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How to register and the added benefits of being a registered member.
To be able to enjoy all of the features available to the community, you will need to sign up for a member account. Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete.
To sign up, click the "Register" link at the top of any page. You will see a page containing the registration terms, which you must agree to by checking the box and pressing Continue Registration.
You should then fill in all of the fields on the registration page. As you move from field to field you will be alerted to any problems with the information you have entered. When you have filled in the form, click Register.
You may be registered and logged straight in, or you may have to verify your email address by clicking a link in an email that we will send you. If this is the case, a screen will now appear with further instructions.
How to log in and out from the board, how to remain anonymous and not be shown on the active users list and what to do if you forget your password.
Once you have signed up for an account, you can log in by pressing the "Sign In" button at the top of any page.
From here, you should enter your username or email address, and the password you used when you registered. If you tick the "Remember Me" box you will not have to sign in when you visit the community in future. This ability can be very useful, but should not be used if other people have access to your computer or if you are using a public computer.
You may also be able to hide your username from the online list by checking the "Sign in anonymously" box. Administrators will still be able to see you online if you do so, however other members will not be able to.
When you are ready, click Sign In.
Once logged in, you should be taken back to whatever page you were previously viewing.
You may also see additional log in options such as OpenID or Facebook Connect. If these features are available and you would prefer to use one of these options to log in, click on the appropriate button and follow the on-screen instructions.
Forgotten your password
If you have forgotten your password, you can click the "I\'ve forgotten my password" link on the sign in page below the password box. This will take you to a page where you can enter your username or email address, and we will then either email you a new password that you can use or a link for you to reset your password.
Note that if you locked your account by typing in the wrong password too many times, you will still need to unlock your account before you can use your new password.
To log out click the "Sign Out" link at the top of the screen from any page.
Editing contact information, personal information, avatars, signatures, board settings, languages and style choices.
You can access your settings from any page by selecting your name at the top of the screen and then selecting "My Settings".
There are several tabs along the top, each of which reveal a number of settings pages:
Change Email Address
You can use this tool to change the email address that is associated with your account.
You can use this tool to change the password that you use to log in.
Change Display Name
Depending on your permissions, you may be able to use this tool to change your display name which is used across the community.
You may use this area to store any notes or information that you want to keep.
This page will show you all of the attachments you have uploaded to the community and the amount of space you have left. The bar at the top shows you how much of your allocated upload space you have used. Below this is a table containing information on all of the attachments you have submitted.
If you are running out of space, you can delete some old attachments by selecting the checkbox on the right-hand side of the table for the attachments you want to delete, and then pressing the Delete Selected button at the bottom of the table.
Manage Watched Topics and Manage Watched Forums
Here you can see all of the topics and forums that you are currently subscribed to.
To change the type of notification or to unsubscribe, select the checkbox on the right-hand side of the table for the subscriptions you want to change, then select the new type from the dropdown menu at the bottom of the table, and then click with selected.
Change Profile Information
Change About Me Page
Here you can change the content of the \'about me\' section on your profile.
Here you can change your signature that is displayed at the bottom of posts.
Here you can change your photo that is displayed in your profile and other areas on the community.
Here you can change your avatar which is the image that displays next to your posts.
Manage Ignored Users
Here you can manage your ignored users. You can choose to ignore all posts from a member, block them from sending you personal messages, or both.
To add a member to your ignored list, type their name into the "Member\'s Name" box. As you type, suggestions will appear below the box. When you see the name of the member you want to add, click on it. Then select either or both of the checkboxes below. Selecting "Ignore Personal Conversations" will mean they cannot send you messages and their messages in group conversations will be hidden, while "Ignore posts" will hide their posts in the forums. When you are ready, click Save Changes.
Some members, such as administrators, cannot be ignored.
If you wish to stop ignoring a member, select "Remove" in the table, or to switch on or off the different types of ignoring, click the relevant link under the "Ignore Posts" or "Ignore Messages" columns.
A guide to forums, topics, posts and polls.
Viewing the Forums
You can view the forums by pressing the "Discussion" tab at the top of any page. To enter a forum, click on it\'s name.
Forums are split into categories. You can choose to hide any category by pressing the "-" button on the right-hand side above the list of forums, and the "+" button to make them visible again.
Each forum has a marker to indicate the type of forum it is:
Normal forum, no unread posts.
Normal forum, contains unread posts.
Forum that contains subforums, no unread posts.
Forum that contains subforums, contains unread posts.
Password-protected forum, no unread posts.
Password-protected forum, contains unread posts.
Archived read-only forum.
Redirect forum, when you enter this forum you will be redirected elsewhere.
Within each forum there are a list of topics. Just like forums, each topic has an marker to indicate the type of topic it is:
Normal topic, no unread posts.
Normal topic, contains unread posts.
Hot (popular) topic, no unread posts.
Hot (popular) topic, contains unread posts.
Topic with a poll, no unread posts or votes since your last visit.
Topic with a poll, contains unread posts or votes since your last visit.
Topic that has been moved into another forum.
Closed topic, no more replies can be made.
You may also see any of these icons with a slight variation to indicate that you have posted in the topic:
To add a new topic, press the " Start new Topic" button. This may not be available for all forums. In forums where you cannot create a topic you will see "You cannot start a new topic" in place of the button.
To enter a any topic, click on its name.
To customize the way topics are displayed you can click the "Show filter options" link at the bottom of the list of topics. This will expand the bar, showing a number of options:
There may be more than one page of topics, if this is the case, you will see "(X Pages)" at the bottom of the list of topics, followed by buttons to move across the pages. Use these buttons to view topics on other pages.
To the side of each post there will be information about the user. The icon to the side of the username indicates whether or not they are online. means the user is currently online, while means the user is offline.
The icon to the right of the image will display the user\'s popup card which shows more information about the user and has links to display all their topics or posts.
You can click the user\'s username or avatar to be taken to their profile.
Below their username you will see their avatar, member title and pips or group image.
Below this there are several more buttons: the icon adds the user as a friend, and the icon allows you to quickly send the user a personal message.
If enabled, you will see reputation options in the corner below each post. You may see an icon representing the reputation other members have given for that post, along with icons to give reputation. To give the post a positive reputation, click the icon or to give the post a negative reputation, click the icon.
You may only be able to give positive or negative reputation, and for some users you may not be able to give reputation at all.
To add a post to the topic, press the " Add Reply" button. This will not be available if the topic is closed, in which case you will see " This topic has been closed" or if you do not have permission to post in the forum, in which case you will see "You cannot reply to this topic".
To quote another post in your reply, you can either click the " Reply" button beneath a post, or use the multiquote feature. Multiquote is used when you want to quote more than one post in your reply. Select the " MultiQuote" button underneath the posts you want to quote, and you will notice that the button will change color. To undo this, just press the button again. When you have marked all the posts you want to quote, press the " Add Reply" button as normal.
You can also quickly reply to a topic by typing your reply into the fast reply box below the topic and pressing Post.
Next to the reply and multiquote buttons you may also see " Edit" and " Delete" buttons for your own posts. If so, you can use these buttons to edit or delete your posts. Note that these options may not be available after a certain amount of time.