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    mentorjhuls
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    Here’s the GENERAL HELP for our Barley Community Forum!

    Forums, Topics and Posts

    What is a community bulletin board?

    A community bulletin board is an online discussion site. It’s sometimes also called a ‘board’ or ‘forums’. It may contain several categories, consisting of forums, topics and individual posts. The content on a community bulletin board is often created by the users or members of the site. They are used for support, to share ideas and for a variety of different topics.

    How is all this structured?

    The bulletin board as a whole contains various categories (broad subject areas), which themselves contain forums (more specific subject areas) which contain topics (conversations or discussions) which are made up of individual posts (where a user writes something).

    Usually the community home page has a list of categories and forums, with basic statistics for each – including the number of topics and posts, and which member posted the most recent message. This can be replaced with an activity stream which shows a stream of the latest posts, photos and other items shared.

    How do I find my way around?

    When you click on a forum’s name, you are taken to the list of topics it contains. A topic is a conversation between members or guests. Each topic starts out as a single post and grows as replies and comments are added by different users.

    To start a new topic simply click on the + New Topic button (you may need the right permissions to do this).

    Threads can be ordered in many different ways. The default is to have the topic with the most recent activity at the top. But you can easily change this ordering, for example to have the topic with the most posts at the top. Simply click on Filter menu at the top right of the topic list. The Filter menu will provide you with the options you need to sort the current page

    Multi-page views

    When there are more topics to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the ‘Page’ box, which contains page numbers. This indicates that the list of topics has been split over two or more pages. This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the community.

    What are sticky topics?

    ‘Sticky’ topics are topics determined to be important by moderators or administrators. They are listed at the top of the topic list and remain ‘stuck’ to the top of the listing, even if they haven’t had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times.

    How do I read a topic?

    To read a topic, click on its title. Each post in a topic is created by a member or a guest. You’ll see some brief information about the member who created the topic to the left of post message.

    To post a reply to an existing topic, click on the Post Reply button. If this button does not appear, it could mean that you are not logged in as a member, or that you do not have permission to reply, or that the topic has been closed to new replies.

    There will also be a Reply box at the bottom of the page. This is where you can quickly enter a reply as well. If you click the Quote link on any reply, the content of that post will automatically be added to the Reply box for you. Clicking Quote on multiple posts allows you to multi-quote those posts in a single reply.

    How do I find out more about members?

    To view information about a particular member, click on the user name. This will take you to their public profile page.

    What is the Navigation Bar?

    The navigation bar at the top of every page has links to help you move around. A ‘breadcrumb’ area at the top left shows where you are now. A form on the right allows you to quickly login. This allows quick movement from one section of the site to the other.

    Can I change the way the community looks?

    You may be able to change the styling of the community by using the style changer in the bottom left of the page. This lets you choose different styles or themes which change the color scheme and appearance of the community. If this option does not appear, the board cannot be restyled.

    Registration

    The administrator will probably require you to register to make full use of the features of this site. Being registered gives you a unique username and identity on the board. Registration is free unless otherwise specified and offers some or all of the following features depending how the administrator has configured the site:

    • Posting new topics
    • Replying to other peoples’ topics
    • Editing your content
    • Sending private messages to other members
    • Subscribing to content
    • Create a unique signature to use in posts
    • Upload a custom Avatar

    How do I register?

    You register by clicking the Log In or Sign Up link near the top of the page, and then on Sign Up in the box that opens. You will be asked to choose a user name, password, and enter a valid email address. You may be asked your birth date to determine your age. In addition there will be some other fields which you will be invited to respond, some may be mandatory. Once this is complete you will either be fully registered, or in some cases you may receive an email from which you must follow a link to confirm your address and complete registration. Finally in some cases the Administrator may require a waiting period while he or she verifies your account.

    You will have to agree to the terms of service or forum rules before registration can be completed. A link will be provided allowing you to review the site rules before agreeing.

    Note: Entering your email address will not leave you open to “spam” as it will not be shared with other forum users, only the site staff unless you specify otherwise.

    Depending how the site is configured you may be able to bypass some or all of the registration steps if you choose to “Connect with Facebook” which, if available, will connect this site with your existing Facebook account.

    If you are under the age of 13 the administrator may require that a parent or guardian provide consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process if required.

    Login / Logoff

    Login to the site by locating the “Login or Sign Up” link located in the top right corner of the page.

    Click the link to activate the login box.

    Enter in your username and password with the option to “Remember me” then click “Log in”.

    Remember me allows a user to stay logged instead of their session with the site timing out after a default of 15 minutes without activity.

    Please note: The Remember me feature sets a cookie in order to function properly, if you have specified in your browser to clear all cookies upon closing the program or similar then the feature may not work properly.

    A short message “Logging in…” will appear until the login process is completed then you will see your Messages and User Options available on the top right where the login link was prior.

    Alternatively you may also login using Facebook, if enabled by the Site Administrator.

    To do this, Click the Log in with Facebook icon.

    If you have logged into Facebook recently and/or within the same browser session login will take place immediately.

    If you have not logged into Facebook recently it will prompt you for login.

    On the subject of Facebook login, please note your Facebook account must be associated with your forum account in order for login to take place. To locate your facebook details simply visit your User Settings then the Account tab and scroll down to find the options for “Facebook Connect”.

    Logging Off

    After you login, the Login or Signup link will turn into your username. Clicking on your username will provide a dropdown menu. Select the logoff link on this menu to logout. Logging off will remove all cookies from your computer and you will be logged out of the software. This will also remove “Remember Me” cookies.

    How do I recover my lost password?

    I forgot my password, what can I do?

    If you’ve forgotten you password you can click on the “Forgot password or user name?” link. It will appear in the “Sign In” box and anytime you enter an incorrect password. You will be taken to a new page where you can enter your registered email address and may need to also answer a human verification challenge to prevent exploitation by automated bots. An email will be sent shortly to that email address with final instructions on how to reset your password.

    Since passwords are saved in an encrypted format in the database there is no way to retrieve your actual password, it will be replaced with a new password.

    You must be able to receive emails to your registered email address for this to work. You may need to check your spam filters and folder if you do not see this email in a few minutes.

    Facebook Connect

    Facebook Connect is an optional vBulletin feature that, if enabled, allows for quicker registrations by automatically using information from your existing Facebook account on this site. If you have previously registered you may use Facebook Connect to link your site account with your Facebook profile.

    Besides quicker registrations the other benefit of using Facebook Connect is, if enabled, you will be given the option of publishing the content you post to your Facebook Wall at the same time you submit it to this site. To use this feature look for a “Publish to Facebook” checkbox under the main editor box before submitting your post.

    You may add or sever the Facebook link at any time by going to your username at the top of the page, and choosing “User Settings.” Next click on the “Accounts” tab and finally scroll down to “Facebook Connect” and you may connect or disconnect from Facebook.

    Publishing Content to Facebook

    Publish to Facebook is an option available if you have used Facebook Connect to create or link your site account with your Facebook profile. If enabled by the site administrator you will see a “Publish to Facebook?” checkbox when creating forum posts and topics, blog entries, group messages, and other content. You must manually check the box if you wish to share your post on Facebook. A short description and a link to the content will automatically be posted to your Facebook wall if checked.

    Searching this Site

    Basic Search

    You can perform a basic global search by entering your keywords into the search form located at the top right corner of the page. This will return any results matching your keywords up to the maximum value allowed by the site administrator.

    Advanced Search

    The site also has an Advanced Search. You can access the Advanced Search by clicking on the down arrow in the search box and selecting it off the resulting menu.

    Advanced Search allows you to fine tune your search to include only specific content types, specific forums, blogs or groups or even to search by a specific user.

    How do I control my search results

    This site uses a keyword-based Boolean search. This means that you can search for multiple keywords but not specific phrases. The default comparison is to use ‘AND’. This means that if all of your keywords appear in the content, it can be returned in the search results.

    You can use ‘AND’ (default), ‘OR’ and ‘NOT’ operators. You can also ‘-‘ (minus sign) for NOT. Short, common and bad words are omitted from the search criteria. These short common and bad words are defined by the site administrator.

    Examples

    Excluded Words

    • What it does: excludes search results with a particular word or phrase
    • What to type: bass -fishing
    • What you’ll get: results about bass that are not related to fishing

    Multiple Words

    • What it does: searches for web pages that include either word
    • What to type: vacation London OR Paris
    • What you’ll get: results with the word “vacation” and either “London” or “Paris”

    Finding New Content

    Today’s Posts / New Topics

    Today’s Posts and New Topics are a means by which members can discover the latest content on a site, regardless of the channel (forum, group, blog etc) or content type (posts, photos, links etc).

    For many people this can be the most convenient way of exploring the site, as it aggregates all recent activity in one place.

    TODAY’S POSTS is usually shown only to guests (unregistered users browsing the site), and provides a simple but comprehensive list of all content that has been updated in the past 24 hours. Topics with unread content are highlighted in bold text; topics with no new content since the last visit are displayed in normal (non-bold) text.

    NEW TOPICS is usually shown only to logged in users, and works in much the same way as Today’s posts, except that it only shows topics with unread content since the member’s last visit to the site. Topics will generally only show up in bold text, as once the item has been read it is no longer “New” and therefore does not display in “New Topics” at all.

    In both cases; logged in members will see a small icon immediately to the left of the title in the case of unread topics; clicking this icon will take the member to the first unread item in the topic. Clicking the title itself will open the topic at the first item.

    Each entry in the list also shows the following information:

    • The topic title
    • A read / unread icon that indicates whether the topic contains unread content
    • A small icon that links directly to the first unread item in the topic (if the topic contains unread content)
    • Name of person who started the topic
    • Date and time the topic was started
    • Any Topic prefix associated with the topic. Clicking on the prefix will show you other topics with this prefix
    • Total number of posts in the topic
    • Total number of likes within the topic
    • Name and avatar of the last person to post to the topic
    • Date and time of the last post to the topic.

    Additionally, at the top of the list of topics, there are two filters that enable the viewer to sort the results according to their requirements.

    Activity Stream

    The Activity Stream forms an integral part of new content discovery on the site. It can be configured to be visible, or even to be the default view, in a number of areas of the site, such as: Forums, Blogs, Groups, Topics and Discussions.

    The idea of an Activity Stream is to provide a “running commentary” of activity in that particular section of the site, or even the entire site if required.

    A straightforward example of an Activity Stream view would be the main Forum listing. At the top of the list of forums are a series of tabs; the second of these is labelled “Latest Activity”. Clicking this tab transforms the view of the forums from a straightforward list, to a free flowing commentary of recent activity. This will commonly consist of new topics started, replies to existing topics, and the addition of other content such as photos. Each “entry” in the stream also makes clear who posted the content, and where and when.

    Activity Streams appear in other places as well. These include Groups and Blogs, and even in topics themselves, where the list of posts can be displayed in stream view to provide a commentary of activity specific to that topic.

    Activity Stream modules can be configured by the administrator to display content using certain criteria by default, though end users can apply different filters if they choose. End users can change the filter on specific streams to show the results they are looking for, such as specific content types or time frames.

    Cookies (and how they are used).

    Cookies are very small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit some websites.

    We use cookies to help identify your computer so we can tailor your user experience, track shopping basket contents and remember where you are in the order process. You can disable any cookies already stored on your computer, but these may stop our website from functioning properly.

    The following is strictly necessary in the operation of our website.

    This Website Will:

    • Use cookies to track your current login.
    • Use cookies to track your current session.
    • Use cookies for AJAX communication with the server.
    • Use cookies to track read marking on specific topics.

    Functional Cookies

    The following are not Strictly Necessary, but are required to provide you with the best user experience.

    This Website Will:

    • Track the pages you visits via Google Analytics
    • Allow you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook (If available)

    This website will not:

    • Share any personal information with third parties.

    What is ‘Automatic Login’?

    When you register (and also when you login using the form at the top of the screen), you will be given the option to ‘Remember me’. This will store your identity securely in a cookie on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer, we recommend you do not enable this.

    How do I clear my cookies or cache?

    You can clear all your cookies set by the forum by clicking the ‘logout’ link at the top of the page. In some cases, if you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.

    To clear cookies and cache in Internet Explorer 9

    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window.
    2. Select Temporary Internet Files and cookies.
    3. Unchecked all of the other boxes, especially Preserve Favorites website data. This option makes the window also delete objects from websites in your Favorites folder, which is necessary to completely clear your cookies and cache.
    4. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window to perform the operations (i.e. clear your cache by deleting temporary files).
    5. Your computer will work for a moment, and then the process will be complete. You’ve successfully cleared Internet Explorer 9’s Cookies and Cache!

    To clear cookies and cache in Internet Explorer 8 or higher

    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window
    2. Select Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.
    3. Unchecked all of the other boxes, especially Preserve Favorites website data. This option makes the window also delete objects from websites in your Favorites folder, which is necessary to completely clear your cookies and cache.
    4. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window to delete your temporary files (i.e. clear your cache) and cookies.

    To clear cookies and cache in Firefox 4.0 or higher

    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the recent history window.
    2. Make sure ‘Details’ is expanded, then select Cache and Cookies from the list. Unchecked everything else.
    3. In the Time Range to Clear: drop down, select everything.
    4. Select Clear Now. Your computer will work for a moment, and the process will be complete. You’ve successfully cleared Firefox’s Cache!

    To clear cookies and cache in Chrome V10 or higher

    1. Access the Delete Browsing History window by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete, or clicking on this link: [chrome://settings/clearBrowserData].
    2. Select the Empty the cache check-box and the Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data check-box. Unchecked everything else to avoid deleting data unintentionally.
    3. In the Obliterate the following items from: drop-down menu, select the beginning of time.
    4. Click the Clear Browsing Data button. Chrome will work for a moment, and then the process will be done. You’ve successfully cleared Chrome’s Cache!

    To clear cookies and cache in Safari

    1. Once your browser is open, click the Safari menu and select Empty Cache….
    2. Click Empty.
    3. To delete Cookies, click the Safari menu and select Preferences…
    4. Under the Privacy tab, select Details
    5. Select “Remove all”, read the confirmation message and click “Remove” and then “Done”

    For browsers not listed or for additional help, please contact your Internet browser support.

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    By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violation of any laws.

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