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Old 21.02.2010, 04:59
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Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

On most posts in EF, you will see several buttons, icons and other pieces of information. This thread explains their meaning.

This Anatomy 101 is split into two posts for technical reasons. The first post describes the top half of a post while the second post continues the description, dealing with the bottom half.

The date and time that the post was made appear in the top left of the post, in the blue bar. At the top right in the blue bar, the post number appears (this is the number of the post within its thread). You can click on this number to open a new window containing only the post (and not the rest of the thread). If you copy the URL of that page, you can then paste the URL of that specific post into other posts or private messages, enabling you to direct other members to the specific post.

Also at the top right in the blue bar, you will find the (scales) icon. Click this icon to adjust the reputation (up or down) of the member who made this post (see below for more information on reputation).

If you see a post that is abusive, offensive, or suspected spam, please report it to the Moderation Team by clicking the (warning triangle) icon next to the Reputation icon. You will be invited to send a short message to the moderators, who will then determine whether any action is warranted.

At the top left of the post, under the blue bar, you will see the member's user name (nickname, handle) in blue as a clickable link alongside his/her avatar (if one is in use). Clicking on that link opens the member's profile. The *member's user status level is displayed as a user title and a series of stars. (see list below) Note that the user title is custom-modifiable for moderators, so if you see an unusual title, that member will be a moderator. To the right of the user name, a green dot indicates that the user is currently online, while grey denotes that the member is offline.

At the top right of the post, under the blue bar, a statistical summary appears, including the month in which the member joined the English Forum, along with their location (according to the information they provided in their profile), the number of posts they have made, and the number of posts for which they have been groaned at or thanked along with the total number of groans and thanks they have received for those posts. This statistical summary is always current, and is updated every time you visit or refresh the page; the statistics are not those that applied at the time the post was submitted.

The current reputation level of the member (as determined by other members) is displayed graphically as a series of coloured squares ("blobbies") under the statistical summary at the top right of the post -- green is positive, red is negative. One grey blobby simply means that no-one has given the member any reputation points yet, or that their reputation level has returned to 0 (as a result of positive reputation exactly balancing negative reputation). A member must have a positive (green) reputation in order to give reputation points to other members, and members with high reputation scores may give more reputation points (positive or negative) than those with low scores. As described above, if you have a positive reputation score (green blobbies), you may adjust a member's reputation by clicking on the icon on any post (other than your own!)


Moderator Edit Longbyt: *User Status Level Titles are listed here. If you have a minute to spare, it is worth reading the whole Thread this post was taken from. .

Last edited by Longbyt; 03.02.2012 at 11:27. Reason: Added the bit of titles.
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

At the bottom right of the post, you will see up to six buttons:

An button is visible only on your own posts, and only after you have established at least a short posting history. Click on this button to amend your post. Use of this feature is intended for minor edits such as the correction of typos; over-use of the Edit button is discouraged. Restrictions on the use of the Edit button are detailed here.

Click the button to reply to the post with the post quoted in your reply. A new box will appear for your reply, with the original post copied and pasted into it and wrapped with HTML tags. Please do not attempt to edit the quoted post unless you are confident that you are not deleting any code! In any case, you must never attempt to misrepresent the original poster's intentions by altering or selectively editing the quoted post.

The (Multi-Quote) button is a useful feature that allows you to quote multiple posts in one reply. Please use this feature rather than making several separate, successive replies to separate posts. Click the Multi-Quote button on each post you want to quote, then the Quote button on the last post to be quoted. So to create a new post in reply to, say, four other posts, click on the first three posts and on the fourth.

The (Quick Reply) button opens a basic reply box with no formatting options, if you prefer to dash off a short response to a post without quoting it or applying any fancy formatting to your response.

You can show your appreciation of a post by clicking , or your disapproval by clicking . You can groan at or thank a post only once, and can remove your Thanks or Groan if you change your mind by clicking the “Remove Your Thanks/Groan” link that appears when you give Thanks or a Groan. The Thanks and Groan buttons are disabled on your own posts (so you can’t thank yourself!) and in some of the Off-topic forums. They are also disabled in all forums for new members, until they accrue 10 posts. Thanks and groan buttons are only available for 15 days after a post is made; anything older will not display these buttons. Whenever you receive Thanks or Groans, your statistical summary will be updated (see above). See also I used to be able to thank and groan.

If you have any questions about how to use the features provided on any post, please contact a moderator (by reporting the post, for example!)

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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

One more thing (although this pertains to the thread in general rather than to a specific post): If you scroll all the way to the very bottom of the thread then there is a section marked "Similar Threads", which contains links to threads that have similar titles and so are likely to have more information on the same topic. I think a lot of people never discover that this is there, or forget to use it. It seems to return more accurate results than the forum's standard Search function, so can be quite useful. Often, the answer to a question asked in the original post can be found in one of those "Similar Threads" that are linked to.
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

What do the yellow stars under the rep bloobies signify in a poster's profile?
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

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What do the yellow stars under the rep bloobies signify in a poster's profile?
They show a poster's title according to number of posts, such as Newbie, Member, Veteran, Legend and so on.

There's a thread kicking around somewhere that says how many posts earn which title.
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Old 23.04.2010, 17:45
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

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What do the yellow stars under the rep bloobies signify in a poster's profile?
I don't see any stars under the rep blobbies, however the stars under the posters title mean exactly what DB has already said.

Newbie = 1 Star
Newbie first class = 2 Stars
Member = 3 Stars
Senior Member = 4 Stars
Forum Veteran = 5 Stars
Forum Legend = 6 Stars
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

I may be missing a very simple thing on EF website, but how does one start a post?
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

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I may be missing a very simple thing on EF website, but how does one start a post?
If you navigate to an appropriate forum, there is a button at the top right* that says "New Thread".





*Edit : When I say right, I mean that right, not that right. Some people like to call it the left

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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

Hey, Thanks a bunch for this information. You've just saved me a ton of time and frustration.
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

Can you tell me why some posts have the "groan" and "thanks" visible while others do not (to me). Other folks ahave done one or the other of these, so I know that the function is not disabled, and I can see those buttons in other posts in the thread.
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

Which Thread? which posts? In older posts the option disappears (14 days?) and certain forums don't have this option at all.
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Re: Anatomy of a post: all those buttons and links, explained

As I stated, I see the groan/thanks buttons on some posts (so it's not turned off for the thread)and see others thanking/groaning posts that are obviously not mine (since I wouldn't -and couldn't- respond to my own posts as per rules and common sense).

But thanks Longbyt, because probably it's a timing issue and the ones I want to thank are older than 14 days.
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Linking Threads and posts into your own text.

The neat way of linking Threads and posts into your own text.

Copy www. address (somewhere top left on your screen)
Mark (highlight) the words in your text which you want to link it to.
Click on little 'link' sign (in the middle of the line of signs immediately above text) - looks like a pair of swimming goggles to me



Menu opens

Paste www.address into bottom line.
Preview post and try it out to see if it works correctly.
If it doesn't work, have a look and check that you have http:// - but only once!

Submit Reply.

To link in one specific post - click on the number of the post within the thread (top right above the post, looks something like this #14)
New field opens. Copy and paste the url address as above.
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To link in one specific post - click on the number of the post within the thread (top right above the post, looks something like this #14)
New field opens. Copy and paste the url address as above.
Even easier is to right-click the link and select "Copy Shortcut" or similar option (based on your browser).
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