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What does this symbol mean in topic titles?

 

This is the "here comes the sun" symbol for an Introductions topic where the person is substantially healing -- out of the dark clouds and into the sunshine.

 

If your topic gets a ☼ symbol, we surely hope that you will continue to let us know how you are doing and, when you feel you can look back on your journey of recovery, write a Recovery Success Stories topic.

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And this is interesting too: I started a post this morning at around 7:30 am and then changed my mind and did not post it. I logged off the site, went and did an errand, and came back to where I had started composing that post and the autosaved content was still there at 9:15 am. I have no idea how long it gets saved but I'll keep checking on and off during the day.

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Nearly 24 hours later and the autosaved content is still available - only in the posting editor window where the post was originally started.

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My autosaved content is now gone forever.

 

As far as content being saved in the PM post editor, gee, I never tested that one. And never knew there was a full editor for PM's. So I have no idea if content actually gets saved or not

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How do I know when members have replied to my post? I introduced myself and asked for support/advice yesterday but don't know if anyone responded...I see in posts that people have conversations and want to participate, but the way the site seems to work is confusing to me.

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At the top of every topic, on the right side, there is a big gray Follow This Topic button. If you can click on it, you will be e-mailed notifications when there are new posts.

 

To make sure you get these e-mail notices, go to your Settings (click on your name at the upper right of any page) and make sure you have set up your Notification Preferences for "Notification method to use for replies to followed topics."

 

To see new replies to all topics on the site, click on the View New Content link in the blue bar at the top right of any page.

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The ability to have a custom avatar seems to be broken at this time. I would suggest if you have one currently, don't attempt to change it or you will end up with the default male silhouette. (In my testing what seems to be broken is that images are not uploading).

 

We have never been able to change our user names, only admin can do that. IP Board software is (I believe) an 'off the shelf' solution for groups wishing to have discussion boards and comes with a feature set which the master user(s) can customize to their liking. Therefore, not all features may be available even though they are listed in the help documentation. Over time, as the software goes through upgrade cycles, things may change. Status updates may be one of those things, present when the group was formed then later abandoned or written out of the software. Alto may or may not wish to comment as to which is the case.

 

For myself, I like IP Board and have no complaints at this time as to the color of the curtains or the type of chairs in this meeting room. (And I also do not mind people listening at the windows, taking notes and redistributing my content.) I do, however, like things to remain cordial and respectful at all times. When they cease to be, I'll move on. The lack of an avatar is not a deterrent to me remaining a member. Be great if it works again, if it doesn't, it won't break my heart. The only thing I have ever wished different is the signature block. I prefer sigs to be primarily in the default color, font and size and to stick to their supposed 12 line limit. But then that is me.

 

And things are the way they are because that is the way they are. If I cease to like it (as Alto says) I am free to set up my own site. Some former members have done just that. It takes a lot to keep a site running and have it be a welcoming place for new and old members. Maybe that's why those other sites aren't running anymore, it is a lot of work for some little thanks (and money).

 

So thanks, Alto, for doing a great job. Things aren't always to my liking but they seem to work out just right in the long run. And I always seem to be able to get the help I need when I need it.

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About name changes, it is up to the site's owner and that's fine. There are lots of problems that arise when users change their names.

 

But the page "your settings" page should be updated to say one cannot change one's own name. Elsewhere it says the software doesn't allow name changes (I forgot where). That does not seem to be the case, based on my trip to IP.Board's help pages. Perhaps that should be corrected too. Not a HUGE deal but I am a stickler. I spent many years working on big web sites in various capacities and one thing I learned was the importance of clarity in site policies. Saves heartache and hassles.

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Sorry, that's not going to happen.

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One thing I found out not long after I signed up here is that I could edit out my city. I put my real one in and felt very uncomfortable about it. So that part is changeable and I think you can edit your birthday too. You can also put an email in there, my profile has my real addy in case anyone ever wants to contact me.

 

My profile says that the confidential info concerns how I was referred to the site. I would guess that if there is something in your profile you'd rather not be there, PM Alto to have it vaporized.

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One thing I found out not long after I signed up here is that I could edit out my city. I put my real one in and felt very uncomfortable about it. So that part is changeable and I think you can edit your birthday too. You can also put an email in there, my profile has my real addy in case anyone ever wants to contact me.

 

My profile says that the confidential info concerns how I was referred to the site. I would guess that if there is something in your profile you'd rather not be there, PM Alto to have it vaporized.

Thanks once again CW ...can edit city eh..ok i think i might just move out of auckland to Eketahuna then,- yep its a fair dinkum town in this country!

 

Later ...within the editing time window....

Just moved to Eketahuna! yippee! Great to get out of the city.

I see one can change gender as well....mmmmh ..no comment.

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How do we report a post that might be considered objectionable? I mean ones that do not follow the basic guidelines such as denying protracted withdrawal exists or criticizing members for trying alternative healing methods.

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When you are logged in, beneath each post is the word 'report'.

 

Find the post you obect to, 'report' it and in the box that comes up when you do, state your reason. It goes to moderation, no one else sees reported posts.

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This just caught my eye: a new browser, Vivaldi.

 

https://www.vivaldi.com

 

Pastes links very nicely and spell checks too (my beloved ff has gotten lazy again....)

 

Does not seem to be suffering from the 'copy and paste' featureless feature of IE.

 

(While I am here, a bit of trivia. Heard on NPR last weekend that WTF is now in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster's, I believe. He11 in handbasket, I say. And get off my lawn!)

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Is it possible to delete a thread or post I made as a member? Or is this something only a moderator or administrator can do?

 

Thanks!

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PM a mod with the link to the post you wish removed (the link to a specific post is in the upper right corner of each one) with the action you want taken and why.

 

It behooves everyone to check their posts carefully before posting, you only have one hour to come back and edit one after it is posted. Mods and Admin don't really have the time to keep deleting posts so careful choice of words and topics are very important.

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How can I post a link from youtube so it appears as a screen/box instead of as a url address?

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Would you believe I could not figure that one out for the longest time? I was too embarrassed to ask someone to spell it out to me like a 2 year old. But it finally clicked after I did a straight paste into a post after spending an hour in frustration editing the same post over and over. I was shocked that was it all along.

 

You cannot use the 'link' button in the post editor for that will do just that - post the URL.

 

Instead what you do is copy the embed link to the vid (or the address to it) by selecting it and then copying it using either the right click method (see my previous postings on how to use this) or else highlight the link and choose 'copy' from the edit menu in your browser, THEN put your cursor into the post editor where you want the vid to go, click it and do a 'paste' (either by right click submenu, browser edit menu or keyboard shortcut [CTRL + V]) and the link automagically appears. When you post the post it is embedded.

 

If the vid is not there you might be using Internet Explorer and you might want to give it up now - you can't paste anything with it at the moment. Try Firefox, Chrome or Vivaldi.

 

 

(I just ran to YT and grabbed a random cat vid and did a CTRL + V after copying the link from the address bar.)

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I made a typo in a post. Now it's too late for me to fix it. How can I get it fixed?

 

Imperfection is part of life. We need to allow ourselves to make mistakes occasionally.

 

You have one hour after posting to edit that post. Otherwise, a staff member has to edit it.

 

However, if it's merely a typo, please forgive yourself for the error and do not ask a staff person to fix it. We have enough to do guiding people through withdrawal.

 

We will edit posts ONLY if they reveal personal information that allows identification of an individual in real life, or if there's some material issue that would endanger someone reading it, such as misstating a dosage amount.

 

Please respect the time and effort it takes for staff members to counsel people through important stuff and do not sweat the petty stuff. (And "don't pet the sweaty stuff" either -- George Carlin.)

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I appreciate you providing that link, cymbaltawithdrawal5600. My question was whether there is

Is there a way to post a file larger than 500KB which wasn't covered in the response you referenced. I'll try and be more specific in the future when I ask a question. For now, I'll assume there is not a way to post a file larger than that. 

Edited by scallywag

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And somewhere in all the good information on this site is the advice that if you need to post files larger than your 500kb allotment (for SA is not primarily a file repository) you can upload them to the storage area of your choice and link to them in a post. I have several instances where I have linked to my dropbox to showcase my beadwork.

 

'My Media' is for managing your current file storage, it is not the mechanism for uploading files.

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Is there some way to stay timed in for more than ?20min. or so?  If I write a long one......msg. or other.......it frequently gets lost.  I re log in and it is gone.

 

If not I will pre compose and get some speed typing skills acquired during my convalescence.  :)

 

Thankyou in advance.

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MMT,

 

I am not quite sure what problem it is you are describing. To my knowledge, if you do not log out of the site when you close your browser and shut down your computer or log out on your phone, you stay logged in. I was guilty of doing that when I first got here and many times came back to the site to PMs from people who assumed I was visiting the site (because they saw I was signed in) when I was not actually here. To test this I will leave myself logged in and see if I am still here when I come back from work today and will start a partial message but not 'post' it and see if I can finish and post it later.

 

If you start writing a message and then in the middle of it decide you want to look at another part of the site, it will take you away from your message window and you will appear to lose all of your text and need to start over. But the 'autosave' feature for messages kicks in after 2 minutes (and every 2 minutes after that until you hit 'post' and it saves your text for a bit more than 24 hours, I know this because I checked it out). If you search this topic you will see an explanation of how it works so you can get lost posts back.

 

Other than those 2 things, I am not sure how I can help you find the answer to your question.

 

(Case in point: I inadvertently tapped the mouse pad on my keyboard and just now 'disappeared' my message window. I was able to retrieve all the above text up to the words 'Other than those 2 t' and all I had to do was add what was missing.)

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Maybe it was as simple as checking the box......remember me........when I log in. 

 

Can't really focus too well tonight.  I'll come back to the issue another time.  Or maybe it was as simple as what I stated above.

 

Thank you.

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Yes....time is correct.  Briefly posted last night but I did not have problems......Yay!!! 

 

So maybe my simple rather untechnological computer brain was right?  And yah.....related somehow to my browser and safety features maybe...... as today I had to "remember me" again.  Kind of off on a tangent but it doesn't save the "remember me" after logged off.  Good I guess......maybe prohibits impersonators.

 

Haven't as yet seen the timer mentioned above to hit......autosave feature.  Will wait 2 minutes now......just to see.

 

Okay......I see autosave!!!!!  And going to try and post this.......

 

Thankyou again you co sufferers.  Simple pleasures..... :)  and briefly feeling pretty smart about now.  LOL.

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I do have a cookie cleaner.  And will try to be more religious about using it.  Regular dinosaur computer.  Firefox.  I think it's all working okay though now thanks.

 

Oh hey, how do I clear the history or is that the same as cookie clearing?  And probably mercury is just still retrograde or something.......

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That's the thing, MMT. You DON'T want to keep using a cookie cleaner if you want 'remember me' to work and keep your log in filled in for you. Everytime you clear the SA cookie where this is stored, you have to type it in all over again. But from your remark above, you say it is not remembering you anyway. There is a custom setting in 'clear history' (I can find it exactly if you need it) that if it is flipped causes 'remember' not to work. There is also an addon that breaks it too.

 

It appears you have no problems posting right now so it is a moot point. Like I said, the 'remember me' feature has nothing to do with how LONG you stay logged in. There was something else happening with your computer that is not happening now. As long as things are working, there is no sense in fussing with them.

 

When websites started using supercookies and Flash cookies, I (and many others) gave up on clearing cookies becuse there was no use, the websites developed more potent and persistent ways of following you around. Cookies have plenty of good uses (shopping carts won't work without them) and take up very little space in your computer as does the history file. To clear history you have to look up the instructions for the version of ff you are using and sometimes it can be impossible to find in the newer versions because the menus are now hidden by default.

 

Post back if you have any other problems and we will go from there.

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I have created a youtube video on using the site in 'mobile version' and it is in the process of uploading at the moment. I have to leave my computer for a while but while I am gone, and the video finishes loading, I would appreciate comments and suggestions on making it better. It is hard to judge the timings, it is a video created from a powerpoint slide show and I am a fast reader so the individual slide timings may be a bit fast.

 

Please PM me with suggestions.  The address of the video will be:

 

 

(If the video does not appear, then it is still uploading. It should take close to an hour.)

 

After the video is in its final stage, I will ask a mod to edit this post to remove this text and possibly make it a sticky in this forum.

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Is there a reason there is a red BLOCK below the names/dates/times and user names of some of my messenger participants?  What does that mean?  Am I being blocked........are they??

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It means they have chosen not to receive personal messages. You will have to address them in topic posts.

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Is there a way to increase the amount of uploaded files to my posts?  I made an error in an earlier post and uploaded the incorrect file, but by the time I realized I made the error, the 2 hour window for editing elapsed, and now the full editor indicates I can only upload a maximum of 13.3kb (which is basically nothing).

 

Is that it for this user account, or does this get reset after a period of time?

 

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Go to My Settings > Manage Attachments and delete items at will.

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hi

 

I was typing out a reply on fast reply to a message I had been sent, when I looked at my thread to make sure I wasn't repeating things I had already written.  I went back to fast reply and my two hours of typing were gone.  I know auto save shows up in the lower left hand corner at times, but it hasn't this time and I haven't been able to pull up what I had written.  Is there anything I can do ?

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Sorry, not that I know of. I would open another browser tab to look back at a thread while typing a reply.

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This is from Technical Support by MammaP.   Lost posts may turn up in your history if you turn the computer off.

 

"How to regain lost content. This is already in questions but I thought I would put it in here too as it is a technical issue.  

 

I typed out a long post then my grandson turned off the computer completely by the off button.   :o . 

I had read somewhere about auto save and tried it. As you are typing it is being saved automatically.  

 

I restarted the computer, and went to history, I use chrome and you find history by clicking the 3 black lines at the top right of the screen.

Scrolled down to the page I was on, and went to the reply box. There in the bottom left corner it said 'view autosaved content'  I clicked that and

my lost post appeared in a box! Clicked the option to 'restore content' and there it was, as f I had never left it. No more lost posts after typing for ages,

hopefully!"

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