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    I think that's a good idea, Sunshine. Most or all of us here have had MS for so long that we probably know things about it that others don't know and--importantly--know where to look to find out more about it.

    Another thought--about keeping new people when they show up: Why not send them a Friend request? If I were new here, I might look at the Profiles of some of the regular people here, and if I always saw the same few people turning up as Friends in people's Profiles, I might get the idea that this was a very tight-knit group, and I'd hesitate to say much.

    Also a Friend request lets the new person know you're willing to reach out to new people. Being someone's Friend here doesn't enable anyone to do anything special but I've found it helpful to look over my Friends here from time to time.

    I wouldn't send a Friend request to someone completely new who just showed up as online. I'd wait until that person said something in a post on the MS forum. People do drop by without wanting much contact, and I assume that the ones who show up online very occasionally without posting are just passing, or maybe looking the place over. The exception to that would be a person whose user name was familiar to me.

    Some people won't accept your Friend request. They may not have enabled Friend requests, either because they didn't notice that option or because they didn't want to have it.

    It would be helpful too if a Google search for "neurology message boards" or "neurology support groups" would being up a link to BrainTalk but it never does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginia View Post
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    Nuthatch, just in case you didn't look, that is not your daughter - maybe your son or son-in-law, but Tula's Mom does not have a beard.
    I was thinking the same thing. I almost asked when your daughter had grown a beard. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
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    I was thinking that in addition to these support threads, maybe posting more informational threads to draw in new readers? Otherwise, we might look like a tight knit, supportive, but tight knit group, hard to join in, despite how friendly we are?
    That is a common problem. :-(

    Agate, (about Friend request) I had seen somethling about Friends in the profiles but didn't know how it worked so I never touched it.
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    Didn't I mention that my daughter used to work in the circus as the bearded lady? LOL!

    Actually that was her spouse holding the fish while she took the picture. I doubt she wanted to hold it since it was alive. They released it.
    She hooked 3 big fish that day but didn't manage to "land" them.
    As far as I'm concerned, fishing is a cruel sport!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuthatch View Post
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    Didn't I mention that my daughter used to work in the circus as the bearded lady? LOL!

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    That explains it!

    It can't be easy being a fish even though swimming around all day looks like fun. You never know when some fly fisherman is going to come along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agate View Post
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    I think that's a good idea, Sunshine. Most or all of us here have had MS for so long that we probably know things about it that others don't know and--importantly--know where to look to find out more about it.

    Another thought--about keeping new people when they show up: Why not send them a Friend request? If I were new here, I might look at the Profiles of some of the regular people here, and if I always saw the same few people turning up as Friends in people's Profiles, I might get the idea that this was a very tight-knit group, and I'd hesitate to say much.

    Also a Friend request lets the new person know you're willing to reach out to new people. Being someone's Friend here doesn't enable anyone to do anything special but I've found it helpful to look over my Friends here from time to time.

    I wouldn't send a Friend request to someone completely new who just showed up as online. I'd wait until that person said something in a post on the MS forum. People do drop by without wanting much contact, and I assume that the ones who show up online very occasionally without posting are just passing, or maybe looking the place over. The exception to that would be a person whose user name was familiar to me.

    Some people won't accept your Friend request. They may not have enabled Friend requests, either because they didn't notice that option or because they didn't want to have it.

    It would be helpful too if a Google search for "neurology message boards" or "neurology support groups" would being up a link to BrainTalk but it never does.
    When I was building the SPS forum, there was an option at the bottom of the thread to put a tag on it. So, for example, I would add on the MMJ thread: Stiff Person Syndrome, Marijuana, treatment.

    After doing this on thread after thread, Inoticed that increased numbers of people or bots were visiting the page.

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    I think you can do the tags only if you've started the thread. I don't see a way to add tags in a reply.
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    A bit about fishing. A fish is a simple organism and doesn't have the nerves or brain required to feel pain. I've fished some, and the summer I lived at the beach, what I caught was my meal. Remember, Jesus was a fisherman, and if it was wrong, he wouldn't have done it.

    And that's my sermon for the day. Sam will pass the collection plate.
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    Sam isn't supposed to be helping herself to anything in the collection plate though....

    Fish may not have feelings but their eyes sometimes look sad and shocked as they're lying there among the other fish that have been caught. And I seem to remember that they bleed.

    If it bleeds, it leads....

    Also, there's this--"It's Official: Fish Feel Pain" from Smithsonian (2018):

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scien...ain-180967764/
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    So they MAY feel pain, but if we stopped fishing, and all the ocean creatures stopped eating fish, then we should stop eating animals of any kind. And soon, humans would disappear. "Give me fishery, or give me death!"
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