Forum Frequently Asked Questions

Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a Forum?

To post in our Forums you must first register as a member of Silver Travel Advisor or sign in if you are already a member.  It's free and we only ask the bare minimum of information.  Once you've done that you can post on an existing thread or start your own.

See our posting guidelines to find useful information about the content of your posts.  Posting your message is as simple as typing in your post and clicking submit.  You can format your post using the buttons above where you're entering the text.

A box to add your message (post) is found at the end of every Thread.

How do I edit or delete a post?

You can edit your post after you've made it, but only for a few minutes.  This gives you time to correct any mistakes you made which you didn't notice before posting, but prevents users going back and changing their post after someone else has replied, which can lead to confusion.  To edit your post, click the Edit icon (a pencil on a page) which appears to the right of your post, above your name.
 

You cannot delete a post yourself, because to do so can lead to confusing conversations for other users.  If you need to remove your own post please use the Report to Moderator function where it will be considered for removal.  To report a post, click the Exclamation Mark in a Triangle icon above your name to the right of the post.

User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?

If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in User Profile.  Access this by clicking on your Preferred Name or clicking on My Account.

How do I show an image along with my username?

If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in User Profile.  Access this by clicking on your Preferred Name or clicking on My Account.  There is a option to change your Forum Avatar.

Can I send a message to another user?

Only registered users can send a Private Message to another user. Simply find them on any of the Forum’s pages and click on their Preferred Name e.g. Barrowman.  Click on “Send Private Message” and complete your message.

How can I report posts to a Moderator?

To report a post, click the Exclamation Mark in a Triangle icon above your name to the right of the post.

Can I post images?

You can add images using the button toolbar which appears just above the box in to which you type your post.

Insert Image: This is for adding an image which is hosted elsewhere.  To insert an image click the button and type in the URL of the image.

Note: Photobucket users would have used the IMG link on the previous version of the Forum but must now use the Direct link.  It is preferable, however, to use the Upload Image function.

Upload Image: This button allows you to upload an image file.  Alternatively, you can drag an image file from your computer and drop it on the page and it will be automatically added to your post at the current cursor position.

What are locked topics?

Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply.  Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the Forum Moderator or board administrator.

User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?

Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire Forum.  These members can control all facets of operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating user groups or Moderators, etc..

What are Moderators?

Moderators are individuals who look after the Forum from day to day.  They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and update topics in the Forum they moderate.  Generally, Moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!

If you are not registered and/or not signed on you cannot send Private Messages.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!

We are sorry to hear that.  Please contact a Moderator with as much detail as possible.

I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!

We are sorry to hear that.  Please contact a Moderator with as much detail as possible.

Searching the Forums

How can I search a Forum or Forums?

Enter a search term in the search box located on each Forum page.  Note that this will only search the Forum, whereas the Search box located at the top of the page adjacent to the Sign out button will search the whole site.

How can I find my own posts and topics?

Click on “Mine” (located to the left of the Forum search box on most pages).  This will display Threads you have posted on, but only if you are registered and signed in.

How do I subscribe to specific Threads?

Use the “Watch” function located above the first post on each Thread page.

How do I remove my subscriptions?

Use the “Stop watching” function located above the first post on each Thread page.

Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this Forum?

Please contact a Moderator with as much detail as possible.

Visit the Forum or read the Guidelines.