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OT - Blog vs Forum Topic, and Finding Your Stuff

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I've had some people ask me about the difference between posting Blogs and Forum Topics and thought I would share what I know.
Also, there was a recent Forum Topic asking for "help finding my activity" and I'll tell you what I have found.

BLOGS vs FORUM TOPICS

  • Blogs can be deleted by the OP.
    Forum Topics can only be deleted by Admin (you must request this from Admin).
  • Blog comments can be deleted by the OP.
    Forum Topic comments can only be deleted by Admin. You do have the option to Edit your comment.
  • Blogs can be set up as OPEN (Users with the "Post comments" permission can post comments.) or CLOSED (Users cannot post comments.)
    Forum Topics always allow comments.
  • Blogs can be Tagged (Tags help others find your post when you "tag" the blog with terms relevant to the content.)
    Forum Topics cannot be tagged.
  • You can easily find all of your Blogs in your Account.
    It takes a little bit of work to find your Forum Topics and comments, but it IS possible (see HOW TO FIND YOUR COMMENTS below).

 

FINDING YOUR STUFF

Upper-right tabs in red:

  • MY ACCOUNT (Your 10 most recent Blogs and 10 most recent Forum Topics are listed on the left.)
    • VIEW - your basic info, View recent blog entries (takes you to YOUR blogs), Send this user a private message (click to send a message)
    • BOOKMARKS - any blogs or forum topics you have bookmarked (a quick way to find things you want to follow)
    • EDIT - where you can edit Account and Main Profile info
      • ACCOUNT - your email address, password, upload a profile pic, set Comment Access settings, control private messages, set your time zone
      • MAIN PROFILE - your country, State/Province, Biography about you and your situation (not mandatory)
    • RELATIONSHIPS
      • CURRENT - your current STalk friends - oldest listed first (also where you can remove people from your friend list)
      • RECEIVED REQUESTS - any friend requests you have received, but have not yet accepted/rejected
      • SENT REQUESTS - Friend requests you have sent to other users which have not yet been accepted/rejected
      • FRIENDS - your STalk friends - oldest listed first (also where you can remove people from your friend list)
      • ST_ADMIN - only for STalk ADMIN members (probably not you)
  • MESSAGES
    • MESSAGES - Your messages listed newest first, write a new message, delete selected messages, mark messages as Read or Unread.
      NOTE: If you mark a message as Unread, it will mark the ENTIRE message as unread. IOW, you will need to go back to every page of the message for the system to recognize the message as Read (or mark it as such).
    • BLOCKED USERS - Users who are blocked from messaging you
  • MY RELATIONSHIPS -
    • CURRENT - your current STalk friends - oldest listed first (also where you can remove people from your friend list)
    • RECEIVED REQUESTS - any friend requests you have received, but have not yet accepted/rejected
    • SENT REQUESTS - Friend requests you have sent to other users which have not yet been accepted/rejected
  • LOG OUT - self-explanatory

 

HOW TO FIND YOUR COMMENTS

If you type your user name up in the the search bar and cllick GO!, it will show lists.

  • Filter by content type shows the number of Blog entries and Forum topics on which you have commented
  • Filter by post date shows posts the years and your number of comments. Click on the year to show a more detailed breakdown (including month and author)
  • Filter by author shows the author of the posts on which you commented (and how many). Click on the author to show a more detailed breakdown.
  • Filter by forums shows the 3 main Forums (General, Parenting, Legal or Court System)in which you have comment. Click on one of the 3 Forums to show a more detailed breakdown of those Forums (including year and author)
  • Filter by tags shows the tags of the Blogs on which you have commented. Click on a tag to show a more detailed breakdown (including date and author).

 

Hope this is of some help! Smile

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