Getting the Most Out of the Forums

If you’ve never explored the Logos Bible Software Forums, you’re missing out on a lot of great interaction with other Logos users. Since we launched the site in June, we’ve had more than 10,000 people join and write almost 53,000 posts. We have forums for general discussion, Logos 4, Logos 4 for Mac, Logos 3, Logos for Mac 1, our iPhone app, making suggestions, Español, posting files, and getting help with RefTagger. There are always lots of informative (and lively!) discussions going on.

As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, the forums are one of the best ways to get answer to your questions fast—especially during this very busy time with the launch of Logos 4 when our phones are ringing off the hook.

But the forums aren’t just for finding answers to questions. They’re also a wonderful place for meeting and interacting with people from all over the country and the world who enjoy studying the Bible as much as you do.

Whether you’re looking to get answers to questions or just want to join a community of people who love doing Bible study with Logos Bible Software, you’ll get the most out of the forums by spending a few minutes getting set up properly. Here are some of the things I’d recommend.

1. Log In or Create a Login

Anyone can read the forums, but to post and reply to others, you’ll need a login. You will use the same email address and password that you use to log in to Logos.com and Logos 4. If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, you can easily create one.

2. Update Your Profile

Online interaction can be impersonal at times, and this impersonalness often leads to exchanges that would probably never happen if the people involved were sitting across the table from each other. It’s important to be reminded that we’re dealing with other human beings—and, more importantly, other brothers and sisters in Christ. One small way to accomplish this is to add a profile picture so people can see who they’re talking to. You can do this by going to https://www.logos.com/user/MyProfile, clicking “Browse” and locating a photo of yourself, and then clicking “Upload.” While you’re there, take 30 seconds to fill out some basic information about yourself.

3. Add a Signature

Another thing you can do to improve your forum experience is to create a signature. You can include your title, where you live, a link to your website or blog, the church you attend, and any other information you’d like to share with other users. You can create your signature by going to the forums, clicking “Edit” (in the top right hand corner), and then “Site Options.” By doing this you might even be able to find other Logos users in your part of the world.

4. Share Your Blog Feed

If you have a blog, you can have your blog feed pulled right into your forum profile page. This gives others a chance to get to know you and read about the things you’ve been discussing on your blog. To set this up, click “Edit,” scroll to the bottom, and paste in the RSS feed for your blog (e.g., http://feeds.feedburner.com/philgonsblog), and then click “Save.”

Identifying Posters

One final note: you’ll notice that some people have special logos under their names. These are to help you identify certain groups of people. Logos employees have the Logos logo, MP Seminars employees have their logo, and forum MVPs have a star. Clicking on the logo will take you to a page that displays everyone in that particular group.

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4 Responses to “Getting the Most Out of the Forums”

  1. carnell December 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    do anyone no where i can get the Jan & Feb issue of Bible Study Magazine.

  2. Gregg December 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    there does not seem to be much of choice for “Bible Reading Plans.” Am I the only one who would like to see a chronological plan? Or am I not looking in the right place?

  3. Phil Gons December 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Good suggestion, Gregg. You can create your own, but it would be nice to have one available right out of the box. I’ll put in a request for this.

  4. Dan Pritchett December 17, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    Typically we have all the back-issues available for individual purchase at: http://www.logos.com/products/details/4220
    Unfortunately we are completely sold out on the Jan/Feb 2009 issue.