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MyEnglishClub is a community that shares and learns together.

We also try to have fun communicating. A big part of the success of this community is being able to make friends.

It is important to make friends.

PRIVACY SETTINGS can keep you from making friends.  Privacy and community do not go well together in my opinion. Here are the best privacy settings to use:

Here are the two most important things to keep open:

1. Visibility-

Your profile page, your blog and photos need to be kept open to - Anyone

If we can't see you and read about you we are not going to become your friends. Without friends you will not improve as well as you could.  Friends keep us motivated. Friends keep us happy. Friends help us.

2. Moderation-

Comments should be open to - Anyone

When someone adds a comment on my profile or my blog- Publish it immediately

Why on earth would you want to prevent comments from members? We are supposed to love comments. Comments are helpful and motivating. That is why we have friends. That is why this is called social media.

I feel like it is rude to moderate comments. When I leave a comment on your page and it doesn't show because it is being moderated, I can't check spelling or even delete it if I change my mind.

If I come back later and wonder if I thanked you for your comment I won't be able to see it. I may have tried to leave it from my phone, but now can't tell if it worked or not.

You should probably keep your moderation set like the example below. If you want to make friends you will be better off to do this. I am not going to bother too much with someone who wants to be unreachable or thinks they are better than the other members.

So don't expect to get a lot of friends if you hide from everyone or if you make us wait when we want to leave you a comment. I don't need to be friends with people who don't want to be a friendly part of the community.

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Comment by Mr. Bob on February 27, 2015 at 23:36

Thank you Tara. I hope you can make this point a little stronger in your introduction and user's guide.  We always hear privacy is important on our phone settings and other places and maybe some people misunderstand our settings. I wish Ning had a better alternative.

Comment by Tara Benwell on February 27, 2015 at 15:18

And, keep in mind, we can't feature your page if it is set to private. We want to feature NEW Star Members, but many members don't set their page to Public. Only Public pages can be featured. 

Comment by Mr. Bob on February 21, 2015 at 9:55

This is still important. We need to help members who are confused about settings and are moderating comments.

Comment by Mr. Bob on December 14, 2014 at 4:43
I'm always happy to help people understand how things work here, Ary. I liked your blog.
Comment by Mr. Bob on December 10, 2014 at 19:54
I agree Komala, but some members don't know they changed the privacy settings. I wish we could find an easy way to show them.
Comment by Komala on November 18, 2014 at 12:27

You are 100 % right Mr. Bob. I really don't kill my time on people who restrict their profiles.

Comment by Mr. Bob on July 5, 2014 at 12:41

Don't angry when someone is moderating comments, it could be an accident.  Just leave them a second comment telling them what they are doing.

They may not understand this especially if they are new. You could even leave them a link to this blog so they see how to change their settings.

Comment by nida on July 3, 2014 at 10:10

I agree with you!

Comment by saba on July 1, 2014 at 8:02

Hi Mr Bob!

I agree with you, but for specific blogs, for example, test blogs or puzzle blogs, it is better the comments would not be published immediately and the choice " wait for my approval" is ticked.

Comment by Mishaikh on July 1, 2014 at 5:26

I agree with you Mr. Bob.
I have just commented on Samu's blog, I was shocked to see that it was administered (Blocked),
It gives me feeling of unworthiness.

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