Community (Forum) FAQs

What is a Community Forum?

A Community Forum is an online discussion site. It's sometimes also called a ' bulletin board' or 'forums'. It may contain several categories, consisting of forums, threads and individual posts.

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How is the forum structured?

The community forum as a whole contains various categories (broad subject areas), which themselves contain forums (more specific subject areas) which contain threads (conversations on a topic) which are made up of individual posts (where a user writes something). The board home page has a list of categories and forums, with basic statistics for each - including the number of threads

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How do I find my way around?

When you click on a forum's name, you are taken to the list of threads it contains. A thread is a conversation between members or guests. Each thread starts out as a single post and grows as more individual posts are added by different users. Threads can be rated to show how useful or popular they are and may contain polls. To start a new thread simply click on the + Post

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Multi-page views

When there are more threads to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the 'Page' box, which contains page numbers. This indicates that the list of threads has been split over two or more pages. This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the forum.

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What are sticky threads?

'Sticky' threads are created by moderators or administrators, and remain 'stuck' to the top of the listing, even if they have not had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times.

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How do I read a thread?

To read a thread, click on its title. Each post in a thread is created by a member or a guest. You'll see some brief information about the member who created the thread above the main post message. In some cases it will be to the side of the post. To post a reply to an existing thread, click on the + Reply to Thread button. If this button does not appear, it could

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Registration

ESLwatch require's you to register in order to use all the features of the forum. Being registered gives you an identity on the board, a fixed username on all messages you post and an online public profile. Registration is free, and offers an extended range of features, including: Posting new threads Replying to other peoples' threads Editing your

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How do I search for something?

To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the forum, click on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for, and select either 'Show Threads' or 'Show Posts' to view the results. By selecting posts, you will be shown only the actual post in which the search word appears. For more

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What are announcements?

Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are a simple one-way communication with the users and you can not reply. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum. Announcement threads are displayed at the top of forum listing pages, above regular and sticky threads.

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How can I see the latest posts?

There are two ways to quickly view recently created or updated threads. If you are not logged in, the 'today's posts' link will show a list of all threads that have been created or updated in the last 24 hours. If you are logged in, the 'Today's Posts' link will change to 'New Posts', which gives you a listing of all threads that have been created or updated since your last

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What are ratings?

The forums allow you to rate threads between 1 star (terrible) and 5 stars (excellent). Once enough votes are cast for a thread, stars will appear next to its name in the listings. These show the average vote, and can be an easy way to see which threads are worth reading if you are on a busy forum. On the forum viewing page you can also arrange threads by rating, with either the

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Cookies & Automatic Login

What is 'Automatic Login'? When you register (and also when you login using the form at the top of the screen), you will be given the option to 'Remember Me'. This will store your identity securely in a cookie on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that

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I forgot my password. What can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgot your password?' link. This will appear on any page that requires you to fill in your password. This link brings up a page where you should enter your registered email address. An email will be sent to that address shortly, with instructions for resetting your

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I forgot my username. What can I do?

If you forget your username, you can click on the 'Forgot your username?' link. This will appear on any page that requires you to fill in your username. This link brings up a page where you should enter your registered email address. An email will be sent to that address shortly, with instructions for resetting your

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What is the User List?

The Users list  shows the registered members of the forum and authors of the site. You can view the users list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date they joined, by the number of posts they have made or by reputation. To view the users list, click on 'User List' on main navigation bar at the bottom of the forum

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What is the Public Profile Page?

Every User has a publicly viewable profile page. This page includes information provided by the User, either during the registration process or later on via the User Control Panel. There are a number of ways to view a users profile. Whenever you see a userss name, clicking on it will usually take you to view their profile page. The

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Signatures, Avatars and Profile Pictures

What are signatures? 'Signatures' contain information that you want to include at the bottom of all your posts. This might include pictures, links to your site(s), quotes, etc. What are avatars? Avatars are small images that people use to identify or distinguish themselves to other forum members. In some cases the administrator will

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What are subscriptions?

Subscriptions are a way of keeping track of different threads or forums. You can choose how you are notified about updates - for example by having them listed in your User Profile and receiving email updates for each one. How do I subscribe to a thread or forum? To subscribe to a forum, click the 'subscribe' link below the list of threads then select

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How do I format my posts and messages?

When posting messages you may wish to include some formatting such as bold text, italic text and underlined text. Adding formatting to your post can be done in two ways: Using clickable controls similar to those found in most word processors Typing formatting commands in BB code Clickable controls are available in the

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Replying to a Post

As a registered user you can go to a forum on a board where you have permission to view threads and leave replies. To reply you have a few options. You can click on the Reply to Thread button and add a new post to the end of the thread. Alternatively, you can leave a quick reply in a quick editor box listed below the posts in the thread. When using 'Quick

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Can I edit or delete my posts?

If you have registered and are logged in, you may be able to edit and delete your posts. Your ability to edit your posts may be time-limited, depending on how the forum. To edit or delete your posts, click the Edit Post button by the particular post. If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting it may remove the entire thread. Once you have made

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Creating and Participating in Polls

You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls'. How do I create a new poll? When you post a new thread, you may also have the option to create a poll. This allows you to ask a question and specify a

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How do I attach a file to a post?

To attach a file to your post, you need to be using the main 'New Post' or 'New Thread' page and not 'Quick Reply'. To use the main 'New Post' page, click the 'Post Reply' button in the relevant thread. On this page, below the message box, you will find a button labelled 'Manage Attachments'. Clicking this button will open a new window for uploading attachments. You can upload an

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How do I add an image to a post?

If you have uploaded an image as an attachment, you can click the arrow next to the 'Attachment Icon' and select it from the list. This will be inserted into your post and can be located where you want it displayed. To include an image that is not uploaded as an attachment and is located on another website, you can do so by copying the full URL to the image, (not the page on which

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What are message icons?

Message Icons, also known as Post Icons, are small icons that appear in the title of your post. If your post is the first in a thread, then they also display in the thread listings. They can be found in the editor look for Topic icon on the 'New Post' and 'New Thread' pages. Simply select the icon that you wish to use and this will be displayed before your thread title.

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What are moderators and administrators?

Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other actions. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating. Administrators are the people who have overall control of everything that happens

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