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Beginner's Guide to Forums

New to the forum? Start here; we'll answer your questions, connect you to people and walk you through anything you need.
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Beginner's Guide to Forums

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Welcome to PrideTalk.ca! We are a community created for and by Canadian LGBTQPIA+ folks, aimed at making connections and providing resources and information for our community. As a forum, we exist as somewhere between a social media network and a static website, meant for longer, in-depth discussion that's easily shared and read. There's no algorithms trying to show you the "best" posts or sponsored ads between each thread - we're here to talk, share information and that's all.

But we know the forum format is new to some people - they've been around awhile and chances are if you've googled a problem, you've come across a forum thread providing a solution, but not everybody has joined one before. This guide goes over some of the aspects of how a forum works, and how this forum works in particular, and is meant as either a starting point or a refresher. If you're familiar with forums, you might just want to jump to some of the parts of this that you want, or skip this entirely.

Table of Contents
  1. Registering & Basic Account Functions
  2. Customizing Your Settings
  3. Topics & Replies; an Overview
  4. Features: Friends/Foes, Messages, Notifications
  5. Community Ranks, Groups & Boards

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Re: Beginner's Guide to Forums

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Registering & Basic Account Functions

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Customizing Your Settings

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Topics & Replies; an Overview

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Features: Friends/Foes, Messages, Notifications

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Re: Beginner's Guide to Forums

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Community Ranks, Groups & Boards
This is a brief overview of the community ranks, groups and boards that are used on this forum. The board write-ups are below, but first let's touch on member ranks and groups.

A member rank, or member title, is the description located right below a member's username whenever you are looking at a post or private message. You'll also see a rank in people's profiles and on lists like the members page. As an example, my username is AlexBC and my title is Administrator, which you can see underneath my avatar and username to the side of this post (or above it, if you're on a mobile device at the moment) and above my chosen pronoun of "they".

There are two types of ranks. The first is member ranks, which are earned by posting, and the second is group titles, which are earned by being a member of a certain staff or volunteer group. A member rank is available to anyone - all you need to do is reply to posts or create new topics, and you'll earn different ranks depending upon how many posts you make. A group title is reserved for users who are either staff members or play important roles in the forum and replaces the member rank. Below are explanations on all these different ranks and titles.

Member Ranks
  • Lurker - 0 posts required; given at registration
  • New Member - 10 posts required
  • Member - 50 posts required
  • Regular Member - 100 posts required
  • Reoccurring Member - 250 posts required
  • Frequent Member - 500 posts required
  • Experienced Member - 1,000 posts required
  • Valued Member - 2,500 posts required
  • Senior Member - 5,000 posts required
  • Part of the Wallpaper - 10,000 posts required
Group Titles
  • Administrator - Administrators, or “admins”, are the primary organizers behind PrideTalk. These staff members are in charge of most of the backend and top-level maintenance of the forum and are the final escalation level concerning community issues. Admins control a great deal of the ‘foundation’ aspects of PrideTalk and new changes to the structure of the community will come from them - this can include things such as new boards, new themes, the fixing of bugs or adding of features and changes to the community rules and guidelines
  • Senior Moderator - Senior Moderators, or “mods”, are the high-level Moderators that handle a large part of managing the community. They handle escalated issues, deal with reports, community concerns and help keep the place running. Senior Moderators do have some additional powers compared to regular Moderators and can issue bans or delete threads. They monitor the entire forum and help manage the moderation team.
  • Moderator - Moderators, or “mods”, handle a lot of the day-to-day issues that can come up in the community. They keep an eye on things, handle reports, respond to questions and participate in the community. Standard, non-senior Moderators can do things like edit posts that contain inappropriate content, move topics to their correct boards and issue warnings. Certain Moderators may only work in some areas of the forum or only be online part of the week.
  • Facilitator - Facilitators are individuals who have been confirmed to manage outside groups or organizations. They might be workers from non-profits, the runners of support groups or the creator of a community initiative. We recognize them here to help thank them for their work and to let others know they are speaking on behalf of their project when they discuss them. Facilitators have no special privileges or powers on the forum beyond access to a Facilitator-only board.
  • Volunteer - Volunteers are community members who are highly appreciated and have shown to have stepped up or contributed greatly to PrideTalk. We recognize how valuable they are to us all and often work with them to grow the community. They have no special powers or privileges beyond access to a Volunteer-only board.
Forum Boards & Categories

This is a further explanation of what boards PrideTalk has and what is meant to go in each of them.
  • Announcements & Info - This board is meant for staff posts about updates and news concerning the forum. If anything changes, it's posted here. It's a very good idea to keep up to date on things posted here. You can't start topics here, but you can reply.
  • Questions & Suggestions - If you are confused about something, having a problem with the forum, have a suggestion to improve it, or a comment you'd like to publicly make concerning the forum's functions or community, you can make it here.
  • Introductions - When people join or return, they are welcome to make an introductory thread telling everybody a little about themselves. We encourage people to welcome others by responding when someone new posts.
  • Gender & Sexuality - If you want to talk about LGBTQPIA+ matters, share news or resources, this is the place to do it. LGBTQPIA+ topics will stray into other boards, but generally, this is considered to be the "catch-all" for general LGBTQPIA+ topics. If a topic should go into another board, it will be moved for you, so don't worry about it.
  • Health & Personal - if you are discussing mental or physical health, things like your personal experiences or professional issues, or relationships, this is where it's meant to go. Obviously, these issues will be LGBTQPIA+ in nature, but generally, if the focus is instead on your health or other issues versus the purely LGBTQPIA+ aspect, it should go here instead.
  • Local, National & Worldwide - this area is meant to talk about local, national or worldwide issues, groups or news. This can range from an LGBTQPIA+ organization in your city to a new government initiative in your province, to discussion on Canada's LGBTQPIA+ history or a news article from another country.
  • Causal Conversations - anything that doesn't fall anywhere else, generally falls here. This area is also aimed less at long conversation and more at causal threads.
  • Creativity Corner - if you want to share creative things you've made, you can do so here. This board is meant to showcase finished or work-in-progress pieces, so if you want to talk about writing or art, it's best to do so in causal conversations.
  • Classifieds & Calls - this board is meant for posting ads and classifieds to find, sell or buy things.

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