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Getting Started in the Forum
Since you are reading this page you probably already know basic website navigation such as typing web addresses, clicking through links and maybe even watching or listening to multimedia. That's great! What we'll do here is try to familiarize you with how to quickly use our forum. This is just a quick start guide. Detailed forum help covering text formatting, links, and more can be obtained by clicking the link below or by using the Help menu.
Replying to an existing post
You must login to reply to a post. You reply to a post by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.
Reply - This is the standard method for replying when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will auto-fill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. Once you select Reply, you will be looking at the forum's text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor in which you can format your text, add links, images, etc. You type your message in the Message section and use the icons in the toolbar section to format your post. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready, press the 'Submit' button.
Quick Reply- this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. There are no formatting options. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response.
Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simply press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to refer to a prior post. Remove any quoted text that is not relevant to your reply. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will auto-fill with the subject of the original post. This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the original post. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
Creating a new post
You must login to create a new post. To submit a post on a new subject you should start a new topic. Click on the 'Index' tab so that you can see the list of all of the existing categories (there is also a drop down box at the top that lists all of the categories.) Select the appropriate category by clicking on its name. The selected category will open and display recent topics. At the top of the list of topics is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor used for replying to posts. Simply type your message and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.
You now have the basics of using the Forum, click on the link below to read the full Forum Help file for additional information.