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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 22, 2017 9:45 AM CST
If I 'watch' a forum but 'unwatch' all the chatty-cathy threads that do not interest me (and mostly should be delegated to the Sandbox in my opinion), when those are updated, do I or do I not get a red balloon that there is something new in the watched forum? I have been trying to figure that out in a kind of haphazard way, and thought perhaps someone may know the answer.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 22, 2017 9:53 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

The forum shows new if there was anything new posted to the forum, regardless of whether you're watching any threads inside the forum.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Dec 22, 2017 12:33 PM CST
Thanks. So, to avoid all the chat threads I should just not watch any forum and just watch specific threads I guess. OK I can do that.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Dec 23, 2017 1:45 PM CST
If a thread has gotten off subject you can always "Suggest a Change" to move the thread to the Sandbox. Those continuing to "watch" the thread will still see it; only difference will be that it's located in the sandbox forum rather than the original forum.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Dec 23, 2017 1:59 PM CST
I'm not too tweaky about thread-drift, eventually they seem to get back on track, or sometimes the drift is as interesting as the initial focus. The ones that drive me a bit bonkers are the never-ending chat threads (some are into the 9,000s). I just can't slog through those but since they get daily traffic, my watched forums nearly always show something new, which is then a bit disappointing when it's just more chit-chat. But, obviously there is a large following of those threads (or perhaps a small number of people who contribute to them daily, who knows), so the work-around will work for me. Or I can do as I've always done - open the forum, see if anything is new of interest to me, then close again.

Another work-around is to just scroll through the 'recent threads' which often includes topics of interest to me in forums I don't normally frequent. I may place this in a more prominent spot and try that out for a bit. Just a matter of trial and error to get my home page set up to best suit my use.
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Dec 23, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Bonehead said:...never-ending chat threads (some are into the 9,000s...obviously there is a large following of those threads (or perhaps a small number of people who contribute to them daily, who knows)


Sighing! I only follow about 5-7 forums on NGA; that's enough to keep me busy when I take a break from my work around the house and garden.

Since I know of only one very active gardening thread that is in the 9,000s (9,405 and counting!!)...and so far we, that small number of people, have managed to stay on topic most of the time, I would like to say that it is not a "chatty" thread as you imply. We share with each other what we have done in our gardens today (indoors or outdoors) and we inspire each other, encourage each other to get out (or inside if the weather is cold) there and actually do some gardening. I applaud the "small number of people" who contribute to that particular thread and look forward each day to their posts.

As you yourself have suggested to others, please feel free to ignore or pass over any post or thread that is not to your liking. This place is not toxic as you once said. This place, this site, NGA, is an inspiration to gardeners, whether young or old, newbies or experienced. People from every state in the USA and people from many other countries come to NGA to seek help, advice, plant identification, and more. This site offers a wealth of information, in many forms, and most people enjoy being members or visitors to this site.

Rather than complain about things, why not do something positive?

If there is any thread you do not appreciate, you are free to pass over it, or ignore it, or how about this...why not just start your own thread and select your own subject matter. Anyone who is a member of NGA can do that.

I've said this before and I still believe that...if anyone is not having a good time on this site, then perhaps this site is not a good fit; it costs no money to become a member of this wonderful site; folks are free to leave if they do not enjoy the chatter happening here.


Stepping off my soapbox.





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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Dec 23, 2017 7:42 PM CST
Oh Greene...sigh. I have started plenty of threads myself, contribute regularly to the database, and thoroughly enjoy this site. No, I don't like overly long threads, I do think that particular thread is more chat than useful info (from the sporadic glances I've given it), but I realize that is my personal opinion. I do skip over it, along with its companion clearly non-garden thread.

I am not complaining, I am simply trying to figure out how to not be notified every time someone posts a smiley face on a chat thread. I think I've sorted that out and have adjusted my home page accordingly. If you will re-read my post directly above yours, I have come up with two work-arounds that will resolve my initial question (please note that it was a question and not a complaint).

In any event, have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday. I find a Christmas mimosa to be quite lovely. Peace.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Kim T.
Seguin, TX (Zone 8b)
TX_hoya
Jan 31, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Quick question - I have selected to watch a few forums, but I haven't seen anything on my homepage yet about them. What kind of notification should I get if watching a forum? Thanks!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Jan 31, 2018 4:23 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

They appear in the "Watched Forums" area of the homepage. You can customize the homepage to add and remove boxes and in your case that box was removed from your homepage. I added it back to your preferences for you so you should see it now.
Name: Kim T.
Seguin, TX (Zone 8b)
TX_hoya
Feb 1, 2018 12:18 PM CST
I do see it now, thanks Dave!

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