This page has some important background information, as well as helpful tips and advice on using the Café Writer forums.
How Facebook Works with Café Writer
You may log into Café Writer in one of two ways:
- With Facebook.
- With a User Name and Password
You may log into Café Writer with Facebook by simply clicking the Facebook square blue F button that appears on the home page of Café Writer.
Logging into Café Writer with Facebook does two things: it registers you as a user if you’ve never logged in before; and it logs you in using your current Facebook account.
If you’re not logged into Facebook when you click the Facebook F button, it’s not a problem – Facebook will ask you to log into Facebook first. Then you will be transferred back over to Café Writer automatically.
Facebook Login Problems
If you’re having problems with login with Facebook, try these suggestions:
- Turn off your Ad-Blocking software in your web browser.
- Turn off popup blocking.
- Make certain that you are using the latest version of your browser software.
- If you’re logging in with Firefox or another browser that promotes its extensions, and you use lots of extensions, disable some to determine if one of them is interfering with your log in.
- Use a different web browser. So far we know that users are successful logging in with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and other popular browsers with no problems, from all popular devices: Windows and Mac desktops, IOS and Android tablets and phones, and even Linux systems.
- Try a different device or computer. (Sorry!)
- You can avoid using Facebook entirely and log in directly to the site. This should work on all browsers even with ad blocking. If you have an existing Facebook account on Cafe Writer, you can easily add a password to the account by following the instructions on this page.
- Or completely avoid Facebook by registering yourself on Cafe Writer with an email address, a user name and a password. Go to this page in order to register yourself directly.
Popular Question: “Why Can’t I Stay Logged Into the Site?”
Short answer: because you’re using Facebook to log in.
When you log in with Facebook you will see a checkbox in the login part of the page. Facebook login currently doesn’t pay attention to the “Remember Me” checkbox.
Being logged in all of the time has some advantages. You can click on a bookmark to an interesting forum discussion you’ve saved on your computer and go right back to where you left off. (If you’re not logged in when you try this, you’ll be directed to log in, and not to the bookmarked page.)
So how can you keep your browser logged in semi-permanently to Cafe Writer?
By logging in with a user name and password. This method of login will honor the “Remember Me” check. Please avoid using this “remember me” feature on public computers in libraries and other public places.
You can easily add a password to your existing Facebook linked account by following the instructions on this page. Or, completely avoid Facebook by registering yourself on Cafe Writer with an email address, a user name and a password. Go to this page in order to register yourself directly.
Another Popular Question: Where Do I Have To “Be” In Order to Get Access to Cafe Writer?
We’ve been asked if a user of Cafe Writer needs to arrive at the site from a particular Facebook group or posting. Or from a particular link.
The answer to this question is – no.
You may always go directly to the Cafe Writer website: http://www.cafewriter.com.
Bookmark this website for easy access at any time.
Another Popular Question: “How Can I Subscribe To a Forum Topic by Email?”
You can’t. But we have a different feature that provides the same benefits: RSS feeds.
We experimented with a feature that supports email subscriptions. We may include this in the future, but we found that currently it doesn’t work.
Easy Way to See New Forum Activity in Café Writer Without Logging In: RSS Feeds.
What to Expect from Café Writer Forums
If you have ever used a “bulletin board” or “forum” website, Café Writer will be a very familiar experience.
If you grew up on Facebook or otherwise have little familiarity with bulletin boards, there are some important differences to note. Some of these issues we really want to clean up and will, time permitting. Other aspects are simply part of the overall experience of a “stand alone” forum that is not connected with social media directly.
The general answer to “why is blah this way” is: because we’re using off the shelf software that was designed for a certain job.
- Café Writer has multiple subject areas, and is searchable in a meaningful way. Subject areas are set up already for broad categories of freelancer interests, such as deal-making, or critiques of writing. This is quite different from an active Facebook group where all interests form a single news feed of postings.
- We don’t yet have a concept of “Like” – liking a post – or like counts. If you want to show support for a post or opinion you will have to post a message in the thread. We may introduce a way to register support for posts, with a “karma” or voting system, but that isn’t part of Café Writer yet.
- We don’t have tagging of users and we don’t notify you when someone mentions you. This is self explanatory. On Facebook discussions you can notify a user that you’re talking about them by writing their screen name. We don’t have that capability here (yet?)
- Updates of pages in the forum aren’t instantaneous. Facebook will pop up notifications in real time that you have a message or that someone replied to your post. You also receive audio alerts (beeps and boops) to indicate that activity is being sent to you. We do not have this capability yet. In Café Writer forums, you’ll have to do some forum action that causes the forum to display a new page, in order to see up-to-the-minute activity. In other words, you can go from viewing one post to another post, or return to the forum home page, to see any incoming messages or new posts.
About the Forum Software
- Café Writer uses forum software called Simple:Press. Simple:Press is supplied as a WordPress plugin.
- Café Writer and Simple:Press work like and are similar to (not identical with) these well known forum packages: Simple Machines Forum (SMF), vBulletin, Vanilla Forums, bbPress, phpBB, Ultimate Bulletin Board (UBB), Phorum, and some others.
- Question: why did we not use the “very standard” bbPress from the WordPress Foundation for our forum? Answer: features and flexibility. bbPress did not have particularly strong administrator and moderator controls. One tie-breaking feature we desired was that there was no way to “relocate” a message thread from an inappropriate forum to a one that fits the post’s content better. (Moving forum messages is most of the moderation activity of an active board.)