I updated this quick little guide on how to use some of the more common forum features that you may find useful as the forum platform has gone through several updates since the original post was made.
Please use the "Like This" button when you want to thank someone for a post. Do not clutter up a thread with
kind of posts.
The forum gives you several different options to react to posts by other members. Just hover over the heart shaped button you will find in the bottom right corner of every post. When you hover over it, you will see a list of options including Like, Thanks, Haha, Confused, and Sad.
Now if you have something specific you want to mention about the post and thank the poster for, by all means, do so. Otherwise, just use the reaction options provided.
If you want to quote multiple posts from the same thread, use the multiquote button to do so in one post.
In the bottom left of each post you will see a link that says Quote. To the left of that is a box with a plus sign in it. Click on that for each post you would like to quote.
Another option the forum provides for quoting a message is to highlight text in a post and you will see a pop message asking if you would like to quote that text.
If you want to find other posts of a particular user, visit their profile page by clicking on their username.
Then click on the button that says See their activity.
You will see a new menu appear on the left side of the screen.
Click on the Posts button for all of their posts or on the Topics button to just see threads they have started.
You have several options for how you view the forum: Table (which is the default setting), Grid, and Fluid. You will see these options at the top of the forum and can switch between them at anytime.
If you find a particular thread useful or interesting and would like to be notified when others post in the thread, there is a Follow button at the top right of the screen when you open the thread.
You will several options for how often you would like to be notified when new content is posted, including immediately, daily, and weekly. You will be emailed a notification when others have posted replies.
This feature can be especially useful if you post a question and would like to be notified when someone answers your question. You can stop following a topic by clicking on the same button again.
Edit your account settings by clicking on your name at the top right of the screen and selecting the Account Settings option. This is where you would change things like contact information, your forum signature, and notification options.
If you would like to change your forum signature, select "Signature" on the left hand column menu after you have picked Account Settings. Please be sure to read our rules on forum signatures.
To edit your profile, click on Profile from that same drop down menu and then select Edit Profile in the top right corner of your profile.
If you try to read a forum thread and are greeted by this message...
...it is because there are private areas of the forum reserved for those who have joined the Spartan Inner Circle Membership. All members are welcome to join. You can learn more about the Spartan Inner Circle here. You can also join at any time by clicking on the "Store" menu option at the top of the forum and selecting the membership.
These are many of the basic functions of the forum that we hope will improve your experience here. I'll post more as they are added or that I think members will find useful.