Tutorial for newbies 1 - Registering on the Forum

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Tutorial for newbies 1 - Registering on the Forum

Postby Grahame Gardner » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:19 pm

(based on the articles in Dowsing Today)
**edited for new forum software 5 Feb 08**

If you've never used an online forum before, this tutorial will take you through the process of registering and making a post. We recommend that you open another window or tab in your browser and navigate that to the main forum index so that you can refer back to this post as you work. Hold down your CTRL key and click here to do that, or right-click on the link and select 'open link in new...'

Forums are popular on the internet these days, and are taking over from the older 'list' systems, where emails are sent out by a central server to your inbox. Forums don't do that - you have to go and check online to see new messages (although it will send you an email to let you know when there are any new messages, if you want it to). Once you get used to doing this, it's a very easy process to check in regularly and see what new messages there are since your last visit. It also has the advantage that discussions are 'threaded', with each message in a topic following the preceding one, so it is much easier to keep track of discussions than on an email list. Different sections of the forum mean that it is easy to find topics on a particular subject, such as archaeology or earth energies.

The BSD forum is open to anyone with an interest in dowsing, although there are some closed sections that are not available to the general public, such as a section for Registered Tutors. Messages in the public sections can be browsed and read by anyone; but in order to reply to one you must register with the forum. Here is a step-by-step illustrated guide to getting yourself registered with the forum - it's really not as difficult as you might think.

1. If you've got the main forum page in your other tab or window, it should look like this:

2. Look at the blue text towards the top right of the window. Click on 'Register':

3. You will now see a page showing terms of agreement, which you should read through before clicking on the 'I agree to these terms' option at the bottom:

4. Now you will be taken to the registration form. You need to fill out all the boxes in the top section of this form. You can choose your 'username', which is how you will be known on the forum - this can be your real name or a nickname, anything you like really, provided it hasn't been used by someone else already.

The email address must be a valid one - you need to receive emails telling you when your account is activated.
Your password can be anything you like; make it something that is easy to remember.

In the bottom section, you will see a coloured box with some numbers and letters in it. This 'confirmation code' has to be entered exactly as you see it into the box below. Note that it is not case sensitive, and zero is not used. This is intentionally made difficult to read to prevent automated spam-bots from registering. You may have to try a couple of times to get this to work for you (this is probably the hardest part of the entire procedure).

5. Nearly done! You will be sent an automated email with your username and password details if your registration has been successful. This will include a link that you should click on to complete the registration process.
When clicked, your browser should open a log in screen like this:

Enter your chosen user name in the top box, and your password in the one underneath.
Make sure you can see a 'tick' in the 'log me in automatically each visit' box. If not, click in it and a tick will appear. This will save you a lot of time by bypassing this screen on future visits. It means that a 'cookie' with your information is stored on your computer so you don't have to enter this stuff every time. But a warning - if you're using a public computer, at a library or internet cafe for instance, you should not check this box as your name and password will be stored on that computer, and that's not a good idea.

Now click the 'log in' button, and you're in. The 'Log in' text should have changed to read 'Log out [your username]'. If it hasn't, try logging in again. You can ignore the lower half of the screen where it says 'Register' - we've just done that!

If you're really having trouble, send me an email on forum 'at' britishdowsers 'dot' org and I'll try and sort it out for you.

6. Navigate the forum by clicking on categories such as 'general', 'health', 'water dowsing' and so on, and click on topics of interest. To reply to a topic, click on the 'post reply' button at the top or bottom of the list of posts.
It's fairly self-explanatory so don't be afraid to experiment, and there are a couple of helpful topics in the 'forum matters' section to get you started. If it goes horribly wrong for you, remember you can just press the 'back' button on your browser to get out of most situations. There is also a useful FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) link available at the top right of the main window.

In my next tutorial, I'll show you how to post new topics and use some of the more advanced features of the forum.

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Last edited by Grahame Gardner on Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:58 pm, edited 11 times in total.
Reason: updated for new software
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