A little background...
Cheryl and I emailed back and forth when I decided to end my participation at LCF. Cheryl wanted to see if we could start our own forum and I didn't think that was even a possibility or that enough people would be interested in it if we did. Cheryl is the reason we are here now so kudos to her for seeing what I could not see and being persistent enough to make it happen.
I've never tried to run my own forum before although I have been a moderator before (many years ago).
I didn't think so many of you guys, regulars on our old thread, would be interested in moving somewhere else to continue our NK adventures. Cheryl was right though and I am personally grateful to her for motivating me to give it a try. NK wouldn't be nearly as rewarding to me without all of you.
But I really didn't think it'd be more than maybe three or four people that'd be interested and that thinking, along with not knowing what is available as options for a forum, guided my decision to give it a try here at Fat Secret. I thought, whatever the limitations of FS's website they wouldn't matter much because there wouldn't be very many of us posting.
Wrong! lol We have 24 members so far and I think if we were located at a more site that was actually a dedicated forum, rather than an add-on feature of a site that does forums on the side, we could grow our membership and reach new people that could benefit from NK.
A huge benefit to having a real forum is ease of use too. Most people know how to use a generic forum but the faux-forum group thing here at FS is counterintuitive along with the limited feature set.
It is worth pointing out some of the limitations of this location:
*You can't link to a specific post.
*No 'first unread post' feature.
*No way to create categories of posts.
*No way to search a thread.
*Profile blurb is limited.
*Quick Reply is not copied to Go Advanced if you click it.
*Very limited text formating.
*No support for embedded videos or other cool stuff.
*Quoted posts do not have a link back to the original post.
...and whatever else I haven't thought of off the top of my head.
On a dedicated forum site, all of those limitations are gone. More than that, though, there are a lot of features that a full blown site supports that FS will never support.
I think I have found a site that will be an excellent home for us. I've been tinkering with it for the last couple of days and it is impressive.
It has a mobile app too. Both iPhone and Android. The android app is $2.99. But I don't see why you'd need to buy it and I doubt I will (anytime soon anyway). You should be able to just use your browser or whatever app you already use for posting to forums from your phone.http://nkevolution.freeforums.net/http://www.proboards.com/mobile-forum-app