Forum Business

Registering as a new member on the forum - new requirements

UPDATE: The forum is currently closed to new members, until I have time to update the backend that runs it. People are still sending in join requests though, so I’ve closed the comments here for now. When the forums re-open, you’ll hear it on the main site. In the meantime, if you want to join a Just Bento community and you’re on Facebook, please consider following the Facebook Page.

If you have tried to register as a new member on the site in the last few weeks, you may have wondered what happened to your application. continue reading...

Please welcome Loretta as a forum moderator!

I'm very happy to welcome Loretta as a forum moderator! As you probably know already, she's always been tremendously helpful around here. She has great knowledge of both European and Japanese cultures, since she's living in London and married to a Japanese guy, and bringing up her little girl to be multicultural! She'll be joining Bronwyn and yours truly as your overlords...I mean, friendly moderators ^_^

Just Bento is 2 years (and a month) old!

October came and went so quickly for me, that I completely forgot that it marked the 2 year anniversary of Just Bento! The site has grown so much in such a short time. And it's thanks to you - yes, you, I'm pointing to you! ^_^

Seriously, the people who post frequently to the forums are the backbone of the site...I dare not mention names, unless I leave out someone inadvertently. But, extra-special thanks go to Bronwyn, who helps moderate out the bad seeds, of which there are thankfully just a few.

Thank you so much for helping this site to prosper!

Report any forum spammers here

With the growing popularity of Just Bento and the forum, we have some idiots joining here trying to spoil things for everyone. We try to stamp out the spammers as fast as possible, but sometimes we can’t see what they are doing, such as when they spam individual forum members.

If you are spammed in a private message, or see a spammy comment or topic posted, please report the user here. Thanks!

ETA: We already have some automated spam catchers in place, which filter out 99% of spam attempts. Some people are devious though and get through those traps. continue reading...

Enhanced Profiles

Hi everyone! Having taken care of this profile page bug, I’ve now added a lot of new stuff you can fill out on your profile page. (Note that user profiles are only visible to other registered members, not to anonymous visitors.)

Just go to Your Account page, Edit tab, and you will see the Personal Information and Your Online Locations tabs. continue reading...

Forum and community features

Here’s my to to-do/done list enhanced site features. Most have to do with enhancing community features, and giving an extra plus to registered members. I’ll update this list periodically so you can see what new features have been added.

Completed: continue reading...

  • User pics on each account page. How to add a pic.
  • Signatures for comments and forum posts.

How to: Paste pictures from flickr

Go to the photo page of any of your own uploaded photos.

You’ll see a button that says All Sizes above it. Click that and you’ll see a page that lists all the sizes that photo is available in. To fit comfortably on these pages, choose a Medium (500 pixels wide) or smaller size.

Below the picture you’ll see a text box with the code you can select. Copy all of that and paste it into the Comment or Body field here, and press return a couple of times below the code.

Write the rest of your post, submit and voilà! continue reading...

How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts and comments

You can add an avatar or user pic that appears next to your forum topics and comments, as well as a signature that appears under your comments, on your Account page. Just click the Edit tab on the Account page, and you'll see where to add both.

The avatar/user pic should be a minimum of 80x80 pixels in size. An ideal size is 200x200. JPEG, PNG and GIF files are accepted.

Your signature can contain some HTML code, but no Javascript sigs are allowed since they can cause problems.