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    Positive Thinking
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    Why don’t peope want to use this site? Now that AngloInfo has more or less gone down the pan I expected a lot more activity on this site, but it hasn’t happened? Why is that? I used to look at AngloInfo often  when it was still a vibant and interesting site about 4 years ago. Wouldn’t it be good if this site could  be more active?

    So what’s putting you off?

    #75735
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    I see your last post was 2 years ago.

     

    #75804
    Positive Thinking
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    Yes John Doe, you’re quite right.

    So what do you think is off-putting to me and many others?

    Let’s  have a constructive discussion.

    #75809
    Blue Velvet
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    This is the only forums I’ve been a member of since it started .  People come and go, or are on holiday etc etc. But when a question is asked as in the first posting, no one suggests what they would like, just why does no one use it!  It does take some effort to write something every day, but my view is unless you use it, you loose it! There are so many subject to discuss, what your lives are like now you live full time etc in France, or just holiday . Various experiences along the way.  Some news in your area, hints and tips, don’t forget for a lot of people this is a totally new experience to living in the UK.   There is a discussion about words games etc on UIB but it does make you think, especially the cryptic clues, some are quite difficult.  So there you, why not tell us all why you came to France and was it an easy or difficult journey ? :rose:

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    I’m not a mind reader. I don’t know what put you off.  Only you can tell us that. As for the rest of the silent majority, I haven’t a clue. The forum used to announce events in local communities, and was used to exchange information on a multitude of topics, as well as containing a bit of general chit chat. All that seems to have gone.

    I can only have a constructive discussion if there are people who have something to discuss. At the moment I am the only person logged on. Not surprising because the sun is out. I’ve stopped to make some lunch, but then I’ll be gardening. I look in again later.

    I try to stimulate conversation by replying on subjects that interest me, and I sometimes start new topics with varying degrees of success.

    BV, I think you have made similar comments in the past on similar topics. But one thing I wold hate to see is the word game/name the person or place trivia that dominates UiB. Serious topics disappear to the bottom of the page in no time, and often never re-appear.

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    Chapeau rouge
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    As @John Doe says, “I don’t know what puts you off”.   But I should hope that you know and if you are going to  comment about the lack of activity on any of these Forums, it would make perfect sense if you were to explain why you joined but don’t post.  That might just make a difference, don’t you think?

    My comments would be that to encourage lots of postings, lots of topics and comments are needed on a regular basis.  This at least has a better chance of striking a chord with individuals and allows anyone posting to not feel that they are a lone voice.  How do you get people to post?  Who knows.  People are fickle, interested and then not, well-meaning but possibly short on time.  It does take some commitment and if we look even once a day and see that there is nothing new there, it takes some effort to put fingers to keyboard.  Many people complain that they don’t like chit-chat – (normal human interaction?)  and others that they don’t like games or competitions.  Some miserable devils have complained that they don’t like people larking about or joking with each other……maybe they just feel excluded if they are not in such a group, or maybe they are just too sour to enjoy what others write.  The areas covered are vast – it’s very difficult to post details of events which might just appear to a very small number in one area.  Then there is the worst aspect : people just can’t play nicely.  They cannot debate, they have no respect for the views of others, they must argue, snipe or simply be abusive and insulting.  No one responds well to that sort of behaviour and many hours and days have been wasted on all of the forums in arguments involving those who have some axe to grind and just don’t care about the views of others or their right to express them.  There are many other more  obvious reasons for waxing and waning of activity.  I must also refer to something which in our house is often referred to as the F word – Effort  :yahoo:.  Even if people have the time, can they really be bothered, especially if they are uncertain as to how others will respond?  Loads of comments are posted on this forum which refers to people enjoying what others have written, but they don’t post!!!  (3 exclamation marks, @JD) What can we do?    Tell us what you think, please. Maybe you have an idea which may make a difference.

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    Neil&KarenProctor
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    As with most forums , people respond / get involved with what interests them. So if the subject isn’t for them , they’ll not comment. I try and look in once a week (usually Friday pm) due to work etc, but I dont always log in and dont always comment. I suspect there are plenty of others that do the same.  In anycase you get out of things asmuch as you put in , so it comes down to personel choice. BTW I find UIN very informative and helpful

    #75867
    Positive Thinking
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    The main reason I very rarely post things on this forum (and previously on AngloInfo) is because over the years there is less and less respect and courtesy. It’s very easy to mis-read the tone when things are written in forums and I would imagine that sometimes offence is given when there was none intended. However some threads become nasty slanging matches

    Otherwise I pretty much agree with what Chapeau Rouge said.

    Anyway, let’s try to get things moving a bit – I’m off to start another thread.
    Thanks for all your comments

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    brian61 in Normandie
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    Where possible I have tried to help newcomers to this site.

    I do miss the “great” cheddar cheese, baked bean and window cleaner debates. But without these newcomers these debates don’t take place. :wacko:

    Perhaps the Wizard (site owner) needs to make this site more visible. :good:

    Does anyone remember the original name of this site which I understand that AngloInfo complained about and the Wizard had to change to the current name ?

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    Laura Babs
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    I’m looking forward to asking questions related to moving to france but each time I think this is it the Brexit word comes into view. I’ve now decided to listen to what comes out of today’s cabinet meeting although I doubt that I will learn much. I did look at compact tractors on the net but they didn’t seem to be the best first purchase for any move. However I do have all you lovely people in mind for advice, if and when I bite the bullet!

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    As N&KProctor say, most people only post when they have something to say. Alternatively, sometimes people do post for the sake of posting, with the best of intentions, and the thread turns into an exchange of “witty” repartee between regulars, but that’s of limited interest for the rest.

    I don’t check this forum very often simply because there seem to be very few posters here who work or run a business and have any interest in that side of life, and for me at present that’s the real value of forums, being able to swap experiences with people that you have specific interests in common with. Online forums are good for discussing shared problems and helping each other, but the membership of this form is so diverse in terms of location and personal circumstances that there don’t seem to be that many overlapping areas, it’s mostly social chit chat. I find social chit chat works better for me face to face, not online with faceless people that I don’t have much in common with apart from having many years ago moved to Normandy from the UK, so although I wish the forum well, unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time for social chit.

     

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    Sue Slater
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    Hi everyone.   I joined the site today and am finding it a bit confusing to navigate around it.  I live on the east coast of Devon and I have owned a house (make that money pit) in rural Normandy (dept 53, Mayenne) for 12 years.  Now I’m retired, as of June 2018, I am debating whether to make the quantum leap & become a full time resident of la belle France.  There is this sword of Damocles called Brexit hanging over us though.  What I would like to find is an idiot’s guide written in small, bite-sized chunks.  Yes, I know there are dozens of encouraging books out there but I need something simple.  I’ve been cheerfully paying all my often-estimated French household bills for years (except for the time when I discovered EDF were billing me for the house next door & owed me 800 euros) and have no idea if my advanced age (66!) entitles me to stop paying anything now that my income is just my state pension.  I followed the advice on this site and looked on http://www.impots.gouv.fr and am none the wiser.  I used to think I was intelligent…….my other concern is that I would be moving here alone and having spent the whole of June at my house, I ended up very bored and quite lonely once the DIY was done.  All advice very welcome!

    #77654
    John James
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    Welcome aboard Sue – I think you’ll find most of us on here a fairly friendly bunch –  every now and then somebody will try to blow somebody else’s head of, but I think that most of those have thankfully gone off to find new pastures to plough up.

    It’s important that this site continues to thrive – it’s really the only one we’ve got now. I’m sure we all agree that those that run it do a brilliant job and it is imperative that we continue to support them.

    As for your move to France – don’t be put off – you’ve had a place here for twelve years so you are in a far better place than those who come over  as complete novices. Yes, living here full time is a bit more complex, but if you just take it in your stride, you’ll be fine.

    Normandy is one of the most beautiful areas of France and giving it your full time attention will reap huge rewards even if there are a few frustrations along the way.

    Good luck!

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    Bess
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    Morning Sue, it is a dilemma isn’t it?  Should I stay or should I go???  We have been here for a couple of years but have owned our house here for 29 years.  So we knew a few people.  Our dearest friends were our  neighbours but he died several years ago and she is now in a home.  The house next door is empty and for sale.  We miss them.  Because we now live here I have looked for clubs to join, French or English.  Being rural these are few and far between.  Last year I started going to French lessons run by English, several miles away but worth every mile.  The contacts are wonderful – they have given me loads of ‘how to’ answers and my French has improved.  I have at last got our carte vitals.  I have reregistered my car here and next job is to go to the tax office.  We have found great neighbours down the lane, the other end of the field who actually live in Honfleur but bought their house here to get away from Honfleur in summer.  They speak no English which is great.  Some days we don’t do much at all – but we always think ‘what would we be doing in uk?’ – the same, not much at all.  I’m not one of those ladies wot do lunch and couldn’t afford to anyway. It would be very safe to stay in Devon but, gosh, what an adventure to do the alternative.  Keep posting and asking questions.  I go on united in Brittany as well, they have lots of postings on how to do things like carte vitale and car registering, tax stuff etc.  Just put eg carte vitale in search and you’ll get loads up.

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    Sue, you wondered if you could “stop paying anything now that my income is just my state pension”.

    Sadly, the answer is no. If you were a resident (living here and making annual tax declarations) you would probably pay no tax d’habitation and your taxes foncières would be reduced. You have to be in the system to get these benefits.

    One reduction that might be available is cancellation of the redevance audiovisuelle (TV licence) part of the tax d’hab. Don’t keep a TV in the house, and notify the tax office that on 1st January that you don’t have one. When you come to visit, bring a small one with you (assuming you are coming by car), and when you leave take it with you. It might be a small saving, but better than nothing.

    Positive Thinking, still waiting for the thread you were going to start on 6 July. We can’t comment on it until we see it.

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