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GLOSSARY

This forum uses some terms that are slightly different from other forums. Here are the main ones to be aware of:

MESSAGES = Posts

ALERTS = Notifications - the little bell at the top right of the screen next to the search icon will show you your alerts. Here you’ll see notifications on threads and forums you’re watching, and you can manage your alert preferences from here.

CONVERSATIONS = Private messages with other users
 

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POSTING A NEW THREAD

Posting a new thread is easy. Just go into the forum your question or statement best fits into and click the orange Post Thread button.

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Then fill in the Thread title and use the Text box to write your question, statement, thoughts, etc.

Once done, you can click Preview or Post thread.

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REPLYING IN A THREAD

To reply in a thread, simply scroll to the end of the thread, fill in the text box with your reply, then click Preview or Post reply.

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QUOTING IN A THREAD

To quote another person’s post in your reply, click the reply link at the bottom right of their post.

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The post you select to reply to will be copied to your reply at the bottom of the page. Then simply start typing your response. Click Preview or Post reply when done.

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If there is more than one post you'd like to reply to, you can do this multiple times within the same reply.
 

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TAGGING MEMBERS

You can easily tag members in a post so that they will be notified (alerted) of the post.

Simply type @ followed by the username of the member you'd like to tag.

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@Sarah-MJFL
 

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NAVIGATING THE TEXT BOX

Here are some of the basic functions in the text box that you will likely use:

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To use BOLD, ITALIC, UNDERLINE, STRIKE-THROUGH, FONT COLOR, FONT STYLE, or FONT SIZE, highlight the text you want that feature for and click the appropriate button in the toolbar.

To INSERT A LINK, highlight the text that you want to hyperlink, click the link icon in the toolbar, paste the URL into the URL field, and click Insert.

To ADD AN IMAGE, place the cursor where you would like the image to appear, click the image icon in the toolbar, either upload your image or use the image URL.

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To ADD AN EMOJI or SMILIE, place your cursor where you want the emoji to appear, click the smilie face in the toolbar, click on the emoji you'd like to insert.

To ALIGN your text, choose the alignment you'd like (right, center, left) before you start typing by clicking on the alignment button in the toolbar. If you'd like to align your text after you've typed, place your cursor at the beginning of the line you'd like to change the alignment on and choose the alignment in the toolbar. If you'd like to change the alignment of multiple lines, highlight the lines you want to change, and then choose the alignement in the toolbar.

ADDING BULLETS or NUMBER works the same as the alignment feature.

To UNDO something you just did in the textbox, click the undo icon in the toolbar; to REDO what you have undone, click the redo icon.

The Watch this tread box is checked by default; having this box checked will allow you to receive alerts (notifications) whenever there is a reply to the thread. The and receive email notifications box is also checked by default; having this box checked will also send you email notifications of replies to the thread.

When you are finished with your post, you can select Preview or Post reply to publish it.
 
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ADDING A SIGNATURE

You can create a signature that will automatically appear at the end of each of your posts. To do this, click on your profile at the top right of the screen, and then click Signature.

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Then fill in the text box as desired and Save. If adding an image, you will need to add the image URL rather than uploading the image directly.

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*No advertising of your business or website is allowed in your signature unless you are a Homeschool Speak partner. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner. For all forum policies, click here.
 
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ADDING AN AVATAR

You can add an avatar (profile picture) to your account. To do this, click on your profile at the top right of the screen, and then click on the avatar circle.

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You can then upload an image from your device or pull the image from your Gravatar account. Once you've selected your image, click Okay.

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*No advertising of your business or website is allowed in your avatar or username unless you are a Homeschool Speak partner (ex. your avatar cannot be a business/brand logo and your username cannot be a business/blog name or any version of. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner. For all forum policies, click here.
 
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LIKING A POST

You can let members know what you think of their posts. Simply hover over the thumbs up / like icon in the right hand bottom corner of a post, then choose an emotion - Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry.

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FOLLOWING A MEMBER

Maybe you've noticed a member that you have a lot in common with or a member that is a veteran homeschooler that shares some pretty great advice. You can follow those members so that you don't miss the wonderful things they have to say and share.

To do this, hover over the username of the member you'd like to follow (you can do this anywhere you see their username). Then click Follow.

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To find the list of members you follow, click on your profile at the top right of the screen, and then click on Following.



A list will appear with the members you are following. Click on a member's username from this list to see their latest activity.
 

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BOOKMARKING A POST

Have you come across a post that you'd like to save for later? Maybe you don't have time to read it write now or maybe it's a little piece of wisdom or encouragement that will come in handy down the road.

You can bookmark a post and come back to it later by clicking on the bookmark icon at the top right of any post. Once bookmarked, it will turn orange. When you click the bookmark it will also give you the option to label or write a note about the bookmark (this is optional).

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To find your bookmarked posts, click on your profile at the top right of the screen, and then click on Bookmarks.

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