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jshepler
#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:41:59 PM
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There are a lot of new things in the new forum, many are not very intuitive. In this thread, I'll try to point out some things. As I other things come up, I'll try to add them to this thread. Hopefully, this could turn into a nice FAQ for the forum.
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jshepler
#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:42:16 PM
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The "ignore user" from the old forum is in this new forum as well, but it's not obvious where to go. In the box to the left of each forum post where it shows the username, rank, avatar, etc., clicking the username will present a menu of what you're allowed to do. There is where you'll find "Hide User Posts" ("Show User Posts" when already hidden) and works exactly like "ignore user" did.
jshepler
#3 Posted : Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:44:59 PM
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The new forum software will "translate" the timestamps on posts to match your timezone. You set your timezone in your profile. When logged into the portal, there is a "Profile" link at the top/right area of every page. Click that and at the bottom is the Forum area - click the Settings link. Here is where you set various stuff for the forum. Near the bottom of this page is the Timezone setting.
jshepler
#4 Posted : Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:51:25 PM
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Avatars have been greatly expanded. There are hundreds of new avatars available plus you have the option to upload your own image. To change your avatar, click the "Profile" link (upper/right of every page when you're logged in), click the "Avatar" link at the bottom in the forum section.

From there, you can browse the new avatars we have by clicking "Click Here to Select an Avatar".

If you want to use an existing image on the web, you can enter the image url next to "Enter URL of Avatar on Remote Server to Use:" and click its update button.

If you want to upload an image from your computer, click the "Browse..." button, find the image on your computer and select it (and click the file dialog's open button) and click that update button.




The avatar you set for the forum is also used in your blog, but it is not used for blog comments. Since blog comments can be anyone in the world (not just mybasic users), we can't use the same avatar. However, the blog comments uses gravatars - a global, internet-wide avatar system tied to an email address.
jshepler
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:45:05 PM
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Links to the last post in a topic

There are a few places in the forum where it will tell you who last posted in a topic (e.g. when viewing the list of topics in a forum, the last column). There is a tiny right-arrow icon pointing to a tiny document icon. These icons, together, are a link to that post.
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