Using the Forum - Guide to posting The main forum page (Forums) shows a list of forum categories. When you click on the category you then see a list of topics (aka threads) within each category. Within each thread are individual posts from members. You have the option to start a new thread or reply/add to an existing one. (see below) Thread icons: A blue dot means a thread with unread posts Clicking on the title of a thread will take you to the first unread post. Your profile info, signature etc. At the top of the page in the main navigation bar (on the right), you will see your name. This links to your profile area where you can upload a picture that will appear by your posts (avatar) and create a signature that will appear under your posts. For new members the signature is limited, but once you have more posts you can increase its contents and add links etc. These restrictions help to deter spammers and freeloaders. To start a thread Click on Forums in the main menu and then navigate to the appropriate forum/category Click on the Post New Thread button above the top banner (on the right) Type in a title and your post contents, then click the Create Thread button at the bottom To reply in a thread General reply: just type in the box at the bottom of the thread or each page and click on the Post reply button Reply to one post: click on the reply link at the right of the specific post. This will quote the post you are replying to Reply to more than one post at once: Click on the multiquote link (+ Quote) at the bottom right of the post. This then adds to your "pool" of quotes that become available when you press reply. Quote just a part of the post: This is a good idea so that you only quote what is relevant. Highlight some of the text in the post. When you release the mouse pointer you will then get the option (+Quote | Reply) to just include that part of the text as quoted in your reply, or add to your pool of multiquotes. After using +quote you should then have the option to choose which quotes to include via this button below the reply field: NB: Editing Quotes In post editing mode (ie what you see in the message field before submitting) you will see the text surrounded by two quote tags: an open quote and a closed quote: Open quote = Close quote = Due to the ability to now just quote part of a post, it should no longer be necessary to edit quotes but if you do please be careful to edit the text between the quote tags and not remove the quote tags themselves. Everyone tends to be friendly and helpful here so if in doubt about how to use the forum, please don't hesitate to ask a question. Images and Videos There are two ways to post an image: Click on the image icon above the text field when posting a message and enter the URL of the image (the URL of the actual image, not the web page that the image is on). Upload an image from your computer using the link under the text editor To post a video from Youtube etc. Click on the video/media icon and enter the URL of the video page. Other Forum Features Messaging another member (Personal Conversations, aka PCs) These used to be called PMs (private messages) but since the new software are called conversations, and they do actually function more like a conversation as there is no longer a separate inbox and an outbox, they are displayed as a conversation. To start a conversation Click on the inbox link next to your profile link at the right of the main navigation bar and then Start Conversation or Click on a member's name/avatar and then on Start Conversation You will see links to use in order to invite other people to participate if you wish You can like conversations (but in conversations they don't count towards trophy points, doh.) make a conversation "sticky", ie it stays at the top of the list and has a pin icon. You create your own prefixes and autoresponders, click on your account control panel and you'll see these options in the left hand menu Organising Your Conversations You can see all your conversations in your profile area. Each conversation has a tick box to the left, when ticked you will see a dropdown menu for various actions, e.g.: You can delete them when finished (leave conversation) or mark important ones (star conversation) New Posts This link in the navigation bar shows any threads with posts you haven't read. If you click on the thread title you arae directed to the first unread post in that thread. Once you have read the posts, the thread will no longer show up in the list if you click on New Posts again. However if you want to see new posts that have already been read you can click on the recent posts link or you can click on the main Members navigation tab and then Recent Activity Notifications Subscribing to a thread Click on the Watch Thread link at the top of each thread. By default, you are automatically subscribed to any thread you start or post in. This means you will get email notifications of any new posts in that thread. This option can be disabled in your profile area preferences. Subscribing to a Forum Click on the Watch Forum link at the top of each forum. In addition to email notifications, you will always see a prominent red alert notice if there are new posts or threads you have subscribed to. Likes & Points If you think a post is useful, clicking on the like link underneath the post will give the member who posted it a "like."