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How do you manage navigating the forum? Please comment, to make any problems clear and feel free to make suggestions.

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No different to any other forum15
No problems38
OK with assistance/practice49
Difficult33
Easier with the HU App3
More difficult with HU App3
Frustrating to the point of giving up17
Other (please specify) Please state how long you've been a member7
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The group’s page seems to be okay when there isn’t a site-wide glitch.

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Have just completed the poll

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OK if you have plenty of time to scroll down lots of posts especially on your weigh in day.

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Do you never look for the links in Events, Jan?

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Any glitches soon get sorted out and if the advice and assistance offered by admins on joining is taken on board there shouldn't be any difficulty. The recent addition of FAQs is an excellent tool if members access it when in difficulty.

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Hit and miss with me 😁 4-5weeks

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Hi and welcome, Veronica :)

This may help :)

I'd like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out. If you just post a few words to introduce yourself and respond to others there, you'll soon break the ice. Here's the link

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

You'll find all the information you need to navigate the forum in the header, so please take the time to read it carefully.

Wishing you all the best :)

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This is because l don't know what Pam doing rather than the site

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Have you checked the FAQ's and Newbie Club header, Mardri?

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As HU is in its embryonic stages I prefer to use Nutracheck until HU is easier for me. Sorry.

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Is that for a calories checker, or for support, mustgetslim?

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Everything. Hate to say this but I think HU would learn loads from Nutracheck - very much 'belongs' to the members. Members advise each other - admin will advise when appropriate. Not as complicated as HU. Suggest someone joins NC because it is brilliant. Someone who is getting this site off the ground and who is good at site building, etc. I have no time to learn this site and its vagaries unfortunately. Members can always email admin or whoever for expert advice. Think this HU through the NHS is a great idea though. Will pop on occasionally to see what is happening. x

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You do realise we Admins are just members and not employees of HU, or the NHS, don't you? :)

We volunteer our assistance to fellow members, in a pay it forward system and offer to share our experience of weight loss, not expert advice :)

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It's great that you've found somewhere that suits you better . We all have to find our own path. but I can't imagine any forum 'belonging ' to the members more than this one and as moreless says all our hard working admins are volunteers.

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Thank you wa2un7

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I think it would be helpful if there was a way responses to a person's post can show as read once they have been viewed

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I get that this would be cool but in what way useful? Just interested

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It took me some getting used to when i began on the forum in April 2017.. But I think things are a little more organised now. What I find a bit silly is that, using android, on the full site, I have to go into a post (any post) and then scroll down down down to the bottom below the comments, to find the link list (Daily Diary for eg) I'm on Samsung so it might be just my kind of phone. But it is cumbersome.

Another thing that would be great is if I could search my own posts for e.g. to find my last weigh in. Or search within posts for e.g. to find something some mentioned i daily diary later rather than wade through every comment til I find it. Dreaming too big perhaps?

Another thing that would be great is if notifications were separated in some way.. likes in green responses in red for e.g.. missing someone's response is easy when you have 88 notifications most of which are likes. Responses can go unnoticed.

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You've got to have a dream Beee, or you'll never have a dream come true :)

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Just struggle with navigating from one subject to another. Eg l saw your reply about the newbie links in an email but l can't actually find it to read when l press the see the reply link. Maybe it's the tablet l use. However l do find all the comments, recipes and encouragements really helpful

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No, that's the vagaries of the poll, Mardri, as it's happening to me too! The notifications only bring us to the header and we have to scroll through to find the actual response!

On normal threads, you should get a red notification dot, next to the bell at the top middle of your screen. If you click on that, it should take you directly to the response :)

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Thanks for that, it's a bit clearer to me now so should help quite a lot.

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I'm delighted, Mardri :)

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I find the site easy to use if I have found something a little difficult there’s always someone to help.

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I think that the FAQs page is a great idea; I've also noticed If someone has any other query, it is answered quickly.

All in all, I think the site is very clear and extremely helpful; thanks to all concerned. 😊

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Dont post much as dont have time and to tired to think

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I'm very sorry to hear that, Den. How is your weight loss going? If you don't post at all, we can't help you. Even if you posted on a weigh-in, once a week, I'm sure you'd do better :)

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Sad to read this Den63

Try to make YOU a priority, your health has got to be worth it.

Just find 10 minutes a day, you'll find amazing things happen when you make the smallest changes.

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Hi Den, time is precious, I know. Like moreless says just posting your weigh in weekly can help. Try to make some time to plan your food. It will get easier and when you taste a bit of success it will give you a boost.

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It might help to have post with most recent comment on at the top.. but I realise this is complicated but it would help find the chat as it goes on. I find the forum a bit convoluted but this is because there is so much good information on there. I think I made my first comment in August after I had been lurking for a while!

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Member since 2nd January 2017.

Like most things that are worthwhile, you need to invest a little time.

Amazing administrators, always there and understanding real people with good hearts.

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Your assistance on Monday was excellent, I hope I can find the Monday movers next Monday! Thanks

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I'm sure you will, wellington and you have the FAQ's to refer back to :)

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Morning moreless, I have been here almost 11 months. I didn’t really understand how to find my way around the site in the early days so I was a ‘scroller’. Since September when you started the Newbie Club, I have learnt a lot and find it much easier now. The Newbie club and FAQ have both been excellent new additions.

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You have been so helpful and kind Moreless and I appreciate that you are an administrator, but also a 'member' and obviously do this on a voluntary basis. It must be me, although I have to say this is this only site I have found I cannot find my way around. There seem to be so many choices then after selecting one, you find you are faced with more choices. A bit like calling a large company on the phone, only to be given several sets of choices then find none of them are what you are actually looking for. I hope the feedback helps. Thank you for the assistance you have tried to furnish me with. (I feel I must tell you - I have had my own company for 30 years and am professionally qualified, perhaps I lack the patience or perseverance required)............I apologise to you Moreless...... you have certainly tried. I also feel frustrated and a little embarrassed at my failure. Also my failure to lose the 7lbs I am desperate to lose. (Like carrying a bag of potatoes around all day.)

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Hi tansy-ann,

Please don't feel embarrassed! I think you need to simplify your searches to one, or two and use the FAQ's to get you there. Only read what I've written and don't follow any other links :)

Find Events and use that to find a weigh-in, the DD and the What's Happening thread. Those three things are more than enough for your initial needs.

I suspect that you're expecting too much of yourself, too soon. I am a total numpty and expect nothing of myself, but I've managed to crack the code to this forum! ;)

I have total confidence in your ability to crack the code too and to lose those pesky pounds!

Together, we can achieve anything! :)

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I have answered this poll. I find the best thing for me is to just look around until I find the right things I am looking for.

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Thank you Moreless (once again), I shall try that..........

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Never had any problem whatsoever.

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I find getting round the site frustrating, there are so many topics etc and for new people just follow everyone else that is no good for me. The medication I am on makes me forget a lot so with this I get annoyed. I feel it could do with being made simpler with more examples set out for the new people. You have a really good tool here but I feel it is not used to its full potential.

Debbie

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I'm sorry that you feel this way Debbie. Have you read all the information in the Newbie Club and the FAQ's? There are links to just about every conceivable action you could wish to make, including picture instructions.

You joined the forum on Oct 18th, joined the Happiness Challenge on Oct 19th, the Newbie Club on Oct 22nd, a weigh-in and Daily Diary on Oct 23rd and were sent a message on the 25th Oct, offering assistance, if you required it. You were supported and guided on each of these occasions, but that was the last we heard from you, until now.

I'm afraid there's a limit to what we can provide, but support and encouragement is always available to you, when you're here and learning the ropes does take practice. I'm sure that if you log on more frequently and join in, you'll find it easier to remember what to do :)

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Initially really struggled to navigate my way around, but once I got going, found it fairly easy!

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moreless Is there any easy way I find all my posts to ensure they are locked? TIA ox

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Hi Orcadiana,

Go to your profile and all of your posts are listed there.

It's just a case of working through them and checking, unfortunately.

You've only got 21, so it shouldn't take long.

Good luck! :)

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Thanks - I think all ok now.

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I do find using the forum difficult but with patience and practice I'm sure I will get better at it .

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I've used far better sites, it doesn't flow particularly well and navigation should be more obvious, some of the topic titles are ambiguous.e.g I made my first post and was welcomed by an admin very quickly who gave me a badge ......brilliant, and was guided to the Newbies section and thought this is where I should introduce myself so ended up doing a slightly different post that ended up with two posts serving the same purpose very close together.

As I am due an upgrade on my phone shortly and don't currently have space I have only used the website not the app. Hope this feedback is useful and thanks to all the admins and hosts who are really on the ball, looking forward to 'meeting' you all.

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Thanks for your feedback, Barcud :)

Your second post was made on the open forum, not the newbie thread, so I expect you clicked on write, which really means start a new thread. If you remember that having to fill out a template, with a title, means you're not adding to another person's post, but starting your own.

We have asked for this to be made less ambiguous, but to no avail, so far.

The newbie thread is designed to keep all information pertinent to navigating the forum together, so that you just have one place to refer back to, if you're having difficulties.

Unfortunately, with the Topic titles, we only have 30 characters to use, so have to come up with titles that generally encapsulate the contents. More characters available to us, would make this less ambiguous. We have also asked for this.

I certainly wouldn't bother with the app, as it offers very little access to the different areas of the forum and is only available on iphones anyway. Those of us with Android phones, manage perfectly well :)

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I found it different to any other forum that I have belonged to and not easy to understand how to navigate at first. I am more used to different sections laid out, so that I know where to post on a certain topic. I wanted to be here though, so didn't give up!

However this is not criticism, this is a great forum admin work very hard and are on the ball. Once I worked out how to do things, I got the hang of it all.

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I am doing quite a lot on the site, but some of my replies seem to have been lost, perhaps I did not press the right button at the right time?

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That's a possibility, barbararobson, or maybe you moved to another page before completing?

If it's a glitch that continues without reason though, please report it to Health Unlocked.

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Been a member since January this year.

No probs with the site at all, needed help occasionally but that's me that is not very technical.

Iove this forum and the members, without it I couldn't have kept going on my quest to be healthy, i don't see it as a diet but rather a new way of life, addmited I'm loosing weight very slowly and that is why I became a member but there is far more to this forum than that.

We all give support and encouragement to each other in other ways too, we are friends without seeing each other, and often just pop in for a natter on the what's happening post.

I am so very grateful to all the admin & volunteers who give of there time & energy to help others, they are a mountain of information when it comes to weight loss, and always on hand to help when necessary.

I am so very grateful for everything they put into this forum because I know at times it's not been easy, I'd like the forum to stay as it is, it works so why fix something if it's not broken!!

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I look in events and don't see what I'm looking for. Could each weigh- in/ maintainers club have a folder that would lead you to all the different pages they have made? I also have great difficulty if I want to find out what I last contributed as it is not a post but a thread!

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Events only hold current weigh-ins.

The OLD Weigh-ins Topic hold all weigh-ins in date order.

Your own profile holds all your own replies.

We can't offer more than that, as those are the restrictions of the site. You can email HU with your suggestions.

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A member only a few days so still working out what's what and where.

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I haven't used social media before and I find it very difficult to find the same people again. Also I get lost very easily.

But it is very interesting and full of good ideas, and I'm sure if I keep going I will get better at finding my way around.

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