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I have problems posting pictures from my computer so I use photobucket, upload my photos there then post the URL here. It is a free hosting site and you can store thousands of photos.  http://photobucket.com/

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How can I best use View New Content to see topics with new posts in them?

 

If you click on View New Content, the link in the upper right corner, you will see all topics with new posts in them.

 

I've checked out the site and I don't think the order of posts can be changed so they show up from newest to oldest.  However, if you go to the View New Content (top right) after logging in there are options on the left hand side, for example Content I Have Not Read.  I discovered accidentally (just a short whole ago) that if you hover between the Topic Name on the Left and the Replies/Avatar/Last Poster on the Right, an arrow shows up which you can click on.  You then get the option of going to the Last Unread Post, or if you want the very last post, click on the last link just above the condensed version of the last post.  I actually Right Click Open in New Tab so I don't have to keep remembering not to close the window when I have finished.

 

Then F5 key to refresh the window.

 

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Where do I find this signature thing everyone keeps pushing me to create? There is nothing that says "how to create a signature and where to put it" I'm sorry, to bother you all but I'm very upset and confused and none of this is helpingme

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How can I reach a specific topic for my posts not specific thread but topic is this possible.  Today I am trying to find some things I have posted to SA and can't find.  As an example I trying to find a post I made about "delayed withdrawal"  how would I do this?

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Click on your name at the top right of every page and click on My Content to find anything you've posted.

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Is there a limit to what can fit into my content? It feels like everything I have posted is not there. 

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I think the data in 'my content' is limited to the previous year, but you can often find content you posted earlier using google if you know what you are looking for and type in the right key words.

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Quote: "Is there a limit to what can fit into my content?"

 

Btdt, it is not what 'you' can fit into that section, it is what the board keeps track of for your convenience. We don't have any way of 'controlling' that. Don't forget, this board is supported by donations and even though posts are basically text files on a server and don't take up much space, when you take into account you have over 5k posts, you'd have pages and pages of posts to wade through if you are looking for something, if all were kept in your profile. Too much duplication too. Far better to use google as Petu suggested as the site search searches on I have no clue what. Whenever I try to use it it returns results totally unrelated to my query. I have never found any online discussion board to have a good search function anyway. But one thing I found a long time ago is that if your writing style and thoughts on a subject are unique, they will pop to the top of the google search results and you'll see your posts tied to this site. That's why I try not to capitalize proper names in my posts, no one needs to see what kind of nike shoes I might have bought on a discussion board related to psych issues.

 

As you may have learned from your Topix experience, using a website to store your personal content is never a good idea. A case of 'here today, gone tomorrow' can strike at any time, even here.

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If you click on the little gear symbol to the right of the SA search box, you'll be able to search through all your content without date restriction, or you can specify a period in which to search.

 

Google is very handy as well and probably easier to use.

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Thanks I try google usually before the search here I search here

 

to show you what I do and maybe help others who want to try this 

survivingantidepressants.org - "topic of interest" 

 

 

when it comes up empty...

Normally I do not use the advanced search and I see you can choose an author that may work I will try this thank you.

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If you click on the little gear symbol to the right of the SA search box, you'll be able to search through all your content without date restriction

 

This kind of shows why I am not the best person to be commenting on the "how to use" thread because I did not know this.

 

I also shows me in a stark way the kind of person I am about stuff that does not perform the way I want it to. I don't use the search function on the site because it returns results that waste my time. But I decided to try Alto's hint and searched on my handle and a topic I remember commenting on long ago, knitting.

 

A post by btdt was the first result, in Muddles' thread, and I commented somewhere in the thread but not the post I wanted. My specific result was not until second to last in 9 results. Nice time waster. I am not even interested in checking out the other 7 results the search algorithm found for me. So it may search on 'my content' but not too specifically or maybe specifically enough for its tastes alone.

 

So I abandoned the site search long ago and relied on google and never even delved into the extensions of the site's own search. If the search worked the way I wanted (searching only MY content), the first result would not have been btdt's but mine.

 

But I did find the post where I commented on my post showing up tied to the site when I talked about a lady getting an MRI on her brain while she laid on her back knitting away.

 

Your mileage may vary. Time to crawl back into my craft cave.

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You are the perfect person to answer "how to use" questions, just keep in mind there's always more to learn.

 

Much of the human-built world is poorly designed, mostly out of stupidity, not malice. I also get very frustrated by this.

 

Try not to take it too personally, everyone has to deal with it. Most forum sites have very limited search capabilities, it's built in the foundation, some common service they all use.

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Ok here is another how to question:

 

I cannot find the thread about tapering off of Proton pump inhibitors... I know it is here as I wrote a few post to it ... I have searched here and used google search I cannot find it... I have tried both ppi lower and upper case and spelled the words out.. nothing comes up with any search... where is it how do I find threads I know are here?

 

 

Do I need to search for it on wayback because it was too long ago?

 

tried it got this message

Hrm.

 

Wayback Machine doesn't have that page archived.

 

where is the stuff I know is here and how do I find it?

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Here's your search string (only because I have a memory for topics):

 

"Tips for tapering off stomach acid blockers"

 

And how weird, I used just 'ppi' [ surviving antidepressants.org ppi ] as my search string and it came up as 1st result.

 

What the heck search engine you using? Are you using the initial URL for SA followed by a space then your term as exactly in my example above? Did you use site search only in Tapering forum (which ONLY has 195 topics, but that's just this morning's count)? I'm not seeking answers, just offering additional insights here. Sites search is not ALL that bad so try it sometimes.

 

Since I have no life at present, I'd happily take on the job of tackling the 'tag' system, what say Alto? Only in the symptoms forum tho.

Of course if the tag system itself is cr@p, then it's a waste of time. But I have a feeling it actually works, at least on the site.

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PM why do some pm have a cannot reply at the bottom?  I assume because the person does not want to hear back from you ... wants to have the last word on a topic... and ....how does one do this. 

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PM why do some pm have a cannot reply at the bottom?  I assume because the person does not want to hear back from you ... wants to have the last word on a topic... and ....how does one do this. 

 

I think it is because they have deleted the conversion.  Deleting completed conversations makes sense if a person receives a lot of PMs because there is a limit on storage and once full you can't receive PMs.

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CC got it right on the nose. I'm supposed to be monitoring this thread as the unofficial tech guru, my only real 'job' here but Chessie got to it before I did.

 

How does one do that you ask? Well, one deletes the PM before the other has a chance to answer and it could be because they were clearing out their inbox so they could get more PMs, something you may need to do yourself.

 

You actually did this to me twice in the past, you sent me a PM then deleted the convo without waiting for my answer. And why? Who knows and I try not to read ulterior motives into something I read on a discussion board on the internet populated by people in an emotional state, causes problems.

 

And it is never a good idea to post the contents of private messages in a thread for all to see. Private messages are private, meant to be read then burned or crumpled up and eaten (like James Bond) or saved on your own computer for only YOU to read. I gave directions on how to do this already, I don't repeat myself.

 

Never attribute to malice.... oh heck, wikipedia gives a better explanation of Hanlon's Razor than I. I like to use it in the form of 'there is often a simpler explanation for things and it's not the one you think' instead.

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What image extension are we allowed to use in this community? Sorry I cant work it out.

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nz -- You can upload JPG and PNG file formats. I've done both. Others such as GIF and TIFF are probably acceptable.

 

You can "drag and drop" it or click "choose files". Both these actions will add the image as an attachment.

 

Remember that you have only 500 MB as space and that attachments AND personal messages are counted against this limit. You may, therefore,  need to delete messages and attachments to add the image you now want in a post.

 

Direct link to Manage My Attachments.

 

 

Edited by scallywag
update information for recent (2017) upgrade to forum software

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Posted (edited)

Question is the same as the post title thanks^_^

 

Title of former topic: HOW TO PREVIEW MY POST BEFORE SUBMITTING IT

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Edited by scallywag
merged; add former topic title for consistency after merging

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Zzann

 

Please use regular sentence case not all CAPS in posts and topic titles.

 

To preview a post before submitting it click on the right-most option of the editing toolbar. It looks like a magnifying glass over a piece of paper.

 

To close the preview click the "X" that appears in a black circle at the top right.

 

 

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Posted (edited)

If you have been following topics so that you receive notifications about new content, you may not have found the settings page within the new version of the site.  Here's where to find the controls/settings:

 

 

user dropdown menu - no mod CP.jpg

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correct image/screencap

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lads...what's going on with the updated website??? seems to have made life harder. more difficult to navigate and it crashes regularly.....why was this done? and are we going to rectify problems??? 

 

peace,

 

Nick

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The old program was no longer being supported.  The change over to the new software was delayed for as long as possible but Alto had no choice.  The mods are also finding it overwhelming and confusing.

 

What specific issues are you experiencing?

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Posted (edited)

A note about logging in:

On 2017-06-07 at 3:15 AM, Altostrata said:

Everybody: The new software requires your screen name as your log-in name. You can still use your old password.

 

If you have questions about using the site since the June 2017 upgrade, please post in this topic:

Questions about using the site since the June upgrade.

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add tip for logging in

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