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The Board Index

-  Category Name
Forum Board Name
Board Description
Number of topics and posts in this board Date, time, subject and author of last post
 

  • The forum name links back to the top of the board index.
  • The board name links to the message index for that board.
  • The board description describes the board's content, and may also include links to child boards and/or specify the board's moderator(s).

The Message Index

Like the board index, the message index interface is quite straightforward when reduced to its essential components:

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  Mark Read  |  New topic  
Subject Started by Replies Views Last post  
Topic Subject Topic Starter 0 0 Date, time and author of last post
Pages: [1]
  Mark Read  |  New topic  
  Topic you have posted in
  Normal Topic
  Hot Topic (More than 15 replies)
  Very Hot Topic (More than 25 replies)
  Locked Topic
  Sticky Topic
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  • Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • The page numbers link to further pages of the board, and may be accompanied by Go Up and Go Down buttons linking to the top and bottom of the current page.
  • The MARK READ button enables *registered members* to mark all posts in this board as 'read'.
  • The NEW TOPIC buttons are for starting new topics and polls, as described in the posting help.
  • The Subject, Started by, Replies, Views and Last post links enable you to sort the columns by these parameters (with Last post also toggling between descending and ascending order as indicated by the little arrow).
  • The topic icons in the leftmost column are explained by the key below.
  • The topic subject links to the start of the topic, with extra links for subsequent pages and NEW buttons to take *registered members* straight to their first unread post of the topic.
  • Where the topic has been started or last replied to by a registered member, their names.
  • The Jump to menu provides a convenient quick method of navigating the forum.

The Topic

Sometimes referred to as threads, topics are where you find the actual messages:

+  Forum Name
|- +  Category Name
| |- +  Board Name
| | |- +  Topic Subject
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  Reply  |  Mark unread  |  Send this topic  |  Print  
Author name Topic: Topic Subject  (Read x times)
Author name
Company name
Post Count


Topic Subject
« Date and Time of Post »
Reply with quoteQuote

Here is the text of the message, which is ultimately what we're all here for! Smiley
Report to moderator  
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  Reply  |  Mark unread  |  Send this topic  |  Print  
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  • Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • Some forums may also be configured with previous and next topic links.
  • The page numbers link to further pages of the topic, and may be accompanied by Go Up and Go Down buttons linking to the top and bottom of the current page.
  • The Reply button enables you to reply to the topic.
  • The Mark Unread button enables *registered members* to mark the topic as 'unread', which means that it will still be listed as new and can be effectively 'saved for later'. Note that this button changes to Add Poll in the bottom button set for users with permission to add polls to existing topics.
  • The Send Topic button enables *registered members* to send a link to the topic by email.
  • The Print button creates a simplified, printer-friendly rendering of the page.
  • The name of the author is given in author
  • The author details in the lefthand column may be accompanied by further personal information.
  • The topic subject links back to the start of the topic.
  • The Quote button enables you to quote the post.
  • Further Modify and Delete options are normally provided to enable *registered members* to edit their own posts.
  • Report to moderator enables you to report abusive or wrongly-placed posts to the forum staff.
  • Logged indicates that the IP of the author has been logged. The actual IP is only available to board administrators
  • The Jump to menu provides a convenient quick method of navigating the forum.
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