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    Default Einstein's Guide to the Forums

    Greetings Everyone!

    I've noticed that people find the utilities of the forums difficult to use, so here is a guide to help those that find the Forum cumbersome and/or cluttered!

    To Begin:

    When first coming to the Rift: Planes of Telara website, you will be at what is called, the Homepage.

    From here, it is easy to access the forums via the Community button located at the top right of the site.

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...idesearch1.jpg

    You will then be redirected to the Forum Homepage. This is essentially your command center for navigating the Rift: Planes of Telara Official Forums! Exciting isn't it? But, let's not get ahead of ourselves! We'll learn it one step at a time!

    Now then, you should see this:

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...idesearch2.jpg

    Without the red boxes, of course, I'll get to explaining those right away!

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...rchNewsBar.jpg

    This is the first red box, it is called News and Announcements. This is where Trion staff and Community Moderators will post a thread should they have news or announcements to make!

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...archGenDis.jpg

    This is the second red box, it is called General Discussion. This is where all members of the forums may post threads regarding Rift: Planes of Telara.
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    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...rchClasses.jpg

    This is the third red box, it is called Classes of Telara. This is where all members of the forums may post threads regarding Callings, Souls, and the overall Class System of Rift: Planes of Telara.

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...earchGuild.jpg

    This is the fourth red box, it is called Guild Forums. This is where all members of the forums may post threads regarding the many different player-run guilds of Rift: Planes of Telara. Looking for a guild? This is the section for you! Looking for more people to join your guild? This is ALSO the section for you! YAY!

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...earchPolls.jpg

    This is the fifth red box, it is called Polls and Contests. This is where Trion staff and Community Moderators will post Polls and Contests should any arise. At the moment, this section contains Polls only, but be sure to visit this section and vote in the polls!

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...SearchOfft.jpg

    This is the sixth red box, it is called Off Topic. This is where all members of the forums may post threads that have nothing to do with Trion or Rift: Planes of Telara. Like Football? Want to chat about the latest fashions? This is the section for you! YAY!

    Now, there are more sections, but I feel confident that you can find those out! After all, you may never learn unless you have to try for yourself! YAY!
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    Now that we've gone over the basic sections of the forums (YAY!) let's click on the General Discussion to access it!

    After clicking on General Discussion, you should see something like this:

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...ideSearch3.jpg

    Oh Boy! It sure does look confusing, huh? Well, not to fret, I'll explain!

    1. This is called a Stickied Thread. Stickied Threads stay in that darker blue area because a Trion employee decided it was important for others to see! You cannot sticky threads, (Oh golly gee darn!) only Trion employee forum members may do so!

    2. This is a general thread. Notice how the light blue text is in BOLD? That means you haven't read it yet, or that there is a new post in the thread that you have not read!

    3. This is a general thread. But wait! The light blue text is not in BOLD! This means that you have read all of the posts in the thread, time to go read other threads! YAY!

    4. This is called the Search Function. This is a utility of forums that allows you to search for topics and posts regarding a certain subject! But more on that further down the list, remember... One step at a time! YAY!

    Now then, let's go ahead and click on a thread to view it! You should see something similar to this:

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...ideSearch4.jpg

    Confused? Don't be! It's quite simple once you get the hang of it!

    1. This is called an Avatar. This can be any small picture to represent you! Hooray for Representin'!

    2. This is the body of the post someone might make. This is where their message (And yours too if you decide to reply!) will show up.

    3. This is called a Forum Signature. This is similar to an avatar, in that it allows you to represent yourself. Many people choose to use this to represent their guild! Hooray for Representin'!

    Now, remember that Search Function I spoke a little bit about? Time to learn about it! YAY!

    So, you can click in the white box and type any subject you want and hit search, or you can click on Advanced Search. After doing so, you should see something similar to this:

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...ideSearch5.jpg

    Here I show both options of Search Single Content Type and Search Multiple Content Type.

    Let's try searching for something! How exciting!

    Ok, so let's pick the default option, Search Multiple Content Type. Now, under Search Types, select Posts, later on, you can play with the options, but for now, let's try learning the basics! YAY!

    Now that you've done that, click inside the white box labeled Keyword(s), now, let's search for threads relating to Beta, so go ahead and type in "Beta", remember, grammar and spelling does count! Hooray for grammar and spelling! Did you type it? Goodjob, I'm very proud of you! Now, let's click on the Search Now button. After doing so, you should see something similar to this:

    http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...ideSearch7.jpg

    WOW! 5 Pages of threads all pertaining to Beta! We've got threads about when Beta is to start, threads about Beta in general, threads about Beta keys, threads about Beta events, threads about Beta ideas! WOW! Just Golly gee WOW!

    That's the end of this tutorial! Now you know the basics of how to use the Rift: Planes of Telara forums! I'm sure you had as much fun as I did taking this journey with you, and I hope to see you again soon!
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    Thank you... and sticky this... people who keep asking the same questions without even reading the stickies should get an account warning.
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    You left out one of THE most important steps:

    Read the FAQ and show that location.
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    All I got to say is that this post is "thoroughly" impressive. And it comes with pictures, LOL. Thanks.
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    a case of ale to you sir!

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    The Internet for Dummies!
    its = possessive, it's = it is | whose = possessive, who's = who is | your = possessive, you're = you are | too = also or too much, to = to go or to do, two = 2 | their = possessive, there = a place, they're = they are | than = comparative, then = deals with time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brangdha View Post
    The Internet for Dummies!
    LOL... shame it seems that's more and more the norm nowadays, too.
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    interesting guide.... never seen a forum one lol.

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    Right on Thanx

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    This Thread fails Ahrak, no where near enough pictures for ppl who can't read
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menetherin View Post
    This Thread fails Ahrak, no where near enough pictures for ppl who can't read
    Haha, alas, I have failed many people there.
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    I just skimmed and looked at the pictures, you dont have any pretty ones. You should edit it with some unicorns i say. Nothing says pretty but stays manly like a unicorn.

    Here just add this to the main post.

    http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3681/manlyh.th.jpg
    Last edited by Musufasa101; 11-03-2010 at 10:41 PM.

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    Hats off to you. It also gave me a laugh.

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