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Conversations
  • Private Messages (PM) are now Conversations.
  • Conversations are personal (not public) messages that you can start and receive with other members of the community. 
Showcase
  • Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on content you wish to share.
Gallery
  • Media Gallery is a feature that allows users to create galleries of images, videos, and audio, that is organized into categories and albums.
Discussion
  • A Discussion is a thread that is created by a user with a title and text that will create a new post, on a topic they choose. (You may also know this as a thread.)
Account Settings
  • This is an area for users to control their account preferences.
  • You may know this as User Control Panel (User CP).
Alerts
  • Alerts based on your preference settings on your accounts setting page. 
  • You may know this as Notifications.
Trophies
  • Trophies are awards given to users after hitting certain set achivements on the site. Participation is KEY!
Follow / Following
  • Sections, Forums and Discussions you want to keep track of and find out the latest information on, you can also receive alerts based on your followed content. 
  • You may also know this as subscribed content.
  • You can also follow a user this allows you to friend a user and make them a safe contact. * Check out your friends directory to see who you are following and change settings.
Reaction Score
  • Total positive reaction score to your content on the community.

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From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the upward pointing arrow and then select “New Posts” from the drop down menu.
This will open a new page of new posts for you. You can also choose to set special filters or mark all posts read on that same page.
You can accomplish this by setting a custom default filter on the new posts page. Step 1: Navigate to the specific forum you want to focus on and click "Follow Forum".
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Step 2: From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on the upward-pointing arrow and then select “New Posts” from the drop-down menu.
This will open a new page of new posts for you. On the new page, click on filters.
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Now you can adjust the filters to work for your personal preferences, such as the example above and save it as the default. Make sure to click the "filter" button to save it, at the bottom.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner of the site, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “my profile”.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “account settings”.
Once you have clicked on “account settings” a new page will open. You can browse through the left side column navigation for the specific settings you are looking for.
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “account settings” from the drop-down menu.
That will bring you to the account details page.
Once you click on your avatar, click to choose your file. Make sure to click “okay” afterward.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “conversations”.
Click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select “following” from the drop-down menu.
This will bring you to a page where you can choose to view thread discussions or followed forums. You can also manage your notifications for them here.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and then click on “dark mode” or “light mode”.
Near the bottom of every page within a thread, you will see a content box to enter your comments. Once you are done, simply click “post reply”.
Once you have selected which forum or subforum where you would like to start your new discussion thread (and you have navigated to it) you will see a “Start Discussion” button.
A new screen will open. Now you can add your title, content, and any images you may want to add to your thread discussion. Make sure to click the “post thread” button when you’re done.
When you see a post that you want to quote, click the reply button on that post. It will automatically add the quoted content to the content area where you can add your reply/comments following the code.
If you want to multi-quote within a thread, simply click reply on each of the posts that you want to quote. It will automatically add all the quoted content to the content area where you can add your reply/comments following the code.
Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.
It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer. 
Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.
Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply. 
If you want to display a video from a site such as YouTube, you can simply add the share link directly into the content area of your post and it will display automatically.
To get the share link, navigate to the video. Near the title you will see a share link. Click it.
A small window will open to provide you with a URL. That will be the URL you need to copy and paste into your content.
You should be able to edit your post for up to 24 hours. Near the timestamp at the top of the post, you should see an edit link if it is within that time limit. After 24 hours you would need to reach out to a mod/admin for assistance.
Only moderators and admins are able to delete a post, as needed, for situations like this one. Simply report the post for assistance.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner of the site, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “my profile”.
Click on the number below discussions.
This is a great option for those times when you want to save a thread to come back to later. At the bottom of the post, you will see “bookmark”. Click on it.
Once you click on it you can add any notes to remind yourself and then simply click to save.
When you are ready to find the saved bookmarks again later, from the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar to open the drop-down menu and select “bookmarks”.
Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on content you wish to share. Showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas gallery would be like a photo album.
To edit a Showcase, click on your Avatar in top right-hand corner and select “My Showcase”
Open the Showcase you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom, and above comments you will see the Share options and a three-dot menu icon ⁝ click the icon and choose “Edit item”
From here, you will be brought to the editor used to create the Showcase. Make changes as needed, then Save.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click the 3 vertical dots to open the drop-down menu and select “Showcase”.
From the Showcase page, click on “Add item” in the right-hand corner. A popup will appear with an option for categories, select one, then you will be brought to the Add item editor.  Here you will want to enter all the details for your showcase, including Title, tags, description, etc.  For the cover image you wish to display for your showcase, you will go to the “General Information” text box, and click on the “Insert image” icon at the bottom of the editor. 
Add any additional item details, and “Save”.
From the navigation, near the upper right-hand corner, click on your avatar and then select “Account Settings” from the drop down menu.
From your “Account Settings” page you will then see more navigation option of the left side. Select “Signature”.
Now you can simply enter your signature information in the text editor and click save.
When you need the URL for a specific post, simply click on the post number. This will automatically add a link to the post in your browser address bar. Copy and paste it wherever you need it.
Another option would be to click on the share button below the post.
A link will pop up that you can use to copy and paste wherever you need it.
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