Message Forums Help


What is this message forums thing all about?
These message forums run using Philboard software. It allows posting of messages to defined forums (like sections/categories), which can have restrictions for different users.

It is a community-based message board as users must sign up before they can post.

Root messages (or topics), are displayed in each forum's home page. When clicked on you are taken to a linear display of that topic's replies, in order of oldest first and newest last.


How do I post a topic?
You must first be a signed-up user to be able to post (click the "sign up" link, or if you're already a user click "log in"). You can only post in the forums you have permission in. Some forums may be restricted but there is usually a General Forum which is open to all.

Once you are in a forum, you may post a new topic by clicking the Post New Topic link. Once you have posted a message it will appear instantly in the forums.

Philboard supports PBCode to allow you to format your text. This is detailed below.


Why can't I post a message?
Your computer must be able to accept cookies. A temporary cookie (a small piece of text) is placed on your computer when you log onto the forum, this allows you to stay logged in when you change pages within the forum.


How do I reply to a topic?
You must first be a signed-up user to be able to post (click the "sign up" link, or if you're already a user click "log in"). You can only post in the forums you have permission in. Some forums may be restricted but there is usually a General Forum which is open to all.

To post a reply, you must be viewing the topic you wish to reply to. Either click the Post Reply link at the bottom of the page or click the reply with quote icon (Reply w/quote) to include text from another post in your reply.

Philboard supports PBCode to allow you to format your text. This is detailed below.


How do I edit a post?
To edit a post, you can click the Edit Post button that appears along the top of a post (Edit Post).

You may only edit your own posts of course. A notification will appear above your post that it has been edited, and how many times.


How do I insert a smiley?
Philboard currently recognises happy, sad, winking, laughing, razzing, angry and shocked smileys, which it will convert into images. You may use a hyphen (for a nose) if you wish, but it doesn't matter either way. E.g.

:) :( ;) :D :p >:( 8o
happy :) sad :( wink ;) laugh :D razz :p angry shocked 8o


How do I make my words bold?
To boldify some text, surround it with the [b][/b] PBCode tags, e.g.

Philboard is [b]really cool[/b] to use.

Will display as:

Philboard is really cool to use.


How do I make my words italic?
To italicise some text, surround it with the [i][/i] PBCode tags, e.g.

Philboard is [i]really cool[/i] to use.

Will display as:

Philboard is really cool to use.


How do I underline my words?
To underline some text, surround it with the [u][/u] PBCode tags, e.g.

Philboard is [u]really cool[/u] to use.

Will display as:

Philboard is really cool to use.


How do I insert a link?
PBCode recognises links you type in, for example:

Check out http://www.youngpip.com for stuff.

Will display as:

Check out http://www.youngpip.com for stuff.

The "http://" is not necessary if the address starts with "www". E.g.

Check out www.youngpip.com for stuff.

Will display as:

Check out www.youngpip.com for stuff.


How do I insert an image?
the PBCode [img]url_of_image[/img] tags can be used to insert an image. E.g.

Here's an image : [img]http://www.silsden.net/silsden_news/images/smile.gif[/img]

Will display as:

The "http://" is necessary here.


How do I quote text?
To quote some text, surround it with the [quote][/quote] PBCode tags, e.g.

[quote]To be or not to be[/quote]

Will display as:

quote
To be or not to be

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