• Graham John
    73
    While Ringing Forums builds up its membership to a critical mass that sustains regular conversation, here are a couple of questions for the early adopters.

    1. What do you think Ringing Forums might achieve beyond previous communication platforms for ringers?

    2. Do you have any thoughts on Categories of discussion that would be worth adding?
  • Alan C
    18
    Is training a potential separate category?
  • Tim Farnham
    6
    I think you have covered the obvious categories and I would be inclined to wait until you get some more traffic before adding more. If the categories overlap you may have the tendency for people to post the same thing in more than one place.
    I hope you manage to get enough activity to make it worthwhile. I only use Facebook because of the bell ringing pages and would love to be able to ditch it completely as I don't think it's an organisation that we should be supporting.
  • A J Barnfield
    127
    I think that training and development (and I mean development throughout a ringers career) and they way that is structured and organised is a critical topic. And in that I include the training of teachers, formation of schools and long term school graduate support. We have had a good stab at primary education, we need to ring that through secondary and tertiary as well. Getting this right is critical to retention. This is not just about curriculum and training it is about structures.
  • Martin Mellor
    2
    I can see there’s an option to select “All Discussions”, which is great to get an overview of what’s been posted.

    I was wondering if there’s a way to set up a general alert to get an email (or text msg) when there’s a new post so as not to need to keep looking “just in case”… and I guess it would be good to have that option on a topic-by-topic basis too (or on a “follow comments on this post” option) if it’s possible?
  • A J Barnfield
    127
    I have just got an alert that you posted the above. Can't remember how I set it up...
  • Martin Mellor
    2
    Thanks for that. I also received an email alert to say that you replied, so looks like that’s a default setting for comments, which is great! And posts that I’ve read become greyed out, which is good for navigation.

    Now that I have a profile set up, I can also change settings for alerts via the profile menu.
  • Simon Chadwick
    2
    Signed up here after seeing the piece in RW, hope that there's enough interest to make something of it.
  • Simon Linford
    152
    I have just signed in and wanted to make sure that you get an external email if you are mentioned or get a reply. It does seem that if you have that ticked in Preferences then you get an alert.

    I agree that an overall 'New comments on all forums' area could be useful.
  • Simon Linford
    152
    Actually I have now seen you can effecively see new topics on all forums because if you click on 'All Discussions' the newest active comments are highlighted.
  • Phillip George
    23
    Could it be helpful to have a Safeguarding category and somebody responsible for posting the exact and up to date requirements for safeguarding training of ringers according to the Church of England guidelines, as they are updated. Recent exchanges on Facebook have given almost as many different opinions as there were contributors which has led to uncertainty about what training should be carried out. Many ringers refer to the CCCBR, some to their PCC's and other direct to their diocese.
  • Rebecca Banner
    1
    Would a marketplace section be useful - somewhere where non-professionals can list items for sale, such as when fundraising for bell projects?
    I must admit a vested interest in this as I am about to advertise Christmas cards for sale. A forum such as this would make it easier for people to find details of items for sale, as I find with facebook if you miss a post in the first few days of it being posted, it tends to get lost in the ether.
  • Simon Linford
    152
    Safeguarding category is planned - it was going to be a closed group just for Safeguarding Officers but it should like there should be a more open group as well.
  • Simon Linford
    152
    This is really a tech support question! I am not yet convinced that this generates an email alert if a post you make receives a reply. I have that option ticked in my preferences but I have not had any emails.
  • David Smith
    7
    I agree with Tim Farnham's comment. There's a good initial range of topics, and I'd favour letting them run for a bit before adding further ones - unless a very definite need is identified. Thanks to those who set this up. :up:
  • Graham John
    73
    If you bookmark a discusssion (by clicking the star), you should then receive notifications for every comment on that discussion (assuming you have that notification option ticked). You should also receive a notification for this comment, Simon, because I have mentioned you.
  • Peter Sotheran
    32
    I heard about the Ringing Forum only this week via a reference in the ringing-chat list. So I've signed up to see what happens. The structure appears to be identical to the Compuserve Forums back in the dark old days of DOS! Is this a forward step?
  • Peter Sotheran
    32
    How does one tick or un-tick a topic to receive/cancel notifications? I can't see any tick-boxes on the 'Categories' page.
  • Graham John
    73
    If you star a thread, you will get an email notification when there is a new comment on that thread.
  • Barbara Le Gallez
    29
    Is there a way to "Like" a message? If not, could there be? That would be a nice way of showing appreciation for a helpful comment.
  • John Harrison
    92
    let's not go down that route. The forums should be for discussion and information exchange, not attention seeking. If a contribution is particularly valuable there are words in the English language to say so.
  • Graham John
    73
    The likes system was turned off, because it generated a most liked poster list on the home page. I think that is a pity, as Likes provide a simple and concise way of expressing agreement with a particular post, or thanking someone for their contribution. It is also demonstrates engagement from a larger number of members than would necessarily post a comment.
  • John Harrison
    92
    One thing I find irritating is the icon shown with each discussion entry. It doesn't represent the topic (so no useful value) but the first poster. I keep hitting it by accident when trying to open the conversation, and then have to backtrack. Why not remove it?
  • John de Overa
    72
    good comment, where's the goddam like button. Oh, wait... :razz:
  • Graham John
    73
    If people add a photo of themselves it shows that, and it would be clearer that it is the poster rather than the topic. This is a software package and its configurability is limited.
  • John Harrison
    92
    clarity isn't the problem. It obviously represents the OP. The problem is having something visually prominent at the start of the entry that goes somewhere else. But if it's Hobson's choice ...
  • Peter Sotheran
    32
    >If you start a thread, you will get an email notification when there is a new comment on that thread. - GRAHAM JOHN<

    Does that imply that if you stumble across interesting threads started by others, you can't activate notifications to follow it?
  • Graham John
    73


    Just star the threads that you are interested in, and you will get notifications.
  • Peter Sotheran
    32
    Sorry, I must be particularly slow on the uptake today. I have scrolled up and down this thread and I don't see any stars anywhere. What am I missing?
  • A J Barnfield
    127
    Bottom left hand corner after the last post.
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