420 Magazine Website News: September 2022

Teddy Edwards

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone and welcome to our September Members Update.

This monthly post is to keep you informed about what's been going on behind the scenes at 420 Magazine during the last few weeks, introducing you to our valued new and renewing sponsors and highlighting our monthly contest winners.

A special "Welcome!" to all the new members over the last month.

You have joined the friendliest, most mature and comprehensive Cannabis and Hemp website in the world. In return we'd simply ask that you spend a few moments reading our Posting Guidelines. It helps us no end if you can stick to these: it reduces the time we need to spend moderating and advising, allowing us the space to continue maintaining, developing and adding to the website itself.

We've also added a handy shortlist of links which answer the most common "how to" questions about posting and to help you get the most out of 420 Magazine. Welcome New Members – Please Read Before Posting

And why not post a little bit about yourself in our Introduce Yourself forum? It's a great way to start conversations and get initial guidance.

As we do every month, we'd like to extend our special thanks to those members who take the time and trouble to voluntarily welcome members who introduce themselves. They show and share great 420 Magazine positive vibes. Many of you also help us by reporting spam and other infractions, which is much appreciated as we cannot be everywhere. Your support does not go unnoticed. Thank you all!

Reporting the spammers and spambots, who try to take advantage of 420 Magazine's reach at the expense of our paying sponsors and our members, is a great help to our busy team. Please do remember - one report per spammer please. We can quickly find everything we need from a single report. Multiple reports of multiple posts from the same spammer from the same member actually increases our workload in the back. Thanks!

We always say that we wouldn't be here without our Sponsors, however it's equally true that 420 Magazine wouldn't be such a great mission without you, our members. We are always grateful for your presence, contributions, positive energy and spirit of helping others. :love:

420 Magazine Staff
We are delighted to welcome our two new Product Reviewers - Krissi Carbone and Emilya Green.

It's taken a lot of searching and a great deal of time to fill these positions, so we are truly happy, and truly grateful to Emilya and Krissi, to announce their appointments.

For those who don't know them, both Emilya and Krissi are established 420 Magazine members with great reputations in our community.

And they have already started to contribute some terrific 420 Magazine Official Reviews. You can access their work via the Home Page, or directly in 420 Reviews.

Thank you, Krissi and Emilya, for dedicating your time and your talents!

Software News & Updates
1. Persistent Alerts

In a constant effort to bring you the latest and greatest, we made some changes to our Persistent Alerts feature which has caused some issues that we have finally ironed out. The changes forced the option to be enabled in your account by default.

If you wish to stop receiving multiple alerts for new replies from the same thread before you read it, please go to
Preferences > Uncheck "Persistent Alerts Enabled" > Save

Please note that when you remove Persistent Alerts, you won't receive any more alerts / email alerts when someone replies to the thread you are subscribed to, before you visit the thread again. This means there could be a hundred new replies, however you won't know unless you actively read each new post.

2. Links in Signatures
As part of our huge SEO drive, and to keep this massive website clean and tidy, we have manually updated and fixed about ten thousand signatures that had old or broken links. So if you're an old timer here or never figured out how to make your links work, we fixed them all.

3. Completed and Abandoned Grow Journals
The old forum threads separating completed or abandoned Grow Journals from those in progress have been removed. Absolutely nothing though has been lost or removed. All Grow Journals, past and present, can now be viewed in Grow Journals.

Now, when they have been checked, we tag them either Completed or Abandoned. No more multiple forums, all just in one. Viewing all journals is default, however you can filter your search to only completed or abandoned if desired by simply using the Filter button (top right) and selecting one or the other. Or if you see a Completed or Abandoned tag attached to a thread, click on that and you'll be taken to the filtered list.

There's a tutorial with images here - How To See A List Of ONLY Completed / Abandoned Grow Journals

4. Website Upgrades
We updated some backend server software, so you should see some improvements in speed when performing actions, loading pages. As always, please let us know if you discover any issues from the upgrades at support@420magazine.com or in Website Help & Feedback.

420 Magazine SEO: Search Engine Optimization Project
We showed this last week, however we are repeating it here as a reminder to new readers.

We work hard to keep our community prominent in search engines, so that new friends can find us, learn, enjoy and share. We have a dedicated team in the back working to further improve our SEO - and there is something that all members can do to help.

If members could please remember to descriptively label photos before posting and be explicit when describing content in thread tiles, that really will boost our SEO.

1. Threads
Titles such as "WTF is this?" or "Bud Porn" negatively affect our rankings, whereas "My plant has gone crazy - is this foxtail?" or "Black Domina 72 Days Into Flower - Huge Colas" are descriptive and will positively help our mission.

2. Photos
Photos should describe their content so please re-name something like "image DSC_3928174rtt.jpg" to "jack-herer-hempy-bucket.jpg" for example, before posting.

This applies to images either uploaded to our Gallery, or attachments to posts.

This will help users to find your images and better understand your post.

3. Tags
These are important, so please be sure to add them when you start a new thread by using the Add Tags option .

Use words you expect to use in your thread or grow, e.g. soil, organic, outdoor, coco, LED, organic, hydro, scrog etc.

We understand this is extra work and not always possible, but please try to help us to remain the biggest and best cannabis community on the internet.

Thank You from the 420 Magazine SEO Team.

More Emojis!
This month we've added emoji support to the forums, which allows our members to use their iPhone & Android emojis in forum threads. We ask that you please use them tastefully and not get too crazy in signatures.

On 420 Magazine you can use them through your desktop/phone/tablet emoji overlay. In your message box, you should have an emoji icon in your mobile keyboard. On desktop, you right-click and select Emoji.

The forum also lists them in the Smiley menu. Click it and scroll to the bottom to find the long list of emojis to use.

We have also fixed a lot of emoji codes that were in the previous software, so those old emojis are now working again.

Software Update: The "Ignore" Feature
We removed a script that was designed to allow members to "ignore" each other. The script did not allow us to stop members from ignoring admins/mods, so it became an issue for us being able to moderate. Meanwhile, the forum software developer has evolved and actually added the feature into the software, without the use of an added script. You can see the "Ignore" button on anyone's profile, except for staff.

You can find detailed information on how you use it in our Members Support forum, here - How To Ignore A Member

420 Magazine Store
It's up and running here - 420 Magazine Store. Currently in stock, we have some very cool 420 Magazine mugs, stickers and those sought-after 420 Magazine T Shirts. It's all tip-top quality. No cheapo, foreign manufactured goods here. Unfortunately, PayPal continue being a problem in not allowing payments. Despite medical cannabis being legal in 38 Sates, recreational use legal in 18 States and a further 13 States having decriminalized cannabis use, PayPal have not yet caught up. We've all still got much work to do. Help support our Mission and pick up some awesome 420 goodies.

Your Experiences At 420 Magazine
We've got a new thread for our members to share how much they have learned, gained, grown and/or experienced from their membership at 420 Magazine. We hope that patients, activists, growers, fans of the flower, friends of 420 Magazine, or even reformed LEO will post their experiences here for others to learn from and celebrate.

Please Tell Us About Your Experiences At 420 Magazine

We would like to thank the following new and renewing sponsors who over the past month have signed up for another year. We are truly grateful for their support because without them, 420 Magazine would not be the free resource that it is.

Smoking Outlet

Please check out their websites and support those who support us.

Also, don't forget to check out the Sponsors Forum, where our sponsors post information and offers exclusive to 420 Magazine members.

To make it easy to find sponsors accounts and their profiles, we've now added them to the Members Page.

Sponsor of the Month: Vivosun
We are delighted to announce that Vivosun are 420 Magazine's September Sponsor of the Month.

Vivosun are regular supporters of our Grow Journal of the Month contest, as well as posting exclusive offers in our Sponsors Forum and writing sponsor articles for our Home Page.

Founded in California, Vivosun is a leading-manufacturer of indoor horticultural equipment, supplying growers around the world with the highest quality equipment to start their own indoor gardens. With over 10 years of experience in the development and production of growing tools, Vivosun have established themselves as a trusted partner for every level of grower, through every step in the growing process.

Do check out the Vivosun website and help support those who support 420 Magazine.

Our Home Page
Don't get stuck in the growing forums. Do remember to check out our Home Page regularly. It's updated daily, full of interesting news stories, sponsor profiles, reviews, scientific and healing features, pieces on our contest winners, recipes and some great articles written by our sponsors.

In August we have had two great official reviews from our new team for Cannabis Life Delta-8 Gummies and Green Roads Arthritis Pain Relief Roll-On.

There have also been a number of new articles from some of our sponsors:
The Vivosun Automatic DWC System
Delicious Seeds’ Top 5 Strains
Cilicon Partners With Vape-Jet

August Contest Winners
Congratulations to all of the monthly winners, who, thanks to our sponsors, will be receiving some great prize packages.

420 Magazine's Plant of the Month: August 2022 - Buds Buddy
420 Magazine's Member of the Month: August 2022 - Melville Hobbes
420 Magazine's Nug of the Month: August 2022 - Jon
420 Magazine's Photo of the Month: August 2022 - Carcass
420 Magazine's Grow Journal of the Month: August 2022 - Bill284

You don't have to be an experienced grower to enter the contests - any member with a minimum of 50 posts may enter and vote in those with polls. There are some great prizes to win - including exclusive 420 Magazine merchandise and some high value products from our generous, contest-supporting sponsors.

So if you fancy picking up a garden-full of great prizes, or just enjoy looking at some of the most beautiful plants and nugs produced on the planet, do check out our contests. They are fun and inspirational.

That's the lot for this month. Thank you for being a valuable part of our Mission, we are truly grateful for you.

Sending you all lots of love and positive energy through the universe.

Teddy Edwards
420 Support

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