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Darren
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:43 am    Post subject: A PocketGPSWorld Guide to using forums Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comAs promised in last week's newsletter here is a simple guide to using and posting in our forums.

Forums are by far one of the best resources on the internet and a great way to research, seek advice and solve problems. With community forums covering all manner of subjects there can be few areas not covered by a forum of some sort.

Forums are an on-line group of people who have a shared interest in something. Each forum is typically made up of a number of sections and within each section you will find posts on a range of associated topics.

Members post questions and other members can contribute with answers, advice, links to other sites etc etc.

When a post is made, other forum members will see it in the index of posts and can reply to it. Once a post has received one or more replies it is known as a 'thread'. You can quickly read the opening post and below it the replies to that post.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren, just a couple of things,

1: With reference to quoting, you often see lengthy posts quoted verbatim, unnecessarily, when the poster is only commenting about one part.

As long as the
Code:
[quote] & [/quote]
are left intact, the text within the quote can be edited down. e.g.
xxxx wrote:
Paragraph 1
asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq

Paragraph 2
asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq

Paragraph 3. This is the paragraph about which I want to comment

Paragraph 4
asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq asdfghjkliuytrewq
With reference to your paragraph above....


This can be reduced to e.g.
Code:
[quote="xxxx"]Paragraph 3. This is the paragraph about which I want to comment
[/quote]With reference to your paragraph above....
To give
xxxx wrote:
Paragraph 3. This is the paragraph about which I want to comment
With reference to your paragraph above....

2: You cannot include the "Less than" or "Greater than" characters within a post.

You get the following message
Quote:
The html tags you attempted to use are not allowed

If you are trying to post images or links in the forums it is advisable to use BBCode

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(I can't even include the characters within the post to show which you cant use! Has anyone any pictures of the keys or characters?) This can cause problems when trying to quote "The Team" members (or is it just Darren?) because their posting method is different.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, all good valid points.

We're aware that we have a great many subscribers who never post. Whilst many may have no need or desire to use forums we do know that there are many who would like to but being less proficient are wary of trying.

That was the reason for the guide so I want to keep the core concepts in the guide as basic as possible but we can by all means expand on the basic methods here in the forum thread.

With regards the > and < characters, only admins can post in HTML which is why they are precluded. As a rule we don't use HTML in the forums but some posts are created from a HTML news post which introduces the code.

I also cheat and use HTML to center images which isn't an option otherwise open to us in this version of phpBB.

If anything in my guide is confusing or needs expansion I'd welcome comments.

And for any new posters, feel free to post and introduce yourselves here.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add - the restriction on using the "less than" and "greater than" is also a pain when people want to quote instructions they got from TomTom Customer Support.

TT always seem to use them for menu sequences, as in:
Change Preferences * Voice Preferences* change voice etc.
(where the * is a "greater then" sign)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject: Newbie Reply with quote

Very Happy Howdy All Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Newbie Reply with quote

jakmar wrote:
Very Happy Howdy All Very Happy

Welcome aboard Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to reinforce Darren's comments in the full article...

Please don't be afraid to start your own topic (using the "New topic" button at the top of every forum section's "contents" page).

Some people seem a bit shy and tuck their first post onto the end of an old discussion. That's absolutely fine if what you have to say follows on directly from what's gone before.

But if you have a new question or just want to get something off your chest, it will stand out better and be more likely to be seen if you start your own discussion topic. Smile
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