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Old 02-14-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone:

I'm working on putting together a "Tips on 'Foruming'" thread that the whole site can use here- there are so many things in forum software for being able to move around quickly and efficiently that most don't know or get to hear about. I can't help but think that it's extremely frustrating to some who try to mix participation in several threads, or even multiple sites.

For instance, did you know you can use the FIND button on the top of the forum (between NEW and NOTIFY) and select "New Since Your Last Visit" to see all the posts since you visited last? Or that you can click on the Username in the "Last Post" column of the forum to see the last post in that thread?

It has been my experience that if people know how to use something, they tend to have more enjoyment from using it and it certainly makes their experience easier (hence, the DOH! factor). I also can't think anyone in particular can think of ALL of the tricks (up their sleeves - not even Warpath ), so I'm asking you to give everyone what makes things easier here for you.

What say YOU?!

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Hi Everyone:

I'm working on putting together a "Tips on 'Foruming'" thread that the whole site can use here- there are so many things in forum software for being able to move around quickly and efficiently that most don't know or get to hear about. I can't help but think that it's extremely frustrating to some who try to mix participation in several threads, or even multiple sites.

For instance, did you know you can use the FIND button on the top of the forum (between NEW and NOTIFY) and select "New Since Your Last Visit" to see all the posts since you visited last? Or that you can click on the Username in the "Last Post" column of the forum to see the last post in that thread?

It has been my experience that if people know how to use something, they tend to have more enjoyment from using it and it certainly makes their experience easier (hence, the DOH! factor). I also can't think anyone in particular can think of ALL of the tricks (up their sleeves - not even Warpath ), so I'm asking you to give everyone what makes things easier here for you.

What say YOU?!

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:45 AM   #3
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Sean, I think this is a wonderful idea and it should cause those that apply themselves to learning it, cause them to be more active on the board. I am sure we all can pick up on some new tricks as the technology gets better; and as new versions come out, this may be even more important. Thank you for coming up with this and posting about it. I hope that others will see it the same way.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:46 PM   #4
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Alright, alright, alright...seems as though this may be a tough one to get everyone going on, so I'll throw out a-nudder one as bait :

One of my tricks is to save certain URLs in the "Links" directory of my Internet Explorer Favorites to set up quick buttons on the toolbar so I can easily push a button and go to where I want without navigating through the website's links.

Here's hopefully a decent pic of what I'm talking about:



It's easy...to do so, just Add To Favorites like you normally would do, but save the URL to the "Links" directory. It will then come up on the Links section of your toolbar. I then rename the Favorite to shorten it so it won't take a whole bunch of room. Then all you've got to do is use select the button for the page you want to go between websites. So...if you've got two forums here that you'd like to toggle between, you can use this trick to set them both up and just go back and forth between them.

Of course, you can ALSO just open multiple IE windows and [ALT][Tab] between them. But when you do that, you WON'T SEE UPDATED CONTENT that may have changed since you last visited the page. Setting them up as different "Links" will ensure you're looking at the most up-to-date page.

I realize this "trick" is more Windows based than iRV2 Website oriented, but it is the one I use probably use most frequently, and it will allow you to more quickly respond to many forums.

More to come!

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Old 02-16-2006, 08:23 AM   #5
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When I want to add pictures to a thread I first post the pictures in the Photo section of this forum. After I have all my pictures posted I then open up Notepad, right click each picture, hit Properties, copy then paste the url from the Properties window to Notepad in the order in which I wish to add the pictures to the thread.
This keeps me from having to bounce back and fourth from the Toyhauler Forum to the Photo section to grab the url's one-by-one. I can Alt-Tab between Notepad and the window that asks me for the picture url, grap and paste the url's as I need them without leaving the thread I am posting to.
I suppose I could open two browser windows, one for the thread and one for the Photo section but the above technique is the one I use.

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TB,that's a really cool alternative....I use the "two browser" method you mention.
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Thanks, WWF . My wife already thinks I have a mistress . Now I'll spend even more time here . Isn't it great!
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T&P!

How the heck's my favorite crew from Fresno? We'll have to hook up now that Mom is back there (well... Clovis, but close enough for Gov't work).

Good to 'see' ya again! Tom...you DO have a mistress...her initials are "i Rwove Vou 2oo - Honey!).

Got any tricks...hummmm...err...you can 'share' here? I'm working on some more, but don't want to make it WWFan's Forum Tricks.

Again...good to have ya onboard!

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