Finding anything on ww2talk website

Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by adam180, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Is it just me or is it hard to catch up on a thread you have been involved with if you dont visit ww2talk for a few days?
    also if it takes me a while to add to a thread for one reason or another maybe answering somone, very often that person dont get back to me. i think its because unless they go back there they wount see its been added to and they have been asked something.
    i use a simular site to this on a winemaking forum, and i can tick something as i am putting a post on the tread that will email me if more is added.
    can i set my account up to do this?

    i hope i am making sence and i am by no means running this site down (i love it infact) everyone has been so friendly :cheers:its just a bit frustrating for me.:banghead:

    all the best adam
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    I know where you are coming from on this and I personally note the thread and later search for it when I know I will be looking at the thread further.

    It is just due to volume of replies knocking down the threads on the list. The result being that if you are offline several days, you have a lot of catching up to do.

    When you log on you have a lot of new messages posted and it takes time to trawl through them, but you should not miss any if the system is working properly.

  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi Adam,

    If you click on usercp
    You will see New Subscribed threads - if you click on the orange arrow it will allow you to click on VIEW ALL SUBSCRIBED THREADS. Those with new messages since you last visited will listed in bold in the first instance any way.

    Also if you find Edit options on the left hand column, under Your Control Panel, this should bring you to Messaging and Notification.

    There will be an option then for Thread subscription. Click on instant email notification and it should set it up for you.

    Unfortunately, something is amiss with my own email set-up and it is more off than on. However, all the more reason for me to visit. ;)

    Hope I have explained correctly.
    All the best,
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  4. spidge


    Hi Adam,

    Go into your user CP.

    Go to options on the left hand side and double click

    Go down to the messages section

    Go to default subscription messaging mode

    List Instant Email Notification

    That should do it

    When you start a new thread, continue down the page and make sure the section of "Instant email notification" is highlighted.


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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Edit: Cross-posted with the above 2 - cheers chaps.

    Some more tips on keeping track of things.

    By clicking 'Edit Tags' at the bottom right of a thread you can add any text you like to the 'tags' (seriously, as long as it's not offensive you can put any note or aide memoir you fancy), which can then be searched via the 'Tag Search' or 'Tag cloud' within the search function.

    Viewing Posts:
    If you click on your username anywhere, or click on 'Show all statistics' on your profile, there's the option to review every post/thread you've contributed to in date order.

    Bit hit and miss this, as some ISPs are overly aggressive in denying emails generated by websites (your email's on one of these Adam), but if you click 'Thread Tools' at the top of a thread you can subscribe to it and should get email notifications when it's added to. Or you can check manually via your UserCP.

    Search Function & Google searching:
    While I'd agree it can be a little clunky (mostly down to keeping up with the sheer volume of stuff on the site) the search system isn't bad, Advanced search in particular gives loads more options, but if you really want to search more precisely I'd recommend a Google 'Site Search' - You can have this as a button on the Google toolbar, but to do it via the normal search box on Google just type:


    replacing the 'Query' with whatever you're searching for. This uses all the power of Google to interrogate this (or any other) site, and allows the full range of google search terminology to be used in the query.

    Hope that helps a bit.


    PS. Moved thread to Administration and pinned it - all tips gratefully welcomed as there seem to be as many ways of using Vbulletin as there are users, I still regularly notice features I've never seen before.

    Edit: Adding a 'Google site-search guide I posted elsewhere'

    Google site-searches a quick guide.

    Method 1: Use Google's 'advanced search' and specify the site's url. It works, but it can be done without needing to 'go advanced'.

    Method 2: Enter this search string directly into the normal Google search box:
    Search Term
    Where the red letters are replaced by the relevant terms.
    EG.; If I want to search for Ron on people's war I might type
    "Ron Goldstein"
    (quotation marks around Ron's name so Google only searches for that exact phrase and ignores any other Rons that may be present.)

    Method 3: the easiest and the one I use - If you have the Google toolbar installed, add a button for 'Search site' which begins the query with just a single click while you're on a given site, all you have to do is add your search term to the partially filled Google search box that appears, using any other Google shortcuts or tricks you're already familiar with.

    All of the above will beat most all searches 'built in' to websites, unless of course they have Google site-searching installed already.
    If there's a thread you can't find with our search system it'll nearly always show on a Google hunt.

    Hope that makes some sense...
  6. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Thanks everyone i will try that now
    cheers adam
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I just save it to my favourites :)
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  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Now then, you mentioned something about wine making? :)
  10. jacksun

    jacksun Senior Member

    When you are posting a new response to a thread, scroll down and right below "manage attachments" is "thread subscription". Change this to no email notification, instant notification, weekly notification, or monthly notification depending on your preference.

    This will add that thread to your subscribed threads, and with instant notification you'll know when someone replies. With no notification you need to review your subscribed threads.

    This option applies only to the individual thread, not all threads you reply to or start like the option in your user CP.

  11. alan8376

    alan8376 Member

    Can any one help me find my thread much easier. It is listed as:

    Information from U.S. Archives. WW2. 3128552 P.Carr DCM 2 RSF

    Each time I visit the web site I have to go to the search function to bring the thread up! Maybe it got moved? I have tried clicking on Geneology etc. but it only shows the latest posting.

    Did I set something up incorrectly when originally posting the above thread?

  12. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    The best thing to do is look at your Statistics on your profile page and take a look at "find all postings by alan8376"-this shows you all the postings you have made.
    That is what I do when I need to find an old post I made.

  13. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    VP described how to do it on this thread a while ago :)

    Viewing Posts:
    If you click on your username anywhere, or click on 'Show all statistics' on your profile, there's the option to review every post/thread you've contributed to in date order.

  14. alan8376

    alan8376 Member

    Thanks for the tips..

  15. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    One of the problems in reaching what might be considered "senior years" is that if you have an internet problem you find yourself asking
    "Is it just me ?"

    As in the case of the missing list of Member's Birthdays.

    I am positive that at one stage in the changeover to Invision we had a list of member's birthdays that used to pop up and give due warning of such events.

    For whatever reason this now appears to have disappeared (at least for me)

    Any helpful comments please ?

  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    scroll down to see them on right hand side

    Attached Files:

  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    You lovely man !

    What I've been doing on reaching the FORUMS page was to automatically select NEW CONTENT which effectively wiped out the Birthday List !

    Just relieved that I don't have to take any more tablets :)

  18. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    A fuller list is also available via Calendar - see heading alongside Portal etc

    To view a date click the actual numerals of the date in question
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  19. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thanks Diane !

    Must remember to return to this thread when I encounter similar problems :)

  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The new Xenforo search system appears to be much better?
    I've not used Google search at all so far to find the most obscure threads.
    It uses something called 'ElasticSearch', whatever the F that is.
    Apparently it's what all the cool kids use nowadays. Hipsters may hack me off a bit, but they sometimes might have a point.

    Minimum search term length is four characters.

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