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Welcome to BitHot Forum, powered by HotShot Coin.

Well, some forums permit guests to read and post, some permit guests to read only and some are restricted to registered members. We'd recommend registering at any forum that you see yourself using regularly because many of the most useful features will only become available to you when you do so. Since SMF, however, is such a flexible system that few forums are likely to be identical, we will start by describing four key areas that we'd normally expect to be there for you:


Supposing you've arrived here as a guest (or have registered but are currently logged out), the main menu (which appears on every page) should normally comprise five or six buttons (or text links):
  • Home, which takes you back to the board index.
  • Help, which brings you to this guide.
  • Search, which allows you to search the forums for whatever you're looking for.
  • Calendar, which links to the forum calendar (if enabled).
  • Register, which allows you to register (or sometimes apply for registration) when you wish to do so.
Once you've registered and logged in, however, the main menu should look a little different:
  • Home, (as before).
  • Help, (as before).
  • Search, (as before).
  • Profile, which allows you to make changes to your profile settings.
  • Calendar, (as before).
  • Logout, which allows you to logout again if desired.
Forum administrators should also note the presence of an additional Admin button.

The Board Index


While the board index (forum home page) is packed with all kinds of information and links, the core of the interface (at least in the SMF default theme) normally looks something like this:
  • The forum name links back to the top of the board index.
  • If the category is collapsible (shown by the little arrow symbol), clicking the category name collapses or expands the category as appropriate.
  • The board name links to the message index for that board.
  • The board description describes the board's content, and may also include links to child boards and/or specify the board's moderator(s).
  • The New Posts and No New Posts icons in the leftmost column show registered members whether there have been any new posts to the board since they last read it.
  • The Mark as Read button enables registered members to mark all posts in the entire forum as 'read'.

The Message Index


Like the board index, the message index interface is quite straightforward when reduced to its essential components:
  • Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • The page numbers link to further pages of the board, and may be accompanied by Go Up and Go Down buttons linking to the top and bottom of the current page.
  • The Mark as Read button enables registered members to mark all posts in this board as 'read'.
  • The Notify button enables registered members to subscribe to email notification of replies to topics in this board.
  • The New Topic and New Poll buttons are for starting new topics and polls, as described in the posting help.
  • The Subject, Started by, Replies, Views and Last post links enable you to sort the columns by these parameters (with Last post also toggling between descending and ascending order as indicated by the little arrow).
  • The topic icons in the leftmost column are explained by the key below.
  • The post icons in the next column are sometimes used to draw attention to the mood or purpose of the topic.
  • The topic subject links to the start of the topic, with extra links for subsequent pages and new buttons to take registered members straight to their first unread post of the topic.
  • Where the topic has been started or last replied to by a registered member, their names link to their respective profiles.
  • The Jump to menu provides a convenient quick method of navigating the forum.

The Topic


Sometimes referred to as threads, topics are where you find the actual messages:
  • Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • Some forums may also be configured with previous and next topic links.
  • The page numbers link to further pages of the topic, and may be accompanied by Go Up and Go Down buttons linking to the top and bottom of the current page.
  • The Reply button enables you to reply to the topic.
  • The Notify button enables registered members to subscribe to email notification of replies to the topic.
  • The Mark Unread button enables registered members to mark the topic as 'unread', which means that it will still be listed as new and can be effectively 'saved for later'. Note that this button changes to Add Poll in the bottom button set for users with permission to add polls to existing topics.
  • The Send Topic button enables registered members to send a link to the topic by email.
  • The Print button creates a simplified, printer-friendly rendering of the page.
  • The author name links to the author's profile.
  • The author details in the lefthand column may be accompanied by further personal information.
  • The topic subject links back to the start of the topic.
  • The Quote button enables you to quote the post.
  • Further Modify and Delete options are normally provided to enable registered members to edit their own posts.
  • Report to moderator enables you to report abusive or wrongly-placed posts to the forum staff.
  • Logged indicates that the IP of the author has been logged. The actual IP is only available to board administrators.
  • The Jump to menu provides a convenient quick method of navigating the forum.

Notes


  • - Any page of the forum, in which you case you should select Register from the main menu.
  • - A login screen headed by a warning about access being restricted to registered members, in which case you should either use the registration link provided or select Register from the main menu.
  • - When you arrive at the registration screen, you will need to enter a username, email address and password, and may be offered the option of hiding your email address. Since most forums also require you to agree to their terms of use before your registration is accepted, you will normally have to read the agreement and check I Agree before continuing.
  • - If registration has been configured to require email activation, the next screen will tell you so and you should receive an immediate email with instructions about how to proceed. But there's also a useful link ('Did you miss your activation email?') in the User Info box in case you miss this email or mistype your email address.
  • - If registration has been configured to require approval from a forum administrator, the next screen will tell you so and you should receive both an acknowledgment by email and another email later to inform you whether or not your application has been approved.
  • - Account Related Settings enables you to make changes to your display name (your login or username can only be changed by an administrator), preferred language (if the forum administrators have installed alternative language packs), email and password settings.
  • - Users can send personal messages to each other.
  • - Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • - The main Delete button deletes all messages in your inbox (or outbox if open). Note that the checkbox and lower Delete button also allow you to delete selected messages, with the top checkbox selecting all.
  • - The Outbox button toggles to your outbox, where it obviously becomes an Inbox button.