it seems like a tight-knit community on here, and I’m guessing that you all know (at least roughly) where each other lives. However, anyone new to the site, who might be interested in something location-specific (for example, an item for sale, a bake-off) is left clueless. In the case of the classifieds, perhaps putting the location of the item (nearest town, or whatever) in the title-bar would improve things, along with, maybe, “WP” if the seller is willing to post.
Also, how do I get rid of the smiley box that pops up? It appears with almost every letter I type, obscuring the text and means that I can only move the cursor left or right, as using the up-and-down arrows just select a smiley.
I’ve had the smiley thing, on and off, for a while. Maybe it’s browser-dependent (I’m on Firefox). Sometimes switching stuff off and switching it on again seems to make it go away.
As far as location goes, mostly what matters is knowing that pmac is on Fetlar, there’s a very strange crowd down in Devon/Cornwall, Bob ICHM is in Cheshire, BobC is in (or near) Barrow-in-Furness, Dean SCIDB is a Yorkshireman, Ozexpat is an Aussie expat and the rest of us are all over the place (particularly htm_1968) in every sense of the phrase.
It’s true, most of us do know roughly where most others are based. In some ways I do like having a bit of info showing about people, as some forum software does, but that never took off here. I’m not sure what the forum software allows.
Also given that I only browse using my phone, it would probably clutter the screen too much.
Just stick around; that is the best way to get people to transition from avatar to person.