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Old 07-07-2013, 03:16 PM
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How do I go about adding an avatar is it the profile picture? Every other forum I am on they call it an avatar.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:34 PM
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Under the board banner there is the forum menu bar. Click on "User CP" (control panel). From there, second vertical column from left, look for "Edit Avatar" under 'Settings &Options'.

You can also add a profile pic - under 'Your Profile', click "Edit Profile Picture".
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Hi All,

I get a lot of questions from users who have not used forums before and who are not sure where to start. We already had a thread from many years ago on this, but I've decided to create an updated one. This does not cover every option, but explains the simple ones you need to get going.

How the forum is organised
The forum is made up of Threads. Each thread is a conversation and usually starts with someone asking a question, or showing photos, or sharing an experience.

A thread is made up of Posts. These include the first post by the person who started the thread (often referred to as original poster or OP) as well as all the replies from everyone taking part in the conversation.

Threads are grouped into Sections or Sub-Forums each with a different theme. We have sections for various groups of orchids, for different growing styles, for people to introduce themselves, taking about 'Pests & Diseases' etc etc.

The list of sections can be found at this link. Forum Menu and you can click on the title of each to see the threads in that section. Click on a thread to see the posts in the conversation. You can also get back to the menu of sections using the 'Site Menu' then 'Home' option on the let had side of every page in the forum.

How to ask a question (or start any conversation/thread)
First choose the section where you want to ask the question. If you are not sure, or if you think it could go in multiple places then just pick one. The Beginner Discussion section at this link is a good place to start. Beginner Discussion.

When you have chosen your section look at the top for the 'New Thread' button and click it.
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You will see a box where you can enter a title for your post, and a box to enter what you want to say/ask. When you have entered what you want press the 'Submit New Thread' button.

If you want to add pictures to your thread or post see here. Tips for posting Photos

Replying to a Thread
When you want to reply to a thread, either one you started or one someone else started, just find the white box at the bottom of each thread and type your reply there. Then click the 'Post Quick Reply' button.

Reading Threads
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    If you just want browse then just click on the section(s) you are interested in and see what is there.
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    Click on 'User CP' (user control panal). This will show a list of all subscribed threads that have had new posts since your last visit.
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Hopefully this will get you started. Everyone is really friendly and no-one minds if you get it wrong
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The search should be available to everybody even people not logged in (if not logged in you have to answer a question to prove you are not a bot).

At the top of the forum there is a pink bar. The third button from the right is search. It gives a simple search with an 'advanced button' to give more control.
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RosieC,hi I have just replied to Raythanking him for the info I was asking for and when I hit post quick reply the message disappeared and a window popped up saying I wasn't logged in ,and yet I was and I checked it again to make sure that,so in essence I had logged in twice ???? Also does that mean that my reply to Ray has not gone or has it been deleted ,iam new at this and iam not that computer savvy so don't really know how to check where the message has gone your help would really be appreciated thanks Grahame
Rosie is not longer active on OB so I will reply. Unless you have the 'remember me' box ticked when you log in, the log in session times out after a while (often while taking a long time to compose a message). If you follow the prompt to login in (and not log in in the normal box on the upper left side of page), then after re logging in your message should be sent. To check if the message went out you can look in in the sent messages folder (if it was a PM that you sent), and if it was a forum post your post should appear.

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and another strange thing is that I received 2 unread messages in my yahoo email from forums that were actually opened and read on 6/8, and 9/28...?
No idea. That may be yahoo related, I've never had issues with my gmail.
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