How do I use read messages in the Forum.
Just click on any topic to view a list of further topics,
and/or the specific topic itself.
How do I post a message.
No matter where you are, look for the icons "new topic"
and/or "post reply". Click on one of these icons and a box will appear
asking for a name, title, and the text message. Just fill these in as
desired, and click on "Submit". It's that simple !
The reason for requiring a name to be entered, is just
so that others can refer to you specifically, in their messages, as responses
Why do some forum message responses contain just a single
word ? Usually its "bump".
First, one must understand how these forums work. When any person
posts a new message, it goes to the very top of all message postings, within any
group. That way, when message readers first go into a group to
read messages, all of the most recent message postings will be located at the
top of the "stack/pile" of all the message posts in that group. Old
messages thus propagate to the bottom.
Further, when anyone responds to a message posting (with a message of
their own), that main topic (and all of it's attached responses) also
gets pushed back
up to the top of the "stack/pile" of all messages posted in that group.
This happens because any new message response makes the original main message
post become relevant again, just because someone has actually showed an
interest in it by posting to it
If a posted message is getting many new message responses, it will
therefore stay on the top of the "stack/pile". Many people are obviously
very interested in it at that time. That message would be considered
a "hot topic", and the many message responses make it stay "on top" for
people to easily see and read.
As new message posts come in, and in the case where no responses are made
to any given existing message, that message gets "pushed" further and
further down in the total "stack/pile". This occurs because there is
little interest in it any more. In other words, new
and hot messages stay on top. Old and dead messages propagate down towards
the bottom of the pile.
Let's suppose your message, or one that you have a great interest in,
gets "pushed" pretty far down in the "stack/pile". It is essentially
"buried in the pile", and few if anyone will read down to it.
But you want to get it back up to the top of the
"pile", for a variety of reasons. To do this, just go to that
message and post a new "one word" response message to it (even if it is your own
original post). That word is usually just the single word "bump" (without
the quotes). This in effect will cause the forum system software to actually
"bump" the original message (and all of it's responses) back up to the top of
the stack/pile in that group where it will be easily seen again by others.
Don't be confused. That response could have contained any word or
words desired. But by just using the single word "bump" (without the
quotes), everyone will know why you did this. This action is
considered fair game in all forum systems.