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User Guide

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Navigating the Forums

On the Forums home page you will see a list of individual Forums for specific subjects including a description of the particular Forum and the number of Topics and Posts within it. Alongside the Forum you will see the date of the last Post and the name of the Poster.

Screenshot 1: The Forums home page.

Screenshot 1: The Forums home page.

To enter a Forum, click on its title. Within each Forum you should see a list of Topics. The Topics are the threads of discussion on a particular issue. Alongside each Topic you will see the number of Replies and the number of times the Topic has been viewed. The time of the last reply and the name of the person who posted it will also be shown.

Screenshot 2: Topics within a Forum.

Screenshot 2: Topics within a Forum.

To view the Topic and / or the replies click on the Topic title. You will then see the Topic message and the replies to it underneath (ordered by the date they were posted – earliest reply first). If there is more than one page of discussion, you can move through the pages by using the links on the right-hand side. You can also view a short profile of the message poster (if they have provided one) by clicking on their name.

Screenshot 3: A Topic with Replies.

Screenshot 3: A Topic with Replies.

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Posting a Topic

Before posting a new Topic you should first decide on the most appropriate forum. The Forums home page provides a description of each Forum and in many cases there will be an obvious choice, but for others you may have to decide on where to post. For example, a topic about chemotherapy and breast cancer may be better posted in the Chemotherapy Forum than the Breast Cancer Forum, as it will likely attract more attention from chemotherapy specialist nurses.

To post a new Topic, enter the appropriate Forum and click on the 'Post a new Topic' link.

Screenshot 4: The 'Post a new Topic' link.

Screenshot 4: The 'Post a new Topic' link.

If you have signed in to the site you will be presented with a form to complete. Enter a Topic title and a message and click on the 'Post New Topic' button.

Screenshot 5: The 'Post New Topic' form.

Screenshot 5: The 'Post New Topic' form.

Note: You can add some formatting to your message by using 'tags':

  • [b]your words[/b] would appear as your words
  • [i]your words[/i] would appear as your words
  • [link]a website link[/link] would appear as a clickable link – a website link

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Replying to a Topic

To post a new Reply to a Topic click on the 'Post a Reply' or 'Reply' link.

Screenshot 6: The Reply links.

Screenshot 6: The Reply links.

If you have signed in to the site you will be presented with a form to complete. Enter a message and click on the 'Post New Reply' button.

Screenshot 7: The 'Post New Reply' form.

Screenshot 7: The 'Post New Reply' form.

Note: You can add some formatting to your message by using 'tags':

  • [b]your words[/b] would appear as your words
  • [i]your words[/i] would appear as your words
  • [link]a website link[/link] would appear as a clickable link – a website link

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Editing a Topic or Reply

To edit a Topic or Reply that you have posted, click on the 'Edit' link below the body of the message (you must be signed in to the site to see this).

Screenshot 8: The 'Edit' link.

Screenshot 8: The 'Edit' link.

You will then be presented with a form to edit your Topic or Reply. After completing your changes, click on the 'Edit Topic' or 'Edit Reply' button as appropriate.

Screenshot 9: The 'Edit Topic or Reply' form.

Screenshot 9: The 'Edit Topic or Reply' form.

Your changes will be made and your Topic or Reply will now have an 'Edited: [time and date]' line below it.

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Receiving replies to a Topic via email

To receive replies to a topic via email click on the 'Watch (or stop watching) this Topic' link (if you have NOT signed in to the site) or the 'Watch this Topic' link (if you have signed in to the site). These links are provided at the beginning of each Topic.

Screenshot 10: The 'Watch (or stop watching) this Topic' link.

Screenshot 10: The 'Watch (or stop watching) this Topic' link.

You will be shown confirmation when you follow the link.

Screenshot 11: Confirmation of watch Topic.

Screenshot 11: Confirmation of watch Topic.

Note: To receive replies via email you must have provided an email address. To add or edit your email address, see ‘Editing your email address and profile’ below.

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Stop receiving replies via email

To stop receiving replies to a Topic via email, follow the ‘Watch (or stop watching) this Topic’ link (if you have NOT signed in to the site) or the ‘Stop watching this Topic’ link (if you have signed in to the site). These links are provided at the beginning of each Topic.

Screenshot 12: The 'Stop watching this Topic' link.

Screenshot 12: The 'Stop watching this Topic' link.

You will be shown confirmation when you follow the link.

Screenshot 13: Confirmation of watching Topic.

Screenshot 13: Confirmation of stop watching Topic.

Editing your email address and profile

To add or update your email address or profile, sign in to the site and click on the 'My details' link towards the top of the page.

Screenshot 14: The 'My details' link.

Screenshot 14: The 'My details' link.

Your current details will be presented to you and a link at the bottom which allows you to amend them.

Screenshot 15: The 'Edit your details' link.

Screenshot 15: The 'Edit your details' link.

Make changes to your details and then click on the 'Update my details' button.

Screenshot 16: The 'Edit details' form.

Screenshot 16: The 'Edit details' form.

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