Every member has a publicly viewable profile page. This page includes information provided by the member, either during the registration process or later on via the User Control Panel.
There are a number of ways to view a member's profile. Whenever you see a member's name, clicking on it will usually take you to view their profile page. When logged in, you can also view your own public profile by logging into the forums and clicking on your username shown in the header at the top of the page.
The members list allows you to browse all registered members, and quickly click through to public profiles.
What's on Public Profile Page?
The public profile lists information about the member under the 'About Me' tab. It also includes statistical information, such as the number of posts they have made and their registration date. This information is shown under the 'Statistics' tab.
Other information includes a list of Friends, their profile picture (if set by the member), and a list of members who have recently visited the profile page.
A list of the members' albums and Group memberships are also shown.
What are Visitor Messages?
Visitor messages are public comments posted on a member’s profile pages. To post a message, click on the 'Visitor messages' tab, and use the form at the top of the section. You will only be able to use certain formatting in these messages, as described underneath the edit box. This message can be viewed by all visitors to this profile. To communicate privately with a member, send a Private Message instead.
Visitor messages can be edited or deleted by site moderators or the member who owns the profile. If you see a visitor message that is not appropriate, you can alert the moderators by clicking on the 'Report' link. The 'View Conversation' link allows you to view all visitor messages between the member and the owner of the profile.
The Settings Control Panel is where you control your personal settings, options and preferences. To visit the Settings Control Panel, you must have first registered on the forums. Once logged in, click on 'Settings' in the header bar in the top-right corner of the page.
The Settings main page will list any new notifications, including new private messages and pending friend requests. Additional pages and forms allow you to control:
- Your email address and password
- Privacy Settings
- Custom public profile settings
- Private messages
- Subscribed threads and forums
- Friends and Contacts
Posting a New Thread
To create a new thread, start at the “home” page and select the appropriate board for your topic. Once you are in a board, click on the blue button that says “Post New Thread”.
Fill in the Title field to name your thread, then enter your post in the text box below. You can use the Post Icon feature to add a small image next to your thread.
We recommend using “tags” to make your thread easier to find. A tag is a list of keywords that relate to your topic, separated by commas. For example, if you are making a thread about quilted table runners, you could tag it “table runner, machine quilting, decorations”
If you would like to receive notifications when a new comment is added to your thread, scroll down to the Additional Options section. Check on “Subscribe to this thread and notify me of changes”. After you check off this box, you can choose whether you want to be notified on the control panel only, receive emails for every comment, receive a daily email or receive a weekly email.
Hit “Submit New Thread” to post your topic to the board. If you would like to see your thread before it is submitted, select “Preview Post.”
Posting a Picture
To insert a picture in your post, select the “insert image” icon on top of the message box. This icon looks like a framed picture of a tree. Once you select this icon, you have the choice of attaching a file from your computer or entering the url (web address) for the image. Please note that the url must be for the image itself, not the whole website. You can usually get an image url by right-clicking on the picture and selecting “copy image address”.
When you add a picture using the url, there is an option below the uploader that reads “Retrieve remote file and reference locally.” This will save the image file to Quilting Board’s servers rather than link to another website. We recommend leaving this option on, so that the other website cannot change or delete your image.
Viewing New Threads
There are a few different way to browse new threads or posts on the board. The “What’s New” section on the top menu shows recently active topics. This section will show both new threads and older threads with recent topics. You can also view the most recently active topics by hitting the “Recent Topics” button on the left side of the page.
Throughout the board, any thread with unread posts will have a bold title. If the thread title is not bold, either you have read all of the messages or the last post is more than 10 days old.
Some members also use the “Archive” feature at the bottom of the page to view a plain text list of posts, from newest to oldest. In this section, threads that you have read will appear in a different color. Please note, however, that this feature will only show you whether or not you have ever opened the thread and does not take new comments into account.
Forum or Thread Subscriptions
Subscriptions are a way of keeping track of different threads or forums. This feature replaces the "bookmarks" from the previous Quilting Board. You can choose how you are notified about updates - for example by having them listed in your User Control Panel or receiving email updates.
There are two types of subscriptions: forum or thread. A forum is a category that include multiple conversations. This is the same as the "sections" on the old board. A thread is a single discussion topic.
How do I subscribe to a forum?
To subscribe to a forum, first navigate to the forum to which you'd like to subscribe. Click the 'Forum Tools' drop down menu above the list of threads, then select 'Subscribe to Forum'. You will then have the option to choose the subscription mode for this forum. The subscription mode is the way you would like to receive updates.
Once you've chosen the subscription mode, click the blue "Add Subscription" button.
If the forum that you are subscribing to has any sub-forums (forums within a forum) then your subscription will be extended to these automatically. For example, if you subscribe to the Main forum, you will automatically be subscribed to the Contest/Challenges and Vintage Machine sub-forums.
How do I subscribe to a thread?
To subscribe to a thread, click on the title of the thread you'd like to follow. Once you are on the thread page, click the 'Thread Tools' drop down menu above the first post, then select 'Subscribe to this Thread'. You can then choose the subscription mode that you wish to use for that thread. Click "Add Subscription" to finish subscribing.
What subscription modes are available?
There are three different forum subscription modes available.
- No Email Notification - This lists the subscription in your User Control Panel only. You do not receive any notifications about new posts or threads in the forum.
- Daily Email Notification - sends one email a day with the new and updated threads in the forums you have selected, or new posts in the threads you have selected. If there are no new or updated threads then you will not receive an email.
- Weekly Email Notification- sends one email per week in the same way as the Daily Email Notification.
- Instant Email Notification - sends an email as soon as a new post is added to the thread. This is not sent for every reply and will only be sent once until you revisit the forums.
Once you have created subscriptions, you can sort them into folders for easy management. First, You can create as many folders as you wish by going to 'Edit Folders' in the 'Subscribed Threads' section of your Settings. To reach your settings page, click on the link at the top of the page. To add a new subscription folder, enter the folder name into one of the blank boxes and save the page. To delete a folder, delete the folder name. Editing a folder is done by simply editing the folder name in the list.
You can also manage your individual subscriptions by clicking 'List Subscriptions' under 'Subscribed Threads' on your Settings page. Here you can select which subscriptions you wish to manage then delete them, move them to another folder, or change their subscription type.
Forum subscriptions are not managed through the List Subscriptions page. Instead, these are shown on the left column of you main Settings page.
To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the bulletin board, click on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for, and select either 'Show Threads' or 'Show Posts' to view the results. By selecting posts, you will be shown only the actual post in which the search word appears.
For more control over the search, select 'Advanced Search' from the drop-down box. The advanced search page allows you to restrict your search to individual forums, find posts or threads by user, or return results based on tags (?). There are also options to find posts from a certain date, or threads with a certain number of replies.
How do I search a specific forum or thread?
If you are browsing a forum, you can quickly search for a thread or post within it by clicking on the 'Search this forum' link near the top of the page (it's above the list of threads). You can also search for individual posts within a thread by clicking on the 'Search this Thread' link at the top of any thread view page.
As a member, you can create Albums of images that are linked to your public profile. To create an album, visit the “My Profile” link on the top of the page, and then click 'Add Album' from the left sidebar.
Each album can have a title, a description and can be of three different types: Public, Private or Profile.
- Public albums can be viewed by anyone.
- Private albums can only be viewed by site staff (moderators, administrators) and you’re Contacts.
- Profile albums are viewable only by you. However, you can use the images to customize your public profile.
All members who have access to your album images can comment on them. You can delete any image comments from your albums, and report inappropriate messages to moderators.
When you have uploaded a picture, you can place it in your posts by using the “BB Code” text that is displayed below the image when you view it at full size.
The Blogs feature provides your own personal space at The Quilting Board. You will be able to create your own blog entries and control who may view them.
You can create a new blog entry by going to the Blog section and clicking the link at the top right of the blog titled "Create New Post". This link allows you to post an entry immediately, schedule an entry to automatically post at a later date, or create a draft entry to review and post later.
You can also enable or disable comments with the option "Allow comments to be posted". When this option is disabled, only you and blog moderators will be able to comment on the entry.
The "Moderate comments before posting" option controls the visibility of comments. When this option is enabled, comments by anyone other than you and blog moderators are invisible until you approve them.
To edit a blog post you have already written, put your cursor over the blog title. A pencil icon will appear to the right. Click on this icon to enter editing mode.
For more advanced blogging options, select the “Settings” link at the top of the page and then click the Blog option from the left sidebar.
Live Chat feature allows members to chat with other members on The Quilting Board. To participate in chat, simply type your message in the box below the chat discussion. You can use the buttons to the left of the message box to format your text or add smileys.
Please review our Forum Rules as these rules also apply to our Live Chat feature.
Friends and Contacts
Your contacts are like a buddy list or an address book. To add a member to your contacts, go to the “Home” section using the top menu. Then, select the “Community” menu, followed by “Contacts”.
From the Contacts screen, type in the name of the member you would like to add to your contacts list.
The new “User Feedback” feature is an enhancement to the previous Feedback/Rating feature. This feature allows members to view and provide feedback about their experience buying, selling or trading products with the other members of the forum.
You can provide feedback by taking the following steps:
find something the member posted; then
click on the number that represents her/his feedback score; then
click on the link to "submit feedback for ..."
Once the feedback is submitted the feedback score is displayed under the “Feedback Score” link. You can also view detailed feedbacks from all the other members by clicking the “View Complete Feedbacks” link.
Underneath the name of a poster you can see their user title. Titles are bonuses given to our most active members! Here is the number of posts you need to receive each title:
- Member 0 - 99
- Junior Member 100 - 299
- Senior Member 300 - 999
- Super Member 1,000 – 9,999
- Power Poster 10,000 +
Private Messages, Managing Your Folders
1. Go to Settings (upper right corner of every page while you are logged in.)
2. Select the message box you want to manage (usually In or Sent)
3. On the right side of the screen listing the messages is a check box. Check the boxes of the messages you want to delete.
4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list -- you will see the words "Selected Messages" In the parentheses will be the number of messages selected.
5. Click on "Selected Messages" to pop up the box.
6. Click on "Delete" and then click on "Proceed" at the bottom of the box.
7. Repeat this process for each page of your message list, and for each message box, until you have removed all but the messages you want to keep.
SAVE MESSAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER BEFORE DELETING FROM THE QB SERVER
1. Go to Settings (upper right corner of every page while you are logged in.)
2. Select either one of your message boxes (usually In or Sent)
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
4. Look for the option to “Download all Private Messages as:
XML | CSV | Text “
5. The recommended selection is CSV. This option will save your messages in an importable spreadsheet format. Follow your computer’s prompts and procedures to save the file to your computer. Please make note of the save destination so you can find the file afterward. You will be able to view and manage your messages in any compatible spreadsheet program (such as Excel, for example.) All of your messages will be saved in that file – not just those from the box you selected as your starting point.
6. If you would like to keep some of your messages in your QB messages box(s), refer to the steps for SIMPLE DELETE, above.
7. To delete all of the messages, use the “Empty Folder” option under Folder Controls. You will need to repeat that for each message box you want to empty.