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Nov 29th, 2016, 05:50 AM
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Question: will older posts and threads be brought over to the new platform? There's a lot of good information here and it would be a shame to lose it.>>

backlunch - save lounge posts, threads and posts can be accessed via google.

I would be very unhappy to lose the current format which I find a great deal more user friendly than the format in the given by NewB. [I hadn't seen that other post, thanks].

there is already a Fodors FB group but it's not the same as coming here.
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Nov 29th, 2016, 06:22 AM
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Hi annhig,
I joined a Fodors facebook group years and years ago (perhaps 2008?) but recently went to look for it and couldn't find it. Do you have the name of the group?

P.S. We found Orbetello from your helpful posts many years ago. We will be spending another day there this June... 3rd year in a row
TexasAggie is offline  
Nov 29th, 2016, 06:26 AM
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Surely there is a way to make the new format more attractive than that old-style message board look. Looking forward to seeing what Fodors does.
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Nov 29th, 2016, 06:34 AM
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It's my opinion that travel forums like these will become obsolete more quickly than you can say "spam". They are too easily hackable, and continual updates to prevent loss of private information is expensive. In addition, many sites are phasing out moderators in favor of algorithms which search for key words and phrases and automatically delete whole threads.

Unless a forum can mutate into a type of platform for hotels and vacation apartments, as TripAdvisor has done, or continue mutating into whatever the CEO of AirBnB is interested in - it won't be profitable enough to keep running.

Most of the "reviews" on travel sites have been outsourced for many years, because many "real" travelers don't take the time to write genuine reviews, and so someone hires a company to fill up the space, which is essentially advertising.

It's really too bad.
fuzzbucket is offline  
Nov 29th, 2016, 07:32 AM
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Thank you for update.
Dayenu is offline  
Nov 29th, 2016, 11:17 AM
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it's called Fauxdor Friends, but don't ask me how to join people to it, that's beyond my abilities.

BTW I am so pleased that you like Orbetello so much. I've threatened to go back a few times but not made it so far. Do you stay in the town or nearby?
annhig is offline  
Nov 30th, 2016, 05:06 AM
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Thanks for your perseverance, really hope it gets sorted soon!
edwardphelan is offline  
Nov 30th, 2016, 08:48 AM
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They will lose me for sure. I have never been able to make sense of the flyertalk forum.
LeslieC is offline  
Nov 30th, 2016, 10:03 AM
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There are some things I do like about the Fodor's format, especially the "recent posts" panel on the left. However, there are other things most forums have, and that Fodors is lacking, such as the ability to edit a post, notification by email of new posts in topics you're "watching", and a way to send private messages to other members. The VB form seems to have all of these. It is kind of ugly, though.

I wonder if the "recent posts" panel can be maintained. That would go a long way to reconciling me to the change.
bvlenci is offline  
Nov 30th, 2016, 12:04 PM
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I hope you can turn off the email notification! My inbox would be overwhelmed and I currently find them with no difficulty from my profile.
thursdaysd is online now  
Nov 30th, 2016, 06:12 PM
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I must admit that I don't find the need to edit posts, don't want e-mail notification, and don't want to send or receive private messages. JMO.
kja is offline  
Nov 30th, 2016, 09:22 PM
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I could use the edit post because I forget to proofread.

I've seen a lot of people over the years use it to include saying something awful to someone though, then remove that part after the person is properly insulted and before the management can judge the comment. People are a wonder.

I'm not sure I'd turn on private messages. I can't think of why I'd ever PM someone and I can't keep up with my actual email as it is.
CounterClifton is offline  
Dec 1st, 2016, 02:31 PM
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Oh MY ! I seem to have lost contact with the LOUNGE. Any ideas for how to reconnect ?
MarnieWDC is offline  
Dec 1st, 2016, 03:37 PM
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Your profile shows you are 'old enough' to see the Lounge. Are you sure you were logged in when you tried to access it? (obviously you are now because you are posting - but just maybe you weren't logged in then?? If one isn't logged in you can't see the Lounge . . .

Otherwise I can't imagine what could cause this -- if you are logged in and still can't see the Lounge, maybe e-mail the moderators to see if they can figure it out.
janisj is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 04:46 AM
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I must admit that I don't find the need to edit posts

You never misspell or omit words or remember something to add? Must be nice.
sparkchaser is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 10:12 AM
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I do that occasionally, but who cares?
NewbE is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 05:06 PM
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@ CounterClifton: Oh my! Now I'm going to wonder about motivations anytime I see someone say they wish we had an edit function. ;-)

@ sparkchaser: I normally type my responses in word and paste them into Fodor's after proofreading. While I still make mistakes, I don't find them particularly worrisome. YMMV.
kja is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 05:21 PM
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LOL, kja. Sorry if I've sparked a fear of subterfuge.
CounterClifton is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 05:45 PM
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@ CounterClifton: Not so much a fear of subterfuge, but curiosity about what people want to say that they know they can't edit in a timely way. I think I'm glad I don't know.... ;-)
kja is offline  
Dec 2nd, 2016, 06:05 PM
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kja, just some time doing forum moderation. People get sniping, dredge up history, overstep and goad each other. In other cases, people just say something awful and personal to get a reaction because they get a kick out of it. Then after their opponent or target get angry and have a big reaction, they go back and delete or modify the part that was over the line. Figure they're making the respondant look crazy.

Hey, it's the internet. Read the comments section under news articles. There are all kinds out here.

Edit function is mostly a good thing. Just happens to be easily used to mess with people too, by a few.
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