Grumpy Owl Posted August 30, 2020 Share Posted August 30, 2020 Welcome! New members are usually very keen to jump straight in and get involved, so I thought I'd put up a handy guide for beginners, which also may be of benefit to established members also. Categories, topics, posts and replies The forum has been structured into sections and categories. Before starting a new topic, please look for the most appropriate category to start in. Use the search or have a browse first. A topic may already exist, in which case simply reply to that topic to add your own thoughts. Discussions just get 'diluted' if there are multiple threads covering the same topic. If you want to reply to a specific post in a topic, click the Quote link at the bottom of that post, and that post will be 'quoted' in your reply. If you only want to quote part of a post, just click and select the text, once it is highlighted, a box appears showing 'Quote Selection' You can also use the 'multi-quote' feature by clicking the [+] button next to the Quote link, select multiple posts to add to 'multi-quote', then click on the "Quote X posts" button that appears at the bottom-right to insert those quotes into your reply. Image and video embedding The forum software automatically 'embeds' suitable image and video URLs into your post, all you have to do is copy and paste the link/URL into your post. For images on other webpages, just right-click and select 'Copy image location' to get the URL of that image. eg: https://davidicke.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/DAVID-LONDON-9IMAGE.jpg will automatically appear as: This also works for videos hosted at YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok and Daily Motion. (For videos, please be sure to paste the 'full' URL to the video, not any 'shortened' links, and paste the link as 'plain text') eg, paste the URL: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x62saw2 Tweets from Twitter and posts from Facebook* can also be embedded in the same way. eg, paste the URL: https://twitter.com/garethicke/status/1383161810191269888 * Since Facebook made changes to their API, Facebook posts no longer embed here. Unfortunately auto-embedding does not yet work for videos hosted on BitChute, although they do support the oEmbed standards required for this to work here. Videos hosted at Rumble, BrandNewTube, Odysee, Banned.video and Brighteon will not embed here either, as those sites do not support oEmbed standards. Any URL's that cannot be 'embedded' will just be displayed as clickable links. If you have an image stored locally on your own computer, in order for it to be displayed in your post, you will need to upload it as an 'attachment'. Starting a new topic Try and make your topic title clear and understandable as to what you are posting about. There's no need to post ALL IN CAPITALS, and try and avoid 'click-bait' type titles including phrases such as "MUST SEE!" and "watch before its deleted!" etc Make sure you start your topic in the most appropriate area of the forum. If you think you've made a mistake and posted in the wrong area, use the Report Post function to alert a moderator, and your topic can be moved to a more appropriate category. Don't just post the same thing again elsewhere. Try and post your own original content. If you're sharing a YouTube video, please also include your own thoughts and perhaps an explanation of what the video shows. If you're copying and pasting material from elsewhere, make sure to include a link to the original source. Avoid copying and pasting full length articles; perhaps offer a few introductory paragraphs, interested readers can always click through to the full article to read more. Try to proof-read your post before clicking the 'Submit reply' or 'Submit topic' button. Posts can be edited for up to one hour, this is intended for correcting any 'typos' or spelling/grammar errors that you may spot. It is NOT for drastically changing the content of your post, especially if others have since replied. 2 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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