I know it's just a typo, but I had images of members licking their compuer screens!
And I wondered
why I could never get it to work. At least my screen is now very clean....
I'll try and answer some of these points - and emphasise that they are my own opinion and don't necessarily reflect the collective view of the admins/moderators on this forum.
"How To Do's and Forum rules"
I really think a section like this should be considered - for both new and existing members to check up on things in one place that is super clear that is what that place is for.
I know that the techie corner exists and people can look here - but to non-techie people the word can be intimidating and there is a hell of a lot of stuff to sift through that is quite daunting for some
It would make a lot of sense cuz this forum is a free service and that's brilliant - but it should be accessible to people and allow them the best chance at understanding how this all works and the best opportunity to express themselves while at the same time saving people from having to repeat themselves over and over in answering questions
Look at it this way, if this forum was a physical location, there'd be ramps for the less able to make it accessible wouldn't there? Surely this and ease of use are important?
ASD diagnosis is based on qualitative impairment of social interaction and qualitative impairment of communication
So why not make the rules of interaction clearer, and aid the use of communication?
Some of these things are relevant to people with an ASD and others to everyone as well as all the other things I've said in Mumbles post "How To..." and the things that Mumble said before me.
Point taken Darkshine. It's not always possible to cover all the "rules of interaction" in explicit written rules though, and in 7 years of being here I have not noticed people with a declared diagnosis of ASD to be necessarily any less able to follow the rules, technical or otherwise. The internet is a great leveller as it gives time for people who might struggle in "real life" situations, to work out what to do. In fact many are often more technically competent than people like me for example who came here as a parent with only a basic knowledge of computers. However yes, the forum should aim to be accessible to the widest range of people as possible, including those with dyslexia, visual problems and English as a second language, just to name a few groups who might be disadvantaged.
What really helps, as in most forums, is for people to lurk for a while, see what other people do and to ask if they don't understand anything. Having too many rules can sometimes be as confusing as too few. I hope people feel they can ask questions about how the forum works and that no question is too "stupid" or trivial.
I definitely think that the Guidelines and Rules should be in a more prominent position. If we have people on here who have to be on 'premoderated posts' then perhaps the rules need to be made clearer for all to see.
Good idea, and maybe there should be a way to make new members in particular aware of them. I don't know if this happens at the point of registration - so long ago I can't remember!
I have read the entire help page - all of it - even though the link is microscopic the stuff inside goes on forever, and ever, and ever.
If this offends the person who compiled it - I guess sorry but since I'm mainly just talking to myself... does it matter?
The help page seems very old - in order to actually not cause offence to the author I will keep this brief - 3 points only to reduce the chance of me speaking my mind what I actually wanna say in to that addition will remain in my head... for now at least...
Point 1. Why is there no mention of Google Chrome? (Also IE9 has been out a while now...)
Point 2. Is "my assistant" a ghost from before the forum upgrade or what?
Point 3. What is a "message tracker"?
The help section is not written specifically for the forum but is an integral part of this kind of board.
Point 1 No idea. Ask Lufty
Point 2 No idea. Ditto
Point 3 If you pm someone you can use this to check if the pm has been read.
Also the perks of the F5 key and the dangers of the backspace key (if your a backspace addict like me) it's quite easy to post your reply, see it come up on screen and then "backspace" presto you never made the post I've learnt my lesson - but I can't be the only backspace addict out there who accidentally does this at times
I'm not sure if I know the answer to this one - can't say either has worried me very much so far but if it's a problem for anyone else, let us know. You seem to have worked out the solution for yourself and it's probably like a lot of issues - solvable by trial and error. I think it's a reasonable assumption that anyone who has found their way here has basic computer skills, and if they don't there is already a lot elsewhere on the internet to help them. If we tried to cover every possible eventuality, the list could be very long.
Would it actually help if I was offensive?
No, as I'm sure you're well aware.
Only admins, not moderators, can change anything to do with the overall look and layout of the forum, e.g. making the Help and Guidelines more prominent, so only Lufty can say what is possible here. I will make him aware of your concerns but you'll have to be patient. We'll all have a discussion about making the existing rules more visible but again, you'll have to be patient, it's holiday time. We're all volunteers who are here in our free time and have many other demands on our time.
If we were to do a separate "How to" section covering basic rules and practical issues which aren't already covered in the guidelines, for example, how to quote, suggestions for this would be useful, and more useful than just being generally critical.
Thanks for raising these things - it is always useful for those of us who've been here a while to think about how the forum might appear to new people.