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Hey everyone! Hope you all like the changes to the forum so far. I have been hashing through a lot of ideas in my head and came across one I thought would be good, but will greatly effect the way the forum currently functions.

 

Here's the background on my thought:

 

Our forum has a neat feature that we never use called a content management system (CMS). Basically I can set it up to organize things like recipes, articles, tips, and etc. Each with individual sub categories. Then, chosen posts throughout the forums can be "promoted" to the CMS. Kind of like a sticky thread, but easier to navigate than the forums can be sometimes.

 

With that in mind, I was thinking about possibly locking the forum thread contents from guest viewers, and making posts private (i.e. members only). The posts that BCB chooses to promote to CMS articles will be public and not require signing into the forums to read. I feel this will benefit our members by adding additional privacy to the forums, and benefit our guests not interested in signing up by still providing the best forum content for general knowledge and information.

 

I'd like to know how the majority of the members here feel about making the forums private?


Jason

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Jace, is it similiar to the training manual?

 

BTW, what happened to the "jump to" drop down box at the bottom of the page?


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I like your idea. More privacy is always a good thing.


J O A N

 

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Privacy is good. Would google still be picking up what we say in searches? It does now. Do we get a choice whether a post goes to public view or only receipe threads go there?


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Jace, is it similiar to the training manual?

 

Yep, pretty close.

I've enabled a preview of the CMS for members(rank > Private)

http://www.healthdiscovery.net/forums/content.php

 

BTW, what happened to the "jump to" drop down box at the bottom of the page?

 

Still there, just looks different and is a bit hidden(had to search for a while myself to find what you were referring to).

On threads with multiple pages, you'll find a small arrow A fraction to the left of where it says "Page # of #" - Clicking it opens a jump to page drop-down.


Jason

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Private=Good go for it.


 

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She was given an explanation.

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Privacy is good. Would google still be picking up what we say in searches? It does now. Do we get a choice whether a post goes to public view or only receipe threads go there?

 

Google and other search engines would need login credentials to the forum to index the posts if it is set to private. So at first, no. I think it would still be good to do this as it will bring new users to the forum by getting publicity. Clicking the search results link would bring them to a registration page instead of the content.

 

Some posts will be automatically updated to public articles.

When it is up and running smoothly - I will allow some of our well organized users the ability to promote articles to the CMS, and all of our members an area to submit requests.

 

You most likely won't be notified if a post is made public but you'll always have a choice to edit or remove your own content.

Authoring information and comments can be shown or hidden on articles as well.


Jason

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Will we have access to all the forums here as members?....I often read some of the other threads and have found great info. I think if I understand right, we should be able to do this, it would just be blocked for non members, right?, making it ours and not public.

Norma......privacy is always good. I just wanted to make sure I understand this right.


Norma:buddysmoo

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Good question Norma - how limited will we be within the forum as members?

Obviously with all the hacking and other things going on privacy and protection are lovely thoughts. On top of that we are often talking about very private (to us) matters, and it would be nice to have them more protected.

I would definitely be interested - need to spend a little time looking at it too.


Liz W

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Like this idea. Nothing negative comes to mind after a quick review of this thread.


Esther

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I like the idea too.

 

What would people have to do if they wanted to join the forum though? Would they have to be approved and then gain privileges?


Ann

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Will we have access to all the forums here as members?....I often read some of the other threads and have found great info. I think if I understand right, we should be able to do this, it would just be blocked for non members, right?, making it ours and not public.

Norma......privacy is always good. I just wanted to make sure I understand this right.

 

The forum access will be exactly the same for logged in members. All threads will be open. There may be some restrictions for new members that haven't posted(still undecided). Non-members will be able to see the forum categories, and thread titles - but wont be able to open the threads and read anything posted within unless they sign-up.


Jason

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I like the idea too.

 

What would people have to do if they wanted to join the forum though? Would they have to be approved and then gain privileges?

 

Exactly. It would require them to signup, wait for approval (which will eventually be automated so they don't have to wait), and then they would have access. I have been thinking about restricting new users to a few threads, so that they have to post a couple times to get to the rest of the threads. New users may not enjoy the extra loops, but I think anyone serious about being a part of the forum won't have much issue. Just a thought on ways to prevent data-miners and such.


Jason

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This sounds good to me.


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Jace, I think this is a very good idea in limiting new non-posting members. It will encourage those who are interested but undecided about posting to dive in with the rest of us, and will keep "just snoopers" from getting to know us without us knowing whem.


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FWIW, my two cents. I have never joined a forum where I could not see the posts first. Any time I have come across a forum where I had to register to be able to read the posts first, I have never registered. Would you buy a box without knowing what's in it first? That's my logic - but, it may just be me...

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FWIW, my two cents. I have never joined a forum where I could not see the posts first. Any time I have come across a forum where I had to register to be able to read the posts first, I have never registered. Would you buy a box without knowing what's in it first? That's my logic - but, it may just be me...

 

I like your logic, I usually follow the same!

 

That's where the content management system comes in - At least in theory.

 

The really inspiring content from the forums will be promoted to the CMS. Although I'd like to make it clear to guests exactly what the forums are all about before they sign up - the CMS can include some new-user arm-twisting like "please register to comment on this article" or "sign up to read more on this in our forums". Maybe even a Q&A section to ask WW questions. Joining through the CMS joins them on the forum as well, they link together quite nicely. Comments on CMS articles post to the forum threads and visa-verse if enable to do so.


Jason

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I think that sounds good to me too. It might stop people from just coming on looking for "free" WW. information too.

 

I like privacy - it's a good thing most of the time :).

 

Ashlee


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Sometimes I lurk in hiding until I get re-motivated, I don't feel like sharing because I'm not doing well mentally and emotionally.. and not up to posting and don't like my friends seeing me read without posting to them as I really do care about them, but I'm just not up to commenting to anyone. It take the pressure off ... though frankly I don't care one way or the other today.:bcb_grin


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my 2 cents

 

Is there any way you can "hide" our avatar for posts promoted to CMS?

 

I agree that privacy is preferred, but I also agree that I wouldn't join/register without being able to "see the contents of the box first."


Susan

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Is there any way you can "hide" our avatar for posts promoted to CMS?

 

Yep - Avatars will be hidden for guest viewers both on CMS and Forums... probably blogs too - but I think as is, users have the option to make their own blogs public or private.


Jason

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