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Hi friends,

Many of you have been asking for a little more support in using the site. Our volunteers will stop by this discussion and answer your questions.

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  • Welcome newsletters 1 to 4. These are sent to new members over the course of their first few weeks on the site. They are here (under the "Help" tab) for your reference whenever you like!
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  • Village Values. This page describes some of our community's standards and values, and includes a few tips on how to connect and share.
  • The Chat Room. If you are comfortable with Chat already, you can pop in there. Chat is open 24/7, but is especially busy during US evening hours, so that is when you are most likely to find someone who's been on the site a while and can help you find it or do it easier!

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Sometimes I can click on the down arrow by someone's name in chat and read their profile, But many times I can,t. Why is that?

I haven't had that happen, Fran, so perhaps there's a technical response that someone else can provide. Seems that whenever I use that 'down arrow' I accidentally open up the "Start Chat" instead of "View Profile" - oops.  I generally open Widowed Village in a second internet tab when I'm in the chat room and then I can just type the name of a member in the "Search Widowed Village" box to view their profile and still keep the chat room open.

How to I chat?

At the bottom of the page, there is a red square - a small one - it has a number in it, and next to is "Main Room."  Just click on that and it'll take you to the chat! 

At the top of the page - under the photos - is a brown bar that has all of the site's pages in it.  You'll see one labeled *Chat now!*  If you click on that it will open up the chat room as a full page.  You can choose to just read what's happening in the Chat Room or you can join in the conversation.

Type your comment in the box at the bottom (you'll see a smiley face on the righthand side of that box). When  you type something in that box and hit 'enter' your comments will be seen i the Main Room. For your first time, it's good to say something like "Hi, this is my first time in chat" and the others will engage you in the conversation.

Note:  Everyone who is listed in the box "Members Online" are not in the chat room. That's just the list of people who have opened up WV and may be reading/writing in other parts of the site.

Is thus correct spot to post this website is a little ti busy ?

Sent you a message, Laurie. Look for it in your 'inbox' that you'll find over in the left-hand column under your profile name.

Hi Fran,

You should get a few choices when you click on that arrow and it should be consistent. "View Profile," "Start Chat," (which means "start private chat"), and "Ignore."

It's hard for me to say why it might be sporadic, is it causing you a big problem? Dianne's suggestion about using different tabs is a good one at any rate, because it causes the least interruptions to your chat.

If you need support on how to use tabs, here is a quick video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2G4ZgdwVVw

Hoe this helps!

Fran, someone else reported that "flickering" too. I think our service must be making some changes to that feature. I'll keep an eye on it and let you know if I hear anything -- sometimes they send me an update after they have "improved" something! LOL

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Hi Laurie. Looks like you need a little help figuring out where to post. I'm sending you a message which you'll find in your 'inbox'. You'll see that over in the left-hand column in a few minutes.

Are there any groups for people who are estranged from their kids and step kids? second or third marriages?

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