When visiting the board, you will be presented with a list of categories and forums in those categories. This page is called the Board Index, and it lists all of the forums.
Forums are split into categories. You can choose to hide any category by pressing the "-" button on the right-hand side above the list of forums, and the "+" button to make them visible again. If hidden, such categories, and the forums inside them, will be collapsed and no longer shown to you when visiting the board index.
When viewing the forums, there are icons shown next to them which indicate the status of a forum, and if it has unread posts or not. This indicates that there are posts which you have not read contained inside this forum, or one of it's sub forums. This indicates that all of the posts contained in this forum and it's sub forums have been read. Redirect forum, when you enter this forum you will be redirected elsewhere.
The Topic List
Within each forum there are a list of topics. Just like forums, each topic has an marker to indicate the type of topic it is: A regular topic with unread posts. This is a topic which you have participated in, with no new replies since you last read it. This indicates that you have previously replied in this topic, and there are new replies since you last read or replied to the topic.
Special Types of Topics This icon indicates an "Announcement" - Announcements are not regular topics, because members cannot reply to them. They are simply important news or information which should be read. This icon indicates a hot topic which has many members participating and replying. Topic that has been moved into another forum. This indicates that a topic has been locked, and can no longer be replied to.
To add a new topic, press the "Start new Topic" button. This may not be available for all forums. In forums where you cannot create a topic you will see "You cannot start a new topic" in place of the button.
To enter a any topic at the top of the thread, click on its name. To enter a topic at the newest post since you last visited the forum, click on the topic marker.
To customize the way topics are displayed, you can use the sorting options found at the top of the forum.
Show type - this allows you to only display certain types of topics such as polls or topics that you have posted in.
Sort by - this allows you to change the way topics are ordered. By default topics are ordered with the topics that have most recently had replies first, but you can choose to sort by other factors such as the number of replies or alphabetically.
Sort direction - this allows you to set which way you want to sort for the setting above. For example if you set "Sort by" to be "Replies", choosing "A-Z" for this setting will show the topics that have no replies first, whereas choosing "Z-A" will show the topics with the most replies first.
Time frame - this allows you to limit the topics that are shown to only topics that have been made within a certain amount of time.
There may be more than one page of topics, if this is the case, you will see an option to "Load More Topics" at the bottom of the list of topics. There will also be page numbers to the left of this button. If you choose to Load More Topics the page will dynamically update with an increased listing of forum topics. Leaving the page and returning (via the Back button) will reset the forum listing to only show the number of forum topics per page in your settings. When using the page numbers to display additional topics the page will reload with a new topic listing. Leaving the page and returning (via the Back button) will return you to the last page you viewed.
To the side of each post there will be information about the user.
To view a user's profile information at a glance, simply hover your mouse over their username. Their profile card will display, showing you various profile information without having to leave the topic. From their profile card, you can send them a message quickly, without having to leave the topic. If you wish to view their full profile page, simply click on their user name.
To add a post to the topic, simply scroll to the bottom of the page, and start typing in the reply box.
To quote another post in your reply, you can either click the Quote button beneath a post, or use the multiquote feature. Multiquote is used when you want to quote more than one post in your reply. Select the Multiquote button underneath the posts you want to quote, and you will notice that the button will change color. At the bottom of the page, you will notice an informational box appear with the total number of posts you have added to multiquote. You can multiquote from different pages in a topic, or even different topics in the forum. When you are ready to post a reply with the posts you have quoted, simply click the "Quote Posts Add Reply" button.
You can also quote using the "Selective Quote" option. Simply highlight the specific text from the post you wish to quote and click the button - the quoted text will be appended into the reply box at the bottom of the page.
Next to the reply and multiquote buttons you may also see "Edit" and "Delete" links for your own posts. If so, you can use these buttons to edit or delete your posts. Note that these options may not be available after a certain amount of time.
At the bottom of each topic you will see a number of buttons that allow you to email the topic to someone else, share a topic on Twitter, post it to Facebook, print the topic, or download and
save the topic, among other things. Simply press the appropriate button and follow the on-screen instructions.