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How do I start a new Discussion?

You must be a registered member of the Community and logged in to start a Discussion in the Forum. To become a member, you will need to create an account. To start a Discussion:

1. Log in to the Community.
2. Click Forums, located on the Community page.
3. Choose a folder you would like to publish your discussion in.
4. Click Start A Discussion.
5. Enter your post and title in the required fields. You can also add a clickable link to your post, simply by using a http:// prefix and pasting the link from your internet browser. Note, no HTML is recognised.
6. Click Start Discussion.

Your Discussion will appear as the most recent post within that Discussion group. To view your Discussion, click the title.

How do I join in on a Discussion?

You must be registered member of the Community and logged in to join in a Discussion within the Forum. To become a member, you will need to create an account. To join a Discussion:

1. Log in to the Community.
2. Enter the Forum, located on the Community page.
3. Choose the folder the Discussion is in.
4. Choose the Discussion you wish to join in.
5. Click Add Post.
6. Enter your post and title in the required fields. You can also add a clickable link to your post, simply by using a http:// prefix and pasting the link from your internet browser. Note, no HTML is recognised.
7. Click Add Post.

Your comment will appear as the most recent post within that Discussion group.

How do I reply to a post?

When you choose Reply To A Post, your message is displayed under the quoted post you are responding to.

1. Choose Reply To A Post.
2. Enter your comment in the Your Post field.
3. Click Submit.

Your comment will appear as the most recent post, with the post you have replied to quoted above. Note if you would like a separate post you can use Add Post. To start a new Discussion completely use Start A Discussion, this will then create a new thread.

Can I reply privately to a post?

Yes, you can privately message another member, instead of commenting on their post publicly.

1. Select Contact [Member] located at the bottom of the post box.
2. Enter your message in the fields provided.
You can also add additional friends to the message by checking the box next to your friends listed on the right.
3. Click Send Message.

Your message will be sent privately to the recipients.

How do I add an image or photo to my post?

You can insert an image or photo when creating your post.

1. Click Add Post within the Discussion you wish to post in.
2. Enter your post text and title within the required fields.
3. Select the Insert photo icon located at the bottom of the Your Post field (image of a tree).
4. Click Browse and choose an image from your system folders to upload. Note, the image cannot be more than 600 pixels wide or it may not display correctly. Accepted formats are: .rbg, .jpg, .gif.
5. Click Save.
6. Finish your post and click Add Post.

Your comment and image will appear as the most recent post within that Discussion group.

How do I add a link to my post?

You can also add a link within your post, to give members more information, or a point of reference.

1. Click Add Post within the Discussion you wish to post in.
2. Highlight the text which you would like to link from.
3. Select the icon of a chain link.
4. Insert the URL you are linking to into the Link URL box, including http:// as a prefix. Please do not post links to other forums, your own business or any other site which contravenes our Online Community guidelines. These will be removed.
5. Click Insert.
Your link will be displayed as live, in blue and underlined.
6. Click Add Post to publish your post to the Discussion.

How do I remove a link from my post?

You can easily remove a link from a post you have published.

1. Click Edit Post located underneath the desired post.
2. Highlight the link you wish to remove.
3. Click on the broken chain icon displayed. The link will then be removed. You can also delete the text associated with the link as well within the Your Post field.
4. Click Save Post.

The post will then be published without the link.

How do I add a smiley or other emoticon to my post?

Emoticons are a fun way to show emotion in your posts within the Community. To insert a smiley or other emoticon, click on the smiley face icon at the bottom of the Your Post field. Choose the emoticon you would like to add to your post.

Emoticons

How do I ask a question to other members?

If you would like to mark your post as a question for other members to answer, simply check the box labeled, Mark This Post as a Question when composing your post. Threads that have been marked as a question will display with a question mark icon.

If you would like to ask the moderator a question about the Forum, please post your question in the Forum Guidelines Discussion or send them a Private Message.

How do I preview my post?

To see what your post will look like with its images, text and links before publishing, select the magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the Your Post field.

How do I edit my post once it is published?

To edit any information in your post after you have published it:

1. Click Edit Post located in the bottom of the individual post's box.
2. Edit any part of your post (links, photos and text) as required.
3. Click Save Post to save the changes made.

How do I delete my post?

Once your post is published, you can delete it at anytime. Click Delete Post at the bottom of the message and then confirm your selection. Please note, you can only delete posts you have published yourself.

How do I report a post that I feel is inappropriate for the Online Forum?

If you would like to report a post that you believe breaches the Community guidelines, click on Report Abuse at the bottom of the post. This will alert the forum moderators, who will review the post and take appropriate action.

Can I ignore a certain member's posts?

Yes, you can ignore a certain member's posts if you feel they are irrelevant. Simply click Ignore [Member] located at the bottom of the post field. All posts from that user will no longer be visible to you.

I ignored a member in a Discussion. How can I now see their posts?

If you have previously ignored a member's posts, you can easily make them visible again. Simply click Stop Ignoring [Member] located at the top of the Discussion’s page and the posts will become visible again.

Where did the Message Boards go?

The Trafalgar website Message Boards have simply been renamed the Trafalgar Community. We are currently in the process of improving the entire website to provide all of our members some new features and an overall enhanced experienced when participating within the Community.

I am experiencing problems with the Online Forum and cannot find the answer listed above. What can I do?

If you are experiencing problems using any of the features of the Community and cannot find your answer in these FAQ’s, please send a private message to the Web Editor and we will respond to your request shortly.

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