Using the Forum Module
The Forum module provides a community tool for creating and managing
topics of discussion and replies. A forum user can add new threads
("conversations") or post replies in existing "threads" of conversation.
Begin by navigating to a Page containing an instance of Forums.
Step By Step: Read a Thread
A Thread is merely a "conversation" within a particular Forum
or "subject". So to "read a thread" is just to read a transcript of
conversation on a topic.
1. Click on a Forum name (e.g. "Fishing") to
reach the list of Threads (conversations) for that forum.
2. (Optional Step) To receive an Email
Notification whenever a new Thread (conversation) is
started in this Forum, check
the box at the base of the page.
3. Click on the Title of the Thread to
see the list of Posts (or "comments").
4. (Optional Step) To receive an Email
Notification whenever a new Reply (comment) is posted in
this Thread, check
the box at the bottom of the Module.
5. (Optional Step) You can use the
dropdown lists at the bottom of the Module to change your
view of the Posts in the Thread.
By default, all Posts are added to the Thread
sequentially according. Select Tree View rather than
Flat View to show the individual posts indented, which indicates
both the order in which they were made and which Post was replied
By default, new Posts are added to the bottom of the
Thread. Select Newest to Oldest to re-sort the
thread so that the most recent entries appear at the top.
6. (Optional Step) From the dropdown at the top of
the Module, select a value which indicates your Rating
of the Thread. This helps others browsing the Forum
to find "interesting" or popular topics.
The Rating of the Thread is an average of each
"vote", and displayed on the list of threads for the Forum.
Step By Step: Start a New Thread
Reading one Thread may prompt a user to start a New Thread on
another subject. Or they may have come with a question in mind, seeking
answers or comments from others.
1. Click on a Forum name (e.g. Fishing) to
reach the forum page. Recall that the forum page lists all of
2. Click New Thread at the top of the
Module. You'll notice the familiar editor that you've seen
previously in other modules.
Click in the Subject field and add a title for your new
3. (Optional Step) If the Gallery module is
installed, you can click the Insert Smiley button to bring up
a list of available "smiling avatars" (or "emoticons") to insert
into your message. Simply select one and it will appear within
the text at the current location of the cursor.
4. (Optional Step) Check
the Notification checkbox to receive Email Notification
whenever someone replies to your new Thread.
5. (Optional Step) Check
the Locked checkbox to keep anyone else from replying to the
6. Be sure to click Update at the bottom of
the Module to save your changes.
Step By Step: Reply to a Post
Replying to a Post is much like starting a New Thread.
However, since it is done in response to another post it begins in the context
of an existing Thread and has some additional options.
1. Navigate to an existing Thread (by clicking
on its name in the Forum list). Notice the two options,
Quote and Reply.
2a. Click on Reply to go to the same page you used when
adding a new Thread. Your comment will be added to the
top (or bottom, depending on your sorting preference) of the list in
Note that this post has one additional option... Edit.
You may edit your own posts later if you determine that you
have posted erroneous information and wish to change it.
2b. (Alternate Step) Alternatively, you could
have clicked Quote. Quote is exactly the same as
Reply, except that it brings up the editor with the previous
post already in it and surrounded by funny symbols ("[QUOTE]").
You may edit this text to cut it down (if you only wish to quote
part of the original post).
These symbols result in visual identification of the Quote in
the new Post.