How to Use the Forum - Tips for New Users


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A few quick tips to get you started:

Where am I?

In case you ever get lost, you can go back to the Community’s home screen by clicking on the LDOX.ORG logo on the top left of the forum, or on the “Community” link in the navigation bar at the very top of the website:

forum homepage

The home screen lists the topics with the most recent posts.

Once you are on the home screen, you can choose to display what has been posted on the forum in various ways:

  • If you’d like to see the latest posts on the forum regardless of the category where there were made, click on “Latest” (this is the default view).

  • If you’d like to see a listing of the categories (e.g. About This Forum, Support, Ask a Question), click on “Categories”. You may be familiar with this layout from other forums you might be using.

  • If you’d like to see all the topics which you’ve been posting in, click on “My Posts

  • If you’d like a list of all the topics which you have bookmarked for easy reference, click on “Bookmarks”:

Once you have selected any of the options above, you will see a list of topics. Just click on the topic you’d like to read!

In the category view, you can click on the category you are interested in, and then click on the topic you’d like to read.

Latest topics in a category vs latest topics in the community as a whole

When you are using the category view, clicking on “Latest” will bring up the topics with the most recent posts within that category. To see the latest posts for the community overall, click on the little arrow next to the forum category to bring up the dropdown menu:

Click on “all categories” (see above) from the dropdown menu to view all the latest posts made on LDOX:

Keep scrolling

There are no next page buttons or page numbers – to read more, just keep scrolling down!

As new posts come in, they will appear automatically.

Where am I? Part 2

For your user page, the menu, notifications, and search, use the icon buttons at the upper right:

icon buttons

  • The User Page button is the round circle which contains the first letter of your username when you first sign up, though you can change it to a picture). Clicking it brings up a drop-down menu which allows you to view and edit your profile, your forum preferences, your private messages (sort of like an email box just for the forum), your bookmarked forum posts, and anonymous mode:

userpage

  • The icon which looks like a burger contains a drop-down menu of all the forum categories. You can also use it for showing you the latest posts and to see the list of LDOX members (Users):

menu

How can I make an anonymous post?

We need to ensure that the confidentiality of people being supported is maintained. Please be respectful of the people you support and do not disclose their real names, location and/or service location.

If you want a particular message to have complete anonymity, this forum offers an excellent way of doing so: once you are logged in, click on your Profile Picture in the top right corner, and then select Anonymous Mode:

anonymous mode

Your Profile Picture will change to a round icon with the letter “A” and you can now post anonymously.

We strongly recommend that you use this feature for making sensitive posts!

Once you have made your anonymous post, you can exit Anonymous Mode:

exit anonymous mode

How do I start a new topic?

To start a new topic, go to the home screen (see “Where am I?” above) and click on + New Topic near the top right corner:

Post a new topic

How do I write a post?

Once you start a new topic, a text editor will appear at the bottom of the screen. You type your post into the left bottom window. The right bottom window contains a preview of your post as it will appear on the forum.

  • First, think of a descriptive title for your post and select the category where you want it to appear:

create topic

  • Then write your post in the text editor window below. You can use the toolbar to do things like format your post, attach documents to your post, or add smilies:

text editor window

  • You can also add images - simply drag and drop them from your computer into the text editor window!

How do I reply to an existing topic?

  • To reply to the overall topic, use the Reply button at the very bottom of the page.

  • To reply to a specific post, use the Reply button on that post.

  • To take the conversation in a different direction, but keep them linked together, use Reply as linked Topic to the right of the post.

To quote someone in your reply, select the text you wish to quote, then press any Reply button.

To ping someone in your reply, mention their name. Type @ and an autocompleter will pop up.

For standard Emoji, just start typing : or the traditional smileys :) :smile:

What else can I do?

There are action buttons at the bottom of each post.

To let someone know that you enjoyed their post, use the like button. If you see a problem with a post, privately let them, or our moderators, know about it with the flag button (you will be able to flag posts once you are a trusted member).

You can also share a link to a post, or bookmark it for later reference.

Who is talking to me?

When someone replies to your post, quotes your post, or mentions your @username, a number will immediately appear at the top right of the page. Use it access your notifications.

Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed replies (and messages) if you aren’t online when they arrive.

When are conversations new?

By default all conversations less than two days old are considered new, and any conversation you’ve participated in (replied to, created, or read for an extended period) will automatically be tracked.

You will see the blue new and number indicators next to these topics:

You can change the individual notification state of a topic via the control at the bottom of the topic (this can also be set per category). To change how you track topics, or the definition of new, see your user preferences.


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