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Features of the new board
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I will endeavor to make this an exhaustive list of the new features.

User CP

In the upper left of the main page you'll see a tab marked 'User CP'.  This is your Command Post.

Click into it and you'll be brought to your own area.  You'll see the following areas:
  • Manage your private messages.
  • Edit your profile.  Click on the 'Edit Profile' link and you can customize your profile with as much information as you'd like.
  • You can edit things such as your username, password, signature and avatar.  You'll find this a LOT easier than the last board.

Note:  When posting an avatar you can upload a pic or link to something on the web. 

Custom User Title

Take a look under my username above.  You'll see the word "Sensei".  That is a custom user title and you can set your own to what you want.

At the top left of the page you should see 'User CP'.  Go into that.  On the right you'll see 'Menu'.  Under that you'll see 'Your Profile'.  In that section click on the 'Edit Profile' link.  You'll see a lot of things that you can do here in your profile.  On the right side is the Custom User Title.  Type what you want to appear under your username in all your posts.  Click Update Profile at the bottom of the page and you're done.

Posting

Of course you have the ability to start a thread, or reply to someone else's thread.  When posting a new thread you'll see lots of options (many of which are also available when you are making a reply to another person's thread)
  • Post Icon.  This allows you to put a small icon in front of your post.�
  • Posting abilities.  You'll see above your message window a ton of icons.  You can make a word bold, underlined etc.  You can post a link.  You can post a video (select which media such as youtube etc).  Just put your mouse over the icon and it will tell you what it is. 

Calendar

At the top of the main page, on the right, you'll see the Calendar tab.  This allows you to post a public event for others to see. 

Portal

Also at the top of the main page, the portal will take you to a page that shows all the current threads and stats. 

Reputation

You will see this option on other member's posts.  You have the ability to give them positive, negative or neutral reputation.  Basically if the post was interesting to you this is a way to say 'thank you'.  You'll have the option to explain why you gave (or took) reputation.  This is a way for new members to immediately see who on the forum has really contributed solid content.

I want to touch on this new feature (we didn't have it on the old board). 

At the bottom of any member's post (other than your own) you will see several tabs.  From left to right you'll see;
  • Email
  • PM (private message)
  • Find
  • Rate
  • Reply
  • Quote
  • Report

The Rate tab is the reputation tab.  Click on this for any member and you'll see where you can give them positive, neutral or negative feedback.  You also have a box where you can let them know why you rated them.  It's a nice way to let someone know that they posted something useful/interesting to you.  Also a way to see members who have received a lot of reputation due to what they've contributed to the board.  You'll see at the top of each members post the following information on the right hand top corner:

Posts: 2
Threads: 0
Joined: Jul 2015
Reputation: 0
Warning Level: 0%

Rate the thread

When your in a thread (someone's post) you will see just above the OP (original post) a 'Thread Rating' with a bunch of stars.  If you find the thread is particularly interesting you can rate it by clicking on the amount of stars you think it's worth. 

For each thread you'll see a series of 5 stars under the Rating column.  If the thread hasn't been rated there will be no color.  Run your cursor over the stars and you'll see them light up.  If a thread has been particularly interesting/helpful for you then click on the amount of stars you'd like to rate it.  This gives other members a heads up that it's a good thread.  You cannot rate your own thread.

More than one person can rate the same thread.

This is if the thread is a good one and there are many members contributing good stuff, or you just want others to know it has good info in it.
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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#2
I would like to encourage you to use the Reputation and Rate features, as described above, when you read a thread or post that you have found to have value.  You will have the opportunity to express to the member why you have given (or if necessary, taken) reputation.
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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#3
When you enter your User CP you'll notice that the profile has been expanded to cover your martial arts training.  If anyone has suggestions for further enhancements please let me know.
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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