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Old 01-24-2016, 11:06 AM
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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
  • Browse the forum
    If you just want browse then just click on the section(s) you are interested in and see what is there.
  • Subscribed Threads
    Unless you have changed your settings when you take part in a thread you will be subscribed to that thread. You can view a list of all the threads you are subscribed to by choosing 'Quick Links' then 'Subscribed Threads' New To Forums? - Here's how to get started-subscribed-jpg
  • User CP
    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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  • New Posts
    Click on this button to see a list of all threads which have had new posts since you were last on the forum.
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  • Today's Posts
    Click on 'Quick Links' then 'Today's Posts' to see all the posts which have been updated in the last 24 hours.
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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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Old 04-25-2016, 10:51 AM
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Newbie question: Is there a "search" function so I can see if a question has already been asked/answered instead of starting a new thread?
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:01 PM
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I think many options, like the search function, become available after a new member has made a certain number of posts.

This is a "bot control" thingie...
I think (and that's not always a good thing) that you have to have 5 or 10 posts made before ALL that is available here becomes available to new members.

Some body with actual knowledge about this will be along soon and verify or correct me.

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You'll receive more "rights" soon.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:11 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2016, 08:31 PM
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Hi there ! I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, is it safe to water orchids with tap water ?
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How do you add where you are from and that other info, as well as maybe a picture?
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Hi all. I am not new to the OB, but I am really curious-what do the icons mean on the forum postings, and the flowers under the posters name? I have one purple one (from donating0 and one tan one. ??
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Thank you!
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:56 PM
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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
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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...?
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