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Talking about Ashton / Market Poll
« on: May 09, 2009, 02:27 PM »
In view of Fudge's discussion about the refurbished Market Hall, and whether it is as good as it was before the fire in 2004, here's a chance to have a vote on what you think.

You will be able to see the results after you have voted.

Any member can start a poll, so if you get an idea for one, then set one up!

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Technical Matters / Help! I can't log in!
« on: May 07, 2009, 10:25 PM »
I have had a couple of emails from new members who are wondering why they can't log in.

When you register to join this forum, an automatic email will be sent to your email address. When you get this email, click on the link in it and your account will be activated.

You will not be able to post messages until your account has been activated.

This is to stop spammers from attempting to register using false email addresses so that they can post adverts for dubious websites or amazing medications. (Remember all the strange names that appeared on the members' list on the old board?)

I see that there are at present six accounts waiting to be activated. Is yours one of them? Have you signed up but still can't post? Maybe your email system has put the automated email into your spam folder.

If you have signed up and can't see your activation email then send an email to me (click envelope on left) telling me which user name you registered and I will sort it out for you.

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Technical Matters / Re: Martin, how did you do that?
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:32 PM »
Hello Vanessa,

You did everything right, except the address that you pasted into your message was the address of the web page with the photo on, not the location of the image itself.

Look at the page again and right-click on the image.
Select "Copy image location" or similar, depending on which browser you are using. Then edit your message here by pasting that location between the tags.

If you can't find the image location that way on your browser, right-click on the image and select Properties. You can then copy the location from that (it starts with http).

I could do it for you, but you won't learn that way!

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General Discussion / Re: Groovey Gran
« on: May 05, 2009, 09:51 PM »
You are quite right, Fudge! I was only thinking earlier on, when there were just a few posts on this new forum, that if GG was here, she'd have got it off to a flying start, posting twice as much as anyone else!


Incidentally, has anyone here got Karen's current email address? I tried emailing the one I had for her but there has been no reply. If you have, please send me an email or a personal message, don't post it in this thread.

I was thinking of making some special web pages with the best of GG's memories of Ashton, and wondered what Karen would think of the idea.

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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: May 05, 2009, 08:15 PM »
Ha!
I've just solved a little problem that was putting little black squares around images in messages.
 :D   (Like this smiley!)

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Technical Matters / Re: Martin, how did you do that?
« on: May 05, 2009, 07:18 PM »
Hi, Vanessa. The photo was already online, on the blog, so I just copied the image location, clicked the second from left button above the smileys (Insert Image) then pasted the image location into the box that comes up.

If you have an image of your own and don't have a web site, you can upload it to somewhere like Flickr or one of the other free places and then you can copy the location as above.

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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: May 05, 2009, 04:05 PM »
The old forum is now back online.

I'm afraid nobody is a member any more. That was the only way I could stop people posting there and new members attempting to register. It means that all the old messages are preserved for posterity.

Why am I not surprised that you had a problem getting  to it, Joyce!   :o
Maybe you tried before I made it public again.

It should be here now for all to see.

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General Discussion / Re: sunshine
« on: May 05, 2009, 03:54 PM »
Well, of course there are two reasons for the sunshiny photos.

Firstly - I tend to wait for a nice bright day to go out and take photos, as the results are so much more pleasing than those taken on a dull day, and secondly - I don't really want to go out taking photos in the rain! Digital cameras don't like getting wet, and neither do photographers!

However, here is a photo from the blog that may make you feel a little better:

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Technical Matters / Hiding your Email Address
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:16 PM »
Hello everyone,

When you registered to become a member of this new forum, you may have noticed a little box that you could tick to hide your email address from others. It has been pointed out to me that, in some cases at least, this does not seem to work.

If you wanted your email address to be hidden, then you might need to do it again manually to make sure it stays hidden

This is what you do:
1. Click on the word "Profile" at the top, next to Home, Help, Search, etc.
2. Look on the left hand side, in the panel headed "Modify Profile".
3. Click "Account related settings".
4. Tick the little box next to "Hide email address from public".

If you do not hide your email address then it can be seen by other members when they click on your name or hover their mouse over the envelope under your name on a post. Your email address can not be seen by people who are not registered and logged in.

Important: I should point out that when you are logged in, you can always see your own email address, even if you have "hidden" it, although other people won't be able to!


There are some advantages to having your address visible - for instance someone who wants to send you an email just has to click on the envelope and their email program will open up with an email ready to send to you. However, some people may prefer to keep their email address to themselves and, when spam can be a big problem, this is understandable. An alternative could be to register for a new email address with something like Google Mail, and use that as your address here.

I didn't expect to find that something was broken quite so soon!

There are lots of other things you can do with your profile while you're there. You may have noticed that I've put a little picture in mine that appears next to my posts.

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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: May 04, 2009, 02:53 PM »
(just found spell check won't work)
Will that be me or a glitch?

Hello Jaywit,

Not a glitch - it wasn't turned on. I have turned on the spell check option now and it seems to be working.

Of course, if you were using Firefox, it has its own spell checker that works with forums, etc!

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General Discussion / Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:24 PM »
Well, here it is at last - a brand new message board that (hopefully) has all the bits working properly!

In theory I should have been able to transfer all the members and messages from the old discussion board. In practice, because the old board was such an old version, it wasn't going  to work. I spent a couple of days trying!

What I have done, then, is to leave all the messages on the old board for you to read if you want to. There are some very interesting memories there, which are worth going back to!

I have started again from scratch with this new forum. That means that, even of you were a member of the old board, you will have to register again in order to post messages. I'm sorry about that. However, it means that all those people who have tried unsuccessfully to join will be able to take part now.

I hope you think it is worth it - there are a number of new whizzy features on this forum which I'm sure some of you will start to discover.

The forum comes from Simple Machines, if anyone is interested in getting one for another website. There wasn't a lot of online help for customising the format to match the ashton-under-lyne.com website - it needed amn understanding of Cascading Style Sheets and a lot of trial and error! Hopefully it looks okay unless you are using a very very old browser.

My thanks to Mike of Astrohosts for his help and patience during the process of setting this up.

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Welcome to the new Discussion Forum for ashton-under-lyne.com.

This new forum replaces the one that was here before, which was no longer working properly.

Like the old forum, this one is hosted on my own web space, so there are no pop-ups or other advertisements.

You may notice that next to the date is a plus or minus sign. Clicking the plus will open up an area showing information such as unread posts since your last visit or new replies to your posts, along with a search panel. Clicking the minus will hide this area.

Please feel free to start new topics. I have arranged the board into a number of subject areas, so see which subject best fits your topic. I have created new areas for talking about Ashton and other local places, leaving the "general discussion" area for wider topics that are not purely local.

Please enjoy, and let me know of any problems!

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Using this Forum / It's easy to post!
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:05 PM »
If you want to start a topic or post a reply to someone else's message, you must first register as a member.

When you register, your registration has to be approved by the forum administrator. When you have been approved, you will be sent an email telling you that you can log in.

The approval process is to help prevent spammers from posting messages and links to dubious websites, so is for your protection. You should receive an approval within a few hours. If you have not heard anything after 48 hours please contact me through the email link on the main website.

To post a message, you must be logged in. Enter your user name and password. You browser might ask you if you want it to remember your user name and password.

If you want to reply to what someone else has written, click on "reply" below
the message.

If you want to start a new subject, choose the most appropriate section of the
board and click "start new topic".

When you have finished you can click "send" at the bottom. If you have time,
click "preview" which gives you the chance to read through your message and
see that it is alright.

If you find after you have posted a message that you made a mistake, don't
worry, just click on "modify" and change your message!

Be warned that there is a limit of 10000 letters to each post, so extremely
long messages will not be accepted. If you are in doubt, copy your message
before you click "post" or you will have to type it all again!

If you are a regular reader it is useful to be logged in, even if you don't want to post anything, as you can save time by clicking the "Show unread posts since last visit" link at the top of the page.

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Using this Forum / What happened to the old board?
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:00 PM »
Unfortunately it was not possible to transfer the messages from the old board to this one. I have left the old board where it was, so that you can still read the messages that were posted between 2004 and 2009.

You will not be able to join the old board or post new messages to it, but you can still read the wealth of memories that have been posted there.

You can find the old board here.

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