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The NCSC Discussion Board is a private internet forum, for use
exclusively by NCSC members and approved guests. Its purpose is
to provide an online forum for group discussions and coordination
within the club.
On the board you can discuss things like team boat maintenance, sailing
meetups, club meetings and activities, group trips, your favorite food
& drink to bring on sailing trips, and most anything else you can
think of, though clearly the board's main purpose is to support club
activities and business.
The forum is provided in the hope that it will prove, in many
instances, a more convenient and friendly method than email to
coordinate activities among multiple club members. We also hope
that the board will develop into a congenial online community that
members can enjoy.
Before you can use the board, you will need
To register, simply do the following:
Don't worry! This process is quick and easy.
Unfortunately, this step is required, in order to prevent spammers and
other miscreants from registering themselves on our board.
- Connect to the following web link: http://www.newcastlesailingclub.org/discussion/
- The following webpage will appear. Click on the
statement. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, and click "I agree
to these terms".
- A registration screen will appear (image below), asking
for your desired username, desired password, and email address.
You can use your own name as a username, including spaces, or choose
something random like "fizzbin". Pretty much anything is OK as
long as it's not already taken (in which case the board will tell you,
and ask you to choose a new one) or offensive. Choose a password
that is something other than your name, to make life a bit harder for
the hackers. At the end, type in the confirmation code, based on
the letters you see in the graphic. This is to prove to the board
that you are a human, and not a hacker program. When done, click
the "Submit" button at the bottom of the screen.
- You should now see a confirmation screen that looks like
- You are almost done! The board administrators
(fellow club members) have just been notified by email that you have
registered. Once they approve (hopefully in minutes, or a few
hours at the most), you will receive a confirmation email, which
contains an Internet link. Click on the link in the email, and
you can log into the board using your selected username and
password. The login process is described in next section.
- Connect to the following web link: http://www.newcastlesailingclub.org/discussion/
- Click on the "Login" link on the upper left. The
following screen will appear. Enter your chosen username and
password, then click "Submit".
- Once logged in you will see, for a few seconds, a "login
succeeded" screen. You will then be taken to the board itself,
and be presented with the list of forums:
Each of the forums in the list above was
created (mostly) with club business in mind. They may evolve over
Within each forum, there may be any number
of different threads, or "topics", which have been created by different
club members. With the exception of the "Announcements and
Welcome" thread, into which only board members and site admins can
post, any member of the discussion board can create new threads in any
forum, or respond to posts by other members. More details about
that are in the next
Let's have a look at the forum entitled
"Sailing Meetups" (it is recommended that you view the "Announcements
and Welcome" forum on your own, later).
- To start, click on the "Sailing Meetups" forum
title. This will take you to the following screen:
- Before proceeding, please note a few things in the screen
above. First, the yellow icon next to the first thread.
That indicates that you have not yet read that thread (topic) since
someone last posted to it. Second, notice that the older threads
appear lower down on the screen. This means that older, less
active threads will migrate downward and out of sight over time, while
the most current threads will always be at the top. However, the
older threads will still be there for reference, or if someone wants to
revive one with a new post.
- To view the posts in the first thread, click the thread
title, "Sailing Wednesday afternoon Sept 3 ?" The following
- In this screen, we see a post by user "admin", regarding
a possible sailing meetup. In the post itself, you can see the
meetup information they posted "A
little bird told me..." as well as a number of
discuss those buttons in the next section; you will use them only if
you want to post a response or thread of your own.
- Within a forum, the posts appear in the order they were
created. Thus, the first post you see will be the first one in
the thread. The most recent post will appear at the end of the
thread, furthest down in the screen. For very long threads with
many posts, the thread may be split into multiple screens. When
this happens, at the top and bottom of the thread will be a set of
links that look like "Previous 1 2 3 ... 9
10 11 Next", which let you choose which page in the
thread you'd like to view.
- Near top left of the screen above, notice the links
index » Sailing Meetups". Board Index will always
take you back to the top-level forum screen, so you will never get
lost. Sailing Meetups will take you back into the top-level
"Sailing Meetups" forum seen in Step
- Below is an example of a thread with more than one
post. This is a thread in the "Off thread" forum (which is there
in case club members would like to discuss random threads online),
called "Your favorite recipes here".
- If you'd like to search for specific words in existing
threads, or thread titles, you can use the "Search" link near the top
of the page. If any matches are found, you will be shown a list
of threads that match. You can click on the thread(s) of interest
in that list, if you wish to read them.
You can either create new threads of your
own, or post responses to existing posts. When you respond, you
have the option of quoting some or all of the original poster's text in
your own answer. You can also go back and edit a post you have
created, or delete it entirely if you wish. You can't edit or
delete other users' posts. (However, the board admins can do
this, in the unlikely event that content is posted that's considered
inappropriate for some reason.)
Before you create a new thread, you may want
to check so see if someone's already created a similar one.
In this section, we'll respond to a couple
of existing threads. First, we'll simply create a post of our
own. Then, in a different thread, we'll quote another user in our
- First, let's respond in the recipes thread above, without
quoting anyone. Do do this, visit the thread as described above,
then click the "Post Reply" button at the bottom of the screen.
You will then get a screen similar to this. You can add the text
you want to post inside the white box, as seen below.
- When you're ready to submit the post, click the "Submit"
button at the bottom of the screen. You can also preview the post
to check its appearance, without actually posting it, you can click
- Now that we've created our post, let's submit it.
Click "Submit". After a few seconds, the following appears:
- Next, let's post a response that quotes a previous
posting. We'll visit the "Sailing Meetups" forum again, and the
familiar "Sailing Wednesday afternoon Sept 3 ?" thread. Click the
"Quote" button at bottom right.
- The following screen will appear:
- The "BBcode" codes [quote] and [/quote] are automatically
placed around the previous user's text, and put into the edit window
for you automatically. You can remove parts of it as you see fit,
as has been done above.
- When ready, click "Submit". The following screen
- Creating a new thread is just like the above, except
rather than clicking on "Post a reply", click on "New Topic". The
only difference is that you'll need to enter a Subject line, which will
become the title of the new thread.
- If you'd like to go back and edit one of your posts,
click on the "Edit" button at the bottom right of your post. If
you'd like to delete the post, click on the little red X at the bottom
right of your post. Be careful -- once deleted, the post cannot
- Congratulations! You now know how to read, post and
navigate the discussion board.
|Your personal settings: Editing your
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You can customize, to some extent, how the
board presents information to you, as well as adding information about
yourself (such as personal website link, Internet chat names etc.),
using the "User Control Panel" link, which is visible at the top right
of most screens in the discussion board.
You can also use the "User Control Panel" to
create an "avatar" image for yourself, if you wish. This lets you
upload a graphic to the board. This graphic will appear next to
any posts you make. You can delete or change this graphic as you
For additional information about how to use
the discussion board, a number of common questions are answered in the
builtin FAQ (list of Frequently Asked Questions), via the "FAQ" link at
the upper right of most discussion board screens.
If you have questions not answered in the
FAQ, feel free to contact the discussion board administrator(s).
This can be done by clicking on the "Members" link at the top of the
screen, then "admin", then "PM". You will be prompted to enter a
private message to the admin user. When you click "Submit", the
admin user(s) will receive notice of your message. This assures
that your message will always go to those club members who are
currently supporting the board.
If all else fails, feel free to email the board
You can find out more about the phpbb forum
software on this website: http://www.phpbb.com/
Happy posting! Hope to see you online.