Welcome to our new forums
To help you jump right into the discussion, here are a few tips to finding your way around.
Returning forum users: It’s as simple as signing on from the log in box to the right of every page.
New users: Click the “Join Now” button below the log in area and follow the prompts to get started.
[Don’t forget to create your screen name. You can’t participate in the forum without it.]
Once you're logged in, you can access the forum by simply clicking on the “Forum” item under the “Forum & Community” tab in the main navigation bar at the top of every page.
In the forum you will see a list of available forum topics. (Don’t worry -- all your favorites are still there.) Simply click on your area of interest to see what people are discussing.
If you’re looking for the latest, just scroll down on the page to see a list of currently active forum topics that you can participate in. Just click the topic you would like to discuss to jump into the conversation.
If you happen to reach a forum where it appears there are no posts, simply change the settings on your forum filter at the top right "Sorting and Filtering". This will allow you to set the time frame for which posts you would like to see.
The forum is divided into separate discussion topics. Under each topic you will find a series of discussion threads.The individual thread title appears in the left column followed by the latest post and author.
To participate or read the thread, simply click on the thread title.
When you enter a thread topic, a series of individual topic Posts will appear.
To begin a new post, click on the "Write a New Post" button at the top of the forum.
If you enter a post and wish to reply, you may do so by clicking the "Reply" button on the individual post box.
Creating Your Post:
The forum now has a friendly interface for creating your posts. When you create or respond to a post, use the built-in text editor to style and format your message.
At the top of every post you will find tools for Bolding, Italicizing, Underlining, adding links, and Emoticons (a.k.a. Smilies).
You will find buttons to start a new post at the top of every thread.
Contacting Other Members:
We have made some changes to contacting members in our forums. What used to be referred to as “private messages” are now called “conversations.”
Conversations are different from private messages in that they will offer you the option to send a message and receive replies from one or multiple members.
To start a conversation with another member, you can either visit your profile page by clicking “Profile” from the box to the right of every page. Or you can visit a member's profile by clicking on their screen name, which appears at the top left of every forum post. Or you can click "Start a Conversation" from their posting.
Note: You can only begin conversations from either your personal profile or the profile of the individual you wish to converse with.
Managing Your Profile:
You will now be able to manager your own personal profile on the forum. This will include everything from your user Avatar, your user profile, and your personal preferences.
Do access your profile simply locate the profile box on the right hand column of the screen there you will see the list of options available to you.
Before getting started also read our: