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How Do You Do It? The Ongoing Guide To Forum Functions, Features and Facets
18 May 2014
2.04pm
meanmistermustard
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No doubt this post will be edited and updated as its only a beginning (a-hard-days-night-john-5) but anyhoo. 

The idea here is to collate and detail a 'how to' guide for the many features, functions and facets (i needed another word beginning with 'f') that the forum has. Its ongoing as new add-ons will be added to the forum (and therefore the guide), old ones will removed and different methods and tools will no doubt come about over time. Hopefully it will be kept up to date but if you find anything wrong or outdated please notify a mod or the poster and it will be changed (no point in having wrong information). There are also a few things you can't do on the forum (delete a post, upload music) which have to be added.

The steps to each are below in separate posts for each function/tool so that folk can directly link to it and the reader doesn't have to scroll down 3 page to get to the bit they want to read. It may also be of benefit to list all the features in the first post so folk can jump down to where they want to go easier. If/when you add a guide to a new feature can you let a mod know so they can add it to the list on this post so folk can find it.

If we can also avoid the normal derailings so the thread doesnt become 3 pages of unconnected delights that would be appreciated. Thank you.heart

Topics (arranged alphabetically)

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18 May 2014
3.21pm
meanmistermustard
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Mentions

This tool lets you send a notice to another user/poster that you have directed a post towards them, that person will receive the mention as soon as they enter on the forum, refresh their screen page or open a new one. (See the 'How Do I Mention Someone' thread for further information.)

 

To Send a Mention

Steps

  1. Type the '@' sign and wait a second or so for a list of usernames to appear. 
  2. Slowly begin typing the name of the user you are wanting to mention in your post. 
  3. When the person's name appears in the list click on it and the full username will be automatically added.
  4.  When the recipient is logged in they will see a notice above the search box on every page they open on the forum until they click on 'remove notice'. 

Notes.

  • When typing the name of the person you wanting to send a mention be carefully with spelling and additional characters in the username (full stops, hyphens etc) as different posters may have similar names.
  • If a poster has changed their username since joining the forum the mention tool will automatically display the original name they used when joining the forum, don't worry about it, their current name will be displayed after you submit your reply.
  • Currently mentions are not sent out when included in edited posts so the intended recipient(s) will not see a notification.

 Navigating To The Post In A Mention

  • In the notice click on the name of the thread.

Removing The Mention Notification

  • To remove the notice that you have been mentioned in a post simple click on "remove notice" located at the end of it.
Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
18 May 2014
4.02pm
meanmistermustard
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Deleting Posts and Accounts

 

Deleting Posts

To safeguard the continuity of threads only moderators can delete post. If you are wanting a post to be deleted there are two ways to do so (please note that mods and Joe have the final decision on whether or not a post(s) will be deleted so be mindful of what you do post, they are very accommodating however with requests).

Method 1

  • In the post you wish to be deleted send a mention to a mod(s) asking if they can delete the post.

Method 2

  • In a different post (please don't post elsewhere just asking for a post to be deleted as it becomes clutter) send a mention to a mod(s) asking if they can delete a post ensuring you provide a direct link to the location of the post you wish to be deleted.

Deleting Accounts

Only Joe can delete a user's account. To quote the man himself in the 'How can I unsubscribe/terminate my user identity?' thread

"In case anyone else wants their account closed in future, I'd rather not do it because it makes prior conversations very disjointed and confusing. If you're determined to go I'd rather you just logged out then vanished into the ether.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
18 May 2014
4.24pm
Annadog40
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To post a reply on a phone click the speech bubble thing with the plus in the center and once you type your reply hit the floppy disk at the bottom of the text box

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18 May 2014
4.53pm
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Linking

 

Posting A Link 

To post a link to somewhere else on the forum, Beatles Bible site or net

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Steps

  1. Copy the address of the link you wish to post
  2. Highlight the piece of text you wish to act as the link (keeps the post neater)
  3. Click on the diagonal chain icon in the toolbar (see picture above, click on it to make it bigger)
  4. Paste the link into the 'target' text box.*
  5. Click 'OK'.

*Note: You can set the link to open in a new page by clicking on the 'target' text box and selecting 'new window' from the drop-down menu that appears.

 

Linking To A Forum Post Directly

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If you wish to post a link so another person can navigate to another post on the forum.

 

  1. Locate and right click on the chain icon in the post you wish to link to (see picture above)
  2. Select 'copy link address' from the drop-down menu that appears
  3. Post a link as normal (see text above for steps).
Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
18 May 2014
6.58pm
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Pictures & Videos (Posting)

To post pictures and/or video's on the forum (most video sharing sites are supported on the forum (youtube, dailymotion etc) but some will not be).

  1. Copy the address of the picture or video from wherever it is located on the net.
  2. Paste the link directly into your post.
Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
18 May 2014
7.53pm
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Attachment Uploading

 

Joe: "I've also limited the uploads just to images (jpg, gif or png). Moderators should be able to upload more if necessary (documents, audio files etc)." (see posts 6323 thru to 6345 in the 'Impossible To Derail' thread for the full discussion on this).

 

Music & Video

Currently it is not possible to upload music or video's to the forum from your computer due to it being possible for other users to then download the file to their computer which could be construed as illegal file sharing. It is possible however to share your music and video's here via external sites.

Audio

To upload a song or piece of audio to the forum there are many sites available online including soundcloud, yourlisten and Bandcamp (you will have to hold an account with these sites to upload your songs). To share on the Beatles Bible forum simply post the link (detailed here) to the file's address.

Video

To upload a video to the forum there are numerous external sites available including youtube and dailymotion (you will have to hold an account with these sites to upload your songs). To share on the Beatles Bible forum simply post the link (detailed here) to the file's address. 

Pictures

To add pictures as attachments (jpg, gif or png file types) from your computer (it must be saved on your computer)

  1. Click on the 'Attachment' button which can be found immediately below the text reply box.
  2. Click on 'Add files' button at the bottom of the box that will appear.
  3. In the newly displayed box navigate to the location of the file you wish to on your computer/mobile device.
  4. Double click on the image and click the 'Open' button
  5. Click on the 'Start Upload' button. The image you have uploaded should automatically appear in the reply text box.
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19 May 2014
4.33pm
Mr. Kite
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As quoting two posts using forum functions is no longer an option here are the steps!

Double-Quoting

  • Quote the first post like normal.
  • Type your comment about that post like usual.
  • Copy the text of the second post and paste it in your post.
  • Highlight the post text.
  • Click the option above the posting box for quoting. (A picture of quotation marks in rich text editing, b-quote in HTML editing)
  • Continue post normally, you've double-quoted!
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    19 May 2014
    9.23pm
    meanmistermustard
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    Searching The Forum

    There are two ways of searching the forum, thru the inbuilt internal search engine or thru google (or any other external search engine, eg yahoo or bing). 

    • Note: An internal search will provide you with the beginning or end of the thread when you click on a displayed result not the page that contains the post you are looking for whereas an external search will enable you to navigate to the exact page the post is contained in.

    Internal Search Engine

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    •  To use the internal search engine (see picture above) simply enter the word or words you are wanting to search for in the search text box followed by clicking on the search button. The word you enter must be at least four characters long.
    • You can also carry out more detailed searches by clicking on 'advanced search'. 
    • Thru an advanced search you can carry out a more restricted search of the forum using various options including matching any or all words or a whole phrase you enter and/or searching for a topic title, post or both. You can also narrow the scope of your search to either the whole forum or a sub-forum (note that you have to be in the sub-forum you wish to search for to carry out said search).

    External Search Engine

    •  In the external search engine (google, safari, bing, yahoo etc) enter the text 'site:beatlesbible.com/forum' followed by the word(s) you are looking to find, the more words you enter the narrower the results.
    • To further narrow your search field quotation marks (") can be used around the additional words you are looking for to search for the exact phrase.
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    20 May 2014
    9.18am
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    Thank you. This is all very useful to have in one place.

    Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

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    20 May 2014
    11.41pm
    Mr. Kite
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    Alternate Double-Quoting Method
    This might be easier.

  • Quote the first post like normal.
  • Type your comment about that post.
  • Cut your entire post.
  • Quote the second post.
  • Reply to that.
  • Paste the text you cut earlier.
  • If I spoke prose you'd all find out, I don't know what I talk about.

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    20 May 2014
    11.51pm
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    Spoilers

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    It is possible to hide text behind a 'spoiler' so that the reader of your post has to click on 'reveal spoiler' to see the what it is you have written; it is particularly useful for hiding information from books, films etc, parts of a post that you feel might be a little too much for some people to read, and answers to quiz questions.

     

    Steps

    1. Highlight the text in your post that you wish to be hidden behind the spoiler (note: the spoiler icon only becomes active once text has been selected).

    2. Click on the 'eye' icon in the text toolbar (see image above). You will notice that the text you have selected to be hidden is surrounded by code.

    3. Post as normal. After you have submitted your reply/post you will see a text box displayed with the instruction to 'reveal spoiler' (see image below).

     

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    Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
    21 May 2014
    12.07am
    Annadog40
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    PM Messages help part one

     

    Here are the steps to sending a PM to someone

     

    Step one (first way to get name)

    You click on someones name and you click the send PM button that the arrow is pointing to

    Pm-help-part-one.jpg

    Step Two (other way): Another way to send out a PM is from your Buddy list or you could just type their name in the Select From Members box

    Pm-help-part-two.jpg

    Step Three: Type your message and the subject of your message in the text box and Press the send message button the arrow is pointing at

    Pm-help-part-three.jpg

    If you did all that right then you will see this check mark box appear

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    Part two will be receiving a message. . . Maybe

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    21 May 2014
    8.35pm
    Mr. Kite
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    @Annadog40 Get ready to take pictures of the inbox notification for Part II.

    Edit: I'll do replying to a PM using your example

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    Replying To A PM

  • Go to your inbox.
  • Select the conversation.
  • Click the leftmost button to reply. (The arrow)
  • Type your message.
  • Send your PM.
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    21 May 2014
    9.03pm
    Annadog40
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    PM Messages help part two

     

    Here are the steps to checking your Inbox on a desktop

     

    Step one:

    If your inbox has anything new in it, the number in the inbox button that the arrow is pointing too will change to one. Click on the inbox button to go to your inbox

    Geting-inbox-step-one.jpg

    Step 2: The message that the arrow is pointing too is the new message since it is on the top above the other messages you received and given. Just click on the message and it will take you to the message

    Geting-inbox-step-two.jpg

    Step three: This is your message.

    As you can see the inbox message count has gone back to zero which the pink arrow is pointing too.*

    To open your previous message just click on the place the black arrow is pointing too

    To reply click on the left most arrow in the green box to reply.

    Geting-inbox-step-three.jpg

     

    *Note sometimes the inbox counter won't reset and you might need to refresh multiple times

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    additional note by meanmistermustard (2nd August 2014) 

    Please note that PM's sent by you will be deleted from your account if the receiver deletes it from their inbox whilst only you can delete PM's from your inbox that are received from others. After you send a PM you cannot delete all traces of it. If you would like to ensure you keep PM's that you compose and send to others please save/store elsewhere (please see posts 720 & 721 in 'Weird Things Happening With The Forum' for the conversation concerning this).

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    27 May 2014
    4.09pm
    meanmistermustard
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    Mobile Device 

    New/Updated Topics & Actions

    Both drop-down menu's are located just above your avatar on each page of the forum (see picture below). Clicking on either of the titles will display menus.

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    New/Updated Topics

    Lists the most recent active topics (threads), any of which you have not read will be coloured blue. To navigate to a thread simply click on its name.

    Actions

    Different actions are available depending on whether or not you have signed in to your account (if you have not joined the forum the option to register is available in the 'actions' menu.

    Logged (Signed) Out

    When logged out the actions you can carry out or navigate to are:

    • Log In
    • Register
    • Search Forums
    • Ranks Information

    Logged (Signed) In

    When logged (signed) in the actions you can carry out or navigate to are:

    • Log Out
    • Mark All Topics Read
    • Unread Posts - Displays the number of topics have posts you have not yet read; click on the action to see what the topics are. 
    • Inbox - Displays the number of topics have posts you have not yet read. Clicking on the action will take you to your Private Message Inbox.
    • Search Forums
    • Your Profile
    • Member List
    • Unread Subscriptions - Displays the number of topics that have unread posts that you have subscribed to.
    • Unread Watches - Displays the number of topics that have unread posts that you have currently watching.
    • Ranks Information

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    5.22pm
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    Private Messaging (Mobile Devices)

     

    Text Box Icons

    Whilst many of the icons for functions when writing and sending Private Massages are the same the 5 icons at the bottom have replaced the buttons with text on them displaying their function. 

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    Below the text box there are five icons that carry out different functions (see above picture)

    • Selecting the Smiley Face icon (first on the left) will display all the available smileys.
    • Selecting the Paperclip icon (second on the left) will display the attachment function so you can upload files.
    • Selecting the Speech Bubble icon (third from the right) will preview your post.
    • Selecting the 'X' icon (second from the right) will ask you if you wish to delete your post.
    • Selecting the 'Envelope and Arrow' icon will submit your reply.

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    30 May 2014
    6.42am
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    How do you 'watch' a topic, please?

    “Send John out first; he’s the one they want.”

    ~ George Harrison

    Memphis, 1966

    30 May 2014
    10.33am
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    Subscribing and Watching Topics (Threads)

    Subscribing

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    Subscribing to a topic (aka thread) means that every time a post is submitted in that thread you will receive an email informing you.

    To do so simply press the 'subscribe' button - located above the "Your Timezone" and "Most Users Ever Online" text information near the bottom of each page on the forum (see picture above). The subscription box (located at the top right-hand side of each page next to the 'Watching' and 'Inbox' buttons - see the picture at the bottom of this post) will display the number of topics with new posts that you are currently subscribed to (you can also also click on that box to review all your subscribed threads).

     

    To view and change your subscription options please see here.

    Watching

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    Watching a topic is similar to subscribing however you do not receive emails when posts are submitted, instead the watch box (located at the top right-hand side of each page next to the 'Members' and 'Subscribed' buttons - see the picture at the bottom of this post) will display the number of topics with new posts that you are watching (you can also also click on that box to review all the threads you are currently watching).

    To begin watching a topic simply press the 'watch' button - located above the "Your Timezone" and "Most Users Ever Online" information near the bottom of the page (see picture above).

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