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Discussion in 'Forum Assistance' started by Bill Warner, Jul 9, 2015.

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  1. Bill Warner

    Bill Warner Administrator Staff Member NACBI Member

    In an effort to ease the transition to our new community forum, here's a rundown of some "How To's" for ya'll.... ;)

    How to View Threads
    Click on any forum title to view the threads in that forum. You'll see the name of each thread, who started that thread and when, the number of replies and views, and the name of the last contributor to the thread (and when that contribution occurred). Click on the name of the thread to be taken to that thread. You can also view the pages in the thread, and click on any of those to be taken directly there.

    How to Change the Order of Posts in a Thread
    By default, the posts within a thread will show in ascending order (oldest at the top, newest at the bottom), with the post reply box at the bottom of any thread page. If you'd like to change this display, you can do so by going to your personal preferences (hover over your username at top right and choose Preferences and using the Thread display mode drop-down. If you change to "Newest post first" this will also make the post reply box appear at the top of the thread.

    How to View New Posts/Activity
    The right sidebar now lists the 5 most recent thread posts and most recent profile posts.
    If you want to see what's new across all forums since your last visit (full list), click on New Posts in the sub-menu under Forum in the main menu. Here you'll see a list of all threads with unread messages; somewhere on the list you may see a note that says "Threads below this have not been updated since your last visit but have unread messages." This means that anything above this note is new since your last visit, and everything below this note remains unread but is not new since your last visit.
    If you just want a straight list of the most recent posts regardless if they have been read or not, click Recent Posts at the top right of that New Posts page. Here you can also mark the the forums as "read" so they no longer appear in bold.

    How to Start a Thread
    To start your own thread, go to any forum and click the Post New Thread button. You can then add a thread title and add content to the first post and click Create Thread. You can choose whether to watch a thread and receive email notifications when there are new responses.

    How to Add a Post in a Thread
    Adding a new post to a thread is very similar to creating a thread, except you don't create a thread title first. Simply go down to the bottom of the thread (or top, if you've changed your default view) and you'll find a Post Reply input box. The More Options button allows you to Preview the post and sign up for thread notifications.

    How to Quote Other Users Posts
    If you're in a thread and want to reply specifically to another user's post, use the Reply link at the bottom right of their post. This will start a new post with that user's post quoted. You can then add any additional information/content you want and submit your reply.

    You'll also notice that if you highlight any part of another user's posts, an option will pop up giving you the ability to quote ONLY the highlighted part of that post. Click Reply in the popup and you'll see only that highlighted selection quoted.​

    How to Multi-Quote Other Users Posts
    If you want to include multiple other posts within your post, use the Multi-Quote option. Simply go through a given thread and click the Reply link on all the posts you want to include in your response. All of the selected quotes will appear in your reply box in the order you clicked them. You can then add any additional information/content you want and submit your reply.
    Again, if you highlight any user's post/part of a post, you can add just that selection to a multi-quote.​

    How to Create a Poll
    If youÂ’d like to add a poll to your thread, you can use the Post a Poll option when creating a thread. Add a Question and add responses in the appropriate fields, then click Create thread. You can control how many responses a poll allows, allow members to change their votes, and/or withhold results until members have voted.
    You can also add a poll directly within an existing thread that you've created ("Add a Poll" in the thread tools dropdown).

    How to Format Your Posts (fonts, lists, images, links, etc.)
    The editor toolbar includes any formatting you should need, including lists, smilies/emoticons, and code display. Hovering over the editor toolbar icons brings up a description balloon to identify each icon's purpose.
    XenForo also uses BBcode. You can find a list of relevant BBcode formatting in the help pages here: http://nacbi.org/community/index.php?help/

    To add an image to your post, you have three options:
    1. Insert from a URL. Click the image icon in the editor toolbar to insert an image directly from a URL.
    2. Upload an image from your computer. Click the Upload a File button below the post box. A window will pop up allowing you to navigate to the file on your computer. Once you've selected the file, you will see it under the Attached Files section. You can then choose to insert it as either a thumbnail or a full-size image. Click either and the image should appear in your post. Selecting the thumbnail option places a clickable thumbnail version inside your post that will open as a full-sized image when clicked.
    3. Insert link/IMG codes directly into your post from third party photo hosting sites such as PhotoBucket.
    To add video to your post:
    Click the Media icon and add a video URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, Liveleak, Metacafe) and click Embed.

    To insert spoilers into your post:
    Click the Insert icon and choose Spoiler. Choose a Spoiler title if desired (you can leave it blank) and click "Continue". Add your actual spoiler text within the SPOILER tags in your post.

    To insert a code block into your post:
    Click the Insert icon and choose Code. Choose a language (HTML, PHP) or just leave as General Code and add your code in the input box. Click Insert to see your code block in your post.

    You can preview your post by clicking the Preview button.
    How to Watch a Forum for New Threads
    Click the Watch Forum link at the top of any forum. You'll then have the option to select the notifications you want to receive, and how via email (notifications of new threads will come immediately after they are posted) or via alerts (alerts will update at the top right of the forum, next to your profile info and inbox).

    How to Watch a Thread for New Posts
    If you just want to know when a certain thread is updated, you can click Watch Threads at the top of that thread and choose whether you'll receive email notifications or not (if not, notifications will be given to you as alerts). You can also sign up to watch a thread via the More Options button when making a post.

    How to Start a Conversation with Another Member (or Members)
    If you want to have a private conversation (PM) with another member (or members), you can do it two ways:

    1. Inbox menu - Hover over the Inbox menu at the top right of any page. Click the link that says Start a Conversation. Add participants by typing their username; matching names will auto-populate as you type. Create a conversation title (subject line) and your message. You'll have access to the same tools as you have when creating posts. You can give conversation participants the ability to invite others, if that's something you want (will be unchecked by default).
    2. From a thread - Click on a user's name within any thread. On the resulting profile pop-up, click on Start a Conversation.
    To follow existing conversations, check your Inbox.
    You can change the settings for who can start a Conversation with you by going to your profile and then "Privacy" and scroll down to the "People Who May..." section.
    How to Edit Your Profile and General Preferences
    Hover over your username in the top right menu to find a number of options to update your profile and general preferences. This includes updating your avatar, add information and more.

    How to Manage Alerts
    Your Alerts menu is where you'll find updates on recent activity from forums and threads you're tracking. Hover over the Alerts menu at the top right of any page to see recent alerts. Click on Alert Preferences to manage what activity triggers an alert.

    How to Find Members
    Click on Members in the main menu to view a list of members with the most messages, likes and points in the community. You can also search for members from this page using the member search that appears on this page in the right sidebar.

    How to Search
    You can search for content using the Search bar at the very top right of any page. You can specify what user's posts you're looking for, or date parameters for your search.

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  2. Bill Warner

    Bill Warner Administrator Staff Member NACBI Member

    How Trophy Points, Trophies and Titles work
    As you may have noticed, below each user's name there are statistics noting reputation scores of sorts including: the number of messages they've posted, the number of likes they've received, and the number of trophy points they have. There will also be a user title, if one exists.

    Here's an explanation of each:

    Trophy points are earned based on actions you take in the forum (for example, message milestones, receiving a lot of likes, etc.). The points you earn are basically an additional way to keep track of your contributions to the forums. They also impact user titles, which are calculated based accumulated trophy points. Bigger milestones receive bigger trophy points.

    For example: It only takes 5 trophy points to move up the title ladder from "New Poster" to "Community Member". This means you will need to earn the fist 3 Trophies (worth a total of 5 points) in order for your title to change. To accomplish this you'll need to do the following:
    1. make your first post (worth 1 point).
    2. receive your first "like" from another user (worth 2 points).
    3. and make at least 9 more posts for a total of 10 (worth 2 more points)
    Someone who achieves all of the available trophies and associated points will have earned the title "Veteran Community Member"

    A full list of activities that earn trophy points is here: http://nacbi.org/community/index.php?help/trophies

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  3. Lynn Duffy

    Lynn Duffy Administrator Staff Member

    Well I just "up'd" you by 2 points by Liking your post Bill!

    The "How To's" was extremely informative and very cool!

    Thank you Bill.
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  4. Bill Warner

    Bill Warner Administrator Staff Member NACBI Member

    Quick Navigation Menu

    Want to navigate quickly from topic to topic, or to your profile, or to your private conversations, etc.? This forum has a quick navigation menu just for that!
    At the very right of the breadcrumb menu (lightly shaded menus just above the top of the forum topics) you'll see a small arrow box...

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    Hovering your courser over this identifies it as the quick navigation menu.
    Click this box and a pop-up navigation will appear...

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    From here you can quickly choose and navigate where you want to go in the forum software!
  5. Bill Warner

    Bill Warner Administrator Staff Member NACBI Member

    Forum Notices:

    From time to time we will post new notices that will appear either across the top of the forum or "float" along the right sidebar.
    Some will be set to automatically dismiss after a few seconds, while others you will need to manually dismiss by clicking the small "X" in the upper right corner of the notice.
    Once a notice has been dismissed, it will not reappear unless:
    1. An administrator reactivates the notice
    2. you reactivate any current notices from your preferences menu (you can get to the preferences by hovering your mouse over your name at the upper right of the board)
    Note that only notices that haven't been canceled by automatic date timeout or manually canceled by an administrator can be reactivated.

    We will try to keep these notices to a minimum, using them to alert you to forum upgrades and scheduled maintenance, as well as new job requests for inspections.
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  6. Lynn Duffy

    Lynn Duffy Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you Bill...
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