New User Guide


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~ Welcome!


As a new user of FULL30, we hope you will find this site intuitive and clearly structured, but here is some guidance to get you started:

  1. Basic Terms Used by FULL30
  2. Browsing the Forum
  3. Navigation Tools
  4. Reading Topics
  5. Taking Part in Conversations
  6. Actions and Reactions
  7. Notifications
  8. Posting Videos - Tips
  9. Moving or Deleting Posts





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1. Basic Terms Used by FULL30 (Nomenclature)



Here are some very basic terms that will be helpful to keep in mind as you use FULL30 or read this guide:

  • Topic :
    The collection of messages grouped together in a meaningful conversation, with a title, listed in a category, beginning with an Original Post, and including all replies in chronological order.Elsewhere this might be called a ‘thread’ but FULL30 uses ‘topic’ since thread is used for linked elements that can go off in many different directions (and be confused with programming terms).
  • Post :
    Each element of a topic is referred to as a post . Each post has its own author and can be moved to a different topic if necessary, or even become the start of a new topic.
  • Original Post (or OP) :
    The first post in any topic. This is key since it determines the focus of the topic and is what the title will link to.
  • User :
    FULL30 sites may be private or public for anyone to read, but you will always be required to register in order to create posts and record any actions such as bookmarking, liking and flagging. Most site activity, therefore, is based around registered Users




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2. Browsing the Forum

Topic lists

By default, the FULL30 homepage will show all Latest conversations in the community but you can filter this list in a number of ways:

CATEGORY PICTURE

  • By category : in the menu line, click the ‘all categories’ title and a list of all the categories appears.
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  • By Latest : if you click on ‘Latest’ the conversation topics will be listed in order of most recent MOBILE users may find this useful

  • By what’s ‘New’ to you (unread) : by default , new topics are those created in the last 2 days that you have not opened yet to keep the list fresh and relevant. New topics show a small blue dot next to the topic title

  • By Top : if you click on ‘Top’ the conversation topics will be listed in order of most activity (views and replies) for a specific time period. You can choose whether this is for all time, or select a specific period such as quarter, month, week or just today.




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3. Navigation Tools

  • For Search, the Menu, or your User page, use the icon buttons at the upper right .


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Mobile users may want to note getting back from the bottom of a long post by:

  • Tap the hamburger menu to jump back to a category
  • Tap the back button on your device (or swipe left) to go back to the previous page
  • Tap the mobile progress bar docked at the bottom right to jump anywhere in the topic (top, bottom, arbitrary date or post)

  • And the time slide on the right can be clicked or held and slid to navigate


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4. Reading Topics

  • A healthy community needs members to be posting new content, but this activity is not everything. Readers are the true indicators of how healthy the community is. What’s the point of posts that no-one reads? FULL30 encourages and tracks reading habits so community managers can keep a healthy balance.

Keep scrolling

  • Click a topic title and read down the list of replies in chronological order, following links or previewing replies and quotes as you go. Use your mouse to scroll the screen, or use the timeline scroll bar on the right which also shows you how far through the conversation you’ve read. On smaller screens, select the bottom progress bar to expand it.

Jump back in

  • Selecting a topic title will take you to your last read post in the topic. To enter at the top ↑ or bottom ↓ instead, click the reply count or last reply date.

  • What you did not see there was the keyboard shortcut “U” to go back

  • Topics above the light red line on a list are new or updated since your last visit. If you have read all the way to the end of a topic, the title will be light grey instead of black.



  • Sometimes conversations are clearer if topics are split, where posts are moved to a more appropriate topic, or two related topics are merged. If a post is moved, a link will appear that will allow readers to jump to that comment wherever it has been moved to, and the person who posted it will also be notified.

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At the end of the OP you will also see lists of related topics that link to the one you are reading






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5. Taking Part in Conversations

Replying

  • Press any image Reply button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. You can continue reading (and even search or navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply.



  • FULL30 shows all posts in the order they are published. It does not make you chase down multiple threaded paths. However, it still gives you lots of ways to follow the context of conversations.

  • To reply to a specific post in a topic, clicking the grey Reply button at the end of each post and your reply is linked to that post.

  • If your reply is the next one published after the post you are replying to, this will appear next in chronological order

  • If yours is NOT next, then two things happen after your post is published:

    • Your post will include a new link in its header with an image to show what this is ‘in reply to’ - clicking this link displays that previous post for context next to your reply




    • The original post includes a count of replies at the bottom - clicking this link displays the content of the replies


Drafts

  • Drafts will automatically be saved as you write. If you minimise the editor or navigate to a different topic, the editor might disappear. To open a draft, return to the topic you were replying to or click the highlighted bar at the bottom of your browser, and the editor will reappear with your draft.

Quoting

  • To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. There is no need to quote the a whole message, it helps to be specific. Repeat this for multiple quotes even from different posts and different users. The quoted text will point to their original source.

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Mentioning

  • To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type @ to begin selecting a username. This search will also search the name fields in case you don’t know a particular username.







Emoji

  • To use standard Emoji, just type : to match by name, or traditional smileys ;)

emoji-completion

Alternatively, click on more to see a complete list of emoji to select from.

Oneboxes (Link Previews)

  • To generate a summary for a link, paste it on a line by itself. To start a topic with a link, paste the link into the title field.







Formatting

  • Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown :
This is <b>bold</b>.
This is [b]bold[/b].
This is **bold**




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6. Actions and Reactions


  • There are action buttons at the bottom of each post:

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  • To let someone know that you enjoyed and appreciated their post, use the like button. Share the love!

  • Grab a copy-pasteable (permalink) link to any reply or topic via the link button.

  • Use the button to reveal more actions. Flag to privately let the author, or the site staff, know about a problem. Bookmark to find this post later on your profile page.

  • Don’t miss the hidden buttons





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7. Notifications

  • When someone is talking directly to you — by replying to you, quoting your post, mentioning your @username , or even linking to your post, a blue number will immediately appear over your profile picture at the top right.

  • When you have been sent a Personal Message you will receive this in your Inbox and a green number will appear over your profile picture to the left.

  • Click your profile image to scroll through all your notifications .

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Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.



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8. Posting Videos - Tips

But this one will

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDnva_3fcTc
  • The reason is the space before the top one

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You’ll only see it in the edit/reply/post window, not after posting.




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8. Moving or Deleting Posts

  • You can use the pen by the title to move your own post, or if you are trust level III to move other members posts


    Example of Level III Moving one to a better category



Example of moving one of your own to trash to be deleted by a moderator


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#2

Thank you Robert. This is going to help a lot of the newer forum members!


#3

You put a lot of work into drafting this content and building the appropriate screenshots. Great work.


#4

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Good thoughts on BAD Levers
#8

I am just not that computer savvy… trying though… :grin::crazy_face: