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How to 'do' things in this Forum - Please Read this first

Post by Colin Shead » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:29 pm

Add an Photo (or Image) to a post

Photo Resizing

First consider how large is your photo file ? Files up to 5 Mb can be uploaded but these large files can make viewing very slow, as the images will take a long time to download. Please use the Image Resizer tool (link on the main tool bar above) or a photo editor to resize the photo before uploading to the forum. A width of 1280 pixels is fine for most photos, and allows a high quality display.

How Add an Photo (or image) to a post

You have to upload the photo at any time before submitting the post. At bottom of the topic entry form, click 'Upload Attachment' then browse on your PC for the file. You can add a image title in the 'File Comment' box. Click 'add the file' and it will be uploaded, The page will reload. Put the cursor where you want the photo, and click 'Place inline' and the system will insert some code. If you click 'Preview' you will see the photo in the post. Complete the text etc. and Preview/Submit as you would with any other posting. You can have up to two attachments (photos, images or files) in any posting.

Photo Display in the Forum

Photos (and images) are automatically resized after being uploaded so that they always fit neatly on the screen. The full size photo is linked to the small image on the screen, just click on the small photo, and the full size photo will be downloaded into a new window in your browser.

Photo Re-sizing on your PC (Windows only)

If you do not have any favourite photo editing tools, the free Image Resizer utility from http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/ works very well; all you have to do is right click a photo file and select 'Resize' from the menu to open the Resizer tool.

Add a File Attachment to a post, for example a .pdf, .doc or .xls file

You have to upload the file at any time before submitting the post. At bottom of the topic entry form, click 'Upload Attachment' then browse on your PC for the file. You can add a file title in the 'File Comment' box. Click 'add the file' and it will be uploaded, The page will reload. Put the cursor where you want the file link, and click 'Place inline' and the system will insert some code. If you click 'Preview' you will see the file link, and a title if you added one, in the post. Complete the text etc. and Preview/Submit as you would with any other posting. You can have up to two attachments (images or files) in any posting. You can upload files of up to 5Mb, but please be cautious as large files will take a long time to download to a users computer.

Subscribe to a Forum

If you really want to participate in all the ongoing discussions, then subscribe to a Forum. With the forum open (e.g. General Discussion) scroll down to the bottom and you will see a link 'Subscribe forum', click on this link and you will be subscribed to the topic. The link will now show 'Unsubscribe forum'. You can click on this now to unsubscribe. You can also manage your subscriptions in your User Control Panel. The images below show the Subscribe and Unsubscribe links which are to be found in bottom left of each forum.
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Subscribe to a Topic

To subscribe to a Topic you need to be logged into the forum, as otherwise the forum does not know who you are. It is always worth subscribing to topic of interest, that way you will be notified by e-mail whenever there is a new post in the topic, and you can click on a link in the e-mail to take you directly to the topic concerned. With the topic open, scroll down to the bottom look for the small 'spanner' button. This is 'Topic Tools' and one of the options on clicking the down arrow is 'Subscribe topic', click on this link and you will be subscribed to the topic. The link will now show 'Unsubscribe topic'. You can click on this now to unsubscribe. You can also manage your subscriptions and notifications in your User Control Panel.

Not getting the notification e-mails you expected ?

Not sure how subscriptions are handled in the forum ? I suggest you go first to your User Control Panel (link top left after you are logged in), then Manage Subscriptions. Here you will see all the subscriptions you have in place.

Subscriptions come in two varieties, subscriptions to forums, and subscriptions to topics.

If you subscribe to a forum, you will be notified whenever a new topic is created, but not when someone posts to an existing topic. If you are interested in a particular topic, then you must subscribe to the individual topic. This avoids the flood of e-mails problem you get on some boards; you only get notified if you continue to demonstrate an interest !

There is a further wrinkle, if you fail to follow through on a notification e-mail, then as it says on the notification e-mail itself, your subscription to the topic will cease. You can of course always re-subscribe.

Link to URL - another web site for instance

If you type a URL into your post, it will be displayed automatically in your submitted post as an active link. To be sure however that long URL's are correctly displayed, you should use the URL button on the editing bar, and enclose the URL in tags.

Set the Forum Language

From the User Control Panel you can set the forum to operate in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Swedish and Italian languages, as well as English (the default language). In the User Control Panel, go to 'Profile' then to 'Board preferences' you will find the 'My language field which you can alter. Note the 'Sky Blue' style will only operate in English.