does unicorn dripping taste like?

Dunno, but I bet the diamonds are scrunchy...


 _))*
Title: Re: Problems and questions regarding the Forum
Post by: Nemesis on February 28, 2011, 11:13:40 AM
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Now is this the same scam which requires you to stand on Southend pier at midnight to collect your prize from a unicorn dripping in diamonds?
I should coco ! ;D

is that the same unicorn that is on Llandudno pier at 2am?
and what does unicorn dripping taste like?  L0L

No It's his brother.
Like pork, but higher in cholesterol !
 _))* _))* _))* _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 01, 2011, 09:35:31 PM
For the last week or so, I am constantly getting disconnected from the Forum, with a message, ''timed out''  .. ''the server for the threetownsforum is not connected''

Its really annoying.  Is anyone else having similar problems?

This is happening every 5 minutes or so,  and it is not happening on any other site I am using in the same session.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 01, 2011, 10:34:47 PM
no problem here at all, I expect Dave or Ian will know!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 02, 2011, 12:20:18 AM
To use one of my favourite phrases..."I've had no problems"!  :laugh:

Heart Internet (who provides our Server) have their own page at which they record any problems with their equipment:
http://www.webhostingstatus.com/ (http://www.webhostingstatus.com/)

I note that some connectivity issues have been reported today.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 02, 2011, 12:35:47 AM
This is the actual message I get... (far too often these last few days).

''The connection has timed out         

The server at threetownsforum.co.uk is taking too long to respond. 
       


    *   The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few
          moments.

    *   If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network
          connection.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 02, 2011, 12:46:12 AM
That is exactly what I have been getting as well !!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 02, 2011, 12:58:50 AM
So has SCOTT apparently...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on March 02, 2011, 01:21:02 AM
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To use one of my favourite phrases..."I've had no problems"!  :laugh:

I was just about to use your favorite phrase and add this smiley  D) to wind-up Fester.

However, when I submitted the post I received the same message Fester received.  >:(

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: brumbob on March 02, 2011, 07:09:44 AM
I had that all day yesterday, seems OK at the mo.

edit: tell a lie, I'm getting this most of the time now

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 02, 2011, 08:24:03 AM
Heart seem to experience problems between 0800 and 0900, and I have experienced some issues this morning trying to get pages up. But I was on a lot yesterday doing housekeeping, which requires a pretty steady connection, and it wasn't dropped once.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on March 02, 2011, 08:34:30 AM
Same problems here-- usually I re-connect, but yesterday evening couldn't.

Still got that b. irritating thing flashing that I have won something top and bottom of the page---Grrrrrrrr :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 02, 2011, 01:09:06 PM
Another forum that I look at had some problems at the weekend, hopefully none here were!


http://gardenrails.myfreeforum.org/ftopic3676-0-asc-0.php (http://gardenrails.myfreeforum.org/ftopic3676-0-asc-0.php)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/28/tainted_ads_blight_uk_sites/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/28/tainted_ads_blight_uk_sites/)


Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Quiggs on March 02, 2011, 02:16:58 PM
I'll join in as well, I've had the same problems, I thought it was a problem with my Dongle connection.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 02, 2011, 03:36:27 PM
I'm finding the Forum is running very slow when posting and moving between pages.   Sometimes the wait is so long that I get the no connection message.  Even re-booting does not seem to help.   Some of the pages with loads of photographs are too slow for words.    :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 02, 2011, 03:46:44 PM
At the moment, it's running fine for me, and has been since this morning's slowness.  But those links are interesting, M.  Some nasty people out there.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 02, 2011, 03:50:48 PM
I'm getting some pop-up adverts from Travel Republic on the Forum.  Should this be happening or are they Spyware or something else?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 02, 2011, 03:59:53 PM
Not sure;  Dave handles ads.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 02, 2011, 04:03:21 PM
I've run scans but nothing has come up and all appears clean and healthy.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on March 04, 2011, 11:50:45 AM
AAAAHHHHH, Dave please GET RID OF THAT BLOODY FLASHING "YOU ARE THE 10,000TH VISITOR"  See I'm shouting now.   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 04, 2011, 11:54:56 AM
yes, and bring back the  advert for  www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)   ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 04, 2011, 12:12:42 PM
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I'm getting some pop-up adverts from Travel Republic on the Forum.  Should this be happening or are they Spyware or something else?
There are no pop up ads on the Forum. Are you sure you haven't accidentally clicked on a banner ad?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 04, 2011, 12:17:18 PM
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AAAAHHHHH, Dave please GET RID OF THAT BLOODY FLASHING "YOU ARE THE 10,000TH VISITOR"  See I'm shouting now.   :D
It must be targeted at you, because I've only seen that one once.

Ok, ok, I'll knock them off. Just think of me going without food this weekend because I've had to pay to keep the forum going due to lack of ad revenue... 8)

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 04, 2011, 12:30:43 PM
Well, we do need something to bring revenue in. Otherwise it won't just be Dave going without his bread and dripping this weekend...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: brumbob on March 04, 2011, 01:26:44 PM
I've no problem with adverts, we can't rely on the goodwill of Dave's pockets to keep the forum online.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 04, 2011, 01:47:16 PM
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Ok, ok, I'll knock them off. Just think of me going without food this weekend because I've had to pay to keep the forum going due to lack of ad revenue... 8)



 L0L
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 04, 2011, 01:52:47 PM
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Well, we do need something to bring revenue in. Otherwise it won't just be Dave going without his bread and dripping this weekend...

As a matter of interest how much does it cost to keep the forum running?  I'm also perfectly happy with adverts here  D)  although the flashing one is not good, reminds me of when  I used to get migraines!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 04, 2011, 01:58:27 PM
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I've no problem with adverts, we can't rely on the goodwill of Dave's pockets to keep the forum online.
We have a Plan regarding adverts, which will be unveiled soon, hopefully.  ££$

The Forum costs around £250 a year at present, which isn't too bad.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 04, 2011, 05:03:53 PM
50 Members at £5.00 each should solve that little problem and we can all be advert free!!      ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on March 04, 2011, 05:21:25 PM
There is another way Yorkie....watch this space.  We have a cunning plan  ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 04, 2011, 08:17:09 PM
Did I hear someone say.... BETBOO.COM ???

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 04, 2011, 09:42:15 PM
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Did I hear someone say.... BETBOO.COM ???



yes, www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on March 05, 2011, 05:18:27 AM
I never see any adverts apart from David Roberts Photography and Fester's Emporium.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: brumbob on March 05, 2011, 04:02:47 PM
Do you think they get priority  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 12, 2011, 08:01:08 AM
There's just been an interesting piece on the Today programme about local media, more specifically about how 'hyper local' websites are popping up to replace traditional forms of media such as local radio and newspapers. It occurred to me that the Forum is part of these changes - when it comes to local news, we are probably ahead of both the local papers and radio. I wonder if there is potential to expand the site to have a separate local news page, (probably on the front page of the site) whereby a group of trusted volunteers each cover their own area and contribute small news articles/photos?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2011, 10:43:22 AM
Maybe a separate site with a link either way would be more suitable.  One can browse the local press already and you could well finish up with a lot of copy and paste items that are merely a copy of stuff already available.  Not something I want.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: brumbob on March 12, 2011, 10:44:56 AM
the local press online is usually ancient news
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2011, 11:08:59 AM
Maybe in Brum - but most Local and National Newspapers are now available on line on day of issue! 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 12, 2011, 11:15:11 AM
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Maybe in Brum - but most Local and National Newspapers are now available on line on day of issue! 
Very true, although there is usually a delay in publishing articles online to avoid damaging print sales too significantly and not all articles appear online.

The thing about any newspaper is that the news is always out of date, to some degree, due to the news gathering and printing/distribution process. The Forum was way ahead of both the Daily Post and Weekly News with the news of Alworths closure and seizure by Landlords, for example. As for Tudno FM, is it even still going - their latest news article on http://www.tudnofm.co.uk/ (http://www.tudnofm.co.uk/) is about the Celtic Fayre that took place nearly six months ago!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bellringer on March 12, 2011, 11:54:12 AM
The Pioneer gets delivered to within 100 metres of us on the outskirts of Conwy, but not to us because I'm told there are no pavements!

I had therefore been viewing it online but the facility to view the Llandudno edition seems to have disappeared in recent times and only the CB one is available. Not that it makes that much difference!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2011, 12:45:05 PM
I think the pieces of news we get on the Forum at present are enough, and the threads in which they are included are adequate.   A Forum is described as a place for open discussion on matters of mutual interest.  Let's keep it as that.  But then, it is the prerogative of the site owners to do as they see fit!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 12, 2011, 01:18:28 PM
Perhaps we could mirror the latest postings in Stop Press on the front page? Certainly worth thinking about, since that's one of the prime functions of a local forum.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: brumbob on March 12, 2011, 03:15:24 PM
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Maybe in Brum - but most Local and National Newspapers are now available on line on day of issue! 
You've got to be kidding, have you looked lately at the Chronicle/Pioneer/Bangor&Anglesey Mail/Weekly News, all ancient news. I'll give you the Post has some up to date articles.
As for Brum, the local news couldn't be more up to date http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/ (http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2011, 04:20:46 PM
Yeh - of course I was kidding!    L0L    L0L    Most of the "local" rags around here are only interested in what Mrs Jones (or another) had on her washing last 2 months ago!     L0L   L0L
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Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 11:20:40 AM
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But there's a more elegant way. [/b] Look for text coloured like this (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114.msg954#msg954)/  That means it's a hyperlink and will redirect you to the destination url without having to print the entire URL in full.

Except that today the pictures that the coloured like this (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114.msg954#msg954) links to ain't working!  
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 11:28:37 AM
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Except that today the pictures that the "coloured like this" links to ain't working!

I've just checked and they are for me.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 11:41:46 AM
Everything else is working for me except that page (on;ly the illustartions).   Even clicking "show picture" does nowt!   C'est la vie.  I know how to do it so it don't really matter.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 01:20:18 PM
It could be because I'm using pics from the photo gallery and embedding them into the post, rather than simply uploading them as is the norm.  Wonder if anyone else is having a problem?
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: brumbob on March 30, 2011, 01:27:28 PM
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Wonder if anyone else is having a problem?
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 01:36:21 PM
I've already mentioned it to Ian but he says there is nothing wrong with his!     ZXZ
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: brumbob on March 30, 2011, 01:40:14 PM
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I've already mentioned it to Ian but he says there is noothing wrong!     ZXZ
i know that's why I was supplying proof to back you up  ;D
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 01:46:27 PM
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I've already mentioned it to Ian but he says there is noothing wrong!

What I said was that it was working for me, which isn't quite the same.    ))*

Interesting.  It seems your browsers ain't resolving the links.  Is anyone else having the problem with that link?

coloured like this (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114.msg954#msg954)

Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 01:54:27 PM
Hmmm... this is interesting.  It works perfectly in Safari, Firefox and Flock. It doesn't display at all in Opera and only partially in Chrome.

So - next question.  What browsers are you using?
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: brumbob on March 30, 2011, 02:01:59 PM
My first pic was with Chrome
the one below is using Firefox
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 02:09:51 PM
So not in FF either on a Windows machine, then. This gets curiouser and curiouser.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 04:16:13 PM
I'm using IE which I always use for everything.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 30, 2011, 07:10:11 PM
Can you both try safari?  It's a free download, I think.  I need to isolate why the links work in some browsers and not in others.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 07:21:29 PM
I have Safari on my PC but as I generally use IE, I am loath to change as I do lots of surfing apart from enjoying this Forum.    I know how to do what you have the link to so am not bothered about not getting the pictures.     $uk     $wales     $eu    $thanx$
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: DaveR on March 30, 2011, 08:01:46 PM
It's only your screenshots that aren't working in Chrome or IE, Ian, all the photos in the Alex Munro thread, for example, are working fine in both those browsers. Are they PNG's, by any chance? I suspect that may be the problem.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 08:08:43 PM
Convert to jpeg

http://www.converthub.com/pngtojpg.php (http://www.converthub.com/pngtojpg.php)
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 31, 2011, 07:46:26 AM
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Are they PNG's, by any chance? I suspect that may be the problem.

I'll check, Dave.  My software definitely saves them as PNGs, and I then convert them before posting them.  Unless I've uploaded the wrong type...   ))*
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 31, 2011, 07:57:06 AM
Nope;  all except one are jpegs.  So no nearer the solution, then.  I'll keep thinking.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Ian on March 31, 2011, 08:05:44 AM
Every one is now a jpeg (I've changed the one that wasn't) so it now ought to display properly.

Could you see it before, Dave?  If so, then it's only affecting some browsers.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: DaveR on March 31, 2011, 08:27:12 AM
Just had a look, it's a Permissions problem. If I log in as an ordinary member, then your Album doesn't display. Have altered the Album settings and it is fine now:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114.msg954#msg954 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114.msg954#msg954)
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Trojan on March 31, 2011, 02:36:52 PM
 &well& Dave. Mine shows correctly now.
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on March 31, 2011, 03:16:38 PM
I will not waste any bandwidth by posting a message saying that mine is also operating correctly now.  PM me if you need to know.   L0L
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: brumbob on March 31, 2011, 05:04:27 PM
Yes, ok now  D)
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Trojan on April 01, 2011, 12:41:21 AM
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I will not waste any bandwidth by posting a message saying that mine is also operating correctly now.  PM me if you need to know.   L0L

Posts: 3704  ?{}?
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: brumbob on April 01, 2011, 07:11:24 AM
He needs to get out more, maybe to a CADW site  :laugh:
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2011, 07:59:42 AM
I do get out but being retired I have plenty of spare time.   That makes it  3714 now!     _))*
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Nemesis on April 01, 2011, 11:18:46 AM
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I do get out but being retired I have plenty of spare time.   That makes it  3705 now!     _))*

Something doesn't tally with your numbers here !
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2011, 11:28:29 AM
Posted a few more since then!   So this adds yet one more!     _))*
Title: Re: System Announcements
Post by: Nemesis on April 01, 2011, 11:31:23 AM
 :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 04, 2011, 05:04:03 PM
I would like to make the SUGGESTION  that the length of each page is increased to accommodate up to 25 posts because I find there is a PROBLEM on numerous occasions when I have to page back to get the context of the thread ***.  So I would like to QUERY whether the powers that be could experiment with such an arrangement on a trial basis.

I am sure that there are other contributors who would find such an arrangement beneficial and make the reading of popular threads much easier.     $uk     $wales    $eu


*** One excellent example is the recent episodal contribution of the life of Member Quiggs on the Great Orme Gunsite.  
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Paddy on April 04, 2011, 05:46:56 PM
Excellent Yorkie. I think that's your longest post that doesn't include an expletive. Good work!  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 04, 2011, 08:09:16 PM
Well said Paddy - You must be extremely observant!   I have only used "implied" expletives on about 4 occasions which out of over 3,800 posts is a minute proportion - and if my maths are correct it represents just a little over 0.105%.   Not effin' bad eh?    L0L    Z**
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 04, 2011, 10:14:25 PM
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I would like to make the SUGGESTION  that the length of each page is increased to accommodate up to 25 posts because I find there is a PROBLEM on numerous occasions when I have to page back to get the context of the thread ***.  So I would like to QUERY whether the powers that be could experiment with such an arrangement on a trial basis.

I am sure that there are other contributors who would find such an arrangement beneficial and make the reading of popular threads much easier.     $uk     $wales    $eu


*** One excellent example is the recent episodal contribution of the life of Member Quiggs on the Great Orme Gunsite.  

It appears that someone has seen fit to delete the ENTIRE thread that this point was related to.
I may be wrong, it may have just been moved....but if I am correct then that is most disappointing.  :(

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 04, 2011, 10:18:38 PM
As the instigator of the Poll I asked for it to be removed.  As you say it seems the whole thread has been removed.  However, the new question is above.    )*)&

This may not generate any disagreement, we shall see.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 05, 2011, 07:33:40 AM
We can certainly extend the page length for a trial period and see if it makes much difference.  I can do that today.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 05, 2011, 09:21:56 AM
Thank you - this action is much appreciated.   As a matter of interest I had to back page from your posting to see what you were answering!     >>>
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 05, 2011, 10:05:16 AM
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As a matter of interest I had to back page from your posting to see what you were answering!

Even more interestingly I'd already set the page length to 25 by the time you posted :-))

 :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 05, 2011, 01:49:00 PM
Ah good!   It's working!    _))*

Is it supposed to just start from now or will it also restructure the older posts?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 05, 2011, 02:27:42 PM
It's already reset all the older topics, so all the pages on all topics should now be the same length.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 05, 2011, 04:20:23 PM
1,000,000    $thanx$ . Lets see what folks think of it once it's been running for a while.     $walesflag$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on April 05, 2011, 06:33:49 PM
Not keen on this personally as it is too fiddly with my little notepad---will pass comment tomorrow when I use the proper pc with a mouse.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 05, 2011, 06:42:23 PM
I use my notepad every evening (even now) and the  number of posts per page should not make any difference in operation.    D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2011, 08:31:07 AM
I have tidied up the smilies to get them to display all on one line, having so many on show causes problems when loading the post page on mobile devices. All the other smilies are still available by clicking [more] to get the pop up box and I have added a couple of new ones in as well.

I have also added an 'angry' smilie, since people tend to use the 'angry at the computer' one at present:
 $angry$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 06, 2011, 09:11:34 AM
He doesn't look angry enough,  this guy is angrier, despite it being directed at technology.

Find  a Tasmanian Devil type smiley, without further delay.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 06, 2011, 09:15:21 AM
 $angry1$  I love this one Fester
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 06, 2011, 09:32:18 AM
Oh yes I love that one Pendragon, I've a couple of jobs for him lined up already!  (next door but one is occupied by annoying morons  :rage:  L0L )
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2011, 09:42:37 AM
This is a good one:
 $angry2$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 06, 2011, 09:54:23 AM
How about
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on April 06, 2011, 05:52:13 PM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-angry046.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

This one is me !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 09, 2011, 10:40:57 PM
Please could you tell me why Brumbobs membership no longer displays on file?

His personal mails to me are now disabled, and I cannot reply to him.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 10, 2011, 08:35:44 AM
Brumbob chose to delete his account, I'm afraid.  :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 10, 2011, 10:34:02 AM
 :( :( :(       :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 10, 2011, 11:02:00 AM
  :(  :(  :(    :-X
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 11, 2011, 12:44:09 AM
How odd, no explanation or goodbye's either.  :'(

He only lasted two months this time.

His legacy will live forever.......mainly in the Fun & Games section.  8)




 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 11, 2011, 11:56:43 AM
That's a shame, he was funny and I liked his games.   :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: white rabbit on April 11, 2011, 04:15:13 PM
I'll miss him too
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 12:52:30 PM
See last verse!



Eye Halve a Spelling Chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its really ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 01:24:54 PM
Welcome to the Forum, Roumanian.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 04:00:30 PM
Thank You DaveR

I hope to be contoversial but not too much so. Puncture a few egos will suffice.  ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 06:01:30 PM
Hmmm, I wheeled out the spell checker poem in response to an immediate post about how to use the Forum one. I see that that post has now vanished. Surely no one is petty enough to delete their post thus leaving another hanging there out of context? A form of insult if there was one I think.

Mr Roumanian
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:04:59 PM
Errr, yes.....well cum Roomaynian.  8)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 12, 2011, 06:28:04 PM
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Hmmm, I wheeled out the spell checker poem in response to an immediate post about how to use the Forum one. I see that that post has now vanished.

Your poem was entertaining in its own right, so no worries. However, to avoid that happening in future, simply quote the relevant post in your reply.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 06:36:36 PM
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Hmmm, I wheeled out the spell checker poem in response to an immediate post about how to use the Forum one. I see that that post has now vanished.

Your poem was entertaining in its own right, so no worries. However, to avoid that happening in future, simply quote the relevant post in your reply.

OK, thanks Ian.

Also thanks Trojan for the welcome. Looking forward to some interesting conversations. Goes without saying that we wont be on the same songsheet on some (wouldn't life be dull!) but no ill feeling intended.

Mr Roumanian
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 12, 2011, 06:40:16 PM
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OK, thanks Ian.

You're welcome.  And I see you're well used to using nested quotes...  :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:43:47 PM
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Also thanks Trojan for the welcome. Looking forward to some interesting conversations. Goes without saying that we wont be on the same songsheet on some (wouldn't life be dull!) but no ill feeling intended.

Mr Roumanian

 :twoface:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 06:45:14 PM
Nope, didn't know I had that skill! Bet I couldn't do it again.  ;D


Trojan. Your point is taken and filed!!!   :P   ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 06:48:05 PM
Yorkie has chosen to delete his account, which seems a rather extreme response to be honest. As a result, Roumanian, you have 4,000 posts to make up!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:49:32 PM
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Trojan. Your point is taken and filed!!!   :P   ;D

 aaa.gif
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 12, 2011, 06:49:35 PM
Only another 3993 to go :-))

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:53:47 PM
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Yorkie has chosen to delete his account, which seems a rather extreme response to be honest.

Goodbye Yorkie.  :-[
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: gwil on April 12, 2011, 06:58:30 PM
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Yorkie has chosen to delete his account, which seems a rather extreme response to be honest. As a result, Roumanian, you have 4,000 posts to make up!

Dave

I am genuinely sorry that he has taken this course of action. It's not as if I had a full on attack instead of the mild bit of banter/rebuke. Quite rightly, support noises were beginning to come through (e g Suepp) so I don't think he should up sticks.I'll stay off for a few days to see if you can get him back via email. I've plenty of other Forumseses (Fora?) to keep me amused for a while.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 15, 2011, 02:47:44 PM
So what happened to 'romulan', seems to now be called 'Gwil' and has guest status, what did i miss?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 15, 2011, 02:52:23 PM
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So what happened to 'romulan', seems to now be called 'Gwil' and has guest status, what did i miss?

Quite....I missed something too.  ???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 15, 2011, 03:21:54 PM
R has deleted his account.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 15, 2011, 03:32:23 PM
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R has deleted his account.

Someone deserved an Oscar methinks.  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on April 15, 2011, 03:32:49 PM
That was short lived ! :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: suepp on April 15, 2011, 04:15:23 PM
short attention span L0L
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 15, 2011, 04:16:17 PM
I hope it was wasn't anything to do with me!  Perish the thought that anyone should leave just because of a minor skirmish with an old not so old man!     WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 15, 2011, 05:02:29 PM
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R has deleted his account.

Someone deserved an Oscar methinks.  ;D

Was R in fact Oscar??   :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 15, 2011, 06:29:52 PM
No I don't think so.  The use of language, spelling, punctuation was above Oscar's league!    L0L
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 15, 2011, 08:19:05 PM
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I hope it was wasn't anything to do with me!
Certainly wasn't.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 15, 2011, 08:23:50 PM
So all is back to normal in the playground then?  No more girly strops, no more tantrums?

I was just getting warmed up to the new age of excitment, and then it ended!  :(

Just like the ''Buy One Main Course, Get one FREE'' offer in the Asia.   :(

All is as it was before.  I must have dreamt it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 15, 2011, 08:30:12 PM
Did it seem a bit like a nightmare?    _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 15, 2011, 08:31:33 PM
More like an episode of some badly scripted and predictable soap on TV.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 15, 2011, 08:33:20 PM
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More like an episode of some badly scripted and predictable soap on TV.
It reminded me of that old saying about people arguing on the Internet....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 15, 2011, 10:18:57 PM
For some reason when you write the word REST in a post it displays as O, I thought it was just me but it's in Hugo's walking post too?

I could see the o and Be o in the distance
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 15, 2011, 10:47:59 PM
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More like an episode of some badly scripted and predictable soap on TV.

Crossroads!  L0L
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 19, 2011, 09:34:55 AM
I was wondering can members upload pictures to the gallery?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 19, 2011, 10:06:27 AM
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I was wondering can members upload pictures to the gallery?
Yes, you can. If you go to an Album, like the modern one for example:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=4 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=4)

You should see a 'Add an item to this album' option. Click on that, new page opens, Select your file,  Add in a title and description and press 'Submit'. Job done!
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on April 19, 2011, 11:17:31 AM
I don't mean to moider but will it be added to my own album or yours Dave?
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on April 19, 2011, 11:52:19 AM
I set up all the Albums originally:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media)
but they aren't 'mine', they are for everyone to use. You just add in a pic to whichever one you think is most suitable. With so many photos etc in the Albums (2,355 at present), most people will find a particular photo by doing a Search anyway so the actual Album isn't that important, having an accurate title and description will help far more.  :)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on April 19, 2011, 12:24:18 PM
Ah, that's excellent Dave.  I was trying to show my Mum some pics I'd taken and it took me ages trolling through all the posts this will make it much easier.  I am a happy bunny  :-*
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on April 19, 2011, 12:26:22 PM
It just occurred to me that you could also set up a Flickr account to store/show your pics.

www.flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com)

It's free and you can store up to 500 pics, I think.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 19, 2011, 01:35:03 PM
There is currently a problem at our Hosting Company and users may experience delays in accessing the Forum. We have deployed a man with a large hammer to rectify the problem. :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 22, 2011, 08:42:19 PM
Has the ability to delete posts been eliminated? I seem to remember member's had a certain time frame in order to delete a posting, but that seems to have gone now.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 22, 2011, 08:58:49 PM
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Has the ability to delete posts been eliminated? I seem to remember member's had a certain time frame in order to delete a posting, but that seems to have gone now.


You can edit a post (within a certain time limit) but not delete it completely.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 22, 2011, 09:26:17 PM
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Has the ability to delete posts been eliminated? I seem to remember member's had a certain time frame in order to delete a posting, but that seems to have gone now.


You can edit a post (within a certain time limit) but not delete it completely.  :)

I was able to delete a posting up until a few days ago.  ???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 22, 2011, 09:34:16 PM
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Has the ability to delete posts been eliminated? I seem to remember member's had a certain time frame in order to delete a posting, but that seems to have gone now.


You can edit a post (within a certain time limit) but not delete it completely.  :)

I was able to delete a posting up until a few days ago.  ???

Just read your PM Dave.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 23, 2011, 07:47:46 AM
Post deletion has always been a thorny issue. In general, forums don't like it, since they argue it hampers the legibility of threads.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 23, 2011, 11:08:21 AM
Sometimes one makes an error and decides not to post a comment, and an hour or so in which to reflect on ones comment would not be unreasonable.     D)



Modify:  Now did I realy want to say that?   No?  Oh s****e I can't delete it!    WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 23, 2011, 11:10:20 AM
I'm having a nightmare uploading photos?  Is there something wrong with the server still?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2011, 11:15:57 AM
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I'm having a nightmare uploading photos?  Is there something wrong with the server still?
No, it's fine...well if a photo appears at the bottom of this post, it is!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 23, 2011, 12:01:06 PM
It seems I have to crop all my pics to get them on, so all sorted now.  Cheers Dave  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 23, 2011, 09:52:00 PM
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I'm having a nightmare uploading photos?

Did you eat cheese before bedtime?  ???

That could be the cause of the bad dreams.  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 26, 2011, 03:14:30 PM
Seems as though my Animated Avatar has stopped animating.  Is there a problem?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 26, 2011, 05:16:38 PM
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Seems as though my Animated Avatar has stopped animating.  Is there a problem?

Does it need a new battery? try a Duracell  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 26, 2011, 05:19:28 PM
Working now - maybe she just took a few hours off! 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on April 26, 2011, 05:25:09 PM
Her hair looks more lively now.

Perhaps BrumBob's windscreen wipers were using too much power.  8)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on May 08, 2011, 04:26:51 PM
The Forum has been running for some time now with 25 (?) posts per page.  I certainly have found it a lot better with much less paging back, how has everyone else found it?    D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 08, 2011, 07:32:23 PM
Two people, so far, are unable to post pics on the forum due to "the folder being full".
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on May 08, 2011, 07:36:25 PM
WIth some people posting 3 or 4 pictures with each post this is bound to happen.  Less pictures will give all an opportunity.  Maybe a limit of 2 per post?     D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 08, 2011, 07:40:31 PM
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Two people, so far, are unable to post pics on the forum due to "the folder being full".
Fixed. Just PM an Admin if there's ever a problem.  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 08, 2011, 10:07:00 PM
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Two people, so far, are unable to post pics on the forum due to "the folder being full".
Fixed. Just PM an Admin if there's ever a problem.  D)

 $thanx$ Dave.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 18, 2011, 11:15:40 PM
The search function is niggling me again...

I know that, somewhere, there is (or was) a thread called Funny True Stories.

I wanted to post there, but I looked for it in the appropriate topics, and couldn't find it anywhere.
Then I tried all combinations of those 3 words.    It wouldn't pop up at all.




Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on May 18, 2011, 11:35:08 PM
it's on "games and jokes" board matey  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 19, 2011, 07:58:49 AM
Indeed;  'tis here (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=208.0)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2011, 08:05:34 AM
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The search function is niggling me again...

I know that, somewhere, there is (or was) a thread called Funny True Stories.

I wanted to post there, but I looked for it in the appropriate topics, and couldn't find it anywhere.
Then I tried all combinations of those 3 words.    It wouldn't pop up at all.

I go to the Search Box (top right of screen). I enter in 'funny true stories'. The first result that comes up is the Funny True Stories thread.  :roll:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 19, 2011, 09:10:45 AM
Yes...so do I ...NOW.

When I did exactly the same thing last night, the thread was not present... but other articles involving the three words did.

No matter, I don't seem to have a lot of luck with the search facility.  ...thanks Dave / Ian / Ang.


Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 19, 2011, 03:41:19 PM
Hmmm, it always seems to happen at night.  Z**

Try it in the morning after some black coffee.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2011, 08:55:43 PM
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Hmmm, it always seems to happen at night.  Z**
Hmmm  ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 19, 2011, 10:53:52 PM
Actually... I have spoken (in person) with other Forum members today, who have very similar problems with the search facility.

It stems from not knowing where a certain thread is, checking the list in a logical manner... then giving up and trying search.

I hope that these 'other' members may emerge from the shadows and back me up! 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 19, 2011, 11:20:05 PM
I wonder who that was?  :laugh: I've often thought I'll post about a certain subject but can't be sure which thread to put it in ???  Also I sometimes try to find something that I've seen and it's moved, with so many overlapping threads we seem to be spoilt for choice sometimes  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 19, 2011, 11:49:32 PM
Just a little example of that....one thread called 'dreadful jokes',  and another called 'jokes-dreadful'

Last time I looked, there were two threads about Rhos on Sea that were confusingly similar too.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 08:07:27 AM
There are two threads about Rhos On Sea:

Everything to do with Rhos On Sea
in Local News & Discussion

Rhos On Sea
in Times Past

It might just be me but it looks very self explanatory - one is for current stories/issues, one is for posting old photos, memories etc?

Can you give me an example of where the search facility is not working correctly?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 20, 2011, 09:50:22 AM
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Just a little example of that....one thread called 'dreadful jokes',  and another called 'jokes-dreadful'

Last time I looked, there were two threads about Rhos on Sea that were confusingly similar too.



actually the jokes section is a good example, one person's good joke is another person's dreadful joke, so which one does your joke go in? 

If I had a memory from 2 years ago in Rhos on Sea, would that go in times past?  (I know the answer, but sometimes these things overlap  :) )
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 11:58:21 AM
Just put your post where you think appropriate.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 20, 2011, 03:04:22 PM
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one person's good joke is another person's dreadful joke, so which one does your joke go in? 

True, but dreadful[ jokes are normally short, one liners where the hearer groans....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 07:34:23 PM
I have also introduced a Google search facility for the Forum, which can be found at the bottom of the main page. It displays the results in a way that some users may be more familiar with.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 23, 2011, 06:03:21 PM
As you will have noticed, Google Ads have been reintroduced to the Forum. Google suspended the original account after they found that someone had been doing a little too much clicking on the Ads - they are very sensitive about that sort of thing! As part of the new account's software, we can monitor the IP addresses of any 'suspicious behaviour' in that respect.

With that said, I would ask that users only click on an Ad if they are genuinely interested in learning more about the product/service advertised. All monies raised from advertising will go to pay for the running of the Forum, and any surplus will be donated to local charities/non profit organisations in the Three Towns area.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 23, 2011, 11:25:27 PM
I intend to click on THOUSANDS of adverts, so that Google will suspend you again.... and you will have no alternative but to re-instate The Emporium web banner.

Yes... thats the plan....Harr...harr..harr!!!!     (Evil maniacal laughter)

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2011, 07:07:10 AM
Bring back www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)   8)

that's www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 24, 2011, 07:21:53 AM
We are also adding in adverts from Amazon and other retailers. None yet from www.betboo.com (http://www.betboo.com)....  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2011, 09:19:19 AM
will these be the 'magic' adverts, ie some time ago I was looking for a shed and on many websites afterwards I was seeing adverts for sheds, as if by magic :o  :laugh: (all to do with cookies I believe)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bellringer on May 24, 2011, 09:35:18 AM
I was looking at the Moneycounters4U sight a couple of weeks ago and lo and behold, their ad has been appearing. Coincidence?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 24, 2011, 09:39:56 AM
The culprit in that case is almost certainly double click and Google.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2011, 09:45:49 AM
More here about targeted adverts

 http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/about.html (http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/about.html)

It can be useful, although once you have bought the item you will see see the adverts for weeks afterwards telling you how you could have bought it cheaper  :rage:   _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 24, 2011, 07:47:53 PM
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As you will have noticed, Google Ads have been reintroduced to the Forum. Google suspended the original account after they found that someone had been doing a little too much clicking on the Ads - they are very sensitive about that sort of thing!

I wonder who that was?  L0L
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 25, 2011, 12:12:08 AM
NOT GUILTY.....
Title: Jobs network
Post by: dingo20 on May 26, 2011, 10:25:28 AM
I'm looking regularly for a new job and I look on a number of different job sites, quite a few jobs appear in the local area but a lot of them don't suit me but might be of interest to other people. Would it be a good idea to share them on the forum?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 26, 2011, 10:42:38 AM
Yes, feel free.  :)

If I could summon the enthusiasm, I could probably also devise a special page that displays local jobs by pulling the ads in from various other job websites via an RSS feed.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 26, 2011, 11:15:06 PM
 D) I see www.Betboo.com (http://www.Betboo.com) adverts are back!  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 27, 2011, 08:13:29 PM
I noticed on the Amazon advert (which I DID NOT click on) ... they can't even sell Toshiba.   (they say top electrical brands such as Tosheba)

Does that make the spelling bully, who gets mentioned on Oscar?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 27, 2011, 08:48:21 PM
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I noticed on the Amazon advert (which I DID NOT click on) ... they can't even sell Toshiba.   (they say top electrical brands such as Tosheba)

Does that make the spelling bully, who gets mentioned on Oscar?

 :laugh:

toshiba ('ello tosh gotta toshiba) 1980's classic!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l6OceuNRfo#)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 27, 2011, 08:48:57 PM
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Does that make the spelling bully
Sorry?!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 27, 2011, 09:44:30 PM
Oh GOD... in my haste to post something I often omit words or the odd letter....  but this time its pretty ironic!

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 27, 2011, 10:09:32 PM
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Does that make the spelling bully, who gets mentioned on Oscar?

Eric Granby?  :laugh:

Eric Granby said...

    "a simple spell check would have captured that on."
    Oh, the irony of spelling 'one' incorrectly in a sentence about spelling!

    24 May 2011 11:05
Anonymous Anonymous said...

    oooo i see the spelling bully has woke up,crawl back in your hole you horrible person

    24 May 2011 12:56
Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Adrian E so hates the spelling on your blog, yet at the time time can't stop reading the blog and leaving comments .
    Hi Adie how are you and the mrs?

    24 May 2011 13:31
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 27, 2011, 10:15:55 PM
Doesn't he live by the Links? Works for BT?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on May 27, 2011, 10:26:52 PM
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Doesn't he live by the Links? Works for BT?

Who's Adrian E? Sells tablets in nightclubs maybe?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 28, 2011, 08:09:50 AM
Spelling errors (or typos, which most are) have never really bothered me.  It's poor syntax and grammar that threaten to derail a perfectly good sentence which cause most problems with comprehension.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 13, 2011, 10:29:43 PM
Why is it that only sometimes I get an email telling me that I have a personal message? I have the right box ticked and the system has the new e mail address, very odd?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 14, 2011, 09:45:00 AM
I'll look into it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on June 15, 2011, 04:44:25 PM
Is anyone having any problems with Google, Internet Explorer and the Forum at the moment.  I am getting a can't access message with an abort message, and sometimes short page lengths displaying.

Does not appear to be any bugs on my machine having done all the checks.  This sent via IE.

I am not getting any problems using Firefox.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on June 15, 2011, 05:07:20 PM
None here! Hope you get things sorted.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on June 15, 2011, 06:18:48 PM
Well, would you Adam and Eve it?   Found the answer to the problem and it was not the PC or the Router - it all boiled down to low batteries in my wireless mouse!  I noticed it flashing to warn of the situation so did the change and voile! all is OK.    ;D

Can't understand why Firefox was not affected, maybe something to do with strength of signal or summat.  No doubt some expert will be able to explain.     :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 29, 2011, 11:53:56 PM
Something that I have been meaning to ask for ages now...

Why is it that when I click on the button ''show new replies to my posts'' there are items in there that ARE NOT listed in ''show unread posts since my last visit''

Unless I check BOTH lists, I often miss things.

I would expect to see ALL unread posts in one list .... and only the ones I had contributed to on the other.  It doesn't work that way.

Its not an isolated example, it happens every day.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2011, 12:21:44 AM
Every time you log in, the 'Show unread posts since last visit' bit is reset. So, unless you look at EVERY post in the 'unread posts' list EVERY time you log in, the problem you've described will happen and the posts you haven't read will only subsequently appear in 'Show new replies to your posts'.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 30, 2011, 12:39:26 AM
Eh?  No.
I don't think I'm explaining myself very well.
I am always logged in... my browser is set that way.

But how can a post that is UNREAD,  (on a thread that I have been involved in) be UNREAD in the MY list ... but not in the total list?

By definition, it should be in the list of 'ALL since my last visit'.... AND the list of ones I have been involved in.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on June 30, 2011, 12:53:36 AM
I just click on the little blue "new" icons, then click on the home page from time to time, which deletes all the threads I've read, and leaves future threads in place to be read in the future.

When I've finished reading I click "mark all messages as read" (at the bottom of the home page) to delete annoying threads that I'm not remotely interested in like "Follow On" and "Fun For All".
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 30, 2011, 07:59:49 AM
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I don't think I'm explaining myself very well.
I am always logged in... my browser is set that way.

But how can a post that is UNREAD,  (on a thread that I have been involved in) be UNREAD in the MY list ... but not in the total list?

The best option is 'show unread posts since my last visit'  That will always show every unread post since your last visit AND when you last clicked "Mark all messages as read'.  The other option will show actual posts in response to your posts, but not the most recent post in any topic which has seen posting since you last invoked 'show unread posts since my last visit'.

In summary, if you want to see the latest post in every topic that has had any posting in since you last invoked that option, use 'show unread posts since my last visit'.  If, however, you only want to see actual replies to your posts, but not necessarily the most recent post in a topic, then use ''show new replies to my posts'.

While we're on this subject, we probably need to be clearer about terminology. There is one forum (Three Towns), three Categories (Forum central, The Local, Members' lounge) nineteen Boards (the different sections within each Category) and a whole welter of topics.

This topic "Suggestions, problems and queries" contains various Threads;  more than most, actually, since it's all about different questions, but this apparent rambling of mine has a point.  'show new replies to my posts' is more thread oriented, while 'show unread posts since my last visit' works on a topic by topic basis.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 30, 2011, 10:37:41 PM
But... I have to tell you... ''show unread posts since my last visit'' DOESN'T show them all...

When I have exhausted that list .... I click on ''show new replies to my posts''    ... and there are others residing there!

That shouldn't be the case,  but it is ... day, after day, after day.

There.. I said it!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2011, 10:43:50 PM
Well, click on both then!  ZXZ  Z**
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2011, 12:50:38 AM
This reply from you is a classic example... it was in NEITHER list ... I spotted it by accident on the home page!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on July 01, 2011, 08:49:12 AM
Accidents will happen - and sometimes we are grateful for them!    _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 01, 2011, 09:10:08 AM
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But... I have to tell you... ''show unread posts since my last visit'' DOESN'T show them all...

Are you sure?

Quote
When I have exhausted that list .... I click on ''show new replies to my posts''    ... and there are others residing there!

Well, as I said, the first option shows you the most recent recent posting in every unvisited topic.   It doesn't, of course, show you what replies have been made to your posts, which will then appear - as if by magic - and provide the illusion that there are posts you're missing.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 01, 2011, 10:43:08 AM
this is making my brain hurt!  L0L  more complicated than the new recycling L0L
I just look at the recent posts section at the bottom
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 01, 2011, 11:12:24 AM
It's really pretty simple, but it's the specialist language that causes the problem. The 'Show unread posts" button shows you which topics have been posted in since you last marked them all as read or visited them. The 'show new replies" is more specific, and reveals only replies to any post you made previously.  

We can modify the php template so only one option appears at the top;  that might help stave off some of the confusion.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on July 01, 2011, 11:41:09 AM
I find the easiest way is to go down the left hand column  of the main page and if there are new posts go to that section.  There I then look at all the new posts in that section, and take ach subject in turn sometimes having to back track for other posts in the same thread.  Once I have exhausted that Section I then go back to the Main page and select the next section in the left hand column that has new posts.  This continues until I have read all the posts or marked as read those I don't want to read.  Simple really.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on July 02, 2011, 05:13:35 PM
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I find the easiest way is to go down the left hand column  of the main page and if there are new posts go to that section.  There I then look at all the new posts in that section, and take ach subject in turn sometimes having to back track for other posts in the same thread.  Once I have exhausted that Section I then go back to the Main page and select the next section in the left hand column that has new posts.  This continues until I have read all the posts or marked as read those I don't want to read.  Simple really.   ZXZ

Yes, that's what I do.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 04, 2011, 02:16:46 PM
One thing I would personally find useful is if it were possible to show a few more posts in the recent posts list.
I check this list regularly having become a 3 towns forum addict and most times it is long enough but it would be great if there were a slightly longer list to catch up with if there are a lot of posts within a few hours.
 $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on July 04, 2011, 02:24:08 PM
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One thing I would personally find useful is if it were possible to show a few more posts in the recent posts list.
I check this list regularly having become a 3 towns forum addict and most times it is long enough but it would be great if there were a slightly longer list to catch up with if there are a lot of posts within a few hours.
 $thanx$
That one is simple enough to do - I have increased the number of recent posts displayed from 15 to 25.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 04, 2011, 02:27:58 PM
Brilliant, thank you!
Couldn't believe my eyes when the extra posts popped up about a minute after my request.......amazing!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on July 04, 2011, 02:33:31 PM
We aim to please.  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 16, 2011, 02:44:36 PM
Would it be possible to have a live webcam on the forum?
I am always wondering what the weather is like by the sea.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 16, 2011, 04:09:10 PM
http://www.llandudno-weather.co.uk/ (http://www.llandudno-weather.co.uk/)

Try this one !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 16, 2011, 04:14:10 PM
 $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 29, 2011, 01:08:23 AM
Excuse me... why won't this forum allow the word that rhymes with VEST, but means to relax... to appear?

I noticed that the word R-E-S-T  keeps showing as an '0'.. when being mentioned in contexts such as the 'Cafe' that is halfway round the Great Orme,
... or indeed in general conversation?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 29, 2011, 08:46:50 AM
It's a condition of using this place that no details about where people work or where they live or anything else that might be considered private is revealed.,  Unfortunately,  some folk find it difficult to understand that the internet is an incredibly public arena, so we have to limit some words to prevent them being used.

 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 29, 2011, 09:46:18 AM
What??  :o :o

In that case should you not censor the words Pier, Golfcourse, Taxi, Hotel, retirement, newsagent, councillor, ....and hundreds more innocuous words?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 29, 2011, 10:30:54 AM
can we have a list of the words that will not appear?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 29, 2011, 11:13:33 AM
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In that case should you not censor the words Pier, Golfcourse, Taxi, Hotel, retirement, newsagent, councillor, ....and hundreds more innocuous words?

If any were to be used to specifically identify a member's place of work or home against their wishes, then yes;  I would.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 29, 2011, 11:35:24 AM
I've removed several posts, where the contributors doubtless feel they're being incredibly amusing by pushing the banned words paradigm.  But there is a serious side to this:  some of you might not object to everyone in the world with an internet connection knowing where you live, where you work, how much is in your bank accounts and so on.  But those jolly asides and knowing cyber-winks between those who know some things mask the fact that this information is not generally known, nor should it be.  Already this week, a member's full address was published, and that sort of thing has to stop.

If you wish to publish your own details, so be it, but it must be understood that to publish, or even hint at, private information on the forum won't be allowed.  It's also worth remembering that the only reason we use the banned word system is because some people seem incapable of respecting the privacy of others.  The only other alternative is to ban the member, which I'm personally very loathe to do, but which we will if members refuse to respect the privacy of other members.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on July 29, 2011, 12:16:43 PM
Does anyone else have problems when typing a longish post or when typing after a longish quotation?  I find that if I do this the line I'm typing eventually disappears from the box and jiggles along out of sight, so that I can't see what I'm doing.  I can see the line if I scroll down but as soon as I start typing again it disappears again.  I can see that there are two answers to this: 1) be less verbose; 2) type elsewhere and cut and paste.  I just wondered whether anyone else has this difficulty or if it's my personal problem? 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 29, 2011, 12:30:48 PM
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I've removed several posts, where the contributors doubtless feel they're being incredibly amusing by pushing the banned words paradigm.  But there is a serious side to this:  some of you might not object to everyone in the world with an internet connection knowing where you live, where you work, how much is in your bank accounts and so on.  But those jolly asides and knowing cyber-winks between those who know some things mask the fact that this information is not generally known, nor should it be.  Already this week, a member's full address was published, and that sort of thing has to stop.


I never referered to any place of work I just thought that to censor the word beginning with r , which is not exactly uncommon in everyday use seems crazy, so if thats how you want it I'm off now!

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on July 29, 2011, 02:38:34 PM
M.E. don't go - we'd miss you!  :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on July 29, 2011, 04:07:01 PM
I notice that the post I left after Merddin has also been censored.  I really did think that this Forum was supposed to be a little bit above the others.  Obviously NOT!     I agreed with Merddin.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 30, 2011, 11:31:04 AM
I missed all this, being otherwise occupied-- it was my address that someone posted and as soon as I spotted it I pm'd Dave who rapidly removed it.
If the members who are objecting to a censor system had had the problems myself and my OH have had in the past with a certain blog publishing  scurrilous and untrue gossip they would understand what the moderaters are trying to do.
Keep up the good work Dave and Ian, I am with you and will respect your decisions.
Nemesis
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on July 30, 2011, 11:46:39 AM
Nemesis,I think you have misunderstood.

I, and I am sure others, are not objecting to censorship and regard it as an essential part of any Forum or Blog.   It is essential to keep people's private information and bad language off the system but to censor a word such as the one beginning with r and the one beginning with t is tantamount to idiocy.  I wanted to put RIP in full on the Amy Winehouse Obit but it would not be accepted.  Instead I got "o in Peace".   How ridiculous does that look.  So I had to change my whole comment.

Running a Forum or Blog is not easy for Moderators as they have to keep watch on almost an hourly basis.

As for being affected by information - I have had my share of aggravation as some on this Forum can confirm.  Being an ex Councillor with a fairly high profile some seem to regard me as a target for their inane comments.  Let them come as far as I am concerned, I'm a big boy now with broad shoulders and thick skin.   All I ask is that they leave my family alone.   I am quite capable of taking care of my own problems.

Let the Forum continue but lets  keep it on a proper footing from both contributors and Administrators.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: white rabbit on July 30, 2011, 08:06:56 PM
Hear Hear!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on August 02, 2011, 09:53:40 AM
O'h no! Where has the recent posts list gone? Please tell me it is coming back????
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 02, 2011, 10:08:33 AM
The Forum software has been upgraded to the most recent version.  In the process, all of the settings and modifications have been reset. I will flick the switch on the 'recent posts' section...as soon as I find it!  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on August 02, 2011, 10:44:53 AM
I thought my computer was playing up  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: TheMedz on August 02, 2011, 10:48:00 AM
That's back up there now. Thanks
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on August 02, 2011, 12:08:52 PM
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Does anyone else have problems when typing a longish post or when typing after a longish quotation?  I find that if I do this the line I'm typing eventually disappears from the box and jiggles along out of sight, so that I can't see what I'm doing. 

The update seems to have cured this!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 02, 2011, 07:46:42 PM
I have added in a new section as an experiment - http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/board,27.0.html (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/board,27.0.html) - this uses the News Bot to automatically pull in news stories from sources such as the BBC, Daily Post and Weekly News. I am not sure how well it will work but will give it a try.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 02, 2011, 08:00:00 PM
I picked it up last time I signed on and I thought you had a nuisance Bot - now I see.  Will give it a shufftie from time to time and see how it goes for me.  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 02, 2011, 08:02:07 PM
It may end up being too annoying and get the boot, but we can give it a try.  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 03, 2011, 09:19:27 AM
Love the new style and finding it just as easy to use except for one small thing -  I see that the MARK AS READ option at the heading of each Topic has disappeared.  I used this to remove the new post icon on subjects that were of no interest to me.   Has it gone forever or can it be re-instated?   
$thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 03, 2011, 09:34:11 AM
It all looks very good, but re mesages, I can no longer see an out box (to remind me of messages sent) and how can I see at a glance if there is a new message ? the old system told me at the top of the page. Only occasionally did I receive an email telling me that I had a new message.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 11:14:36 AM
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I can no longer see an out box (to remind me of messages sent)
Click on 'My Messages' at top of screen, then hover the mouse over the orange coloured 'Messages' icon under the banner ad, and you'll see 'Sent Items' in the popup menu. Click on that to view Sent PMs. The direct link is here:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=pm;f=sent (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=pm;f=sent)

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how can I see at a glance if there is a new message ? the old system told me at the top of the page.
Still does. The 'My Messages' link will change to 'My Messages (1)' or similar whenever you receive a PM.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 11:16:27 AM
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Love the new style and finding it just as easy to use except for one small thing -  I see that the MARK AS READ option at the heading of each Topic has disappeared.  I used this to remove the new post icon on subjects that were of no interest to me.   Has it gone forever or can it be re-instated?   
$thanx$
It's still there on my Test account? Under the Emporium banner ad, I see 'New Topic', 'New Poll', 'Notify' and 'Mark Read'. See if yours is the same.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 11:19:46 AM
Couple of new features have been introduced:

1) Each Topic now has buttons so that it can be sent to Facebook or Twitter. You don't need to be a Member to use this facility.

2) Each Topic now has a 'Related Topics' section at the bottom of the page, which shows a selection of Topics that should be related in content to the one you are looking at and which may be of interest.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on August 03, 2011, 11:39:41 AM
It's a bit like walking into asda and everything has been moved around but the forum does look better and I like the new features like "related topics"  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 03, 2011, 11:51:39 AM
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I can no longer see an out box (to remind me of messages sent)
Click on 'My Messages' at top of screen, then hover the mouse over the orange coloured 'Messages' icon under the banner ad, and you'll see 'Sent Items' in the popup menu. Click on that to view Sent PMs. The direct link is here:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=pm;f=sent (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=pm;f=sent)

Using the link I can see it fine, without the link I have no 'messages' icon under the banner ad?  ???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 12:00:51 PM
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Using the link I can see it fine, without the link I have no 'messages' icon under the banner ad?  ???
Have you clicked on 'My Messages' first? The 'Messages' icon only appears on the PM page.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 03, 2011, 12:09:31 PM
 D) thats it! got it, Cheers Dave $good$   one of the perils of being a low iq Internet Explorer user  :rage: L0L

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,201.425.html (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,201.425.html)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 12:21:56 PM
 :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on August 03, 2011, 01:14:49 PM
I can only seem to attach one pic to a post. (It says a maximum of four).

Also, I can only stay logged in for 60 min, before having to log-in again.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 01:34:20 PM
Click on 'more attachments' underneath to add more.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 01:36:19 PM
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Also, I can only stay logged in for 60 min, before having to log-in again.
Is the 'always stay logged in' box ticked and the 60 minute box greyed out?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on August 03, 2011, 01:44:42 PM
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Also, I can only stay logged in for 60 min, before having to log-in again.
Is the 'always stay logged in' box ticked and the 60 minute box greyed out?

 :laugh: No, I didn't want to stay logged-in forever, but more than 60 min. Before I could stay logged-in for one day, which was plenty for me.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on August 03, 2011, 01:48:39 PM
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Click on 'more attachments' underneath to add more.

Ok, I see now.  $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on August 03, 2011, 04:09:41 PM
I've always had this problem with logging in-- no matter what I do I still have to re- log in.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2011, 06:12:48 PM
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I've always had this problem with logging in-- no matter what I do I still have to re- log in.
It must be some sort of problem with your browser security settings, I suspect.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 03, 2011, 06:28:34 PM
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I've always had this problem with logging in-- no matter what I do I still have to re- log in.
It must be some sort of problem with your browser security settings, I suspect.

I have no problem staying logged on using Internet Explorer ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 03, 2011, 10:52:31 PM
I use Mozilla Firefox,  and when I log on to that, I am signed in to the Forum all the time, whether I am actually using it or not.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on August 04, 2011, 12:48:10 AM
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I have added in a new section as an experiment - http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/board,27.0.html (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/board,27.0.html) - this uses the News Bot to automatically pull in news stories from sources such as the BBC, Daily Post and Weekly News. I am not sure how well it will work but will give it a try.

This is a good idea  $good$ and may well prove to be successful. It may also encourage debate which will no doubt make Ian a happy camper.

Rather than having to delve around different websites for news, now, they are all brought together.

Also, if you find something worth commenting on, you can simply post a reply under the relevant thread, unlike before, when you had to copy and paste from the respective website.

 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on August 04, 2011, 02:27:50 AM
"Nigel The News Bot"  _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 04, 2011, 07:29:37 AM
I like Nigel, who needs local papers when Nigel gives us all the local news for free!  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2011, 09:43:54 AM
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I like Nigel, who needs local papers when Nigel gives us all the local news for free!  D)
I've just re-jigged Nigel so that he gives us more local news, rather than stories about Anglesey etc.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: emma p on August 04, 2011, 05:20:42 PM
Hi all.
Can i ask where the gallery has gone ???  I was looking through them the other day.....cant seem to find them again.  :( thanks
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: suepp on August 04, 2011, 05:36:04 PM
Emma, just click on "media" right at the top.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: emma p on August 04, 2011, 06:28:21 PM
Aha.....brill.  $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on August 09, 2011, 03:41:18 PM
Is the handy "Upcoming Calendar" section on the main page new or have I been terribly unobservant?

I've just tried it out and wondered whether in future I can link an entry to something already posted, rather than starting a new post?  I've now duplicated the information on the harp concert, which I'd already posted under "What's on in Llandudno". 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2011, 05:22:44 PM
I've looked at that myself, I think you have to add a new post when you make the calendar entry, I can't see a way of linking an existing post to an entry, sorry.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 09, 2011, 06:34:48 PM
Can someone please help me find the long-running TOPIC on Craig-y-Don?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2011, 06:44:03 PM
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Can someone please help me find the long-running TOPIC on Craig-y-Don?

This one?

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.0.html (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.0.html)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: suepp on August 16, 2011, 07:16:29 PM
Nigel the news bot any chance he could have his own topic rather than multiple threads?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 16, 2011, 07:59:12 PM
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Nigel the news bot any chance he could have his own topic rather than multiple threads?
I don't think Nigel can be modified in that particular way, I'm afraid. I can set him to post news items less often, maybe once a day instead of twice as at present? He only posts a FixMyStreet problem when a new one is added, so probably once a week or so.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on August 17, 2011, 11:33:03 AM
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Nigel the news bot any chance he could have his own topic rather than multiple threads?

I agree there Suepp.-- too many bits and bobs.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 17, 2011, 11:35:37 AM
I just mark the whole thread as "read" and don't even look at them.    WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on September 07, 2011, 10:15:26 AM
I often have a problem if I want to use part of a quote rather repeat the whole thing. My reply always comes within the quote.
I have seen other people do it correctly so I know it is pilot error on my behalf. Could someone explain what I am dong wrong please?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on September 07, 2011, 10:26:09 AM
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I often have a problem if I want to use part of a quote rather repeat the whole thing. My reply always comes within the quote.
I have seen other people do it correctly so I know it is pilot error on my behalf. Could someone explain what I am dong wrong please?

Make sure your reply is typed-in after the..... [/quote].....at the end of the previous posters sentence. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on September 07, 2011, 10:37:24 AM
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I often have a problem if I want to use part of a quote rather repeat the whole thing. My reply always comes within the quote.

I find that the easiest way to quote part of a post is to start off quoting the whole thing, delete the bits I don't want, then type my own comments as Trojan says. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on September 07, 2011, 10:51:04 AM
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I often have a problem if I want to use part of a quote rather repeat the whole thing. My reply always comes within the quote.

I find that the easiest way to quote part of a post is to start off quoting the whole thing

Ah I see what you mean. I just quoted part of your sentence by inserting my cursor before the....[/quote] then I "back spaced" until I deleted what I didn't need.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on September 07, 2011, 02:15:36 PM
Quote
I often have a problem if I want to use part of a quote

Mouse-swipe (select) the part of the text you want to quote, copy, hit the 'quote' button (above) then paste.  The copied bit appears neatly as a quote.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blodyn on September 07, 2011, 03:50:32 PM
I find that doesn't show who the quote's from. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2011, 06:46:57 PM
My usual way is to just press 'Quote' and then make sure you start your reply after the [ /quote ] bit. You can delete any of the bits of the quote you don't want but just make sure that it starts with [ quote ] and ends with [ /quote ] or it won't work.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on September 09, 2011, 08:45:32 AM
Quote
I find that doesn't show who the quote's from.

It doesn't, but the quote itself is usually recognisable, because it's rare that anyone quotes from more than a few posts previously.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 09, 2011, 09:56:30 PM
Ian!  $good$
You have been officially removed from the Missing Persons list. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on September 10, 2011, 03:44:07 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on December 12, 2011, 02:10:09 PM
I have an old postcard of Conwy sent from here in 1916 that I want to put on the site but I am a bit unsure of a few things.  I see the maximum file size is 1024 KB is that just over 1 MB?, also, what is the best file type to use, Jpeg?, I have Photoshop so I can mess around with the scan, but again, I am not sure what resolution to do that on, I suppose it is not worth doing it on to higher one as I will just have to reduce it to send.  I imagine there is an optimum  canvas size to enable it to display correctly on the site, so any help and advice would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2011, 09:44:32 PM
If you resize the pic down so that its longest side is about 650 pixels, then save it as a jpeg with a file size of around 100k, that should be fine.  Not worth doing a resolution higher than about 150pixels. $good$
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on December 13, 2011, 02:20:13 PM
Thanks DaveR.     $good$   I would not have been able to do it without you that's for sure,  in the past when I have scanned photo's they have always displayed football pitch size so I knew I needed to get them cut down before I posted on the site.  Took me ages in Photoshop finding out how to alter the pixels, I tried just about every button, must have saved about 20 attempts of the card before finding how to do it, simple when you know how.  Thanks again for your help.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on December 13, 2011, 02:24:42 PM
 $good$
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on December 16, 2011, 07:39:01 PM
 :twoface: I hate to rock the boat, and far be it from me to say, especially as I am just a lowly newbie and all that, but why is "The Three Towns Forum - Llandudno, Colwyn Bay & Conwy - Info Center" spelt the American way, is this  take over?  :twoface: 
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on December 16, 2011, 07:46:32 PM
It gets on my nerves when the spell check is done the American way. 
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on December 16, 2011, 07:58:13 PM
The Forum software, SMF, is American.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2011, 07:59:49 PM
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It gets on my nerves when the spell check is done the American way.

I had not noticed but then I'm carp at speelin  ;D
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on December 16, 2011, 08:28:56 PM
Si am o
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: snowcap on December 16, 2011, 09:33:05 PM
glad too cee im noght on my owne
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on December 16, 2011, 09:44:18 PM
 :o  ewe our awl dafft ewe our   :o
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2011, 10:23:14 PM
wot me dfat, no wya :laugh:
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on December 16, 2011, 10:59:41 PM
OH GOD !
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on December 16, 2011, 11:01:22 PM
Hehe a minor blip there Fester  :-*
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on December 16, 2011, 11:07:40 PM
It just came out.... and I think it a lot when I read the Forum sometimes.... so from now on, I'm just gonna say it !
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: snowcap on December 16, 2011, 11:15:36 PM
hat leest you speled it rite
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2011, 11:24:07 PM
I think he meant to say 'Oh Dog'  ;D
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Yorkie on December 17, 2011, 08:30:00 AM
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hat leest you speled it rite

Your Dutch is very good by the look of it!    ;D
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: suliza on December 30, 2011, 08:12:04 PM
i am new here. i have spent many holidays in llandudno and wales. i have set up a personal web site and will write about my holidays in llandudno. they range from 1950 up to the present day.
if you care to look at my web site and give any feed back for me.
http://lifeinthe20thcenturyengland.yolasite.com (http://lifeinthe20thcenturyengland.yolasite.com)
suliza
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on December 30, 2011, 09:25:07 PM
Welcome to the Forum, there are many items of interest in the Times Past section and also the Photo Gallery is well worth a visit:
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=media)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: snowcap on December 31, 2011, 07:47:10 PM
can i take this opportunity to wish all forum members and there loved ones a very happy new year, from snowcap and family
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: dwsi on January 01, 2012, 02:20:21 AM
Happy New Year
 $walesflag$
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: RichieC on January 01, 2012, 09:59:37 PM
Greetings to everyone for the New Year. Look forward to accessing the site as often as possible and making postings here and there. :)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: welshwiz on January 08, 2012, 04:04:49 PM
Hi guys
i have tried to put a post and some photos in hobbies under walking,
i appear to have done it all ok, but when i come to post it.
Nothing happens it all just dissapears
This has happened twice now :-[
Thanks Welshwiz.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on January 08, 2012, 07:42:02 PM
Looks like nobody has helped, and I am no use as I have yet to post, all I can say is that this is what I was told by DaveR when I asked about posting photo's "If you resize the pic down so that its longest side is about 650 pixels, then save it as a jpeg with a file size of around 100k, that should be fine.  Not worth doing a resolution higher than about 150pixels".    Don't know if that's any help, but if not I would try asking one of the Admin people Ian or DaveR.  Hope you get sorted out.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on January 09, 2012, 09:01:26 AM
Sounds as though the photos you are trying to post are too big.

A photo can be 'too big' in two ways:

1) Its pixel size must be less than 700 pixels on its longest side
2) The file size must be less than 300k.

Photos can be resized online:
http://www.shrinkpictures.com/ (http://www.shrinkpictures.com/)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on January 17, 2012, 12:01:54 PM
You know I've fiddled with buttons and now I have a Buddies thingy.  What happens if |I add someone then, I'm dying to give it a go.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on January 17, 2012, 12:57:26 PM
Try it and see!
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on January 17, 2012, 01:01:24 PM
I added you and it made yr name appear in bold?  maybe it's used when there's loads of members on at the same time, don't know.

25 Guests, 7 Users (1 Buddy) oh well at least I look popular  $good$
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on January 23, 2012, 05:01:00 PM
I can't seem to be able to read Festers post on wind farms?  Everytime I try I get the same error message for some reason

The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you.

Something your not telling me ?  ???
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: martin on January 23, 2012, 05:09:57 PM
I can read it OK, Oh! Pendragon, have you been blackballed? 8)
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2012, 05:11:32 PM
I shall investigate....
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Pendragon on January 23, 2012, 05:13:35 PM
Hehe very funny Blackballed as if  ;D  I have just had a second look and I can read it fine now.....thanks for your concern Martin.  :P
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2012, 05:13:56 PM
It's because Ian has moved it into the 'Local Eyesores' thread. Which I'm not sure they are, to be honest....
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on January 23, 2012, 07:07:44 PM
Precisely Dave,

I deliberately opened a new topic for the subject, as putting them in the 'eyesores' section would have pre-judged my opinion of them. Ian seems to have made that decision for me, and imposed his own view.

The fact that I actually agree with him and don't like the turbines is somewhat bedise the point, I was merely reporting a news item.  so would you kindly move it back to the topic I created it in?



Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Ian on January 23, 2012, 07:16:05 PM
Quote
I deliberately opened a new topic for the subject, as putting them in the 'eyesores' section would have pre-judged my opinion of them. Ian seems to have made that decision for me, and imposed his own view.

All done.
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2012, 07:22:00 PM
I have dealt with Fester's high horse, I don't think it will be troubling us again: >?>??
Title: Re: Re: FAQs: pop in here if you're wondering how to do anything
Post by: Fester on January 23, 2012, 07:22:55 PM
I believe I just did ask.

High horse eh?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on February 14, 2012, 06:38:49 PM
The Forum isn't behaving properly.

If I 'Quote' someone's previous post, to refer to it.... it does not display the previous post on my new one.

If I make a mistake and press 'modify' ... it now won't allow it, and just opens a box for a New Post.

Fix my Forum!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on February 14, 2012, 07:14:41 PM
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The Forum isn't behaving properly.
If I 'Quote' someone's previous post, to refer to it.... it does not display the previous post on my new one.
If I make a mistake and press 'modify' ... it now won't allow it, and just opens a box for a New Post.
Fix my Forum!

Works OK for me!   WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2012, 08:21:29 PM
Perhaps Mr Fester's computer is playing up?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on February 15, 2012, 12:07:45 AM
Well, my Forum experience has been the same for the past week or so, in fact it occurred as soon as you started buggering about with inline advertising etc.
Annoying, but never felt the need to report it until tonight.

Now, strangely I come home and it is operating perfectly.

Come on, admit it, you've been tinkering.  Y^^Y
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: dwsi on March 25, 2012, 10:25:33 PM
Clock of the forum needs to go forward 1 hour
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 25, 2012, 11:11:26 PM
We don't set it;  the hosting server does that.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 26, 2012, 09:25:57 AM
I fixed it.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 26, 2012, 11:02:33 AM
Now I remember we had exactly this conversation last year- about the same time, too :-))) Think I fixed it, then. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on April 01, 2012, 12:08:24 AM
What is this "ad free" member and underneath member, whilst some of us are just member and some of us are administrator member? Well I can guess the admin one, but the ad free---- I'm one and I don't know what I am!!!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on April 01, 2012, 12:25:28 AM
I've just answered my own question. I've just come accros all the discussions about adverts in early Feb which I didn't read at the time.
 So now I know. Is that why I don't see the banner adverts now? Including my own beautiful one!
 In which case can I revert to be an ad unfree and pay double the £5-00?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 01, 2012, 08:52:31 AM
You should now be able to see the adverts again, Mike.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on April 01, 2012, 03:20:31 PM
Thanks Dave. How about this for selfishness. I m not bothered about anyone else's, I just want to gaze at mine. Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2012, 05:22:36 PM
The mind boggles!    L0L    _))*
Title: Forums search engine
Post by: Michael on July 12, 2012, 08:45:10 PM
  I dont often use the search facility, but today I did. I put in     Colwyn Bay waterfront.       We think you may have meant   Clown Bay waterfront.      Have the searchers been nosing around CBC?
Title: Re: Forums search engine
Post by: Fester on July 12, 2012, 11:00:13 PM
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  I dont often use the search facility, but today I did. I put in     Colwyn Bay waterfront.       We think you may have meant   Clown Bay waterfront.      Have the searchers been nosing around CBC?

Ha ha...  :laugh:   I always imagine CCBC council meetings being attended by men in orange spikey wigs, huge shoes, over-sized chequered suits and sporting whizzing dickie-bow ties.

I also imagine that a CCBC councillors car would have a squeaky horn (toot toot), and doors that explode and fall off.  +}}{--
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 14, 2012, 12:39:34 AM
I managed to take this picture outside Bodlondeb today, after a council meeting....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on July 14, 2012, 11:14:32 AM
After having a close examination I do believe that it is our Wrex who is hiding beneath all that makeup!      $lol$ $elvis$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 14, 2012, 12:01:50 PM
 $lol$
Title: Unread Posts
Post by: mull on August 20, 2012, 09:17:27 AM
My machine says no unread posts since my last visit.
Not true.

Whatas gone wrong ?
Title: Re: Unread Posts
Post by: dwsi on August 20, 2012, 09:36:49 AM
same problem here  :rage:
Title: Re: Unread Posts
Post by: Nemesis on August 20, 2012, 09:39:18 AM
No probs here.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on August 20, 2012, 04:52:02 PM
Seems ok now.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 30, 2012, 12:20:13 AM
My fellow Admin, Ian, raised an important point a little while ago. Following a recent court case, the issue has come to light of liability regarding private messages, whether it be text messages on a phone or private messages on a Forum such as this. Although Ian and myself, as Admins, cannot see the contents of PMs, we remain liable for their content. Responsibility without any means of control is obviously not acceptable, so we have taken the step of disabling the PM system as of now.

Anyone wishing to contact Admin can just email admin@threetownsforum.co.uk or post in here if it is not a confidential matter.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 30, 2012, 12:24:09 AM
Can you please post a link to this court case?

What was the outcome?

Also, why have the other 3 Forums I am a member of (including ADVFN.com which is worldwide) not taken this step?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: anglinathomas on August 30, 2012, 06:32:11 AM
Hey I am new to this forum..And you guys seems to be very experienced one..I like your way of explaining the things...Thanks for being so informative....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 30, 2012, 07:28:13 AM
Fester:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/03/text_talk_legal_status/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/03/text_talk_legal_status/)

This only came to light on August 3rd, but it's part of a gradual tightening by legislators around the world of regulations with regard to social media.  Although this judgement concerns itself specifically with Obscenity, it's becoming clear to forum managers everywhere that things are going to have to change, as the law will almost certainly be used for other things.  Unfortunately, Dave and I would be in the firing line.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 30, 2012, 08:06:27 AM
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Also, why have the other 3 Forums I am a member of (including ADVFN.com which is worldwide) not taken this step?
To answer your question about ADVFN, I suggest you try sending me a PM on there and see what happens. Then report back here. ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 31, 2012, 09:45:37 AM
As the withdrawal of the PM system has left members without a means of contacting each other privately, I have set up a Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/threetownsforum/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/threetownsforum/)
...where Forum Members can join and obviously use Facebook's own messaging system to send each other messages of a private nature.

Any Facebook member can join/use this group. If you don't have a Facebook account, it is quick and easy to set one up.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 31, 2012, 11:50:37 AM
I am wondering if you have not been a little hasty on this matter:

I am a Member of a Forum with 115,532 Members, that has over 20.5 million posts with a maximum number on line at one time of 1,714 and 637 active users on line when I got these figures a few minutes ago.   I understand that there are no plans to alter, modify or close their PM facility either now or in the immediate future.

Personally I see little difference between a Forum such a this and Facebook or any other Forum or Social Internet facility.   If we have to use Facebook for contact it may as well be used for all communication!   I personally dislike Facebook and only use it if I have to, which is very rarely. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 31, 2012, 12:25:20 PM
The difference is that Ian and I are not liable for what goes on at other websites, only this one. It is up to the owners of each website to decide what is best for them. In today's litigation & compensation culture, it pays to be very careful.

Fester gave the example of advfn.com as a site where he could use PMs. What he didn't mention that the PM service on there is only available to paid members, and the revenues raised (amongst other things) pay for ADVFN's legal team to deal with any such problems. Neither Ian or I have the time or inclination to deal with legal problems like that; indeed, any such situation would probably just result in the closure of the entire Forum.

And...at the end of the day, this website is called the Three Towns Forum. The key word is 'Forum', a "a public meeting place for open discussion". If a lack of PM system encourages people to post on the Forum more, then that is surely a good thing.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 31, 2012, 12:50:19 PM
It is indeed a very litigious society that we live in today, with many people particularly employed in the legal profession, being the main protagonists.  Solicitors and Legal Advisors are only too eager to jump on any act or omission whether it is a recent happening or something from years ago!  The acceptance of normal risk in everyday life has long since gone.

As far as the Forum is concerned the day of Free Speech is over and the Admins or Moderators will have to get out their blue pencils are start editing or otherwise censoring posts.   No doubt this has also crossed your minds.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 31, 2012, 01:05:37 PM
Even I get on with Facebook, I've found it to be very usefull, like anything online some care is needed with some links etc
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 31, 2012, 02:30:33 PM
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IAs far as the Forum is concerned the day of Free Speech is over and the Admins or Moderators will have to get out their blue pencils are start editing or otherwise censoring posts.   No doubt this has also crossed your minds.
 ZXZ
Indeed it has. Fortunately, compared to a lot of Forums, everyone on here is well behaved.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: 1_rob_1 on August 31, 2012, 08:26:10 PM
I am a member of a free forum which has thousands of members, & still has pm facilities.
 BUT: If dave & Ian have ANY probs with the legalities of this site regarding this facility, then this facility should be removed. Dont forget, the administration of this forum is voluntary.
So lets all go with the flow, & not argue. - - - - some will.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 31, 2012, 10:17:25 PM
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IAs far as the Forum is concerned the day of Free Speech is over and the Admins or Moderators will have to get out their blue pencils are start editing or otherwise censoring posts.   No doubt this has also crossed your minds.
 ZXZ
Indeed it has. Fortunately, compared to a lot of Forums, everyone on here is well behaved.  $good$

It's about time we put a stop to that!  :laugh: :twoface:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 02, 2012, 01:50:51 AM
OK, whether we like it or not, the PM facility has been deleted, fair enough.

So, here is a little 'shout out' to those members who had occasion to send me a PM over the last 12 months...but can't drop me a line anymore, (as I am not a facebooker)

To, Pendragon, BriRoberts, Dave R, Pentan, Merddin Emrys, Scott, Nemesis, Yorkie, Cbrian51, Gaylord Screwsby, Suepp, The Medz, Trojan, Rosie, WREX, Quiggs, Mike Ormegolf,  IAN, Snowcap,  PC Mike Smith,  BayLad, Andrea 1976, Curly Cap...

If you want to reach me, you can drop me a line on ...  peter@llandudno-emporium.com

Look forward to hearing from you....

Fest.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on September 02, 2012, 02:25:49 AM
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OK, whether we like it or not, the PM facility has been deleted, fair enough.

So, here is a little 'shout out' to those members who had occasion to send me a PM over the last 12 months...but can't drop me a line anymore, (as I am not a facebooker)

To, Pendragon, BriRoberts, Dave R, Pentan, Merddin Emrys, Scott, Nemesis, Yorkie, Cbrian51, Gaylord Screwsby, Suepp, The Medz, Trojan, Rosie, WREX, Quiggs, Mike Ormegolf,  IAN, Snowcap,  PC Mike Smith,  BayLad, Andrea 1976, Curly Cap...

If you want to reach me, you can drop me a line on ...  peter@llandudno-emporium.com

Look forward to hearing from you....

Fest.

Would love to know what you and Pentan were PMing about!! >>>
Is he still around? I quite miss him.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 02, 2012, 07:09:58 AM
Fester, if you visit your PROFILE and click on ACCOUNT SETTINGS, you can include your E-MAIL ADDRESS in there.

You just need to ensure you tick the box to ALLOW USERS TO E-MAIL ME.

The facility will then show up just under your name with any posts you make.

You see the small envelope over to the left now.

Hover your cursor over it with your mouse to see Email.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on September 02, 2012, 11:36:11 AM
Ah Fester we won't forget about you Mr Man  ;D  You sound all left out there.  I'll send you an email shortly  :-*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 02, 2012, 01:10:32 PM
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You just need to ensure you tick the box to ALLOW USERS TO E-MAIL ME.
The facility will then show up just under your name with any posts you make.
You see the small envelope over to the left now.
Hover your cursor over it with your mouse to see Email.

I do not think this will make any difference to the legal responsibility of the site owners as the mail will be set up using a template on the site and the routing will be via the normal hosting company and its procedure.    :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 02, 2012, 10:57:44 PM
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You just need to ensure you tick the box to ALLOW USERS TO E-MAIL ME.
The facility will then show up just under your name with any posts you make.
You see the small envelope over to the left now.
Hover your cursor over it with your mouse to see Email.

I do not think this will make any difference to the legal responsibility of the site owners as the mail will be set up using a template on the site and the routing will be via the normal hosting company and its procedure.    :(

Better disable that feature as well then!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 02, 2012, 10:59:07 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

You just need to ensure you tick the box to ALLOW USERS TO E-MAIL ME.
The facility will then show up just under your name with any posts you make.
You see the small envelope over to the left now.
Hover your cursor over it with your mouse to see Email.

I do not think this will make any difference to the legal responsibility of the site owners as the mail will be set up using a template on the site and the routing will be via the normal hosting company and its procedure.    :(

Better disable that feature as well then!

Any more disabling, and this Forum will qualify for the paralympics, and a badge for free parking!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2012, 05:38:06 PM
I see the Forum Facebook group is now up to 41 members, the link is earlier in this thread if anyone else would like to join.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on November 07, 2012, 08:44:07 PM
  The thread title includes queries,so here is one. Every time any of us clicks on to the forum we see a series of views of this area,the CB pier, the Albion etc.
  Ive been looking at it most days for the last three years, but never really studied it until today.So,my query. The vast troupe of soldiers, where is this?  At a glance I had always assumed it was in Conwy by the Police Station. But looking as close as the couple of seconds it shows I cannot see any sign of the top arch, and in any event all those troupes would have a job to fit through. Is it Conwy, and,if not, where is it?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on November 07, 2012, 09:10:05 PM
I don't see these pictures as I stay permanently signed in and land on the Forum Index page when I go to the Forum.   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 07, 2012, 10:27:25 PM
Mike, it is definitely Lancaster Square in Conwy.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on November 07, 2012, 10:42:08 PM
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I don't see these pictures as I stay permanently signed in and land on the Forum Index page when I go to the Forum.   :D

Me too Yorkie.
On the rare occasions that I access the Forum via my iphone, I see those photographs and for a fleeting moment I think I have landed on the wrong site.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 17, 2012, 05:17:44 AM
Last night Fester emailed me to say that several posts from Friday evening had vanished, yet at the time I could still see them! This morning I have a look and they have vanished! What is happening?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on November 17, 2012, 07:26:56 AM
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Last night Fester emailed me to say that several posts from Friday evening had vanished, yet at the time I could still see them! This morning I have a look and they have vanished! What is happening?

I've had a good look round the Forum to see what is missing, but as it's isn't there, I don't know what I'm looking for!    ;D   Any clues?     ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 17, 2012, 07:59:52 AM
Quote
Last night Fester emailed me to say that several posts from Friday evening had vanished, yet at the time I could still see them! This morning I have a look and they have vanished! What is happening?

I can't help with whatever posts are missing, but why you saw them was the browser cache still retained them.  There's an option in all browsers to 'clear cache'.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on November 17, 2012, 09:27:46 AM
I've just looked in the Log Files and no posts have been deleted. What were the posts about?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 17, 2012, 06:42:04 PM
There were some about photography, a couple about Fester's plans for new year, about 6 or 7 I think, all very odd!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on November 17, 2012, 07:04:54 PM
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There were some about photography, a couple about Fester's plans for new year, about 6 or 7 I think, all very odd!
I recall one or two of them but I've no idea where they have gone. A blip with the server maybe.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on November 17, 2012, 07:09:51 PM
I posted quite a bit last night... but now, the moment has gone...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 17, 2012, 10:30:17 PM
So someone or something has managed to hack in to the forum and steal posts undetected! Sinister forces at work!  :o ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2012, 08:21:26 AM
The most likely explanation is a server glitch. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 18, 2012, 08:35:53 AM
Sounds like a government cover up, it's the lunar landing saga all over again  :twoface: _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2012, 08:58:44 AM
 L0L L0L

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on November 18, 2012, 09:26:56 AM
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The most likely explanation is a server glitch.

Why does everyone always blame the "computer" equipment?    :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2012, 11:01:06 AM
Quote
   
Quote
The most likely explanation is a server glitch.

Why does everyone always blame the "computer" equipment?    :D

Because in this instance it's the most likely explanation.  For posts to have gone missing, and for there to be no record of those posts in the server logs suggests that the MySql database was involved, since it's that database that records and stores references to all the postings. Now, professionally hosted Apache servers normally use industrial-strength uninterruptable power supplies to avoid this very problem but, in certain situations, such as severe magnetic storms at or near to the server host, glitches can and do occur.

Any manual deletion of the posts would have been revealed through the logs and we haven't been hacked, because we'd know about that pretty quickly, so I'm going with glitches on the database server.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2012, 11:06:32 AM
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The most likely explanation is a server glitch.

Why does everyone always blame the "computer" equipment?    :D
...it was either that or blaming Jimmy Saville.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on November 25, 2012, 06:40:22 PM
A contender for "room with a view" maybe?
Lovely photos and lucky you!

Admin has moved the photos to room with a view.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 11, 2012, 11:26:52 AM
That problem has come back again about the pop up and something to do with a script not running correctly. I think it was Welshmunchkin that pointed it out last time and it did stop for a while afterwards.
Have tried to find the original post but failed, sorry!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: dwsi on December 11, 2012, 09:10:40 PM
The Penmaenmawr forum and it's backup has been wiped from the server this weekend by a computer glitch  :rage:
10 years worth of posts disappeared by a gremlin in the works
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2012, 09:18:29 PM
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That problem has come back again about the pop up and something to do with a script not running correctly. I think it was Welshmunchkin that pointed it out last time and it did stop for a while afterwards.
Have tried to find the original post but failed, sorry!
If you can tell me what the popup message says, then I will try and fix it.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2012, 09:19:20 PM
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The Penmaenmawr forum and it's backup has been wiped from the server this weekend by a computer glitch  :rage:
10 years worth of posts disappeared by a gremlin in the works
Why would you have a backup on the same server as the site? Defeats the whole object of a Backup surely?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 11, 2012, 09:32:34 PM
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That problem has come back again about the pop up and something to do with a script not running correctly. I think it was Welshmunchkin that pointed it out last time and it did stop for a while afterwards.
Have tried to find the original post but failed, sorry!

Try disabling script debugging in Internet Options.  ( Google for instructions if you don't know how).
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 12, 2012, 05:16:19 PM


[/quote]
If you can tell me what the popup message says, then I will try and fix it.  :)
[/quote]

This is what it says,

A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/Themes/default/scripts/script.js?fin20:103 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/Themes/default/scripts/script.js?fin20:103)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 12, 2012, 06:49:14 PM
I get the same message - sometimes. It seems to be a known issue but there are no easy answers, yet.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: 1_rob_1 on December 12, 2012, 07:11:15 PM
This is worth a shot, it normally works for most browser script errors - but not always.
Go to internet options, either from the tools/settings menu in internet explorer, or in control panel\internet options.
click on the advanced tab
tick the 2 boxes titled disable script debugging
click ok
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2012, 08:13:42 PM
It seems to be an integral part of the Forum software, so can't be disabled, unfortunately.

Odd thing is that only some people seem to get it. I've never had it, and I use the Forum on a variety of PCs, Macs and mobile devices.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 12, 2012, 08:33:03 PM
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I get the same message - sometimes. It seems to be a known issue but there are no easy answers, yet.

Must confess that I've never had it on any device.   I do run some anti virus, anti hic-cup, anti almost anything software that cleans up every morning before I start running anything.  I also have Microsoft Security Essentials running in the background which helps keep the device clean.   My iPad is the only one to which I have not added any special software,, and so far I have not had any non-user created problems.  But I am still learning my way round all the various bits and pieces.    ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 27, 2012, 08:52:12 AM
Today I received a very short mail to my Gmail account asking me to verify the account by clicking to go to another site.  Probably a scam, has anyone else had it and actually clicked on the link?

 ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 27, 2012, 08:53:25 AM
The link is probably to a scam site.  If you mouse over it, it should reveal the true destination.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 27, 2012, 08:59:44 AM
Already deleted but the sender address (via properties) was very peculiar!   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 27, 2012, 03:50:42 PM
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Today I received a very short mail to my Gmail account asking me to verify the account by clicking to go to another site.  Probably a scam, has anyone else had it and actually clicked on the link?

 ZXZ
http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32044 (http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32044)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 19, 2013, 06:36:31 PM
Dave, I've just posted a photo on 'people' and the date shows dec 30 2012, has anyone else had this problem?
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Post by: DaveR on January 19, 2013, 07:00:33 PM
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Dave, I've just posted a photo on 'people' and the date shows dec 30 2012, has anyone else had this problem?
Oh yes, I've no idea why this should be, to be honest! I will have to investigate.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 20, 2013, 03:30:12 PM
Thanks Dave, same happened today with another photo $walesflag$
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Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2013, 04:58:35 PM
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Thanks Dave, same happened today with another photo $walesflag$
So I see. It's a little bit odd, as the pic I uploaded yesterday is dated correctly and so are all the others uploaded this year. It's a puzzler!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 20, 2013, 07:04:06 PM
I'm on Worcester time!!! &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on January 20, 2013, 07:04:56 PM
Is the sending computer date correct?   $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 20, 2013, 08:18:15 PM
Dave, yes it is
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 21, 2013, 03:57:28 PM
Sorry Yorkie, yes it is. ))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2013, 06:31:04 PM
It was put to me recently that a number of people feel unable to post on the Forum as they are concerned that their comments will be perhaps derided.

To be honest, I find this a little hard to believe. I've always used the analogy of the Forum as being like an online Pub, with a hard core of regulars who know each other fairly well, and a wider range of other people who drift in and out of conversations as the interest takes them. In addition, there are those people who come to the Pub every day but just sit in the corner and enjoy other peoples' banter without joining in themselves.

Discussions on the Forum take many forms, and they can, of course, become heated. Again, this is just a reflection of discussions in a Pub environment, which can even sometimes end in fisticuffs.

My own view is that everyone is welcome to post but this is a discussion forum and you must expect to have your views challenged sometimes. It would be very boring if we all just agreed with each other all the time! At the end of the day, it is just words on a screen, so please take courage, start posting, and get stuck in.

 $3towns$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: ed jones on January 29, 2013, 08:25:21 PM
Whatever the problem was with me posting photos and having the wrong date seems to have sorted itself out. Photo posted today shows 'today' $3towns$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2013, 08:27:45 PM
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Whatever the problem was with me posting photos and having the wrong date seems to have sorted itself out. Photo posted today shows 'today' $3towns$
All's well that ends well, then!  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on February 11, 2013, 12:20:29 AM
        Tickets to India.com

Hello to Ian and Dave, The abovementioned company are advertising using the header on this forum. I presume you know about this. Is it a coincidence that only a couple of days ago I bought flight tickets through them?
   Seems very strange. Its not a hugh company, as far as I know has no connection whatsoever with Llandudno area and probably would not be used b 99% of forum members because they are not a package tourist firm.
   I can assure you its nothing to do with me, not intentionally at any rate.  Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 11, 2013, 07:28:51 AM
"TicketsToIndia is a division of Acetrip Ltd - VACATION HOUSE, 372 - 374 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford (Essex) IG2 6HW"


I've been on a couple of their websites and can't see where you mean, Mike.  Is it the rolling banner ads beneath?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 11, 2013, 08:50:53 AM
Banner ads are tailored to the person. For example, I used booking.com recently and, ever since, when I visit various websites, I see ads from them featuring the hotels that I've looked at on their website. So, basically, everyone sees different adverts, tailored to their interests.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on February 11, 2013, 07:04:28 PM
  I'm a bit lost here. Am I right, both of you (Ian and Dave) are talking about going to other websites. But this wasn't other websites, this was shown on the Threetownsforum. Indeed it took the place of my own advert of the golf course.
   Dont think I am moaning about loosing trade. In any case its closed at the moment. Its just that I thought you might think I'd got it on there somehow.
   Sometimes I can understand some specific small section of the internet, but very often I don't seem to understand the big picture. Thats what has happened here. Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on February 11, 2013, 07:23:23 PM
   Good news, I THINK I understand. Just spent five minutes clicking on the home page and, sure enough, a different banner advert every time.

  Starts off with my own, then flight adverts, then coffee shop adverts. Yes, I've got interest in them and have recently clicked on sites connected with them.

   So thats all done and dusted. Apart from one thing. I'm not too sure I should write this.

   A lady called I think Rebecca keep on appearing as is having trouble with her phone. She wants me to call her.  I also think if she doesent put on some more clothes she's going to catch cold.

   No comment (apart from I haven't been making any calls to phone repair companies)  Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 11, 2013, 07:29:51 PM
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A lady called I think Rebecca keep on appearing as is having trouble with her phone. She wants me to call her.  I also think if she doesent put on some more clothes she's going to catch cold.
Fester says he doesn't mind giving her a ring if you're busy, Mike?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 12, 2013, 10:40:23 AM
I'm getting more and more instances of the computer freezing when I'm looking at the Three Towns site.     It freezes then a message comes up saying "Three Townsforum.co webpage is not responding"  then on the right there is another message " recover webpage"     I click on that and the computer then looks for the problem and after a short while the site unfreezes and everything is ok until the next time.
Is there any obvious reason for this?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 12, 2013, 11:27:38 AM
I've noticed this happen occasionally. If you wait a few seconds, the page springs back to life on its own. It could be the server is struggling slightly and this may be due to another website (unconnected to us) on the same server that is overloading it.

I've enabled Load Balancing on the Server to see if that has any effect
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2013, 01:39:50 PM
It is an issue with us, Hugo, but load balancing might actually be detrimental. Time will tell....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 12, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
Thanks Dave and Ian for your reply.  I'll be more patient when it happens again and will see if it sorts itself out without me doing anything.      $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on February 12, 2013, 08:09:37 PM
I have the same trouble when I use my net pad, but as Dave said i just wait few seconds and it corrects itself
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 13, 2013, 08:27:12 AM
There may also be more than one factor at play, here. There are times when the splash page takes an eternity to load, and I've always put that down to sheer volume of traffic to the server. We're just one of many sites that use the same physical servers, so there['s bound to be the occasional congestion. The second factor appears to be a message that pops up, seemingly at random, warning that that a script is running. Like the pothole inspectors in  Conwy, we're still looking into it...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 16, 2013, 12:55:01 AM
A couple of problems I am encountering, which only occur whilst I am using the Forum

1, For the last three evenings I have had only sporadic use of the Forum.
I can access it without problem, but as I try to move between different topics, I get thrown out with the following message.
Service Unavailable
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.


2. With annoying regularity, (every minute or so) the screen freezes, neither the cursor or keyboard are operational for the next 60 seconds or so.

I have to emphasise that neither problem is encountered whilst using any other site. Strange.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 16, 2013, 07:30:52 AM
I'm not having any problems, so maybe it is your particular server that is giving problems.  I'm with PlusNet.  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 16, 2013, 07:31:32 AM
We've both noticed similar in terms of server slowness, Fester.  It can be extremely irritating and - like you - we notice it rarely happens elsewhere.  We're simply not sure what's causing it, other than it has to be a server issue with our provider. The screen freezing thing, however;  that's you, I suspect. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Tosh on March 16, 2013, 09:06:38 AM
Why do you say that Fester is " extremely irritating" ?
That's not very nice and it's not true either.  _))* _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 16, 2013, 10:24:15 AM
 _))* _))*

No, the 'like you' referred to the 'happening elsewhere'....  _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 10:39:15 AM
I think the screen freezing problem that Fester mentions is the same one as the script problem, i.e. the whole Forum will freeze for several seconds for springing back to life. It usually happens to me when I start typing a new post. Why it happens is a bit of a mystery, to be honest. I had a quick look on the SMF Support Forum and it seems to be this problem:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=477106.0 (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=477106.0)

I might try changing a few things to reduce the load on the Server, to see if that helps.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 16, 2013, 10:48:07 AM
Just wondering if this may be due to Fester's PC needing a good clear out of all the rubbish and files created during normal usage.  I run a program called System Mechanic every 10 days or so and it keeps my PC clean of all the dross that gathers.   ZXZ

Alternatively one can do a disc clean, de-fragmentation and whatever else the machine has built in to clear the rubbish.   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 16, 2013, 11:13:06 AM
We do know there's a script issue, but the error the system is flagging up might not be the one causing the freezing.  It hasn't frozen for me at all, but I do get the script error notification asking if I want to stop the script or continue.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 16, 2013, 05:20:47 PM
The list of recent posts has been reduced. Is this to help with the other problems? If not could we have the longer list back please?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 17, 2013, 03:15:24 AM
It was one of a couple of things I tried to reduce the load on the Server. I've altered it back now.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: rhos.rover on March 17, 2013, 12:33:45 PM
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 For the last three evenings I have had only sporadic use of the Forum.
I can access it without problem, but as I try to move between different topics, I get thrown out with the following message.

Service Unavailable
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.[/b]

I have to emphasise that neither problem is encountered whilst using any other site. Strange.

I’ve had this problem too Fester. It started last week. No problem with curser or keyboard though.

When I get the message, I have to wait a few mins and refresh the page. As you say, it’s only with this site. As other sites work at this time, can it be my server at fault? It happens about three times an hour. :rage:

I can live with it, but it is a nuisance when I’m enjoying reading a page and have to wait so long to read the next one.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 17, 2013, 06:49:33 PM
No, it's nothing to do with you. Hopefully, our hosting company, Heart Internet, will sort the problem out shortly.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 17, 2013, 10:56:00 PM
Ian/Dave, thanks for your responses and investigations into this.  I appreciate it.

Yorkie may also have a point, my laptop is quite old now, and has a load of rubbish files cluttering up the registry.
I will do something about it.
I will also make more use of a newer laptop that I have recently inherited from our own Dave R!

Just to be a little clearer on this screen 'freezing' issue.
What happens is, (and only when I'm using the Forum) that I can be halfway through typing a word, and the word will simply not complete.  Key presses simply do not work for up to 60 seconds or so.  Its very frustrating.
In fact it has happened twice while typing this post.   My hardware to blame I suspect.

Thanks again all.  $thanx$

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 18, 2013, 07:56:15 AM
I've encountered that particular issue before with FF, although not recently. If you were using a Mac, I'd advise running Activity Monitor, which would show you which task is seizing everything up. I don't know if you have anything similar on your laptop. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2013, 08:22:37 AM
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What happens is, (and only when I'm using the Forum) that I can be halfway through typing a word, and the word will simply not complete.  Key presses simply do not work for up to 60 seconds or so.  Its very frustrating.
I get that as well. I'll sometimes type a sentence and only half the words will appear on the screen! As Ian says, it might be something to do with FireFox, I will have to investigate that angle.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 18, 2013, 08:29:33 AM
The irony is that when I was trying to get back into this topic a few minutes ago, I got 'server unavailable'.  Ho hum...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Jack on March 18, 2013, 08:58:31 AM
It happens to me and I am using Google Chrome not Firefox!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 18, 2013, 10:09:30 AM
Happens to me on an iPad too!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on May 10, 2013, 10:29:40 PM
    I'm not about to get into forum politics.

    I thought I should just point out that OSCAR wearing his/her Twitter hat has just tweeted about two of our forum members, he/she called them two of the forums finest.

   I'm not going to get involved and certainly not going to reprint it, even if it is only 140 characters

  Tweeted around 9.30 this evening,    Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on May 10, 2013, 10:50:13 PM
Mike that info, is as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike to one who never twitters, hope the man/woman was not calling me.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on May 11, 2013, 12:12:55 AM
  No, Snowcap, not you. Actually he wasn't calling anyone, he just reprinted a post from two members and added his comment
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on May 12, 2013, 09:34:56 PM
Moderators please note - At the moment it seems that I could MODIFY all the posts on the GOODBYE THREAD should I wish to do so.  I discovered this when I clicked modify instead of quote.

Also is there an easy way to get messages to you?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 06:58:30 AM
Thanks for letting us know, I've altered the settings now.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 04:45:27 PM
Test post for new image uploader:

(http://s10.postimg.org/6qdl90h6d/Llandudno_Victorian_Extravaganza_2013_8936.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6qdl90h6d/)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 04:50:15 PM
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Test post for new image uploader:

(http://s10.postimg.org/6qdl90h6d/Llandudno_Victorian_Extravaganza_2013_8936.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6qdl90h6d/)

Interesting, will it be as easy as Facebook?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 04:56:14 PM
It very nearly is, try adding an image. Just click on 'add image to post' (above the text box) and a pop up box appears, you just select the image and it is automatically resized etc. The only problem at the moment is that the displayed image is too small - I'm seeing how to increase that.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 05:29:28 PM
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It very nearly is, try adding an image. Just click on 'add image to post' (above the text box) and a pop up box appears, you just select the image and it is automatically resized etc. The only problem at the moment is that the displayed image is too small - I'm seeing how to increase that.
That feature wasn't reliable, so I've binned it. I've replaced it with a built in image resizer, so you can upload larger images (subject to max size of 500k per photo)and they will automatically be re-sized to display correctly on the Forum. This image was originally 900x600 but was resized down to fit the Forum automatically:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 05:40:58 PM
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With annoying regularity, (every minute or so) the screen freezes, neither the cursor or keyboard are operational for the next 60 seconds or so.

I have to emphasise that neither problem is encountered whilst using any other site. Strange.
I think I may have fixed this problem (an errant piece of software), if anyone still encounters the freezing problem that Fester describes, could they post on here please.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 05:55:18 PM
Test iPad pic!

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 05:58:13 PM
That worked, a pic of the classic car show at St Asaph. On the 21st April. $good$ I'll test it from the pc, but bigger size pics!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 06:08:39 PM
test pic from a larger size pic
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 06:11:21 PM
Deep Joy! that was around a 3.6Mb pic automatically resized!  $good$    $thanx$   It's a stunning Aston Martin DB5 at the classic car show at Arley Hall yesterday.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 06:13:43 PM
You see, your comments when I saw you at the Extravaganza were noted, ME!  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 13, 2013, 06:28:37 PM
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With annoying regularity, (every minute or so) the screen freezes, neither the cursor or keyboard are operational for the next 60 seconds or so.

I have to emphasise that neither problem is encountered whilst using any other site. Strange.
I think I may have fixed this problem (an errant piece of software), if anyone still encounters the freezing problem that Fester describes, could they post on here please.

Well done Dave!  I knew it wasn't my PC playing up, as it was Forum specific.
It was incredibly annoying.
It appears to have been rectified instantly.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 06:34:41 PM
To summarise, posting a photo to the Forum is now very simple. You don't have to resize the photo yourself, the Forum will do it all automatically. This means you can take a photo on your camera, phone, ipad etc and just post it directly here without needing to worry about whether it will fit etc.

So, to add a photo to your Post, just hit Reply and....

1) Click on Attachments and other options which is just underneath the text box.
2) Look for the Attach section and click on the Browse button
3) A box will pop up, navigate to where your photos are stored on your device, then choose the one you want.
4) That's it. Just finish off your post as normal, then click on the Post button to send it all to the Forum.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 06:36:23 PM
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You see, your comments when I saw you at the Extravaganza were noted, ME!  $good$

Thanks Dave, I thought our chat might be behind it! Great if the forum runs ok with that change.  $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 06:38:10 PM
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With annoying regularity, (every minute or so) the screen freezes, neither the cursor or keyboard are operational for the next 60 seconds or so.

I have to emphasise that neither problem is encountered whilst using any other site. Strange.
I think I may have fixed this problem (an errant piece of software), if anyone still encounters the freezing problem that Fester describes, could they post on here please.

Well done Dave!  I knew it wasn't my PC playing up, as it was Forum specific.
It was incredibly annoying.
It appears to have been rectified instantly.  $good$
It was actually a piece of software that checked for new PMs every minute.  :laugh: Being as the PM system isn't running, it got confused and just got stuck in a loop for a while.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on May 13, 2013, 09:59:43 PM
  Certainly looks crowded. Is this an average day in Llandudno?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 10:03:30 PM
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  Certainly looks crowded. Is this an average day in Llandudno?
I'm sure shopkeepers and cafe owners would be wishing that were the case!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2013, 11:46:35 PM
Sadly now I can no longer get pics up, some went up, but it's now telling me they are too big, must be under 500k, shame it was working well earlier, unless it's my ancient PC?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2013, 07:05:36 AM
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Sadly now I can no longer get pics up, some went up, but it's now telling me they are too big, must be under 500k, shame it was working well earlier, unless it's my ancient PC?
Have another try, and see how you get on. I've altered the settings slightly.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 14, 2013, 07:38:56 AM
Sadly it is telling me

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Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2013, 07:58:10 AM
Hmmm. Let me try:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 14, 2013, 08:03:11 AM
Well yours is working fine!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 14, 2013, 08:05:00 AM
Working for me again now!  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2013, 08:05:30 AM
Good, a little tweaking was required.  :laugh:  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2013, 01:06:33 PM
I've added in another useful little feature that you can use when uploading photos.

Previously, you had to add each photo attachment in separately. Now, you can select multiple photos in one go and they will all be uploaded (subject to a maximum of 6 per post)...

So, to add a photo/photos to your Post, just hit Reply and....

1) Click on Attachments and other options which is just underneath the text box.
2) Look for the Attach section and click on the Browse button
3) A box will pop up, navigate to where your photos are stored on your device, then choose the one(s) you want. If you want to select more than one photo, just hold down the CTRL key and click the multiple photos so they are all highlighted.
4) That's it. Just finish off your post as normal, then click on the Post button to send it all to the Forum.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on May 15, 2013, 07:33:20 PM
DaveR, Thanks, it is much better not having to resize the photos but I notice that the ones I have just put on seem too wide for the forum page. I seem to have to move them left and right to see the whole picture. Is there something I could do to improve that?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2013, 08:03:26 PM
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DaveR, Thanks, it is much better not having to resize the photos but I notice that the ones I have just put on seem too wide for the forum page. I seem to have to move them left and right to see the whole picture. Is there something I could do to improve that?
We're going into the realm of screen sizes now. On my Mac, the photo you just posted of the (lovely!) breakfast takes up only about a 1/3 of the screen. On my iPad, I have the same problem as you, namely I have to scroll slightly left/right to see the entire photo. I've had a look and it seems 610pixels width is the largest the Forum can easily accommodate on all devices, so have altered the settings.

Can you try refreshing the page and seeing how it looks now?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on May 15, 2013, 08:16:08 PM
O'h sorry DaveR, I was working on the notebook. I should have realised the smaller screen would affect it.
I am on the laptop now and they are all perfect.
Back on the notebook the breakfast one is across the whole width but the exterior of the cafe is to one side.

I took some short video clips of the concert last night but I don't think it is possible to put those on the forum is it?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2013, 08:31:31 PM
No, it's fine, the Forum is designed to display correctly on all devices but it's perhaps inevitable that there will be the odd problem.

We can't display videos, I'm afraid, the only way is to stick them on youtube and then link to them from here.  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on May 15, 2013, 08:39:15 PM
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I took some short video clips of the concert last night but I don't think it is possible to put those on the forum is it?

You also need to be careful of any copyrite associated with the performance.  It is a dodgy area.   ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 16, 2013, 12:09:39 AM
With regard to this recent imaging improvement...

Do I still have to resize my pics to take them below 500kb size, before attempting to post them?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2013, 10:29:03 AM
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With regard to this recent imaging improvement...

Do I still have to resize my pics to take them below 500kb size, before attempting to post them?
No, you shouldn't have too, the software will automatically sort them out. Try it and see!  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on May 16, 2013, 08:07:54 PM
Let me see....   Ah yes!!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on June 29, 2013, 07:27:58 AM
Morning Ian. I had started a topic called Art a long while ago in the Music, TV and Arts section and a topic called crochet in the Hobbies section. Maybe they could all be combined in the new Arts and Crafts one?
I know you like tidying....so do I!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2013, 07:44:10 AM
 WWW  You know me so well, H!  I'll see to it now.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Linda on July 02, 2013, 10:38:12 PM
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Morning Ian. I had started a topic called Art a long while ago in the Music, TV and Arts section and a topic called crochet in the Hobbies section. Maybe they could all be combined in the new Arts and Crafts one?
I know you like tidying....so do I!

I would be interested in that one! Hollins, Im into drawing painting and craftwork  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 29, 2013, 08:05:00 AM
'Bengdeng' has been removed form the forum for spamming.

Must be some sort of a record;  I was online and checking every minute or so, and by the time I looked in again, there were six new topics and a moderator report by ME!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 29, 2013, 08:30:02 AM
Just read another of his .

??????????????????
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on August 20, 2013, 08:28:23 PM
Please excuse if this is a daft question but would it be possible to have the recent posts page automatically update like it does on facebook rather than have to manually refresh all the time?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 20, 2013, 08:59:01 PM
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Please excuse if this is a daft question but would it be possible to have the recent posts page automatically update like it does on facebook rather than have to manually refresh all the time?
I've just had a look and it doesn't seem as if it is possible at present, as no-one has written the piece of software that could do it. However, I've enabled a little piece of software that pops up with notifications of replies to your posts in the top right hand of the screen. Not quite what we were looking for, but let's see how it goes.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on August 20, 2013, 09:00:58 PM
Yes, that is working already! Thanks.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 21, 2013, 07:13:57 AM
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However, I've enabled a little piece of software that pops up with notifications of replies to your posts in the top right hand of the screen. Not quite what we were looking for, but let's see how it goes.

Got my first message this morning telling me I had a reply to my post.  Except that it is for a thread I have never posted on!     ???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 21, 2013, 07:27:19 AM
I just had about ten black boxes on the right hand side!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 21, 2013, 08:11:03 AM
Quote
Got my first message this morning telling me I had a reply to my post.  Except that it is for a thread I have never posted on!

See - we even provide bonus features  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 21, 2013, 12:47:33 PM
Beware of anything that appears to be a bargain!   _))*
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2013, 05:27:26 AM
Looks like the Pharmacy Gremlin has been busy this morning!   Someone is going to have a nice time deleting them!    ££$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2013, 07:47:45 AM
It's fairly easy, providing no one actually posts a response to the spammer :-)))
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on August 29, 2013, 08:35:51 AM
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I just had about ten black boxes on the right hand side!

So have I -- bloomin'things, the more I delete, the more appear. Glad to see they aren't there this morning,  :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2013, 04:50:21 PM
Jom, posted something under Geneology & Research on here very recently regarding the two John Owen(s)  who were on the Lifeboats Theodore Price and The Thomas and Anne Wade Richards.  The post seems to have disappeared without trace.
Jom and myself have both posted things on it but they don't appear on our members records as being posted. 
Is there any reason for this?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 30, 2013, 06:23:33 PM
I'm afraid the topic in question was a casualty when I had to delete quite a few spam tropics the other day.  I've invited Jom to repost the topic.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2013, 08:44:36 PM
Thanks very much Ian, I thought that it was something I had done when I made the last posting.
I'm just sorry that you've had all that trouble with the spam.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 31, 2013, 07:38:25 AM
We get surprisingly little for an open  forum, and ME is always the first to spot it, so we get an early warning:-) 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 31, 2013, 07:52:26 AM
Yes, being an early riser has it's benefits!  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 31, 2013, 10:57:52 AM
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Yes, being an early riser has it's benefits!  ;D

You also meet the nicest people!    $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 31, 2013, 04:44:01 PM
Very true!  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2013, 10:45:39 AM
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I just had about ten black boxes on the right hand side!

These B. things are driving me nuts :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 05, 2013, 12:18:15 PM
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These B. things are driving me nuts :rage:

What are these black things, and why don't I get them?    ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 05, 2013, 12:42:36 PM
They were black rectangles in a vertical column on the right hand side of the page, with replies to posts. They seem to have stopped now?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2013, 01:38:08 PM
Not had any this visit, but this morning they were popping up all the time--- mainly from yonks ago-- b. things! :rage:

I shall modify this post--- I have just had 3  in a row referring to 3 different posts on July 14th. Is somebody having a laugh????? They are a raging pest  $angry$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 05, 2013, 04:43:48 PM
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Not had any this visit, but this morning they were popping up all the time--- mainly from yonks ago-- b. things! :rage:

I shall modify this post--- I have just had 3  in a row referring to 3 different posts on July 14th. Is somebody having a laugh????? They are a raging pest  $angry$

You musty have done something naughty, 'cos I still haven't got any!    :P
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 05, 2013, 05:42:22 PM
I get them, every now and again.. they melt away if I don't click on them.... but they are annoying and seem to serve no purpose.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: white rabbit on September 05, 2013, 07:43:13 PM
I get them but just click on the x and they go away!!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Linda on September 05, 2013, 10:46:45 PM
Yes hey what are these black things that crop up on the right of the screen. Fed up with them now )*)&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 05, 2013, 11:21:48 PM
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I get them but just click on the x and they go away!!

I never touch them, they seem to fade away after about 5 secs.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 07, 2013, 05:41:25 PM
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However, I've enabled a little piece of software that pops up with notifications of replies to your posts in the top right hand of the screen. Not quite what we were looking for, but let's see how it goes.

Got my first message this morning telling me I had a reply to my post.  Except that it is for a thread I have never posted on!     ???

Just got another and I don' like it.  Can they be individually turned off?   $angry$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on September 08, 2013, 10:47:30 AM
Grrrr ! :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on September 09, 2013, 06:31:11 AM
They don't display anymore for me.  D)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Barbiroli on September 09, 2013, 11:15:47 AM
They do for me.  :rage: :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on September 09, 2013, 11:18:33 AM
And me ! :rage: :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 09, 2013, 03:16:28 PM
I've only had a couple so far - why am I missing out?   Is it something I've said??   8)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Trojan on September 09, 2013, 05:39:39 PM
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They don't display anymore for me.  D)

 $angry$ One has just popped up telling me Bri Roberts has replied to my post.


 :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on September 09, 2013, 06:30:21 PM
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They don't display anymore for me.  D)

 $angry$ One has just popped up telling me Bri Roberts has replied to my post.


 :laugh:

You spoke too soon! L0L
Title: Anybody can help me???
Post by: Afroditavom on October 29, 2013, 12:07:25 AM
I need to contact with Moderator
 
Do know anybody him contacts?
 
 
Title: Re: Anybody can help me???
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 29, 2013, 07:24:49 AM
Looks like Yoda he back is!   :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 29, 2013, 07:42:41 AM
How can I help?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on October 29, 2013, 11:33:08 PM
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How can I help?

You can't help a spam bot!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on October 30, 2013, 10:16:16 AM
Grrr- Just had a rant in Asda. The 'proper' tills do not now open till 9am. Thus I had to squash my weekly shop onto one of the larger self service talking tills which was manned by a checkout lady. The conveyor is at the opposite side to normal, therefore everything had to be lifted over the trolly onto the right side instead of loading at the end. Thus goods pile up with nowhere to put them. People pile up behind and chaos ensues! Also the till could not deal with the purchase of a gift card, so I had to go to the desk. Right thought I -- complaints book.-- It would be better if you checked out after 9 am said the lady behind the counter. *@#* !!! The time all this went on ? 8.54am. Head office have had an E- Mail ! Me ?I need a cup of strong coffee !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 30, 2013, 12:12:55 PM
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Grrr- Just had a rant in Asda.

I believe this is what is known as "First world problems"  ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on October 30, 2013, 04:36:22 PM
Read Ann Widdecombe in today's Daily Express.  You wouldn't believe the attitude of Sainsbury's.   :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Linda on November 11, 2013, 09:58:13 PM
I keep getting these stupid ads popping up (Mikes golf accepted and other local shops etc) The ones i object to are these people spying on you ads, not only am i getting them at the top of a subject but below as well. Also i dont want an overseas relationship with a foreign lady, getting a bit miffed now.  It may not be problem of the year just annoying!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on November 12, 2013, 09:48:38 AM
Still got these bloomin' black things popping up to annoy me.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Barbiroli on November 12, 2013, 12:03:21 PM
Me to Nem   :rage: :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2013, 07:56:55 AM
Just to let everyone know that if they see

"Edited...by Ian"

at the bottom of any of their posts it's happening because I'm editing the 'quote' tags to get selected quotes to display properly. I'm not changing what's actually been posted.

I'd also like to thank those who are making an effort to only quote part of the posts to which they're referring, as it does make the forum much easier to read.  Just to repeat what I've suggested before, if you simply copy then paste the bit you want, then highlight that bit using the mouse and then click the little quote button, it will appear as a nicely quoted piece in your posting.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 22, 2013, 07:51:27 AM
As you'll all have noticed, we've been spammed overnight, with a welter of...interesting pictures...  WWW Anyway, I've turned on mandatory Admin approval for all new and prospective members and if you didn't save the pics, then bad luck :-))

Thanks to all who notified us of the incursion.  As far as possible, the accounts have been deleted along with all posts and topics but one of two might have escaped net.  If you spot any, please do an admin report and I'll sort it as soon as possible. Thanks again.


Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 22, 2013, 08:16:20 AM
I can still see about 20 spam posts!  :rage:  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 22, 2013, 08:20:40 AM
Looks like they have all gone now, well done Ian!  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2013, 08:21:26 AM
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Looks like they have all gone now, well done Ian!  $good$
Well Done Dave, for deleting about 50 posts just now!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 22, 2013, 08:21:57 AM
Yess...persistent, wasn't he / it?

However, some are now 'ghost' posts, and if you try to report them they'll show as 'missing'. If you can create an admin report for me for each one, then I'll get to them as the reports come in.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 22, 2013, 08:22:46 AM
Yes - well done Dave, as well :-)))
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 22, 2013, 08:29:26 AM
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Looks like they have all gone now, well done Ian!  $good$
Well Done Dave, for deleting about 50 posts just now!

 ;D well done Dave and Ian!  $bounce$ +}}{-- <:<:<:< {}{} Y^^Y
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on November 22, 2013, 08:55:19 AM
Have I missed some excitement?   Just as well, my old ticker would have gone into overtime!    :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 07, 2013, 05:06:17 PM
Has the forum got problems or has no one posted today?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on December 08, 2013, 09:45:07 AM
I was wondering that?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2013, 10:49:41 AM
I'm away at the moment, so not posting much. Maybe others are also away?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 08, 2013, 11:08:33 AM
I'm away!    ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on December 08, 2013, 02:55:21 PM
I'm not !

Are you trying to make Yorkie jealous Hollins ?  :twoface: _))*

Spent this morning baking for the St. David's Christmas afternoon tea for the volunteers. My OH will be staggering off with a Victoria Sponge and a load of Almond Macaroons.----- More cake !!! ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 08, 2013, 03:00:53 PM
Ha! No, but in my defense I am making crochet flowers on the beach!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on December 08, 2013, 03:01:55 PM
Phooo-- my hands are so cold I can hardly type ! ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 08, 2013, 05:12:31 PM
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I'm not !

Are you trying to make Yorkie jealous Hollins ?  :twoface: _))*


It would be very difficult as I do not have a sweet tooth, and don't eat cakes of any kind.  I do like a bit of my own Bara Brith and the occasional mince pie at Xmas!    :P
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 17, 2013, 07:04:30 PM
I am finding that I have to log in every time I visit the Forum.  Previously I have used the stay logged in feature but this does not now appear to be functional?  Is this a fault or has the feature been shut down?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 17, 2013, 07:18:22 PM
Works fine for me, I would suggest its a cookie problem on your computer perhaps.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 17, 2013, 07:29:40 PM
Working fine for me too!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 17, 2013, 07:41:07 PM
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Works fine for me, I would suggest its a cookie problem on your computer perhaps.

iPad . 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on December 17, 2013, 09:41:09 PM
works for me
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on December 17, 2013, 10:36:27 PM
Yorkie, it's still working OK for me, using Firefox as my browser.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 18, 2013, 08:14:24 AM
Haven't solved my problem yet, but I have the expert working on it.   :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 18, 2013, 09:08:35 AM
It's still working for me on iPads, Laptops and our iMacs and Mac pros. It's possible you might have to use the restart function on the iPad, or possibly even reset it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on December 18, 2013, 09:42:56 AM
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I am finding that I have to log in every time I visit the Forum.  Previously I have used the stay logged in feature but this does not now appear to be functional?  Is this a fault or has the feature been shut down?

I have always had this problem---very rarely does it always hold the 'always stay logged in'.

My computer guru says it is something to do with my browser, but the whole thing can be very touchy, so I have just continued to log in ( mainly) every time.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 18, 2013, 01:19:57 PM
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It's still working for me on iPads, Laptops and our iMacs and Mac pros. It's possible you might have to use the restart function on the iPad, or possibly even reset it.

Hadn't tried my PC or Lappie when I posted, but find they are both working OK.  Just the iPad which I have now cleared cache and history, and done a cold start,  so hope it will be OK from now.   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on December 26, 2013, 11:50:21 PM
I am aware that I am an 'ad-free' member, but I am now being bombarded with adverts, some of them very suspicious looking.
Is this a problem with my laptop perhaps, or could it be a punishment for the naughty jokes I inflicted?  ?{}?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 27, 2013, 07:49:33 AM
Certainly not on my part, F.  It might well be a laptop thing or - more likely - a browser issue.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 27, 2013, 08:32:08 AM
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I am aware that I am an 'ad-free' member, but I am now being bombarded with adverts, some of them very suspicious looking.
Is this a problem with my laptop perhaps, or could it be a punishment for the naughty jokes I inflicted?  ?{}?

Go to settings and disable pop-ups.   May help, may not!   :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 11:22:41 AM
Any other members of Which magazine? For some reason I cannot see the Which website on my iPad, just blank, yet it works fine on the Tesco Hudl! Very strange !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 27, 2013, 12:22:43 PM
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I am aware that I am an 'ad-free' member, but I am now being bombarded with adverts, some of them very suspicious looking.
Is this a problem with my laptop perhaps, or could it be a punishment for the naughty jokes I inflicted?  ?{}?
You have a virus.....again.  &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 01:04:51 PM
Another Virus. So it would seem old Boy!

I have run C-Cleaner, which improved the performance of my laptop last time, but has not helped this time.

I have run an Anti Malware programme, which after 2 hours found more than 700 infected files, which I then deleted.
But, after re-boot, it still did not stop this dodgy advert deluge.
When I say dodgy, I mean that they are suspicious looking EXE. files which are promising to fix my PC.
They are everywhere now, and it is most definitely due to something which has hijacked my Firefox Browser.

Any suggestions of what I can do to clean it up, yet still retain Firefox?
I realise that this is not the Help Wanted thread.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 01:52:44 PM
We need more information before the problem can be fixed. Any names of EXE files or anything that can help us identify which virus it is?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 01:58:50 PM
A mixed bag really....
I keep seeing adverts to download 'Efix Pro for windows' ..... or my PC will crash imminently.

As I type this to you, it is asking me to download  Health.exe    or PChealth.exe

I'm touching none of them!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 02:03:57 PM
Try the Virus Scanner and then the Virus Removal tools here:
http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/downloads/virusscanner (http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/downloads/virusscanner)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 02:22:49 PM
I will try this immediately... and report back!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 03:28:39 PM
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I will try this immediately... and report back!
Do so.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 29, 2013, 04:41:28 PM
Help please. I am having problems with the main page of the forum, the one that shows the recent posts etc. The page keeps "jumping."
Sorry, not sure what to call it. It is only on the main page and not when you go to a particular topic. It is only happening on this web page and it is the same on my laptop and my netbook.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 29, 2013, 04:51:41 PM
Er..yes;  that's my fault.  I created a 'Merry Christmas' message for the news box, but it's much larger than the only other message in the box, and the two rotate. Whenever the message changes, the entire screen is resized.  So it'll all be back to normal shortly.  Sorry...

 $booboo$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on December 29, 2013, 04:57:26 PM
That's okay Ian. I'll let you off! Just relieved it wasn't something I was doing wrong and thanks for the Christmas greetings!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: white rabbit on December 29, 2013, 06:41:59 PM
I appear to have lost the Link to the Members List.  Or it has been removed.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on December 29, 2013, 07:11:00 PM
snap
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 07:22:06 PM
It's been removed as it was not needed.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 29, 2013, 08:23:11 PM
Personally, I referred to it quite regularly, particularly with new Members and those who don't post so often.

How did you decide it wasn't needed?  Or did I miss a survey?   However, it's your Forum so if that is your decision, so be it!   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on December 30, 2013, 07:55:51 AM
Further to above one can still get the Member's info by clicking on their Name from when a post has been made.  However this only applies to those who are active posters and not those who may be readers or lurkers.
 $walesflag$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on February 20, 2014, 12:39:47 PM
Hi Folks nice to be back in touch. Hope you have all been safe during the recent bad weather and avoided any damage.

Been away for a couple of weeks during which my lap top broke down and could not be revived.
Trip over to Oban last week between the storms and bought a new laptop.
Everything installed off the old hard disc and working fine. Everywhere except TTT.
Everytime I tried to enter the site I could read all the posts but not reply, and it  would not" show posts since last visit".
Kept telling me I was not entitled to access the site. Had to reregister with my original name and password and now working OK.

Is this because I had not visited the site for about 4 weeks  ?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 20, 2014, 01:01:37 PM
It's probably more to do with your cookies not having been transferred.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bellringer on February 24, 2014, 10:13:53 AM
Is there a prize for member no. 1,000? Current membership of the Forum is 999.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2014, 11:27:08 AM
Absolutely! They can give us anything they want!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 12, 2014, 06:00:25 PM
I am having trouble posting photos on the forum at the moment. Is it me?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 12, 2014, 06:06:07 PM
That is weird, the post appears a few minutes after I had given up and changed page.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 12, 2014, 06:13:13 PM
We haven't changed anything recently.  Are you trying to add it through the "Attachments and other options" link, or have you tired adding them to your album in Photo Gallery, above? Once you get used to it, the latter is the best way.

1.  Go to Photo Gallery, click on 'Home';
2.  Click on 'my albums'.
3.  Click on 'Add Album'.
4.  Create the new album, say - 'Fred'
5.  Click on 'Fred'.
8.  Click on 'Add an item to this album' or Mass upload if you want to load a lot.
7.  For single uploads, go to the 'File to Upload' bit and click Browse to find the file.
8.  Once you've done that, click on 'Submit' (Bottom RH side)
9.  Once it's done uploading, scroll down to the 'BBC Embed code'.  Copy and past that into your posting and the pic will appear.

It all sounds complicated but it's really easy, once you've done it a few times.

 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 12, 2014, 06:14:09 PM
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That is weird, the post appears a few minutes after I had given up and changed page

Could be a slowdown in the local internet hub.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 12, 2014, 06:17:26 PM
Thanks for the help. The last one for the quiz went straight through so hopefully okay now.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 12, 2014, 07:03:18 PM
Given up on the last one destined for the Gardening section!
I am getting this message on this topic now.


Quote
There are attachments found, which you have attached before but not posted. These attachments are now attached to this post. If you do not want to include them in this post, you can remove them here.

I did try your other method Ian but I only got as far as the first line. When I clicked on "Home" nothing happened.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 13, 2014, 07:13:55 AM
Okay.  I'll take a peek and see what's happening.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on April 15, 2014, 08:28:37 AM
Some of you may be aware of the 'Heartbleed' bug causing problems for website users across the world. Our Hosting Company took immediate action to patch the bug and we should have no problems here.

http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/blog/article/an-update-on-the-heartbleed-openssl-vulnerability (http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/blog/article/an-update-on-the-heartbleed-openssl-vulnerability)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27028101 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27028101)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 17, 2014, 09:32:38 PM
There's no messaging service now so I'll have to ask here.......can I put our fundraising effort details on here along with the links to the facebook page and the giving site please, I'll do it on a separate thread.  Don't worry if not I'll understand.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on April 18, 2014, 12:22:49 PM
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There's no messaging service now so I'll have to ask here.......can I put our fundraising effort details on here along with the links to the facebook page and the giving site please, I'll do it on a separate thread.  Don't worry if not I'll understand.

I'm for anything that is worthwhile, so you get my vote!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Pendragon on April 18, 2014, 02:54:52 PM
Thanks Yorkie I'll explain all if I'm given permission.  All money raised will be split equally between the Poppy Appeal and the RNLI x  $walesflag$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on June 30, 2014, 09:24:54 PM
 A new query. Every time I want to post a reply or a new subject I have to login. I've tried clicking keep me logged in all the time but no effect. I,ve tried altering the number of hours but again no effect.
  I don't really know how long this problem has existed. As far as I know everything was o k until maybe March April time at a guess.
  Has this arisen because I was always replying to Festers posts in a nasty manner?  I know he has hidden influence onthe forum, is he trying to stifle my replies?
  I knew I should'nt have gone on about the wind farm.  Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 01, 2014, 07:05:44 AM
This is probably a setting on your machine or browser, Mike. Try playing with different browsers and seeing if it still happens. If you tick the 'Keep me logged in' box, then the forum sets a cookie on your computer. If you have any cookie cleaning software at work, or you've deleted some then that might be the cause.  There's also the possibility of file corruption but we can't do anything from this end to change it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on July 01, 2014, 10:10:27 PM
   Thank you Ian. I tried it on a different pc and no problem at all. So I won't bother digging any deeper, I will just remember which one to use for the forum.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2014, 10:57:28 PM
Hey Mike,  I don't think you have a 'nasty post' in you, my friend.

But you are right, I do have hidden influence on this Forum... so deeply is it hidden that I, myself have no knowledge of it!

Now, recently you had that Genio virus on your PC, remember?
Perhaps as part of cleaning that off, you wiped your cookies off too.... (I did that when 1-Rob1 aided me in eradicating a virus earlier this year)

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on July 14, 2014, 11:23:05 AM
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Hey Mike,  I don't think you have a 'nasty post' in you, my friend.

But you are right, I do have hidden influence on this Forum... so deeply is it hidden that I, myself have no knowledge of it!

Now, recently you had that Genio virus on your PC, remember?
Perhaps as part of cleaning that off, you wiped your cookies off too.... (I did that when 1-Rob1 aided me in eradicating a virus earlier this year)

Fester gets through a lot of cookies  :P
Title: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Yorkie on July 31, 2014, 07:36:26 AM
Is it not possible to have another section such as . . . . Avoid like the plague!     :rage:
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Nemesis on July 31, 2014, 01:05:24 PM
That sounds good Yorkie.  :o
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: craigollerton on July 31, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
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Is it not possible to have another section such as . . . . Avoid like the plague!     :rage:

 _))*
Title: FAO: Dave
Post by: craigollerton on July 31, 2014, 01:35:18 PM
Hi Dave, trying to send you a private message, but won't let me. Could you look into that for me, cheers. Craig.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on July 31, 2014, 02:15:14 PM
We can't send private messages anymore I don't think mate
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: craigollerton on July 31, 2014, 02:16:46 PM
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We can't send private messages anymore I don't think mate

Ah ok, cheers B2R. Will drop an e-mail later then, nothing important, just some Alex Munro stuff Dave.

Cheers, Craig.
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: DaveR on July 31, 2014, 06:06:03 PM
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Is it not possible to have another section such as . . . . Avoid like the plague!     :rage:
If you (or anyone else) is prepared to put their real name to any comments and accept any consequences, then I'm sure we could do such a section.
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Yorkie on July 31, 2014, 06:28:49 PM
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Is it not possible to have another section such as . . . . Avoid like the plague!     :rage:
If you (or anyone else) is prepared to put their real name to any comments and accept any consequences, then I'm sure we could do such a section.

Providing what is said is true and not defamatory, there should be no problem.  A pseudonym could be used providing the real name is available should the information be legally challenged.  However, assuming we do not have any awful tradesmen or cowboys in the Three Towns, such a Topic could be introduced if and when it was felt neccessary should any extreme incidents arise.
 ))*
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Fester on August 01, 2014, 12:43:02 AM
Are we required to re-iterate the recommendations we have already given?

Seems like a waste of time.   I have already given recommendations of a great Electrician. a great Builder and a great Mechanic... all originally given to me by THE GREATEST PLUMBER IN THE WORLD!  .........Others have done likewise.

So why are we doing it again?   Just lift the posts out of the other thread?? 

There's even a GREAT Decorator on this very Forum..... but he's a bit busy!

Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Ian on August 01, 2014, 07:43:51 AM
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So why are we doing it again?   Just lift the posts out of the other thread??

Interestingly, that's just what I'm doing, F.  Many recommendations have been placed in several topics across the forum, however, so it would help if folk were to point me to their suggestions, to save me trawling through a few thousand posts in here. It would also be very useful to get recent recommendations, as companies and their personnel change over time. Ideally, if members would post reasons why they're suggesting a name then I can link to that post, so people looking to choose someone from several names will see their different strengths.
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Yorkie on August 01, 2014, 11:10:40 AM
Do you think these traders should be mentioned without their permission?   Some may have good reason NOT to be mentioned, despite them being highly recommended?
 :D   :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on August 01, 2014, 01:57:21 PM
I had just read the list of recommended trademen when lo and behold my washing machine packed up. I rang Bellringers recommendation and the chappie said that he would be with me in 1/2 hour. He was-- he did the job at a very reasonable charge and I am now washing again.

Martin Davidson A55 Appliance Rescue
01492 530824 or 07525136100

Thanks Bellringer.
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: DaveR on August 01, 2014, 02:11:45 PM
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Some may have good reason NOT to be mentioned, despite them being highly recommended?
What reason would that be?  :roll:
Title: Re: Re: Recommended Tradesmen in the 3 Towns area
Post by: Yorkie on August 01, 2014, 04:40:27 PM
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Some may have good reason NOT to be mentioned, despite them being highly recommended?
What reason would that be?  :roll:

Certain revenue grabbing government departments could cast their greedy eyes over the list and decide to investigate a few of them!    WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 15, 2014, 12:47:48 AM
Dear Admin Guys,

On certain other Forums I use, there is a 'Filter' facility which allows you to ignore (and not even see) the posts by those members that you place on Filter.  I find it very useful to save time, and not be compelled to read troll type posts, abuse etc... or just things that irritate me.

Does such a facility exist within this Forum software?   Can it be switched on?

It's quite possible that some members might even want to filter me!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 15, 2014, 07:58:13 AM
That facility exists as a plug-in for the forum. We have it, but it's not currently installed. The problem about 'ignore user' facilities is that they can distort boards and topics, because threads of meaning are lost once it's enabled. However, have a think as to whether you really want it to be installed and I'll check with Dave as to his thoughts.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 15, 2014, 08:15:01 AM
Seems easier to just not read posts that are of no interest, that's what I do elsewhere.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 15, 2014, 08:16:55 AM
Don't think filters are needed.  The poster is clearly shown either on the thread, list of recent posts at bottom of home page, and on list of posts since you last logged on.  You just do not have to read any that may offend you.

Also missing posts on any thread wil just cause confusion especially if a post being answered is one that has been filtered out.

 ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on August 15, 2014, 12:15:04 PM
No need for filters! Point of a forum is that you hear EVERYONE. If you just want to chat to friends go on facebook  :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 15, 2014, 06:12:31 PM
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No need for filters! Point of a forum is that you hear EVERYONE. If you just want to chat to friends go on facebook  :rage:

Or even use the Forum inter member messaging service!   Ooops, sorry, forgot it has been removed.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 15, 2014, 06:35:21 PM
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No need for filters! Point of a forum is that you hear EVERYONE. If you just want to chat to friends go on facebook  :rage:

Or even use the Forum inter member messaging service!   Ooops, sorry, forgot it has been removed.   ZXZ
Is that the 100th time you've mentioned this?  :roll:  :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 15, 2014, 06:38:40 PM
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No need for filters! Point of a forum is that you hear EVERYONE. If you just want to chat to friends go on facebook  :rage:

Or even use the Forum inter member messaging service!   Ooops, sorry, forgot it has been removed.   ZXZ
Is that the 100th time you've mentioned this?  :roll:  :laugh:

Actually, ONE HUNDRED AND FIRST!   They do say persistence pays off.    ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on August 15, 2014, 09:48:51 PM
my thanks to bellringer for recommending Nick Jones (NRJ Heating) had him repair the boiler and fit a couple of radiators. He did a Brill job on both and at a good price. I would recommend him for any plumbing jobs.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on August 15, 2014, 10:03:54 PM
Why as this come under suggested problems and queries ? It,s on the recommended tradesmen thread
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 16, 2014, 12:08:00 AM
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That facility exists as a plug-in for the forum. We have it, but it's not currently installed. The problem about 'ignore user' facilities is that they can distort boards and topics, because threads of meaning are lost once it's enabled. However, have a think as to whether you really want it to be installed and I'll check with Dave as to his thoughts.

I did think about it, which is why I raised it as a query.   However, it appears that opinion is equally divided on the subject.
In other words, I want to use the facility, and everyone else doesn't!   :laugh:

So, unless a sudden groundswell of opinion surfaces to request it, then I wouldn't put you to any trouble.   $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on August 19, 2014, 09:59:51 AM
Hi.  Can someone explain the following please,    I notice the term "add free member" I'm a "member" just wondered why the difference, is it an advantage to the forum.       $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 19, 2014, 10:09:39 AM
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Hi.  Can someone explain the following please,    I notice the term "add free member" I'm a "member" just wondered why the difference, is it an advantage to the forum.       $thanx$

People who are regular contributors to the Forum and give it support do not see any advertisements cropping up on their pages.  Those who post only spasmodically see the adverts.  I believe after posting a certain number of times , e.g. 250, you become adfree.   
 ZXZ

P.s.  The little envelope under your Avatar indicates you are willing to receive mail from Members through the Forum.   Click one and see.   ££$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on August 19, 2014, 10:17:27 AM
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Hi.  Can someone explain the following please,    I notice the term "add free member" I'm a "member" just wondered why the difference, is it an advantage to the forum.       $thanx$

People who are regular contributors to the Forum and give it support do not see any advertisements cropping up on their pages.  Those who post only spasmodically see the adverts.  I believe after posting a certain number of times , e.g. 250, you become adfree.   
 ZXZ

P.s.  The little envelope under your Avatar indicates you are willing to receive mail from Members through the Forum.   Click one and see.   ££$


I'm not sure how it works as I've posted over 600 times but I'm still not an Ad Free Member.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on August 19, 2014, 10:31:28 AM
 $thanx$ both, I thought it was as Y. said, "so many posts" will just wait and see..... $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 19, 2014, 12:31:22 PM
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I'm not sure how it works as I've posted over 600 times but I'm still not an Ad Free Member.

You are now :-))
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 19, 2014, 12:34:53 PM
Just to pick up on Y's comment about the little envelope: you can decide if you want to be contacted by other members by changing your 'account settings', which you find by clicking on your own name. If you deselect a little tick box against 'Allow others to email me' no one will see your email address.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on August 19, 2014, 12:47:24 PM
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I'm not sure how it works as I've posted over 600 times but I'm still not an Ad Free Member.

You are now :-))


Ta muchly!  $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on August 19, 2014, 06:07:59 PM
Thanks Ian,    All in hand......... $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on August 22, 2014, 10:47:34 AM
Is this a quiz site or a forum? Seems to be hundreds of posts guessing where abouts places are or whatever it is you do, and a couple of posts actually having discussions.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 22, 2014, 11:00:07 AM
This site is largely determined by the members. How would you like to change it?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 22, 2014, 11:11:19 AM
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Is this a quiz site or a forum? Seems to be hundreds of posts guessing where abouts places are or whatever it is you do, and a couple of posts actually having discussions.

There is only one quiz section with a home quiz and an away quiz.  Any other posts with questions etc. are created by those who choose to ask about something another person has posted.  Not exactly a quiz!  There are, of course, other Forums with a more formal and strict code of practice, but I have yet to find one!  Enjoy what you have and don't be so pernickity. 
 :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 26, 2014, 09:22:05 AM
In case anyone is looking through the posts and wondering what is happening with Craig Ollerton, he has sadly requested that his account be deleted, so I have done so.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 26, 2014, 10:25:40 AM
I wonder what upset him?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on August 26, 2014, 10:31:25 AM
Sorry to see him go.... :(
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 26, 2014, 12:04:52 PM
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I wonder what upset him?

I think he has been getting a lot of "stick"from some quarters.  This happened to him a couple of years ago when he was in the throes of producing a local magazine.  He had his own Forum running at that time.  I think he went off to Blackpool.    ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on August 26, 2014, 09:26:55 PM
   Strikes me as being a bit ostentatious asking for your account to be deleted. Surely if you are fed up with the forum you just stop posting and reading and click elsewhere.
   I don't know the man, I know very little about him, but I can only guess he was hoping someone would say " please, please don't leave us."
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on August 27, 2014, 10:44:46 AM
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I wonder what upset him?

I think he has been getting a lot of "stick"from some quarters.  This happened to him a couple of years ago when he was in the throes of producing a local magazine.  He had his own Forum running at that time.  I think he went off to Blackpool.    ZXZ

He got stick on Oscar's blog. Didn't see any on here.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 09:17:57 AM
I am not making any further comment.  I wanted to let the matter rest but had to feed the hounds who demanded blood.  However it is interesting that when I first posted, I received a private communication and in a list of 3 suggested names, Ian's name was included.

If it was not Ian then, my evidence is incorrect, but someone needs to be accountable.

Sorry, no apology, as my evidence was based on reasonable grounds, and I felt it necessary to voice them.

End of.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2014, 09:36:20 AM
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If it was not Ian then, my evidence is incorrect, but someone needs to be accountable.

Sorry, no apology, as my evidence was based on reasonable grounds, and I felt it necessary to voice them.

Well, post the 'evidence' in here. Dave and I are very happy for you to do it. If you have clear and incontrovertible evidence then you should post it. That's all we're asking. What are the 'reasonable grounds'? Identify them, so we can all see.

And yes, someone needs to be accountable;  I agree. But you should take care that it won't become you.

You cannot post accusations on a forum without evidence. If you do, and you don't support them you run the risk of being seen as malicious, or worse. I say again: post the evidence or apologise and withdraw them.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 29, 2014, 09:58:19 AM
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However it is interesting that when I first posted, I received a private communication and in a list of 3 suggested names, Ian's name was included.
So you based a very serious accusation on a message you received with a random list of names in it? Someone's been playing you for a fool, Yorkie, and I'm surprised that you allowed yourself to be taken in like that. They are no doubt sympathising with you publicly, but laughing their socks off in private at the pickle you have got yourself into.  &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 09:59:21 AM
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If it was not Ian then, my evidence is incorrect, but someone needs to be accountable.

Sorry, no apology, as my evidence was based on reasonable grounds, and I felt it necessary to voice them.

Well, post the 'evidence' in here. Dave and I are very happy for you to do it. If you have clear and incontrovertible evidence then you should post it. That's all we're asking. What are the 'reasonable grounds'? Identify them, so we can all see.

And yes, someone needs to be accountable;  I agree. But you should take care that it won't become you.

You cannot post accusations on a forum without evidence. If you do, and you don't support them you run the risk of being seen as malicious, or worse. I say again: post the evidence or apologise and withdraw them.

I cannot post the evidence as most of it is connected with Twitter, and would be a mammoth task.
So in order to keep the peace, not to upset the Forum or its Members, and because I am not vindictive or malicious or, as you say, worse, I offer Ian an apology. 

My feelings at the time were running high and maybe, just maybe, I reached the wrong conclusion.  In order to satisfy myself I will now be taking the advice offered and reporting the matter to the Police, who I suspect will be unable to do anything.  And also taking the whole matter of the postings and copyright issue up with Twitter.  This I have done before when I was impersonated by name and images.

Ian, I am sorry, I withdraw the allegations.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 29, 2014, 10:02:01 AM
That's the right thing to do, Yorkie.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2014, 10:06:14 AM
Thank you, Yorkie.  I accept your apology and will eradicate the posting in question.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 10:08:30 AM
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So you based a very serious accusation on a message you received with a random list of names in it? Someone's been playing you for a fool, Yorkie, and I'm surprised that you allowed yourself to be taken in like that. They are no doubt sympathising with you publicly, but laughing their socks off in private at the pickle you have got yourself into.  &shake&

No, once again you are incorrect.  I already had the name.  I did not base any of my details on the names given to me.  I am not easily taken in, certainly with something as serious as this.

Funnily enough the Member, who I will name if you wish, included DaveR as one of the other two names he suggested.  Maybe he will confess to you himself and save me the problem of again protecting someone else.

Just think if everyone had let things lie as I wanted to, all this bandwidth could have been saved.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 29, 2014, 10:10:26 AM
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Funnily enough the Member, who I will name if you wish, included DaveR as one of the other two names he suggested.  Maybe he will confess to you himself and save me the problem of again protecting someone else.
Please do.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 10:41:02 AM
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Funnily enough the Member, who I will name if you wish, included DaveR as one of the other two names he suggested.  Maybe he will confess to you himself and save me the problem of again protecting someone else.
Please do.

So you are asking me to compromise another Member who was only asking if my post referred to some particular individuals?  My loyalties lie much deeper than that, and as they have, in fact, not done anything wrong, broken the rules or otherwise committed a sin, I regret I am unable to grant your wish on this occasion.  I hope that in similar circumstances, I would also receive their loyalty and protection.  Perhaps, in retrospect, I should not have made the offer

I also, cannot see what, if any, satisfaction you would get from knowing.

I m sure you will understand, and let sleeping dogs lie, in order that this episode can be brought to an amicable close.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 29, 2014, 10:46:10 AM
This has been one of the most puzzling things I have seen on here, I can't see any logic behind any of it, all very strange? I am pleased to see an amicable ending to it though!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2014, 11:25:25 AM
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I am not easily taken in, certainly with something as serious as this.

But you have been. Dave R is spot on. Someone has set out to cause a lot of trouble for you, and they seem to have succeeded.

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Funnily enough the Member, who I will name if you wish, included DaveR as one of the other two names he suggested...So you are asking me to compromise another Member who was only asking if my post referred to some particular individuals?  My loyalties lie much deeper than that...

But not, apparently, deep enough to trust the administrators of this forum?

It's also interesting that you originally said 'who is trusted with the forum profiles and passwords'. There are two issues there: firstly there's nothing on your profile other than the  email address with which you originally registered.  Secondly, and rather crucial - we don't know anyone's passwords. All user passwords are encrypted and not viewable or retrievable by either of us. That's why if someone loses their password and can't get it sent to their email address they have to re-register.

Three things have happened in rapid succession this past few days: someone - clearly with a lot more time on their hands than I - has been causing you a lot of problems. I believe the 'lot of time on their hands' qualifier is the important bit. You're almost certainly looking for someone who has plenty of time, is an avid Twitter and Oscar user, and someone who might possibly bear you some sort of grudge. Secondly, Oscar has closed, although not for the first time, and thirdly one member openly asked for his membership to be deleted. Is it, d'you think within the realms of possibility that there's some sort of connection?

Posting under pseudonyms is not something either Dave or I do. It's not our style. Neither of us believe you can run a forum based on deceit. I strongly suggest you apply your not inconsiderable energies and abilities to finding the IP addresses of those doing it. Dave and I would be prepared to help you as well, but you need to post what you know in here.



Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 29, 2014, 11:39:20 AM
Just on the pier, posting from my iphone...

For the record, it was me who during a game of Scrabble with Yorkie asked him who he thought was stalking him. (Having read the forum posts 2 nights ago)
Yorkie did not want to name and shame, but I asked again.

In that text I (jokingly) said 'who do you think it is?  Ollerton?  Ian?? SDQ??  Dave R???

I thought it best to mention that here, as I have no agenda, and am pretty much out of my depth with the Twitter/Oscar stuff.... and have not seen any of it.

Right, back to sleep.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2014, 11:44:17 AM
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I thought it best to mention that here, as I have no agenda, and am pretty much out of my depth with the Twitter/Oscar stuff.... and have not seen any of it.

Neither have I, although my curiosity is now almost piqued enough. But your mention of 'agenda' is important.  Someone has clearly got some sort of agenda and possibly long-standing grudge against Y.

The good news is that no one can hide on the internet. Even so-called 'experts' have been caught out, so this person can be found. For the record, Y - I wish you well in locating him.  It's not pleasant when someone sets out to give you a very hard time.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on August 29, 2014, 11:58:12 AM
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Just on the pier, posting from my iphone...

For the record, it was me who during a game of Scrabble with Yorkie asked him who he thought was stalking him. (Having read the forum posts 2 nights ago)
Yorkie did not want to name and shame, but I asked again.

In that text I (jokingly) said 'who do you think it is?  Ollerton?  Ian?? SDQ??  Dave R???

I thought it best to mention that here, as I have no agenda, and am pretty much out of my depth with the Twitter/Oscar stuff.... and have not seen any of it.

Right, back to sleep.


Yay! I made it on to 'The List'!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on August 29, 2014, 12:04:20 PM
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Just on the pier, posting from my iphone...

For the record, it was me who during a game of Scrabble with Yorkie asked him who he thought was stalking him. (Having read the forum posts 2 nights ago)
Yorkie did not want to name and shame, but I asked again.

In that text I (jokingly) said 'who do you think it is?  Ollerton?  Ian?? SDQ??  Dave R???

I thought it best to mention that here, as I have no agenda, and am pretty much out of my depth with the Twitter/Oscar stuff.... and have not seen any of it.

Right, back to sleep.


Yay! I made it on to 'The List'!

snubbed  $angry$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 12:29:31 PM
Talking about pseudonyms there may be some here who remember a Forum from a year or so ago with characters such as The Ferret and Harry Palmer, who were actually mentioned on Twitter just a few hours ago.  There was also Cwsmer, Thomas Oval, Wendy News and a few more.  As it said on Twitter, "Those were the Days!"

They were indeed!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Mikethewatch on August 29, 2014, 12:39:18 PM
More like 6 or more years Yorkie !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on August 29, 2014, 12:39:36 PM
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Three things have happened in rapid succession this past few days: someone - clearly with a lot more time on their hands than I - has been causing you a lot of problems. I believe the 'lot of time on their hands' qualifier is the important bit. You're almost certainly looking for someone who has plenty of time, is an avid Twitter and Oscar user, and someone who might possibly bear you some sort of grudge. Secondly, Oscar has closed, although not for the first time, and thirdly one member openly asked for his membership to be deleted. Is it, d'you think within the realms of possibility that there's some sort of connection?
Wise words, Ian.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 06:42:52 PM
Ian, have you an email address I can contact you on? 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 29, 2014, 07:15:53 PM
I've sent you an address in a PM.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on August 29, 2014, 08:22:36 PM
   Reading this present discussion, I don't really know what its all about, but I must say it all rather smacks of Walter Mitty if I have spelt the name correctly. I do hope that I have not offended any of you, but I must say what I feel.
  Also it is obvious to me how easy it is with any anonymous thing to suspect the wrong person. I'm not saying at all that I was a suspect, but just consider the following.
  I do go to Tesco often on a Saturday morning early on. Usually for breakfast. I have often spoken to another member of the forum there. He knows I go there, as I do about him.
   I know where he lives. In fact I have visited him in the past at his home.
   But, BUT. I definitely don't have a lot of spare time on my hands thank goodness. Nor do I have hacking equipment. In my stalking days I had a crystal radio outfit with a cats whisker. Doubt whether anyone of you knows what that is. Fixed on my bike, it was. Also I do dabble in twitter and very occasionally Oscar. But its not me--honest Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on August 30, 2014, 12:08:12 AM
Whoever it is that's irritating Yorkie,  I hope you are pleased with yourself because it led to 3 of our Scrabble games to be deleted!
I wouldn't mind, but I had just hit him with a 7 letter word in one of them, and I was in with a chance of winning.   &shake&

On the other thread, we talk about Big Brother creating good TV ratings.
Well, today's events on this thread have certainly generated good ratings!

CONTROVERSY  =  RATINGS!

 $3towns$ $3towns$ $3towns$



Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: bigbadhenry on August 30, 2014, 08:56:54 AM
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 In my stalking days I had a crystal radio outfit with a cats whisker. Doubt whether anyone of you knows what that is.  do dabble in twFixed on my bike, it was.

Your making me feel old Mike  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 30, 2014, 12:25:08 PM
Just like to say, I am grateful for the help I have received from Ian  and DaveR in the last 24 hours.   $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 30, 2014, 12:39:17 PM
Thank you, Yorkie. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2014, 07:07:09 PM
I have tried a number of times today to transfer images from my camera to my laptop but have been unable to.   It's a process I have done often but today there has been no response from the camera or the computer.
My camera is a Canon Powershot A1100 and I normally transfer the images by cable direct from the camera to the computer.
The procedure is straightforward with the cable's small plug going into the camera and the larger plug going into the computer's USB port and then the camera is turned on and the procedure is activated on the computer screen.   This time however there has been no response by camera or computer.
Has anyone had a similar problem before and how did they get around it?

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 30, 2014, 07:20:31 PM
What's the OS, Hugo?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2014, 08:24:21 PM
Please excuse my ignorance Ian but what is an OS?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 30, 2014, 08:56:04 PM
Hugo, it's Operating System.  ££$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 31, 2014, 08:48:11 AM
Sorry, Hugo and thanks, ME. I was only wondering if it's Mac, or XP or what. If it's the first I can help, but I know nothing about anything Windows-based. Although it sounds to me like it might be a hardware problem.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 31, 2014, 08:56:48 AM
Thanks very much ME.    I'm on Windows 7 so I presume that that is what the OS means.      I had an e-mail last night from my walking friend Rhuddlan and he has suggested that I get a USB card reader to transfer the images to the computer, instead of direct from the camera
I'll give that a go first before I call in someone. 

  By the way I liked your photo of the Waverly, it was really good considering how far out the ship was.      The Waverley must have left Colwyn Bay yesterday as I couldn't see it from my window.

Thanks Ian,    my camera got a soaking again on my walk on Friday and the problem could well be with the camera.   I'll try Rhuddlan's suggestion first before getting someone in to look at my laptop/ camera
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on August 31, 2014, 09:24:31 AM
Try reloading the Software that came with the camera. Reboot PC and try again.

I had a problem a couple of days ago that resolved itself when I gave the connections a bit of a clean! :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 31, 2014, 10:05:32 AM
Hugo, have you tried turning the computer on and off again? It can often help, sorry that's about as technical as I get!  ££$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 31, 2014, 10:10:36 AM
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  By the way I liked your photo of the Waverly, it was really good considering how far out the ship was.      The Waverley must have left Colwyn Bay yesterday as I couldn't see it from my window.

Thanks Hugo! I couldn't help wondering why it was sat there and not giving rides? The sea seemed calm enough?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 31, 2014, 10:46:00 AM
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Hugo, have you tried turning the computer on and off again? It can often help, sorry that's about as technical as I get!  ££$

ME,  it's been on and off more often than a Bride's nightie but it still doesn't work.

Hopefully I'm going to Curry's this afternoon to look at the USB card reader and see if that works.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on August 31, 2014, 11:29:16 AM
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Try reloading the Software that came with the camera. Reboot PC and try again.

I had a problem a couple of days ago that resolved itself when I gave the connections a bit of a clean! :D

Thanks Yorkie, I've just tried that but unfortunately it didn't work for me so I'll get one of those USB camera card readers as I need one anyway.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on September 03, 2014, 12:40:34 PM
Thanks everyone for the advice given on my problem with downloading photos from the camera to the computer.    I've even bought a card reader and a new cable but they didn't work so I had to admit defeat and call in the IT  man.
The solution to my problem was just to take the card out of my camera and put it directly into the socket provided at the front of my lap top and hey presto it worked!           ???     :-[       
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 03, 2014, 11:24:29 PM
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The solution to my problem was just to take the card out of my camera and put it directly into the socket provided at the front of my lap top and hey presto it worked!           ???     :-[       

I know nothing of such matters,  but that's what I always do anyway!...use the memory card in the laptop socket.
Or...... I simply email them them to myself, and save them, then attach them to the 'post' from the file I saved them into.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on September 04, 2014, 09:20:22 AM
Fester, you could have saved me a lot of money if you had told me beforehand.         :'(

It's so easy once you know it and I'll do it that way in future.  I use Picassa for creating my files and resizeing the photos
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 04, 2014, 10:58:00 PM
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Fester, you could have saved me a lot of money if you had told me beforehand.         :'(

It's so easy once you know it and I'll do it that way in future.  I use Picassa for creating my files and resizeing the photos

Sorry Hugo!  Didn't know you didn't know, (if you know what I mean)
Trojan once sent me 'Dr Pic.com'  for re-sizing,  I still use it, it's pretty good.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on September 16, 2014, 05:57:03 PM
Over on the "Assets" thread, DVT just posted the dates for the Cambrian Rally, I did not know about this event, as I have been away, how many other events am I missing? I checked the calendar, no mention (I have put it in, along with the Wales Rally GB).  But how many others like me?
I was thinking, it would be a good idea, to have an events calendar, ideally a one page at a glance, that could be filled in by those in the know, even linked to the "assets" thread?.
Not sure if it is possible,or needed, over to ADMIN.    :)
 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on September 16, 2014, 06:12:28 PM
There is a calender function with the forum software, but it's not terribly useful. The best system seems to be the 'what's on? board as recent items are always moved to the top of the topic listing.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on September 16, 2014, 06:13:23 PM
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Over on the "Assets" thread, DVT just posted the dates for the Cambrian Rally, I did not know about this event, as I have been away, how many other events am I missing? I checked the calendar, no mention (I have put it in, along with the Wales Rally GB).  But how many others like me?
I was thinking, it would be a good idea, to have an events calendar, ideally a one page at a glance, that could be filled in by those in the know, even linked to the "assets" thread?.
Not sure if it is possible,or needed, over to ADMIN.    :)
 


There used to be something on the home page with upcoming events if my memory serves me correctly, not sure what happened to it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on September 16, 2014, 06:22:46 PM
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There is a calender function with the forum software, but it's not terribly useful. The best system seems to be the 'what's on? board as recent items are always moved to the top of the topic listing.
Thanks Ian, SDQ.  The forum calendar, could work, just needs filled in.

So anyone with events, please put in the  forum calendar.   $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on October 17, 2014, 08:06:40 PM
  HELP, Ian/Dave. I've just written out an enormous long post in the thread C.B. waterfront, clicked the post it button and a message came up or words to this effect "Someone else has just posted in this thread. You may want to reconsider your post."  Well I don't --- but I've lost it. Its not important, just a bit of a ramble, but I cannot be bothered to write it again, it was just thoughts as they came into my mind. Any way I can revive it? Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Gwynant on October 17, 2014, 08:41:08 PM
        I have been away for the last few days and when I returned I logged into "Recent Posts" to catch up on the previous week's posts, but I could only access the previous 10 pages (100 posts), spread over the last 3 days. How do I go back further to access the rest of the pages posted (back up to Sunday 12th October) since I went away?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on October 17, 2014, 09:47:54 PM
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        I have been away for the last few days and when I returned I logged into "Recent Posts" to catch up on the previous week's posts, but I could only access the previous 10 pages (100 posts), spread over the last 3 days. How do I go back further to access the rest of the pages posted (back up to Sunday 12th October) since I went away?

Make sure you check out The Motown Sect picture I posted yesterday!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 18, 2014, 08:47:33 AM
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How do I go back further to access the rest of the pages posted (back up to Sunday 12th October) since I went away?

In theory, the 'show unread posts since last visit' link (top LH side) will show you the most recent post in each topic that's had any posts at all since you last logged in. Since it only shows you the most recent, as soon as you get to a topic where there's been a post, you then need to use the page numbers (top LH side) to go back as many pages as you wish, until 12th October shows up.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Gwynant on October 18, 2014, 10:53:31 AM
   
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How do I go back further to access the rest of the pages posted (back up to Sunday 12th October) since I went away?


          Thank you very much for your instructions Ian, problem sorted!    $good$   $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 18, 2014, 11:25:17 AM
You're welcome  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: pojo on November 04, 2014, 07:39:08 PM
Is anyone having problems using the forum tonight, pages keep getting stuck?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: jroberts1960 on November 04, 2014, 07:44:47 PM
It is lagging a bit yes.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: pojo on November 04, 2014, 07:46:15 PM
Not just me then, that's good.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 05, 2014, 07:05:48 AM
There was a BT outage the other night. That might have caused a few issues. In our 'Really Useful Links' section there's a link where you can insert the URL you're trying to reach:

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ (http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/)

That can tell you if it's just your end or a problem with the site.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 11, 2014, 10:45:22 PM
For some reason I can no longer find the forum smilies when posting a message? I have a good range of IPad smilies available though! 😧😎🙈🙉🙊
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 12, 2014, 06:54:26 AM
Now I look this morning, they have returned! How odd!  D)  ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 12, 2014, 08:02:59 AM
Something happened with our hosting people, which is why the place went offline for a few hours. It reappeared for a short while before going down again. If I had to guess, it would be that they had a server issue and had to implement a major restoration, which could explain why things only reappeared in bits and bobs.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on November 12, 2014, 02:22:27 PM
..... or maybe we were HACKED!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on November 12, 2014, 03:03:59 PM
Hmmmmm.......


WWW
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Post by: SDQ on November 12, 2014, 04:28:52 PM
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..... or maybe we were HACKED!


Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: majormellons on February 17, 2015, 09:43:20 PM
I've had somebody message me about registering on the site, and he can't get past the question about 'Village closest to Colwyn Bay', and he said he has tried every possible answer and has got no where.

He's asking if its a trick question! ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 18, 2015, 08:51:31 AM
No. it isn't and there are only two options. It asks for only the first name, too, which makes it quite a bit easier. Make sure they don't use capitals.  I've emailed you as well.

We've had to toughen the access route, since we're experiencing a very large number of attacks on a daily basis.  We try lowering the level, then the attacks simply return.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 22, 2015, 06:40:58 PM
Where is everyone?  The number of posts seems to be reducing day by day!  No-one got anything to say?  Or are all our lives so quiet these days?

All the local issues are still unresolved and even a local Trial has gone un-mentioned.  At the rate we're going with the diminshing number of posts, it will be closed in a fortnight!  Except for Genealogy, which always has a post or two.
😥
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 22, 2015, 06:59:16 PM
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Where is everyone?  The number of posts seems to be reducing day by day!  No-one got anything to say?  Or are all our lives so quiet these days?

All the local issues are still unresolved and even a local Trial has gone un-mentioned.  At the rate we're going with the diminshing number of posts, it will be closed in a fortnight!  Except for Genealogy, which always has a post or two.
😥

Well, there will always be Scrabble!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 22, 2015, 08:39:49 PM
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The number of posts seems to be reducing day by day!

No they're not.  The number of posts is closely connected to the weather. On fine, warm days people are out doing things. On wet, cold and dark days the posts rocket. It cycles.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 23, 2015, 07:46:20 AM
SORRY I GOT IT WRONG!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 23, 2015, 07:52:47 AM
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SORRY I GOT IT WRONG!

That's all right.  None of us is perfect  WWW WWW WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 23, 2015, 07:54:42 AM
Especially thee and me!  Or should that be I? 
 ZXZ 😃
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 24, 2015, 10:32:13 AM
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SORRY I GOT IT WRONG!
Can I just remind you that when you respond to a PM, you must log in to the Forum and reply. Just clicking 'reply' to the email notification you received means that your reply comes straight through to me rather than the desired recipient...as it did this morning.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 24, 2015, 11:09:02 AM
Sorry again, but I was getting an error message and so had to resend the only way possible.  Eventually I got it through via the correct route.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 24, 2015, 11:26:36 AM
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Sorry again, but I was getting an error message and so had to resend the only way possible.  Eventually I got it through via the correct route.
 ZXZ
No worries, it took me a while to work out why you were sending me an email containing that sort of gossip and insinuations about various local people.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 24, 2015, 04:58:28 PM
It was because someone asked me a question.  As far as I am concerned it was an honest answer, supposedly in confidence, to the person who enquired, who presumably had good reason to ask for assistance.  In my reply no one has been defamed as many people were by a certain Blog, and I tried to give what help I could in the circumstances.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on March 25, 2015, 12:29:29 AM
Well,  if it involved me.... trust me, I don't need any help.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 25, 2015, 08:29:17 AM
I suspect Y might have been attempting to answer a PM from me, so it's my fault. Apologies.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Mr Tunnock on March 25, 2015, 08:53:46 AM
"No worries, it took me a while to work out why you were sending me an email containing that sort of gossip and insinuations about various local people."


Does this tittle tattle behind the scenes happen on a regular basis?
If so I think it a shame that there is a hidden forum within the forum containing such talk about anybody let alone possible fellow forum members.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2015, 09:42:30 AM
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"No worries, it took me a while to work out why you were sending me an email containing that sort of gossip and insinuations about various local people."


Does this tittle tattle behind the scenes happen on a regular basis?
If so I think it a shame that there is a hidden forum within the forum containing such talk about anybody let alone possible fellow forum members.
No, it doesn't. The whole idea of the Forum is that everything is out in the open for all to see. Personally, I'm too busy with work & family to spend my time concocting half baked conspiracy theories in order to cause trouble for people that I've never met...  &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Mr Tunnock on March 25, 2015, 10:18:54 AM
The know all brother in law seems certain it's down to a retired guy, please God deliver me when the day comes from sitting at a computer all day slagging off all and sundry.
Let's move on from this depressing subject onto more cheerful happy stories which the forum is known for.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 25, 2015, 10:30:42 AM
I have been retired for a few years now, thankfully I have never felt the need to get involved with this sort of nonsense, many more interesting things to  do and look at!  8)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 25, 2015, 05:52:53 PM
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The know all brother in law seems certain it's down to a retired guy, please God deliver me when the day comes from sitting at a computer all day slagging off all and sundry.
Let's move on from this depressing subject onto more cheerful happy stories which the forum is known for.

Name and shame him Mr Tunnock!    WWW

But don't forget to sign your real name!   WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on March 25, 2015, 06:55:23 PM
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"No worries, it took me a while to work out why you were sending me an email containing that sort of gossip and insinuations about various local people."


Does this tittle tattle behind the scenes happen on a regular basis?
If so I think it a shame that there is a hidden forum within the forum containing such talk about anybody let alone possible fellow forum members.

Not really nowadays Mr T thanks to our vigilant pair of 'minders'. In the past, and I mean past, in the old forum things weren't quite the same.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Mr Tunnock on March 25, 2015, 08:39:21 PM
"Yorkie" encouraging me to use my own name, the irony of that on a forum full of  users  whom are  known by their pseudonyms, 99% whom are lovely.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Yorkie on March 25, 2015, 09:25:12 PM
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"Yorkie" encouraging me to use my own name, the irony of that on a forum full of  users  whom are  known by their pseudonyms, 99% whom are lovely.

And we both know who we are, do we not?    ZXZ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Mr Tunnock on March 26, 2015, 07:51:17 AM
I've no intrest in feeding your behaviour Yorkie, the forum is not here for that purpose.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Karen and Derek on April 04, 2015, 11:31:32 AM
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"Yorkie" encouraging me to use my own name, the irony of that on a forum full of  users  whom are  known by their pseudonyms, 99% whom are lovely.

We have always used our real names Mr T, albeit we do not post on a regular basis, we have always been avid readers of the forum. Now living far away from our beloved Wales, the forum always brings back that piece of home.

Derek.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 04, 2015, 02:01:23 PM
Are you still in Lima or have you since moved?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Karen and Derek on April 06, 2015, 09:51:42 AM
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Are you still in Lima or have you since moved?

Hello Brian, you have a good memory! No we're no longer in Peru, we moved to North America.

Karen & Derek.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 26, 2015, 09:32:21 PM
Ian,  I'm still not able to reply to your PM.   There is info I need to give you.

Also.... I am no longer 'Ad-Free'   Any particular reason?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 27, 2015, 08:35:43 AM
I'll take a peek.  I probably changed the wrong setting  - sorry.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 27, 2015, 08:37:45 AM
You ought to be back to ad free, now. I'll be in touch.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 27, 2015, 11:03:34 AM
Could you take the ads off my pages too Ian please? They came back on a few months ago.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 27, 2015, 11:54:03 AM
Will do, H.  Sorry qbout that.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.Ads and PM's
Post by: Kaye on August 15, 2015, 07:16:29 PM
Hello Ian or Dave,
I do not seem to have a reply box to answer a pm.I had an advert at the bottom of the message which may have
covered it.Please could you advise and also make me ad-free.Thanks.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on August 15, 2015, 07:47:00 PM
Hi, Kaye.  The PM system in here was disabled some time ago. If you would like someone to contact you but don't want it public then you can either choose to reveal your own email address (Profile / show email), or create a temporary and disposable one from the many free offerings that abound.

Members can become ad free only after they exceed a number of posts in different topics. To pay for the forum we do need the income from the ads.  I hope you understand.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Kaye on August 15, 2015, 07:58:41 PM
Yes thanks, that's fine
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on September 29, 2015, 07:41:06 PM
   Yorkie. I know members either loved him or loathed him but we all were unlikely not to be able to ignore him. And I know that he and the forum parted their ways.
   However we now hear that he is in hospital. I know, indeed it is well known, that he has had serious medical problems in the past. So as he is in hospital we can only assume that it is'ent for some minor complaint.
   Bearing this in mind, do you the forum members feel it appropriate for us to make a collective "sorry to hear about you" message to him? I am sure if the forum did post something to him, he wold get the message.
   I know it is difficult to measure the support for such action, but what do you all think? I am, of course, in favour
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on September 29, 2015, 08:10:37 PM
Well done Mike.

Yorkie;- I wish you well.

All the Best

Nem.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on September 29, 2015, 08:46:05 PM
as the others on the forum I hope Yorkie gets well soon.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: TheMedz on September 29, 2015, 10:26:53 PM
Get well soon
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on September 30, 2015, 08:22:11 AM
Mike puts it very well. I'm sure everyone would wish him a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on September 30, 2015, 07:02:27 PM
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Mike puts it very well. I'm sure everyone would wish him a speedy recovery.

A few tentative scrabble moves have been coming my way.......  I think he's possibly on the mend. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on September 30, 2015, 09:33:57 PM
if he.s beating you again it might mean he is on the mend. lets hope so. ( beating you and mending that is)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2015, 01:14:09 PM
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Mike puts it very well. I'm sure everyone would wish him a speedy recovery.
Agreed.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 01, 2015, 01:35:03 PM
Get well soon Yorkie!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blongb on October 01, 2015, 02:36:57 PM
Looking forward to reading your Posts again soon Yorkie, hope you make a full and fast recovery.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: white rabbit on October 03, 2015, 07:31:56 PM
For anyone who may be interested Yorkie is now out of hospital :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on October 03, 2015, 09:38:33 PM
All the Best Yorkie.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 03, 2015, 10:35:23 PM
I'm pleased to hear that, would you please pass on our best wishes to him.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 04, 2015, 03:14:36 PM
Wonderful!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on October 28, 2015, 03:30:38 PM
Not able to post photos at the moment. Thank goodness, I hear you all say!  Comes up with a blank screen after the download.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on December 03, 2015, 05:37:25 PM
I was looking on Amazon to buy a battery for my camera and saw some batteries that were not made by my camera manufacturer but were a lot cheaper.
The only thing is that after the model name it said " EXACT DECODED"     What exactly does that mean and could the battery be used with my camera?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 03, 2015, 07:56:16 PM
What it means is that the battery is a copy of the original one right down to the microelectronics all batteries now have on them. But they're copies and Lithium batteries have something of a ropey track record with regard to copies and fire risk.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on December 03, 2015, 09:34:37 PM
Perhaps I have been lucky, but I have had a 'copy' battery for my old Coolpix camera for a long time and had no problems.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on December 03, 2015, 10:21:01 PM
Thanks very much Ian and Nemesis, there was quite a difference between the cost of the batteries.    The manufacturers own brand was about £30.00 t0 £40.00 dearer than some others and I couldn't see how the difference was justified but didn't understand what was meant when  they said  "exact decoded"
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: squiggle on December 03, 2015, 10:38:14 PM
Lithium ion batteries are basically a bit dodgy to start with. They have a few features including built in electronics to make them safe.

There have been cases of fire and major recalls with branded batteries but I guess the risk of  getting something of poor manufacture is greater with the generic batteries.

Another argument against the use of generic batteries is that there may be warranty problems if an equipment breakdown could be attributed to an "original" battery.

One more can be that they may have a shorter life and/or not perform as well. One may consider though that even if these problems do exist, the difference in cost more than compensates for this loss.

Personally, I do use a generic battery in both my Pentax DSLR and Fuji bridge camera and have had no problems.  That's just me though - someone else may reasonably prefer to avoid them.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on December 04, 2015, 09:03:17 AM
I've used a mixture of genuine and generic camera batteries over the years. The genuine ones are always far more expensive but do seem more reliable, in my experience.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: squiggle on December 14, 2015, 05:39:42 PM
I'm posting this on behalf of my mother who I believed tried to register here on Friday/Saturday as she wanted to join in the walking thread.  She got the "waiting approval message" but has heard nothing further.  I guess there could be all sorts of reasons for this and appreciate that the forum would not be the best place for some types of debate.

As I can find no other place for me to get in touch I do wish to make this comment though.  I am aware that duplicate identities can often be a reason for rejection.  My parents and I live at the same address and our IP address is the same so it is possible that something like this has been flagged.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on December 14, 2015, 06:35:01 PM
Yes - I spotted the duplicate and approved your mother, S. As it was your IP I assumed it would be okay.  If she logs in with the details she provided she;ll be very welcome. She ought to have had an email, but it might have gone amiss with the weather :-))  I was getting a few problems last week on the internet.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: squiggle on December 14, 2015, 07:22:17 PM
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Yes - I spotted the duplicate and approved your mother, S. As it was your IP I assumed it would be okay.  If she logs in with the details she provided she;ll be very welcome. She ought to have had an email, but it might have gone amiss with the weather :-))  I was getting a few problems last week on the internet.

Thanks.  She's just tried a log on and it's OK.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 04, 2016, 11:00:21 AM
It still says 'Christmas is coming' at the top of the page, a truly horrifying prospect at the best of times! Could it be changed to spring, Summer,  Easter?  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 04, 2016, 11:52:55 AM
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It still says 'Christmas is coming' at the top of the page, a truly horrifying prospect at the best of times! Could it be changed to spring, Summer,  Easter?  :)
Christmas...has gone.  :D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 09, 2016, 03:28:36 PM
My spelling seems to have gone worse in recent days,  is the spell checker going to make a return?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on February 09, 2016, 04:41:42 PM
I have missed the spell checker too.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on February 09, 2016, 08:44:00 PM
me tu
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2016, 07:45:28 AM
I shall investigate, folks.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 10, 2016, 10:53:35 PM
I was trying to get into the Three Towns website this afternoon but couldn't gain access and Tellytubby said that he couldn't either.   Was there a problem with the site today?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 11, 2016, 07:28:25 AM
There was - but not at our end. For most of the afternoon our hosting company was having problems. Seems to have resolved itself now, however.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 11, 2016, 08:52:49 AM
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There was - but not at our end. For most of the afternoon our hosting company was having problems. Seems to have resolved itself now, however.
Our Hosting Company provides updates to service interruptions here:
http://www.webhostingstatus.com/ (http://www.webhostingstatus.com/)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blongb on March 26, 2016, 06:51:03 PM
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I shall investigate, folks.
Any luck with the spell checker Ian?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 26, 2016, 06:55:58 PM
It works perfectly for me.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on March 26, 2016, 10:13:09 PM
there,s no spell checker to check my spelling its gone walkies all i have is post+ preview, i do miss it, honest.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 27, 2016, 08:49:27 AM
I'll delve into the backstage area this morning.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 27, 2016, 09:11:24 AM
The spell checking system should be working, since we've enabled it backstage. It certainly works for me in Firefox on a Mac. What's everyone else using?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on March 27, 2016, 09:45:03 AM
Obviously not the correct system. I only have a post and a preview button at the bottom of the page.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 27, 2016, 09:47:08 AM
Same here. I miss it too. I am using Firefox on a Samsung laptop.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 27, 2016, 10:05:21 AM
Did a spell check option used to appear?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on March 27, 2016, 10:08:30 AM
Yes.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on March 27, 2016, 10:49:09 AM
Same here Yes
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 27, 2016, 12:17:40 PM
Ah.  That's not standard in SMF so its probably an extension one of us added - I blame Dave :-))  I'll take a peek at the list of extensions to see what's working and what's not.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on March 27, 2016, 12:21:11 PM
Had a quick glance and nothing springs out. Won't give up, though. It could be one extension interfering with another.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on March 27, 2016, 12:59:55 PM
"Extension interfering"  ... ?{}?   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blongb on March 28, 2016, 02:12:40 PM
I've just checked Ian and the spell checking system isn't working, since You've enabled it backstage. It certainly not working for me in Firefox on a Windows 10.

In the mean time I'm using https://www.jspell.com/public-spell-checker.html (https://www.jspell.com/public-spell-checker.html) which give good results as long as you change the dictonary to English (GB)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on March 29, 2016, 09:46:56 AM
The Spell Checker is enabled in the Forum Settings but there is a note attached saying that 'it may not work with all servers'. Possible a software upgrade somewhere has broken the feature?

Most modern browsers have a built in spell checker that does the same job; here's how to enable it in Firefox for example:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-use-firefox-spell-checker
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on March 29, 2016, 10:58:44 AM
Very helpful thankyou DR.   I have been getting the red line, but I was unaware of the other features.    $thanx$      $good$


 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on March 30, 2016, 09:09:41 PM
 Hello, any extroverts amongst our members? I am looking for someone to join me on the three days extravaganza parade. All you have to do is get dressed up in a Victorian golfers outfit, provided by me of course. Then ride (o.k. Then, push) a small penny farthing with a small advertising trailer attached along the route. Me on one side of the road. You on the other.
  It's quite a laugh, good fun. Alright it wasn't much fun on the first day when it absolutely threw it down with rain. But it won't happen this year I promise you.
  I must confess that last year I had two lads on either side of me supposedly giving out leaflets. But this was a disaster. They couldn't keep up with me trying to secure my position in the parade and ended up about quarter of a mile behind. No good.
  Any takers? You don't really need to be an extrovert. I am basically of a shy nature and I do t.  Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 07, 2016, 01:21:59 PM
I've been using Picassa 3 for downloading my photos and then I put them into folders which automatically resize the images to 640  X 480.
I've done this procedure for years but at the moment the image sizes vary, sometimes they are 640 X 320  or 640  X 360      Is there any reason for this?
Just as a matter of interest what is the maximum size of photo that can be downloaded onto the forum?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 07, 2016, 01:31:47 PM
If you use the Aeva gallery, there's not really a limit. In the topic posts I seem to remember it's about 1MB. In size terms that's pretty large. but every image differs .
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on April 07, 2016, 02:43:17 PM
It says 1.5mb but they don't always go through at less than that.
I am having to resize mine before posting as the forum reducing thing doesn't always work.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 07, 2016, 04:44:56 PM
The width limit is 800 px, because any more than that would distort the browser. If you use the gallery, however, that has its own resizing options built in, so you don't need to worry.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 07, 2016, 04:54:50 PM
Thanks for that info Ian,  I was quite happy with the size of 640 X 480  but now with them being 480 X 360 the photos look a bit odd to me.
I've tried to sort it out this afternoon but had no luck and the annoying bit is that I set it up years ago and it was working ok until recently.
I'll keep trying and see what happens as the Picasa system was so easy for me.      :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on April 14, 2016, 06:01:02 PM
   At 18.00 tonight the forum had eight posts from one member. During the period "today." The total number of posts was 13. The 8 from one member were all on diverse subjects.
   I am merely pointing this fact out and I've no doubt it will be noticed by others. Whilst I have no quarrel with the member concerned who by the time they have read me this far will no doubt know full well who it is. But this would appear to be an unhealthy position for the forum as a whole. Yes, I know you could say why don't some of the hundreds of others put fingers to keyboards.  But the alternative of having one person virtually taking over the forum is in my opinion unwelcome.
   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on April 14, 2016, 08:49:18 PM
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the alternative of having one person virtually taking over the forum is in my opinion unwelcome.

Well, apart from the fact that no one is 'taking over' the forum and can't be, when anyone is free to post, I have to say that any member who posts frequently and stimulates debate is more than welcome.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 14, 2016, 10:09:21 PM
Can't see any problem? anyone else is free to post anything, up to them really.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 14, 2016, 10:37:21 PM
The postings often bring things to my attention that I'm completely unaware of, so I do enjoy reading them.     At the same time it's always nice to here postings from others, the more the better really     
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on April 15, 2016, 12:08:43 AM
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the alternative of having one person virtually taking over the forum is in my opinion unwelcome.

Well, apart from the fact that no one is 'taking over' the forum and can't be, when anyone is free to post, I have to say that any member who posts frequently and stimulates debate is more than welcome.
I've been out boozing tonight, and I have decided that I will take over the Forum, by means of a coup d' etat.   
But now, as the new Dictator of this Forum, I have decided to relinquish control back to Ian and Dave and I shall retire to my bed.   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on April 15, 2016, 11:01:06 PM
Thought you did a great job while it lasted fester, but glad to see it is back in safe hands
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 22, 2016, 08:27:43 AM
I use Windows 7 and have had a problem with the Windows freezing. The screen I was on at the time would disappear and about 30 seconds later would pop up again.  Also I've had requests to upgrade to Windows 10 and I've always declined them.
I was going to call the engineer in anyway but last night when I was in the process of sending an e-mail I just touched the cap lock and the system shut down on me.
It then of it's own accord upgraded me to Windows 10, a system I didn't want and didn't request and I'm now unable to  do anything on it apart from Google.
I'll now have to get the engineer in anyway.    :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Gwynant on April 22, 2016, 02:42:12 PM
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I use Windows 7 and have had a problem with the Windows freezing. The screen I was on at the time would disappear and about 30 seconds later would pop up again.  Also I've had requests to upgrade to Windows 10 and I've always declined them.
I was going to call the engineer in anyway but last night when I was in the process of sending an e-mail I just touched the cap lock and the system shut down on me.
It then of it's own accord upgraded me to Windows 10, a system I didn't want and didn't request and I'm now unable to  do anything on it apart from Google.
I'll now have to get the engineer in anyway.    :rage:
               I also have been getting frequent offers to "upgrade" to Windows 10 for some time and I've always declined them because  like you I'm used to Windows 7 and I've had conflicting reports of Windows 10 from friends. Can you let us know how you get on with it now it has been "imposed" on you and I'll steer clear of the "Cap Locks " key in the meantime!   $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on April 22, 2016, 04:03:13 PM
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I use Windows 7 and have had a problem with the Windows freezing. The screen I was on at the time would disappear and about 30 seconds later would pop up again.  Also I've had requests to upgrade to Windows 10 and I've always declined them.
I was going to call the engineer in anyway but last night when I was in the process of sending an e-mail I just touched the cap lock and the system shut down on me.
It then of it's own accord upgraded me to Windows 10, a system I didn't want and didn't request and I'm now unable to  do anything on it apart from Google.
I'll now have to get the engineer in anyway.    :rage:
               I also have been getting frequent offers to "upgrade" to Windows 10 for some time and I've always declined them because  like you I'm used to Windows 7 and I've had conflicting reports of Windows 10 from friends. Can you let us know how you get on with it now it has been "imposed" on you and I'll steer clear of the "Cap Locks " key in the meantime!   $thanx$

So have we and like you Gwynant, we are used to windows 7, so don't want to change. Must keep my fingers away from the Caps Lock key. eeeeeeek !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 22, 2016, 04:04:33 PM
It might be just a coincidence with the cap lock because I use them quite often.  Last night I was sending an e-mail to a friend and had written most of it but when I pressed the cap lock the system just crashed. Then almost straight away it started downloading Windows 10 and I couldn't stop it doing so.
I used to get frequent offers a few times a day to upgrade to Windows 10 but always decline them but this week I had a strange one saying I was scheduled for an upgrade on Thursday but I declined that one too.
Anyway yesterday (Thurs)  at about 11.00pm I opened up the computer and that's when it started.

Today on Windows 10 I had a survey asking what I thought of the upgrade so I told them exactly what I thought        :rage:

I hope that you have better luck than me Gwynant

Reading through some of the stuff today and there is lots of it, it mentioned Windows 11       :o     so I closed the computer just in case.
The screen on my computer had previously downloaded itself for the last two weeks or so and after about 30 seconds later reappeared and I started to wonder then if Microsoft were saying YOU WILL download to Windows 10
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 22, 2016, 05:44:52 PM
Gwynant and Nemesis,  hang on to your Windows 7 as long as you can.      I've now had 214 unread feeds in my e-mail account and I treated them all as read but now they have disappeared somewhere in the system and I can't trace them.        :rage:         :rage:

It's less than 24 hours already since my computer upgraded itself and it's driving me nuts
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blongb on April 25, 2016, 01:12:30 PM
When Windows 10 first installs on your computer there is a very short window of opportunity to revert back to your original windows operating system, I think it's 28 days but am not certain after that its to late to change. Worth checking it out I think.  ££$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on April 25, 2016, 03:08:11 PM
After having had my rant and parting with quite a few Quid after the IT engineer called today, I'm hoping that Windows 10 will have settled down and that I have no more problems with it.
The system is very similar to Windows 7 but has a lot of extras,  even if some are not welcome.
The engineer has come across other people who have had Windows 10 imposed on them for no apparent reason but he did add that if anyone wants to upgrade to Windows 10 then they should do it before a date in July 2016 because after that it will cost about £140.00 if anyone wants to upgrade their computer.
He also said that at some time in the future Microsoft may not support Windows 7 just like they did with XP
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on June 03, 2016, 10:13:37 AM
Hi Hugo like you I have had Windows 10 imposed on my computer.
In April i installed a Dash cam in my car in preperation for the summer invasion of visitors most of whom have not got a clue how to drive on our single track roads. In April I was on Windows 7 and had no problem viewing what had been recorded.
Yesterday after a hair raising experience with an approaching motorist, probably foreign in a hire car, after returning home I could not not retrieve the recording on my computer.
My question, have you had the same problem and is it something to do with me being on Windows 7 when the dash cam was first used.

Help.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 03, 2016, 12:08:34 PM
Hi Mull,    I've only downloaded the images from my dash camera once and that was when an idiot undertook me and another car on the A55.   He wasn't taxed and didn't have a MOT but the camera did download it on to the computer but the only trouble is that I can't find where it is!          ???     
When it comes to computers or anything IT then I'm afraid that I can't help you.  I have to get someone in when I have a problem with anything IT.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on June 03, 2016, 04:53:36 PM
Thanks Hugo. Same here have not got a clue with IT.
I will have to contact Matrix Computers in Oban to see if they can help . Why when things are working fine does someone have to interfere.
 :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 03, 2016, 05:21:47 PM
The dash cam should provide information about where it saves the files and how the files are identified. I'd advise going onto the maker's site, look under 'support' and that should feature your model, from where you can probably download all the instructions you need. It's also wroth bearing in mind that dashcams tend to create largish files but save them in relatively small blocks - approx 3MB.

Our dashcam, a Nextbase 512, saves its files in windows thus:

C:\Program Files(x86)\NEXTBASE\NEXTBASE Replay

but it may differ on your makes.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 03, 2016, 06:51:38 PM
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Thanks Hugo. Same here have not got a clue with IT.
I will have to contact Matrix Computers in Oban to see if they can help . Why when things are working fine does someone have to interfere.
 :rage:

When my Windows  7  upgraded itself to Windows 10,   the computer  was in a right mess and I had to call in an expert and that cost me a bit.    I was annoyed that it upgraded itself without my permission but now that I've calmed down a bit, the system is similar to Windows 7 so I can get by with it now.
A friend who is very good in IT has Windows 10 and he gave me some advise and that was when Windows 10 has an upgrade it can effect the system for a bit while it is upgrading so I've just got to learn how to be more patient and wait until the system sorts itself out.
I must admit that I'm not looking forward to when it does upgrade Windows 10.           :rage:      :rage:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 03, 2016, 06:57:29 PM
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The dash cam should provide information about where it saves the files and how the files are identified. I'd advise going onto the maker's site, look under 'support' and that should feature your model, from where you can probably download all the instructions you need. It's also wroth bearing in mind that dashcams tend to create largish files but save them in relatively small blocks - approx 3MB.

Our dashcam, a Nextbase 512, saves its files in windows thus:

C:\Program Files(x86)\NEXTBASE\NEXTBASE Replay

but it may differ on your makes.

Thanks very much for that info Ian,  I'll  have a look for it when the weather worsens.     I just hate computers whenever I encounter a problem so I'll pick the right moment to look for it.   I've copied your instructions to make it easier for me to search for the film           $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 04, 2016, 07:42:48 AM
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A friend who is very good in IT has Windows 10 and he gave me some advise and that was when Windows 10 has an upgrade it can effect the system for a bit while it is upgrading so I've just got to learn how to be more patient and wait until the system sorts itself out.

Alternatively, you could ditch MS completely and move to Apple or Linux. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on June 04, 2016, 09:26:30 AM
Thanks for the info Ian.
The dash cam I have is Nextbase 402G.
Will have another go at getting it working when the weather goes off. To good at the moment to sit inside missing the sun i think this is the summer. Not been this good for a few years.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 04, 2016, 10:03:44 AM
The link for the 402G manual is here

http://www.nextbase.co.uk/help-and-support/in-car-cameras-series/ (http://www.nextbase.co.uk/help-and-support/in-car-cameras-series/)

and the video files are stored in

C:\Program Files(x86)\Driving Recorder Player/
Title: A mentally disturbed r reader of the forum
Post by: Michael on June 11, 2016, 09:32:55 PM
   Just received a "delightful" email from a reader of the forum.  Of course, anonymous. I just LOVE these anonymous people.  Would this writer just do me a favour before he sends any more. Just read this. My spelling is bad. My keyboard mistakes are plentiful. And My grammar is not too good.
   Why? Because I type fast straight out of my head. I haven't got a lot of time to waste in correcting obvious errors.
   Unlike you, you strange creature. Who must have got one heap of time you don't know how to fill.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on June 11, 2016, 10:09:00 PM
 Suggestions, problems and queries. Well I haven't got any, but one reader of this forum certainly has, in a big way. He is anonymous of course so I cannot give him a reply, but whether he is worth the effort or not is debatable.
  So I am going to give the forum a rest so as to deprive this little darling of his pleasure.
   Whilst actually typing this its flashed on my screen that he/she is at it again. Saturday night, a time to enjoy yourself. I'm off to the pub. Be writing to you all maybe in the distant future  Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 12, 2016, 08:47:51 AM
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Just read this. My spelling is bad. My keyboard mistakes are plentiful. And My grammar is not too good. Why? Because I type fast straight out of my head. I haven't got a lot of time to waste in correcting obvious errors.

Extremely sorry to hear this, Mike. And I think your writing style is fine, BTW. But if you could forward any emails you've been sent to either me or DaveR then we can examine the full headers and see if there are any clues about this disturbed individual. Eventually, we will find out who it is.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 12, 2016, 12:41:20 PM
No excuse for that sort of thing!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bellringer on June 12, 2016, 02:04:36 PM
Mike, I have no problem with your writings, in fact I very much look forward to seeing them. You have a wealth of local knowledge about which I really enjoy reading your posts. Don't stay away too long! Come back soon.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 12, 2016, 02:39:06 PM
It's just so sad that an individual has nothing more constructive to do than participate in childish online bullying.    I've seen Mike's e-mail at his Golf course and it also has a go at two other people on the forum.
All I can say is that the Troll has picked on three successful and popular individuals and has done so out of his jealousy for someone more successful than himself.
Rather than get angry with the Troll just feel sorry for him, because Billy Nomates is just one of life's losers
The only thing is that he will eventually be named and shamed so he will always be looking over his shoulder.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 12, 2016, 02:42:46 PM
Oh he's a loser alright, and it's a shame that his loathing for me spills out in other directions.
He's easy to ignore or filter out, but Mike shouldn't have to tolerate this type of childish nonsense.
Can you imagine what sort of lowlife coward thinks it's a good idea to abuse a man in his late 80's?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 12, 2016, 02:45:58 PM
Agreed.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on June 12, 2016, 04:23:46 PM
I know I said I was'ent going to post any more. However, I cannot resist this. One of your contributors to this thread grossly exaggerated. He writes I am in my late 80's. That's not right. I am only 84. Mike p.s. Must get this post out quick. My 85th birthday on Wednesday
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 12, 2016, 04:49:45 PM
Happy 85th on Wednesday Mike   (mid 80's then   ;D)


 +}}{--        _))++          :golf:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 12, 2016, 04:54:29 PM
Seconded!

 $elvis$ $sunny$ $bounce$ $bounce$ +}}{-- :__)+ _))++
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Michael on June 12, 2016, 05:01:32 PM
Thanks Hugo and Ian. Ian, I am not too good at sending on emails to another person. You ask me to send on these emails I've received to you. Yes, fine. But how do I do that's? I've got an idea how to but would hate to find I had deleted them by mistake. My email address for your reply is (Deleted by admin for security) mike
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 13, 2016, 01:07:43 AM
Mike, don't waste your time, just let that sad specimen waste his.
He's a joke, and when his name comes to light, his wife, kids, and even grandkids are going to be be embarrassed and sickened by his pathetic online antics.
Everything he ever did in his life will be be forgotten, and he will only be remembered as that saddo who wasted his days as an online troll.
I think he's hilarious, but they won't!
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 13, 2016, 08:15:36 AM
Hi, Mike.  I'll email you.  Thanks. Meanwhile, I'll delete your email address shown.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on June 13, 2016, 09:33:35 AM
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All I can say is that the Troll has picked on three successful and popular individuals and has done so out of his jealousy for someone more successful than himself.
You've summed it up perfectly, Hugo.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bosun on June 13, 2016, 09:45:32 AM
These vile people do this because they are, or believe they are, anonymous.

I can see no proper reason not to fully name them here and expose their activities.

When these people are exposed, they stop, some reincarnate themselves to continue. However, I am a firm advocate of naming and shaming them every time.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 13, 2016, 02:21:23 PM
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These vile people do this because they are, or believe they are, anonymous.

I can see no proper reason not to fully name them here and expose their activities.

When these people are exposed, they stop, some reincarnate themselves to continue. However, I am a firm advocate of naming and shaming them every time.
... There is a process to follow first, before that happens.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bosun on June 13, 2016, 05:30:44 PM
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These vile people do this because they are, or believe they are, anonymous.

I can see no proper reason not to fully name them here and expose their activities.

When these people are exposed, they stop, some reincarnate themselves to continue. However, I am a firm advocate of naming and shaming them every time.
... There is a process to follow first, before that happens.

Would you like to elaborate Fester?

Or do you mean dark nefarious processes.......???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on June 13, 2016, 10:36:10 PM
with all these comments i think this idiot as got what he wanted to achieve and is crowing away in his grotty little mind.Nut Case comes to mind
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2016, 11:25:59 AM
My laptop which had Windows 7, upgraded itself to Windows 10 against my instructions, it  has now upgraded the Windows 10 version.
Now I can't send or receive e-mails from one of my e-mail addresses and I can't download any photos from my camera.    :rage:      :rage:
So now it's a phone call to the IT engineer and a trip down to the cash machine at the bank.        :rage:     :rage:

Nemesis, if you can, stick with Windows 7  as I'm turning into a grumpy old man with Windows 10
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 09, 2016, 12:31:03 PM
Don't seem to have these issues with Apple...  $cofffee$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2016, 12:41:32 PM
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Don't seem to have these issues with Apple...  $cofffee$

Thanks a lot Ian, that has cheered me up no end.      &shake&                   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bosun on October 09, 2016, 12:49:52 PM
I had no choice but to use 10, and, after twelve months of trying to get used to it, as we have had to with all the other previous editions of Windows, I hate it. It's not intuitive, many features that I've come to regards as standard necessities have gone, and the e-mail app is atrocious. For example, unless anyone can please advise me differently, (and I have spend considerable time searching) there is no way to set the format for e-mails in the e-mail app, each e-mail typed is default setting and has to be re-formatted for font and colour, size etc. I have now been able to download photographs, but I'm not certain even now how it does it, and they go where 10 wants them to go, then you have to copy them to other folders if required, then go back and delete to save memory... being a Luddite is only half of it, I have realised that the other half is that Windows 10 is actually designed to frustrate and cause ulcers and seizures to try and distract us from realising that the Trump's and May's and Putin's of this world are taking over.

Don't even think of getting me started on BT.........   
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on October 09, 2016, 01:27:18 PM
Some in the US have started to fight back......

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=microsoft+sued+over+forced+windows+10&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&oq=m&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l3j69i57j0.2979j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=microsoft+sued+over+forced+windows+10&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&oq=m&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l3j69i57j0.2979j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2016, 02:01:21 PM
Thanks Bosun and Steve,  I was starting to think that I was the only that was having problems with the system.    It's no more than a cash cow for Microsoft and perhaps the loonies are taking over after all.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2016, 02:03:40 PM
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Some in the US have started to fight back......

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=microsoft+sued+over+forced+windows+10&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&oq=m&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l3j69i57j0.2979j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=microsoft+sued+over+forced+windows+10&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&oq=m&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l3j69i57j0.2979j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

Steve,  you've given me a good idea, it'll certainly help to top up my OAP.        ?{}?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: rhuddlan on October 09, 2016, 03:00:16 PM
Hint....make sure you now have the anniversary update (1607).
simple to check....


http://tunecomp.net/how-to-check-if-the-windows-10-anniversary-update-is-installed-or-not/ (http://tunecomp.net/how-to-check-if-the-windows-10-anniversary-update-is-installed-or-not/)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on October 09, 2016, 04:03:53 PM
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My laptop which had Windows 7, upgraded itself to Windows 10 against my instructions, it  has now upgraded the Windows 10 version.
Now I can't send or receive e-mails from one of my e-mail addresses and I can't download any photos from my camera.    :rage:      :rage:
So now it's a phone call to the IT engineer and a trip down to the cash machine at the bank.        :rage:     :rage:

Nemesis, if you can, stick with Windows 7  as I'm turning into a grumpy old man with Windows 10

Still hanging on to it for dear life. ! ???
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2016, 04:18:54 PM
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Hint....make sure you now have the anniversary update (1607).
simple to check....


http://tunecomp.net/how-to-check-if-the-windows-10-anniversary-update-is-installed-or-not/ (http://tunecomp.net/how-to-check-if-the-windows-10-anniversary-update-is-installed-or-not/)

Thanks very much for the advice and the link Rhuddlan but you know me and my IT skills, or rather lack of them.     I'm going to leave everything to the IT chap and then I can pay him when my compo from Microsoft comes in.     ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 09, 2016, 07:00:29 PM
Well, if anyone decides to defect from M$ there are at least two of us in here who know their way around Mac.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on October 10, 2016, 09:10:54 AM
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Well, if anyone decides to defect from M$ there are at least two of us in here who know their way around Mac.
But just bear in mind....

Once you go Mac, you never go back.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 10, 2016, 01:00:01 PM
The IT guy called around today and fixed the problems that the anniversary update microsoft created.    At least things are back to normal but at a price.     :'(


I just hope that Microsoft don't do any more updates for a long time
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2016, 09:51:42 AM
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The IT guy called around today and fixed the problems that the anniversary update microsoft created.    At least things are back to normal but at a price.     :'(


I just hope that Microsoft don't do any more updates for a long time
I do find it all amazing. Don't Microsoft test their software thoroughly before releasing it? Their track record on this sort of thing is just getting worse.  &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on October 12, 2016, 10:50:06 AM
I have to say though, I use Microsoft and Apple products, and the latest Apple upgrade to iOS10 is fraught with glitches.
The new displays are poor, the notifications are (or were) faulty when launched, and it now takes more button presses to access what were previously easy links.
I've googled these issues, and they don't even feature in the top 10 common glitches with this update!
All other updates have been pretty slick, but not this time.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 12, 2016, 12:08:11 PM
I updated last night - it's is annoying, sure I'll get used to it though. See apple pay is up and running now. Anyone ever used it?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 12, 2016, 03:59:12 PM
Our boys do and find it easy. On Apple updates the one rule is never,  ever adopt an OS update within three months of it coming out.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 12, 2016, 04:25:24 PM
It is a pest thought it keeps popping up to tell you to install it and you have to press either ok which installs it, details which brings up a web page or later which programmes it to be done later..

The only real flaw I've found so far is bluetooth is not connecting as it should straight away
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: rhuddlan on October 12, 2016, 05:10:26 PM
windows 10.  Its a pain but there continue to be  updates...ive just had to do another( and since the huge anniversary update)!
Something I've noticed is that if there seems to be a problem of any sort....go to start.... then power( as though you want to shut down)... and invariably there is an update awaiting attention via restart or shutdown. Also I have had notifications about updates which appear in the last box on the lower rhs of the screen. Best of luck!!

Apple  My wife loves her ipad but even she is cursing with their latest update. She couldn't move  pics in an email to her album!
you now have to do something different from the more obvious "save" ! I had to look up the answer on my windows 10 laptop for her.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2016, 07:01:26 PM
I use Apple Pay on the iphone all the time and its very handy, so easy to use.

Not had any problems with IOS10 at all
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on October 12, 2016, 09:37:16 PM
We've  all talked to this bloke...At Last....A Picture of  Him.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 
 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on October 12, 2016, 09:54:43 PM
I wander if he is the bloke who plays poker on the net who keeps us waiting because he keeps getting disconected, he needs to peddle faster
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 13, 2016, 08:06:36 AM
Haven't yet downloaded the iOS 10 update - nor yet moved to Sierra on the main systems. But I don't believe there are many issues with Sierra, and Apple released a quick patch for the iOS 10 issue, which seems to have resolved it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 14, 2016, 08:47:02 AM
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Haven't yet downloaded the iOS 10 update - nor yet moved to Sierra on the main systems. But I don't believe there are many issues with Sierra, and Apple released a quick patch for the iOS 10 issue, which seems to have resolved it.

I would hold out as long as you can. Found another couple of faults. Yesterday for no reason at all when the phone was locked it was constantly ringing the last number I had called. Also it's forgotten all the words I normally use in texts so is changing them to other words when previously it has been trained not to.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 14, 2016, 08:58:27 AM
I don't use auto correct, anyway, but the iPhone ringing sounds ominous. I'll leave it a little while, yet.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on October 14, 2016, 10:58:14 AM
The only thing I noticed was the Bluetooth not connecting first time in the car, which was rectified with the update. I also turn off auto correct so haven't encountered that problem.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 14, 2016, 12:32:04 PM
My software is up to date and I still have problems with the bluetooth. Pressing the play button on my bluetooth headphones inexplicably tells the phone to play the music through the i phone speakers. It takes a good few minutes of connecting and reconnecting to sort itself out.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on October 27, 2016, 01:39:06 PM
Why can't I, when I click on someone's name, see all their posts anymore?
I was looking for a recycling post from Dave as I saw something today but when I clicked on his name I got some kind of access denied message. I found it anyway on the search but I used to be able to see every post from that person.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 09, 2017, 09:43:12 AM
I have a Dell laptop and it's operating ok but this last week something has happened to it and I don't know why.

When I want to close the lap top down I click on power, then click on shut down and the system closes down but I still have a white light showing on the front of the lap top.     After a short while I put the top down but the white light stays on.

It's not stopping my machine from working but has anyone any ideas on this.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on January 09, 2017, 12:43:11 PM
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I have a Dell laptop and it's operating ok but this last week something has happened to it and I don't know why.

When I want to close the lap top down I click on power, then click on shut down and the system closes down but I still have a white light showing on the front of the lap top.     After a short while I put the top down but the white light stays on.

It's not stopping my machine from working but has anyone any ideas on this.

My windows laptop, which is incredibly ancient, has the same light which stays on at the front.  It's because the battery is continually low, and if it's plugged into the wall socket it's continually charging up.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SDQ on January 09, 2017, 12:46:48 PM
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I have a Dell laptop and it's operating ok but this last week something has happened to it and I don't know why.

When I want to close the lap top down I click on power, then click on shut down and the system closes down but I still have a white light showing on the front of the lap top.     After a short while I put the top down but the white light stays on.

It's not stopping my machine from working but has anyone any ideas on this.


http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19456147 (http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19456147)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 09, 2017, 03:56:36 PM
Thank you very much SDQ it's really appreciated.      $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 09, 2017, 04:28:34 PM
Thanks also Fester.  My laptop is continually plugged in and should be fully charged and this continuous white power light has only just started to stay on after I've closed the computer down.
Thankfully it hasn't affected the operation of the computer.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 10, 2017, 10:44:24 AM
I think that I've sorted the problem out on my laptop with the white power light staying on all the time.     All I did was to take the power lead from the laptop then after several seconds waiting I reconnected the power cable to the laptop and left the cable in.
Now every time I shut down the laptop the white light now goes off.      $good$

Fingers crossed that it'll keep doing that.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on February 09, 2017, 11:29:01 AM
The format of my forum pages have changed, I have left it 48 hours, in case it was just a glitch, but still missing .....
The welcome,  recent posts etc and the search box, is it just me ?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 09, 2017, 11:32:47 AM
Mine seems to be working ok Steve.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on February 09, 2017, 11:46:56 AM
It's possibly corruption of whatever file stores the information for 3T forum pages on your machine, Steve. Everything's fine as far as I can tell, but I know nothing about MS machines. On a Mac I'd remove the prefs file and quiet then restart the browser.  Does it happen with every browser?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on February 09, 2017, 12:09:26 PM
Thank you both,   I will try your suggestions Ian, .... its no great problem, just a little inconvenient.     $thanx$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 30, 2017, 05:42:46 PM
Does anyone have a direct e-mail address or telephone number for Amazon UK Customer Services Dept?

I have ordered the same item 3 times in the last two weeks and each time I have been sent the wrong item.   I've completed a customer feedback which wasn't very complementary but I would prefer contacting Amazon direct.

I've looked at ways of making direct contact with the company but have ended up going around in ever decreasing circles.              :rage:

If anyone has an answer I'd appreciate it
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on June 30, 2017, 07:29:52 PM
It can be tricky to find but it's here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/contact-us?ie=UTF8&nodeId=471044&ref_=hp_gt_comp_cu&).

Generally, your account / help will get you there, but the option to contact them doesn't appear until you've exhausted their other options.  Eventually, when you choose 'Something else" on the order screen option list a screen appears offering three options.  The best one is to choose to get them to 'phone you.  It's almost instant and they're really good at what they do.

I've just checked and the way to get to that screen is through the Your account / Help route, and choose 'Need more help' at the bottom and it produces a screen showing your orders and asking which order it is. It's after that they show you the three options.

If you ordered from a Market Place seller, however, you have to use the messaging option in your account (Contact market place sellers')
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 30, 2017, 08:29:49 PM
That's almost as difficult as trying to contact a human being at SKY.
But the one that takes the prize for most impossible company to deal with must go to...
Ticketmaster. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: spotty dog on June 30, 2017, 08:35:30 PM
Put your complaint on Twitter and Facebook Amazon monitor social media they will get back to you PDQ
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on June 30, 2017, 08:55:16 PM
Fester, I find using Sky Chat very useful, if you can manage to find it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on June 30, 2017, 10:03:04 PM
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Fester, I find using Sky Chat very useful, if you can manage to find it.

Bri, Skychat is only useful for technical problems, they tell you online how to correct faults etc.
But... anything to do with billing and accounts, they pretend to help... but then instruct you to phone the accounts team to implement what you've just taken ages to agree with Skychat.

The accounts team have no knowledge of what was agreed, and the whole stressful merry go round begins again. 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 01, 2017, 01:54:26 AM
Have you ever dealt with the BT Call Centre out in India?

 :-}}}


Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 01, 2017, 08:28:28 AM
Thanks Ian,  I'll try that this afternoon and see what happens.     It's so easy ordering things from them but when it comes to contacting them about the order then it's a different thing altogether.
 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 01, 2017, 08:36:47 AM
I agree. What I resorted to some time ago was bookmarking the relevant 'contact us' pages so I'd have a head start. But you're spot on in that they do make you jump through several hoops before you can reach the page and the page that shows you the critical three options can't be bookmarked.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 01, 2017, 08:54:54 AM
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Have you ever dealt with the BT Call Centre out in India?

 :-}}}

Yes. My OH had quite a long and odd conversation with them. In the end I was amazed that the race relations people weren't called. Result :- We now no longer use BT directly. The one we use has it's call centre in Sheffield and the people there speak English. :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2017, 01:21:05 PM
... and don't get me started about TalkTalk,   They're just downright evil.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 01, 2017, 03:24:28 PM
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... and don't get me started about TalkTalk,   They're just downright evil.

I had Talk Talk and had no end of problems with them.    I couldn't understand them on the phone and wrote to them telling them to put everything in writing but they still persisted in phoning.
In the end I told them that I wanted the contract terminated and without penalties because of the hassle they had caused to me.    A bit to my surprise they agreed to terminate my contract without any penalties and confirmed this in two letters I received.

My contract was then terminated but the statement showed that they had deducted a certain amount of money as a penalty!       :rage:

I then wrote back and advised them that if that money wasn't returned to my bank account by a certain date then I would on that date put the matter in the County Court.     The money was returned to me with some small compensation within 10 days of my letter       $good$

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2017, 06:04:49 PM
Life shortening stuff dealing with TalkTalk.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 02, 2017, 05:47:22 PM
Ian, don't ask me how I have done it,  but after going round and round in circles I eventually was able to e-mail Amazon with my complaint.
It will be interesting to hear what they have to say in reply.

When I returned the 3rd incorrect item I did put a hand written complaint in with the package but we seem to be dealing with robots here and it's not really good customer service on Amazon's part
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 03, 2017, 08:05:08 AM
Hugo:  if you follow the link I sent you they will try to show you (on that page) your most recent order.  Ignore that and go below to the options.

The first option is Select an issue so you should choose "Other Order Issues"

That evokes a second question which asks

Select issue details at which point you choose "Something else".

At that point the magic screen with three options appears. That shows

Email      Phone     Chat

Choose Phone.  They ask you when you'd like them to 'phone you. I always choose  'Now' because, when you do, the 'phone rings almost instantly and within ten seconds you're dealing with an Amazonian who - depending on the time zone - might be from Australia, Canada, Fiji or Ireland. I've never had less than excellent service from them.

I suspect that what they're doing with the process is forcing people to think about why they want to contact Amazon. It is the main issue with online retailers that if they make the 'contact us' route too accessible people ring them all the time for things which they could easily discover. Not defending them, because I well remember the first experience I had trying to contact them and it was intensely frustrating.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 03, 2017, 08:40:06 AM
Thanks very much for that advice Ian,   I've kept a copy of it for future reference should I have any more problems.        I prefer to e-mail rather than phone up as I like to be able to read their response in my own time.
Also as in the case of Talk Talk I refused to communicate with them other than by letter and as it turned out I had the documentary evidence to take them to the County Court if I had to have done.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: born2run on July 03, 2017, 10:07:43 AM
That's funny I had a very similar problem with Amazon over the weekend myself. I used the call back button Ian suggested and hopefully it is getting resolved now - we live in hope. They said that 'I refused the delivery' In fact after waiting in all day there was no delivery! I can only assume they went to the wrong house. You'd think they would use common sense if they turn up at a house and somebody says I haven't ordered anything from you, go away! - just phone me and I'll give you directions. But no it was returned straight back to Wigan and the order cancelled!  $angry$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on July 03, 2017, 10:15:16 AM
I had the same episode with Groupon. I ordered 4 pillows, which when I tracked them were in Maidstone. An hour later they arrived here. Groupon still don't seem to get it into their heads that I have the pillows thankyou and they are still looking for them !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on January 08, 2018, 12:42:32 PM
I have just lost a post I was about to enter on the Grace Ellen Jones site.
Iwas about to enter it when it flashed up another forum member had just posted, would i like to view it before entering.

Is there anyway of retrieving my post as i dont want to have to start writing it again ?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on January 08, 2018, 01:13:50 PM
Not if you didn't then press 'Post'.  All it's doing is alerting you to the fact that since the previous post someone else has just posted. Your post would have remained in the buffer until you left the page.  Then it's lost, I'm afraid. Best to ignore that particular warning.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on January 12, 2018, 11:09:43 AM
Having all sorts of problems at the moment.
Last weekend Windows 10 decided to update me without my asking for it. Since then I have had to try and get past this Cortana thing which is driving me mad. If it asks me ,what do you want me to do and I reply "F*** O** ) and it still wont go away.

Something is now stopping me replying to posts on this forum. Can anyone tell me how to restore the reply button please.
Helig has come up with some information for me on Grace Ellen Jones and I wish to reply.

Why does Windows do this ? I was happy with it as it was and am capable of managing my own life without them interfering.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on January 12, 2018, 11:36:24 AM
How did you manage to do this post? Is it on the same computer?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on January 12, 2018, 02:23:22 PM
Hi Ian,

For some reason box came up asking me to Log in again with name and password which I did.
It is not just this site over the past few days I have had to log in and try and remember passwords for most other sites including email.
Believe me it has been a real pain,  I have got more going on in my life than just sitting at a computer for hours updating stuff.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on January 12, 2018, 02:51:23 PM
Ah.  I think I see, now. W10 has decided to make your computer more secure...

I would recommend downloading FF latest edition which will remember all your passwords. But I'm Apple, so I don't really know a lot about MS stuff, other than people seem to get pretty annoyed by it.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Fester on January 13, 2018, 10:44:08 AM
It sounds like Microsoft has wiped all your cookies following the update.
I had a similar problem about 3 years ag.
Frustrating, but I just had to log out and sign back in to all the sites where I had passwords stored, to make it ‘remember me’ again.
Title: Annoying Ad
Post by: Meleri on January 30, 2018, 03:47:11 PM
What is an Ad Free Member on Three towns Forum ?  I am getting a very annoying ad that has started recently on here, telling me I have a chance of winning an Apple product from Prize World, any suggestions as to how I stop it ?
Title: Re: Annoying Ad
Post by: Ian on January 30, 2018, 03:55:49 PM
Ad free membership kicks in automatically once you exceed a certain number of posts.  We have adverts as that's one way in which we finance the cost of running the forum. As you seem to be ad free I"ll take a peek and see what the probeom is.

Can I ask do any other ad free members see the ads?
Title: Re: Annoying Ad
Post by: Hugo on January 30, 2018, 05:10:23 PM
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Ad free membership kicks in automatically once you exceed a certain number of posts.  We have adverts as that's one way in which we finance the cost of running the forum. As you seem to be ad free I"ll take a peek and see what the probeom is.

Can I ask do any other ad free members see the ads?

I keep getting dating ads and keep deleting them but no sooner have they been deleted  then they keep popping up again.       :o
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on January 30, 2018, 06:54:48 PM
Okay.  Deerstalker mode on...
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Meleri on January 31, 2018, 11:58:31 AM
We are having the same problem Hugo, I was starting to wonder what Mr M had been looking at, so that explains it  ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 31, 2018, 12:24:21 PM
As I logged in now a new dating website appeared and although I keep deleting them they still bounce back even though I never open them in the first place.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on January 31, 2018, 12:46:51 PM
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As I logged in now a new dating website appeared and although I keep deleting them they still bounce back even though I never open them in the first place.

 &shake&           &shake&             &shake&
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on January 31, 2018, 02:44:42 PM
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As I logged in now a new dating website appeared and although I keep deleting them they still bounce back even though I never open them in the first place.

 &shake&           &shake&             &shake&

Naughty boy Steve         $smack$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on January 31, 2018, 03:01:49 PM
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As I logged in now a new dating website appeared and although I keep deleting them they still bounce back even though I never open them in the first place.

 &shake&           &shake&             &shake&

Naughty boy Steve         $smack$

You need a different Web site for that sort of thing...... :twoface:
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on January 31, 2018, 03:28:40 PM
...and a VPN...  WWW WWW WWW
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 01, 2018, 10:47:28 AM
I suspect the explanation may be a simple one....the members are viewing the forum without being logged in?

I've just tested it with a dummy account, no ads are displayed to adfree members when logged in but are displayed when not logged in.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Meleri on February 01, 2018, 02:56:44 PM
Your right Dave, that will teach me to login in future and stop having a sneaky peek, Thanks  ;)
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on February 01, 2018, 10:11:27 PM
I log in every time but still get adds, not that they bother me, I take them for granted
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on February 02, 2018, 11:04:46 AM
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I suspect the explanation may be a simple one....the members are viewing the forum without being logged in?

I've just tested it with a dummy account, no ads are displayed to adfree members when logged in but are displayed when not logged in.

Thanks Dave, that seems to have sorted it out for me         $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2018, 09:40:28 AM
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I log in every time but still get adds, not that they bother me, I take them for granted
You should be Ad Free next time you log in.  $good$
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on February 05, 2018, 11:23:57 PM
thanks for that Dave but it never botherd me just happy to read all the post's each night.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: snowcap on February 05, 2018, 11:36:21 PM
I had'nt noticed they were missing until I read your post
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on October 05, 2018, 05:56:39 PM
I have been trying to post some photos in Room with a View but I keep getting this message,
"Your attachment has failed security checks and cannot be uploaded. Please consult the forum administrator."
Any ideas Ian?
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 05, 2018, 05:58:29 PM
Interesting.  What's the format of the image? Jpeg, RAW? I've changed the max file size, so it might be worth trying it again.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on October 05, 2018, 06:51:52 PM
I have tried again but got the same message.
They are 3 photos jpg 7MB, 5.7MB and 5MB.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on October 05, 2018, 07:20:12 PM
Tried a third time with different photos and gone through this time! Hooray!
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on October 06, 2018, 08:12:48 AM
It was the size.  They're pretty large image files.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: squigglev2 on October 06, 2018, 03:33:42 PM
I never realised people posted such big files!  My usual web practice is to resize, setting the longest side to 800px and to post (or provide as link) as jpg or png.

I don’t know about the mobile devices but Gimp (https://www.gimp.org/) would do it on most desktop/laptop platforms for those who don’t have or can’t run say a Photoshop.

 ImageMagik (https://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php)  can also be useful although I’d need to brush up on it a lot and haven’t used it in ages (and my main usage was some behind the scenes processing on a web server). For a folder of jpgs in landscape, this would convert the whole folder to 800x”height” (it preserves aspect ratio so most of mine would come out 800x530): 

   mogrify -resize 800X600 *.jpg.

It can be very effective but (if not as in my example, using copies in a new folder to start with) I’d strongly advise copying some pictures to a folder and testing there, before say deciding you have your answer to producing say your files as thumbnails or say reduced to post in an email, changed to a different format, etc. Otherwise, mistakes are likely to result in original images you want to keep getting overwritten...

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 15, 2019, 01:12:50 PM
I've had my laptop fixed but that is the good news for me, the bad news is that I've lost everything that was on it.    The hard drive had gone and nothing was recoverable on it so that's about 10 years of photos and everything else lost just because I failed to back the system up

It's a hard lesson and my own fault, but I hope that everyone backs up their computer because I certainly will in future
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Robbie G on May 15, 2019, 01:47:45 PM
Sorry to hear the bad news Hugo , but it is quite easy to forget to back your info up ,especially your photos they cannot be replaced ,perhaps members of the forum can figure a way to email your past photos from your walks etc back to you . 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 15, 2019, 02:54:11 PM
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I've had my laptop fixed but that is the good news for me, the bad news is that I've lost everything that was on it.    The hard drive had gone and nothing was recoverable on it so that's about 10 years of photos and everything else lost just because I failed to back the system up

It's a hard lesson and my own fault, but I hope that everyone backs up their computer because I certainly will in future

Hugo: have you still got the failed drive? If so, a lot might yet be recoverable.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: rhuddlan on May 15, 2019, 02:55:37 PM
Hi Hugo
I'm truly sorry to hear about your back problem, I can empathise there.  I use Google photos nowadays as providing there is WiFi or 3/4 g then I know it's saved
Immediately..that's why I tend to only use my phone to take pics.
My wife swears by Apple(with its cloud)  but I cling on to windows./ Google photos/ an external harddrive.
Hope you start to feel better soon the only advice on that score is to keep moving but gently to start with.
Rhuddlan

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 15, 2019, 03:00:49 PM
I've still got the hard drive which the IT guy brought back this morning but he said that he had tried his best to recover anything on the drive but said that he couldn't get anything.at all.
I've just kept the drive for the moment
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 15, 2019, 03:17:32 PM
Thanks Rhuddlan,  I know how you have struggled with your back over the years and it's no fun at all.   

As for IT then I'm not competent with it and do it the old fashioned way and I'm normally quite happy with it but know that I'll have to do something to stop this happening again

Just as an aside, my brother lives in Thailand and his computer crashed over there.     He took it into a shop at 9.00am  and collected it at 1.00 pm and was charged the equivalent of £12.00 and everything was restored.

One thing about the photos from our previous walks,  they could always be retrieved from Old Uncle Albert.    Apart from being the joker on our walks he really is the official photographer for our group and has archived all the walks, you'll know what I mean    ;D
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Meleri on May 15, 2019, 03:31:57 PM
Hugo good to see you back on the Forum, blimey you have had a run of bad luck. Hope something can be done to retrieve your photos, perhaps look for a Hard Disk recovery service in the area. I have also been for Physio to Llandudno Hospital a fortnight ago only to be told after months of waiting they couldn't help, so have been referred on to the CEMAX team & another long wait. However I was advised it would be a lot quicker to go private to the Spire Healthcare Abergele & keep taking the pain killers, which they know I can't take. I have no faith in the Welsh NHS anymore & really hope you receive quicker & better care than I did.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 15, 2019, 03:59:31 PM
Meleri,  thanks very much for your advise on the hard disc recovery service in the area and it gives me something to think about.

I can understand your frustration with the NHS  as I've seen 4 different doctors in under two weeks and they were all emergency appointments as I couldn't get an appointment with my own doctor.
I was told to phone after 3.00 pm when the new lists of appointments come out and I turned up at the surgery at 2.50 pm and was seen at 3.10 pm and told that there were no appointments left for my own doctor and when I said that they couldn't have all gone in 10 minutes I was advised  that he had only been allocated two slots so I had to make an appointment for next week with a 5th doctor.

I hope that it's not too long before they can sort your problem out as it's no fun being in pain all the time
 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on May 15, 2019, 05:07:20 PM
Hi Hugo, Sorry to hear you are unwell, all the best for a speedy recovery, and I hope something might turn up for your lost data, I have had some fun recently too  &shake&  we moved house last in April, and BT messed up and cut us off for over a month, and an hour ago my old Windows 7 died, now upgraded to my OH second computer Windows 10, wish me luck, you are the recipient of my first go.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on May 15, 2019, 05:42:29 PM
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I've still got the hard drive which the IT guy brought back this morning but he said that he had tried his best to recover anything on the drive but said that he couldn't get anything.at all.
I've just kept the drive for the moment

Hugo: I'd be happy to take a stab at it.  Drives are odd things, in that for no apparent reason they can suddenly boot up.  But I have some tools which may work for some files.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 15, 2019, 11:14:48 PM
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I've still got the hard drive which the IT guy brought back this morning but he said that he had tried his best to recover anything on the drive but said that he couldn't get anything.at all.
I've just kept the drive for the moment

Hugo: I'd be happy to take a stab at it.  Drives are odd things, in that for no apparent reason they can suddenly boot up.  But I have some tools which may work for some files.

That's extremely good of you to offer me that and I really appreciate your kind offer.    I'll send a PM to you
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on May 16, 2019, 10:35:50 AM
Hi Hugo,

Sorry you still having pain with your back and hope the medical staff can get it sorted soon. As well as hurting it must be frustrating when you are usually so active.
Pleased your now back on line but sorry to read you have lost everything on your hard drive. It must be a generation thing , we like computers but find it difficult to see why they are so complicated ,back ups, updates, apps etc. Drives me mad.

See Chad in USA has come up with an answer about Doris C Jones. So my mother must have told me about the adoption.
I wonder if he has come up with answers for all 10 of Pierce Jones children. I must have relatives all over Llandudno area.

Get better soon.      Mull

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 16, 2019, 11:37:53 AM
Thanks Mull,  I am starting to get more mobile now and the constant pain in my knee is getting me down but the doctor today told me to increase the tablets so I hope that this will quicken the recovery.
I'll be glad when I can get out and about again and catch up on things

I've been watching  ITV  on Tuesday evenings at 8.30 pm  and there is a programme called "Hard to please OAP's" and it is about eight celebrities like Harry Rednapp coping with modern technology.    It's quite funny to watch but sadly I can relate to them because  that's how I am too!

Chad has been busy researching about Doris and I've been following it with interest.   You just need a little bit of luck to join things together and hopefully that will happen.    I've a lot to catch up on but it's going to have to wait a bit before I start again.
What is nice about this forum is that there are a lot of people wanting to help in the research and that is really good
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Helig on May 17, 2019, 10:23:00 AM
Hello Hugo,

I am so sorry to hear you are still suffering physically and from the loss of your data.

Have you tried a steroid injection in your knee? I don't know the cause of the pain you have there but assume it is arthritis. I have this problem and steroid injections can make a great difference. They ease the stiffness and the pain clears up. They last about 4-5 months from my experience.

The NHS is worse up here than in North Wales. They cannot recruit doctors, or consultants in the local hospital. They built a brand new state of the art hospital which hasn't been open long. It is run by agency staff and locums. My GP practice is down to one partner now. Four years ago there were four partners, the senior one left to work in Holywell, Flintshire, just after I moved here.

I seem to recall there are some good computer repair places in Chester. This one has my recommendation:

https://www.computerbuddies.co.uk/ (https://www.computerbuddies.co.uk/)

If all else fails it might be worth a call to them.

A friend of mine had the same problem with an old hard drive of his. It died and he lost everything as well. I still hear about the things he misses, old television programmes especially.

I hope body and computer are both better soon.

Helig.

Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 17, 2019, 11:23:17 AM
Thanks very much Helig,  I've had an X-ray this week and some blood tests and will be seeing the Dr on Tuesday next so I'll know more then.  He'll be the 5th doctor I've seen and I haven't seen my own doctor yet

The good news is that the pain is getting better and I'm not having too many of those electric shock like spasms like I was having  before.     I hope your problems improve soon Helig as it's so frustrating when you can't do the things that you want to do

As for my old hard drive, Ian very kindly offered to have a stab at it and hopefully will be able to work his magic on it.    I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain but I do appreciate his kind offer to try even if nothing is able to be retrieved from the drive
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on May 17, 2019, 11:33:12 AM
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Sorry to hear the bad news Hugo , but it is quite easy to forget to back your info up ,especially your photos they cannot be replaced ,perhaps members of the forum can figure a way to email your past photos from your walks etc back to you .

I've only just read your posting Robbie so thank you very much for your suggestion.     I can recover all my walking photos anyway as my walks have been posted on here but it's the little things that matter, like I haven't got any photos of my dog for instance although I know that I've posted some on here which I can eventually recover.

At the moment the hard drive is with Ian who will have a crack at recovering things but thanks again for your thoughts and suggestions.      I hope that my mistake will help to remind others to back up their computers
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 12, 2019, 12:56:03 PM
I've had a new hard drive and the IT engineer has set up the system for me but unfortunately the mail and Picasa 3 are in a different format to what I was used to.   I don't like the system as I was so familiar with the other one but I'm getting used to the new one slowly
Yesterday though and I don't know why but Google encrypt was set up and interfered with anything I was doing and I felt like smashing up the new hard drive.
This morning after I had calmed down I removed the Google encrypt and everything seems ok..... so far anyway.        Windows 10 has given me far more trouble that Windows 7 ever did
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Blongb on June 13, 2019, 03:52:41 PM
I've found Windows 10 to be the worst operating system I've ever used. It constantly updates to do all sorts of things I have no interest in, or I'm not using anyway, because it's trying to be all things to everybody no matter what format you'r using.  ))* 
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 13, 2019, 04:16:16 PM
I thought that it was just me having problems with Windows 10, so in a way I'm pleased to know that I'm not the only one.    Gwynant  has also had problems too but Nemesis did the right thing when her Windows 7 was updated to Windows 10 without her authority, so she changed it back to Windows 7.
After having Google encrypt enforced on me a couple of days ago I was able to get rid of it but today I've got something called Pronto which wouldn't let me get into the Three Towns site, but somehow I've got around that too
It's so annoying and frustrating and as you say when Windows 10 has updates everything seems to go to pot
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Nemesis on June 13, 2019, 06:17:34 PM
Google Chrome, Amazon Prime and all kinds keep trying to invade the system. Luckily I have so far kept them at bay !
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 13, 2019, 06:27:15 PM
Good on you Nemesis, well done.         $good$


I'm on Google Chrome, but Google encrypt then Pronto tried to take over and I've got a feeling that Yahoo might try next.  It's driving me crazy!           
Title: Changing my forum name
Post by: Michael on June 28, 2019, 08:14:44 PM
I need to change my forum name fairly sharpish cos I getting loads and loads of abuse. Could you help me. Just Michael owen would be nice
Title: Re: Changing my forum name
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2019, 08:33:37 AM
Consider it done.
Title: Re: Changing my forum name
Post by: Nemesis on June 29, 2019, 09:08:45 AM
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I need to change my forum name fairly sharpish cos I getting loads and loads of abuse. Could you help me. Just Michael owen would be nice

Sorry to hear this Mike. I did the same many many years ago, for the same reason.
Title: Re: Changing my forum name
Post by: Fester on June 30, 2019, 08:27:47 PM
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I need to change my forum name fairly sharpish cos I getting loads and loads of abuse. Could you help me. Just Michael owen would be nice

Not loads of abuse Mike, just that idiot from the Orme....
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on June 30, 2019, 10:39:49 PM
There are enough Goats up the Orme already without Billy Nomates acting the Goat.           Just feel sorry for the guy Mike as he obviously  has problems.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 17, 2019, 06:30:21 PM
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I've had my laptop fixed but that is the good news for me, the bad news is that I've lost everything that was on it.    The hard drive had gone and nothing was recoverable on it so that's about 10 years of photos and everything else lost just because I failed to back the system up

It's a hard lesson and my own fault, but I hope that everyone backs up their computer because I certainly will in future

My recent photos etc have been backed up and since it is an easy thing to do I'll ensure that all my work is backed up regularly in future. 
It's easy to assume that everything will work for ever, but it doesn't as I found out to my cost.     The worst bit was losing  photos of my dog and that was hard to take in especially the puppy photos.      Sadly we also lost Marco yesterday which was unexpected but on the nicer side I did have a sim card that had some photos of him as a puppy and also I have been able to obtain some photos from ones that I have previously posted here on the forum so I'm grateful for that too
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 17, 2019, 07:11:08 PM
One tip, Hugo. Back up to a HD of course, but it's also a good idea to have a separate drive which is air gapped and only connected every so often, and always after a complete virus check. We have hundreds of hours of family video and photos and they're backed up to three different HDs plus two more that are air gapped.  Finally, I give the kids copies every so often so there are copies off the premises.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 17, 2019, 07:22:01 PM
That's good advice Ian and that's what I am doing now.   I only have the one HD which I will attach at certain times so I'll be unlucky if they both crash at the same time
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: SteveH on July 17, 2019, 07:50:35 PM
Hugo, sorry to hear about Marco, I noticed you mentioned a recent vet visit, and I did wonder how he was, sorry to hear the sad news.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: norman08 on July 17, 2019, 08:42:52 PM
So sorry to hear about Marco real part of the family hope he didn't suffer.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 18, 2019, 07:28:53 AM
Thanks very much Steve and Norman for your thoughts.     He had a scan on Friday and we had the blood tests late on Monday afternoon but each day we could see him deteriorating.   He had the later stages of aggressive leukaemia but thankfully he did not have any pain despite the other problems
I've attached a photo of him on Tuesday morning before he passed away,  he looks so well in it, but at least he is not suffering now     
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Ian on July 18, 2019, 08:37:34 AM
A lovely looking animal.  It's very hard to lose a dog.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 18, 2019, 12:42:43 PM
Very sorry to hear that news Hugo.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Meleri on July 18, 2019, 01:34:27 PM
Hugo & family I'm so very sorry to hear Marco has passed away. What a handsome boy he was right up to the end, Bless him.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 18, 2019, 01:38:18 PM
Thank you very much ME and I'm so pleased that you stopped that time in Pen Y Bryn Road when I was walking Marco. and we had a nice chat then

Thanks Meleri, he was a handsome dog and he knew it.   It's a bit raw at the moment but they say time will help
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: hollins on July 18, 2019, 05:24:07 PM
Very sorry to hear about your dog Hugo. I also remember meeting you and him. Pleased you managed to rescue some photos though, nice memories.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: mull on July 18, 2019, 09:14:57 PM
Hi Hugo, Sorry to hear about Marco I know how much part of the family they become.
You will have some good memories.
Have a smile when your tramping the sandhills  outside the Gogarth Abbey, that was.
Title: Re: Suggestions, problems and queries.
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2019, 10:23:06 AM
Thanks Hollins and Mull for your kind words.    Here's another photo of Marco on the sandhills, I think that he must have been  looking for the cycle track      ;D