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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 .


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.



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:


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? ;-)


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 :-)


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 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


Ru Report 19 Oct 2013 21:27

Hi Jax,

Thanks for your information. Just shows we are responsible for ourselves and therefore, the helpers are good at what they point out on the threads.

Your knowledge is these sites does you credit.

Thanks again - mine was just a thought eh!



ErikaH Report 20 Feb 2014 22:20


I use Chrome....and I can see memberhip numbers


Tracking Report 3 Mar 2014 16:53

I am researching the Goldsmith Family and am unable to find the parents of Joseph Henry Goldsmith dob 1874 died 1939 Born in Hackney London. Also the parents of his wife Elizabeth Emily ? who was born in 1800.

I wonder if anyone can help me concerning this.



Tracking Report 3 Mar 2014 16:56

Can anybody help with information concerning Thomas Underwood (1854) and his wife Caroline? (1854) Parents names. They were born in London or Croydon.



jax Report 3 Mar 2014 17:17


This is an information thread to advise people to check the dates on old threads before they reply on them.

If you would like help please start a thread of your own by clicking on 'Add topic'

edit - I see you have now


jax Report 21 Apr 2014 20:51


If Genes did not agree with this thread, they would not have stickied it to the top of the board.....would they????

Not sure who your post is aimed at but this thread has been on here two years


patchem Report 21 Apr 2014 21:56


Why do you think this is your old thread?

The advice to Valerie was extremely sensible, as no-one had replied on here to help her.


jax Report 21 Apr 2014 22:01


I am totally confused now :-D

Where is this thread? because this isn't it

Have you clicked on the persons name and sent her a private message? she will then receive an email from Genes


Cynthia Report 21 Apr 2014 22:09

Hello "kitty',

This thread was started by Glitterbaby two years ago, so I guess you have confused it with one which you started a long time ago. Whoever made the comment, would not be telling anyone off, simply stating a fact and trying to help.

Many of us use this site on a daily basis, so we have a good idea of how things work. Have you tried making contact with others who may have your family in their tree?

If you click on 'Search' above, you will see 'Search all members trees'. You can add the names you are researching. If you find a connection, you can contact the tree owners.

If you need help with your research, then why not post a question on the Find Ancestors board and someone will help you.


MarieCeleste Report 21 Apr 2014 22:11

Kitty, I concur that GR don't always agree with everything posted but in this case they DO because it was they that "stickied" the thread (they're the only ones that can do that) which is why it is always at the top of the board. They obviously think that it's a useful guide to new posters.

The reason that there are new replies on here is that because this thread will show in the "My Threads" of those of us who have previously posted on it - we can see when there are new posts (depending on how people have their settings they may even receive notification of new posts). That's rather different to when a new member posts on a thread where the original poster may no longer be a member.

Whilst the manner of a small few people may be a little blunt, Glitterbaby's opening post on here is informative and constructive.


SylviaInCanada Report 21 Apr 2014 22:14


This thread is one that was posted several years ago in an attempt to help people, and it was then "stickied" so that it would stay near the top of the first page of the Find Ancestors Board, where, hopefully, it would be seen by people new to posting on GR, and thus help them get used to some of the idiosyncracies of the site..

This is not your thread, and also not a thread on which you had previously posted.

If you want to find that thread ............ please look in the box headed "TOOLS" at the left hand side of your screen, and click on My Threads.

That will bring up all threads that you have started or on which you have posted.


patchem Report 22 Apr 2014 00:01

So could you post a link to your thread so we can see what you are talking about?



jax Report 22 Apr 2014 01:22


If someone replies to a thread that is over a year old, it is suggested that they send the poster a private email will then be sent to the poster alerting them they have a message waiting...which they can then reply to free of charge if no longer using the site

Should the original poster be now a non paying one they would not be able to reply on the thread unless they paid for a subscription

I don't know when you posted a thread or who told someone they were wasting their time for replying on it

No one could tell that you were active with less than a dozen posts to your name in 7 years.....they were trying to help the person who was trying to contact you