Participating in Forums
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Forums are for discussing topics of interest to members on LiveModern. Anyone can read conversations on LiveModern but only registered members can actively participate in forums by starting conversations and/or adding comments.
First a few definitions to help you understand the structure of forums:
- Forum—A collection of related conversations. There are several forums on LiveModern. Some are sponsored by LiveModern and others by geography. All are listed in the forums directory.
- Conversation—This is a collection of comments related to a particular topic, usually established in the initial comment. Conversations are where all discussion happens.
- Comment—This is an individual contribution to a conversation, often called a reply.
The trick in reading forums is to follow the conversations. Start at the beginning of the conversation, and scroll down through each following comment. Or click any link within the discussion to jump right in.
For your convenience, forums have their own portlet, and you can see all of the recent comments in one place.
Adding Comments and Replies
First, you need to be a registered member of the LiveModern community to start conversations or add comments. Once registered, login and you will notice that you have the capability to add comments. (Try viewing the bottom of a discussion page, first when you are not logged in, then when you are.)
Second, be sure to add comments or replies to web pages that your comment or reply is most immediately related to. Usually, this will mean adding a reply to a comment or reply at the end of a thread, but this comment or reply can be anywhere in a thread. For this reason, you normally do not need to quote any text from previous comments in your reply. Posting your comment/reply in this way will help keep the discussions comprehensible.
To add a comment, go to the end of the conversation where you will find the Quick Reply form (an easy way to get there is to click on the Most Recent Comment link at the top of any page in the conversation). The body of your comment is simply text, though you can format it using the tools in the content editor too bar.
Alternatively, you can click on the "Reply to this" button that is associated with each comment in the conversation. This will take you to a new page in which the entire comment is quoted. Be sure to start your reply at the very beginning of the body text area, before the quoted text. Again, you can use the content editor tool bar while writing your comment.
Either way you comment, you can also add images to your comments. Click on the Choose File button to find your image on your hard drive or LAN. You can add up to three images to each comment (totaling no more than 1 megabyte), all of which will appear at the bottom of your comment.
Once you are satisfied with your comment, click the "Post Comment" button at the bottom of the page. Your comment is immediately added to the conversation.
When adding a comment, which can be done on any conversation, make sure that it starts a new topic, rather than repeats a topic covered elsewhere or replies to a previous comment. This way we can limit the number of conversations in any forum, making navigation for everyone easier, and deepen the discussion of those topics in their respective threads.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you are a first time user or are having trouble using the LiveModern forums, try the website forum. We monitor the forum, to answer your questions as well as determine how we could make this tutorial better.