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jax Report 19 Oct 2013 11:50


GR would not know if someone is not a member....Even if not a paying one at the time does not mean they will not come back

I made a comment to someone not that long ago that the poster may not be a member now because they had 'nil' posts by there name....3 months later the OP returned saying they were still here and suddenly had 54 posts!!!

You can tell some deleted accounts by looking at the joining date Jan 001 name of Unknown and nil posts...but others you would not know until you tried to send a private message, when a banner would come up saying the account has been deleted ect

Even if GR changed all deleted accounts with a name like 'Account closed' there would still be people that would try to reply


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Jun 2013 00:14

...... just expect to see someone post every time that you do it

"Graham, this is an old thread, and x, y or z is probably no longer a member. If you wish to contact her or him, just click on the name, and send her a pm. Or if you are looking for information, please start your own thread"

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


jax Report 29 Jun 2013 19:45


If you want to waste your time posting on something that will not get a reply...just carry on then :-)


Graham Report 29 Jun 2013 09:20

Until recently I didn't know what OP meant. I've never seen it any where else.
As to posting on old threads I highly recommend it! :-D What is the point of keeping old threads on here otherwise? ;-)


MarieCeleste Report 16 May 2013 21:00

Sylvia - just one thing, the membership number only shows on certain browsers. Since I changed to Chrome I can't see it anywhere.

Alisoun, OP for opening poster is a very widely used term on most internet forums. I'm not sure what posts on this particular thread are hard too follow?

This link gives some insight into forum conventions:


SylviaInCanada Report 16 May 2013 05:26

Hi Alisoun

Hover your mouse pointer just either on or underneath the avatar (photo) or blank space just to the left of any posting.

It will show ......................

Member Since:
(eg, 2006)

(eg, 15,000)

If you hover your mouse pointer over a poster's name, you can also see the membership number. It will show somewhere on your monitor screen .................. on my screen it shows at the bottom left.

Regarding the date of a thread ....................... it shows at the right of the top line to any post .................

you can see

Alisoun Report 16 May 2013 04:36

Just double check every time you look at a post to make sure that you are not replying to a very old thread.



Alisoun Report 16 May 2013 04:36

How can we see how many posts an OP(original poster ?) has ,or whether they are a new or old member?
Most of the comments on this thread seem to be by the experts .and refer to all kinds of thingsthat newbies just won't follow . I've been on for a while but only guessed just now what OP stood for .
please try and keep it simple . feel free to accuse me of hypocrisy as I waffle and don't always make sense late at night .
When new people do read through this type of recommendation it could be off-putting to see the system being criticised .


Julia Report 28 Dec 2012 17:30

I think i was one of the lucky ones. I received a reply this morning..
Thanks for the advice though


Dorothy Report 25 Nov 2012 12:22

sorry not related.


Catherine Report 26 Aug 2012 15:27

I must say last year I picked up on 2 old posts (one from2009 and another from 2006) and in the days that followed I was mailed that I was "naïve" hoping to get answers from people who had posted so long ago.
Okay that's true but I was obviously very lucky as both opriginal posters replied and the contact s proved helpful. Maybe it is rare but it's certainly worth a go. This was when it was the old Surnames board.



ErikaH Report 21 May 2012 14:03

GR are simply blinkered........unable to admit the error of their ways in continuing to show the 'discussions' tag. It's their new 'baby' and they won't let go..........

They know nothing about FH research, and even less about using the message boards

How is it possible that there are so many threads where the OP's 'number of posts' is ZERO?

Defies logic...............


SylviaInCanada Report 6 May 2012 22:51

and GR still does not seem to see the problem with "Discussions"!


jax Report 6 May 2012 19:12

How are they expected to notice this if they are just clicking on discussions on their home page? which I have said already :-D

Mike *

Mike * Report 6 May 2012 13:38

This couldn't be in a more prominent place on the board and yet NOBODY SEEMS TO NOTICE IT.

There are more old postings being raked up than ever before.


GlitterBaby Report 29 Apr 2012 18:06

Problem is that if members do not read board guidelines then they are not going to read this thread or anything else which is might be helpful

We can only try :-)


Dea Report 29 Apr 2012 17:58

I second that Cynths !!!

Dea Xxx


Cynthia Report 29 Apr 2012 15:40

Do you know....I have only just spotted this! tuts.

Thanks GB........definitely necessary - hopefully it will help the nonsense which is going on.

Cx :-D :-D :-D


Dea Report 27 Apr 2012 23:07

I have just gone to take a look Reggie - I am SO sorry but it is just a load of C### !!!

Have to go to bed just now but will look with great interest in the morning !!

Dea Xxx


ErikaH Report 27 Apr 2012 22:59

Have you seen GR's ridiculous response on the thread about this on 'Suggestions'?


Dea Report 27 Apr 2012 19:56

OOOerrr !

Glitter's gorn and been stickied !!!

Important message though and I am glad it has been recognised as such - there have been too many very old threads dragged up to the top recently and these people are going to be disappointed that they are not connecting.

GR really needs to do something about the reason this is happening though!

As Ja....x has said, these are mainly new users going through the discussions on the home page - most of them will not see this message.

This 'new facility' is not working and should be removed.

Dea Xxx