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Strumelia
@strumelia
12/09/19 11:12:12AM
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Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit


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I think when we make a big move from one operating system to another (or just apply a major update), it's inevitable that some programs will not function as we're used to, or not at all. Most programs have substitutes that will work nicely for what we need to do, and of course they run the gamut from totally free to shareware to subscription to one-time outright purchase. It's good to do some online searching and read reviews of programs one is thinking about trying out.

I have not yet retired and all my daily work is done on my home office computer. I recently moved most of my daily computing from my older 'workhorse' win7 desktop tower to a new win10 laptop.  In the process I decided to leave behind certain 'old reliable' programs I depended on for years, and start fresh with different ones.  Yes it meant days (weeks?) of methodical online reading and research, but by putting in that initial effort I've saved many hundreds of dollars.  It forced me to update my knowledge about managing my computer setups better and how things actually function. A refresher course of sorts. I was also very happy to avoid today's overpriced software subscriptions, even if it meant a learning curve on new programs.
I hate spending so much time scouring the web for software and hardware info in advance, but now it's starting to pay off - I feel like I have a handle on things... at least for a few years until it needs doing all over again.  I guess once i retire I can get a bit lazier about updating my system.  zzz

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/07/19 07:23:41PM
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Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

One other point Melanie-  there's no law separating chord style completely from drone style playing.  Lots of tunes that are played in DAd tuning utilize playing the melody almost all on the melody string, with an occasional chord thrown in. So while doing that you are also developing some of the skills and understanding needed for noter drone playing anyhow.
And when you strum in drone style you may not realize it but you are sometimes producing 'chords' without fretting them, on the open drones strings.
Like I said, there are many ways to build on your skillset... so no need to get too apprehensive about learning lots of different things.  Much learning and understand just comes naturally as you play more, no matter what style you are currently playing in.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/07/19 05:06:00PM
1,715 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Melanie Cook:

I still struggle with playing either DAA or DAd. In my mind, I'm thinking that I need to learn both but my senior mind is just not comfortable with learning chords in DAA and in DAd. Since I primarily want to play chord melody, I'm thinking DAd is best for a beginner/novice. I want to play with tab but also to just pick out a melody and then figure out the chords to go with it. For some reason, this instrument just intimidates me and I'm very frustrated!  Any suggestions?

Melanie, everyone has to start somewhere. It's almost impossible to learn all methods and styles and tunings at the same time. But i also kinda hear that you are fearful of making the 'wrong' decision on what stuff to learn. I just want to say that it's perfectly ok to pick one kind of way of playing to try out for a while, and then to explore other ways of playing later on.

What you learn at first will not be set in stone.  In fact anything you learn in one method will actually help you understand things when you later try out a different playing style or approach. That's because in music, our knowledge base builds on what we have learned so far, it accumulates... so rather than thinking you'll have to UNlearn your prior stuff if you decide to explore a different playing style later, I think you'll find that learning new stuff comes more easily with time.  Hopefully, knowing that can help you relax a little about making decisions about playing styles, tunings, and techniques you are thinking about trying out.  It also makes sense to focus on one style or method at a time, rather than thinking you have to learn everything simultaneously... such as leanring the chords for Dad and DAA and DAC tunings all at the same time... No need to learn them all at the same time- pick your favorite tuning and stick with it until you get a hankering to try another!  :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/04/19 12:22:33PM
1,715 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Dusty that soup sounds wonderful.  I make something a little like it, sort of with root veggies in the winter- golden beets is my fave to add in, and I make the base chicken brith.  But i do have miso in a jar in the fridge- and you've inspired me to pull it out and make some up soon!  I also made some udon noodles in chicken bouillion a few days ago- but I forgot I had the miso paste and will use that next time!  I read that miso paste is fermented and keeps well for years or indefinitely in the fridge if you don't introduce other stuff in the jar.  My refrigerated miso paste still looks, smells, and tastes great after 3 years now.  surprised    They actually found honey in 2,000 year old Egyptian tomb jars.. that was perfectly edible!  Also much older edible wooley mammoth meat in the frozen tundra.   !!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/02/19 08:39:15PM
1,715 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Such sweet looking fur friends, all!  lovey

RobinT... you got another doggie?   Do post a pic here soon if you can!

Our three kitties are doing fine lately- they all happen to be in their prime and healthy (knock on wood).  The only downside of that is that they'll all get old at the same time... might wind up being difficult for us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/02/19 06:56:53PM
1,715 posts

A-d-a


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If your dulcimer is a standard size with a scale length of 25-29", it's unlikely you could tune a thin string way up to the "a" above the usual high d.  Once you use a .007 or thinner string, and tune it up to such a high note on the standard size scale, that very thin string will almost certainly break under the tension. There's only so far you can go with the method of using a thinner string to tune higher and a thicker string to tune lower... going too far will mean a string so fat it will be unplayable and thuddy, or a string so thin it will simply break before it reaches the extreme high note.  When you've reached those string gauge extreme limits either way (too low or too high), the next step is to switch to an instrument with a longer scale or a shorter scale, so that you CAN tune to those notes without having to use impossibly heavy or thin strings.

Dusty brings up some good thoughts in his post.  And I too am curious about your goal in tuning this way.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/30/19 12:58:47PM
1,715 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Be sure to look at these two other fun discussions on the use of strikers (also called "fiddlesticks" technique)... they include a video showing use on an epinette, which is like a small mtn dulcimer:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/4572/fiddlesticks#r4575

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/22623/oh-fiddlesticks

jive


updated by @strumelia: 11/30/19 12:59:22PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 03:30:20PM
1,715 posts

Thanksgiving Menu


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This year we're having no grown kids nor guests- just me and Brian at home by ourselves.  So we're making a nice big broiled filet of salmon, with asparagus spears and Hollandaise sauce, and mashed potatoes.  Ice cream for dessert (we're not inclined to have pie), and then watch a movie.  That's a fine feast for us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 10:02:30AM
1,715 posts

Thanksgiving Menu


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OK....so what's on your Thanksgiving menu this year?  pizza     spam

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 09:59:08AM
1,715 posts

Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon! Plus- Chatroom!


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Three cheers again to our FOTMD welcoming Greeters who have decided to take on the happy task of welcoming brand new members to this site.  It sure makes people feel included when they come here and get a warm message on their profile wall.  It means so much to new members!

You are so good to welcome folks here, as a labor of love your enjoy. 

Big cheer to Jim, KenL, Richard, Rob, and Benjamin!

 

P.S. To members- remember we have a terrific Chat Room here on FOTMD!  Many mornings or evenings you can get lucky and run into some of our Welcome team and also other members, in the chat room and have a virtual cup of coffee and some fun chatting about music, or just about this and that.  Just click on the chat speech bubble icon in the lower right of any page here on FOTMD, to check out the Chat Room whenever you want to see if someone's there.  Early morning is a great time to catch some of the 'chat regulars'!  And Jim often posts some of his beautiful bird feeder and wildlife photos there.  nod

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 09:42:59AM
1,715 posts

Giving Thanks


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Nice to once again look over this thread of giving thanks.  I feel blessed to be here and privileged to have so many online friends through our shared love of music. I feel a positive connection to you good folk who participate here on FOTMD currently, and to our friends who have been here in the past.  inlove

May you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, hopefully experiencing (or even creating) something meaningful to you.  

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/25/19 12:34:03PM
1,715 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi there @sal-monella !  I posted a response to your beginner book discussion in the General Forum, where I mention some of the factors you'll encounter if playing your stick dulcimers with mountain dulcimer tab books, here:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/36238/beginners-dulcimer-book#r36239

Welcome to the site!  bananawave

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/25/19 12:31:29PM
1,715 posts

Beginners dulcimer book


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Greetings Sal!  :D

I know you mentioned an interest in learning fingerpicking style at some point.  But have you decided yet whether to begin playing the dulcimer in chording style or in traditional noter-drone style?  There are learning books for each style of playing- fingerpicking, chord, and noter.

 I would love to suggest that you join a couple of the Groups on this site which will have very specific discussions for their Group subject focus, such as Beginner players, stick dulcimers, fingerpicking, chord playing style, etc etc.  You'll see all kinds of great discussions in the focus groups that will probably help you decide where you want to focus first!  It's easy to click the Join button on any of the group main pages, and just as easy to UNjoin them later if you like. You need to JOIN a group in order to see and read its full discussions and to post in it.  If you have not joined a group yet, you'll only see the first post of each discussion.

Do you have only stick dulcimers so far, and not a lap dulcimer?  If you have just stick instruments with dulcimer fret patterns, then when you use dulcimer learning books intended for 'normal' lap-situated dulcimers you'll have to make some adaptations when trying to follow the book tab. That's because strumsticks have their strings reversed from the usual dulcimer setup. Lap dulcimers have the high melody string(s) closest to the player and the bass string furthest away from you. When holding a stick strummer in your lap with the peghead to your left as normal, the bass string will be closest to your body.  This is the reverse of 'regular' mountain dulcimers and will confuse you a lot if you're following a tab book with chord fingering charts!

So unless you get a 'normal' lap dulcimer, you'll need to figure out how you will handle this issue when following mountain dulcimer TAB. Of course not everyone chooses to use tab, but chord charts will still present a problem if you want to play in chord style on a stick instrument- everything will need to be either mentally or physically reversed).

All that said, depending on what your goals are you can find great ways to play and love playing your stick dulcimers if that's what you want to do.  In that case definitely join our Stick Group and start posting questions there on how to adjust mountain dulcimer learning materials to successfully apply to strumsticks, without losing your mind!   lol!   ;D

If you do get a regular mountain dulcimer to start out with, then I suggest you stay with that while learning the basics, especially if using books, because switching back and forth to strumsticks will certainly be confusing to you while just starting out playing.

Welcome!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/16/19 01:09:15PM
1,715 posts

tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I too recommend you get one of those cheap but great to play cardboard dulcimer kits.  You can save your money for a good dulcimer (or build one) later this winter like you planned.  Meanwhile, you'll have a fine inexpensive dulcimer to play right away, and you can use it for camping or travel later on if you get or build a higher quality one. Having an instrument that you don't have to worry about losing or damaging is a great thing!

But the real question is... Is your goal right now to build a dulcimer?, or is it to get started playing a dulcimer?  You can start with one and do the other later, or vice versa. But not both at the same time.  ;D

Once you own or put together a cardboard kit, you'll understand all the various things that everyone is trying to convey to you right now... because you have experience in guitar/chromatic setups.  In my opinion, once you have a dulcimer in hand it'll all become clear pretty quickly, in a way that's much better than long drawn out explanations and theory.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 11:53:27AM
1,715 posts

Has the Everything Dulcimer "Facebook" page closed?


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This morning I was deleting a few online bookmarks that no longer do me any good. Since I had no been able to view the 'set to Secret group'  EverythingDulcimer FB page for months now, I had my finger hovered over the bookmark to delete it. On a whim I clicked on it first, for oldtime's sake to see if by some miracle it had been made public again.
VOILA!  It seems to be public and viewable by everyone again !  surprised

So now even if you are not a member of FB, you can at least go take a peek and see what's been happening on ED's last embodiment.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/165673533442748/

The Powers That Be must have made the switch back to public group again, after many months now of being set to invisible to all non ED group members.  Welcome back to the world, ED!  ...and I do hope it stays that way.  yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 11:37:11AM
1,715 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Terry Wilson: This is the first time in my life I’ve been 73. A little pain was expected, but so much fun was totally unexpected.

Terry I love the way you look at it here.  I'm going to incorporate your "first time in my life I've been...." attitude towards my age from now on. Thank you!  dancetomato

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 09:45:07AM
1,715 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Terry Wilson: The uke is alive and fun. While I mostly play a baritone uke, for Halloween I pulled out my $25 plastic little bitty blue soprano uke. Donned my Elvis mask, sang Blue S Shoes, and shook my body. Four times I did this routine and the crowds went wild. Well, as wild as 80 - 98 yr olds can be. I tell you this to restate what I wrote over a year ago. The ukulele is a sing along, very very fun instrument. Instant smiles all around.

Truer words never spoken, Terry!  jive

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/11/19 12:15:14PM
1,715 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ron, welcome to fotmd!  i suggest you start a new discussion in our general Forums area for your guitar tuning question, rather than asking about it in this "Introduce Yourself" discussion.

Go to the general forum area and use the plus button+ to start a new discussion.  :)

(When you, be sure to give us the scale length (length in inches between nut and bridge) of your guitar. You'll likely have to change some strings and maybe remove other strings from your guitar. Remember too when you ask about a '4 string dulcimer'...that a guitar does not have a pair of closely set strings like most 4 string dulcimers have on the melody string.)

Please do start your new separate discussion in the forums, so we can help you further there in it.  :)


updated by @strumelia: 11/11/19 12:16:30PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/06/19 11:31:46AM
1,715 posts

Four equidistant strings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Don, there is more than one tuning possible-  you'll find lots of info and discussions of tunings and fingerings for 4 equidistant string setup in our Group of the same name:

https://fotmd.com/heidi-muller/group/27/four-equidistant-strings

Remember you'll need to click the "join group" button in order to see the discussion replies and comment wall of a group.  (You can always click the same button to easily UNjoin later.)

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/30/19 12:56:35AM
1,715 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Matthew!  How great that something so lovely as music is helping your Parkinson symptoms. I'm glad you're back to playing!  Good luck with your exploration of a chromatic dulcimer.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/27/19 07:08:21PM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

When in doubt, refresh your browser page.. it often helps when things look to be 'disappeared'.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/27/19 05:18:29PM
1,715 posts

Looking for a Rick Long Psaltery to Purchase.


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

@billy-t, I do want to also mention that there's a good online site that deals entirely with bowed psalteries:  http://psalterystrings.ning.com/main
and they might be another good place to ask about and Long psalteries.  It's a nice psaltery social network!

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/27/19 11:57:05AM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ken, the text box issues have to do with the tinyMCE text editor software that is used here. It's not something that I can fix and has nothing to do with our part of the platform.  TinyMCE is its own software, and they've been having some issues lately. I do know that they are working on fixes for their current text editor problems.  We'll have to simply let that work itself out for a few weeks.  If it continues to happen after say three or four more weeks from now, let me know again then. Thanks!

Meanwhile, the other group discussion re-ordering is being worked on to find the solution.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/25/19 11:46:52AM
1,715 posts

General direction on tuning modes


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

That's great SkipII!  You have an advantage already-  you are aware that you can do various things by using various tunings, and also you don't seem to be afraid of trying out new things.  Good for you!  Have FUN with your music and your instruments.  :D

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/24/19 08:53:35AM
1,715 posts

General direction on tuning modes


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Dusty Turtle:

I would suggest you listen to the dulcimer players who play the kind of music you want to play and ask them how they are tuned.

That.

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/23/19 03:29:53PM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

The discussions have been re-ordered again.  But this issue has not been 'solved' yet.  There's a fix that has been applied, but the cause is yet unknown, so it may happen again until the cause is figured out.

Ken please post here if/when it happens again.  Meanwhile the developers of our software are trying to figure out what's causing it. This might take some time.  Thanks for your patience!

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/23/19 11:18:49AM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ok, thanks Ken, I'll get on this as soon as I can.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/22/19 09:58:05PM
1,715 posts

Looking for Limberjacks


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Keeping my fingers crossed for you as well!  crossfingers

I love my Keith Young limberjack dearly.  I hope yours make the safe journey home to you for a happy dance reunion.  mrdancegangnam1

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/21/19 10:57:36AM
1,715 posts

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit


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Follow simple instructions to see which apps currently on your Mac are 32 bit and will not function in Catalina:   https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/macos-find-32-bit-apps/

 

@black-dog-bess : keep your eye on this Webroot support forum thread: https://community.webroot.com/webroot-secureanywhere-for-macs-18/product-update-webroot-secureanywhere-for-macos-catalina-340620
It looks as though you might have a Catalina-compatible Webroot version available by mid November.  You should be able to get your remaining paid subscription applied when you update your WR version.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/20/19 12:31:10AM
1,715 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Well, it's that time again...  doing the vegetable garden cleanup.  Piles and piles of pulled wilted dead plants, rotten tomatoes, weeds, etc.  Heaped on tarps and then we haul them into the woods to a big ditch across the road.  So much less fun than the beginning of the garden season.
Nice to get things cleaned up in the Fall though. Way worse if you wait til Spring, because then the ground's all muddy and half frozen when you're trying to pull out dead plants and clean things up for planting.  In the Fall the ground is still dry and fluffy- easier to pull out the plants!  Then I'll rake things up a bit and lay down thick straw over the beds for the winter.

Amazing, I still got a couple of nice big red peppers today... probably the last before the plants frost and die.

I've made two blueberry cobblers this week with blueberries I froze in July.  :D  I still have enough in the freezer for about 5 more cobblers... for special occasions I think.

The bees are slowing down. Time to put the mouse guards on the hive entrances and insulate the tops for the winter.


updated by @strumelia: 10/20/19 12:33:10AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
10/18/19 10:58:19AM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

You're welcome you're welcome.  catdance

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/17/19 07:06:24PM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ken, I think this is now fixed up.  Please go take a look and also let me know if you see any lingering or additional problems related to this.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/16/19 10:25:58AM
1,715 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I should mention that our members who are dulcimer makers/luthiers often utilize our Dulcimer Making Group to post about their latest creations that they themselves constructed.  :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/15/19 01:35:46PM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I'm looking into this Ken.  It looks like if you make a new post in a group discussion, it does rise to the top as it should.  (there are sometimes a couple of 'pinned' discussions that always stay at top though). However, it also seems that after a recent site update, past group discussions got a bit scrambled in order, making it hard to find discussions that were somewhat recent, if they have not had a new post after the site update.

Not sure I'll be able to re-order them again, but am looking into it.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/14/19 02:36:20PM
1,715 posts

Group Contents Re-ordered???


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ken, I'm currently looking in to this issue.

In the Beginner Group, I'm seeing that the Comment Wall 'comments' are in the correct order- with the most recent comments on top.  Are you not seeing it this way?

However, I am seeing a problem with the group's discussions being shown out of order.  It 'should' be so that the discussions with the newest replies show on the top, and discussion threads that have not had recent activity get listed later on in the order of the group threads. Is that what you are referring to as the problem?

Tell me whether you still see an 'ordered by' problem with the Comment Wall comments in groups.
I'm thinking there's only a problem with the order of group discussions, and NOT aproblem with the rder of group Comment Wall comments.  Tell me if that's what you see too, so I don't wind up chasing any non-existent issues. Thanks

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/06/19 03:44:16PM
1,715 posts

2019 Bowed Psaltery Gathering - Nozomi Nose!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Gregg, you could post this festival in our "Festivals/Events section here on FOTMD, since it has various performers/instructors and is a music gathering.  Then it would appear in our site's Events calendar.  You can add a picture for it as well. yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/01/19 10:41:43PM
1,715 posts

Lillie’s Lullaby


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Kendra, it'd work better for you if you posted this info and link to the tab etc right in the Comments section of your Lillies video.

That way, your info about the tab and the video will all be in one place, right on the actual video page.  If you start a forum thread in the Forums about your video in the video section, the two will not stay connected and people's comments here about your video will sink out of sight as the forum thread gets older.  That's the trouble with having two different comment areas about one item (the video, where comments are left... and this thread about the video, in a forum that is not part of the video.)

I know you are having some confusions about using this site, so I'm trying to help you. It's best not to start a forum discussion about your own video- each videos has its own comment area where you can post thoughts and info and hold discussions about the video right there, on the video's own page.  It gets quite confusing after a while to have comments on the video page and also comments about the video in a separate forum thread like this one.  Go to your "Lillies" video's page (find your video by going to the main link for Videos at top banner, OR by going to your own profile page and clicking the Videos Tab to see your VIDEOS there) and post your info and tab link there in the video comments instead of starting forum discussions about each of your videos.  That way everyone will find all the comments, discussion, and info on the video right there, on the video's page.  I hope I've explained this without confusing things!


updated by @strumelia: 10/01/19 11:33:17PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
10/01/19 11:20:41AM
1,715 posts

I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Kendra Ward:

I can’t find comments or read them on something I posted...

Kendra, please tell me an actual example of 'something you posted' that you cannot see the comments on. I need that.

 /