09/18/2006 - 11:50 AM
What is a forum?
A forum is a place where people can post text messages (called topics) in connection with the subject of the forum. Other people can reply or add a comment to a topic.
Anyone can see the content of a forum, but only registered people can post topics or reply to an existing topic.
In order to register, please click on the link 'Signup' to the right of this screen. You'll be directed to a form where you are requested to enter some info in order to be registered.
The system will generate a password and will send it to the e-mail address you provided.
Once you received your password, click on the link 'Login' to the right of this screen. You'll be directed to a form where you can enter your username and password.
How to navigate through forums
On the home page, click on the title of the forum you want to explore. You'll be directed to a page displaying a list of topics. Topics are sorted by date, the most recent appearing at the top. Click on the title of a topic to display its content as well as the replies attached to it. If you're registered, you'll be able to add a reply. You can also post a new topic.
Posts are subject to moderation. It means that topics or replies you submit must be reviewed by a forum administrator before being published. If your post is not relevant to the forum, it may be moved to the appropriate forum. If no forum is appropriate, it will be deleted.
If you're registered and you're interested in a forum or a specific topic and want to be informed when a new message has been posted, you can subscribe to this forum or topic.
In order to subscribe to a forum, click on the forum title on the home page, and on the page displaying the list of topics, click on the link 'Subscribe to Forum' on the top.
In order to subscribe to a topic, enter in a forum, then click on the topic title, and on the page displaying the list of messages, click on the link 'Subscribe to topic' on the top.
You can manage your subscriptions when you edit your profile. See below for instructions.
Edit your profile
As a registered user, you can edit and modify your profile. Click on the link 'Preferences' to the right of this screen. You'll be directed to a form where you can add/change some data, like your password, email address, website as well as manage your subscriptions to the forums and topics.
Send messages to other forum users
You can send messages to other registered users. When displaying the list of topics in a forum or the list of messages attached to a topic, you can click on the username of the person who made the post. You'll then be directed to a page where you can enter a message and send it. The addressee will receive your message as an e-mail, and message will also be stored in his mailbox on the system.
You can manage your messages by clicking on the link 'Messages' to the right of the screen. The number between brackets is the number of unread messages sent to your attention.