Attention Katherine. People’s unawareness of the ‘GROUPS’

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  1. Barry

    Barry Registered User

    Oct 14, 2006
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    Attention Katherine. People’s unawareness of the ‘GROUPS’

    As I can’t send this as a message to Katherine since her post messages box is ‘FULL’ and waiting to be emptied could a moderator or administrator please ask her to read this thread.
    Thank you

    Hi Katherine
    Sorry to trouble you but a point has just been made about a thread that I posted Thursday in the tea room about updating my baking group and got some (Well not unexpected replies) you can see the thread and replies below and the reply that I returned:
    http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/showthread.php?62488-(Baking-Recipes-Tips-from-a-professional-group)


    Many thanks for all your replies my friends and I think you’ve also just helped me to prove a point buy saying (Never seen this thread before) as I’ve said many times to the TP Admin that people just don’t know about the group section because its hidden away from open view… and one of the other problems is that when anyone adds a new post or comment to any of the groups it doesn’t show up in the (Most Recent Posts Section)
    So it’s only just occurred to me about the groups section and a way to try and make it more responsive to people, could it be possible that when someone posts in any of the groups that the post is also shown in the (Most Recent Posts Section) in that way at least everyone would be made aware…


    This is just an Idea as the groups bring people closer together with common interests “BUT” as I’ve always said so many times the “GROUPS” section is just hidden from everyone’s constant awareness and really needs to be made far more prominent.

    As another thought could the GROUP section link be included in the (Members’ Area section) so that when you open the link you go directly to the Groups selection page
    http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/group.php

    Hope you’re not offended by my suggestions
    Best wishes
    Barry
     
  2. artyfarty

    artyfarty Registered User

    Oct 30, 2009
    267
    London
    Hi Barry - I am using the TP app on an iPad and I can't find 'Groups' anywhere - didnt even know they existed!

    Anyone know how to access them on the app?
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Registered User

    Oct 14, 2006
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    I don’t know much about iPad’s but I would have thought it works in the same way by just

    1, opening the Talking Point Page

    2, at the top of the page see where it says “Community and a small green arrow”

    3, click on this and when it drops down click on “Groups”

    4, and the page will open showing all the various groups

    Or here is the direct link
    http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/group.php

    Hope this helps
    Barry
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    An easy way to make Groups more visible would be:-
     

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  5. CraigC

    CraigC Registered User

    Mar 21, 2003
    6,630
    London
    Hi Barry/Nitram,

    Sure Katherine will pick up on this next week but great for you to highlight this.
    I think adding a link as you suggest Nitram is a good idea, if feasible on vbulletin.

    The Group link at the top could just link to the groups home page.
    http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/group.php

    For now you can add the above link to your bookmarks - its a dashboard for group activities.

    Thanks
    Craig
     
  6. Barry

    Barry Registered User

    Oct 14, 2006
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    Many thanks for the comments and attention (Nitram and Craig) I agree that would be a far better way to highlight the GROUPS:)
     
  7. KatherineW

    KatherineW Volunteer Moderator

    Oct 2, 2007
    12,655
    London
    Hi Barry

    Thanks for your comments and sorry your PM didn't get through to me (my inbox has now been cleared!;)).

    I take your point about the Groups feature not being very prominent. We're soon going to be making a few tweaks to TP (small adjustments following the forum changes we made back in July), so I'll make sure we look into this issue at the same time.

    In the meantime, as Craig said, for those that have had trouble finding Groups, it's probably a good idea to bookmark the Groups link. Also, if there's a specific group on Talking Point that anyone would like to promote (for example Barry's baking group :)), you could do what some members have done, and add a link to your signature.

    Thanks again and best wishes,
     
  8. Lucy Lastic

    Lucy Lastic Registered User

    Nov 30, 2009
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    Dorset
    All those groups I did not know existed!

    Thank you Barry, I think I would be very interested in your baking tips.
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Registered User

    Oct 14, 2006
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    Indonesia
    Hi Katherine
    And thanks for your attention, by the way that’s a good idea of adding the groups link with our closing signature I will be doing that;)
    Best wishes
    Barry
     
  10. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    I agree it is such a shame that Groups are hidden away
    their are some great ones, including word games.
    but because they are hidden away few of us know about them
     

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