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New forum tips

Post by coulomb » Mon, 31 Jul 2017, 16:55

Now that we have a new forum, we're all going to be learning how to do things a little differently.

Firstly, there is the New Posts option under the Quick Links drop-down near the top left corner:
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If you're looking for the control panel, it's under your user name near the top right corner:
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You can see your Private Messages there, and the Control Panel.

One thing you may care to use the Control Panel for is to change your time zone. Somehow we didn't transfer the time zone across with other user information, so you'll be defaulting to London time (UTC). To change it, select User Control Panel from the drop-down as above, and select the Board Preferences tab:
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It's pretty obvious what to do from there.

How to post an image

When it comes time to add an image to your post, if you're using the Chrome browser, the not-so-obvious thing you'll need is this, near the bottom left of the post's main edit window:
Image        Image

[ Edit: it seems that Chrome only shows the "hamburger" at certain zoom levels. ]

Clicking on those stripes will switch from Options to Attachments. On Firefox, the tab is already called "Attachments".

From there, click "Add Files" and it's pretty obvious. You can also do this by simply dragging and dropping your file into the post editor. Usually use "Place inline" for images (though you might want to keep a large schematic as an attachment), or leave other files as an attachment. You can inline other files if you want, like this:
Example zip file, I don't even remember what's in it
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Remember that [size=xx] is different now; [size=1] is unreadable, because it's a percentage. So for small text, use [size=85] or so. For large text, [size=150] is pretty big. You can get these, and other sizes, from the "Normal" menu in the post editor.

Hopefully, that should get us started. Feel free to add other tips to this topic, but I'd like to keep the chatter to a minimum.

[ Edit: Added info about [size=], where to find the attachment stripes. Attachment stripes issue only for Chrome browser. Simplified the [size=xx] part. ]
[ Edit: Placed the two "Attachments" images side by side. Added info about dragging and dropping attachments, and using "Normal" menu to change text size. -- weber]
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Re: New forum tips

Post by weber » Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 09:15

Some other things you may want to do with the User Control Panel (UCP) (accessed from the menu at your username, near the top right), in addition to:
  • Setting your time zone: UCP > Board preferences > Edit global settings
  • Choose to receive email for various kinds of notification: UCP > Board preferences > Edit notification options
  • Change your password to something more memorable: UCP > Profile > Edit account settings

This forum software has all of the same BBCodes as the old forum software, and then some. But unlike the old post editor, in this one you can select a piece of text and click a button to enclose it in the appropriate tags. For the bold text above, I was able to first type the text, then select it and click the B button above the edit pane.

To change the size of text, you can just select the text and choose "Large", "Small" etc from the Normal ⌄ menu above the edit pane.

To upload attachments (including images) you can just drag and drop them into into the edit pane.
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