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Hello Lucio,

Here is a suggestion: to change the "Activity" button into "Most recent posts", "Recent posts", "New posts" or something like that. I clicked by error on it and now I know what it does. Previously I was opening manually each main forum to see if there was new threads or new posts. So to me it was not clear what "Activity" meant.


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Hey John,

That's a great point, I tried on my end to change it but wasn't able to. I raised it with the developers of the forum though (plus I can also ask my dev as soon as there are enough issues to work on).

Funny how sometimes good things come out of mistakes, BTW.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?



On the titles of topics.

The original one were:

Put yourself in someone's shows who's browsing the forum and is short on time.

How do you know if the question is relevant for you, and whether you can help with that or not?

Same thing for someone searching for answer in the future, he wouldn't know whether the content of the thread is interesting to him.

So the goal is to have titles that reflect the content of the new thread.

Some title examples for those:

  • How to handle nurses who shirk their job and take advantage of my high work ethic?


  • How to give to a mentor without turning into a chump who's taken advantage of?

These are all great questions, it would a pity if people miss them because of the titles.

Also, try to answer the questions yourself first, because that's the best way to learn, and the easiest way for people to advise.

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Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

Hey Lucio,

Thank you sir!

To be frank, I actually couldn't find the right words/phrases to describe what was going on in those interactions. You described it succinctly, and exactly. It's one of my weaknesses, and I will be working on it.


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That's the spirit John, it's also a skill to one can develop, and can be quite useful in life.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?
Quote from Stef on June 10, 2021, 5:27 am


I was thinking if there is a way to search for posts newly initiated by a member?

In Activity we get all new posts plus the name of the one who initiated them but also all the replies to posts by other people, all mixed and confused.

It would be great if there were a search option in which you can select a member or author here and also see the last post he has initiated.

Many times, for example, I want to find quickly if Lucio or any other specific member has initiated a new thread.


Hey Stef, reply here to avoid off-topic in the typos/mistakes thread.

Yes, I think there is not (yet) an advanced search function to filter for users.

As of now, I think the best way to do that besides a good-old "ctr+f" in the activity tab, would be to go to the profile of that specific user, and check their activity.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

This may flood your email inbox.
But you may like to subscribe to New Topics under the forum main tab Subscriptions beside Activity.
Though I don't think it has the sub-feature of filtering for specific users.

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I think the forum guidelines should be updated to include another rule based on Lucio's notes from this thread:

Lucio: "Think of this famous stock phrase: 'I greatly appreciate your response'. They say that: (1) You are supposed to reply: it's an indirect form of tasking (power move). (1.1) Plus, it tasks you with a guise of "professionalism", which puts more distance between you and them. (2) You will displease them if you don't reply: they greatly appreciate you taking action for them (you make them happy, positive form of judge) but, it also implies, they are also greatly displeased if you don't (negative judge)."

I often see members attach a quick, "Any advice is much appreciated," when they come to the forum for the first time with questions. And, I really think it's more out of habit than anything else.

Adding this to the forum guidelines can help any members looking for feedback who take the time to read it increase their chances of getting a response.

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