Writing Forums

Writing Forums is a privately-owned, community managed writing environment. We provide an unlimited opportunity for writers and poets of all abilities, to share their work and communicate with other writers and creative artists. We offer an experience that is safe, welcoming and friendly, regardless of your level of participation, knowledge or skill. There are several opportunities for writers to exchange tips, engage in discussions about techniques, and grow in your craft. You can also participate in forum competitions that are exciting and helpful in building your skill level. There's so much more for you to explore!

Frequently asked questions

I've just joined and I can't edit my profile/add a signature/fix my avatar. What should I do?
Like all sites of this type, we suffer attacks from spammers. Therefore, it is necessary to become active on the site before some features are available. New non-subscribing members will find that there are some restrictions relating to user profile banners, signatures and and messaging; these restrictions are temporary and are lifted once ten (10) valid posts* have been made. New non-subscribing members will find that there are some restrictions relating to user profiles, signatures and avatars, and messaging; these restrictions are temporary and are lifted once ten (10) valid posts have been made. Friend of WF, Financial Supporters or Financial Patrons. can bypass this restriction by subscribing to WF.
(* Valid posts: Access normally requires 10 valid posts made to Writing Related, Publishing, Poetry, Prose-Fiction and Non Fiction.)
What are the requirements to post my book in this forum?
1. You must be either a Friend of Writing Forums, a Financial Supporter, or a Financial Patron.
2. You must have been an active member for at least three months
3. You must have a Reaction score of at least 50
4. Your book must be for sale on Amazon.com or another recognized book publishing outlet.
What are Infractions?
What are Infractions? Infractions are part of WF's penalty system, consisting of:


Temporary Bans. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, temporary bans can last for
  • 24 hours
  • 1 week
  • 1 month

Permanent Bans are ... permanent. Spammers will be banned permanently and immediately. Banning a member permanently is not taken lightly by WF staff.
Do we have to be a site-contributor? Isn't that "Pay for Play?"
No, it isn't. This is a perk for engaged community members. We don't want "fly by nights" swooping in only to post their products while contributing nothing to the community.
That's why we've established a minimum membership period and a Reaction score ... it proves that the author is participating in WF, not just using it as another place to promo.
I've just joined to tell you about this amazing new product/service/website. Where do I place my ad?
Advertising of any kind without specific admin approval is prohibited on the main boards. You are allowed to link to your site in your signature once you have made the required amount of posts.

Members are allowed to link to their outside work or other website in their signature once they have access to signature options. Members (with more than ten valid posts) may promote any of their online work or achievements in Beyond the Forum.

Members who are professional publishers, writers, artists or illustrators, proofreaders or editors, may offer or discuss their services only within Admin-designated area. Anything else will be considered spam and deleted. Spammers may be banned from the site without notice.

**Please contact Admin for further details**
How do I add my book(s) to the WF Bookstore?
If you meet the requirements, simply follow the instructions below to create a post for your publication. If you don't meet the requirements, a Moderator will contact you to let you know what you're missing.

First of all, you need to go to your Profile > Preferences. In the Preferences you scroll down to "Members' Published Books" And tick the box that says "I'd like to feature my book(s) in the WF Bookstore"

Once you have permission to enter:

Select the green button, Post thread. A template will appear that will guide you through the minimum requirements.

You are free to include additional information, such as your author picture, your "About the author" info, and anything else you'd like to say to members about your book or your desire to interact.

You should have a link to the Amazon product page for your book (or other link showing publication), and you may have a link to an Author page if you desire (Amazon author page, Goodreads author page, your website, etc.).

There are Genre Prefixes to tag your thread with. Their use is mandatory. Please find the most appropriate Genre Prefix and use it/them. You can choose up to three.

If you are posting a series, please include each book as a new post. Information about the procedure to add additional books to a series can be found below.
(Note: In this case, you may want to initially post the books in the series in reverse order. Think about it.)
My post didn't appear immediately, why?
All posts in this forum are moderated.
As soon as an Admin or Moderator sees your new post, they will look it over and then approve it (or reject it if it doesn't fulfil the requirements).
Why was the link to my blog/website/cool site to check out removed from my Introduction post?
Introduction posts are for introducing a new member as a person to our community; they are not platforms for promotion of anything else.

One severe infraction that new members often fall foul of is spamming. Adding a link to an outside website, whether it is the member's own blog page, Amazon page, or a third party site, in an Introduction post is treated as spam. Don't do it. You can add these sorts of links to your signature as soon as you have progressed from new member to regular member or upgrade your account to a Friend of WF, Financial supporter or Financial Patron to bypass these restrictions.
I want to post some of my writing
New members are welcome to share completed fiction or poetry to the respective Showcase forums. Private workshops for critique will be visible once ten valid posts* have been made. You may request entry into the workshops once you have read and understood the requirements expected of a workshop participant and when granted, there will be a one-month trial period.
(* Valid posts: Access normally requires 10 valid posts made to Writing Related, Publishing, Poetry, Prose-Fiction and Non Fiction.)

Fluff (superfluous single word, or non-contributing) posts made just to build up post count may be deleted. Please be aware that posts on the Word Games forum are not added to post counts. New members who have also paid the subscriber's fee to become a Friend of WF, Supporter or Financial Patron are granted access immediately but are still expected to read and maintain the requirements of all workshop participants.
What happens to my copyright if I post my work here?
Nothing. Copyright is automatic and vested the instant the original created work is set in a recordable form, and is renewed whenever the original creator of the work effects any change to that work.

An idea is not protected by copyright; copyright protects only the unique and original presentation of that idea once produced in a tangible or recordable form.

"Anytime that you create a creative, copyrightable work and it is fixed on a tangible medium (ie, paper, videotape, etc...) it is copyrighted. You don't have to register the work to have copyright protection, although registration brings other benefits such as the immediate right to sue and potential statutory damages, notwithstanding actual damages. So in sum, once you create it, it is copyright protected." - FindLaw for Legal Professionals | Law & Legal Information (http://lp.findlaw.com/)
If I post my artwork, story or poem here, does that mean I'm "published"?
Good question.

We suggest that if you plan to submit your work to an agent or publisher, then you should consider posting in the Members' Only Workshops. If your work is a novel, then only post excerpts rather than entire chapters.

The advice from the author’s submission service, Writer’s Relief is - Is work considered previously published if I post it on a blog, Web site, large social-networking site, or online literary journal? If you’ve posted your writing on any of the above sites, it is generally considered previously published.

Is my work considered previously published if I post it in a writing forum or Web board? If the forum or Web board is private and intended for the purposes of encouraging feedback or community support, then most editors and literary agents will consider the work unpublished. But just in case, you may want to take it down once you’ve received feedback so it doesn’t appear online.

If the forum in question is public (that is, if nonmembers can see what you’ve written), then your work will likely be considered previously published...

Generally speaking, it’s okay to publish excerpts online, as long as they are on the short side (relative to the work in question). - Writer’s Relief (http://writersrelief.com/blog/2013/11/what-is-considered-previously-published-writing/)

The situation for artworks, according to AIGSF* – Unfortunately, there is no consensus yet on whether posting a work online qualifies as a legal “publication.” The Copyright Office has refused to offer an opinion. Some people think posting online qualifies as publication because it allows multiple people in multiple locations to view the work at the same time, which is analogous to print publication. Also, in fact your computer technically makes a “copy” of the work when it displays the web page…

However, the law is clear that unauthorized copying does not count as a legal publication. Therefore, if you post your work with a copyright notice (and, for good measure, a clear statement that it may not be copied without your permission), there’s a good argument that you have not made copies of your work available to the public, and thus your posting is not a legal “publication.”

An illustration that’s been posted online for the purposes of peer review and critique doesn’t affect the marketplace for printed books. You have not given anyone a license to print the illustration in a commercial way, and there will be nothing out there in the marketplace to compete with the publisher’s book. Thus I don’t understand why publishers would consider such online postings to be a problem, especially if it is a relatively private forum, as opposed to on your website where the entire public can view it. In my practice, I have not personally encountered such an objection from a publisher. - AIGSF* (http://aigasf.org/community/legalities/legalities_22_does_posting_your_artwork_online_count_as_publication)

* The San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, is one of the largest and most active in the country, representing over 1,600 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion, and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area.
Can I post my work/thread in more than one board? How do I decide which is the best board for my post/thread?
In almost all situations, duplicate posts are not allowed. Pick the most appropriate forum and post your item there. No cross posting, spamming or any kind of multiple posts will be allowed. We will delete all but one of any duplicate posts. As is true with plagiarism, paraphrasing is not a valid loophole; paraphrased posts are still copies and will be treated as such. An exception to this rule relates to challenge entries which may be pre-posted or re-posted in an appropriate creative forum for individual critique and comment.
I write Erotica how do I access the Red Light Room?
This is a private forum only visible to 'Red Light' members. You must contact rcallaci or PiP for further details.
What is Dante's Inferno and how do I gain access?
Access will only be granted to members who have made an excess of 100 posts. Dante's follows a policy of 'respect', if you abuse this private discussion space, your access will be withdrawn. Please contact an administrator to request access.
No one has replied to my post. Can I "bump" it?
It is our policy to discourage members from posting just to bring their thread back to the top of the front page. If a thread is bumped without a valid reason then it, or the offending post, may be deleted.

If you are unsure whether your reason to bump is valid, ask a Mentor or Moderator.
What is the Public Profile Page?
Every member has a publicly viewable profile page. This page includes information provided by the member, either during the registration process or later on via The User Control Panel. Whenever you see a members name, click or hover your mouse over the name. This it will make a profile preview box pop up, if you then wish to proceed to their profile page, clicking on their name a second time, either in the preview box or where you hovered your mouse and it will take you to their profile page.
I just found a great thread in the back pages, and want to revive it. Is that OK?
Yes. Just because society now runs on a 24 hour news cycle and last week is ancient history, the stories, poems, essays, discussions and artworks need not be treated like the magazines in your doctor’s waiting room.

However, if you intend to revive a thread then you are obliged to make a real contribution to the thread; otherwise it would be better to just click Like or LOL and move on. The practice of “thread necromancy” with “fluff” posts is universally frowned upon.
How do I stop getting an email notification every time someone posts a reply where I've posted something?
Go to your account setting in your profile and click on 'preferences'. That will allow you to choose the way your notifications are set.
I've forgotten my password. Can I just start a new account? How many accounts can I have?
Multiple accounts (sock puppets) are not permitted. Only sign up for one account. If you share a computer or internet connection with a roommate or partner, please inform us or we may suspect you of having duplicate accounts and all but one will be deleted.

If you have forgotten your password, use the Contact Us link to request a password to be sent to your account’s nominated email address.
If I decide I don't like it here, can I delete my account?
Yes. You can delete your account by going to your Profile > Account Details. Scroll down the menu to the bottom, and there click ‘Delete account' on the left side, right above "Log Out".
I don't like the replies I'm getting. Can I report them?
You are encouraged to report posts which breach the Rules, especially those which fall under -

Flaming: Flaming will not be tolerated. When critiquing, keep observations about the work, do not make inflammatory personal judgments of or attacks on the writer. In any discussion, keep it about the topic and not the poster. Violations will be deleted. Repeated offenses or ignoring staff warnings will result in an infraction.

Trolling or Baiting: Unnecessarily contentious posts, or posts intended to incite flaming, will not be tolerated. Offending posts will be removed, and the poster warned in the first instance. Repeated offenses will result in the poster being temporarily or permanently banned. Posts which attack, demean, or breach the international standards against unfair discrimination of any person or group of people will be treated as baits.

Hijacking or Derailing: If you want to discuss something other than the topic posted without the Opening Poster's (OP's) express permission, start your own discussion thread. Hijacking or derailing a discussion is a form of online bullying, and is not tolerated. This does not apply to asides, quips, or humorous interjections.
I'm being harassed by another member. What should I do?
If you feel you have been contacted inappropriately please report it to a staff member immediately. We are a site catering to members from age thirteen years and older and we ask that everyone behave accordingly. All complaints will be taken seriously and will be investigated with appropriate action taken. We will not tolerate false claims any more than we will tolerate inappropriate behavior.

To handle these issues, please keep copies of any alleged complaints and forward them to a moderator or administrator. Do not post about this publicly as these are private issues. All public posts regarding these issues will be deleted.

Defamation: Do not post or transmit any message which may be considered slanderous, libelous, or in any other way defamatory, or which discloses private or personal matters concerning any person other than yourself. Understand that, in law, truth is not necessarily a defense in matters involving defamation. Any such posts found will be edited or deleted without prior notice.
How do I change my username?
Usernames will not be changed unless there is a legitimate reason for them to be (simply not liking it any longer doesn't qualify), so choose them carefully.
I live in a free society. Why do I have to know and follow the Rules?
There is no society so free that it doesn’t have rules or laws to maintain it. Again, as in all societies, ignorance – “I didn’t know” – is not a valid defense against breaches.
This is a public forum. Where's the democracy, and what about my rights?
Actually, it’s a privately owned forum, and your individual rights are no lesser or greater than the rights of every other individual who chooses to be here.
How do I become a Friend of WF, Financial Supporter, Financial Patron, Veteran or Patron?
To become a Friend of WF (FoWF),(FS) or (FP), Full Details Here.

To become a Veteran, you will need to be an active member of WF for a minimum of one year plus actively participate in either writing or publishing discussions, offering critique, volunteer as a challenge judge or Host or served as a member of our volunteer staff.

Patrons are retired WF owners or forum administrators.
What is the Members Tab?
Located in the navigation bar located directly beneath the WF logo, will take you to a Members Page which lists WF’s notable members and has a search box in which to type the members name you are searching for.

You can also view your own public profile by logging into the forums and clicking on your username shown in the header at the top of the page
What is a Mentor?
Mentors have shown themselves to be knowledgeable and often go above and beyond to help other
I want to join the staff. Who do I apply to?
Staff members are selected by The Board-- consisting of administrators, supervisors, chief media managers and chief mentors. The heads of each hierarchy-- Supervisors for moderators, Chief Media Manager for media managers and Chief Mentors for mentors -- are actively searching the membership pool on a daily basis for those with the right qualities. If you consistently demonstrate the qualities they are looking for, then a board member will contact you at the appropriate time.
What's on the Public Profile Page?
The public profile lists information about the member and includes statistical information, such as the number of posts they have made and their registration date.

Other information includes a list of Followers and who they are Following. Their profile banner (if set by the member) and a list of their Trophies.
What are Profile posts?
Profile posts are publicly viewable messages posted on member profile pages. To post a message, click on the 'Profile post' tab, located in the navigation strip, and use the form at the top of the section (it will have your icon in it). You will only be able to use certain formatting in these messages, as described underneath the edit box. This message will be viewable by all visitors to this profile, including guest users and search engine robots if the administrator has allowed this. To communicate privately with a member, send a Private conversation instead. Profile posts can be edited or deleted by site moderators or the member who owns the profile. If you see a Profile message that is not appropriate, you can alert the moderators by clicking on the 'Report' link.
What is the User Control Panel
The User Control Panel is where you control your personal settings, options and preferences. To visit your User Control Panel, you must have first registered on the forums. Once logged in, click on your name/icon in the header, in the top-right corner of the page. Your Settings page will open in a box with a list of options to choose from. Clicking on any one of these options will take you to a settings/preference page where you can set your profile choices. You can also see your News Feed, Content, Reactions Received and Alerts.

Additional pages and forms allow you to control:

Account Details- Shows you your account and settings.

Password and Security-You may change your existing password.

Privacy- Control your visibility and email options.

Preferences- Display, Time zone, and email options.

Signature- information that you want to include at the bottom of all your posts. This might include pictures, links to your site(s), quotes, etc.

Account Upgrades-Upgrade your account and donate/subscribe to support WF. You may also give a 'Gift Upgrade' to another member by clicking on the 'Gift Upgrade' tab beneath their avatar or the 'Gift Upgrade' button in their pop up box.

Connected Accounts- Connected accounts allow you to log in to this site more easily by using an account you already hold at one of the listed sites.

Following- To 'Follow' a member, click on their avatar and in the pop up box, click the ‘follow’ button.

Ignoring- To put a member on your ignore list, first click on their avatar and a box will pop up, click the ‘ignore’ button and you will no longer see this members posts or receive emails and messages from this specific user.
What are avatars?
Avatars are small images that people use to identify or distinguish themselves to other forum members. In some cases the administrator will not allow avatars or only allow them for specific members, or they can allow members to upload their own custom avatars from their own computers. These avatars will be displayed as part of the user info in posts, as well as in the public profile.
What are profile banners?
Profile banners are photos members can upload that will display across the top of their public member profile page. This option may or may not be enabled by the administrator.
How do I set signatures, avatars and profile banner?
You can set and change your signature, avatar and profile banner in your User Control Panel (providing the administrator has made these options available).

For signatures, click on the Signature option displayed in your User Control Panel. To select an existing or upload a new avatar, click on your current Avatar. To upload a profile banner, click on Edit Profile Banner on Your Profile page.
What are Conversations?
These are messages exchanged between members. You may have a conversation with one member at a time, or with group of members at one time. To start a conversation you can click on the avatar of the member you wish to contact, then click the 'start conversation' button in the pop up box.

You may also click the little envelope icon located on the upper right side of the Forum, next to your avatar, then click the 'start a conversation' option. There is also a 'Show all' option, which will take you to all of your Conversations. This envelope icon will display when you have a new message and the number of new messages you have.

Conversations between members will always reply to each member who is included in the original conversation without the need to add their names each time you reply. If you wish to, you have the option to tick a box which locks the conversation so no responses are allowed. You may also tick a box which allows anyone included in the conversation to invite others to join this conversation. When a new person is invited to the conversation, they will be able to view the conversation from the very beginning and will be included automatically in the conversation going forward.

These features will allow members to form their own 'groups' in which to brainstorm or work on group projects, etc. The possibilities are great.
What are Watched threads?
Watched threads are a way of keeping track of different threads or forums. You can choose how you are notified about updates - for example by receiving email updates for each one or if you don’t wish email notification you will receive an alert notification. This is the ‘bell’ icon located at the upper right hand side of the forum header. When the icon shows you have an ‘alert’ you need only click on it to see what alert you’ve received.
How do I ‘Watch’ a thread or forum?
To watch to a forum, once you are on the forum, click the 'Watch’ button located beneath the forum header, on the right hand side. To watch a thread, click the ‘Watch’ button located to the right hand side of the title of the thread. You will then have the option to choose the notification mode for this forum. If the forum that you are watching has any child forums (forums within a forum) then your subscription will be extended to these automatically.
How do I format my posts and messages?
When posting messages you may wish to include some formatting such as bold text, italic text and underlined text. Adding formatting to your post can be done in two ways:
  • Using clickable controls similar to those found in most word processors
  • Typing formatting commands in BB code
Clickable controls are available in the Standard and Enhanced WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors. The difference between these is that the standard editor will show the BB code in your message and be processed when it is displayed. The enhanced WYSIWYG editor will show your message as it will be displayed while you are typing. To use these, simply click the button, for example the B(bold)button and then type to get bold text. Click the button again to stop using that formatting. You can also highlight text that you have already typed then click the formatting button to format existing text. BB code is a special set of codes similar to HTML that can be used in posts to the board. To see the full list of BB code tags that can be used on this site and examples of their use the BB-Code Help Page
How do I reply to a post
As a registered user you can go to a forum on a board where you have permission to view threads and leave replies. To reply you have a few options. You can use the reply box located at the bottom of the thread you are viewing and add a new post to the end of the thread. You can choose to quote a particular post if you are replying to something someone wrote. You may click the “Reply button located on the bottom right side of the message you are quoting. This will add the message to your reply box. If you wish to quote multiple posts in your response, you may use the +Quote button on each message you wish to quote in your reply. Then click the “Insert quotes button on the bottom of your reply box. This will bring up a Review selected messages box where you can review and/or remove any messages you’ve added. After reviewing, click the “Quote messages button and they will be added to your reply box. You may then type your response into the reply box, then hit the post reply button.
Editing and Deleting your Posts
Can I edit or delete my posts? If you have registered and are logged in, you may be able to edit and delete your posts (although the administrator may have turned off this option). Your ability to edit your posts may be time-limited, depending on how the administrator has set up the forum. (currently set at 30 minutes)
To edit or delete your posts, click the Edit button below your particular post. If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting it may destroy the integrity of the thread as it may not make useful sense with your post deleted. The system will require you to leave something in place of your deleted message, such as 'removed by member' or at the very least a period. Once you've made your modifications, a note may appear to inform other users that you have edited your post.
Can others edit my posts?
Administrators and moderators may also edit your messages. If they do, there may not be a note telling other users that the post was modified.
Creating and Participating in Polls
You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls'. How do I create a new poll? When you post a new thread, you may also have the option to create a poll. This allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread. An example poll might be: What is your favorite color?
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Sky-blue
  • Pink with yellow spots
To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the 'Poll’ tab located above the reply box, beside the ‘Discussion’ tab, scroll down to set the number of possible responses you want to include. You may also want to specify a time limit for the poll, so that (for example) it stays open for voting for only a week. When you are finished, click the ‘post reply’ button and your poll will be created and ready for members to respond to.
How do I vote in a poll and view the results?
To vote in a poll, simply select which option you want to vote for, and click the ‘Cast vote!' button. Sometime you can choose more than one option. You can see the current results for a poll before you vote by clicking the 'View results' link. Voting in a poll is entirely optional. You may vote for any of the available options, or cast no vote at all. Note whether or not a poll is a public poll. If it is, any votes you cast will be attributable to you. Generally, once you have voted in a poll, you will not be able to change your vote later, so place your vote carefully!
How do I attach a file to a post?
To attach a file to your post, you may click the “Attach files” button located beneath your reply box. This will allow you to attach an image from your computer. You may select a ‘thumbnail image’ or ‘Full image’. You may also insert an image by clicking on the little ‘picture’ icon in the toolbar of the reply box. Using this icon will also allow you to upload an image or to insert an image using a URL. The maximum size for a picture is 300kb
What are Smilies
Smilies are icons that can be used in your posts to express emotions or feelings. You might wish to use these to show that you are happy, sad, joking, or embarrassed. For example, if you are telling a joke or being sarcastic you may wish to add a wink instead of writing 'this is a joke'. The basic smilies are the same as what you would find on any instant messenger system. Smilies are located in the toolbar of your reply box.
What are Gifs?
A Gif is an animated image In its simplest form, a GIF (pronounced "gif" or "jiff") is just an image file. You would use them much the same way as a smilie. Gifs are located in the toolbar of your reply box.
What are moderators and administrators?
Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other actions. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.
Administrators are the people who have overall control of everything that happens on the board. They oversee how the board is styled, what forums to create and how to organize them, what information to require from members and who to appoint as moderators.
What are tags?
Tags are a useful way to search for threads with similar subject matter and content. This complements the normal search system, which searches only for certain words or phrases and/or posts by specific users. To use tags, you add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content. For instance, if the subject matter is 'photography' then you can add the tag 'photography' to the tag list. But you could also add tags like 'digital image', and 'camera' (depending, of course, on the nature of the thread). This will categorize this thread with all other threads that have matching tags, whether or not they have the word 'photography' in them. Who adds the tags? Tags are initially added to threads by the user who started the thread. Other users may also add tags, but not remove any tags already added to the thread.
How do I use tags?
Tags are displayed in a box near the top of a thread page. Clicking on a tag will take you to a page that allows you to view other threads that have the same tag - and which may be related.

Clicking on the word 'Tags' located in the top or bottom navigation strip on this page will take you to a ‘Tags’ page or a ‘tag cloud’. This cloud allows you to see which tags are the most popular - the larger the word, the more times it has been used on threads within the board.Clicking on any of these words will take you to posts where that specific tag is used. There is also a tag search box on this page that allows you to search for specific tags that you may not see on this cloud.
The administrator will probably require you to register in order to use all the features of the forum. Being registered gives you an identity on the board, a fixed username on all messages you post and an online public profile. Registration is free (unless otherwise specified), and offers an extended range of features, including:
  • Posting new threads
  • Replying to other peoples' threads
  • Editing your posts
  • Receiving email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Sending conversation messages to other members
How do I register?
You register by clicking on the 'Register' link near the top of the page. You will be asked to choose a user name, password and enter a valid email address. In addition there will be some other fields to which you will be invited to respond. Some will be mandatory while others are optional. Once this is complete you will either be fully registered, or in some cases you may have to click on a link in an 'activation email' sent to your email address. Once you have done this you will be registered. Note that entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide it from other board users. You'll probably be able to allow other registered users to contact you via email, but the system won't display your email address to them unless you give permission.
If you are under the age of 13, the administrator may require that a parent or guardian provide consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process.
How do I search for something?
To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the bulletin board, click on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for, and select either where you wish to search: Everywhere, Threads, This forum or This thread ‘tick the search titles only’ box, if applicable, then type in the member name, if applicable. Click on the ‘Filters’ button to further define your search if you wish, then click the ‘Search’ button.
How do I search a specific forum or thread?
If you are browsing a forum, you can quickly search for a thread or post within it by clicking on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages, then select ‘This forum’ or ‘This thread’ in the drop down box.
What are announcements?
Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are often a simple one-way communication with the users and you can't reply. If you wish to discuss announcements that you cannot reply to, you will have to create a new thread in the forum. Announcement threads are displayed at the top of forum listing pages, above regular and sticky threads. If an announcement is for the entire site, rather than for a specific forum, it may be seen in the 'Site News and Announcements' forum.
Can I change the order of posts?
You have a choice over how you view threads. When you're in a thread, look at the top bar. On the right hand side you'll see 'Filters'. Click on this and it lets you change how posts are ordered. You have five choices of display. By Member, Time, Thread type, Last message or Descending.
How can I see the latest posts?
If you are logged in, click on the ‘Forums’ tab and you will see displayed in the strip beneath it, a list of selections. New posts, Find Threads, Watched, Search Forums and Mark forums read. Click the ‘New posts’ tab to find all the latest posts that have been created or updated since your last visit. There is also a ‘New posts’ button on the right hand side of the forums page, next to the ‘Post thread’ button.
What if I see something offensive?
You will find 'Report' located beneath each posts, tick the box next to it to alert the board staff to anything which you find to be offensive, objectionable or illegal.
Your Notifications
When you have logged into the board, a link to your notifications will be displayed in the site Header next to your avatar. These notification icons are the ‘envelope’ icon-(conversation messages)The‘bell’ icon- shows you have an ‘alert’. You need only click on these to see what alert you’ve received.
They will show if you have any one of the following:
Unread private messages (conversations)
Unread profile messages
Watched threads with new replies
New replies to Blog posts
Mentions: If a member has mentioned you in a post by utilizing the @symbol, you will receive an 'alert' notification. To bring a particular post to another member's attention you may utilize the @symbol followed by the user's name to send them an alert.
You can receive push notifications. This is supported by most major browsers except Safari on macOS and any browser on iOS.
Contacting other Members
You may start a conversation (private message) or leave a profile message on their Profile page. Email information is kept private unless given to you by the specific member in a private message. Please do not share your email address on the open boards.
You can bookmark any post on the forum that you wish to save. Every post has a few icons on the top-right side, one of those is the Bookmark icon: Click it, and fill in the dialogue box as you see fit. Save, and close. To see your saved bookmarks, open your profile (avatar with your name at the top), and click the Bookmarks tab above your avatar.