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How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

17 Mar 2015 12:27

By posting in the most relevant category and clearly labelling your post it will enable other members of the community to find, read and respond to your posts. It will also allow greater choice over what people wish to read. For example, some people who have just been diagnosed may not wish to read posts relating to end of life. Similarly, those who are going through a hard time themselves may find it harrowing to read about someone else’s experience. The forum categories are also there to assist in this choice.

Tip: If you’re posting a new topic, try to make the title clear, so that people will know what the post is about when they see it in the list of latest posts.

Some examples of labelling posts;
a.    If you want information on something specific or you want to chat with someone who has the same cancer type as you, try and include this in the title. For example:  a post titled ‘Hi I’m new’ is less likely to attract people to read it, whereas titles such as  ‘Newly diagnosed with breast cancer’ or ‘I’m worried about starting chemo’ will enable other members to find your post and respond to it more quickly
b.    If you are posting good news please include what it is about, such as receiving an all clear.
c.    If you are posting an update which might be upsetting to others, especially if they are new to the forum, please be sensitive in your post title.
d.    If you are feeling low and want some support then put ‘feeling low’, or ‘bad day at today’ in the title.

Tip: If you think your post is in the wrong place or has the wrong title, Don’t panic! You can easily edit it by clicking the Edit Post link at the bottom of your message

These are just a few tips to help you get the most out of the forum and also to help those who are visiting for the first time. It can be quite overwhelming when you first join a community like Cancer Chat, so following these simple guidelines will really help people to find conversations that they can join in with.

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

10 Oct 2018 18:55 in response to Moderator Sarah

Really useful. Can you pin it to the top of the page?

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

29 Nov 2018 21:30 in response to Moderator Sarah

How will I know if someone posts a reply?

I had trouble with the category for my post;  It said I had to choose one and put 'laughter is the best medicine' but I don't think it's appropriate; none of the options seemed right.

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

29 Nov 2018 22:03 in response to Jdog

Hello Jdog and welcome to Cancer Chat,

When you start a discussion or respond to a message on Cancer Chat, you will automatically receive notification emails which let you know when someone else has posted a reply. I have checked your account settings and your notifications preferences are set to 'immediate' which means you should receive a notification when someone has replied to your post pretty quickly. Also keep an eye on your thread if you want and hopefully you will soon see nice replies flourish in there - it can sometimes take a day or two for someone to see your post and respond so hang in there Wink

Thank you for your feedback on the topic areas. It can be tricky sometimes to find the perfect fit for a particular thread. I hope you don't mind but I have moved your thread from Noticeboard to Introduce Yourself as I thought it was a lovely introductory thread.

So welcome on board the Cancer Chat forum and any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

30 Nov 2018 10:04 in response to Moderator Sarah

I find it really helpful if people post the type of cancer they are asking about in the title. I will only reply to those who are enquiring about skin cancer as that's the cancer I have most experience of, having been a melanoma patient for many years. 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

30 Nov 2018 15:34 in response to AngieT

Hi there Angie ..

Everyone is so needed here .. all of us covering different threads .. the nurses and moderaters do as much as they can ... but having a few extra on here makes a great team ... so welcome aboard ...

Chrissie x

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

30 Nov 2018 19:11 in response to Chriss

Hi Chrissie,

Thanks for the welcome. I'm happy to use my experience (as a patient) where I can as I know how lonely & anxious a place it can be when facing a diagnosis etc. 

Angie x

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

2 Dec 2018 08:59 in response to Mrsfingers

I agree with MrsFingers: could the moderators make this a "sticky" for a little while at least,  then perhaps every now and again put it back up there as necessary.  Thank you.  Annie

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

24 Jan 2019 21:34 in response to Moderator Sarah

Hi Sarah, I am new and I posted last night, but I don’t know if I posted in the right place as there has been zero responses. I was seeking feedback from “ask the nurses” as well has other members here and I am unsure if I have posted in the right place. I’m having difficulty navigating the site. Could you please check and help me out, move it if need be.  

I realize it’s possible to get zero responses, but I am just concerned that maybe I’ve done something wrong in the place I posted it. 

Thanks!

— Kristin 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

28 Jan 2019 10:40 in response to KristinLG

Hello KristinLG,

Welcome to the forum and my apologies for not replying to you earlier. I can see that since you posted this question you have in fact posted in Ask The Nurses and received a reply which I hope has been useful. You seem to be doing fine navigating the site but if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

I wanted to let you know I emailed you on the morning of 25/01 to inform you that I have unpublished the other duplicate thread as you requested as you mentioned on that thread that you were looking for a way to delete it once you had managed to post in Ask the Nurses.

So I think it's all sorted for you now! But if you have any questions, we're here to help Happy

Best wishes,

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator

 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

28 Jan 2019 12:30 in response to Moderator Sarah

The other bit of good advice is not to panic if you don't get a response within 12 hours - especially if you post around midnight. CRUK is a large organisation but (with the exception of the small team of moderators and nurses) most of the people on here are members of the public whose lives have been affected by cancer. The forum is open 24/7 but the number of people online has peaks and troughs.

The more rare your condition or complex the question, the longer it will probably take to get a response. I often reply to unanswered questions, just to boost them back to the top of the list.

Best wishes

Dave

 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

28 Jan 2019 13:15 in response to Moderator Sarah

I suggest you put in a particular note for the "Ask The Nurses" category, saying that the nurses aren't available over the weekend so anything posted there after 5pm Friday won't normally get a reply until some time on Monday. 

I agree with the the others who've said this post should be "sticky". 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

28 Jan 2019 14:32 in response to telemando

Thanks everyone. Just to confirm this thread is already pinned to the top of the page but I will make sure we post something on the nurses' page to let people know when they are in the office.

I appreciate all your feedback Happy

Moderator Sarah

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

28 Jan 2019 19:29 in response to Moderator Lucie

Hi Lucie, thanks for removing my other post. I’m finding my way around here. 

Kind regards,

— Kristin 

How to make sure your post is read on Cancer Chat

22 Jul 2019 21:03 in response to Moderator Sarah

I think I may have put my post under the wrong category... I was asked to choose one and I wasnt sure which was the most appropriate to be honest and put it on ‘noticeboard’... how do I remove it and where would mine be more appropriate to post to... its about a hysteroscopy biopsy I had for suspected endometrial cancer,I am a awaiting for my results like a lot of women I have noticed!