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Creating a post

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Creating a post

Postby Jon Bauckham » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:56 am

Welcome to the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine forum!

If you’ve never used a forum before, don’t worry – we’ve tried to make the process of posting queries and getting to know fellow family historians as easy as possible. However, we appreciate that it can be a bit overwhelming at first.

To make sure that you get a good head start, we’ve included a few simple steps below that will guide you through the process of making your very first post.

As soon as you’re feeling comfortable, please take time to familiarise yourself with our community guidelines, which can be found by clicking here.


Step 1

If you haven’t already done so, register for an account, log in and make your way to the main board index.


Step 2

Here you will see four main categories: Research help, Discuss, Feedback and Television series. These are broken down into boards which contain conversations known as ‘topics’. Although some topics will be several weeks’ old, those at the top of the list are those that have had the most recent activity.


Step 3

Go to the board of your interest and click on the button at the top of the page marked New topic. If you want help with solving a problem related to your research, it’s best to do this in General research queries.


Step 4

Type out your post in the large white box. You can also add images – this may give the forum ‘genies’ more clues to work with. To do this, click on Upload attachment, Choose file and locate the photo, document or illustration that you would like to include.

Although images can be posted anywhere on the forum, it is recommended that you restrict these types of posts to the Photo identification board. If you need someone to identify a military uniform or cap badge, you should post in Military help.


Step 5

Once you have finished writing your topic and given it a subject heading, hit Submit and it will appear as a topic for others to respond to.


Step 6

If you want to contribute to an existing discussion, go the topic itself and click on Post reply. Here, you can type out a response and add to the conversation following steps 4 and 5.


Step 7

Ready to post? Please familiarise yourself with our community guidelines.


Top tips!

Before you begin, it’s best to make sure your posting settings are correct by visiting the User Control Panel (at the top of the page) and clicking on Board preferences. Here, you can make sure that you receive email notifications every time someone responds to your post by going to Manage subscriptions. The control panel also enables you to send private messages to fellow users and change your password.

During the first few days of your membership, you may find that certain posts will be rejected by our system because they contain words or phrases associated with spam. If this occurs, modify the text and remove any links. However, these restrictions are only in place temporarily and will be lifted after you have created a handful of ‘safe’ posts.
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