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Tapatalk please. That's it. :001_smile:

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How about not being able to reply to a thread after it has been inactive for a certain amount of time? (I'm thinking months.)

 

:iagree::iagree::iagree::iagree::iagree::iagree:

 

 

When a years old thread gets bumped, it's confusing to say the least!

 

Thank you, John, for this thread! And welcome to PHP and the boards.

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Funny, I just posted on one of Swimmermom3's mammoth threads that was resurrected on the K-8 board. It is annoying when spammers or trolls open old threads, but I do think that some of the "classic" threads do deserve revisits, updates and additional comments.

 

I agree with the OP being able to come back to update.

 

I think it's mind-boggling how or why a different poster resurrects a thread that is several years old, particularly when the original post was time-sensitive - the teething baby is now in kindergarten :glare:

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Tapatalk or Forum Runner capability is my #1 thing! When putting a kid to bed for over an hour, hanging out on the forum would be sweet.

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I would really, really like a preschool & kindergarten subforum. There was a fairly active thread about it a while back, which I thought provided a pretty good argument for it: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=374471 If nothing else, it would make it much easier for people to search for things pertinent to them, within a specific forum.

 

I don't know if this is appropriate to say, but I wish in the general forum there were more posts about homeschooling and fewer religious-oriented questions, many of them with a rather judgmental tone about other people. I find it kind of off-putting, and I was here for quite a while before I realized that there's a quiet mass of more secular posters. There are people of so many backgrounds on here, I feel like the general forum is really just for people of one perspective.

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There is a thread over on the Special Needs board, discussing a proposed board name change. My vote for a new name at this point would be Delayed Learners.

 

I guess this isn't a new feature, but possibly something to consider?

 

 

ETA: Delayed Learners is *not* a popular choice. lol. I change my vote to Learning Difficulties.

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I would really, really like a preschool & kindergarten subforum. There was a fairly active thread about it a while back, which I thought provided a pretty good argument for it: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=374471 If nothing else, it would make it much easier for people to search for things pertinent to them, within a specific forum.

 

 

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One thing that is confusing: You can post on the Sale and Swap Board, then it has subforums of For Sale and Wanted to Buy. So some people post on For Sale, others on Sale and Swap.

 

Others can weigh in, but maybe make Sale and Swap Board "Sale and Swap Board Questions and Discussion"???

 

ADDING: It would be nice to have a sent folder in private messages. Right now if you send a PM, there is no recording of it, and sometimes you forget you sent something...

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:iagree: I did not even understand what this confusion was about until today: I thought the Sale and Swap board was a mixture and that to look at for sale items or wtb items you had to click on the sub forums....:lol:

 

I would also like saved sent folder for messages, as I do forget so much.

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I would also like saved sent folder for messages, as I do forget so much.

 

You already have this option. :) It is a setting in your control panel. I posted somewhere in this thread about how to make sure your sent messages save to your sent mail folder.

 

ETA: from previous post - Go to User Control Panel, on the left-hand side under Settings & Options, click Edit Options. Under Messaging & Notification you will see where it talks about Private Messaging. Select the option that says "Save a copy of sent messages in my sent items folder."

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Please don't add a Like and Dislike button. I was so glad when rep points ended.

I vote no for the like and dislike buttons.

Implementing this will create dissension amongst the membership.

Warm Regards

Kathy

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I haven't read this whole thread, but I'd like to be able to see when a thread was started from the main page that list all the threads. I can see this info on another forum, and it's helpful to know how old the thread is before you open it to read. This info would probably help cut back on some of the old threads that are bumped.

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Sometimes really interesting threads get really really long. So long that one isn't going to sit and read it in one go. Is there (or could there be) a way to "mark" the thread at the last place you read? Then you go to your subscribed threads and continue reading from there? I was so interested in "The Thread" about Andrew Kern etc but got tired of trying to remember where I had last read. Same with a really cool science inquiry thread. I just stopped reading because it was annoying trying to figure out where I had last read--especially when it kept "growing."

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Sometimes really interesting threads get really really long. So long that one isn't going to sit and read it in one go. Is there (or could there be) a way to "mark" the thread at the last place you read? Then you go to your subscribed threads and continue reading from there? I was so interested in "The Thread" about Andrew Kern etc but got tired of trying to remember where I had last read. Same with a really cool science inquiry thread. I just stopped reading because it was annoying trying to figure out where I had last read--especially when it kept "growing."

 

If you click the little square to the left of the thread title in the list of threads (under your CP, or on New Posts, or on the individual boards) it will take you to the last spot you read.

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If you click the little square to the left of the thread title in the list of threads (under your CP, or on New Posts, or on the individual boards) it will take you to the last spot you read.

 

That seems to take me to the first new post. Which isn't necessarily the last post I read, just the newest thing since I've been logged on. I mean if there was a way to actually check mark a post in a thread for future reference.

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Hi all!

Here's your chance to tell us how we can improve the Well-Trained Mind Forums! Tell us about any features you would love to see added to the site.

 

-John

 

Whatever is done, please let us keep our current subscriptions ("Subscribed Threads")!

 

Please notify us well in advance if our subscribed threads will be lost, so we can take notes or print any information we want to save.

 

A "like" button would be great too, as a PP mentioned.

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I don't know if this has been suggested yet, but I'd love to be able to search multiple tags. So if I want to compare two math programs, I can search for threads with both tags.

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An ability to find those old great threads. I have so many, I can't give them all to you, but some are saved here in folders for when my ds is in high school. Will I be losing those? I still miss some of the great threads from the old WTM boards prior to Jan 2008 and some of those posters are no longer here.

 

I totally agree about an improved search engine.

 

Also, I'd like to be able to find ALL the tagged categories, not just the most popular ones. Not only would that help me find some things more easily, but it would help prevent duplicate & triplicate (etc) tags being done. Also, if someone starts a new tag, if suggestions of ones that start the same could show up, that would help, too.

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I vote no for the like and dislike buttons.

Implementing this will create dissension amongst the membership.

Warm Regards

Kathy

:001_smile:

 

Me, too.:001_smile: We had that former rating system that wreaked some havoc as well, although it was started with the best of intentions.:)

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Seeing the responses on that one, I wonder if just a slight change (something like 'Learning Difficulties/Special Needs') might be better.

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Seeing the responses on that one, I wonder if just a slight change (something like 'Learning Difficulties/Special Needs') might be better.

 

That might work and could be a good compromise. Of course, I might flip the name around:D.

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Thanks for the additional PM space!

 

I think we should be able to delete and edit our FS listings indefinitely. Once you can no longer edit, your only option is to create another listing, and during the selling season (late spring and early summer), posts get buried on that board immediately. It would be easier to moderate too because you could limit every member to one listing per month or something like that.

 

On the flip side, I don't think we should be able to delete your posts on the other boards. You are able to edit and delete all your comments and many do. I think it keeps people more accountable and careful about what they say when they know there's no way to retract what they said.

 

I'm also not for more sub-forums. I thought a sub-forum for the Logic stage would be great, but I find myself double posting because of it. I actually would like to see it disappear back into the General Curriculum discussion. I agree that you get more traffic and feedback from experienced moms when all curriculum questions are lumped into one forum. I've done that myself, come on line to ask a question and I end up responding to two or three because they happened to be there, and I happened to have answers. I've received very little feedback from the Logic stage forum when I've posted there.

 

And I'm all for an Iphone/Ipad app. It's why I'm on the boards less and less. I'm mostly on my phone now and the forums are horrible on the Iphone.

 

Oh, and new smilies would be fun :)

 

Thanks!

Blessings!

Dorinda

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There is a thread over on the Special Needs board, discussing a proposed board name change. My vote for a new name at this point would be Delayed Learners.

 

I guess this isn't a new feature, but possibly something to consider?

 

 

ETA: Delayed Learners is *not* a popular choice. lol. I change my vote to Learning Difficulties.

 

I'd like to keep the current Special Needs title because we don't have a sub-forum for the twice exceptional kids. Lots of us with 2e kids post on the Special Needs board. Post on the SN board cover a very wide range of topics, and I don't think the proposed revisions are an improvement.

 

Thanks for the additional PM space, and I'm looking for to an improved search feature. People often post old thread links in response to newcomers questions. That's very nice of them to help us out, but it'd be even better if we could search for them.

 

I learned a lot from a old resurrected post just today. I'm sure this can be abused, but it's been really useful to me. I've been homeschooling less than two years.

 

Please no like/dislike buttons. I'm taking a class on coursera and we can vote on threads. And sadly, there are people abusing it.

 

And please no flashing signatures. Too much of that, and I'd need extra medication to avoid seizures.

 

Someone mentioned being able to follow or get notifications of certain posters joining a thread. If that's possible, it would be great. Some more experienced people frequently have such wonderful things to say.

 

Thanks for the hard work going into the forum upgrade. I really hope we get to keep our current subscriptions.

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I'd like to keep the current Special Needs title because we don't have a sub-forum for the twice exceptional kids. Lots of us with 2e kids post on the Special Needs board. Post on the SN board cover a very wide range of topics, and I don't think the proposed revisions are an improvement.

 

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Yes, I have 2 2E kids and agree, although my second choice is to the compromise Kathy in BC mentioned.

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You know how you can select a post to reply to, and then you can go to another thread and quote that selected post as part of your reply in the second thread? I wish we could do that in pm's. Select a post from a thread, and then go quote it in a pm.

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I'd like to keep the current Special Needs title because we don't have a sub-forum for the twice exceptional kids. Lots of us with 2e kids post on the Special Needs board. Post on the SN board cover a very wide range of topics, and I don't think the proposed revisions are an improvement.

 

 

 

:iagree: One of my SN sons is neither learning disabled nor 2E. What happens to those who struggle w/ mainly behavioral/processing/social issues (not academic) if the definition is narrowed?

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:iagree: One of my SN sons is neither learning disabled nor 2E. What happens to those who struggle w/ mainly behavioral/processing/social issues (not academic) if the definition is narrowed?

 

Excellent point.

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I have not read all the posts, so please excuse me if this has already been suggested.

 

I would like to encourage the use of the subscription services available through vBulletin as a fundraising opportunity for the site. You can create groups with various upgraded features (eg. bigger PM size, ability to change member title, coloured name, discount at PHP (!!), etc.), and any interested users can subscribe for those features for a small monthly or yearly fee to get the upgrades. I think it is completely fair and reasonable for this site to generate some funds to support costs, and I am sure a lot of members (me included) would be happy to pitch in a few bucks. I put a system like this in place on a large vBulletin forum in the past, so if you need more details I'd be happy to provide them.

 

I would also love to see a searchable library of curriculum... just the lists of materials often mentioned here, and links for where to find them, with an ability for users to suggest an addition to the library. And I would suggest using affiliate links where possible so the site gets some funds for that, too.

 

Thanks for all the work you do, and for putting it out there to ask us for feedback on how to improve things. This site is the very best homeschooling resource out there, and I feel blessed to have access to it. :)

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I think an area totally overlooked that would be helpful would be to add a "Trades and Technical" sub forum of some sort. Not every young adult is bound for college, but reading these lists makes you think they are! The reason I think a sub-forum would be helpful is that the curriculum used by families for kids who are non-college bound is often different (Not a strong focus on AP or honors stuff) and it is hard to find it talked about on the traditional high school forum.

 

Also, quite frankly, there is a need for a place that feels "safe" for some folks to share about their children going that direction without feeling uncomfortable to talk about Cosmetology school, welding classes, entrepreneurship, etc. If one looks through the threads, there are many times when you'll find a parent posting that "I feel like my kids never measure up to the kids talked about here." I think a sub forum would help people feel more open to sharing information that might be extremely helpful to others whose kids are not on the college track, and might just become more active than you'd think because there they could feel more comfortable being among their homeschooling "peers" when it comes to planning, etc.

 

Cindy

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I have not read all the posts, so please excuse me if this has already been suggested.

 

I would like to encourage the use of the subscription services available through vBulletin as a fundraising opportunity for the site. :)

 

I have supported the forums by buying a number of SWBs books over the years & recommending the ones we thought were good (all of them) when appropriate (FFL worked well for ds, but wouldn't have been so great for my dds). I already feel inundated with fundraising requests through my dc's activities. I'm also not done buying all of SWB's high school/adult history books, so am not done supporting it that way.

 

This forum is primarily designed for classical homeschooling, and while I don't do full, true classical education (not a good fit here), I do use components of it, and did more of it with my eldest than my other two.

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Is there anyway that we could be able to get tickers in our signatures. It has been a year or so since I last tried, but I remember not being able to have one.

 

Just a thought!:001_smile:

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I would like to encourage the use of the subscription services available through vBulletin as a fundraising opportunity for the site. You can create groups with various upgraded features (eg. bigger PM size, ability to change member title, coloured name, discount at PHP (!!), etc.), and any interested users can subscribe for those features for a small monthly or yearly fee to get the upgrades. I think it is completely fair and reasonable for this site to generate some funds to support costs, and I am sure a lot of members (me included) would be happy to pitch in a few bucks.

 

I think this would create some negative dynamics among members. I think people have come to rely on this site as a mega-community for support of homeschooling, including many who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford subscription services elsewhere. If members start receiving privileges based on money, I think we'd see a lot of other people drop off out of discouragement. How about continuing to support PHP with our business, and referring others to PHP, instead?

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I think this would create some negative dynamics among members. I think people have come to rely on this site as a mega-community for support of homeschooling, including many who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford subscription services elsewhere. If members start receiving privileges based on money, I think we'd see a lot of other people drop off out of discouragement. How about continuing to support PHP with our business, and referring others to PHP, instead?

 

I don't see any reason for anyone to be upset if I choose to pay a small nominal fee for a bigger PM box, the ability to edit my own title, and a discount at the PHP store (for example). I ran a forum with 60k+ members and introduced optional subscription upgrades for supporting members (like those suggested above) without any negative impact to membership.

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I've been on forums with higher-tiered paid memberships, and I don't think it's a big deal. I've only bought one once (to get access to a special forum for professionals), and it's never been a big deal to not have the paid membership.

 

It's probably not something I would buy, but I think it's a good idea.

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I don't see any reason for anyone to be upset if I choose to pay a small nominal fee for a bigger PM box, the ability to edit my own title, and a discount at the PHP store (for example). I ran a forum with 60k+ members and introduced optional subscription upgrades for supporting members (like those suggested above) without any negative impact to membership.

 

The idea of this forum has always been that it was supported by people using the Well Trained Mind principles of homeschooling. Even people who don't often use some of SWBs books. I can't afford online subscriptions, and it would have a negative impact on may of us who have been on these forums & even on the old boards that existed before them. If I had fewer privileges than others, it would have affect my participation in the same way that the former rating system did.

 

That said, if it were available for people to make donations to use the forum that had nothing to do with a subscription or upgrades, I think that would be a great idea, since not everyone here now uses anything from PHP.

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If I had fewer privileges than others, it would have affect my participation in the same way that the former rating system did.

 

Exactly. And my impression has always been that the WTM forums and all that SWB and PHP do have been about equal access to helpful information for all homeschoolers who choose to participate here and to abide by the rules (which allow a TON of freedom compared to other homeschool forums).

 

I can also envision all sorts of potential abuse and confusion by people who pay for the privilege of changing their usernames.

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I suppose I still can't see why anyone would care if a user decides to pay for upgrades that do not impact usage of the forum, and have no relationship to anyone else's use of the forum. Why would anyone think it a problem if someone else pays for a larger PM mailbox? And if it's simply a matter of people feeling bad because they see someone with features they do not feel is within their budget to afford, then it could be kept to only personal features that no one else knows you have unless there's a discussion around the matter.

 

There are lots of people that have things that I don't have, and it doesn't make my life any less to know they have those things. I don't suddenly hate my neighbourhood when my neighbour pays for a car with more features than the one I own, and it doesn't make me enjoy my car any less for him having an upgraded model. <shrug>

 

Colleen, the suggestion I made was for custom user titles (where it says Apprentice Bee Keeper under your user name), not the ability to change an actual user name. I agree that the ability to change your own user name would be messy. (Though I don't believe it's an option to change your own user name in vB in any case.)

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Colleen, the suggestion I made was for custom user titles (where it says Apprentice Bee Keeper under your user name), not the ability to change an actual user name. I agree that the ability to change your own user name would be messy. (Though I don't believe it's an option to change your own user name in vB in any case.)

 

Oooookaaayyy, now this makes sense to me. I couldn't quite figure out what you meant by "title" - at first I thought you meant titles of threads you start or subject lines in posts you write, then I thought you meant usernames. And so I thought that both of those options could get very messy (it wasn't simply about "feeling bad" about someone else's multi-featured car vs. my eight-year old van). But now I get it.

 

Did you know that OtherJohn upgraded all of us to having space for 100 pm's now instead of 50?

 

Which reminds me. OtherJohn, another thing that would be nice is if we could make pm's longer than 5,000 words. :D

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What about the ability to save replies as a draft? Sometimes I get interrupted while I'm typing and I'd love to be able to save my reply for later wihout the worry that someone will come by and close my browser window. Other times I start typing on my phone, but then realize I really need to pull out my computer to type up a reply. The ability to save as a draft would give me the option to finish my reply on another device.

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Change the search function in this way: make it possible to search for a phrase, not just 2 separate words. IOW, if I am searching the web via google, I can put two words in quotation marks, and only get results that contain that exact phrase, not with both words in disparate sections of the results. Can we also have that?? Searching for topics or posts is very difficult.

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Change the search function in this way: make it possible to search for a phrase, not just 2 separate words. IOW, if I am searching the web via google, I can put two words in quotation marks, and only get results that contain that exact phrase, not with both words in disparate sections of the results. Can we also have that?? Searching for topics or posts is very difficult.

 

YES!!

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I would really like to see a sub-forum in K-8 dedicated to SOTW, maybe with stickied threads for each book in which we could post additional resource suggestions. There have been so many times that I have found an awesome video or resource to go along with a SOTW chapter and thought "Wouldn't it be great if there were threads dedicated to each book where we could post all of our suggestions, discussions, narrations, or whatever else?"

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