The Forum is Open for Business

by Brad Nelson   5/9/14

I get sent interesting tidbits of information quite frequently now, and I’m thankful for that. But I don’t have time enough in the day to create articles or blog posts out of them. And most of this stuff is too good not to want to share with others.

Well, I don’t have the time to create formal articles of all this good content and you, dear reader and contributor, likely don’t have the time to learn WordPress (the software behind the scenes) in order to post a proper article yourself.

So I think the forums will be a good place for people to post a brief (or not so brief, as they see fit) comment about something they found on the web or that is occurring in the day’s news, and you can do so immediately without a lot of fuss and bother. Call it StubbornThing’s version of “The Corner” without the high fences and ivory tower exclusivity.

The only drawback to this forum software that I’m using is that it uses a different set of markup codes for text and links. But if you’ve used forum software before (and there is plenty of it out there) which uses brackets “[” instead of carets “<” for its formatting codes, you probably already know what to do. If not, I’ll try post a help chart when I get the time.

And I *think* you don’t have to be registered with the site in order to post in the forum, including creating a new topic. (Okay…I just double-checked that…you don’t have to be registered although you’ll be offer at “Capcha” thingie which will help keep the spambots at bay.)

You’ll also note that on the right sidebar of all the non-forum pages that there is a list of the most recent forum posts, so you can track breaking news this way. Have fun.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

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11 Responses to The Forum is Open for Business

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    This could be useful. I often want to mention particularly interesting items, usually from HotAir or TownHall, but up to now I’ve had to find an appropriate article to comment on — and if it isn’t a recent one, no one may notice.

    Incidentally, it seems appropriate to mention here (just for a giggle) that last night TCM ran A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      If you need any help in making use of the forums, let me know. I’ll try to find out the text markup codes and stuff like that.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, I have a response to the first forum item, but I can’t submit because it won’t accept my password.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Timothy, are you able to login for at the main StubbornThings pages? The login screen is at the lower right. If not, let me know and I’ll assign you a temporary password.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Some months back, I got a password, and used that to log in (as I already had to sign in at the forum). It didn’t work. Of course, I can’t be sure I have it quite right since a few characters are a bit confusing.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I sent you a new password. I may investigate upgrading to BBPress which seems to be the most popular forum software. Also, this Mingle Forum software doesn’t seem to be being developed anymore. I’ll keep you posted.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Well, it worked. I was able to make my reply to that top Forum piece, though I notice that it isn’t listed in the list of replies. Since I usually just read an item once and then read the replies as I see them, and it seems likely that most people do the same, this is unlikely to lead to much intercommunication.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Yeah, I think there’s something about the caching software that isn’t showing new posts unless you are logged in. Even then, from what you’re saying, even when logged in, you’re not seeing your new posts.

              Another reason that I’ll probably soon be trying out BBPress. Thanks for testing, Timothy.

              One other note, Timothy. I just wanted to double-check that you were not seeing your new posts even though you were logged in. I did some testing and found that one could post even if one was not registered. But the posts were not showing up until I logged in under my own regular account. (I think this has to do with the behind-the-scenes page caching software I’m using, but don’t know this for certain.)

              Because this seemed to be the case, I turned off the ability to post if one was not registered to StubbornThings. Even then, I’m not sure if this setting “took.”

              I don’t know what going on. But if you could confirm that even when logged in you weren’t seeing your new posts in the forum, that would be great. Like I said, I’ll probably be moving to new software anyway, but just trying to cope for now.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Well, I just checked the forum article on Goldberg, and my response was there, along with your response to mine. I did a response to that, which did appear (but of course it probably sees me as still logged in).

                Incidentally, when I look at the piece on Levin’s book, there’s nothing really there, just a reference to it. Is that supposed to be the case, or is the substance not even appearing? Or was that done before you figured out how to get things in there?

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Timothy, did your response (and it was a good one) show up right away in the forum when you were registered?

    As for the Levin book, I originally had the idea of using the forum (and still do, to some extent) as a place to have discussions regarding stuff that doesn’t necessarily warrant an entire article or blog post. For example, with Levin’s book I had a graphic in the right sidebar a while back and underneath the graphic it said something like “Click this link to discuss.” And then that link took you to that seemingly blank thread where a discussion never did break out. It was a way to post stuff — and have a discussion about it — without having to have a full-blown article or blog post.

    That was my thought process. And I’d like to get more use out of the forums just as a mean to allow members a greater ability to do their own thing. I love the articles you guys write. And if you have a short subject (or just sort of an “aside” subject), we can make a blog post out of it as well, as we’ve been doing. I don’t want to discourage that at all. I want to simply expand the options.

    Mr. Kung and others have a keen eye and they send me some terrific information. I want to encourage those who stumble upon something to feel free to post it in the forums where we can comment on it and have the newest comments show up in the sidebar on the main site for reference so you know you’re not missing anything (although you can subscribe to any thread…look at the blue bar at the top right of any thread where it says “Reply / Subscribe / RSS feed”).

    It would appear, from what you’re telling me, that the forums work okay if you are logged in. And although I have no problem with unregistered people posting on the forum, that doesn’t seem to be working well at the moment. Posts from unregistered people happen but (at least when I’ve tried it) these posts don’t show up right away. But if you’re registered when you post, it seems that they do.

    Nevertheless, if the forums are envisioned as sort of the member’s version of NRO’s “The Corner,” then I’m fine with needing to be registered in order to post. And the main website area is still amenable to unregistered posting.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, my response appeared immediately. Of course, since I’ve since gotten off the computer and back on, I don’t know if I would have to log back on the Forum again. I do plan to look further at the Goldberg piece. (I just read the Steyn article that mentions Cooke’s notion, which I believe you mentioned in your own response. I’ve also read Goldberg’s original, though my responses to that article were based on the first point, concerning Opportunist candidate Charlie Crist.)

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