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Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 11:21 #5826

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Just in case anyone on here was wondering what I do on here!
Here is a Pic of my "Work Corner";
TV set is just to keep an eye on the Football B)

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Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 15:02 #5827

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Looks FAB Paul! B) Just need a welfare central radio station now! :lol:

Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 18:45 #5828

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Paul-UB40 wrote:
Just in case anyone on here was wondering what I do on here!
Here is a Pic of my "Work Corner";
TV set is just to keep an eye on the Football B)

I would post a picture of my command and control centre but it would only be me sat crossed legged on the floor with my laptop.

I have always preferred to sit crossed legged on the floor,so now I live alone it has saved me loads on furniture :lol:
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Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 18:58 #5829

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Looks FAB Paul! B) Just need a welfare central radio station now! :lol:

Is that an offer to volunteer, it would be a great opportunity to have something current and interesting on your CV, learning new skills while benefiting the community, it matters not if 1 or 100,000 tune in.

Imagine the look of joy on your potential employers face when he sees your actively involved in fighting for welfare rights lol , that is my get out of work mentality kicking in again.........then again it better to omit that part if you do want the job.
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Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 20:26 #5833

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Well Thanks there B) ; I Know its the "LIVERPOOL SCARF" That makes it B)
Desk is ex-office from a skip; Filing Cabinet was given me, Computer Chair was from a skip;
Sadly I had to "Look After" :pinch: The PC for a Mate who is Huurr "Inside" :ohmy:
So I have not spent much cash on my "Corner" :)

Radio Station; Yes Ran one in the 1970s; Till I got Nicked (Again :angry: )
Today a lot easier and almost legal, perhaps an Idea for the future B)
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Pauls Work Corner 21 Jan 2018 22:42 #5836

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That is it Paul,recyle,upcycle as you say too much waste in the world.

Mick Jagger got it right when he sang,
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need.

Paul-UB40 wrote:
Today a lot easier B)
Exactly, it costs nothing to set up a Internet radio station, make some content and run it on a loop,add new content as you go along.

Although I come from the Midlands when I was younger I followed Liverpool,during the shankly, keegan clemance,hughes, toshack years when they seemed to win everything, never forget the sea of red scarfs when they played on TV, must have been something special to have been there, and Liverpool gave birth to some great bands from the Beatles, the Coral,Echo and the Bunnymen, Lightning seeds to mention a few, big fan of them all.

Plus the city with the greatest sense of humour.

It is a shame all that good has been tarnished by producing Esther MCvey, who makes Ian duncan smith seem caring. :lol:
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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 08:58 #5838

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I too volunteer for the radio. Did I mention in the old Unemployment forum that I had a project of a shortwave pirate station?

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I used to run a small fan club for a local DJ who I learned recently had died. :( He was a fun guy too but looking back I was rather nieve at that time and running a radio show would be way beyond my talents! I can see someone sitting in a shed with an aerial on the roof saying "breaker breaker....can anyone hear me!" :lol:

Paul, I had a chair like that but gave it to my neighbour`s daughter. Wish I`d kept the damn thing as I need one now! But looking for one with a taller back to support my head. Can`t find one second hand though.

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comply or die wrote:
"breaker breaker....can anyone hear me!" :lol:
I have a regular UK Amateur Radio Licence and I'm obliged by law to say that it is illegal to call "breaker breaker" or "break break" unless in a serious emergency! But I get your point!

Sorry being pedantic but I hate CB slang leaking into t' Internet!

But what I meant by shortwave station was a broadcasting station, not an amateur station. My offer is still valid. Yes, nobody really uses shortwaves, but the same can be said of FM.

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miguel1975 wrote:
comply or die wrote:
"breaker breaker....can anyone hear me!" :lol:
I have a regular UK Amateur Radio Licence and I'm obliged by law to say that it is illegal to call "breaker breaker" or "break break" unless in a serious emergency! But I get your point!

Sorry being pedantic but I hate CB slang leaking into t' Internet!

But what I meant by shortwave station was a broadcasting station, not an amateur station. My offer is still valid. Yes, nobody really uses shortwaves, but the same can be said of FM.

Look Out for my "Welfare Radio" Post B)
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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 12:30 #5848

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:) No worries miguel. I`m going back to the old days when people used CB radio but I can`t say I understand it`s workings!

Paul....you inspired me to look for a chair and I found one this morning on Gumtree and it`s being dropped off tonight by the person selling it locally! :cheer: Only costing me £15 too and it`s an Ikea Millberget faux leather chair. Has a wee scuff on the side but cosmetics don`t bother me. It looks like a comfy chair so well pleased that I found it! I`m sat on a dining chair at my laptop and it`s not doing my back any good!

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Here it is!
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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 16:14 #5853

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As it appears to be open season for suggestions and ideas to increase interest and membership and before you all go off to start your own radio stations and/or TV channels, for what it’s worth, from my little stool, here’s my two-penneth:

Currently anyone who Googles Welfare Central will get 3 options or links to this forum:

Welfare Central Forum :: Recent Discussions (1/3)
welfarecentral.org/index.php/forum-home/recent
Recent Discussions (1/3) - Welfare Central Forum - English (en-GB)

Welfare Central Community
welfarecentral.org/index.php
Benefits Advice, help and support for people claiming Jobeekers Allowance, Universal Credit and disability benefits. The members of our lively community support each other in dealing with Jobcentre staff, overturning sanctions, challenging medical assessments, building evidence and preparing for appeals in the tribunal.

Welfare Central Forum :: Category Index
welfarecentral.org/index.php/forum-home/index
Categories - Welfare Central Forum - English (en-GB)

1. The first one on the list links us to Recent Discussions (as it says). This only shows recent discussions had in the categories available to guests only. Most of those have been dormant for months, since we, the members, tend to interact/use categories not available to guests.

2. The next one links us to the ‘Home Page’ The body of this page makes no reference to Welfare Central at all. It’s almost entirely taken up by links to 3 other sites. Clicking on the ‘Forum’ tab on this page gets one to ‘Category Index’, the third link on the Google list. It seems to me that an opportunity to advertise highlight/sell our forum is missed on this Home Page.

3. This link takes us to the Category Index, which, again, lists only the categories available to guests. As already mentioned those categories are not the most used ones by members, especially as regards our welfare discussions, therefore will appear like old abandoned discussions/topics to guests. This could dissuade many potential members.


Next, the available categories (Those coloured red not available to guests):

Main
Registered Members only
Internet of Things
Culture Shock
Transitions
Media

The Struggle
The Front
Unconditional Basic Income
Thinking Out Loud
Unemployment
Politics and Resistance
Tactics
Homelessness and Housing

Benefits
General Discussion
Disability Benefits
Working Benefits
Job Search
Template Letters
Jobcentre Plus
Sanctions Mash
Workfare Programmes
Universal Jobmatch

Appeals
First Tier Tribunal
Upper Tribunal


To make the Forum more appealing I would suggest that the category list be reconfigured and that the entire list be visible to guests and members alike.

Guests are already blocked from adding posts. The Administrators may also decide to block access to guests to some of the categories’ contents, ones that a casual browser might be particularly interested in accessing. (If this could be done, possibly by displaying a message when clicked on such as “Log in or register to access this category”).

The attached draft is an example of such a list. It covers all the categories currently available and does so more precisely, in my view.

Comments, suggestions and improvements would be encouraged and welcome.

Members
Welcome: Introduction
Forum Guide
Forum Announcements
Forum Help
I.T. Help
Chatroom
Sport
Hobbies

Welfare Services
DWP: Jobcentre Plus: Universal Jobmatch
Workfare Programmes
Local Authorities
Social Services
National Health Service
Housing
Homelessness
Austerity

Benefits & Allowances
Universal Credit: Claimant Commitment
Jobseeker’s Allowance: Jobseeker’s Agreement.
Employment Support Allowance: Assessments
Personal Independence Payments: Assessments
Disability Living Allowance
Income Support
Family & Child Benefits
Sanctions & Remedies

Tax & Insurance
Income Tax
National Insurance
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit

Politics
UK Politics
Local Government
England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland
European Union
World

The Struggle
Political Thought
Alternative Politics
Radical Initiatives

Media
Radio
TV
Press
Facebook
You Tube
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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 17:50 #5854

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Excellent post, I believe all material generated by users should be publicly accessible,we have the facility to private message if anyone has worries about posting anything they might not want broadcasting.

I agree with regards to the front page, it is a missed opportunity to get some traction on making welfare central more visible and enticing.
the home page is like a storefront window. It is a peek inside of your website. And if it is not appealing or intriguing, then chances are it is the only thing your users will see because they will likely move on very quickly.

With regards to the layout of various sections, the common problem I see is users tend to not post in the correct section, unless you have pro active admin that is willing to move threads around to the correct section, which would become a pain, then the information will always be scattered around the site.

I think we all have different interpretations of what a site like welfare central should or could be, for me I want a place where there is a knowledge base of welfare related issues that is current and easily accessible.

For example take your thread regarding refusing consent to have the DWP etc to store email and phone numbers, it is a topic that seems to crop up often but the problem is to a new user the correct information is taken over by the noise in the thread, it can leave one wondering if the information is current, changed, or just plain wrong because ted who posted last said he read somewhere this was no longer the case and you cannot correct your post in the future, you can only make another post in the thread.

What would be ideal IMO is if you were allowed to create that post in one of the relevant sections you mentioned and then further allowed to edit, update and manage that information to ensure it stays current,and separate from the noise of the general forum, in essence you become the gatekeeper for that knowledge base article.

Obviously the noise is important to the article and can be discussed separately in the forum proper, but separating the two elements would be useful for new users and a useful resource in my opinion as over time new articles are added by others who are interested in other areas.



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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 19:47 #5855

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Just to add, all knowledge base articles once approved should follow a standard format agreed upon to ensure consistency

Such as simple clear title, a short clear explanation a link to the any relevant supporting documentation, a date stamp that would be ideally updated monthly by the editor even if there was no changes if only to show that the information is still current, and finally a link to a forum thread where the topic can be discussed.

It would be a lot easier to just point to the relevant knowledge base article on site for future reference and as the knowledge base builds it would help the site in the rankings,drawing in more users.
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Pauls Work Corner 22 Jan 2018 21:22 #5857

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Some good points well made raised there, Dboy.

Regular contributors mostly adhere to well established procedure when it comes to posting in what they perceive to be the right category and keeping responses relevant. Occasionally, though, we tend to lapse into what you call ‘noise’ by which I presume you mean drowning out the essence of the primary topic of the thread with stuff that is not specifically pertinent, like a good old moan about things not necessarily related.

Most of us have also got into the habit of posting links to additional information and/or origin of documents/articles quoted or referenced.

A ‘Pegged Thread’ at the start of each category could be used to keep up a ‘List of Useful Links’

The Forum Guide category could be used to set out and reinforce appropriate sets of standards and practices.

As you say, the more eye-catching and easy to follow the Forum is laid out the more users it will attract.

Must swap my little stool for one of those fancy leather jobs before the rush starts.

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Thank you all for your Ideas and Suggestions, The Management team will be going over them all.
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This is an excellent example of suggestions for moving WC forward.

As time permits, Paul and I will be putting most of BB's suggestions in place.

Keep those suggestions coming B)

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dboy wrote:
Excellent post, I believe all material generated by users should be publicly accessible,we have the facility to private message if anyone has worries about posting anything they might not want broadcasting.

What would be ideal IMO is if you were allowed to create that post in one of the relevant sections you mentioned and then further allowed to edit, update and manage that information to ensure it stays current,and separate from the noise of the general forum, in essence you become the gatekeeper for that knowledge base article.

Obviously the noise is important to the article and can be discussed separately in the forum proper, but separating the two elements would be useful for new users and a useful resource in my opinion as over time new articles are added by others who are interested in other areas.

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Some good points here, dboy B)

One of the features of a Joomla CMS is article versioning. The idea of having members create, and maintain, their own articles to feed a knowledge base is appealing. The problem in the past is that we have had no editors. This is something we need to address. For example, I think there is a good opportunity for Brutus to come in as an editor and write his own UBI articles His knowledge in this area is considerable and potentially a great assett to WC.

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As Spanner, so rightly posted; Keep the Suggestions coming, And I have unlocked this thread, B)
so add your Suggestions, Ideas & Feedback.
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