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Welcome and Getting Started / Welcome to the WEA Lothians Forum
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 05 08, 2012, 11:05:52 PM »
Hullo Everyone

The WEA Lothian Association has been awarded a grant from the Lottery awards to all to improve our use of ICT (Information Communications Technology).
WEA Lothian members will be able to learn how to use and get the most out of computers.

I have set up this forum primarily as a space to record the feedback that I hope to get from the various classes about their ICT needs and aspirations. Conscious that many folk only think of what they want once they are on the bus heading home, here is a space also for them to record their thoughts.

Since this forum has been set up for one purpose, it might as well serve several - so it also provides a space for any class or group to have a private or public discussion.

I have set up a number of categories and discussion boards within them. At present the student boards are private.

If you wish for any changes to be made please email (or send message) to me, Tiana_admin.

Meanwhile enjoy blogging your thoughts and opinions.
Tips on how to use the Forum / Posting a message
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 04 08, 2012, 12:20:38 AM »
The time will come when you tire of reading others' messages and want to write one yourself.
You will have noticed that the messages (discussions) are grouped.
This is so it is easy for others to find information on a given topic.

A topic is started, replies are sent and the discussion revolves round that topic.
There is no "by the way , have you.." a new discussion is started.

If you wish to continue a discussion, click on the reply button at the end and write your message.
Click on Post to send.

If you are answering a point several messages from the end there is a useful trick - highlight the text and click on the quote button. Immediately the posting box will appear with the text inside. Write your answer and post. The quoted text will appear with a shaded background and your answer underneath, so no-one has to scroll up and down.

To start a new discussion first check you are in the right place, ie in the correct discussion area or board.
Click on New topic then write your message in the posting box, give it a title and post it.

Be warned - if you are timed out or you inadvertantly close your browser, any work in progress will be lost!
Tips on how to use the Forum / What are My Messages?
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 03 08, 2012, 11:50:28 PM »
You can send a personal message to any member of the Forum.
Click on Members and select view the members list (you may have to search for them if the list gets very long).
Click on the member's name.
Their details com up.
Under their name part way down is 'Send PM'. This is send personal message.
Click on it and a posting box will appear. Write message and it will appear in your friend's 'my message' list.
Their answer will appear in your 'my message' list.

You can send a message directly by clicking on My messages and select send message.
In the To box you type your friend's visible username.
Tips on how to use the Forum / Joining a Group
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 03 08, 2012, 11:29:50 PM »
If you registered yourself - as opposed to accepting an invitation - you may be wondering where all the class and student information is.
You need to join a group.

Click on Profile on the menu bar.
A new menu bar appears underneath. Click on Modify profile and select Group Membership.
Here you'll see a list of availible groups.
If it says 'Join Group' it means the group is open and you can just open the door and sit down.
If it says 'Request membership' it means that the group is restricted in some way - students in a particular class for instance. You hare asked to give a reason for joining. All this is is a note to the moderator (probably the class tutor) so that they know who you are. So all you need say is "It is I, Jane Jones a knocking at your door" (or similar..)

You then wait for the Moderators acceptance to come through - check by going into Group membership.
However you should notice the change in number of discussion boards you see.
Tips on how to use the Forum / Changing how the screen looks
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 03 08, 2012, 11:14:42 PM »
Click on Profile on the menu bar.
A new menu bar appears underneath. Click on Modify profile and select Looks and layout.
The curent scheme is called Fresh Looks. At the time of writing it is green and red. If you want to change this click on change.
A drop down menu appears which allows you to change the colour.
The green stays - it's the red that changes to orange, blue, black or green.
You see below two other blue schemes that look similar. You can change to these too but there is a warning that Core theme doesn't work well on some browsers.
Experiment and see what you like.

Further down the page you may almost miss a series of check boxes.
If you don't like horizontal menus there is a option to change them to appear down the left hand side.
You can return to the others at a later date
Save your settings by clicking on change profile.
This changes information that can be viewed by everyone else - so don't enter your date of birth if your age has been a well kept secret!

Click on Profile on the menu bar.
A new menu bar appears underneath. Click on Modify profile and select Forum Profile.
An avatar (in this case) is a wee picture (no more than 100x100 pixels) that can be a mug shot but could also be of your cat or a cartoon.
Personal Text - Your name
Location - meant to be your town but if you put "sitting at my desk" then so be it.
Signature is NOT your name but a wee homily or witticism that appears under a line following your post.

Nothing is compulsory here and anything can be changed at any time.
Save your settings by clicking on Change Profile.
Click on Profile on the menu bar.
A new menu bar appears underneath. Click on Modify profile and select Account settings.
Here you can change the name that is displayed.
Remember however that you will still login with your username.
There are option here to change your password, update your email address etc.
Save changes by clicking on Change profile.
Tips on how to use the Forum / Using the Help facility
« Last post by Tiana_admin on 03 08, 2012, 10:07:17 PM »
When you click on Help, the Help page opens in the same window that you are working in - dead confusing!
So to make life easier open a new browser window
(if you move your mouse over the box at the end of the tab, it says New tab. Click that)
Highlight the url of the help page (http://www.latebloomers.co.uk/WEALothians/index.php?action=help)
then paste the url into the new window address line.
Hit the back button of the first window and you can see the two (what you are trying to do and the help) at the same time. 
Welcome and Getting Started / Welcome to SMF!
« Last post by Simple Machines on 03 08, 2012, 01:51:37 AM »
Welcome to Simple Machines Forum!

We hope you enjoy using your forum.  If you have any problems, please feel free to ask us for assistance.

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