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Some tips for using the "new" forum

#1
In no particular order :

  1. PMs / conversations
  2. Mark Forums Read
  3. Editing your user profile
  4. Avatars
  5. Inserting a picture into your post
  6. Forum-generated help
  7. Signatures

1. PMs /conversations :

PMs are now called conversations, although they may be between groups of members rather than just single person to person.

  • Hover/click/tap on "inbox" (top right hand side) or "envelope symbol" in orange bar on mobile.
  • Click "start a new conversation"
  • Type in member's name(s)
  • OR
  • Start typing enough of a name until the member shows and then select (repeat if multiple names required)
  • Compose and send
OR
  • Click a member's name
  • Click "start a new conversation"
  • Compose and send
OR (On a PC)
  • click in "Find Member" box
  • Start typing enough of a name until the member's name shows in the drop down
  • Click the member you want
  • Click "start a new conversation"
  • Compose and send

note. hover works on a PC, click/tap works on a mobile

note. that you can now (as of March '18) attach files (images) to conversations

note. that for some unknown reason there is no option provided to delete conversations


2. Mark forums read :

The orange "speech bubble" icon to the left of all forums is orange for those with threads that have not been read, or just an outline for those with threads that have been read.

New members : I suggest to start with that you "mark forums read".

On a PC click the "mark forums read" in the full width orange banner near the top​
On a mobile (at least on mine which is Android) it is also in the full width orange banner but you have to click the "three lines" to get a drop-down​
3. Editing your user profile :

To get to your profile to make changes as required click your username (or avatar on a mobile) in the menu bar

BFW_XF_profile_page.jpg


4. Avatars :

The current software version shows an initial (username initial) where there is no avatar uploaded for a user account. Avatars migrated from the old forum may be of poor quality as they have been "stretched". I suggest you upload a new one of your choice.

To insert, or change, an avatar go to your user profile and follow instructions.


5. Inserting a picture into your post :

You can insert an image (picture) directly into your post from your PC or mobile, either full-size or better still (recommended) as a thumbnail. There is a 10MB limit to image size so you are unlikely to have to resize, and all full-size images are automatically adjusted for best-fit.

Use the "Attach Files" button and browse your images.

For tutorial see https://barbel.co.uk/forum/threads/how-to-insert-images-in-a-post.14243/


6. Forum-generated help :

see https://barbel.co.uk/forum/help/
also available via the 'help' link at the bottom of a page

help_topics.jpg
note. that "Trophies" are disabled on this board


7. Signatures :

Links are NOT allowed in signatures of members



AndyF, BobG or paul4 will add more tips in due course.
 
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#3
for anyone who struggles with the smaller font size, using windows 10 on a P.C. On the top righthand corner of your screen, you should see 3 horizontal stripes, click on this and you will get a drop down menu, you can now zoom in to make the font bigger. :);)
 
#7
Just to say, since the latest change I can't see the ammount of posts, the latest post details or the number of pages.
This on my Android phone.
Seem to recall this was how it was in portrait previously but was ok in landscape.
Cheers
Paul
 
#8
Just to say, since the latest change I can't see the ammount of posts, the latest post details or the number of pages.
This on my Android phone.
Seem to recall this was how it was in portrait previously but was ok in landscape.
That's correct Paul, it just works differently - for some reason they've omitted this column and data