New Board Cheat Sheet

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Registered: 03-19-2003
New Board Cheat Sheet
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Tue, 03-25-2003 - 5:08pm
This is a quick summary of some of the new features available here. (Thanks to cl-lamb1226 who put this together.)

The Folders:

As you can see, there are several different areas/folders that you can post in. To post a message, click the “start a new discussion” button and there you go. (The current folders for this board are "General Discussions" and "Off Topic Discussions." The "Archives" folder is read only.)

Outline View:

To view the board in a format similar to what we’re used to, Outline view shows the posts similar to the old boards. To get to the outline view, to the top left of the page, just under the search box is a link that says “Outline View”. Click on there, and a new window will open with all the posts. Posts directed to you, or posts of your own will be bolded, making it easier to see your posts and replies.

The Search Function:

As you might’ve noticed, we now have a search box. While it’d be wonderful to be able to search for posts by member, the only results you will get are results that have what you’ve submitted in the subject line. For example, if you type “recipies” in the search box, all the posts that contain the word “recipies” in the subject line should show up.

Archives:

To view the archives, click the “archive” link below the search box. These posts, as normal are still read only. However, as of today, boards will no longer archive. Every post from today until forever will remain active, live posts. Read more about this under “Floating”.

“Floating”:

Posts will be now set up differently. The very top post in each folder is the post that is most active. It is the post that has been replied to most recently. The more in-active posts (the ones with no recent responses) will sit at the bottom of the list. This can actually be a good feature, for if you’ve posted something, and for some reason your post has gone unanswered, you can always go back to it and post a reply to yourself. This will make you post “float” back to the top and make it more viewable to members again.

Your Profile:

You can now add so much info about yourself on your profile!! (of course, that’s if you want to share it) Above the board title, there’ll be a link to “your profile” click on that and your profile will open up in a new window. To change it, just click on the link “update profile” and make necessary changes.

Avatars:

One really cool thing about our profiles is our avatars! To get to your avatar, open up your profiles, click “update”, and then click change image. From there, you’ll get a couple rows of different images to choose from. Just click on the image you want and you’re ready to go!

“Hats”:

As you might notice, all cl’s have a picture of a yellow hat by their name. This is just to be easy distinguished from cl’s and other members. All CM’s that post will have a blue hat by their name.

Friends:

While you are reading someone’s post, you may notice that there is an option that says “add to friends” under their name on the left side of the screen. Click on that and they will be added to your friends list. This feature gives everyone on your friends list a little face with a blue hat icon by their name when they post. This way, you’ll be able to see when your friend has posted. To see your friends list, just go into your profile and click the tab that says “friends”.

Ignore Posts:

The ignore function is a good way to ignore posts from people who may hassle you and make rude comments. You can choose to put them on your ignore list by clicking “ignore posts” right under where you found the “add to friends” link. To take someone OFF of ignore, simply go into your profile, click the tab that says friends, and you can check off the people on your ignore list that you’d like to remove.

E-mail:

This feature is still in the works and as far as I know, being reviewed. But in any case, I’ll explain it to you anyway. Anyone who clicks on your profile has an option to e-mail you. If they decide to send you a message, a message box will appear (similar to the kind you post messages on) and they will be able to type in a subject line and the body of their message. They will not be able to see your e-mail address at this point. However, if you decide to reply to them, you will be replying from your e-mail address, which they WILL be able to see. In fact, even if you decide to initate a message with someone, they will see your email address in their in-box. The e-mail address that is displayed is the one that you have given iVillage. There has been concern about this from people who do not want to receive “member email” in their regular inbox, but from what I hear, you will have the option of turning this funtion off if you so desire.

If you would like to turn off this email feature, make sure that you are logged in, then click on "Board Settings" and select your preference.

Editing a post:

What a great function!!! Not only can we edit it before we post it (which we’ve always been able to do), but we can now edit it even AFTER we’ve posted it! To do so, on the right hand side of the screen beside your text there is a tan coloured box. In this box, there is a link that says edit. Click on that and you’re ready to repair!

Formatting text:

No more long side scrolling!!!! You don't have to worry any longer to make sure you don't put a space before your text, because it automatically formats it for you! Pretty neat huh?

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If you have any questions, feel free to post them here, or you can email me.

~Jazz jazznpercy@yahoo.com




Edited 3/25/2003 6:16:42 PM ET by cl-jazznpercy

 

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-25-2003 - 9:31pm
Quick Tips for Navigating the New Boards:

1) At the top, you'll see links for "Outline View" and "Folder View." I think it's easier to navigate the board if you look at "Outline View." It looks more like the old boards that we're used to. It is sorted so that the threads with the most recent replies are at the top.

2) When you click on a message to read it (in Outline View), it opens in a separate window. When you are done reading and/or replying to that message, go back to the Outline View window to look at the rest of the board. Keep switching back and forth between the two windows as you're scanning the board and reading messages. (To refresh the Outline View, go to your message reading window and click on the Outline View link.)

3) In Outline View, if you are logged in, any messages you posted, or replies to your messages, will be highlighted in BOLD.

4) I think it's easier to read the Outline View if you keep the window small, instead of maximized.

 

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-25-2003 - 9:34pm
Profiles & Avatars: We hope everybody will fill out their new profile. Just log in and click on the "Your Profile" link at the top of the page.

One of the new features is that everyone gets to choose an avatar, the image that appears below your user name on the left. To choose an avatar, go to "Your Profile," select "Update" and then select "Change Image." (One of the perks for CLs is that we get to upload our own images, if we want to. Sorry, Charlie.)

 

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-25-2003 - 9:36pm
Don't forget to push "Post" after you compose/edit your message. It's at the bottom, instead of at the top, like we're used to. Forgetting to "Post" is the most common mistake the CLs have been making on the test boards! If your messages aren't showing up, that might be why.