In spring 2017 this forum was upgraded to new Discourse software which has functionality, fluidity, and features we could only DREAM of on the old system!
However while many thousands of threads dating back as far as 2012 were successfully imported, a small number of internal links were broken in the process, and I’m posting this because a member just contacted me with one such example.
What you can always do is, see the broken URL, like this example:
And thank you for the reminder of something I meant to post:
Because this forum’s software doesn’t make threads into pages of 20, 25 posts, you can use temporary bookmarks to easily return to the last post, if you find yourself reading a very long thread, or anything that’s too much for one session.
This saves a lot of catchup-scrolling, especially if your internet’s slow or your system’s not crazy about anything too complicated. It also saves you having to store weirdness in your browser’s bookmarks/favourites, if other people use that device.
Delete the bookmark when you’re done, use it as a short-term placeholder.
This is a onebox, it’s where a link turns into a curated mini-preview of the site:
If a link you are posting oneboxes badly (by which I mean the page shows, for example, just an image from that site or looks wrong in some other way) you have the option to post a screengrab if it’s helpful or summarises the link, and then the link below.
To prevent ANY link oneboxing just put something before it on the same link, for example “Link” or another short description, so long as it’s on the same line it won’t try anything smart. Example using the same link as above:
Some people asked me if it’s possible to delete PMs, the answer is no, but you can mass dump them in Archive to keep your Inbox nice and empty, which gives a great feeling of inner peace.
Just click the menu icon (above Topic) to the top left of where the message titles are, it will open checkboxes, select all, and dum them into Archive - messages that are replied to later will pop back into your Inbox, but it clear the clutter.
You may have to run this a few times if you have vast numbers of messages, it seems the system will only move so many at once.
Dark skin for the forum
This forum has an optional dark theme, which can be more restful for long reading sessions, you will need to be logged in to set it, information and a preview here:
PM me with usability questions or anything technical, if I can’t help I can find the information for you.