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John Bridge 11-07-2005 04:44 PM

What if I can't find my thread?
As I look at the queue of threads that exist right now in the Advice Forum I notice there are 22 pages of them, each page containing 60 threads. The first two pages contain the very recent ones with posts added within the past couple days. And the 22 pages cover only two months. Our database is huge. There are thousands of pages going all the way back into the last century. :)

If you can't see your thread on the first page , go to the bottom right of the page http://johnbridge.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=1 and you will see three page numbers. Click on Page 2 and look there. If you haven't been here in several days, you may have to click beyond Page 2. You can see the date of the last post to each thread as you look through the list. This might help you get an idea of which page your thread might be on. You can also use our search to locate your project thread. See the "search" link in the blue links bar above.

I wish there were a good way to display all the threads on Page 1, but there isn't. It would be much too long a list. It is important, though, that you locate your thread and stick with it. Please don't start a new thread. That makes it very difficult for the folks who want to help you.

Now if you haven't been here in about a year or so, it's okay to start a new thread. ;)

Any questions on finding your thread? Post them here. ;)

bulldog 11-08-2005 12:29 PM

Superfluous Threads
Hi John,

I'm guilty of this, but I TRIED to do it the right way HONEST!

I should add that I know even less about computing than I do about tile.

When I tried to add a new question onto my old thread, it appeared at the end of the thread. Helpful people on the forum had to wade through the whole blessed thread, and its unrelated issues, to get to my new question. The heading on the forum list had nothing to do with the content of my question. Nobody replied.

Popped that sucker onto a new thread and got great help.

There has to be a right way to do this...can you help me figure it out so I don't clog up this cool site?

yngpaul 11-08-2005 02:25 PM

I think an easier and quicker way of doing it is to go to User CP and click on "List subscriptions". Your thread will be listed provided you subscribed to your own thread.

If you didn't subsribe then another easy way is to go to "Members List", do a search on your own screen name, and select "view all threads started by".

These methods save a lot of time searching through countless threads.

John Bridge 11-10-2005 06:10 PM

You can also place the thread in your bookmarks or favoites, and it'll be there when you need it. People don't "wade through" a long thread. They usually click on the last page.

Also, if you want to change the name of your thread, contact any moderator. He'll change it for you. You can also contact me directly, either by PM or email:

[email protected]

I know that sometimes we miss answering questions, but believe me, we try very hard to keep that from happening. Yes, you might get a quick reply to a new thread, but someone else might be missed because of it. If you ask a question on your thread and don't get a reply when you think you should, bump the thread back up to the top. Just be nice about it, and don't accuse any moderators of slovenly behavior. I can assure you they are not paid very well. ;)

Arn 11-10-2005 07:26 PM

Geeze you guys....
After I log on, I go to the bottom of the main page and click on my username.
~ then I click on " all posts by me" ..... It doesn't take long to find it that

John Bridge 11-10-2005 07:44 PM


It depends on how many posts you've made. It would take me one heck of a long time to find myself that way. :D

jdm 02-01-2006 07:01 PM


You could always do as Aaron suggested, and click on your username, which will always be the first one listed under active users at the bottom of the main page.

But then you could select "find all threads started by username".

While you do have half a quadrillion posts, John, I'll bet you have started a much more modest number of threads.

This is probably the easiest way for less prodigious posters to find their lost thread, too.

John Bridge 02-02-2006 06:59 PM

Why would you want to make it that easy?


jdm 02-02-2006 07:19 PM

Because trying to translate Texasese to the Queen's English is difficult enough.

After reading your announcement, many of the newbees think that as of the first of the year you had a reduction in IQ instead of in working hours. :)

John Bridge 02-02-2006 07:22 PM

I want someone to intervene and let me know what Jeff just said. I'm wondering if it was a compliment. :D

stonemason777 05-26-2006 01:20 PM

Superfluous Threads
I knew I was guilty of somethong or other!!!!! :scratch: :smash:

thirstychicken 06-08-2006 09:48 AM

is it not one thread per project? i thought i may have read that someplace... just wondering, i like rules, or at least knowing what they are. thanks!!! janine

jdm 06-08-2006 10:02 AM


Keeping all of your questions for a project in a single thread allows people to easily refresh themselves the history and details needed to answer new projects. When you add a post to an old thread it moves to the top of the queue so that it will get attention.

thirstychicken 06-08-2006 02:16 PM

per project tho' not per person, yeah?

jdm 06-08-2006 04:52 PM

Per project. No one wants to have to sort the details of your backsplash project from those of your basement floor project.

Hamilton 07-02-2006 10:05 AM

I wanted to touch on this topic and add to what john mentioned about
bookmarking and favorites.yngpaul mentioned In your User Cp At the top left you are
provided a control panel which allows you several options including subscribing
to a thread. Once you subscribe to a thread you will never loose it. Also
you may choose the option to recieve an email notice when someone has
commented in your thread.

Donnie McCool 11-07-2006 05:42 PM

If you get no responses to a question, is it ok to "bump" your message to the top?If so, how do you do that?

John Bridge 11-07-2006 05:52 PM

Hi Donnie, ;)

You just add something to the thread. Some folks just say "bump." :)

Donnie McCool 11-07-2006 06:35 PM

Hey John,

So that will shoot it back to the top of the New Posts?

May I ask you the question?


jdm 11-08-2006 12:31 AM


Every time a post is added to a thread, that thread goes to the top of the queue.

Higgy 11-25-2006 05:05 PM

Why are the letters on some titles BOLD and the others are not?

And I'm trying to underatand if you ask a few questions in a particular post but they don't get answered...especially as the project progresses, do you just keep replying to "bump it" to the front?
Or, include them with any new post...in the same thread so your combining old & new?

I posted "Tile On Metal"...for example.
I had questions about thinset thickness on ply to hardi base.
Two different topics no? And if I was someone looking for that answer i wouldn't search a thread that mentioned metal...

Am I out there on this?

cx 11-25-2006 06:08 PM

The titles generally appear in bold if you have not read them, Deb. Once read, they go to regular print.

We like people to keep all their questions on a single thread for a single project so the people who want to help can keep up with the progress and see what's already been asked and answered. It prevents a lot of duplication of effort on the part of the moderators and regular contributors.

If you have multiple threads on the same project you'll be getting answers in two or three places and be getting clarification questions on one that have already been addressed on another, etc.

Yes, it can make searching less efficient, but we're geared to answer the same question for the hundredth time when necessary and have been doing so for years. We've discussed doing it differently, but find that going to a "search it out yourself" or FAQ format detracts significantly from the mission to help each and every DIYer do the specific project with the specific considerations it brings.

Sometimes the responses get a little slow, especially on weekends and holidays because some of our people actually think they should have a real life aside from the forums. We try to discourage that kind of thinking, but when everyone is working for free, anarchy is difficult to avoid at times.

So, bottom line, yes, if you're not getting responses in a reasonable time, make another post and bump your thread to the top of the queue for attention. But patience is sometimes necessary. :)

Biddy Builder 01-17-2007 11:48 AM

How do I start a new thread
I'm new here (although I've been reading threads for days) and I wanted to ask a couple of questions about my project. How do I start a new thread? I couldn't find any way on the site to do that -- I promise I won't abuse the privilege. What a great site, full of generous folks. I wish other trades had sites like this -- maybe our houses would last longer.

John Bridge 01-17-2007 11:58 AM

Welcome aboard, Sally. :)

You passed it up. Click on the link above that says "Tile Forum/Advice Board." That will take you to the front page of this forum. Instead of seeing "post reply," you'll see "new thread" near the top left of the page.

Biddy Builder 01-18-2007 11:29 AM

Thanks, John.
Read your books, too. You have a nice business style -- give good value, work with integrity. When in doubt, give more, not less. Nice way to make a living as opposed to a killing. OK, now for the new thread.....

John Bridge 01-21-2007 07:58 AM

Who said tile setters make a living? Most of us just do it for the joy of it. :D

John Bridge 04-02-2007 08:10 PM

I just noticed that there are currently 31 pages of semi-current threads listed in the Advice Forum (this one). If you click on the "last" page link at the bottom of this list it will take you to Page 31. It just brings to mind the necessity of keeping track of your thread after you post it. If for some reason it isn't answered in the same day, it won't be on the first page next time you look for it. It's still there, though. We haven't thrown anything out since this forum started about seven years ago. Bookmark your thread. ;)

mdenglund 03-10-2011 12:59 PM

Hi, John,

I think I had the same issue that Bulldog mentioned... I found my thread and added another question onto the same one, but it goes all the way to the bottom, versus showing up at the top as yours did in your response to his question. Is there a way to have my additonal questions posted at the top of the thread, so there is no need to scroll through to see a new question I am asking?

Sorry if I am missing something; I am new to these things!

Any advice is appreciated; this group is tremendously helpful!!!

jgleason 03-10-2011 01:15 PM

That is the way forums work - you add a new post to an existing thread and it is appended to the bottom of the thread (all posts within the thread are in date/time stamped order).

The regulars browsing the forums either click on New Posts in the menu to see which threads have new posts or they just browse the forums where the most recently posted threads are at the top.

Once in the thread, you go to the bottom of the last page to find the new information.

Pretty standard.

Marge 03-10-2011 08:13 PM

To add to what Joe said. There is an option to view the most recent post on the top within a thread. You need to go into the User CP function (top left of page) and edit the options under Thread Viewing. :)

CarpenterLearningTile 10-04-2011 07:20 PM

Where's the page with the tips ? I remember reading it before I joined and forgot where it was.
It is lots of various tips . I don't remember any specific questions.
I do remember a couple photos of home made vac systems .
It might have started at the end of thread ?

Like I said ,I might be slow but I am expensive.

cx 10-04-2011 07:33 PM

Robert, if you'll type tips into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles you'll see a lot of threads, perhaps the one you're looking for.

Try the same with the word tricks. There's a Tricks Of The Trade thread out there somewhere that might be the one.

CarpenterLearningTile 10-04-2011 07:48 PM

Thanks CX,

It's nice to have people around that know what I'm thinking.
I had already searched under tips.
I was never very good at charades , no wonder why.

You sir are correct, it was tricks of the trade I was looking for .

I probably spent an hour in the last couple days looking for that thread.

I found it instantly when using the correct search words.

That thread is amazing , you guys doing art on site with all kinds of home made gizmo's.

Thanks again. I'm hooked on this # 1 site

TechIntl 11-13-2011 12:41 PM

New Member
Can not figure out how to post a question, just signed up> KB (TechIntl)

bbcamp 11-13-2011 01:20 PM

When you are at the index page of each forum, you will see a gray button at the upper left and lower left of the page that says "new thread." Click it and you'll see a dialog box just like a reply box. Enter your text, provide a title, and submit.

cascade 09-09-2013 02:51 PM

Google It
Locating your own thread? I am a TD (tech dunce) but I tried Googling the exact title. Worked for me.

tampagirl 02-25-2020 06:07 PM

I have posted my same post three times and it shows up and then a second later gone and says invalid contact adminstrator...... help please!

cx 02-25-2020 06:28 PM

Sunshine, after your first thread was posted, the three other identical threads were deleted as duplicates. Duplicate threads with the same question cause confusion and duplication of effort on the part of our all volunteer army of helpers.

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