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  • Forum Features

    Learn about the 'Forum Features'.
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      Forums Overview

      If you are familiar with using forums then you may wish to skip several steps in this tutorial.  If, however, you have never used forums before and are coming from a Social Media platform such as Facebook or Twitter, then you may find these tutorials interesting and useful. Imagine if you walked into your local supermarket and all the products were mixed up; beans with cereals, tea with paper towels and so on; this would be so confusing and it would take you an almost eternity to do your weekly shop. This would be your ideal Social Media supermarket where everything appears in the same place on one long list of posts. Thankfully, supermarkets categories their products so you can shop more easily; this is how forums function.  Each forum is a category dealing with a specific range of discussions based on the same subject area. To familiarize you with forum lingo; forums are the categories, topics are the discussions and posts are replies that you make to discussions.  It can look daunting when you first see all these categories, but it’s really very easy to use and you will find that discussions will be more comprehensible and much more fun to start and take part in than it ever could be on Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Each forum is given a name and a description, it’s from these that you understand what types of discussions are taking place in that forum.  For example, you would not talk about books in a music forum and vice-versa.  There can be hundreds (thousands even) of discussions taking place in one forum, these can also be searched and filtered so you can get to what interests you quickly. As you go through these tutorials you will discover you can do so much more in the forums, such as posting images and videos, starting polls, asking questions, using reactions and the special features that are available in certain forums that further enhance the fun levels, all kept in context within the meaning behind the discussions. Once you get the hang of starting and replying to discussions and the structure of forums you may be delighted at the level of interaction that can take place without a minutia of other distractions.  Enjoy, and if you have any questions please ask them in the comments tab below.
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      Topic Starting

      To start a topic (discussion) you must first decide which forum your topic is best place within.  Using the titles of the forums will help you come to the right decision on where to start your topic.  The red arrows below point to the forum categories.  Click on one of these titles to open up the forum. Once you have opened a forum, if there are any existing topics they will be listed - clicking on one of these topics will open up the discussion so you can read what it's about and any replies that have been posted.  But we want to start a new topic.  In an opened forum click on the button you will see marked 'Start New Topic' (as shown below): Please Note: If you see the warning shown below, your content is being monitored, while this is on, your content can only be seen by you and the Humanastory staff. Once your content is approved, your content will be publicly visible. Once you click on this button the editor will appear in which you can enter your text and images, etc. Enter your discussion title (1) this is a requirement. Then enter your text (2) about what your discussion is focused upon. You can use the formatting tools on the editor toolbar for bold, italic, etc - we will go into these in more depth later on. Once you have added your title and text, etc click on the 'Submit Topic' button at the base under the editor box: And you're done - you have created a new topic; now you have to wait and see if anyone replies.
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      Topic Replying

      Replying to a topic is just as easy as it is starting a topic.  Once you have opened a forum and then opened a topic you will see what the topic is about (always the first post that the topic starter entered) and any replies that have been given.  If you just want to reply to a topic you will see this at the bottom of your screen: Clicking on the text 'reply to this topic' will open up the same editor that you used in creating your own topic: Add your reply with the editor box and if you wish to be notified of any replies to this topic, click the button marked as such and when someone replies you will be notified; this is a great way of staying on point with topics you are interested in.  Once you have added your reply just click the 'Submit Reply' button and your reply will appear within the topic discussion.
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      Editor Usage

      The editor is what lies at the heart of almost everything you can do on this site.  Here we will discuss the various features of the editor.  The main editor bar is divided in sections: Font formatting Applications Lists formatting Text formatting B - Bold text I - Italic text U - Underline text Chain - add a link to your text Quotations - add a quote to your content </> Add code Smiling face - add an emoji Lists unordered or numbered Text formatting: justify, left align, center and right align Paper - is your preview button to preview your post If you want to add a link to some text simply highlight the text and then click the chain icon - this will appear: I highlighted the word 'highlight' and as you can see it appears in the Link text box - in the URL box you would insert the html link to where you want it to point to when someone clicks the text (this will appear underlined to indicate it is a link) If you wish to quote some text from another post, highlight the text you want to quote and a small button appears below the highlighted text: Click the 'Quote selection button' and the highlighted text will be automatically added to the editor as a quote. If you wish to add an external quote click the Quotation marks in the editor and fill in the box that appears with the text you want to quote. If you want to add an emoji click the smiling face and all available emojis will be shown, simply click the one you want to use and it will appear at the insertion point you choose by clicking inside the editor. All the other buttons speak for themselves, so go and have a play to see what you can do.
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      Inserting Media

      If you want to add an image to your post there are a number of different ways to do so: You can drag an image into the editor from your computer You can click choose files which will open a file box so you can select an image from your computer from a location You can copy and paste an image from another site (not from your computer) You can use the Insert other media button which will allow you to select from any previous images you have used If you choose to upload from your computer the images will appear below the editor main text area: To add your image click the plus sign (as shown by the green arrow) when you do the image will appear at the insertion point of your cursor, so be careful when adding that your cursor point is where you expect it to be.  As you can see the image has been added below. Double clicking an image allows you to resize an image, align it, add a link or a title to the image. Adding a video can only be done from media sites such as YouTube and Vimeo (others may be used).  What you need to do is copy the link of the video from your address bar when viewing the video on the site that it appears on.  The example below is from YouTube: This is what a link looks like in your browser address bar (above) - you need to copy it in its entirety and then paste it into the editor text box at your cursor insertion point - as with images be careful to note where your cursor is before pasting.  When you post the link it will immediately show the video for you, so there are no complicated instructions to follow.  
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      Poll Creation

      Polls are useful ways to gather information without have to trawl through many replies to gather a consensus of opinions. To start a poll choose your forum and then start a new topic.  As usual give the topic a title and then click on the Poll tab There are a number of options open to you. Make voters name public? This will show who voted in the poll by username. Automatically close poll on a specific date? This allows you to choose a cut off date when the poll will close. Both of the above are options that you do not need to take if you do not wish to. So, to make you poll give it a title - such as 'Netflix' You then add a question and give your question a title such as - 'How often do you use Netflix?' You also have the option of adding another question to the poll with different answers.  The choice is yours and the options are many. Don't forget to go back to the 'Content' tab and add your topic title and add your content below; describe what your poll is about in there. Once you have created your Poll and topic you can click the 'Submit Topic' button. Add your response options (minimum is 2) and add more options if required.  If you want to allow uses to choose more than one option given then check the 'Multiple Choice' box.
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      Using Reactions

      Reactions are small emojis with a specific description to them.  You will find them very useful to give your 'reaction' to a post should there be no reason for you to post a comment.  It's a quick way of saying what you think of the posters message. At the bottom right of each post you will find the first reaction - which is 'like' so if you like what the poster has messaged then click the first reaction.  Or you can use any of the other reactions to state your opinion with a simple click. This is what the reactions look like; this first image is to show you what they look like in there static state: The image below is an animation showing you the reactions currently available (These icons do change from time to time as we add to and grow the community): This is a very simple and easy way to voice your opinion of other members' messages; you cannot add a reaction to your own posts.
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