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Does anyone visit the rest of the Aweb site?

And if do what do you find useful and why?

Didn't find your answer?

Or do you just lurk in Any Answers?

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By Barbara G
18th Jun 2021 14:33

I just look in the "any answers", because I don't know how to use the rest of the website.
I also don't know how to thank people in "any answers" Though I would like to, but when I select the "thank" button it shows as "unthank".
Not very techno savy meself, more the pen, paper and pigeon mail era.
Probably a help function on how to use the website would be what I would like to see.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 14:49

If it says unthank then you have thanked and could choose to change your mind and 'unthank'
Similarly with LIKE.

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By Hugo Fair
18th Jun 2021 15:48

They're binary ... which nearly led me to make an unfortunate comment.
Like a lot of technology when it encounters people of my age (even though I spent much of it developing technology), there's often two opposite views of what is deemed to be 'obvious'. [I still swipe the wrong way when forced to use a mobile].

You could think of Thank/Unthank (aside of the sham vocabulary) like an Off/On light-switch - the old-fashioned rocker switches not the push type. But when you push it once to switch on the light, wouldn't you expect it to display its status (On), not your new option (Off)?

Just a ramble ... but it's a good example of the pain of designing things for a general user-base!

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By Duggimon
18th Jun 2021 16:15

You can only thank the post once. The links are all what you click if you want to do what the link says. If you want to quote, hit quote, if you want to respond hit respond, if you want to report hit report and if you want to thank hit thanks.

Once you've thanked a post you can't thank it again so your option changes to unthank. Dynamic links will always 100% of the time work that way (unless poorly designed), they will change to what the link does, not the status of whatever it is you are changing, that is a universal website/interface design concept - the button should tell you what it does if you hit it, not what it did last time you hit it.

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By tom123
18th Jun 2021 14:44

I do come here first - but, I particularly liked the Brace for Brexit content.

I probably look at the other content each week.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 14:46

Scan quite a lot, read quite a few
Tax
Practice
Opinion
Business

All on the same line as any answers
Also watch a few Accounting web live, Tax talk and Any answers

Bit of a boring old fart really. Must get out more.

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By Hugo Fair
18th Jun 2021 15:56

"And if do what do you find useful and why?"
Are answers restricted to topics related to Accountancy & Tax?
FWIW I treat most of the 'articles' as lengthy Any Answers posts ... they tend to have the same proportion of paucity of detail mixed with unsubstantiated opinion - that begs for a response (sometimes helpful sometimes not, so you can see the similarity)!
It's an old chestnut ... but the thing that's missing is not more/less features or even better guidance about the site - it's a decent (pan-site) Search facility.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 16:50

Agree
Tried to find Neil Warren article about CGT for residential, Last May, June?
Complaining how difficult to figure it all out and link it up.
Just gave up
Searches are a problem with posters using their personal abbreviations
Recent example is
ROC
meaning Register of companies
Google register of and it points out
Register of Charities

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By Tax Dragon
18th Jun 2021 17:06

Paul you have put a full stop at the end of your third line. It's really thrown me. You don't do superfluous so it must mean something. I simply can't think what, though.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 22:17

Line 3 was describing Neil's article, he struggled.
Line 4 was back to my comments

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By Tax Dragon
18th Jun 2021 16:27

Arthur Putey wrote:

Or do you just lurk in Any Answers?

I don't "just lurk".

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By Hugh Simpson
18th Jun 2021 22:09

How about a lurking, fire breathing, extremely well versed in the subject of taxation dragon.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 22:20

If I pitched in that dragon's den
All I would hear is 'I'm out'

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By Hugh Simpson
18th Jun 2021 16:54

At the moment, I'm thinking of who thanked who and I have an idea of who thanked Paul for his answer on this discussion at 14:49.
Any thanks, gratefully received.

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 20:32

Easy

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 22:06

Thanks Hugh

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By Hugh Simpson
18th Jun 2021 22:15

You can't beat a thanks in person.

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By Tornado
18th Jun 2021 17:46

AWEB is such a wonderful place.

I could spend all day, every day roaming the endless corridors and getting lost in the archives, often not quite sure how to get out. (A bit of an inconvenience at times when you desperately need to go to the loo).

Perhaps best to find a long piece of string and tie it to the home page and feed it out as you get further into the depths ...................

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By Paul Crowley
18th Jun 2021 22:23

Agree, a Labyrinth ending up with posting on a long dead thread

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By New To Accountancy
18th Jun 2021 23:24

I like to read the articles. The emails I receive from Aweb (with links to the articles) are always related to something I'm doing or thinking about, so I find them very beneficial.
I visit 'any answers' daily to ensure I haven't missed anything. I'll read most threads because there may be a gem of information that I can't afford to miss.
I also look at 'any answers' because it's the only place full of people talking about topics I'm interested in. Any answers have questions that I do not know the answers to, so it is educational, even just to read the differences of opinions. The opinions are from very experienced and educated accountants, so I actually feel quite privileged to be part of it and have access to read the comments.
I've been away from Aweb for a few days, I've only briefly looked, and I've really missed it.

Sometimes I laugh out loud at the comments, so there is the entertainment factor I come here for too.

There are so many reasons to come here; I'd say it was a little addictive!

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By Hugo Fair
18th Jun 2021 23:36

"I'd say it was a little addictive!"

I've finally realised why we get so many Anonymous posters .... they think this is their forum, AAA (Any Answers Anonymous).

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By New To Accountancy
19th Jun 2021 00:00

I read somewhere that 'Any answers is not known to have sobriety days', so you're probably right.

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By Arthur Putey
19th Jun 2021 09:16

Yes I find that the afternoon Aweb experience is enhanced by a lunchtime beer or three.

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By Hugo Fair
19th Jun 2021 11:23

It applies to all types of posters ... especially those who emulate an old friend of mine who enjoyed a frequent tipple.
He was sat at the bar, staring into his near empty glass, when a young bartender slightly pompously said to him "You know you won't find the answer in there."
To which he replied, "You're wrong. I find answers aplenty in this and other drinks - but I'm still trying to find the right one!"

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By New To Accountancy
19th Jun 2021 12:24

I like that analogy.

Consequently, perhaps- 
'Any Answers Assemblage about Accounting and Adams Ale' (AAAaAAA) may be more fitting?
We could add more if 'Anonymous Any Answers' allowed, of course. You'd just need a larger monitor for the full title, that's all.

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By Arthur Putey
19th Jun 2021 09:17

What a great testimonial!

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By Arthur Putey
19th Jun 2021 09:19

Thank you for your replies, it seems many of you particularly enjoy the Thank/Unthank button, and others have now learned how it works!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
19th Jun 2021 19:31

I enjoyed tuning in to the Radio 4-style broadcast that was the Kent Accountant's regular blogs, which documented his journey grinding through the gears of setting up in practice.

And the particular contributor who occasionally writes ambiguous articles - they might well be right and mean one thing, they could be wrong, and mean something else; depending upon just how you read / interpreted the content. That was an always an informative study in how not to impart information.

And the managements' articles can sometimes be a good read. You might think them a tad sanctimonious, but they're not only relevant and digestible but also, on occasion, entertaining and informative.

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By FirstTab
21st Jun 2021 13:44

During practice excellence season, I do not want to be wound up, when I login I stick to AA in the main.

Also non-tax related webinars - how to get your practice to grade A. Again do my best to look away at faces who think they can "advise" me. Based on what!

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