Posting Tips

Formatting your post

You can format your posts using the button toolbar which appears just above the box in to which you type your post.  For most formatting options, you can either click the button and then enter your text, or enter the text, highlight it with your mouse and the click the button.  The toolbar looks like this:



From left to right, the buttons function as follows:

Bold - this is bold
Underline - this is underlined
Italic - this is italic
Strikethrough - this is strikethrough

Bullet point list, like this:
  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3
Numbered list, like this:
  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
  3. Item 3
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: It is preferable, however, to use the Upload Image function (see below).

YouTube.  This is used to embed a YouTube video.  To use it, click the button and paste in the URL of the video.

Link.  This is used to insert a link to another page.  Click the button and enter the URL to which you wish to link, then enter the text you want to be clickable.  

Quote.  This is used to format the text to show it is a quote of someone else's text.  

Preformatted.  This feature allows you to pre-format text and display it in a monospaced font.  It's useful for technical information.

Preview.  This shows a formatted preview of your post underneath where you're entering the text.

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.

All of the formatting features listed above work by inserting special characters in your post.  If you'd rather just type, instead of using the mouse to click the buttons, you can just enter those characters.  For example, to make something bold, simply type an asterisk, then the text, then another asterisk, like *this*.  The result will be this.

Editing your 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.

Read our Guidelines and FAQs, or visit the Forum.