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Web Application - User Help

General Help

The following contains information regarding all aspects of this web application. The software comprises a number of different modules that have different functionality for different purposes. Not all modules will be present within this website so some of the information may not apply to you.

Authority for posting content

Each module can control what authority level you need to be able to post new threads, add, view and edit comments etc. This can range from anonymous posting (anyone browsing the site), to standard members, to special members granted by the admin. If the site allows non-members to add content, they may restrict the geographical region the user must be in to post. If this applies, you can still post content from anywhere providing you log in and have the required authority level for that module.

Authority for interacting with user submitted content

Some functionality within the software has hard restrictions on it and requires you to be a standard member such as interacting with threads and comments by up-voting, down-voting or flagging them.

Formatting threads

User submitted content always allows a degree of formatting using a basic markup code. The adding and editing of user submitted threads allows for the most flexible formatting, additionally allowing headers to help organise an article.

You can format your content by using a number of styling tags to create 3 sizes of headings, bold text, underlined text, italic text, images or youtube videos. For now, you can only embed existing pictures from anywhere on the web and videos from youtube however soon you'll be able to upload your own pictures and videos straight to the site for inclusion in your thread. NOTE that to include images or videos you must be at least a standard member.

Example codeOutput
[h1]Heading 1[/h1]Heading 1
[h2]Heading 2[/h2]Heading 2
[h3]Heading 3[/h3]Heading 3
[b]This is bold text[/b]This is bold text
[u]This is underlined text[/u]This is underlined text
[i]This is italic text[/i]This is italic text
[b]This text is bold [i]and italic[/i][/b]This text is bold and italic
[img]http://something.com/link_to_image.jpg[/img]Copy and paste the link to the image you want to display
[vid]https://youtu.be/HxtdQlGeWz8[/vid]Needs to be in this format to work

User submitted comments (including new forum threads)

Comments can potentially be added to every main module thread or page within this software depending on the settings of the website. New forum threads are technically just a comment so the same rules apply to them.

Formatting comments

The same formatting code as shown above for new threads can be used in comments as well; except in comments you cannot use heading format tags.

Special functionality within comments

Referencing posts

If you want to reference a previous comment on a thread, just type @postX where X is the post number you want to reference. You can reference multiple posts in your reply but you can't reference the post number you are currently writing, a future post or a removed post.

Referencing members

You can reference members in the same way as you reference posts, by typing @X where X is the username of the member you want to reference. This will leave them a notification of your response.

Voting on comments

Members can up-vote or down-vote comments by other members. This is especially important on the "Questions" module where the most popular comment is shown at the top. The ability to vote on comments is not unlimited, you can only vote on 3 times as many comments as you have made yourself. Votes are valuable, use them but use them wisely.

Editing your threads and comments

Each website can set who can edit their submitted content after it has been posted, this may be different for threads / comments and different within different modules. Whilst editing may be restricted, threads and comments can always be edited within the first 5 minutes of being posted. If content is available for editing it will show an edit button, by clicking this you will now be able to edit the content but you must remember to save it.

Moderators and Administrators

Websites are able to select specific users to be moderators or administrators, either across the site in general or on specific modules. Moderators have more control over editing content and deciding what is displayed. For certain functions where moderators cannot assist, administrators will need to be involved. Please contact your site moderators if you need further assistance.

User submitted thread modules (excluding forum)

This topic covers the addition of user submitted threads (and editing them) for the modules: "Questions", "Articles" and "Encyclopedia"

These modules work in a similar way but have different purposes. In general the user submits some content which may then be edited later depending on the settings of the website. Submitting the content in all these cases is the same but viewing has the following differences:

Questions Module

This is specifically for asking questions rather than making statements or prompting a discussion in order to try to find and display the best answer. The comments (or answers) posted after are displayed in order of their popularity, with the most popular being displayed first at the top. In all other modules, comments are displayed in chronological order.

Articles Module

This is the most standard module for user submitted content, it is an extension of the forum in that it is intended for general users to submit full articles about anything for information purposes who are not necessarily looking for a discussion.

Encyclopedia Module

This is an extension of the articles module but for the purpose of organising information for a specific subject and allowing mass collaboration. In this module there can be restrictions on who can submit a new topic or at least approve them for inclusion. In this case threads are not "owned" by a specific user but can instead be edited by anyone with high enough authority, usually standard members.