OrthoAxis - Forum-instructions

OrthoAxis Forum Posting Instructions

Want to participate in the forum? You will likely want to make a post.

There are two main types of posts you can make: a topic or a reply. Selecting the NEW TOPIC button in a forum button will take you to the posting screen. After submitting your post, a new topic will appear in that forum with your post as the first displayed. Other users (and you as well) are now able to reply to your topic by using the POST REPLY button. This will once again bring you to the posting screen, allowying you to enter your post.

Click on one of the tabs below to learn more about adding a post to the forum

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Once you are logged into the forum you will see the Board index page. Just click on the Forum Category you would like to create a new topic in
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Click on one of the "New Topic" buttons.
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Enter a subject for your post
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Type whatever you like in the main text entry area.
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At this point you have several choices of what to do with your post. They include:
  • Formatting the text of your post and/or add images to the post. See "Formatting a Post" to learn more.
  • Hitting the "Cancel" button to throw away the post.
  • Hitting the "Save draft" button will save the draft. See "Loading a saved draft" to learn how to work with drafts.
  • Hitting the "Preview" button to see what your post will look like
  • Hitting the "Submit" button to add your post to the forum

Preview of Post

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From any post in the forum, click on the "Post Reply" button found above and below the post.
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The posting form will display.
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In the message window enter your reply.
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At this point you have several choices of what to do with your post. They include:
  • Formatting the text of your post and/or add images to the post. See "Formatting a Post" to learn more.
  • Hitting the "Cancel" button to throw away the post.
  • Hitting the "Save draft" button will save the draft. See "Loading a saved draft" to learn how to work with drafts.
  • Hitting the "Preview" button to see what your post will look like
  • Hitting the "Submit" button to add your post to the forum
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Once submitted the post is available for all members to view.
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From within the forum, click on your name in the top right corner of the screen. Click on "User Control Panel"
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When the "User Control Panel" is displayed, click on "Manage Drafts"
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Find the draft you would like to work on and click on the "Load Draft" link
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The draft will be displayed in the normal posting form ready for your modifications.
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Make your modifications. You can click on the Submit button to make the post.
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Your post is now available to be read by forum members.

The forum allows for a variety of formatting options. Learn what you can do by clicking on any of the tabs below.

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Select the text you would like to make bold.
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Click on the button.
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The text to be displayed as bold is marked to be displayed bold and does not actually become bold in the editor window, it is just marked to be displayed bold.

The bolded text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like italicized
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Click on the button.
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The text to be italicized is marked to be italicized and does not actually become italicized in the editor window, it is just marked to be italicized.

The bolded text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like underlined
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Click on the button.
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The text to be underlined is marked to be underlined and does not actually become underlined in the editor window, it is just marked to be underlined.

The underlined text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like to color
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Click on the button. A palette of colors will be displayed.
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Click on one of the colors in the palette.
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The text to be colored is marked to be colored and does not actually become colored in the editor window, it is just marked to be colored.

The colored text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like to make larger
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Click on the Normal drop down menu and select Large or Huge.
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The text to be made larger is marked to be larger and does not actually become larger in the editor window, it is just marked to be larger.

The larger text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like to make smaller
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Click on the Normal drop down menu and select Tiny or Small.
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The text to be made smaller is marked to be smaller and does not actually become smaller in the editor window, it is just marked to be smaller.

The smaller text will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text you would like to be in a quote box.
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Click on the button.
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The text to be in a quote box is marked but does not actually show in a quote box in the editor window, it is just marked to be in a quote box.

The text in a quote box will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

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Select the text of one of the items in the list.
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Click on the button.
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Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each item in the list.

For numbered lists skip to step 7. For lettered lists skip to step 11.
Bulleted List
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Select the text you would like to make into a bulleted list.
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Click on the button.
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The bulleted list is marked to be displayed as a list but does not actually become a list in the editor window.

The bulleted list will look like this once the post is saved

Numbered List
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Select the text you would like to make a numbered list.
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Click on the button.
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Change the tag that shows as [list=] to read [list=1]

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The numbered list is marked to be displayed as a list but does not actually become a list in the editor window.

The numbered list will look like this once the post is saved

Lettered List
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Select the text you would like to make a lettered list.
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Click on the button.
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Change the tag that shows as [list=] to read [list=a]

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The numbered list is marked to be displayed as a list but does not actually become a list in the editor window.

The lettered list will look like this once the post is saved

To learn more about BBCodes click on the link within the BBCode link in the editor

Link to learn more about BBCodes

Images can be added to a post using two different methods. One is by using the attachments section of the posting page. The second is dragging and dropping an image onto the message are of the posting screen.

Once images have been uploaded to a post they will be displayed at the end of the post unless they are placed inline the post.
Load Images Using the Attachments Section
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Click the "Add Files" button
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Select an image from the dialog box that pops up.
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Click on the "Choose" button. The image will be uploaded.
Dragging and Dropping Images
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Select the image you would like to add to the post
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Drag the image onto the message area of the posting screen.
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Drop the image and it will be uploaded.
Placing an Image Inline
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Place the curser where you would like the image placed within the message window.
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Click on the "Place Inline" button next to the desired image.
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Code is added to the message indicating the placement of the image.
The image will be displayed inline as shown once the post is saved.