For AOL users:
Using an AOL web browser will cause problems.
If you use AOL to "connect to the internet", then once you are on the internet - click on the small blue e at the bottom left side of your screen to use Internet Explorer as a web browser.
Then once you have an Explorer web browser up, go to the top where the tool bar is and click on the HELP button of the browser. Under the HELP, click on the option titled About Internet Explorer.
Then read to see what version of the browser you have. If it says VERSION: 6.0 (or higher), then you have the latest web browser. If it is VERSION 5 or less, then go to http://www.microsoft.com/homepage/ms.htm to download a free upgrade.
- Once your browser issues are certain that they are working, then review our forum's FAQ: Click Here
- Then click on the following Newcomer's Topic and follow the instructions:
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Is located in the upper and lower left hand corners, just inside each forum where you see all the topic titles.
Click on this button when you want to author a new subject in a selected forum.
Before you author a new thread, browse through each forum to view the various Topics already there. If you can not decide which forum to post your new topic, simply put it in the After Hours Lounge, which is where all of the off-topic and other chit-chat discussions are. A moderator will help you out.
*As you roam around all the forums, you will come across some forums that will ask you for your User Name and Password again. That probably means that the forum is private and you have not been cleared (yet) to enter it. Don't worry, just use the BACK arrow and return to select another forum to visit.
Is located in the upper and lower left hand corners of each topic.
Click on this button when you want to reply to a specific thread. A thread is a topic or subject already started. Remember, this is a reply option.
You will find this button inside each post. Use this feature when you want to include part or all of that post in your response. You may edit out any part of the quoted material in your post.
This feature also allows you to see exactly what keystrokes were used to insert an icon, color or other enhancement used by the author.
Example: "David Copeland" posts a thread or reply, then 2 more members respond. Now you want to respond to something specific in David's post. Find David's post and click on the button inside his post. You will get a message text box with David's "quote" inside showing exactly how he got certain text to be blue or the smilie was made. You may use this message box to make your reply.
After composing your reply or new thread, you may review your work by clicking on the preview reply button at the bottom. To make changes, scroll down to the text area. To submit, click on the submit reply button.
Other useful buttons.
This feature is located in the blue bar at the top of each page. Inside you will find a free tutorial on using the software.
Then jump over to the Test Your Forum Writing Skills On This Forum and begin trying what you have learned.
The Search option is now located in the upper blue bar at the top of each forum. To search the entire board, click on "Advanced Search" inside the Search function to quickly find a subject by a specific word or member.
As you become familiar with the forum, you will find other tools for navigation a time saver.
Active Topics option is located in the very top blue bar to the left the Search button. This allows you to view all new posts since your last visit, choosing in the drop-down menu from today to several days or weeks ago.
While looking at the main forum page, you will see a date, time and the authors name for the last post in that forum. To view that post/thread, click on the after the name.
You are reading a thread/post inside a forum and now you wish to access another forum. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see Forum Jump and a drop box. Simply click on the down arrow and select the forum you wish to access next. You will automatically be taken there, as long as you have access to that forum.
Once again, after you read this topic, click here: Newcomers do this first!
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