Submitting a message
Let's brief explore the basic function of the forum: submitting a message to any topic. We will explore in detail the whole load of information you're faced with once you open any topic. Every topic has a series of repetitive messages, or posts. One of these is shown here. The collumn on your left is a user profile
. There, a member's information is presented. Let's go over the various features of the User Profile:User Profile:Name
-- A member can chose his / her name when registering the forums; this name can be changed to anything at anytime by clicking on the "Profile" option in the menu bar.Avatar
-- The member can also associate an image with his profile, which will most of the times being shown below his / her username. You can also change this image at anytime, and its dimensions can be up to 200x4000 pixels.Rank / Image Rank
-- Below any user's avatar is a special title given to them, usually depending on their position within Mata Nui Inc. or Plast!, accompanied by an image.Info
-- As shown here, a certain load of information about the corresponding user in presented on the rest of the column. Most of these information are modifiable by the member, while some can only be changed by administrators. These information can vary from Location, Birthday, etc. to their name on Bzpower or BS01.Contact Details
-- The last part of the user profile is a selection of sites in which you can find this member and contact them. Remember that these details can only be provided by the member, and thus, he / her can choose to not share any of this information.
Now that we've learn what the user profile is, we can move on to the main body of message:Message:Post Title
-- You can add a small title to your post when you are replying; otherwise it will be auto-generated.Message
-- The message you have submitted is showcased in this small box above your signature. In this case, the member has chosen to write "GLOORIOUS". There's no actual limit to the characters you can use.Signature
-- A signature, or "sign-off" is a additional message that will always be present when the user makes a post. This message can be edited anytime by going to the "Profile" tab on the menu bar. The user can choose to write, show off, or advertise any site / creative work he has created himself or wishes to promote, provided it follows our rules.
We've almost got a grasp of the basics, but we haven't yet learned how to interact with a message, or even how to add reply to a topic. This can be done using several buttons, that will be auto-generated on any message, or on the topic itself.Buttons:
-- Using this button you can quote multiple posts at once. Simply press the button on all the posts you want to quote, then press the "Post Reply" button.
-- Directly quote the post you are viewing.
-- This is a button exclusive to messages you've submitted. You can edit them at anytime.
-- If a member's post breaks the rules, you can report his / her post. You will be requested to state the reason the post doesn't comply with the rules, and the moderators will be notified.
-- Using this button you submit a new topic in the current forum you are at.
-- Add a new message to the topic by using this button.
-- If a topic has been locked by a moderator, this button will replace the "Add Reply" one. You will not be able to interact with it.Thumbs Up "+" Button
-- A small voting system has been installed into the forum. Using the + button, you can thumbs up any message another user has posted, or thumb it down.Thumbs Down "-" Button
-- Using the - button, you can thumb down a post; remember you can't thumb up / down your own posts.