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How to see what's going on at NOTH
Posted On 04/10/2019 13:41:44 by Altara33606

I've posted most of this in every new member's "welome" as well as in the Forums.  But it's always good to have a 'refresher'.   


When I log in each morning, the  first thing I do is look at the NOTH 'home page'. On the left side, you can see any 'news' from Admin/Cloudeight (the owners of this site).  On the right side, you'll see the home page Shout Box, where people post everything from a simple 'good morning' to 'important news'.  Farther down, you'll see who is Featured, who is having a Birthday, etc. 


Next, I go to my own account, to see if I have new messages, comments, or Bulletins to read. ("My Account" in that line at the top of every page)


Next, click on "Forum" (you can get to it from any page here). Then click on "new posts".  You can see all the latest 'posts' from all members; don't stop with just one page...go on to the next, or even the next, if you haven't logged in for a few days--to see what's been 'talked about' recently.   If you see a 'locked' icon, that means that group's posts are for 'members only' to read; some groups, even if they are 'open join' still have their Forums 'closed' to non members.  If you see a group that you are interested in, go to that Group's home page--that's where you'll see if it's "open join" or if you need to 'ask' to join. 


Next, you can click on BLOGS--again, from the top of any page here.  We have a number of people who enjoy writing blogs that are interesting to read.   Personally, I write a 'blog' any time a 'subject' catches my attention. I've written blogs in the "A-Z Challenge"--I believe I stopped around the letter V, but I don't remember for sure!   If you don't feel like 'writing' one...then try 'reading' some and maybe leaving a comment. 


  Also found at the top of every page, in the same line as Home, Forum, Blogs, etc, you can find Browse (click on that to see who is online, or Featured, etc) and Polls (click on that to see what the newest Poll subjects are) and that's where you will also find the heading GROUPS.   


If you're looking to find a group for just about any subject, that's where you need to go--and just browse the different categories.     We have many different groups! So before deciding to start your own new group, please check out what we already have.


One last thing: back in 2009, a computer savvy guy started what is now our NOTH Computer Help & Info group.  Over the years, we've added many 'tutorials'--step by step instructions on how to do just about anything you can imagine here at Not Over The Hill. And we are always adding more topics!    I send every new member an 'invite' to this group; you don't have to 'join' in order to check out the topics.  But like every other group here, you do need to join in order to 'post' questions or comments. 


The first two 'threads' in the computer group contain a lot of very good info! But if you don't find the answer to your question, then join the group & post your question there. One of us will most probably have the answer.  You can always  send me a private message; however, I prefer that you post in the group forum so that all can benefit from the answer you receive. 


 There's actually more I could say--suffice to say, there's a lot more to NOTH than just sending/receiving comments! You just have to explore a bit.



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04/12/2019 09:31:09

Correction: "open join" means you can join without asking the Moderator!   My book group is like that. But if you try to join & receive a message about contacting the monitor--then yes, you have to send that person a message (mentioning which group of theirs you want to join).



04/12/2019 09:14:29

there are a lot of forums that have a little "lock" on them, that are closed to us...(like the "private pages" some members perfer to have), why keep these locked up? We can't even see what the content is about to see if we want to even ask to join them.

Many of those, like my 'book group', accept new members, but prefer that only group members read our posts. After all...why should they 'join' if they can see all our posts without joining?  If you see a group that you are interested in, just send a messge to the group moderator (be sure to name the  group, since some of us have more than one group). That's called: Open Join, but not Public Forum.  


 Other groups are 'private' for their own reasons.  Like the 'caregivers' group; they probably talk about personal things they don't want to make 'public'.  I understand that.   


In either case: if you see a group you are interested in, just message the moderator.  I know some have 'limited' their members, but you don't know unless you 'ask', right? 


And, in case I forgot to mention before: Click on GROUPS at the top of any page & then 'browse' the different categories to find groups you might be interested in.  You'd be surprised what groups you'll find in the Activities category!




04/12/2019 06:43:24

there are a lot of forums that have a little "lock" on them, that are closed to us...(like the "private pages" some members perfer to have), why keep these locked up? We can't even see what the content is about to see if we want to even ask to join them.





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