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    I'm bringing up this thread because I'm having second thoughts about the Thank You option.

    I've been wondering how the MS forum could be better and why some long-term members are dwindling away or just not coming back.
    That is a problem with all forums and we're trying to find ways to bring back some of our absentee members. If you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them.

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    Some other message boards are more user-friendly than this one, it seems to me. They're easier to navigate.
    Can you provide an example or two please?

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    Now that some of the initial problems have been fixed, maybe a Thank You option should be considered?

    It might help people to feel as if their posts matter. People come here and post and get upset if there are no replies or the replies don't come along fast enough. I've been watching the Thank You option at work elsewhere and I've changed my mind about it. I think it would help to have that option here.
    If people are getting upset at not being replied to, or being replied to slowly, a thank you option will not fix this. It will in fact exaggerate the issue and people will be upset that they aren't getting enough "thanks" or aren't getting them fast enough.

    I'm not saying we won't implement something like this, we just haven't decided how to go about doing so.
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    Speaking about the MS board only here, since I have almost no knowledge of the other boards, I'd say that too many people have found other Web activity (Facebook, blogs, etc.) more interesting. The novelty of the BrainTalk MS board may have worn off.

    I don't find Facebook or blogs a very satisfying way to communicate with other people, but evidently other people like these formats.

    What is it about Facebook and blogs that attracts people? It could be that these formats give each person more of a chance to individualize what is on the screen, to make a personal statement, complete with photos, cartoons, and other visual effects.

    If the BrainTalk board could become a place where people felt they had such opportunities, it just might find people staying around more.

    I may not know what I'm talking about, but I've been a regular poster on this BrainTalk board since 2001.
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    Hi. I've been visiting where Sally and Agate have been visiting. I love the "Thanks" button and would love to be able to use it here(MS Forum).

    There are times that I want to acknowledge a post but have nothing of substance to say. Other times,
    I am too MS fatigued to post but at least I can, "Thank."

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    No I don't see any harm in a trial run, I'll consult with David over the weekend as this week I'll be away from the computer from later today until Saturday afternoon.
    Question: Why can't I post links or pictures?
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    Answer: You are in the "registered users" user group. This group is very limited in what it can do. This will annoy spammers to no end Just keep posting once you have been registered for 30 days and have made 11 posts your account will be "unlocked".

    It's really easy to put someone on ignore and it's strongly recommended that you do so with people who's posts you don't like.

    Step 1 - log in
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    Easy peasy and will lower your blood pressure. One important note though, this won't hide quoted posts. It's an oversight on the developers part and it's not an easy thing to "fix." So if someone quotes someone you have ignored, you'll see the quote.

    Alternatively when you click on a person's name and view their profile page, underneath their avatar, there is a option that says, "Ignore this person". Click that link and then click the yes button.

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    Thank you for being open to this idea.

    On the subject of user-friendliness, these are just some random notions:

    It would be nice to have more of a choice of skins/styles/templates. A bit of color in the background might make the boards more appealing, for instance.

    Also, the smilies that we see on the screen before clicking on "More" (the new smilies) are really hard (for me) to see and figure out. I don't know if others are having this problem, but quite a few people with neurological disorders have impaired vision.

    A couple of possible new emoticons/smilies:
    I'd like to see more emoticons like this--aimed at encouraging people to post by providing emoticons that help them to enhance what they're trying to say.
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    Hi Agate:)

    Thanks, Mike!
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    I like the idea of a "Thanks" and more emotions too.

    I am not big on Facebook and Twitter. These don't address why I have come back to BrainTalk and that is chatting with people with health issues and problems and things we have in common. Not like on Facebook, just people wanting to be seen and want attention, look at me, etc. Nothing of real individual importance can be said there or answered from others received that is believable. When I first got on BrainTalk this is what is was all about.

    Mike, This site was a life savior for me. I ran across BrainTalk one evening in the early 2003. I felt so alone, then and one night I ran across BrainTalk the people in the chat that night saved me, my life, truly. I had totally given up. I stayed up till early morning with the people on that night, crying and typing and chatting. I laid down for a couple of hours and was up by 9am. It was the first time in about 15 years that (I don't really know to describe this) that mentally I felt like I was in my body. I called everyone in my family and told them that your daughter is here today, your mother is here today, your sister is here today, my best friend and my husband your wife is here today. I told him I don't care how many pain pills I have to take today I want to enjoy being me as long as possible. My sister and friend came over we played ping pong and ate dinner. I had a wonderful day. I was gone again the next day and I have not been back since. I have started crying now. (here is where an emotion would be handy) I would love to be me all of the time. Mentally I don't understand why it is this way. Mike now that I am back I will not leave again.

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    Beautiful Sandra and if I had 'like', 'been there' and '((((hug))))' buttons I would hit them all. Even more glad that you found your way back though I am sad you have to be here. ((((((((hugs)))))))))

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    hey everyone !


    there is a thread called "why do you prefer facebook?" in the child neurology forum that is covering some of these aspects of what people feel about bt's format and other things. it is an interesting read and i'm sure more input would be welcomed.

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    For myself, even if we had the thanks etc, none would be as lovely as Sallys' typed Thank You and especially when she adds the smile.
    :o

    I go with the majority no biggie to me at all. I suspect I might end up just clicking the thanks some of the time so folks will know I am still around tho. Especially the harder the typing, sitting etc gets. But hey, that will work also. .
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