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    How Tos to make forum use easier

    Wondering how to add a mention, quote more than one person at a time, or report a post?

    This thread will help you learn all the little things that make SitePoint a fun and easy forum.

    The thread is closed for comments, but if you have any questions on how to do something that isn't covered here, please pm me or another Team Leader or Advisor and we'll answer your how to question here in this thread.

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    How to Add a Mention

    Sometimes you may want another member to reply to your post without quoting something they have already posted. That's called a "Mention" here at SitePoint and here's the easy way to make a mention:


    Start with the @ Symbol and copy paste their username directly behind it. Add a space and then a semi-colon like so:

    @Shyflower ;

    If you don't add the space between the name and the semi-colon it won't work. Don't ask me why. It's a mystery!

    Mentions are links that show in your control panel (My SitePoint) at the top of the page. If you click on one, it will take you to that member's profile page.


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    How to quote another post or multiple posts.

    Sometimes you may want to quote what another member has posted in order to ask a specific question related to that member's post.

    Like Mentions, Quotes also show in the quoted member's profile to alert them that you have quoted them in your reply.

    You can quote more than one member in your reply. Here's how:

    Simply click the reply with quote button at the bottom of the post you wish to quote.

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    If you wish to quote more than one reply, click the multi-quote icon for all posts you wish to quote and finally. click the quote icon.

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    Often, text you want to quote will be much longer than needed. Be sure to edit what you quote to make it easier for other members to follow the thread as well as your comment. For example,
    1. if you wish to comment on an image another member has uploaded, please remove that image from your quote so that it isn't displayed multiple times.
    2. if you are quoting a long stretch of code, please edit the quote to include only the code that is relevant to your question or comment.


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    How and when to report a post

    The report a post button

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    has many uses. You can use it to report spam, fluff or comments that are derailing a thread. However, you can also use report a post to ask for help.

    For instance, all members can edit their posts for 30 minutes after making them. After then, if you need a post edited you will need to contact a staff member. Although you are always welcome to pm staff when you need help, the staff member you pm may or may not be online. One click on the report a post button ensures that your request will be quickly seen and the necessary action taken.

    You can also use the report a post flag to ask that your thread be moved to a different forum, merged with another similar thread or closed (if your question has been answered).

    Finally, if you see a thread that is very interesting, you can use the report a post flag to suggest a featured thread. Featuring and sticking threads are at the discretion of the moderators, but we do welcome your suggestions.

    When you report a post, all you need to do is add your reason for the report. The form automatically quotes the reported post. In summary, use the report a post button to

    • report spam, fluff, or objectionable content
    • edit your post (after 30 minutes)
    • move your post
    • merge your post into another thread
    • close your post
    • suggest a featured thread

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    How to add a signature to your posts

    After you have been an active SitePoint member for 90 days, you are able to add a signature to your posts. Signatures can be added only through your My SitePoint profile.
    Note: Signatures that are added to thread replies are against SitePoint guidelines and will be removed by staff. So, it's important to always add signatures through your member profile.

    Before you add a signature, take a minute to read through the signature guidelines. Signatures are limited to left-aligned text and size guidelines as well as some other guidelines on appropriate content.

    1. Click on My SitePoint.
    2. In the left panel, scroll down to My Settings > My Profile and click on edit Signature.
    3. Add your signature to the form.
    4. Use the "Preview Signature" button to make sure your signature meets guidelines and then click on "Save Signature"


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    How to Follow a Discussion: Managing Thread Subscriptions

    To make following threads easy, click on "My SitePoint" and in the left panel scroll down to:

    My Account > My Settings > General Settings.

    Here you will find a vast list of custom tweaks for your account.

    Scroll to Messaging & Notification > Default Subscription Mode and use the drop down box to choose your default settings. If you choose any other than the "Do Not Subscribe," when you post in a thread you will be automatically subscribed to the thread.

    If you want to follow a discussion, but don't want to post a reply, subscribe using the drop down list in Thread Tools, located above the first post in each thread.

    If you wish to unsubscribe from a thread, you can use that same drop down list to do it or you can also unsubscribe to threads through your control panel (My SitePoint). Click "View All Subscribed Threads" and you'll see a notification list. At the bottom of the list click on Selected Threads and use the list of options to delete or otherwise manage your thread subscriptions.

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    How to Get a Review of Your Work

    SitePoint has a special area, The Reviews and Critiques Forum, where you may request a review of your web development efforts. Whether your web template, design element (such as your logo), web content, widget, or web application, you'll need to make your request in the reviews forum.

    Because review requests are all moderated, they won't show up in the forum until they have been approved by a staff member. So, before you request a review you'll need to first follow the stickied guidelines in the Reviews forum. If your request is not approved, you will need to re-submit it, so that's why you need to first be sure you have followed the guidelines.


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    How to Make An Invisible Post Visible

    If you reply to a post or start a new thread, it may look to you as if your submission didn't work. If you post is "invisible" the most likely reason is that it is in moderation. Moderated posts are "invisible" until they are approved by a staff member.

    First of all, if your post is invisible, don't repost your thread or reply. Your repost will also be moderated and you will only waste your time and become frustrated.
    Types of posts that go into moderation are:
    1. Short posts that contain links
    2. Short post that the system sees as fluff
    3. Posts that the system sees as spam

    Here are a few tips to ensure that your post is visible right away:

    Make sure your post is:


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