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Step 1: Click on “Login/Register” button near the upper right-hand corner of the community.
Step 2: On the left-hand side of the form, click on, Join Now”.
Step 3: Fill out form and select “Register”.
Step 4: An Account Confirmation email will be sent to you. This contains a link for you to click to confirm you wish to create an account.
Note: Until you confirm your account, you will not be able to post to the forum. Instead, you will be shown a notice that 'Your account is currently awaiting confirmation'. If you need to have another Account Confirmation email sent to you, there is also a 'Resend Confirmation email' link in the notice. This will be sent to the email address currently entered in your profile.
Your chosen username is the one thing in your user profile you cannot change yourself, but if you made an error when recently registering, administrators may be able to do it for you manually.
While logged in under your current user name, use the "Contact Us" form for your request. Please provide your desired username. You might want to provide several names in order of preference in case your first choice is already in use.
Step 1: To initiate a password reset, go to the home page and click the "Login / Register” link in the upper right.
Step 2:. On the login dialog, click the 'Forgot your password?' link on the login screen and enter either your Username, or your email address.
Step 3: You will be sent an email to your email address of record, with a link to click to reset your password to a value of your choosing. Nothing happens until you go to that link and submit your revised password.
Near the upper right-hand corner of the community, you will see navigation icons.
The first icon is for what’s new on the site.
Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new unread posts. On that page, you can click on additional tabs as well, such as Popular, if you prefer to view active topics.
Clicking the list icon next to “NEW” will bring you to the full forum listing.
You can also navigate by clicking the 3 vertical dots.
Clicking on your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.
Near the upper right-hand corner of the community, you will see navigation icons.
The first icon is for what’s new on the site.
Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new unread posts.
On that page, you can click on additional tabs as well, such as Popular, if you prefer to view active topics. You can also mark all as read.
You can accomplish this by setting a custom default filter on the new posts page.
Step 1 Navigate to the specific forum you want to focus on and click "Follow Forum".
Step 2 From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on NEW.
This will open a new page of new posts for you. On the new page, click on filters.
Now you can adjust the filters to work for your personal preferences, such as the example above and save it as the default. Make sure to click the "filter" button to save it, at the bottom.
If you want to mark a specific forum as read, navigate to that forum. At the top you will see a button to “Mark All Read.
If you want to mark all threads in the community as read, click on NEW near the upper right-hand corners of the site.
Click on Mark All Read.
You will then see a popup confirming that this is what you want to do. Click “Mark All Read”.
While signed in, click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select “My Profile” from the drop-down menu.
Click on your avatar, near the upper right-hand corner of the site. Select account settings from the drop-down menu.
On the account settings page, scroll down to location.
As you start typing your city, it will offer you choices appear in the drop-down menu. Click to select the one that displays your location.
If you prefer to only display your state, simply type your state, and then click on it in the drop-down menu.
Within discussion threads, you will see your country flag displayed under your username.
User Location Privacy Settings
Click on your avatar and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.
Your Account Settings page will open with more options. From the left-side navigation bar, select Privacy.
On your Privacy page, you will see options regarding your location.
Use the drop-down menu to select who can see your location information.
Save your privacy settings.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “account settings”.
Once you have clicked on “account settings” a new page will open. You can browse through the left side column navigation for the specific settings you are looking for.
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “account settings” from the drop-down menu.
That will bring you to the account details page.
Once you click on your avatar, then click to choose your file.
Make sure to click “okay” afterward.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.
There is no limit to the number of conversations. You can keep them indefinitely. If you choose to have one no longer display to you within your conversations, you can simply click near the upper right of the message to leave the conversation
Once you leave a conversation, it cannot be restored unless you are invited back to it.
For leaving conversations in bulk (full page) you can do the following.
Open your conversation box. Add a checkmark next to the conversation title.
That will open a drop menu near the bottom. Add a checkmark to "Select All".
Although you can add checkmarks next to each conversation, once you select any, a drop menu near the bottom will appear. If you want to leave conversation in bulk (such as a full page) Add a checkmark to "Select All".
Click the drop-down menu next to “Choose action” select “Leave conversations” . Click GO.
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.
This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view followed discussions, forums, your discussions, and participated discussions.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and then click on “dark mode” or “light mode”.
Near the bottom of every page within a thread, you will see a content box to enter your comments. Once you are done, simply click “post reply”.
Once you have selected which forum or subforum where you would like to start your new discussion thread (and you have navigated to it) you will see a “Start Discussion” button.
A new screen will open. Now you can add your title, content, and any images you may want to add to your thread discussion. Make sure to click the “post thread” button when you’re done.
When you see a post that you want to quote, click the reply button on that post. It will automatically add the quoted content to the content area where you can add your reply/comments following the code.
How To Multi-Quote
Step 1: Click the multi-quote icon at the bottom of each post that you want to quote.
Step 2: Scroll down to the text editor where you are going to write your post. Click "Insert Quotes".
Step 3: A small window will pop up for you to verify (or delete) quoted content that will be added to your post. Click "Quote messages".
Final Step: The quoted content will automatically be added to the text editor.
Add your comments and click to post your reply.
Added Notes: You can multi-quote from more than one discussion thread in the forum. You can also simply highlight the part of the text you want to quote. A small popup will allow you to choose the multi-quote option using just the selected content.
Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.
It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.
Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.
Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.
If you want to display a video from a site such as YouTube, you can simply add the share link directly into the content area of your post and it will display automatically.
To get the share link, navigate to the video. Near the title you will see a share link. Click it.
A small window will open to provide you with a URL. That will be the URL you need to copy and paste into your content.
Navigate to the forum section where you would like to start a poll and then near the top right of it, click Start Discussion.
Start your posts as you normally would, including text and any images you might want to add.
Scroll down to “Post a poll” and click the arrow to the right of it to view poll options.
Now you can enter your poll question and begin to add possible responses. Once you add one poll response, another will open to add multiple choices.
Select how many of the possible responses members can choose and select any options you want to add including closing the poll after a certain number of days. Click to post your thread.
Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the timestamp. Select “Edit”.
Members have unlimited editing of new posts for the first 24 hours after posting. Up to 10 existing posts (older than 24 hours) may be edited per week. More editing will be allowed as each of those 10 edits expires every 7 days.
Only moderators and admins are able to delete a post, as needed, for situations such as duplicate posts. Simply report the post for staff assistance.
Special Note: If a thread is deleted, it then deletes all the responses and thus other people’s posts too. Or, when deleting a post, people may respond. Then, if you delete one post, the following posts will not make sense - because one is missing it, it destroys the understanding and flow.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner of the site, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “my profile”.
Click on the number below discussions.
You can also click your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select following.
On the following page, click on My Discussions.
This is a great option for those times when you want to save a thread to come back to later. At the bottom of the post, you will see “save”. Click on it.
Once you click on it you can add any notes to remind yourself and then simply click to save.
When you are ready to find the saved bookmarks again later, from the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “bookmarks”.
Near the top of the community, you will see a search bar.
Enter a search term or phrase and click enter on your keyboard or click the magnifying glass.
To narrow down search results, click on “Advanced Search” after clicking the search bar.
This will allow you to choose to search titles only, add the member username who posted it or even select a specific forum to search from.
Enter your search criteria and click “Search “ at the bottom.
You can also access advanced search by clicking the 3 vertical dots near the upper right-hand corner of the site and selecting “Advanced “Search”
Search Specific Forum
If you want to search a specific section, navigate to the forum section before entering your search term in the search bar and then select the option.
Search Specific Discussion Thread
If you want to search a specific discussion thread, navigate to it before entering your search term in the search bar and then select the option.
Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on content you wish to share. Showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and select “Showcase”.
From the Showcase page, click on “Add item” in the right-hand corner.
A popup will appear at the top. Click on “showcase”.
A form will open for you to fill in the blanks, such as title, tags, general information, etc.
Scroll down to “General Information” to content and images, in the same way that you would for writing a post. The first image added will be the cover photo.
Add any additional item details, and “Save”.
If you want to make any changes, including choosing a different cover photo from the images you added, you can do so by editing your showcase.
To edit a Showcase, click on your Avatar in top right-hand corner and select “My Showcase”
Click on the title or image of the Showcase that you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom, and above comments you will see the Share options and a three-dot menu icon. Click the 3 vertical dots.
From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Edit item”.
From here, you will be brought to the editor used to create the Showcase. Make changes or add content as needed. Before clicking “Save” at the bottom, you may add a checkmark to post as an update if you are working on an ongoing Showcase, such as might be the case for projects, to alert your followers.
If you want to change the cover photo, click the 3 vertical dot again.
From the drop-down menu that opens, select “Set cover image”.
A popup will display the images within your showcase.
Click to add a dot to the one you want as the cover and click save.
Click on the 3 vertical dots near the upper-right-hand corner of the community.
Click on “Gallery” in the drop down menu.
From the left side navigation, click on “Your albums”.
Near the top right of the page, click on “Add media”.
A popup will open. Click on “Create personal album”.
First, add a title to your album and a description. Now it is time to click “Upload file”.
Once you have uploaded your file, add some information for the image.
When you are done, click save.
When need to add to your album, click on “Gallery” from the drop-down menu below the dots in the upper right-hand corner of the site again.
Click on “Your albums” from the left-side navigation.
You can click on the add media button again.
And then click on “Add media to existing album.
Or if you prefer, when you click on “Your albums” you can just click on the specific album where you want to add the image(s)
When you click on a specific album, you will also see some privacy options so you can decide who can view your images and who can’t.
Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.
Both guests and members can view signatures.
If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)
If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.
If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.
In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.
Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.
When you need the URL for a specific post, simply click on the post number. This will automatically add a link to the post in your browser address bar. Copy and paste it wherever you need it.
Another option would be to click on the share button below the post.
A link will pop up that you can use to copy and paste wherever you need it.
A red dot on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site, indicates that you have alerts or new conversations (private messages). When you click on your avatar you will see a number next to Alerts and/or Conversations indicating how many new ones you have. Click on each to view them.
You can adjust your settings for alerts by selecting Account Settings and then Preferences from the left side navigation on the new page.
Scroll down to “Receive a notification when someone…” and set your preferences.
For email alerts, scroll down to Content options and adjust your settings.
Make sure to click Save at the bottom if you make any changes.
The community offers push notifications if your browser's permissions allow it. You may see a popup in the community allowing you to enable these permissions for the site.
You can also enable/disable push notifications by clicking on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and selecting “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu.
You will now see left side navigation. Select “Preferences”.
Scroll down to Push Notifications to set your preferences.
Enabling push notifications will enable them for this device only. If you log out of this device, you will need to re-enable push notifications.
When you are reading a thread, you will see a green dot on the avatar of those who are online.
If you want to see everyone who is currently online (depending on their settings) you can find this information on the members page.
On the forum listing page or on any forum sections, you will see a Top Contributors box in the sidebar. Click on View All.
This will bring you to the Members page with options in the left sidebar, including who is online.
You can also search to find a member.
There is also a section that displays the newest members.
Click on the 3 vertical dots to the far right of the time stamp. Select Report from the drop-down.
Add your reason for the report to the popup and click Report when you are done.
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