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[How to] Post messages

Discussion in 'About TUG BBS' started by Makai Guy, Mar 29, 2006.

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  1. Makai Guy

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    You may READ messages without being logged into the board, but in order to POST messages, you must:
    1. Be a registered user of the board. Click here to begin the registration process. There is no charge for bbs registration, and registration is open to TUG members and guests alike.
      NOTE: BBS registration does not come automatically with your TUG Membership. You must register yourself so that you may choose your own unique bbs username / bbs password combination. For your convenience, we suggest you use the same username and password on the BBS as you use for your member logins.​
    2. Be logged into the board. Until you log in, the board doesn't know who you are and whether you are a registered user.
      When successfully logged in, your username will be shown in the blue link bar near the upper right corner of the page. If not logged in, you'll see a Log in or Sign up link in the upper right corner.

      If an apparently successful login is followed by an indication that you are NOT logged in, please see this post for assistance.​
    Definitions:
    Message or Post- an individual posted message. Each message will be included in a thread.

    Thread - an initial message plus any replies that have been posted under a single topic.

    Reply - a message entered in response to an existing message. Reply messages are placed in the same thread as the original message. Do not enter a reply that is unrelated to the topic being discussed in that thread; start a new thread instead.
    To start a new thread:
    Note: You cannot do this while viewing another thread. You must exit the thread you are reading first.​
    1. Choose an appropriate forum for your message and go there by clicking on the forum name on the bbs home page, or by using the Quick Navigation menu (accessed via the [​IMG] icon at the right end of the light blue breadcrumb bar near the top and bottom of the page).
    2. Click the Post New Thread button at the upper right or lower right of the thread list for that forum.
    3. Enter your message then press the Create Thread button below the message entry window.
    4. Do NOT submit the same message, or one essentially similar, to other TUG forums. Duplicate posts WILL be removed.
    To enter a reply to a thread you are reading, you have several options:
    • Quick Reply - To add a quick reply, go to the bottom of the thread and enter your reply there.

    • Reply with Quote of original message - Click on the Reply button in the lower right corner of the message.
      To quote only part of the message, highlight the portion of the message you wish to quote before pressing the Reply button.​
      This will take you to the reply box at the bottom of the screen with the message to which you are replying pre-entered as a quoted message enclosed by [quote] and [/quote] tags. You may add your reply text OUTSIDE the [quote] and [/quote] tags. Any text you enter inside the quote tags will appear to be part of the message you are quoting when the message is posted, and thus not obvious or evident to the reader.

      To make your message easier to read, please delete any unnecessary portions of the message you are quoting, leaving only enough to show what your reply relates to. Be sure not to delete the [quote]and [/quote] tags.

      When finished, press the "Post Reply" button.

    • Reply with Quote of Multiple Messages - Click on the +Quote button in each of the messages you wish to quote in your reply. The button in each of your selected messages will change to -Quote. You can de-select messages by clicking the -Quote button in the message.

      When you are done selecting messages to quote, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the reply entry box. Click the Insert quotes ... button below the left corner of the box. This will pop up a window with your selected quotes. You may remove a quote by clicking the Remove link, and you can change their order by dragging them up or down.

      When satisfied with the quotes and their order, click the Quote These Messages button, or you can Cancel adding the quotes.
     
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