Forum Help Guide

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Posted: 13 December 2007

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How to format a forum message

When you start a thread or add a new message, you'll have the following formatting buttons at your disposal:

  • (1) Bold, italics, underline, bullets, lists, undo, redo, cut, copy, paste: Just like Word

  • (2) Smilies: Click a smiley from the pulldown menu to insert it in the message. Hover over each smiley in the menu to see its description and its text equivalent.

  • (3) Links: Highlight the text you want to turn into a link, click the button, and when the popup appears, paste in the website address you want to link to. There's also an 'undo link' button to return a link to plain text.

  • (4) Image/movie insertion (the square tree icon): you can insert an image or movie that's stored on another website (eg a phot-sharing website such as Flickr)

  • (5) Spellcheck (the ABC icon): this underlines any suspect spelling. Click on an underlined word for suggestions

  • (6) Quote: Click this to insert any posts you have selected for insertion (there is a quote button under each post)

  • Options: You can use a simpler editor by choosing 'basic editor' under 'Forum Editor' on your My Forum page.

  • Exceptions: The new form requires Javascript - users with Javascript disabled will see a plain (but functioning) message box. It's also currently incompatible with Safari, so Safari users will see a plain message box. Mac users can successfully use Firefox or Opera - and they can still use the bb-code (eg [b] and :-) ) to post.

How to add an image or movie to a forum post

You can insert an image or movie from another website into your forum post. Click the square 'insert image/movie' tree icon,then put the web address (url) of the image into the popup form and submit it. You can also add a YouTube or Google video like this (movies do not appear until the post is submitted).

  • If you show an image in a forum post then delete the image from its original website, it will show as an 'image not found' in your forum posts.

  • Press this to copy a post:
    Press this to paste it as a quote:
    Here's how it looks:
    How to quote other people's messages

    • You can quote another member's post in your own message by clicking the quote button underneath it.
    • It works like this
    • Click the quote button under a post you want to quote
    • A popup explains that to paste the quote into your message, you need to press the quote button on the message form. This popup has a 'don't show me this again' tickbox.
    • You can select multiple posts to quote before pasting them together. The quote button turns red under messages that have been selected for quoting, and you can deselect a message by pressing its quote button (now 'unquote') again.
    • Quotes from one thread can be pasted into another thread. A 'see' link by the quoted text takes readers back to the original post, whether it is in the same thread or not.
    • Your unpasted quotes remain available until they are pasted or until the end of your session, whichever is sooner
    • You can manually edit the quoted post once it's in your message form, eg if you don't want to quote the whole message

    How to edit your messages

    • You can edit your forum messages for 20 minutes after you post them, or until you post another message, whichever is sooner, using a temporary 'edit message' button (1).
    • If you have posted something disastrous that you need to delete afterwards, please ask admin.

    How to update your avatar

    • You can add or edit a small image (avatar) that appears under your name in your forum posts. Just click the current image in your Member box (1) (the one with your name in at the top left of every page) and you'll be asked to upload one. You can also do it by going to your My Profile page and clicking 'Change your face'. If only life was that simple...

    How to update your status

    • You can add a short status message that appears underneath your avatar by your forum posts. (Typically, your location, your mood, or what you're currently doing). Change it in the Status section of your My Profile page.

    How to change the appearance of the forum page
    (showing and hiding member stats, avatars, signatures and images, and using an advanced vs simple message editor)

    Using the Settings panel of your My Forum page, you can change how the forum appears to you:

    • Forum face control shows or hide other people's avatars
    • Thread starting page
    • Others' activity stats arranges posts counts, gallery counts etc horizontally, vertically, or hides them
    • Forum smilies shows smilies as images or as text
    • Forum images shows images that people have embedded into forum posts as images or as links to the image
    • Forum editor lets you change the forum message box formatting buttons to a simpler set for speed
    • Others' signatures shows or hides other people's signatures, or lets you see them without images

    (1) This tickbox controls notifications for a single thread:
    (2) The Notifications section on your My Forum page lists your current notifications:
    (3) Change your notifications default in the Settings section of your My Forum page:
    How to control forum notifications ('subscriptions')

    The forum can send you an email alert when someone replies to a thread you have taken part in.

    • To control notifications for single threads, either:
      • When you post a message to a thread, tick or untick the box underneath the message box which says 'E-mail me when a response is made?' (see pic 1)
      • Or (if you are already receiving notifications for a thread): you can alternatively go to your My Forum page and remove the thread from your Notifications list. (pic 2)

    • To change the site default: In the Settings panel of your My Forum page, change 'Response notification' to either 'Off'; or to 'On'
      • NB This will not unsubscribe you from any threads; it just changes whether the 'notifications' box is pre-ticked when you add new messages.
      • You can still opt in to to notifications for individual threads without changing your default, by ticking the box under the thread message box when you add messages. (pic 1)

    How to change your privacy settings

    • To control what other users see when they click your name Go to your My Profile page (1) and tick or untick 'show' next to your real name, profile information etc (2)

    • To control whether other members can send you messages on the site's internal private messaging system Tick or untick 'Message me' on your My Profile page (3)

    Press this to ignore a member (via the forum):
    This is confirmed in your My Forum page, where you can manage your list of ignored memebrs
    Here's how it looks:
    How to ignore another member

    • If you don't like a particular forum members, you can hide their posts and any threads they start, from your view of the forum.
    • Do this by clicking 'ignore member' under any of their forum posts; or by going to the 'Members I'm Ignoring' section of your My Forum page, and using the 'Add a member to your ignoe list' button. You can also 'unignore' members from this page.

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    Good news. The tech team behind RW has been busy working on several updates to the forum, which are going live as we type these very words. All the actual updates are outlined below.

    • A general facelift
    • Quoting function - click the quote button under a message to copy it, and click the quote button above the add-message box to paste it into your message
    • Editing function - edit your forum messages for 20 minutes after you post them, or until you post another message, whichever is sooner.
    • 'Ignore member' function (surely not needed on RW...
    • The threads-listing page now shows number of views, the name of the last poster, and a quick link to the last post for every thread
    • Among other smaller changes, there's now a 'status' field on your My Profile page ('I'm bored', 'I'm off to Egypt' etc), which also displays by your forum posts if people view your stats vertically; and there's also a new link to an external-bookmarking popup at the bottom of each thread, for easy addition of threads to Digg, Google Bookmarks etc

    Here's a complete help guide to the forum, including the new changes. If anything doesn't work for you, do let us know on this thread.



    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:28

    just updated my status!!!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:32

    see i did it!!



    <------- there (ish)

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:34

    ...but only if you view stats vertically as Mr Dan said.

    jeez i should do some work!

    KK is gonna do her nut when she sees all this! THere will be posts all over the place!

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:35

    Very good Nick!

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:39

    I dindn't know you could view stats vertically anyway so thats new to me
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:41

    dunno how you edit posts......

    well d1cking around on here sure beats reviewing inline forums and their use in research!

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:42

    I can't find the edit function either.
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:42

    All too confuddling for me at the mo!!  Bit of a shock to the system after lunch
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:44

    hmmm something about a temporary edit message button...taht I cant see at the sure it will appear

    online not inline

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:44

    No can see the ignore and quote bit maybe edit is one of the bits they haven't loaded yet

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:44

    reckon youre right maddy...should be about .........^ there

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:45

    Not sure about the ignore bit at the end of the day there are plenty of people I don't like on here but that doesn't mean I don't respect their views and knowledge of stuff - blocking contact would be more useful i.e. they can't email you through thesystem or setting up a genuine PM mail facititly - like Tripe Talk so you can have offline discussions if necessarywithout them getting your actual email address
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:47

    And ignoring their posts on one thread could mean you miss the gist of things completely
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:48

    We're about the turn the edit fuction on guys. It should be along shortly.

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:48

    LOL but KK -we will get to see how many people are lurkingon our naughtier threads - not that we have had one for ages we have been postively angelic recently
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:49

    Is there any way of keeping the notification tab open all the time?  And is it always going to show that there's new posts even when there's not or is that just cos of the changeover?
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:51

    Oh yes and who is most bored at any one time - I wonder who will be the first to go for the full page of being the last to post one night

    Actually no it will be Barley won't it

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:52

    Well, the lists of hot threads and things look better. The list of categories (FLM, Clubhouse etc) looks a bit clunky (large).

    Can the edit function be cut to 5 mins ?

    Can we change the colours yet ? I still hate them
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:55

    KK is gonna be like a dog with two tails now!!!!!!!!!

    Go to Sainsburys more often eh!?

    Yeah the ignore function will mean you can lose what is going on in the thread....mind you if you chose to ignore hoose...some threads would ahve been empty!

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:57

    Anyway.... DAN RW adn co....well done looks better and for the most part the new functions are great!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:58

    I have a complaint ....

    I am unable to 'ignore' myself !

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 13:59

    Alex you ignore yourself anyway............

    Uh the ignore function, don't press it. I just ignored KK for a minute(cos I love her) and then it says "do you want to un-ignore member?" button. Press that and i get KKs loving back but it throws me out of the forum.

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:01

    I don't see the point of the ignore button but I had my say earlier
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:02

    OMGG!  What happened - I haven't even been to sainsbury's.  Just back from a meeting and the world has changed
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:02


    who can I ignore first??
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:03

    PSC: It's OK, you're only hallucinating!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:04

    PIt Stop Crew and KK at Sainsburys eh??????

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:04

    1. Is
    2. this
    3. new?

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:05


    phew.... are you sure

    Can't see the edit function anywhere.  God forbid that I have to read some instructions.  blokes don't do instructions till they break it !

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:05

    keep getting a red screen when I hit "bookmarks"....... argh!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:06

    Lots of shiny new things to play with................. what shall I try first? 
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:09



    I can't use the quote funtion for some reason. I get the pop up box when I press quote but when it says use quote in the editor toolbar......???

    I thought that once I pressed quote the person post who I'm quoting would automatically come up in my Smo says box.

    Anyone esle tried it yet and if so what am I doing wrong?

    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:10

    why is the font sooooo small when writing a post??   I shall need my prescrisption revisited soon!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:13

    Just when I'd got used to the last changes...!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:13

    It's just damn annoying me at the mo!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:16

    we used to have a little thingummy whatsit that told you there had been a later post than yours and I missed that so this is a good bit

    and I still cant see what I am writing
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:16

    Yes we have KKKK
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:18

    Just don't know how to make it work
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:18

    you are not far wrong!
    Posted: 14/12/2007 at 14:19

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