How to Post a Topic or Reply: Features of the POSTING BOX

Learning Tips:

–1.  To learn and implement best? Have this page open in a tab at the top of your browser, and a tab open of the forum and in the page begun where you want to post a topic or reply. (You can have two tabs of the site open at the same time.) 

–2.  Watch our videos on how to do each task, and you can then see how easy and quick it can be!

–3. All the terms (such as formatting and highlighting) are covered below in a gradual manner. Take a few minutes to buzz through the different steps!

Posting Box Issues Covered Below:

–1. How to Single Space
–2. Starting a New Topic
–3. The Title
–4. Add Tags
–5. Writing Your Post
–6. Reply Posting Box
–7. Bolding
–8. Italics
–9. Underlining
–10. Combinations of Formatting
–11. Strikethrough Formatting”
–12. To Remove Formatting
–13. How to install a link in a Post
–14. Placing Emojis in a Post
–15. Inserting a Bullet-point list
–16. Inserting a numbered list
–17. Changing “Justification” for effect
–18. Adding color to text
–19. Changing font/text size
–20. Using the “Post Preview” feature
–21. How to install a GIF
–22. Installing a Picture into your Post
–23. How to load a Video into a Post
–24. Installing a Twitter Tweet
–25. How to Quote a single sentence or fragment
–26. Putting Quotes of single sentences from several posts into your Post
–27. Placing an entire post as a Quote in your Post
–28. Putting entire posts as multiple quotes in your Post.

–1. The Number One Question with Posting:

“How do I single-space, because the Posting Box automatically creates double-spacing when I click on “Enter” (PC) or “Return”?” (Mac)

Answer: Hold down the “Shift” on the left side of your keyboard and then press the “Enter” key for PCs or “Return” for Macs. Press both keys at the same time and you will have a single space for the times you need it.

Do keep in mind that as the text you are writing gets to the end (far-right) of the Posting Box, that it will automatically continue to a next line single-spaced.
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–2. Starting a New Topic:

How to post in the Posting Box after clicking on the Yellow Button at the upper right of the forum “Start new topic.”

Above is what appears after you click on the yellow Start new topic button at the top of the forum on the upper right.

–3. The Title:

–The red arrow above points to the field that contains the title of your post. Make it interesting, create something that makes people want to click and read your topic. It could be a quote from an article you are linking or referring to. Or an unusual ponder-point about your topic that makes people want to know more.

Why do I suggest title advice? I’ve been on a forum before where I was scanning the topic titles to see if anything interested me, (see how human nature works?) and I passed on a title about an article. Later on another forum a title to a topic about an article was intriguing, and I clicked on it and found that the article was superb and was glad I did not miss it. Yet I would have missed it on the other forum because of the boring title and it was the same article being linked.

Part of being committed to this community is all the little things for the benefit of all, such as hitting “Enter” or “Return” twice after every three sentences to make it easier for all to read your comments over at FishDuck. The same is true with these titles-make them sizzle for the enjoyment of everyone and have fun with it!

–4. Add Tags…

The black box below the title field is Tags, or Metatags on the web help to make your post stand out in a search engine and may actually bring other Oregon fans from elsewhere to this forum and your post. It is not required to fill in, but you are welcome to and it will show up in the topic title on the forum.

–5. Writing Your Post:

The green arrow above points to the area that you write your post in and you would keyboard as you would writing a document or an email. I will cover all the features that you can add in explanations below, (the symbols in the toolbar at the top of the Posting Box) and when you are done writing your post–click on the “Submit Topic” button (yellow arrow above) and it will be published. If you decide that you don’t have time to write the post you want, or realized you were about to break the rules we have (I’ve been there!) and wish to delete the post–the black button is available at the bottom of your post as you see above.

Features to add to Your Post: 

In this example of posting–it will be in a reply, but the Posting box is the same. (Well, it does not have a title because only a topic has a title) Note above how at the bottom of a thread of a topic is a box ready for me to reply in. When you click in the box, what you see below appears…

–6. Reply Posting Box:

Note that 30Duck’s post is above mine, just like before only now the Reply Posting Box appears. I can keyboard in it as described above in creating a topic, but let’s look at the symbols at the top of the Posting Box called the “toolbar” and discern how to use these cool features!

Bear with me, because there are people who do not know how to do this and I want everyone to be able to have fun posting and adding emphasis to points they are making. Adding bolding, italics and underlining is called formatting, and legendary FishDuck Editor, Bob Rodes in Manchester Tennessee says that, “Charles, you are a fool-for-formatting.” Guilty as charged! I do love adding formatting to nearly everything I write! Let’s learn how…

–7. Bolding:

In the Associated Press (AP) journalistic style we use in FishDuck articles, it is required to bold names of people the first time the name appears. We don’t have to in a forum, but if there was ever a name for a Duck fan to add bolding to, Marcus Mariota is it! To bold his name (above) you place your cursor right at the end of his name and left-click and drag over the name and stop and let up on the click once you have finished. (If you have not done this before–it takes a little experience to know when you let up on the left-click.)

 

After you have covered his name the shading over the name appears and this is called “highlighting,” or you have highlighted Mariota’s name. The next step after highlighting is to click the bolded “B” you see in the red circle above at the top of the Posting Box and in the toolbar. Then you click anywhere in the open area to set the bolding, so that the name is now bolded.

Look at the yellow arrow above and see that Marcus Mariota is bolded as planned.

–8. Italics:

Note how I’ve highlighted with a red arrow above an area in parentheses, and I plan to add italics to that by first highlighting the area and then clicking on the “I” in the red circle above. Click anywhere in the open area after you have highlighted and clicked on the Italics button (red circle) to set the italics, and you will now see that area previously highlighted in italics now. Easy!

–9. Underlining: 

Note above how I highlighted the set of words I wanted underlined and then clicked on the “U” button the Posting Box toolbar. Now click anywhere in the open area to set it, and the words will be underlined as intended.

–10. Combinations of Formatting:

In our FishDuck articles, we will often link items and to indicate it we will use all three methods of formatting. Simply highlight what I want to be formatted, (Red arrow on ESPN above) and then click on all three formatting buttons of “B,” “I” and “U” in the Posting Box toolbar and then click in any open area to set it, and the highlighting will disappear and the ESPN will be formatted with all three options.

–11. Strikethrough Formatting:

While it is used much less often, the strikethrough formatting can make a point at times. To accomplish what you see above with the red arrow, you highlight the words you wish to strikethrough, and then click on the “S” on the toolbar of the Posting Box, and then click in an open area when done to set it, and bingo…you are done. Very easy…

–12. To Remove Formatting?

Simply highlight the words formatted and click on the symbols on the Posting Box toolbar of formatting you want removed. Then click in any open area to set the changes, and you are done!

–13. How to Link an Article or Website to a word or set of words in your post.

The first thing to do is have the article or site you are going to link ready in a tab at the top. (Green arrow above) Then highlight the word or set of words that will contain your link that people will click on and both bold it and underline it in order to make it obvious that it is a link. (See red arrows above)

Now you click on the tab at the top that has the site or article you want to link. We want to copy the URL, or the address on the web the site or article resides and you would highlight as before all that is in the URL address bar that you see highlighted at the top. A quick way to highlight a URL is to click at the very end on the right of the URL and it will all highlight without having to sweep it. But both methods work!

Then you right click on the URL as you see above and then select the “Copy” option and click on it. The box disappears and your computer has now saved that URL.

 

Note with the green arrow above that we now go back to the other tab we began with, and we have the word bolded and underlined (Red arrows above) and now it is time to add the link to it. Click on the chain symbol in the Posting Box toolbar, as a “link” is one part of a chain.

When you click on that link symbol, a box appears as you see above…

Place your cursor in the URL field and right click; an option of “Paste” is available and you select that. The menu box will disappear and the URL will appear in the URL box as you see above. Note that it shows in the “Link text” (Red arrow above) which word or words the link will be attached to. Then you simply click on “Insert into post” (Green arrow above) and the link is established!

When your post is done and submitted-your link will show up prominently.

–14. Placing Emojis into a post: 

 

If you wish to place an emoji into a post, first click where you want the emoji, (Green arrow above) and then click on the “face” symbol on the Posting Box toolbar and you can see the menu that drops down. Note also the grey scroll bar in the right, (Yellow arrow) which means you have a ton to choose from. Click on the one you want and the menu will disappear and the emoji will be in the post where you wanted it.

There it is!  (Green arrow above) Right where we wanted it…

–15. Insert a Bullet-point list:

There are times you want to list bullet-points and the symbol to the right of the emoji is for creating or removing a bullet-point list. Click on the symbol (Green arrow above) and the first bullet point will appear (Red arrow above) and ready for you to write. When you are done with that line and hit “Enter” or “Return”…you will be lined up for the next bullet point. Note also the yellow arrow above referring to if you want the list to be on the left side (that is what is marked now) in the center or the right side. That is called justification, so mine is currently left-justified.

So I wrote my line (Red arrow above) and then hit “Enter” or “Return” on the keyboard to go to the next line and it lined up with the next bullet point in single-space as we want. (Yellow arrow above)

I’ve written all want to, so after my last bullet-point, I go ahead and return it to the next line and it has a bullet placed and ready for the next one. To turn it off I simply clicked on the same symbol that started the bullet-point list and it went one more space and removed the indentation. (Yellow arrow above)

–16. Creating a Numbered List in Your Post:

It is a similar process for a numbered list. At the end of my sentence, (Red arrow above) I hit “Enter” or “Return” on my keyboard and when it lined up for the next line–I clicked on the symbol to the left of the “Left-Justify” symbol and it lined up with number one as you see. I wrote one line and hit “Enter” or “Return” on my keyboard to line up the next line it automatically had a number two awaiting for writing.

When I was done I hit “Enter” or “Return” again and when it lined up with a number three, I then clicked the numbering symbol and it turned it off and removed the indentation in order to write a normal sentence as you see with the yellow arrow above.

To remove these? Just highlight and delete or hit the symbol of what you are removing and it will return to the original state.

–17. Changing Justification for effect:

After I returned to the next line… I decided I wanted this next sentence to be short and in the middle of the post. So I can click on the “Middle Justification” button (Top yellow arrow) or I can write the line and highlight it and then click on the middle justification button on the Posting Box toolbar.  I use quotes this way to bring more juice to my point and you can make the line in italics as I’ve done and do some bolding as well!  Use all the tools for fun…

–18. Adding color to text!

Note how I have Our Beloved Ducks highlighted above and I want to make it a rich shade of green for my post. So after highlighting the words you want a different color, you click on the arrow pointing down, or in other words a drop-down menu next to the “A” and a small selection of colors comes up.  If you like any of them, click on the color and then click on any open area in the post and the menu will disappear and the word or words you selected will have the color you want. But what if you want a different color?

In that case you click on the “More Colors…” at the bottom of the color menu.

When you do that a color prism appears and you click on a tiny color square , and then click on “OK” and your word or words selected will now have this color. If you don’t like the color, then highlight the word or words again and go through the same procedure. Easy-Peasy! (And kinda fun…)

–19. Changing Text Size:

I like to use enhanced subtitles inside of articles or posts and changing the text size does that beautifully. Just highlight the word or word you want to make larger or smaller and then click on the “Size” drop-down menu, (the downward arrow next to Size) and you have a drop-down selection of font sizes. The default or automatic size is 14 for a post and for a subtitle…I want much bigger, so I am selecting size 20 in this example. (Red arrows above) Isn’t this fun?

Look at that great subtitle, (Red arrow above) and do know you have to switch things back to normal when you go to the next line. (Green arrow above) Just change the text size back to 14 on the drop down menu before writing, or highlight what you have written on the next line and change the font size in the drop-down menu for “Size.” It is easy and adds a ton to your post and helps to separate your thoughts in a way that is more easily understood by the other members of the forum and community.

–20. Use the “Preview” Feature!

That strange looking symbol on the Posting Box toolbar is the “Preview” feature (Red arrow above) and it will take you to a preview of what your post will look like if you submit it now as it is.

The preview window comes up and allows you to see any mistakes to correct before submitting. To go back to your original post, just click on the “X” in the upper right corner. (Red arrow above)

–21. Installing a GIF:

I will give instructions, but I am a novice at this area and appreciate any feedback and suggestions others may have. I am using the site GIPHY for searching for GIFs although there are others there. You can go there and search and even set up a free account.

I wanted something to support my notion written of next year being a good year for our football team, so I wrote in the search bar near the top below the title, “Oh Yeah!” to see what materializes.

So I found one of Christian Bale that will work for this demonstration, (Red arrow above) and then I clicked on it.

Next, after clicking on his GIF you are taken to a page of the GIF specs and you then click on “Copy link.” (Red arrow above)

 

When you click on the “Copy link” a box appears as you see above and all I had to do was left-click in the box with the link and it all highlighted. Now I right-click on the highlighted link and the drop-down menu appears and I click on “Copy.”

All I did next was place my cursor in the post and right-click and then select “Paste” and the GIF popped right in!  Another time I had a small window come up in the post that told me to click on the Control button in the lower right keyboard and press on the “V” key at the same time and that worked too.

All it takes is a couple of clicks!

–22. Installing a Picture:

Installing a picture from your computer is pretty easy; select where you want the picture (Green arrow above) and then click on the “choose files.” (Red arrow above)

Now you search in your computer for the picture you have saved in the past and click on the picture selected (Red arrow above) and then click on “Open.” (Green arrow above)

As you see-the picture is loaded into post! I would suggest going into the Post Preview, (see No. 20 above in this page) to check it out in the post.

–23. Installing a Video:

 

The first step is to select the video you wish to install after searching among those on YouTube. (Above) Then select the point you would like the video to start as you can do that and I suggest it. Have it stopped at the spot you would like it to start. Then, click on “Share” as you see pointed to by the yellow arrow above.

When you click on the “Share” button a box pops up; since I want it to start at the 11:38 mark, I check the box indicated by the red arrow first, so it becomes part of the link I am going to copy.

Then left-click in the box with the code, (Green arrow above) and it becomes highlighted; you can then click on the “Copy” you see to the right or right-click on the code (link) and select “Copy” and now you have the link.

The final step is right-clicking in your post and selecting “Paste” from the drop-down menu and the video loads in there! Just a couple of clicks, but knowing what to click is everything and now you know!

–24. Installing a Twitter Tweet:

If you see a tweet you like, then you must get to the original tweet itself by the person who created it. That means clicking on the bird symbol and then clicking downward into the original tweet that was re-tweeted.

In this case I clicked on the tweet as you see with the red arrow above…

 

That is the tweet with the video I want. First, click on the tweet in any open area, (Green circle above) and then left-click on the URL address as you see it becomes highlighted, then right-click on the highlighted URL and select “Copy” from the drop-down menu.

Next, go to the post and right click in the post where you want it and select “Paste” from the drop-down menu and it will install!

Above is the GIF, the Twitter and the photo and all the items we demonstrated in this string! The post can be found right here with all the items detailed on this page.

Understanding and Using the “Quote” Process to Engage in GREAT Discussions

Some threads go very long and you want to respond to one post that is ten posts above you; how do indicate it is that one you are referring to? Through the use of the “Quote” mechanism. This section will go into all the ways that you can respond to one sentence in one post or multiple sentences in many posts. Let’s learn how because it creates stellar conversations…

–25. How to copy a quote of one sentence or a fragment from another post and place it in yours:

OK, I am at the end of a string of replies and want to respond to a specific sentence or part of a sentence; how do I do it? Above is the typical box ready for you to reply with…

I know that rascal Duckpop22 really well and we howl in laughter often on the phone. He made some great points in his post, but I wanted to pull one sentence out and respond to it. See what I did above? I left-clicked and dragged across what I want to appear in my post to respond to, and when I let go of the left click at the end of the sentence….the little box of “Quote selection” appeared.

You click on it and it will appear in your post!

Well look at that above, as the quote appears and it credits who wrote it for better identification as to which post I am responding to. (Red arrow above)  So I write my reply to his post (Yellow arrow above) and then submit it. (Green arrow above) That is how we insert one sentence or a fragment of a sentence from any post into your own to write about or respond to. Easy!

–26. Putting Quotes of single sentences or fragments from several posts into your Post:

What you see above we have already done, but I applied the same process to three different posts to bring a single sentence of each into my one post.

Whoa…look at that. I have quotes from three different posts and wrote a response to each. So you can parse out particular sentences or sentence fragments from one or several posts and have them placed in your post.  Very cool…

–27. Placing an entire post as a quote into your Post:

My FishDuck Friends….it doesn’t get any easier than this! You simply click on the “Quote” in the post you want brought into your own, (Top red arrow above) and it appears in your post in it’s entirety. (Lower red arrow above) Only one click!

–28. Putting multiple complete posts inside of your post:

See that plus sign in a black square above? (Red circle) If you click on that, the entire quote is placed in your post along with any others that you select. When you select one it looks like a check-mark inside the black square as you see at the yellow arrow above. (I clicked on three of them for entire posts to placed in my post as quotes)

Click that black box in the lower right, (Quote 3 posts) and all three are now placed in your post.  Believe it?

Wow … there they are!  I did not write my responses yet, but you see how easy this is.  Very, very cool and when a thread gets really long with tons of posts–you can hone in and discuss particular components of the posts of your choice. All with a couple of clicks is all!

We want to stay on topic within the threads, but you know how you get certain subset topics that morph from the discussion and this is a nicely devised software feature that will help everyone.

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This was the mother-of-all-instructional-pages, but it is also very valuable. I will make a promise to you…however amount of time you put into learning this … I put in a ton more time in learning it, crafting a plan for explaining it and then spending the 20 hours to have it all available to everyone. What will take people minutes to learn took me hours to present and my earnest wish is that members take full advantage of the only complete guide of instructions for a forum.

It is all created so that…“Oh, how we can love to ponder about Our Beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer   (Mr. FishDuck)
Eugene, Oregon