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HOW DO I........?

 

Internet Forums are not always the easiest thing to navigate, so here is a guide to some of the commands you can use. Some are very basic, some will take a little bit of practice. If you want to practise, don't hesitate to create yourself a thread in the Bear Garden, once confident enough, you can always ask a moderator to delete it for you.

 

Create a new thread:

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Reply to thread:

 

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Click on

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You can do that to reply to someone else's thread, or to post an update / query on your own thread.

Alternatively, you can go to the bottom of the page, where there is a “quick reply” box:

 

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Ok, so this is what you should now be seeing:

 

 

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Let's go through the less obvious buttons.

 

 

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This is the Hyperlink button, and allows you to post a link without the long

http://consumeractiongroup.... showing. (Note: it works with all http://.... not just the CAG ones!)

 

Type "This is what I want to say", highlight it, click on createlink.gif, paste your link in the box, click ok.

 

This is what I want to say should now look like this, and you can of course change colour, font etc, should you wish to do so (to match the rest of a signature, for example).

 

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This does the opposite. You might want to post a quote from another site, but not carry the link. Click on the

unlink.gif, clear the box, click ok. “ This is what I want to say will now look like this: "This is what I want to say".

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This is the “Insert e-mail link” button. Type the e-mail address in the box, and it will automatically create the link. People will then be able to click on it to start an e-mail message.

 

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This is the “Insert image” button. Click on it to insert a picture hosted elsewhere, like Photobucket.

 

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This is the “Wrap Quote” button. Click on it, and this: will appear in your post, with the cursor between the 2. Just type your message or paste whatever it was you want to quote and it will then show like this:

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This is a drop-down menu for the smilies. “Show all Smilies” will open a separate window with all the smilies available on this forum.

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Quote from another post:

 

Click on

quote.gif in the post you want to quote from, it will automatically open the “reply” box and insert the quote, it will look like this:

This is an example.[/ quote]

 

Type your reply, and

reply.gif.

 

It will look like this:

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However, sometimes, you might not want to quote the whole post, so you can delete what you want from within the quote marks and only keep what you need, so the end result will look like this:

 

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Multi-quotes:

 

 

If you want to reply to more than one post, click on

multiquote_off.gif on each post you want to quote from, it will then turn multiquote_on.gif

 

On the last post you want to quote from, click on

multiquote_on.gif first then quote.gif.

 

 

The end result will look like this:

 

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If you change your mind, or have clicked on the wrong post, just click on the multiquote_on.gif again, it will deselect it.

 

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Subscribe to a thread:

 

 

You can subscribe to a thread without typing in it:

 

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Click on “subscribe to this thread”, it will take you to the options menu, where you can choose to get notification by e-mail or not and how frequent the notification.

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Search:

 

 

For basic search, just type in the box:

 

 

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Or for more elaborate search, click on “advanced search”:

 

 

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Note: If you want to search for post with “0” replies, change the default “at least” 0 replies to “at most”, and you can of course highlight the forum you want to search if you want to narrow it down.

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Report a post:

 

 

We ask all of our users to remain vigilant for any posts which contain the following: Insulting language / swearing, threats of violence, racist comments, potentially libelous wording (i.e. the bank 'stole' my money), posts which show complete reproductions of our templated letters, advertising etc. If you are not sure, please report it and let us decide. You can also use it to report a title that needs changing to **WON** or threads that need merging, or moving.

 

Click on

report.gif under the username of the post you want to report. Type the reason why you are reporting it. Send.

 

 

 

Say thank you for a useful post:

 

Click on reputation.gif. A drop-down opens which you click to say “I approve”, underneath, there is a box for a comment. If you leave a comment, please sign your nick, it's always nice to know who's being nice, and the box doesn't show who left the comment otherwise.

The more clicks on scales, the higher the "reputation" of a user (the little green blobs under a username). Site Helpers and Moderators can disable theirs, so the blobs will show as grey. You can still click to say thanks, and it will still register on their user CP.

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User CP:

 

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User CP (control panel) gives you access to your own settings.

 

 

When you first click on it, this is what you'll see:

 

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These are the thanks of people who clicked on your scales.

 

 

Next, are these:

 

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They show the threads to which you have subscribed and which have posts you haven't read yet on them.

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Settings & Options:

 

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Most are self-explanatory, except the bottom one, “Miscellaneous Options”. If the Message Editor Interface box doesn't already show it, then change it to “Enhanced Interface – Full WYSIWYG Editing”, it's the setting that allows you to use smilies, quotes, etc... Don't be fooled by the name, WYSIWYG is simply short for “What You See Is What You Get”.

 

 

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Nothing complicated there, the only thing to remember is this: The maximum size of your custom image must be 80 by 80 pixels or 19.5 KB (whichever is smaller).

 

 

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This opens a box which allows you to enter a signature, whatever takes your fancy. Please remember that standard forum rules apply, though, and that links to commercial websites are not allowed. Also bear in mind that minimum post length (# of words) = 100 words and minimum post count before signatures show = 10 Posts.

 

Your signature will only show 2 times on any one page even if both the above conditions are met. These conditions do not apply to the moderating team.

 

The others settings are self-explanatory, with tick/untick options.

 

 

New posts:

 

 

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Clicking on this will open the last 5 most recent pages of threads which you haven't read.

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Find a post/a thread

 

Click on the nickname or avatar (picture below nick) of the user whose threads/post you want to find (it can be yourself, if you can't find where you posted).

 

It opens a screen like this:

 

 

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Click on either "find all posts by..." or "find all threads by..." and it will take you to that list.

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Post a link

 

It's easier to do this with 2 windows opened, although not necessary.

 

This is the thread you want to link:

 

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Highlight the

http://... as shown, and copy it. (Ctrl + c, or right click + Copy)

 

Then, paste it in the post where you want it to go (Ctrl + v, or right click + Paste)

 

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Post reply. The forum software will automatically transform the

http://... into the title of the thread.

 

 

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If you want to only post the link to one post, not the whole thread, click on the post number:

 

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It opens a new "single post" window:

 

 

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Highlight, copy and paste the link as previously explained, job done.

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Find out who's online:

 

At the bottom of the forum front page:

 

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(All Site Team including Admin are now Orange)

 

 

Clicking on the username will bring up their profile, like so:

 

 

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Send PMs (Private Messages):

 

Click here:

 

 

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It opens this box:

 

 

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Type your message, send.

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Updating new colour scheme.
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Attach Documents

 

Click on

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You will see this, you can use either the paperclip or the "managed attachment":

 

 

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Click on either to see this:

 

 

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Enter the file from your computer or the URL and upload.

 

 

Note that the files you can upload are very small, so if you want to post something larger (photos and scanned documents in particular), you are better off uploading them to a free web-hosting site. Photobucket, Flickr, ImageShack and many others, all offer this kind of service, do a search for what suits you best.

 

To upload from one of those sites (I use Photobucket, so will give example from there):

 

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Click once on the bottom link, it will automatically copy the code.

 

Paste that code into your post, it will look like this:

 

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You can click on Preview changes before posting to make sure this is what you want (in particular, beware of posting pictures which are so big that they will knock the whole page out of shape to accommodate them, it's very annoying for everybody!)

 

Post your reply, and there you are:

 

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