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There are a few things that it is important to know while using and navigating the forums. This page is for those who have never used a forum before, or can't quite figure out what they should be doing in the forum.
- Forum - a group of threads on a similar topic, i.e. "Readers Wanted: Books"
- Thread - A specific topic where discussion occurs. Follow this link to see an example.
- Post - The comment of an individual in a thread. A thread starts with the first post, and each post made afterwards follows.
- PM - Private Message. This option is available to all users. Go to a user's profile page and there will be a link that allows you to PM them, or look at the bottom of one of their posts.
If you have chosen to participate in one of the collaborative books it is important to read the first post of the thread for the book you have chosen. This can be done when you are browsing one of the sections mentioned above by clicking on the title of the book, which is a link to its thread. The first post that you see will have all the vital information specific to that project. Make sure to read through ALL of the first post.
How to Respond
Let's say you're reading the thread about knitting (again, found here). You have decided you would like to weigh in on the current discussion. In order to reply in the thread you're viewing you need to click on "Post Reply" at the top or bottom of the page.
If you were to click "New Topic" on the left, it would create a new thread that is separate from the one you are currently viewing.
Note: Do not use the subject line if you are only replying to a thread. This is more a courtesy to others browsing the forum than anything. The text of the subject when you look at an individual post is way too small, and nobody pays any attention to it. If you feel it necessary to insert a subject, make sure that it doesn't contain information necessary for your post.
The image below is an example of what a post looks like with a subject.
Tips and Tricks
To be notified when someone posts on a particular thread, make sure to click on "Watch this topic for replies". The link is at the very bottom of the thread. If you do this, you will receive an e-mail every time someone responds to that particular thread. Make sure that you do this for each project that you participate in.
I Still Don't Understand
Click the link below to create a new post and ask your question to other volunteers. This time it is important to add a subject to your post.