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Click here to go directly to the Discussion Forums, if you don't wanna go through this short instruction page!
Discussion Forums Quick Instructions
On the Internet, discussion forums, also known as discussion boards, and online forums, are the social media meeting places. Briefly, they are online bulletin boards where people with similar interests can discuss different topics. It is a powerfull tool that can enhance communication and exchange of knowledge between you and other members of MAARC. Let us go through a brief introduction on how to use this tool.
1) Overview of the 'Discussion Forums' and how to access the tool
The main Board Index page displays a list of the 11 available discussion Forums. This Discussion Board can contain one or more Forums. A Forum is a place where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. For each Forum, the page displays the total number of topics, the number of posts, and the last post author. Also, the number of unanswered posts, who is online, the total number of participants, among other statistics is shown at the top and bottom of the page. Take a quick glance on the main Board Index page to better understand its structure.
You have to register in order to post messages. Registration also will give you access to additional features not available to guest users such as definable avatar images, private messaging, emailing of fellow users, among others. It only takes a few moments to register, please, do so if you are a member of MAARC Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club.
To Register, click on either 'Register' words on the top tab or on the top right of the Board Index page. Next, you should agree with the MAARC Forums terms. Then, fill out the registration form and click 'Submit'. The Discussion Board administrators will take care of the final registration step. That is all, very simple and easy! The next time you enter the site just Click Login.
Now, you are ready to read and make your own posts. To do so, Click on the Forum Name to enter it so that you can read the posts and make posts of your own on each open topic or even open a new topic. Click the Unread Posts to collect all the unread posts into a sortable format.
2) About 'Topics' and 'Posts", how to view them, and how to create new ones
Within each Forum there is a list of posted topics (each topic is the first post subject) and within each topic a list of posts (besides the first post you will see all reply posts). To enter a Topic and view respective responses, click on the Topic name. Also, you can create a new topic by clicking "NEWTOPIC" and, within each topic, a new post by clicking either 'POSTREPLY" or "Quick Replay". Once you have accessed a forum and its topics, you can reply to anyone who has posted to that topic.
3) How to enter text in a post
To create a new post, go to the specific forum you want to make the post. Click "NEWTOPIC" to open the Post page. Once on the page:
a) Type your subject. The text entered in this field will appear as the name of the topic.
b) Type your message.
c) Attach a file if desired. A photo for example.
d) Click "Submit".
To reply to a post, click the post to which you want to reply. Click "POSTREPLY" to open the Reply to Post page.
a) Enter a new subject, or leave unchanged.
b) Enter your reply in the message area.
c) Include attachments if desired.
d) Click "Submit".
Alternatively, you may click "Quick Reply" and fill out the quick reply form.
4) The above instructions are more than enough to get you going for a new post or a reply.