Welcome! As a new user of Discourse, we hope you will find this site intuitive and clearly structured, but first of all here is some guidance to get you started:
Basic Terms Used by Discourse
Topic: The collection of messages grouped together in a meaningful conversation, with a title, listed in a category, beginning with an Original Post, and including all replies in chronological order.
Post: Each element of a topic is referred to as a post. Each post has its own author and can be moved to a different topic if necessary, or even become the start of a new topic.
Original Post (or OP): The first post in any topic. This is key since it determines the focus of the topic and is what the title and tags will link to.
Category: The primary means of organizing topics. Each topic is placed in exactly one category. Categories have permissions which can restrict which users can create, reply, and see its topics. You can also configure notification preferences per category or even mute them as explained below. Categories are a similar concept to a ‘forum’ on other sites.
Tag: A marker placed on a topic to describe it. While a topic can only have one category, it can have multiple tags.
User: Discourse sites may be private or public for anyone to read, but you will always be required to register in order to create posts and record any actions such as bookmarking, liking, tagging, and flagging. Most site activity, therefore, is based around registered Users
Names of user interface elements in Discourse
The hidden Home button
How to use the Forum Filter
Information about the UI
After you have opend the Topic, you have some Option.
- Titel of the Topic
- The categorie were where the topic is located.
- Post Action Buttons - if you reach a higher Trust level, additional Action buttons will be “unlocked” If you want to know more about the Trust level look here - Soonish TM
- Reply button
- Progress bar
Notifications / Avatar Menu
- Notification in general - all notifications
- Unseen Notification - only @ mention and reply to a wached topic
- Private Messages
- Other Notifications
- Profil Informations
You can change your notification level for any individual topic via the notification control at the bottom of each topic:
You can change your notification level for any individual categories via the notification control at the top right of each cathegorie
Taking Part in Conversations
How to create a Topic
To create a Topic you must fill some informations.
- Titel of the Topic
- Cathegorie and following tacs
- Formatting menu
- Input Pane (input screen/area, left)) and Post Preview (right)
- reply button
How to reply
Press any “Reply” button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. You can continue reading (and even search or navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply.
Discourse shows all posts in the order they are published. It does not make you chase down multiple threaded paths. However, it still gives you lots of ways to follow the context of conversations.
To reply to a specific post in a topic, clicking the grey Reply button at the end of each post and your reply is linked to that post.
- If your reply is the next one published after the post you are replying to, this will appear next in chronological order
- If yours is NOT next, then two things happen after your post is published:
- Your post will include a new link in its header with an image to show what this is ‘in reply to’ - clicking this link displays that previous post for context next to your reply
- The original post includes a count of replies at the bottom - clicking this link displays the content of the replies
how to edit your post
On your Action button you should see a pencil. By pressing it, you can edit your comment.
NOTE: The Foum is still under maintenance, the edit option will come for everyone.
Drafts will automatically be saved as you write. If you minimise the editor or navigate to a different topic, the editor might disappear. To open a draft, return to the topic you were replying to or click the highlighted bar at the bottom of your browser, and the editor will reappear with your draft. If you forgot were you was replying, you can find all your Drafst on your Profil
Quoting and Mentioning
To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. There is no need to quote a whole message: it helps to be specific. Repeat this for multiple quotes even from different posts and different users. The quoted text will point to their original source.
To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type
@ to begin selecting a username. This search will also search the name fields in case you don’t know a particular username.
Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown:
This is <b>bold</b>. This is [b]bold[/b]. This is **bold**.
More Options are hidden on the setting button
For any Option here a exaple (It is from top to bottom)
How to write a Private Message
How to write a Private Meesage
If you want contact a User or a Moderator per Private Message follow these steps:
Click on the User you want send private Message
- Name of the User you will contact
- The Titel of the Privat Message
- Optional Tags
- Write the content
- Mesage button
How to answer a Private Meesage
When someone send you a Private Message you will get notified in following way
You can simply answer them by using the reply button.
You can find all your Private Meesage on your Profil
How to create a poll
Forum Flagging System Explanation