SECTION 3: FORUM SEARCH AND POSTING
This section covers the search feature, the creation of new threads, posting in existing threads as well as reporting posts.
The Search Feature
The forum search feature can be found at the top of the forum, no matter what you are viewing on the forum.
To use, simply type what you are wanting to search for then hit the Enter key, or click the
To access the advanced search, look below the search bar; you will see a
link titled "Advanced Search" -- clicking this link will bring you to
the following page:
Now, in the advanced search; you can either search "Single Content
Type", or "Multiple Content Types" - content types being either "Posts",
"Forums", or "Visitor Messages". In the "Search For" section, put in
the keywords you are wanting to search for and then click "Search
Now". In the "Single Content Type" search, if you are searching posts;
there is the option of displaying the search results as threads or
posts. Searching using the "Multiple Content Types" will always
display the results as "threads".
Tag Search and Tagging Threads
You can also use the tag search to search for threads which have the
specified tags in them. It is strongly recommended that you use the tags
feature when creating new threads as it makes it easier for others to
find your content, if they require it, using the search feature.
It is possible to tag threads by scrolling to the bottom of a thread and clicking the "Add/Edit Tags" button, as seen below:
In the screen, you will notice a text box. Simply type the tags here, then click "Save Changes."
Aside from the forum-wide search, it is possible to search specific
sections and even subforums of the forum. You will notice something
similar to the following image when viewing forum sections and
To search the forum sections, simply go to "Search Forum", then type in
the keywords; choose either "Show Threads" or "Show Posts" then hit
"Search. You can also use the advanced search to search for content
within a section--this has been explained above.
Posting new threads.
Posting new threads is easy! Any subforum where new threads can be posted will have a button titled "Post New Thread":
Simply click this button and you will be taken to a page where you can
fill-out and format your thread. The "Title" is the title of the thread
that will appear when someone is viewing the topic index in a
subforum, so make sure to be brief but specific! For example, if you
are asking for help in regards to a certain mission in a game; be
specific. "*mission name* - please help!" would be an appropriate title.
"please help" or "help" would be too broad. More people look at
threads with specific, descriptive titles as opposed to generic titles.
In the message body, you should format your post as appropriate. If you
are asking the community for their opinion on a subject, go as far as
to include your opinion on the subject too! It adds to the discussion
and direction of your thread. Similarly, if you are writing a guide;
use the formatting tools to split your post up! Nobody likes to look at
huge walls of text.
Posting replies to threads.
To reply to threads, you simply need to be located within a thread. In a
thread that isn't closed, you will see a "Post Reply" button at the
bottom of the thread:
To reply to the thread, click this button, type your reply and then
click the "Post Quick Reply" button. If you are wanting extra
formatting options, simply click the "Go Advanced" button, then type and
format your post. Once you hit the reply button, your post will
appear in the thread. Remember! It is the "Reply To Thread" button,
not the red triangle.
Another way to reply to posts is to use the "Reply With Quote" link, located at the bottom of other member's posts:
On your posts also; to add additional information to them, use the edit
link! It saves you making multiple posts in a row in a single
thread--this can be considered spam, which is explained in the first
section of this guide.
One thing worth noting when posting replies to threads or posting new threads, is that if you come across the following page:
It usually means one of two things:
- You haven't activated your forum account by clicking on the activation link within your confirmation email
-- this means that you must activate your forum account. if you
didn't receive your confirmation email, send a PM to one of the
- You are trying to post a new thread in a section where the creation of new threads has been disabled
-- This means that the posting of new threads (and sometimes replies)
has been disabled in the subforum where you are trying to post. Some
subforums don't allow posting of new threads or posts in them; whereas
others only allow replies to be posted in threads. If you are trying
to post in a subforum where posting has been disabled, either post in a
thread within the subforum that pertain to the topic, or post in one
of the existing threads in relation to your issue.
If you have come across a post that may be problematic, needs looking at
or is in violation of the forum rules; outlined in the first post,
then you can use the report posts button! This is located at the
bottom left of a members post -- it is the red triangle that looks
something like this:
To report the post, simply click this button, then you fill out the
reason as to why you are reporting the post that you are reporting. Be
specific! If you are reporting spam, just say "spam" and then leave
it. If you are reporting unreleased content: say that it is unreleased
content, then provide a link that proves this so. There is also no
need to PM a Moderator relating to problematic posts, as that is what
the report posts feature is for.
When you report a post, it sends the Moderators a notification under
your name stating that the post has been reported, along with the reason
why it was reported. All moderators will see the report as we check
up on all reports on a daily basis.
Also, when reporting posts, there is no need
to post in the
thread saying that you reported it! This is spam. Just report the post,
and let the moderators deal with it. If another member is arguing with
you and attacking you for example, just report the offending posts
and ignore the user. Getting involved yourself can result in warnings
or infractions on your part, and it creates more unnecessary work for
You should take note to report stuff that are obvious rule violations;
such as spam, attacks against other members, inappropriate language,
unreleased content, etc. Reporting a thread, requesting it to be closed,
unless if it is you that created the thread; will not necessarily mean
that the thread will be closed (unless if the thread in question is