Community Tips

Welcome! Getting Started in the Community

Welcome! We're glad you are here. This is a friendly, caring, and knowledgeable community. It only takes a minute to register. You'll need an email address to activate your membership. We do not use or sell your email for any reason other than running this community. There are many benefits to registering besides posting, such as private messaging to and from any other member, and automatic email notification when a reply comes to your question if you choose. How to Register Look at the...

Create Your First Post

Creating a new post is easy, and this video shows you some of the finer points like selecting the forum and creating tags. Or, you can browse Topics and if you want to join in, click Add Reply or At the end of every discussion, you'll see a box where you can write a reply. or To reply to a specific post within a discussion, Click Take Action at the bottom of that post and Click Reply With Quote. ST

Questions That Get Answers

Here are a few suggestions to help you get the best answer to your question as quickly as possible: Search Search the forum. It's likely someone has already answered your question. If you find it, you won't have to wait for someone to see your post to get an answer. See: How Do I Search the Community? Post in the correct forum Experts in various areas tend to stick to forums that focus on those areas so you are more likely to get an answer if you ask in the right forum. A question about a...

How Do I Search the Community?

Here are some quick tips for searching for content in our community. At the top right area of the screen - look for the search icon beside your name. Click that and the Search box will open. Just above the Search box, there's a link to open an Advanced Search too. Here's a quick video showing the user interface for mobile devices. Doing an Advanced Search on an iPad Mini.

New Since Last Visit

In our old forum platform, you could do a search for new posts since your last visit. In this platform, there is no direct equivalent to that but you may not need it. The list of topics that you see on the home page is sorted by the last post date. The most recent topics are at the top of the list. New posts (that are unread for you) will be flagged with the NEW flag. Those topics with unread posts will have a "First Unread Post" link that will take you straight to the first unread post for...

Email Notifications and Following a Forum or Discussion

There are several ways to turn on email notifications so that you are notified when someone posts or replies in the community. When you create a new discussion or reply to someone else's you are automatically subscribed to that discussion. That means that you don't need to check back to see if anything has happened. You will get an email as soon as there's activity. Here's a quick video that shows you the various places that you can control your email notifications. OR Click Forums Click...

Having trouble signing in?

We recently updated our sign-in procedure and if you have old sign-in data cached, this can create a problem. Please:

  1. Clear your browser cache and cookies
  2. Then close the browser (not just the window)
  3. Open the browser and try again
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