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  1. I agree, it happens. We often won't remove a blatant cross-post if it garners a lot of postings and attention before we have time to ask the original poster to repost - no point in killing good discussion. However, that's fairly rare, in most cases members who register only to post one unoriginal posting often don't put much effort into the actual posting, which means that the thread doesn't attract much discussion.
  2. Not really, this rule is targeted at people who are blindly posting to multiple forums with little regard to starting discussion - they're usually promoting themselves or something else. It was a standard rule used back in the Usenet days: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting This rule is rarely cited, so I'm not sure why it's being brought up no.
  3. Greg

    How to get rid of Norton?

    Norton isn't great, but it's better than not using a antivirus/firewall at all. Here is a related forum post: https://community.norton.com/en/forums/how-do-you-get-rid-safe-search-browser Invest in a Mac or run Linux, and you'll have much fewer problems with security!
  4. We don't want to stifle debate, that isn't the intent of the rule. We just don't want the forums to be cluttered with cross-posts thrown up with little regard to original discussion. Make sense?
  5. We don't discuss suspensions (the reasons for, or the particulars) publicly. The no cross-posting rule is extremely clear and well justified. No one said you have to completely rewrite a post to abide by that specific rule - you just have to make an attempt to stimulate original discussion. You could just as easily posted a brief summary of your original posting (on an external site), along with a link, and then ask for everyone's option. That's well within the rules.
  6. You can add any number of different links to external services, you just have to edit your profile. Select Profile, in the dropdown under your name in the top right hand side of the forums. Then on your profile page, select "Edit Profile" in the profile header image. From there, you can add your website, facebook, twitter, etc. Any further issues, please update this thread.
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    How to breakup a quote?

    The web would be a very different place if we all had to design for touch screens...
  8. The odd piece of spam is just something we have to deal with. It's not a huge issue at this moment, so I'm not going to exert much thought or effort to combat it. We've got an external service that attempts to trap spammers, and if you report any spam, it's removed (along with banning of the member) within a few mins. Thanks
  9. I'd like to have a sincere discussion about what type of improvements we can make to the MLW forums. I want to attract more members, and I think the best way to do that is to appeal to the existing membership for ideas and opinions on what we could do to make this forum the best in class. I'm not just interested in new forum features, but modifications to existing forum features. This is an open thread, so lets hear from everyone, but PLEASE keep it on topic. The sky is the limit, I'm interested in all suggestions.
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    New Clubs Feature

    Just PM which threads you want moved, and I will move them into your club. But the threads have to have been started by you - I won't move other's members' threads.
  11. The new clubs feature will allow members to create a club. What is a club you ask? A club is basically a public OR private section of the forums that you can discuss whatever with whomever. Four types of club are available: Public clubs - Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining. Open club - Clubs that anyone can see and join. Closed club - Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas. Private club - Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator I am going to restrict the creation of the actual clubs to only members, new members (those under 1 total postings) will have to post a couple of times before they can create a club. Club users will be broken down into three groups: Leader - A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. The club owner is automatically a leader. Moderators - Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. The moderator can remove content, etc form their respective clubs. Moderators can also remove members from a club. Users - Anyone else that joins the club. Clubs FAQ ------------------------- Why are you implanting this new feature? Because I think there are times that certain members what to discuss specific things amongst themselves (without any outside interruption). Won’t this create a whole bunch of echo chambers that encourage people to only speak to those who agree with themselves? Perhaps, but I doubt it. We will still have the normal forums open and available for everyone, and I’m willing to bet that members will engage in both the general forums and the clubs. What is the moderation going to be like in the clubs? Moderation will fall almost exclusively to the Leaders and Moderators of the individual clubs. The Forum Admin (Greg) and Forum Moderator (Charles A) will ONLY step in if something illegal occurs. So anything goes in the clubs? No, porn (while technically legal) isn’t permitted in the clubs. However, something unforeseen might crop up that we will have to deal with, but I’m not interested in being heavy handed with the clubs. For the clubs to be successful, everyone has to take ownership of them. How does someone join a closed or private club? They have to either ask to join or be invited by a Club Leader or a Club Moderator. What if a member is booted from a club, can the Forum Admin or Forum Moderator allow them back in. No, the Club Leader and or Club Moderator have exclusive justification over their club. If you tick them off, or break their rules, it’s their decision whether you remain in their club. Can someone rejoin a club that they have left (or been removed from)? Yes, but only at the discretion of the Club Leader or Club Moderator. Does a club need to be about politics? NO, a club can be about any topic that interests you (and your club members). Is this going to be a permanent feature of the forums? If people use this feature, we will keep it around. Can a club start as a public club and move to closed/private (or vis-versa). Yes, however you will need to request this change by asking Greg (Forum Admin) to change the permissions of your club. Can anyone create a club? Yes, but for now (while we’re testing everything out), I will approval all the clubs manually. Once we get everything figured out, I’ll open it up so that anyone can create a club. What if I have a question that isn’t answered in the above FAQ? Then ask the question in the support section of the forums. This is a new feature, so we can accept a few issues to arise and we will all have to adapt to make it work. ------------------------- So what does everyone think? I’d like to hear your feedback. If you have a technical question, please post your question in the support forums, but if you have a general comment and or feedback, then please post it below. Thanks!
  12. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    Agreed. I'll look into it right now.
  13. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    @Argus In terms of the clubs feature, lets just let the chips fall were they may... I've added the clubs feature to provide members with options on how they want to participate. If they want to create a unmoderated (or differently moderated) forum, then they can do that within the MLW community. I want everyone to get a taste of what it's like to be on the other side of the coin - the club leaders and moderators are going to have to make the same decisions the mods and myself make everyday. And I don't mean that in a negative manner either, I believe the clubs feature will allow everyone to find their niche, and have some control and ownership over their niche. And as I said earlier in this thread, lets not shit on this idea before we've given it a chance to work (or not work). If this turns out to be a failure, I'll remove it. There is never any harm in trying something new.
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    New Clubs Feature

    First, add a topic (which will act as topics do in these forums). Then add your first thread by selecting "Add your first topic" And yes, I do realize the confusion, as topic is being used to describe a forum section, and a thread - I'm working on correcting that.
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    New Clubs Feature

    It’s your club, you can do whatever you want! Send me a PM with which ones you want deleted and I will remove them. Yes.
  16. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    While viewing your club homepage, look at the top right, under “Manage Club”, select “Topics”. Club owners and club moderators can, normal club members cannot.
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    New Clubs Feature

    Yes, the clubs will be run and managed by the Club Leader and their moderators. It's ready to go right now! Just visit the clubs page. Sure, and that's ok too. I'm hoping some of them return.
  18. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    Come one guys, lets see how this works before we crap all over it. As I mentioned in the intro, if the clubs become echo chambers, so be it...
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    New Clubs Feature

    You can create as many new topics as your want in your club. You cannot duplicate threads (in public or open clubs), so if the thread is visible to the public, it needs to be unique. Otherwise, you can do whatever you want in your club. So if it's an open/public club, no cross-posting, but if it's a close or private, I don't care what you do.
  20. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    Yes, so long as it's a public or open club, I believe they will appear in the activity timeline.
  21. NEW Clubs Feature! 

    Please check out my latest posting about starting a club in the forums. 

  22. We don't have a specific for section for "education", however if you wanted to create a new thread about a educational issue/topic, then it would fall best under the Provincial section of the forums.
  23. Chat has been removed due to Invision Power Board not supporting the functionality anymore. I have looked into different options (mostly paid options), and I'd like to know if everyone wants chat functionality implemented again. Note: the third-party chat plugins I've been looking at have a great deal more bells and whistles, so if you didn't like the original chat feature because it was barebones, any new chatroom would be considerably more feature-rich.
  24. Some members have simply been hitting reply without first trimming the previous comments and or quotation. Take one look at this thread and you can see the eye-sore that not trimming replies and quotes can create. I'm a member of a few mailing-lists that strictly enforce the trim rule and the penalty for not trimming is banishment from the mailing-list. The reason for being so strict is the untrimmed postings can wreaks havoc with email clients (particularly for those receiving the mailing-list via a digest) and that can severely reduce the readability of the mailing-list. So in the interest of readability please trim your postings. If you spot someone not trimming their postings, feel free to point it out to them. If it continues, report the post to me and I'll follow up. Thanks!
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