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      Rob TrumanRob Truman

        What Is a Forum?

        A forum is a form of message board where users can interact with one another via posts and replies. More than likely you have participated in a forum at some point.

        Forums go way back in the online world. KOM, a type of Bulletin Board System (BBS), was in use as early as 1979. The forum could be argued that they are the first social media spots online. It was a way for people to interact with one another on like-minded topics. Most forums are based around a specific topic or niche.

        Computer Booters Forum

        Our forums are broken down into the following configuration.

        • Category
          • Forum
            • Topics
              • Replies

        Categories and Forums are either Public, Private or Hidden.

        • Public – Visible to the public, anyone can view, logged in members can create and reply to topics.
        • Private – Visible to logged in members, who can create and reply to topics.
        • Hidden – Visible to specific groups of members.

        Just to recap, without logging into the website you will only see public forums and topics and will have read-only access.  If you want to be able to see all of the forums and topics and be able to interact you will need to log in.  Logins are restricted to Members of Computer Booters of Sun Lakes.

        Request a Login

        User Roles

        The default bbPress Roles are:

        • Keymaster – Can create, edit and delete other users’ forums, topics and replies. Can manage Tags, and moderate a forum with the moderation tools. Has access to global forum settings, tools, and importer.
        • Moderator – Can create and edit forums. Can create, edit and delete other users’ topics and replies. Can manage Tags, and moderate a forum with the moderation tools.
        • Participant – Can create and edit their own topics and replies.
        • Spectator – Can only read topics and replies.
        • Blocked – All capabilities are explicitly blocked.

        Favorites and Subscriptions

        When you subscribe to a Forum or Topic you will be notified by email when there are new topics or replies respectively. Marking a Forum or Topic as a Favorite will help you return to it again easily. You can find the subscribe and favorite links in the upper right corner of the Forum or Topic.

        Subscribe Link

        Adding A Topic

        Give your topic a name and add some content to it.

        the bbPress topic field on the front end with content added. The topic heading, the post type and the subscription button are highligted

        You can add tags for organizing your topics, and you can make the post sticky or super sticky.

        Sticky – Posts will stick to top of the Forum which it is in.

        Super Sticky – Posts will stick to the top of all Forums.

        You can also select to subscribe to replies via email.

        Once you post the Topic it will appear on your Forum.

        the topic added to the front end

        Adding A Reply

        To reply from the frontend, navigate to your forum and click on the topic you wish to reply to.

        Add your reply. You can also choose to be notified of follow-up replies via email.

        the reply box on the front end

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