Announcements and Rules

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 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...

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...