Why aren't my posts on the site??

Discussion in 'Forum Announcements & FAQ' started by Archergirl, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Archergirl

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    Hi. I'm new here and have tried posting my dilemma TWICE, and my posts still aren't showing up. I contacted the forum admin and received no reply. Am I doing something wrong? What do I need to do to get my post published here? I'm a teacher and desperately need advice! Thanks.
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Hm. Let me have a look.

    Sometimes the site software automatically puts a hold on a very long first post from a brand-new member, on grounds (which are justified more often than not, I'm sorry to say) that a great mass from a newbie tends to be spam. Attempting to post a link or email address can also land a post in the moderation queue.
     
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    Oh, and let me recommend that you go to the User Control Panel - you can get there either from the "User CP" link at the upper left of this page or by using the Forum Jump dropdown menu at the lower left - and enabling private messages, in case there's something we need to discuss. (A private message or PM is simply a communication between two members of A to Z that doesn't appear in the public space. PMs are good for conveying sensitive content, including personal contact information.)
     
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    TeacherGroupie,

    Thank you for replying. I went to the User CP and didn't see an option for private messaging. I have a lot to say about my district, admin, and the rampant corruption. Would that be included in sensitive content? I have a post ready to go but I'm hoping it won't get me into trouble by my admin or district. LOL I won't name names. I have to share this and see if anyone else is going through similar situations.
     
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    Your post about your school is showing and people have commented. There are also a couple of questions for clarification. Wish it were under better circumstances, but I'm glad you've come to the forum.
     
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    Archergirl, the general rule is that it makes sense not to post content that could easily be traced back to you individually.

    The private-message option is in the UserCP panel: look for "Settings and Options" and choose "Edit Options". You can't yet initiate a PM as a brand-spankin'-new member, but you can certainly choose to receive PMs. You haven't turned on that option, and here's how I know: I clicked on the blue link that is your username in one of your posts above, and it brought up a menu with three options. If you'd turned on private messaging, I'd see four options, and "Send a private message to Archergirl" would be one of them.
     
  8. SageScience

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    I couldn't find User CP or anything like that. Is this referring to an old version of the discussion boards?
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Yes, that was an older version, under (I think) vBulletin or something like that. The current software by Xenforo makes much more use of popup windows.

    In what follows, I'm going to spell things out in gory detail: this is chiefly because someone else might have the same questions, so bear with me, please.

    To send you a private message, I could do one of the following:

    (a) Find a post by you (my intended recipient) and click on the avatar/profile pic on the left or on the red username. When I do this with yours (and you can certainly do it with your own), it opens a black pop-up window, landscape format, with a slightly larger version of the pretty kitty who is your avatar and some information. At just above the level of the cat's eyes there is a row of links in white type. When I do this with your avatar, I see Profile Page, Start a Conversation, Follow, and Ignore. To send you a private message, I'd click Start a Conversation. This opens a new page that is very like the usual starting-a-thread page, except that it includes space to specify recipients, and your name will already be filled in for me.

    (b) Click on my own username in red toward the upper left of the page - I mean the one that's red on white and followed immediately by the number of posts and "likes" that I've accumulated). This links to my own profile popup; when I click on Start a Conversation, this opens the Start Conversation page, though I think your username won't be filled in.

    (c) There's another instance of your username that is a link, up above the one in point (b) in the dark grey menu bar, preceded by a symbol that looks like an upside-down ^. Hover your cursor over that, and the link turns red and you see a a short take on Xenforo's version of the old User CP in a white popup. In mine I see two columns of links that will let me change various preferences and settings or check my likes or my followers. The second option in the right-hand column is "Private Messages", and that opens a page on which - surprise! - I can view my private messages. From there I can click launch a new Conversation. ​

    If you don't see "Start a Conversation" under options (a) or (b) or "Private Messages" in (c), you still haven't accumulated enough posts for that option to be unlocked for you. I know that's irritating, but the site owner didn't think she had much choice. It turns out that Xenforo as it is implemented here makes some kinds of moderation more complicated than vBulletin did - and that, when the site transitioned, a number of regrettably inventive spammers exploited the differences in ways that meant that they could sail under the radar for a while and then unleash their mayhem. (I miss my one-size-fits-all banhammer, or what the irrepressible John Scalzi calls the Mallet of Loving Correction.) The result was way too much work and way too many late nights for both the site owner and we few moderators. The solution that the site owner implemented involved adjusting upward the number of posts at which various options get unlocked. I honestly am not sure where she finally pegged it, and I'm sorry this is being an issue for you.

    Your issue was wanting to change your username, yes?
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    No, wait: it was merging your accounts. That's not something we moderators can do, at all, and I'm not sure that the site owner could either. Let me see what I can shake loose, though.
     
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    @TeacherGroupie Thanks for the thorough reply. I did play around with three options you suggested and I believe the issue is that I don't have enough posts (since those options are not available to me.)
    I'll just have to wait. Thank you for your help though.
     
  12. SageScience

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    Thanks. I know that's not something moderators can do but if it can be done by the site Admin, that would be great. (If not, no worries.)
     

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