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NOW LAUNCHED: Join 2,500 readers in the new HfP forums

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We have launched the Head for Points forums. Please join us!

Many of you will know that we have been planning to add forums to the site for some time. Initially, we planned to do it soon after we launched the new site design in August 2020, but life got in the way.

Sinead went on maternity leave and I took over the commercial side of the business for nine months, leaving Rob to do the majority of the writing. This left us with little time to work on bigger projects. Luckily Sinead is now back which has freed me up to work on this, with the help of our IT partner Neil Barrett @ Enbecom.

We launched the forums this week. Over 2,500 readers registered in the first 10 days and we have ironed out most of the bugs and glitches.

HfP forums screenshot

How to join the Head for Points forums

You can register for the HfP forums here. Note that your forum login can also be used to comment across the site.

Your first post / comment to the site will go through moderation to avoid spam registrations. If you cannot see your post immediately please bear with us as we process these.

If you have any problems registering or encounter any bugs or other technical issues, please leave a comment below. We have also created a dedicated topic on the forums where you can leave any suggestions you have here. Of course, if you have trouble registering then you won’t be able to post there 🙂

If your comment would require sharing any personal data, email your query to rhys@headforpoints.com instead.

How to navigate the forums

If you head to www.headforpoints.com/forums or click the link which will appear in the navigation bar later today you’ll see we have a number of forums dedicated to miles, points and travel in general. This should make it easier to find the information you are looking for versus searching old chat threads.

We have also added a ‘London life’ thread for off-topic questions about restaurants, going out, property or whatever. We may add other non-travel forums if there is demand.

If you want a quick overview of active conversations then I suggest using the ‘Recent Topics’ page. This is linked in the top right of the dedicated forum menu (or you can access it here) and lists all topics by most recent response. It’s a particularly useful way of keeping abreast of the entire forum.

Have we got the categories right? Only time will tell. We have done our best to second-guess what you will want to ask about. We will keep an eye on things and delete / add sections as necessary.

We have deliberately kept the forum ‘light’. You cannot have a linkable online profile, you cannot have a signature, you cannot upvote or downvote replies etc. From our side, we will keep your reading experience clean by not placing any advertising in the forum.

What you can do, for five minutes after posting, is edit what you have written – this was a much-requested feature in the old chat threads.

What will happen to the daily chat threads?

A daily chat thread will be opened each morning IN THE FORUM and not in the main news feed. There will be a new ‘daily discussion’ thread each day which will work in the same way as the current chat thread.

It will appear at the top of the forum listings so you won’t need to scroll down to see it.

The daily chat thread in the forum is a good place to, for example, post links to an interesting new offer you have found. However, we strongly suggest that any questions which can be asked in a dedicated forum thread are asked there. This will allow us to build up a strong Q&A database for the benefit of future readers.

It will obviously take a while for the forums to gain momentum, but we hope that we can create something that is both informative and entertaining. As with the site relaunch last year, you will see tweaks as the system beds down – readers have already given us some good ideas.

There are links to the forum in the HfP menu bar. We are working on ways to show a feed of current activity on the ‘news’ side of the site.

Thank you for your continued support of HfP.

Comments (286)

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  • Ian says:

    The article above says no adverts, however there is a large advert that takes up half the page on every forum and post whilst viewing on the phone.

    • Rob says:

      That ad appears on every page of the site. What we meant is that we are not inserting ads between forum posts a la Flyertalk.

      • Ian says:

        Okay – not looking very user friendly on the mobile with it taking up half the page on the forums.

        • Rob says:

          That’s no change to the old chat thread, however – to get to that you had to scroll past the article too. That particular ad isn’t going anywhere – it’s the most expensive bit of real estate we have to sell.

  • Geoff 1977 says:

    “ We have also added a ‘London life thread’”

    👀

  • Wing It One World says:

    I tried to register and got my user name is unavailable due to illegal Characters, same user name as here so not sure where to go from here ??

    • Vincent Teo says:

      Yes some guidance on what the conditions the username must meet would be useful.

  • RB1988 says:

    Where is the forum finding the profile pictures from? I have no idea where mine came from!!

    • Rob says:

      Gravatar. At some point you made an account an Gravatar using the email in your profile.

  • wulfman says:

    Registered. Now where do we discuss US credit cards?

    • Rob says:

      Probably nowhere tiven our 80% UK readership but you are welcome to try under ‘Other cards’.

    • Jonathan says:

      How many of us have a US address that you can use for making credit card application ?!?

      If all of us did, I’m sure we’d all have US based Amex cards, their offerings are so much better than what we get here in the UK, and most of the rest of the world for that matter !

      • Rob says:

        We do have a 10% US readership, which is still quite a lot of people (probably 30-35,000 US visitors per month). I’m just guessing that there are more relevant US sites – but feel free to ask.

        • wulfman says:

          I have to say, I wasn’t entirely serious about the question. I can only assumed it would lead to tarring and feathering.

  • Crafty says:

    I registered, but the password automatically generated for me was rejected as incorrect (despite copy and paste), and then the forgot password link returns an error (“too many requests”).

  • Freddy says:

    Hope there is going to be a “outside London life” thread so we can discuss the cold weather, the poor state of public transport and where to pick up a £3 English breakfast

    • AJA says:

      Life’s not really that bad beyond the M25 is it? There’s the great outdoors, country hotels and pubs. You do have woeful public transport but on the other hand you are far more likely to have a car which in London is seen as anti-social and a polluting death trap to all others which is why the speed limit seems to be 20mph everywhere. I fully expect that soon we will be back to requiring a person to walk in front waving a red flag! Joking aside I think that an ‘outside London’ thread would be a good idea.

    • Andrew. says:

      A nested thread would be good. “Capital Life” – Then nested in that London Life, Edinburgh Life, Cardiff Life and Belfast Life.

      Best value breakfast at the moment is probably Morrisons at £6.95 for 15 items.

    • Aston100 says:

      I suspect the ‘London Life’ section has been added in order to try and attract more of Rob’s preferred type of user.
      Currently, most of the comments on this site are from us undesirables who reside in the barren wastelands outside of the m25.

      • Rob says:

        It’s not preferred sort of user, it’s our user – full stop. 80% of users are UK based, 80% of the 80% are London-ish looking at the IP data.

        • Gary says:

          I’m not sure the validity of that. Assuming a lot of the users use a VPN a lot ( which they should be doing if they are using hotel WiFi!) they can appear anywhere. I usually just leave mine switched on all the time, as for whatever reason, it’s frequently faster that just using my standard line. Mostly, I’m “one of your London readers”, but in reality I’m in Edinburgh.

          • dougzz99 says:

            You shouldn’t need a VPN if you don’t visit poorly configured sites. What reasonable site or service doesn’t use end to end secured encryption?

          • Geoff 1977 says:

            Why are you assuming that a lot of users use. VPN?

        • Rupert One says:

          I wouldn’t rely on the accuracy of location IP data. Safari for example now deliberately hides your location. I just did a Google search for a coffee shop, and it came back as South Yorkshire as my location. I’m in Wales! But London seems to be my preference location for the browser.

        • Mikeact says:

          +1*

      • Mikeact says:

        As an ‘undesirable’ which part of the barren wasteland do you reside ?
        Ridiculous comment, if you feel that strongly feel free to leave.

    • dougzz99 says:

      No one cares about life outside London, other than of course the ‘Country Pad’ thread. You’re just a rung below staff to us proper people.

  • shottenden says:

    Looks good to me !

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