I was thinking the other day about the *technical* aspects that make this forum so great. Here are my thoughts but you might also know of some other things that are great here. Apart from the friendly people that is! Here it goes:
-I love how you do not get to see how many people have seen a thread versus how many have replied. Many forums give an indication of the number of people who have read the thread PLUS the number of people who have answered. I remember when posting on those forums I used to feel so deflated at the number of views my threads would get (say, 100) and the number of answers (like...0. Or 1). Here we do not get that number and I think that is great.
-I love the "like" feature and I love the notifications for "likes". Every single person that has clicked "like" on one of my messages I feel I have a special relationship with! It's like a secret between me and that person. A nice nudge, an acknowledgement. It does not take any time at all, but you know the other person on the other hand gets a notification. Brill. I got so many positive vibes just through those "likes".
-I love the "community" aspect whereby you can lock some of your messages so only members of said community can read it. I do not do it on all my posts but I like the fact the option is there.
-I love how colourful it is
-I love how you can easily get to read posts from a specific user just by clicking on his or her nickname. Ok not specific to this forum but somehow I find it easier. The difference between posts and replies is nice. Plus people can still choose to make them private if they want. Brill again.
Anything I've missed? I wish more forums were like this one technically, although they still wouldn't be a patch on our weight loss community if they don't have Lowcal, Moreless, FizzyLizz, Ruth_canal_runner , suzybenj, dave , you name it. Without YOU all reading this now basically!!