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    Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2013

    At the moment this thread is little more than a placeholder, but will be added to from time to time until it replaces all the useful tutorial posts in the old Forum Feedback & Help Tutorials on Forum Basics thread much of which is now out of date.
    Last edited by Sef; March 3rd, 2013 at 11:21 PM.

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    Re: Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2012

    Where do I post a new thread?

    The forum consist of five main sections that you may post in: Absolute Beginner Talk, Ubuntu General Support, Ubuntu Specialised Support, Ubuntu Community Discussions, and Ubuntu Specialised Discussions. In all but the Beginners section there are a number of subsections, also known as sub-forums.

    If you are looking for support on a technical issue, please post in the Absolute Beginner section (if you are new) or in the appropriate sub-forum in Ubuntu General Support or Ubuntu Specialised Support (if you are not new). There are also some specialised support sub-forums in Ubuntu Specialised Discussions.

    If you have a thread that is not to do with technical support, you should be able to find a suitable sub-forum in Ubuntu Community Discussions.

    Please try to post in an appropriate subforum, as this will help keep the forums organised and will help others to help you, or to find your thread later to help themselves.

    Do not cross-post. Cross-posting is the posting of the same question in different parts of the forum. This means: post only one thread per topic. Do not, if you have a problem with a particular issue, post one thread about it in Absolute Beginner, another thread about it in Desktop Environments, and yet another about it in General Help. And do not post a question to a thread started by another member and then start your own thread(s) on the same topic. Cross-posting bumps other people's threads down, dilutes support from users trying to help you, and is considered parasitic.

    When in doubt, post one thread per problem and put in Absolute Beginner.
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    Re: Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2012

    How do I make a new thread?

    Go to the sub-forum that you want to post in (Absolute Beginner, for example), look for the orange New Thread button near the top left of the page, and click on it to start a new thread for your problem.

    Once you have done that, you'll be able to create a thread title for your thread. Please pick one that actually gives an indication to others of what your thread is about. Avoid vague attention-seeking titles such as, "Please help! I'm pulling my hair out!", or "If this is the kind of problem Ubuntu is going to give me, I'm going back to Windows!", or "Help! I'm a noob. Urgent!"

    If it's a sound problem, say it's a sound problem. If it's a CD burning problem, say it's a CD burning problem.

    Once you have typed your thread title, you may click on the Check if Already Posted button and the forum will search for threads on a similar topic. Many questions similar to yours may have been asked and solved before. You can save yourself (and others) much time and energy by seeing if the answer might be out there for you. If you middle-click on one of the search results, the thread will open in a new browser tab for you, so feel free to see if any of them help. If they don't, continue to type your initial thread post.

    In your thread's first post, please explain briefly your situation, what you've tried, and any other information that may be helpful to people who are not standing right behind you looking at your computer monitor.
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    Re: Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2012

    How do I attach an image to my post?

    Before you submit your post, and if you're not already in the advanced editor, click the Go Advanced button just below the message text box. This will take you to the advanced editor.

    In the advanced editor, you will have plenty more editing options:
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    One of those options, the paperclip, is for uploading images. Clicking on the paperclip the first time will take you directly to the Manage Attachments dialog. (Note: if you have already attached an image, you will also have to click on Manage Attachments after clicking the paperclip to get to this dialog box).
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    In the Manage Attachments dialog box, you will see an "Upload files from your Computer" section that allows you browse for attachments. At the bottom of the dialog box there is a listing of the attachment size and dimension restrictions. Click on the Browse button and select the files you wish to attach. When ready, click on the associated Upload button to initiate the upload. When complete, you can close the Manage Attachments window.

    By default, the uploaded images will now be displayed at the bottom of your message in an "Attached Thumbnails" section. If you wish to embed the image directly into the text of your reply (like is being done here), position the cursor where you want the image to appear in the text of your reply, click the arrow beside the paperclip, and select the image you want to embed.

    Once you're done, you can click Submit Reply to finally submit your post.

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    Re: Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2012

    How do I find my old threads and posts?

    To find all of the threads that you have created, click on Search and select "Find All Your Threads". This action will perform a search for any thread that you created.

    To find all of the posts that you have made to an existing thread, click on Search and select "Find All Your Posts". This action will perform a search for any thread in which you posted.
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    Re: Tutorials on Forum Basics - 2012

    What do the colours used for usernames mean?

    • Black: Members of the forum.
    • Dark Red: Forum Administrators
    • Red: Forum Moderators
    • Orange: Emeritus staff and Ubuntu Members
    • Green: LoCo Team Moderators
    • Brown: Developers
    Last edited by coffeecat; February 19th, 2013 at 10:59 AM.

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