Using the Forum
A forum is an online discussion site. Some people who have been around the internet for a while might call it a 'bulletin board' or 'board'. A forum is broken down into different categories, each category is the home to several forums, Inside the forums are threads and individual messages.
What is a Thread
Threads are topics of discussion, for that reason They are also sometimes called 'discussions'.
Messages are 'posted' to the forums and are sometimes called 'posts'.
How do I find my way around the forums?
The main Forum list shows you the different categories and the forums within it. Click on the forum titles and you see the threads.
When you click on a forum's name, you are taken to the list of threads it contains. A thread is a conversation between members. Each thread starts out as a single message and grows as replies are added by different members.
To start a new thread simply click on the 'Post New Thread' button towards the top-right of the page (if there is no such button, it means you do not have permission to post a new thread).
Threads can be ordered in different ways. The default is to have the thread with the latest messages at the top. But you can easily change this ordering, for example to have the thread with the most messages at the top, or the most views. Simply click on the column heading at the top of the list of threads. You can also reverse the sorting order by clicking the heading again.
How do I read a thread?
To read a thread, click on its title. Each message in a thread is created by a member. You'll see some brief information about the member who created the thread to the left of the first message.
How to I reply to a thread?
To post a reply to an existing thread, type your reply in the box at the bottom of the list of messages and then click on the 'Post Reply' button. If the 'Post Reply' 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 thread has been closed to new replies.
The 'More Options' button gives you more options when replying to a thread, such as the ability to preview the message before posting. It is recommended that you do this
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. From here you can see links to their profile page and all the posts they have made.
Choose the relevant forum to post in. The forums are on the front page and have labels like "Continental Touring" or "Motorhome Insurance" Choose the forum that fits your post/question best but don't worry too much about finding the 'right' place. If you are in any doubt choose "Motorhome Chat" No one will moan at you if your post is in the wrong place.
To select a message to be quoted, click the Multi-Quote button. Note that the plus sign Multi-Quote changes to a minus sign -Quote which indicates that you have selected this post to quote. Click the Multi-Quote button to deselect it.
When at least one post has been selected for quoting, an Insert Quotes... button will appear below the reply text box.
Clicking the Insert Quotes... button will activate a pop-up window allowing you to confirm which of the selected posts you wish to quote in your reply. Select the required quoted posts and click the Quote These Messages button.
The posts will all be inserted into the reply box ready for you to add your comments.
For an in-depth explanation of Quoting See Here
- Click on the title to go to the 1st post in the thread or hover to get a glimpse of what's inside. If you have visited before, clicking will take you to the first unread. If there are no unread, clicking will take you to the first post.
- if there are posts in the thread you have not seen there will be a blue dot. click it to be taken to the first of the unread posts
- No dot. You've read all the posts in that thread
- The date will take you too the first post
- The date time stamp when clicked will take you to the last post
Most large forums have 3 or 4 moderators per forum section, so a big forum may have 20 or so moderators. Why so many? Well, essentially it ensures that some are online all the time.
Moderators are all powerful, they can move, delete and change posts, they can restrict members posting rights, they can remind people of the rules and ban or silence them if they don’t comply. Their job is to ensure the forum runs smoothly and to the rules; that threads remain on topic and everything is run as they see fit (becoming jobsworths) Sometimes this makes a forum great, mostly it ruins it.
Essentially what happens, time and time again, is that a hierarchy of moderators develops, they try to out-do each other. The forums become ever stricter and lose the fun aspect. Eventually, many moderators fall out with each other, and this becomes plain for all to see. It’s not long before the whole feel of the forum is lost, posts decline, members leave, new members don’t join.
Why no Moderators on Motorhome Fun
Motorhomefun has never used moderators. We don’t care if posts are in the wrong place, we’ll move them if we see them. We don’t care about spelling or grammar, as long as we can understand it who cares. We like to get the members to moderate themselves. If they see objectionable posts, rather than responding to the poster and getting into a public argument, they report the post.
Just a handful of people if allowed to undermine or be insulting or sarcastic to others can drag a forum down. So it is important that you report things that you think are wrong.
When a post is reported, it guarantees that it will be seen. A decision will be made on each and every report as to what action to take. This action is never discussed with the person who reported, once you have reported you will get no feedback, but rest assured, your action is helping to keep this a nice place to spend time.
If a number of people report an objectionable post it will disappear from public view until such time as it can be moderated. So please do report posts, even if someone else has said they have reported it.
The action taken against the poster might be visible to all, such as a public reminder of the rules. It might warrant a private more vernacular message. Someone might be banned or told that further instances will lead to a ban. It could just be that the reported person’s posts are monitored for a while. Don’t worry about what might happen, if someone is ruining your fun, then report them.
This is how to report a post. Look for the word Report at the bottom of the post
A box will appear and you can give your brief reasons for reporting.
Please don't leave reporting to others. Keep this place great and report any post that you think spoils our fun.
Under the post you'll see the bookmark link - CLICK IT
Add a quick Note and click Submit
To retrieve your bookmarks - Click on your name TOP RIGHT and choose BOOKMARK LIST
There is the bookmark listed.
When you no longer need the bookmark you can delete it