Summerlands Message Board Frequently Asked Questions

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How the heck do I use this thing?

The message list is divided into parts:

The Linkbar: (Appears at the top and the bottom of the list page).

The Message List

  • Here you'll see the subject line of each message.  The newest ones are at the top.  Replies to a message appear directly below that message and are indented.  To read a message, just click on the highlighted message subject.  If you place your mouse pointer over a message, you will see the author's name, and the date that it was posted.

The Message Form - This is used to post a message.

  • Name:  Type your name (or a nickname) here.
  • E-Mail: If you'd like people to have the option of sending you E-Mail, enter your address here. (Optional)
  • Subject: This is the topic of your message. Try to make your subject as specific as possible.  For example "Confused about POV" is much better than "A Question," or the proverbial "HELP!!!!" ;-)
  • Check if you want to receive replies via e_mail.  If you check this box, you will receive an e-mail copy of all replies to you message.
  • Message:  Type your message into this field.  Make it as short as you can, so that more people will read it.  Many just don't read long messages.

NOTE: The next three boxes are optional.

  • Link URL:  Does your post refer to a web site?  If so, enter the URL here, and a link will be added to your message.
  • Link Title:  If you typed in a Link URL, Enter a title for the URL here. This Title will appear as a link at the end of your message.
  • Image URL:  If you have a picture on the web that you want to include with your message, type its URL here

Click [Preview] to view the message for typos before you post it.

click [Expand Threads ] or [View Archived Messageshe [Post Message] Button to send your message to the Message Board.

click [Expand Threads ] or [View Archived Messageshe [Reset] button, if you want to start over.

How do I post a Reply?

If you read a message and want to post a reply, you can do it directly from that message page.  Let's look at the parts of the message page:

The Linkbar (There's a linkbar at the top and the bottom of each message page):

  • [View Thread] - This scrolls you to the thread view.  A thread consists of a topic message, and all of the replies under that message.
  • [Post Reply] - This scrolls you to the Reply Input Boxes, so that you can post your response to the message you just read.
  • [Return to Main List] - Returns you to the main message list page.
  • [Admin] - Administrator access.
  • [Help] - Gets you here.

The Message: Here you'll find:

  • The poster's Name. If the name is highlighted, you can click on it to send E-Mail.
  • The Date and Time that the message was posted.
  • The Message itself. (finally!!)
  • If the poster included links with their message, they appear at the bottom.

The Reply Form:

This is almost exactly like the main message form, with two exceptions:

  • The Subject Box will contain the subject of the original message, with a Re: in front of it.  This shows that your message is a response to the original message.  You can edit this, or leave it as-is.
  • The Message Box will include the original message, with a colon at the start of each line, to indicate that those lines were "quoted" from the original message.  You may edit these lines, or leave them as is. (If you're responding to a small section of a rather large message, you can cut the quoted part down,so that it just includes the relevant part of the message).

click [Expand Threads ] or [View Archived Messageshe [Preview] to check your message for typos before posting it.

click [Expand Threads ] or [View Archived Messageshe [Post It] button, to send your message to the board.

click [Expand Threads ] or [View Archived Messageshe [Reset] Button it you want to start over.

Can I put html tags anywhere in my posts?

No. You can not use HTML tags in any field except body of the message. The maintainer of the script has the option of allowing or disallowing any HTML in the Message part of your posting. If they disallow it, the script will just throw out everything in <>'s. If they allow it, your html markup will appear in the posting. It can't hurt to try.

Why are there colons in the message when I try to post a reply?

Colons appear in the message dialog box when you try to reply up on a message to indicate that those lines are quoting the previous document. The owner of the e_Board can decide whether they wish to enable or disable the quoting of previous messages.

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