Our Forums section allows you to interact with one another on a variety of topics. Here you can post your opinions about books or movies, thoughts about something that you have seen in the news or even share your experiences on how you dealt with a problem. You can also write about a problem you are having and then get some ideas from others. If you think of a subject that you would like to see added to our Forums, please contact us and let us know the following:
What is name of the subject matter? (Example:School News)
What do you think would be a good description to explain the subject? (Example:What's happening in your schools?)
It will appear in the Forums like this:
NOTE: We reserve the right to not include a subject, that we deem to be unsuitable for family viewing.
This is also where you will see the avatar that you uploaded in your account module. So that means that if you had this sample graphic as an avatar, then it will appear every time you take part in the forums. If you change the graphic in your account, then that new graphic will automatically change all of the graphics in all of your forums.
If you want to include a different graphic for each of your forums, then you can do that in the "Message" part of the text by using the coding shown below. Click Here to see an example of how it looks to have a graphic of your business, plus a graphic of the subject you want to talk about.
If you are using your business logo as your avatar, then that is another great way for you to advertise your business. The fun part about that is, in the Forums, you can also add a HTML link that will take the reader to either your business listing on our website or to your outside website. If you are someone who does a lot with animals, such as Lost & Found Pets or Adopt a Pet, you can add a link to your listing in either of those categories as well or to any listing that you make.
In order to access the Forums module, you will need to login to your Control Panel and click on the icon that is circled in this image:
When you click on the Forums icon, it will bring you to a list of current Forum categories. At the bottom of the list of categories you will see this:
This "Edit Profile" link is an optional feature that will allow you to put in something that you want to automatically appear on every single one of your Forum entries. This is a great place to put a link to your business listing, as well as put the name of your business and the address. You can also put a short description of your business, your credentials or yourself.
If you are someone who likes to talk about parenting for example, you could put something like, "We have 6 children ranging from 2 to 10 and these are my successful family encounters..." or if you have a degree in a child psychology, you could include that in there. This is what this short form looks like:
When you are ready to add a Forum, click on the category you want to add a comment and then click on the "New Thread" button that looks like this:
When you add your comments, we ask you to please remember the following:
Please try to keep your comments suitable for family viewing.
No matter how tempted your are, please don't use any profanity.
Remember, this is an English speaking website, therefore, please make your Forums submissions Only in the English language.
When you are entering your comments, please make your submissions relevant to that category. Contact us, if you want us to add a category.
After you choose a category, you will then see a screen like this:
This is where you can write what's on your mind and then choose a "Topic Icon", also known as emoticons, if you would like to add one. You can also add HTML codes to your forum submission in Bold, Italic, or Underline, Preformatted, Link to URL, Link to image, Quote, or List. To learn more about this coding, please visit our sister website by clicking here. Then, when you are ready to return to this screen just click on the back arrow located at the top left of your screen. It will look similar to this graphic:
In the "Message" entry part, you also have the option of adding emoticons, also known as "Smilies" to what you have written. You can choose from a wide selection in the block that is located to the right of your forum entry. It looks similiar to this:
You will also have the choice as to whether or not you want to know if there were any replies to what you wrote. It looks like this:
When you are done, it is a good idea to click on the "Preview" button to check for errors and make corrections, before you click on the "Submit" button. This preview screen will appear at the bottom of the page.
Reply to a Forum
When you reply to a Forum, it will automatically copy all of the orginal text in there. You cannot change the original, but you can change a quote or remove any portion of the original post that does not pertain to what you wish to comment upon, or you can remove it altogether and just say you want to say about that subject.
Deleting Your Forum Submission
Sometimes, you submit an idea and then later decide that you don't want that submission in there. When that happens, to delete your submission, just go to the Forums and click on the Forum entry that you made and then click on delete button.
If you have any questions or need help, please contact us!