Coming on to a forum can be intimidating if you aren't familiar with how it works. Here are a few tips to help you: Personal information: You can personalize your account by adding an avatar and other information. To do this, simply hit the link on your username on the upper forum toolbar. This will give you a drop down box with many options to choose from. This drop down box also has a tab for Alert Preferences. Posting: At the top of your reply box, there is a tool bar that looks like this: If you hover over the commands, it will tell you what they represent. Posting a picture - Images can be directly uploaded from your computer or mobile by hitting the Upload a File tab located at the bottom of the reply box. Or you can drag it into the reply box. You will now have the option to load your image(s) as a file attachment (by leaving it as is), or as a thumbnail or full image. You can also download images from Instagram by copying the link from the image and pasting it directly into the body of your reply. When using an iPhone, you need to add www. after the https// in your url. We also now offer a Media Gallery. You can find the link to it here: You'll find all sorts of handy tools there for uploading images. Images in your media folder can be found by using the toolbar; here: This will open a library of all of the images you have downloaded to the media gallery. Pictures can be downloaded from image hosting sites as well. To use the image in a post, simply past the "Share BB Code" in the body of your post. You do not need to use the toolbar. You also have the ability to add a poll to your thread. Back to Back Posts - You can avoid making back to back posts if you are within you 6 hour edit period. Simply hit you edit button at the bottom left of your post screen and add the content you wish to add to your existing post. If you wish to reply to more than one thing or member, you can reply to each post you want to quote, but please do not hit the reply button on your post until you are finished. Tagging a Member - Members can be tagged in posts by adding the @ as a prefix to their username (i.e. @momofthegoons). This can only be done during the original posting and not during an edit. If a member has turned off their alerts, they will not be alerted to the tag. Linking to a specific post: The post number shows up in the upper right corner of each post. Click on that number to receive the link information to use for linking that post in another. Our software 'saves' drafts that you have written in a conversation or post for you every 10 minutes. This content will stay in your reply box for 4 hours, even if you leave the page. When you return to that page, it will appear as shaded text. If you no longer wish to use that content, you MUST delete it prior to replying or it will add to your post. The draft will save in a reply box until you have either used it or deleted it and posted something else. Edit & Report buttons - The Edit and Report buttons are at the bottom lower left of a post. Deleting posts - Members cannot delete posts. If you decide to remove the content within the edit time, please hit the report button and a moderator will delete the empty post for you. If you would like to practice posting a picture or link, we have an area called The Practice Area in Community Discussion. If you want to watch a particular forum click the Watch Forum link at the top right of the thread list: You can also watch a specific thread in a forum by hitting the 'Watch Thread' button. You can also choose to watch an entire forum: This drop down box will appear... and you can choose whether to get your notifications of new posts via alert or email. Now you'll get alerts whenever a new thread is created in each forum you mark as watched whether you have posted in it or not. Screen style You have the option of using the light version of this software if you prefer a lighter background. To do this, you go to the lower, left hand corner of your screen and hit this tab: This will change your background and it will now look like this: Private Conversations You can start a private conversation with a member here by one of two ways: There is a tab called Inbox at the top right corner of the Home page. Or, you can click on a member's avatar and get this box: The screen you get when clicking on a member's avatar also gives you the options to view a member's Profile page, and Follow or Ignore that member. Hopefully, these tips will help you. Feel free to ask any questions or add tips, if you have them.