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Forum rules and guidelines

Our aim is to have a comfortable, friendly and spam-free community. To this end, here are some simple rules. continue reading...

General Simple Rules

  • Don’t be an ass. Trolling, flaming, taunting, spamming, etc. = being an ass.
  • Ass-y comments will be deleted. The decision of the moderators and admin are final.
  • If you don’t like it, go away.
  • If in doubt, see above.
  • Anonymous comments are allowed but put in a moderation queue. If you want to avoid that, please register.
  • Any registered user who repeatedly engaged in problematic behavior will be banned.

IMPORTANT: If you have a blog on JustBento...

Hi everyone. it’s been quite a while since there’s been much activity on the forums…basically because, well, I broke the new member registration function and haven’t gotten around to fixing it.

The good news is, I am finally working on the background stuff and hope to have the forum up and running soonish. Although we have an active Facebook Page now, and I’ve finally gotten around to establishing a presence on Google+ I know that a lot of people would like a place to interact with fellow bento fans away from the usual big sites. continue reading...

Various site issues (mainly for JustBento forum members)

(Update: I am still pondering what to do about the forum here. I have come to the conclusion that for me to personally moderate and monitor a forum on another platform is, not really possible in terms of the time I can spend. Of course anyone is free to start up a bento community anywhere (there are several around already) but I’m afraid I can’t monitor it myself. This site will of course continue to be up and active, and open to comments. continue reading...

Posting comments on articles

I've been trying to post a comment in the Bento4Japan Giveaway article, and I keep getting redirected to the preview page (which doesn't actually show a preview of anything), sometimes with an error message. (At first I tried without logging in, not realizing I'd been logged out; at one point it asked me to enter a Captcha image, which gave me the error message -- after that, I logged in and tried again, but it keeps showing the preview page instead of posting, even though I'm hitting "post comment.") continue reading...

A message to the JustBento community

As you know, Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake on March 11, 2011. The epicenter was off the north-eastern coast of Honshu, the main island of the Japanese archipelago. Much of that coastline has been destroyed. Thousands are dead, more are still missing. There are supply-line problems due to destroyed harbors and damaged roads (now gradually getting solved) that are causing more people to suffer and even die. And there’s the ongoing, serious situation at the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear power plant.

I was lucky not to have lost anyone I knew personally. continue reading...

Happy New Year! Also some forum news

First of all, Happy New Year to all bentoists! 2010 is the year of the tiger. (I know, the Chinese or Lunar New Year starts in February, but in Japan the official year goes by the Gregorian calendar, so it’s already the Year of the Tiger (Tora in Japanese). Roar! continue reading...

Workflow on login

Don't know how easy this would be to do Maki, but I have a suggestion re workflow. The problem is this: On my work computer, after the weekend, I click on the "Forum topics with new activity" link and I get a huge list because it's been 3 days since I used the site on this computer and it's logged me out. Then there isn't a link to log in again, so I have to click on Forum/Community to get a login link, then when I DO log in, it takes me to my profile. Where there isn't a link to new activity, so I have to go to Forum/Community again, then I can get to where I wanted to go in the first place. continue reading...

Spammers will be Banned. Please report them!

We have a very simple set of rules to follow here on the forum. Recently, there have been people registering with the sole purpose of spamming the site with stupid links. Such users will be banned immediately, so don't even bother.

I hope that we won't have to start screening site registrations, because it is generally a pain in the behind to do so, but if this continues we may have to go that route. continue reading...