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dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
Its been a little over 6 months since the 'Big Move'. In the beginning there was somewhat of an uproar about how to use the forums, the lack of features/functions and so many other things. I would say that for the most part, those items have quieted down either because people have adjusted or we have helped come up with different ways.

But overall, one of the more difficult and yet most flexible is how you browse these forums. There are different ways to approach this and I am curious how people are doing this.

Right now, my main browsing style is to get into the forums and then go over to my stuff and then start with
View Recent posts. I created that view a while ago in attempt to come up with a method that so many of us were used to on the old forums. To me, the first thing I want to see is what has been changed since my last visit. This view does provide that, but its format is not all that thrilling and its hard at times to determine which category and forum topic the post was made from.

Then there are other times when I just start at the bottom of the forum category list and start viewing up.

Please share your technique for viewing.

You can talk about the good ways you do it, the ways that it frustrates you or whatever.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • I read from recent posts but it's hard to catch up on all of them. That's why I think if someone has a topic that no one posted or answered them they should bump it to the top. It's hard to keep up unless you're here 24/7. I try to answer all that I can relate to but there's so many! I'm excited since I joined here because I was so alone with my symptoms and chronic pain. Thanks all who created this website and everyone who maintains it. I hope I didn't get too off topic. I read mostly recent posts. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I look at the New Posts so that I can look across all of the forums and see what's new in any of them. I just wish the who's online wouldn't disappear when I do that. I'm a frequent visitor which might make a difference. If I'm looking for something specific like an answer about my ACDF I would go straight to the back/neck surgeries forum.
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  • My stuff is a fantastic tool! What drives my choice of starting place, is whether or not I am participating in a thread that I want to keep a close eye on. If that's the case, since there's no "subscribe to this thread" option, I use View my points to follow that thread. Otherwise I will generally start with View recent posts. Every once in a while I will go to a specific forum, but that's more of a rarity.

    I agree with Tonya that it would be nice to have Who's online displayed in View recent posts


  • :) haglandc, but we have "who is on line" right next to the forum page. how could that work any better? Jenny :)
  • well here is the way i do it:

    1. view recent posts
    2. whos online
    3. whos in chat

    ive never used my stuff but going to have a go with it.

    LOVE P
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  • first go to View Recent Posts under My Stuff. After that, I view individual forums to make sure I haven't missed anything. Occasionally I look at My posts, my buddy posts, etc. But I usually stay really busy just with View Recent Posts and individual forums. I don't mind to go clear out to page 9 and beyond with View Recent Posts because I don't want someone's post to disappear if no one had a chance to answer it.

  • Go to View Recent Posts and look to your left. While on that page, you will only be able to view Top Pain Topics, Forum Navigation, and Quick Find.

  • I head over to the neck pain forum, browse through the first page of threads and if there is anything I can help with, I will post there. Next I click on back pain and surgery and do the same thing. Then I scroll down to matters of the heart to see what's new.

    I seldom use the view recent posts. The only time I visit the other forums is if there is a title listed on the left side under new forum topics that I think I can relate to.

    I seem to be the minority here in the way I browse the boards. I don't like having so many different forums to check out, so I just stick with 2 or 3 that I can relate to.


    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • It doesn't list all names of who's online for me. It will say there are 22 people but only show me about 8 names. Is there a way to click and see a list of all the names online?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    Its not the greatest display. By default Drupal (Forum software) displays only 10 names. It can be configured to show more. I've tested with 50 names, which will show more, but then the display window gets longer and longer.

    Dont even ask about what Guests are.. I've explained this in several different forum topics, but honestly even my best attempts in explaining guests can get a bit obtuse.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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