Community Forums and Group Forums

Community Forums

What is a forum?

A forum is a collection of related discussions.

What is a discussion?

A discussion is a collection of related posts in a forum. The first post starts the discussion, and replies to the first post add to the discussion.

What do the discussion icons mean?

  • Topic with posts you have not read.
  • Topic with posts you have read.
  • Popular topic with posts you have not read. A topic becomes popular after a certain number of views and posts (administrator defined).
  • Popular topic with posts you have read. A topic becomes popular after a certain number of views and posts (administrator defined).
  • Announcement you have not read.
  • Announcement you have read.
  • A pinned topic with posts you have not read. Pinned topics are displayed before other topics until they become unpinned.
  • A pinned topic with posts you have read. Pinned topics are displayed before other topics until they become unpinned.
  • A pinned popular topic with posts you have not read. A pinned topic with enough views or replies to become popular.
  • A pinned popular topic with posts you have read. A pinned topic with enough views or replies to become popular.
  • A locked topic with posts you have not read. Locked topics do not allow replies.
  • A locked topic with posts you have read. Locked topics do not allow replies.
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When I view a forum, I don't see any discussions.

A brand-new forum may not have any discussions yet. Otherwise, there may be no discussions that match the filters you have set, such as discussions newer than a certain date. (See "Can I sort discussions when viewing a forum?")

I just posted a message—why don't I see it?

If the forum is especially busy, it may take a moment for your post or reply to appear. Or, the forum may be moderated. After posting a message in a moderated forum, you may receive a message stating that the post is awaiting moderation. Once the moderator approves your post, it will become visible. The moderator may choose to move, edit or delete your post to ensure that the post is topical to the current forum.

What are the different icons next to forum discussions?

The icons next to forum discussions indicate different status. Move your mouse cursor over each icon to see what it means. See "What do discussion icons mean."

What is an announcement post?

An announcement post is a special post that is always displayed at the top of a forum. The purpose of an announcement is to inform members of certain topics. You cannot reply to an announcement post.

What is a sticky discussion?

A sticky discussion starts with a special post that stays at the top of a forum for a specified amount of time. A sticky discussion is similar to an announcement, except that you can reply.

What is a locked discussion?

A locked discussion does not allow replies. An administrator or a moderator may lock a thread after it has received a certain number of replies. No more replies are allowed.

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Can I sort discussions when viewing a forum?

You can sort discussions when viewing a forum by Author, Replies, Views, and Last Post. The default sort for a forum is to display the newest discussions first (Last Post descending). To sort simply click on the "more options" button at the bottom of the screen and select your desired sort order and click 'Apply'.

What is the "XML" icon at the bottom of a forum?

The XML icon is linked to the RSS feed for the forum. RSS is used to allow other applications to subscribe to a forum's posts.

Can I use HTML?

You cannot type HTML directly into the forum. In most browsers, the forum uses a rich text editor that will automatically format posts using HTML.

What are emoticons?

Emoticons are small graphics (such as smiley faces) that can be added within the body of a post. To add an emoticon to your post or reply, click on the smiley face in the tool bar or the "Options" tab of the post window and select an emoticon to use.

How do I post a new message to a forum?

Click on the "Write a New Post" button at the top of the forum to open a post window. Fill in the Subject field and then type your post in the Message field. If you like, add tags to the Tags field. (See "What are tags?") When you're finished, click the "Post" button at the bottom of the screen.

How do I reply to an existing discussion?

You can reply to an existing discussion using either the Reply button or the Quick Reply link displayed with each post. If you do not see the Reply button or Quick Reply link when viewing a post, you may not be logged in or the post may not allow replies.

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How do I edit my posts?

You will see an Edit button in posts you have made. Clicking on this button will allow you to edit your post.

How do I delete my posts?

You will see a Delete button in new posts you have made. If a post you have made has one or more replies, you will no longer be able to delete the post.

My Post has words replaced with ***

Word filters are enabled for certain words that are deemed to be offensive. These words are replaced with the '*' character.

How do I add an avatar to my posts?

See "What is an avatar?" And "How do I Set my Avatar" in the My Taste of Home section.

How do I change my username/screen name?

Usernames/screen names cannot be changed once they've been selected.

What is email notification?

Email notification sends you an email message each time someone responds to one of your posts or replies. To turn it on or off, click on the "Options" tab in the Write a New Post window and check or uncheck the "Email me replies to this post" box.

How do I report abuse?

If a post or reply contains offensive words, images or links, click on the "Report abuse" link at the bottom of the post. Type a message describing the abuse and click "Post." This message will be sent to the administrator or moderator and will NOT appear in the forum. The administrator or moderator may choose to edit or remove the offensive post or reply, however it may not be possible to do so immediately.

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What do the abbreviations in posts/replies mean?

For a list of common abbreviations, click here.

How do I add a photo to my post?

Tasteofhome.com does not host photos; your photo needs to be hosted at a photo hosting website. Try free sites like www.photobucket.com or www.flickr.com. To add a photo to your post, click on the insert photo icon in the toolbar (to the left of the smiley face). Copy and paste the image URL from the photo hosting website, add a short description of the image (optional), dimensions (optional) and spacing (optional). Then click "Insert."

How do I add a link to my post?

To create a hyperlink in your blog (or in a forum post or reply), first type the words or a sentence that describes the link, such as: Here's a link to the recipe. Next, highlight the words or sentence that you want to link somewhere by dragging through them. When you highlight, link icons will appear in the formatting toolbar above the text window (these look like chain links). Click on the link icon (chain links) and a window will open where you can add the URL for your link. You can also choose whether the link opens in the same window or a separate window. Type (or paste) in your URL and click "Insert".

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Group Forums

What are Group forums?

Group forums are similar to Community forums. They are organized for a group of individuals who have a common interest and want their discussions to focus mainly on that subject.

How do I post or reply in a Group forum?

Before posting in a Group forum, you must join the group. Visit the group home page and click on the "Join [Group Name]" link. After you have joined, you can click on the "Join an existing conversation" link or the "Start a new conversation" link.

How do I set my time zone?

Log in and select your time zone under My Profile, Private Information, (below your state).

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Tags

What are tags?

Tags are keywords that help others locate your posts, replies and blog entries by subject. Choose a few keywords that describe your post, reply or blog and type them into the Tags field at the bottom of the window.

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MAC Users: Firefox v. 2.0 (Note: The Community Toolbar will not appear using Safari.)

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