How to Use This Site

Registration & Login

Why do I need to Register?
How do I Register?

User Profile & Settings

What is a Profile?
Why do I want to set my time zone?
How do I set my avatar?

Navigation

I just posted a message, how come I don’t see it?
What is the ‘XML’ icon at the bottom of a forum?

User Groups & Permissions

What are Permissions?
What is a Forum Role?

Registration & Login

Why do I need to Register?

You are required to create an account in order to post messages to forums, and in some cases reading other user’s posts; most configurations will allow for reading messages without requiring registration. The forums also supports anonymous posting and the administrator may configure some forums to allow anonymous/guest posting. To take advantage of all the features the forums offer, such as setting your own avatar, tracking post counts, emailing users, private messages, access private forums, and many other features you will need to have an account. It only takes a few seconds to register, and it is recommended that you do so.
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How do I Register?

To create an account you will need to visit the Registration page and complete the form for creating a new account. Here you will specify details including your name, gender, current position, institution, country, biographical information, a username, and email address.
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I have a Username and Password, How do I Login?

After successfully registering you should have a username and password. You can then visit the login page and enter your username and password to login to the forums.
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User Profile & Settings

What is a Profile?

A profile is information about your account that controls how you view information in the forums. This includes details about posts you’ve contributed to, personal information you wish to share such as your web address or weblog address, as well as, settings that control how you interact with the forums such as, themes, time zone, and many other settings.
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Why do I want to set my time zone?

Once the forums know what time zone you are in, they will display all dates and time relative to your time zone.
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How do I set my avatar?

If avatars are enabled by the administrator, you will see an avatar section when viewing your profile. From here you can complete the forum to name the avatar you wish to use, either by uploading an avatar or by specifying a URL to your avatar. You will also need to enable your avatar for it to be displayed with your posts.
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I just posted a message, how come I don’t see it?

A forum may or may not be moderated depending upon how the forum has been configured. After posting a message in a moderated forum you may receive a message stating that the post is awaiting moderation. Once the moderator(s) approve your post, your post will become visible. The moderators may choose to move, edit, or delete your post to ensure that the post is topical to the current forum.
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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 forums posts.
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User Groups & Permissions

What are Permissions?

Permissions control what you are or are not allowed to do while browsing the forums. When using the default views for the forums, the permissions are displayed in the lower-right corner of every page (where permissions are applicable). The permissions you are granted control all aspects of your view within the forums.
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What is a Forum Role?

A forum role is a grouping of common users for the purpose of assigning permissions. In addition to common permission assignment, a forum group can also be used to display an image for a user in that group. Forum roles make the job of administering and moderating the forums easier since users can be assigned to roles, and then permissions can be applied to forums based on those roles.
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