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.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Shows you your account and settings.
Password and Security
-You may change your existing password.
- Control your visibility and email options.
- Display, Time zone, and email options.
- information that you want to include at the bottom of all your posts. This might include pictures, links to your site(s), quotes, etc.
-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 allow you to log in to this site more easily by using an account you already hold at one of the listed sites.
- To 'Follow' a member, click on their avatar and in the pop up box, click the ‘follow’ button.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.