The PorterTX.com Forum is a place for neighbors in the greater Porter area
to chat with each other, get to know each other, meet new people, and share local news & information.
On the forums you can discuss local local news, local events,
recommend a restaurant, ask for local business suggestions,
chat about the weather, etc. New members are encouraged to introduce themselves to the group. You can review the full Community Agreement for a complete
list of forum rules, but generally if you keep things PG and good spirited, you'll probably do well here. :)
Civil and productive political discussion can be particularly difficult in an anonymous online forum setting like this one.
People who post political discussions here have a variety of opinions and beliefs that span the political spectrum, and
keeping the discussion civil can be tricky.
To discuss politics here, you'll need to have a thick skin while also comitting to keeping the discussion somewhat civil.
It's important to note that Political Discussion on these forums here have unique guidelines and restrictions -- it is not a free for all!
Generally, you must must refrain from name calling directed at other members, be somewhat civil when talking to other members,
and should avoid character attacks on people in a different political party than your own.
Because political discussions can often get heated, the visibility of political discussions has
been turned OFF by default for new members and for visitors to the website who are not logged in to their account.
How do I turn on my Politics Discussions setting?
If you agree to the above guidelines and your "Politics" setting is currently off, you can turn it on by going to your "Forum Settings" page
and toggling the "Political Chat" option at the bottom.
Members earn credits by participating on the Forums. Whenever you post a message or a reply on the forums
you earn credits. Also, whenever other people chat with you directly (@mention you)
or other people give you a "Thumbs Up" or "Heart" reaction to your posts you can also earn credits.
The "Tips" button, located below every Forum message, can be clicked to give some of the credits you've earned to another PorterTX.com member.
You can do this to show your appreciation for that person's posts, and help them get closer to earning their own gift card.
The number inside the "Tips" button indicates how many credits the person has earned from that message.
The tip counter not only shows credits given by other members, but also includes credits given automatically to
the person by the Porter website, including credits for posting new discussions, as well as credits for thumbs up reactions from other members.
Your Contributor Points total is a score based on the total of all the Thumbs Ups, Laugh, and Heart reactions you've received on any message you've posted on the forums. That is to say, it's a measure of goodwill you've spread on the forums. Earn them by posting informative, helpful or entertaining posts on the forums!
When you post a message on the forums and include the @ symbol before a person's username, it will send that person a notification about your message, alerting them that they have been "mentioned".
If you write a message on the forums like this:
Hey @john123, what's up?
The message will post publicly on the forums as normal, and it will also send a private notification to user "john123" telling him he was mentioned by you, and will provide john123 a direct link to your message.
Use the @mention feature any time you want to make sure a particular member sees one of your posts.
Typically you will use @mention many times while posting on the forums. As a shortcut, if you click the "Reply" or "Quote" buttons below
someone's message it will automatically include the correct @mention text to mention that person in your text.
The "Ignore List" is a feature to block messages from certain people or to hide specified forum discussions from your account.
Sometimes it can make your forum experience better by blocking people you may have a personality clash with,
or turning off discussions you find annoying or objectionable.
How do I add something to my Ignore List?
To ignore a person, click on their profile name next to a message they've posted on the forums. This will display the member's profile menu. Then
choose the "Hide / Ignore this Person" option.
To ignore a discussion, click on the gray "down" arrow to the right of the first message in the discussion, and click the "Hide / Ignore this Discussion" option.
To edit your Ignore List, including removing someone from the list, use the "Ignore List option under the main "Forum Menu" at
the top right of the forum home page.
What happens when you Ignore someone?
When you ignore a person, you will no longer see that person's posts, and that person will no longer see your posts.
It's important to realize that the "Ignore" is two-way: they don't see your stuff and you don't see theirs.
It also will prevent the two of from sending each other private messages, and seeing certain
The ignored person is not notified when they are put on ignore.
If someone has you on ignore, you will not see discussions they have started. You will also not see their replies
and instead will see a message telling you that the reply is not visible.
Generally, it's a good idea to use the Ignore List when needed to reduce conflict and improve your experience on the forums.
Getting too many emails? We can fix that! You have a lot of control over which emails you receive from the website on your Forum Settings page,
found under the "Forum Menu" at the top right of the Forum home page.
The Numbers Game is open to any PorterTX.com member who has posted at least 5x that day on the forums.
You compete against other PorterTX.com members in trying to guess the correct number
between 1 and 1,000,000. The first person to get the answer correct wins!
Where do I find the Numbers Game?
You can find a link to the Numbers Game under the "Forum Menu" located at the top right of the Forums home page.
Before posting a message to the forums, click the photo icon to the bottom left
of the textbox to select a photo from your computer and attach it to your message.
Instead of choosing a photo from your computer, you can attach a photo from a link that is already online if you know the image's web address.
First, click the "Insert" button located below the main textbox, then choose "External Image", and then paste the web address of the image in the textbox.
This will insert the code necessary into your message to display the image once it's been posted.
Currently this website can only embed videos from YouTube in your messages.
To embed a YouTube video:
Visit the YouTube page where the video is located.
Copy the "Share" link provided by YouTube ( it will look something like this: https://youtu.be/gqNEqIsRdnE ).
Go back to the PorterTX.com Forums and click the "Insert" button below the textbox where you are writing your message.
Choose the "YouTube Video" button option and enter the "Share" link provided by YouTube earlier.
This will add the proper code so that the video will be embedded and visible once the message has been posted.
If you see a message that is potentially breaking the website's Community Agreement, you can
Flag it to bring it to the attention of a moderator.
To flag a message:
At the top right of a forum message, click the gray "down" arrow to show the message menu, then click the "Flag / Report" option.
Flagging will send an alert to the moderator. It does not notify the person you're flagging that their message was flagged -- this info is kept private.
Flagging a message will guarantee a moderator will take a look at the message and make a moderator decision about whether it's allowed or not.
Please feel free to flag something even if you're not sure a message is violating rules or not. Flagging something is preferred over
@mentioning or PM'ing a moderator because it is connected to internal moderator controls that helps us keep track of the issue and make
sure it's handled in a timely way.
With so many messages posted on a regular basis, we do rely on reports from members to keep the forums an inviting community for everyone!