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USING THE NEW FORUMS

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The operation of the Forums is pretty much as you've all been used to, and we've tried to keep the look and feel as close to the old one as possible.

If you haven’t yet logged in, you’ll find you need to do so with your USERNAME and password, not your email address as previously.

But there are a few new things to learn:

1) Avatar uploads should now work for everyone!

- To upload your avatar, go to your 'My account' page, click 'Edit' and scroll down to the section labelled 'Picture'.

Here you can upload your picture – Maximum dimensions are 85x85 pixels and the maximum size is 30 kB – and, once you've confirmed your password, click 'save' to update your account details.

2) Picture uploads should work, too!

- To upload a picture, you'll first need to have it stored on a site such as Flickr or Picasa.

Copy the URL of the picture, then click the little 'tree' symbol on the menu bar of the Forum posting window, paste in the URL, and click the 'insert' button.

Pictures will, we're told, resize automatically.

3) Links, when typed into a Forum post, will automatically become clickable. No need to do all that HTML stuff: just type a web address, and it becomes a link.

4) To reply to a post, click the 'reply' button below the post in question. To quote the post in your answer, click 'quote' instead of reply, go to the end of the text, and after the end quote tag, which is [ /quote] start typing your reply.

Please note you can edit down the quoted text to just quote the bit you want – no point in quoting a whole post and its picture when you're only responding to one point in the post. Just ensure the bit of text has the [ quote=username ] tag in front of it, and the [ /quote ] after it.

5) To post your thoughts, click 'save' or, if you want to see how things will look before posting, click 'preview' first.

6) The 'Flag as offensive' button now works: anything you think the moderators should have a look at, click this button, fill out the short form it brings up, and click 'send'.

One more thing – you'll no longer be able to edit your comment once it's been replied to. Just saves arguments about who actually said what...

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Sticky topics?

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What about them?

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RE: Home cinema

Can we do them now?

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Whistles and bells but no knobs!

Editing an edit does not show previous edit

And removes the previous edit ( I copied and pasted this one above)

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RE: Home cinema

It's a shame about the edit function. My spelling, grammar, and punctuation are abysmal. Many of my posts are only - tolerably - readable (I hope) after editing mistakes I spot after the event.

Never mind. I will have to get into the habit of typing up posts on notepad first and proof-reading them before posting.

 

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chebby wrote:
It's a shame about the edit function. My spelling, grammar, and punctuation are abysmal. Many of my posts are only - tolerably - readable (I hope) after editing mistakes I spot after the event.

You can still edit but only if someone hasn't replied already.

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Never mind. I will have to get into the habit of typing up posts on notepad first and proof-reading them before posting.

I'm not sure I understand, can't you proof-read from within the forum posting window? That's all I do.

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Andrew - suddenly I have an avatar photo! Not one I chose, so how did you know what would be suitable? Hit the nail right on the head!!

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Petherick wrote:
Andrew - suddenly I have an avatar photo! Not one I chose, so how did you know what would be suitable? Hit the nail right on the head!

Happy you like it but not a clue here it came from. Will ask the gremlins and spooks - ie JD and Austin - what's happened.

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RE: Home cinema

No profiles?

Any option to 'reverse' the forum? I usually have the latest post showing first! I know there's the option in each thread, but is there a universal option?

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RE: Home cinema

I was just going to suggest merging the 2  threads when I noticed you have locked the other one. Chickens.

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Ravey Gravey Davy wrote:
Chickens.

Why so?

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FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:
No profiles?

Correct.

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FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:
No profiles? Any option to 'reverse' the forum? I usually have the latest post showing first! I know there's the option in each thread, but is there a universal option?

The view all latest topics button (or whatever it's called) gives the latest post first across all forum threads.

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Andrew Everard wrote:

Ravey Gravey Davy wrote:
Chickens.

Why so?

A reference to the possibility of creating a shadow thread as happened recently (and avoiding it crop up now)- ie there are probably more important things to be debugged so soon after the launch than a rarity such as the shadow merged thread. 

Don't get me wrong - Impressed that so much is working first time- will take a little time for the eyes to adjust- rich text is quite small on the reply panel

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AND you can post on iPhone 4 if you 'disable rich text'. Yay!

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