Beginners Guide to Posting in the Forum
Once you have registered with the forum, you can make posts and access restricted area's and additional functions.
This website is a way for those with spinal cord injuries to share experiences and advice. Any medical matters, treatments or alternative therapies discussed on this website should be thoroughly reviewed by a medical professional or therapist before being acted upon. Under no circumstances should you alter prescribed medication or a medical care plan without consulting your doctor or care plan supervisor first.
If you are posting to request help on a problem, you can help those who might take their time to help you by making sure to include the following in your request:
1 - A clear description of the problem.
2 - Include your spinal cord injury level, gender and geographical location in your profile Here. This will help members give a more accurate answer to your posts.
3 - Post writing tips - Try to split your post into paragraphs, with line breaks between them, as it is easier to read than one continuous block of text.
4 - Try not to write lengthy posts and replies, rambling on, and going into a separate subject, readers will get bored and skip your topic, leaving it unanswered. It also makes it difficult to extract the information from the post which the topic was originally about.
5 - When posting a topic, find the forum most relevant to your problem, and press the "Start New Topic" button. Make sure you add a "Topic Title" which best describes your topic. Then write your post in the large text box. When you're happy with your post, press the "Post New Topic" button. If you make a mistake in your post, you will have 3 hours in which to correct it, after which time, the post will be set.
6 - Post your topic only once in the forum that is most appropriate for your problem, multiple posts in different forums just confuse the issue and those trying to help, and will be removed.
7 - Tell people about yourself in your profile, you can write about yourself in the "About Me" section of your profile. To add text, go Here.
8 - Don't post your topic in your "Recent Status Updates" area of your profile. This section is just for quick updates on your everyday life, similar to a Twitter status, and is only viewable by other members.
9 - You can leave a comment on a member's profile. Find the member's profile, and scroll down to the "Comments" section, type your message in the text box, and press "Post". Note that comments can be seen by everyone.
10 - You can send a private message by selecting the members profile, and on the left under the members profile picture is a link saying "Send Me A Message", click it, you can then send a private message to the member.
As you use the forum, you will find other features, but hopefully the above guide will help you get that initial post out on the internet, and allow others to respond with helpful advice.
Chat Room Usage
Please note that access to the chat room will only become available to new members after they have contributed a minimum of 10 posts of informational value in the discussion forum. Please do not just make 10 posts of emoticons or three word replies, they will be removed.
Designation & Post Count
Advanced Member 2000-4999
Super Advanced 5000-9999
Super Geek 10000
Member Warning System
The new member warning system has been introduced. It is a way of warning a member at the discretion of the moderators, that their behaviour on the forum or chat room is not acceptable.
When a member is warned, their warning level in their post profile will increment. The member will also receive a personal message and email explaining the reason for their warning.
The warning bar is divided into 5 blocks, therefore one block is 1 point. The following restrictions will be applied at the points shown.
1 Point - Warning, no punishment.
2 Points - 24 hour posting suspension and chat room suspension.
3 Points - 72 hour posting suspension and chat room suspension.
4 Points - 1 week posting suspension and chat room suspension.
5 Points - Banning of account.
If a long period of time has elapsed since the last warning, the moderators reserve the right to decrease the warning level accordingly.
Members can only see their own warn level, and not other members warn levels. All warn levels start from 0, an empty warn bar.
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Beginners Guide to Posting in the Forum