The SESA Forum is structured into 4 layers.
Sections: This is the highest layer, a forum section is a high level container for categories
Categories: A forum category is a container for topics
Topic: A forum topic is a container for posts. Members can create new topics to start a new thread of discussion with other members.
Posts: A post is a container for a written response\commentary from a member. Posts are usually in reply to other posts within a topic.
If you want to be notified by email of new topics started within a forum category, or of new posts to topics of interest, select a Category to see the list of current topics for that category and look for the "Subscribe" button at the top and bottom of the list. For topics of interest, select a topic and look for the "Subscribe" button at the top and bottom of the thread of posts for that topic.
To unsubscribe, repeat the process above but look for the "Unsubscribe" button.
Alternatively, you can set up an RSS feed to your browser or prefered RSS reader by selecting the RSS feed icon that appears in the bottom right hand corner of each forum page. This will notify you of all posts.
So, you have been lurking around the forum reading posts and you have just read someone's post to a topic and you have decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the following 'reply' type buttons that appear at the bottom of every post.
Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. The editor for composing your response is just a simple text editor - this will be updated to a MSWord like editor in the future. If you want to add one of the emoticons that appear above the message area, hover over the emoticon you would like to use and a pop-up will reveal the text code that you need to add. If you want to change a posting you have made, you have up to 15 minutes from the time of posting to edit your message.
Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post. This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the original post. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
To start a new topic, select a forum category to see the list of current topics for that category. Look for and select the "New Topic" button, enter a brief headline description in the "Subject" field (max 100 char), then enter the detail in the "Message" field area. The editor for composing your new topic message is just a simple text editor - this will be updated to a MSWord like editor in the future. If you want to add one of the emoticons that appear above the message area, hover over the emoticon you would like to use and a pop-up will reveal the text code that you need to add.
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