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Easy to find your way around the discussion board

  • The homepage is a timeline of latest posts. The logo top left gets you home.

  • Find info quickly: Categories, left / Search, top right.

  • Twitter/FB/email SIGN IN top right.

  • Browse, click buttons! Read the guide for finer details.

Clicking buttons is the best way to find your way around.

3 buttons on the top row will get you anywhere:

SEARCH, All Categories or Categories

Open a topic and follow your nose. Read it, follow some links on the right sidebar.

It operates just like any other forum.

You can lurk anonymously and still read all posts, and search and see all images.

To ask or answer questions, you will need to sign up / login (free and easier than ever!)

Once logged in, you can include quotes in your replies, favourite a post, start a new topic, report posts. The usual stuff…

You can’t break anything, so have a look around.

(For a look at the “philosophical differences” between this and the old forum, check out the highlights listed after this user guide.)

The first-timers’ user guide to some of the bells, buttons and whistles

Social media meet forum!

Keep scrolling

There are no next page buttons or page numbers – to read more, **just keep scrolling down!**

As new posts are published, they will appear automatically.

Search function? Menus? My profile page?

- All these functions live in the **icon buttons at the upper right**.

Navigate through a thread

-Click the green progress bar at the bottom right to see full navigation controls, or use the home and end keys.

  • The topic title in the top green bar will always take you to your next unread post.
  • Similarly, while reading a topic, to jump back to the top of the page ↑ click the topic title.
  • Use the last activity time to quickly jump to the first or last post in a topic.

How do I reply?

- To reply to the overall topic, use the Reply button at the very bottom of the page.
  • To reply to a specific post, use the Reply button on that post.

  • To take the conversation in a different direction, but keep them linked together, use Reply as New Topic to the right of the post.

To quote someone in your reply

select the text you wish to quote, then press any Reply button.

**To quote an entire post,** use the Import Quote button on the editor toolbar.
**To do multiple quotes,** once you have started a reply, just keep highlighting any amount of text you wish to quote.

To mention someone’s name in your reply,

start typing `@` and an autocompleter will pop up.
## What else can I do?

  • To let someone know that you enjoyed their post, use the like button at the bottom of the post.

  • If you see a problem with a post, don’t hesitate to use the flag button and privately let them, or our staff, know about it.

  • You can also share a link to a post, or bookmark a post for later reference on your user page.

  • For standard Emoji, just start typing : or the traditional smileys :) :smile:

Who is talking to me?

When someone replies to your post, quotes your post, or mentions your @username, a number will appear over a conversation button at the top right of the page. Use it to see who’s talking to you, and where.

You will get email notifications of direct replies (and private messages) if you are not present on the site when they arrive.

When are conversations new?

By default all conversations less than two days old are considered new, and any conversation you've participated in will automatically be tracked.

You will see the blue new and number indicators next to these topics:

You can change the individual notification state of a topic via the control at the bottom of the topic (this can also be set per category). To change how you track topics, or the definition of new, see your user preferences.

Why can’t I do certain things?

New users are somewhat limited for safety reasons. As you participate here, you’ll gain the trust of the community, become a full citizen, and those limitations will automatically be removed. At a high enough trust level, you’ll gain even more abilities to help us manage our community together.

A few differences

Without getting too deep into the philosophy of the behind-the-scenes workings, this discussion board represents a huge departure from the limitations imposed by the old style forum. Many of its core features tie in perfectly with the ethos of Traditional Painter.

Primarily, it is a trust-based forum in that the more you put in, the more you are trusted, and by way of thanks, the more features are activated, and the more you get out of your time here.

Things like sending and receiving private messages aren’t a right, they are earned quickly but still earned by participating in a positive way. Likewise, after being a part of the conversations here for a short while, you are trusted to invite friends - they won’t have to sign up to join, but if they let themselves down, they let down the person who invited them too.

The members have free rein to look out for the forum as a whole and help us keep it a good place to call by.

As well as the inbuilt Trust Levels…

5 big differences between this discussion board and the old forum:

- **The content is front and centre.**

When you arrive, you instantly see a clear list of latest posts and unread posts since your last visit.

You can see at a glance who is involved in a conversation and how popular it is.

  • Easy access to all content.

All categories at your fingertips, the Search function is fantastic, easy navigation.

  • Super easy to login

Login with FB, Twitter.

  • Formatting is easy and classy

Safe and inclusive and TRUST based

  • The software automatically deals with casual spammers and trolls.

  • Members progress through different Trust Levels, the more that goes into making this discussion board work, the more benefits a user gets. Moderators could stand to do very well from being a part of this discussion board!

If you find more cool features, or want to know about a feature, please add a reply.

Here’s a starter:

The trickiest part of a “forum” is keeping every topic on track. It is not unusual, especially in longer conversations, for the contributors to drift away from the main talking point a little - or a lot. This is fine - for the people in the conversation - but a nightmare and / or pretty boring for those reading it as outsiders, trying to keep track.

Here there is a very useful feature called Reply as new topic, which helps put random thoughts and diversions in a separate, but connected thread.

Try it out, the next time you are talking about yellow paint and you want to talk about the best brush for yellow paint, look top right of any post in a thread and Reply as new topic . It is very liberating and forum-cleansing.