Using the Forum

How Do I Create a New Thread?

Creating a new thread is easy. Navigate to the forum you'd like to post your thread in - make sure it's the appropriate forum.

Once you've navigated to the forum, there should be a "Post New Thread" icon in the top right of the forum page that lists the threads. It's circled in red in the below image:

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To post, simply click that icon. You should then go to a form where you can enter your thread. Add the title, content, and click Submit/Post and your thread will be posted.

Why can't I post?

If you are unable to make a new post or forum thread, it could be because of three reasons:
  1. Your account's email is unconfirmed. To solve this, you must confirm your email by clicking the link we sent you when you registered. If you don't see the email, when logged in you should see a notice at the top of the page telling you that you're awaiting email confirmation; you can resend the email by clicking the link "Resend Confirmation Email."
  2. Your account is moderated. This could be the case if you're under 13, or, more likely, if your account was flagged as a spam account. This can happen for several reasons. If this is the case, contact us and convince us you're not a spam bot and we'll activate your account.
  3. You're trying to post in a restricted section like the Writing Workshop. Some sections, like Announcements, Articles, Resources, the Debate Room and the Writing Workshop don't allow posts until you've been around for a while.
If you're sure none of the above is the case, please contact us and we'll investigate the issue.
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How Do I Post a Reply to a Thread?

Posting a reply to a thread is pretty straightforward. Select the thread you want to reply to. Scroll to the very bottom of the page. You should then see a "Quick Reply" form. It's circled in the image below:

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Once you've entered your content, click "Post Reply." Your reply should instantly be added to the thread.

Alternatively, you can click the "More Options" link to use a more detailed post editor. You can also then preview your post before submission.

How Do I Hide Specific Forums From the New Posts Feed?

We've had a few requests for the ability to hide specific forums form the New Posts page, which shows all recent forum posts side-wide that each member has access to.

To disable posts from showing in the New Posts page for specific forums, hover over your username in the top right of the main menu. There will be a drop-down box. Look for the link that says "Ignore New Posts." Click it.

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Once you're to the Ignore New Posts page, you should see something like this:

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Simply check the boxes for all the forums you'd like to ignore in the New Posts feed. In the above screenshot, once I saved the page, it would remove all new posts from Self-Publishing and Electronic Publishing from my New Posts feed.

Enabling this doesn't mean you won't see the forums, merely that posts from these forums won't fill up your New Posts feed.

Click the light blue "Save" button. Your New Posts feed will now ignore all threads for the selected forums.

What Are Likes & How Do They Work?

On each post you have the option to "Like" a post.

Likes partially replaced past reputation. Likes may be limited, so they shouldn't be used excessively. They are simply a way to show a poster you agree with them or find their post valuable.

Likes are also partially factored into calculating reputation (green bars) and in upgrading you to a higher usergroup.

Usergroups

Here at WF we have several different usergroups used to distinguish different members.

Admins, which includes the Owner/Founder and the Operations Manager.

Super Moderators, who are the moderators for the whole of the forum.

Supporter members, which are members who've subscribed to help WF grow and stay online.

New Members, which are members who've not yet been registered for 14 days and have less than 20 posts.

Members, the normal usergroup after you're no longer considered "new."

Active Members are members who've been here for 90 days (3 months) and made at least 100 posts.


Senior Members are community members who've been here for at least 180 days (6 months), have made at least 250 posts, and have earned at least 50 post likes.


Contributor members are prominent members of our writing community. They come with the "Contributor" user badge. The criteria to be considered a Contributor is registration for 365 days, 500 posts, and 200 post likes.


Community Leader is a new usergroup in development. It's meant to be relatively rare. It can be appointed or earned. The criteria for recognition as a community leader here at writingforums.org requires leaders have been a member for 2 years, have made 1000 posts, earned 500 posts likes, and have added 10 approved resources and 2 approved writing articles, or be appointed.


Community Volunteers are forum members who've volunteered to help WritingForums.org in some way. This includes the volunteers for moderating the Role Play forum, and volunteer contest administrators for the Bi-Weekly Short Story and Poetry Contests.


Banned members are, of course, banned; the strikethrough demonstrates this.

Reviewer members are forum members who work as both individuals and team members to leave quality reviews in the writing workshop. You can learn more about the Reviewer usergroup, Reviewer requirements, review standards, and how to become a reviewer here.
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