Forum Help

 The Forum is accessible through the web site or by email

The Forum Pages

When you enter the Forum you first visit the Index page.  This shows the various categories of conversation. Selecting a Category takes you to a Category Page.

Category Page

A Category page shows a list of topics with most recent first.  At the top and bottom of the list are buttons for:

  • New Topic - to post a message on a new topic. See below
  • Mark Topics read - All messages in all topics in this Category will all be marked as read.
  • Subscribe - The Forum will start emailing you copies of any new messages in this Category.
  • Unsubscribe - The Forum will stop emailing you copies messages for this Category.
  • You can see the messages by clicking on a Topic.

Topic Page

Each Topic page shows recent messages posted on the selected Topic.  At the top and bottom of the message list are buttons for:

  • Reply Topic - To add a new message to this conversation
  • Subscribe - The Forum will start emailing you copies of new messages for this Topic.
  • Unsubscribe - The Forum will stop emailing you copies of  messages for this Topic. 
  • Favourite - Marks the topic with a star on the Category Page and select My Topics to help you find it again.

Beneath each message are buttons for:

  • Thank you - Thanks the message sender without creating a new message
  • Quick Reply - Opens a simple message box. 
  • Reply - Starts a new window with a full-featured editor. 
  • Quote - As Reply but includings the current message as a quote.  Please trim the old message to the parts you are replying to.

Tabs on the Forum windows

Logged-in DBA Members will see a number of tabs across the top of its pages. Many of these are not available to guests.  The tabs visible depend on the page in view and how you reached it!

  • Index - Takes you to the Index page.
  • Recent Topics - Shows recent posts to the Forum
  • New Topic - To post a message on a new subject (topic). See below.
  • No Replies - Shows messages which nobody has replied to.
  • My Topics - Lists topics which you have started or marked as Favourite. Also information about the Forum and people using it.
  • Profile - Details about yourself to introduce you to other members. As much or little as you like but a picture of your boat as your 'avatar' would be nice.
  • Rules - Rules for using the DBA Forum. Please read these before using the Forum!
  • Help - This page!
  • Search - For searching through all past messages.  Please use this before asking a question - it may already have an answer!
  • Private Messaging - A facility to send a message directly to another member without knowing their email address.  The message will only be seen when they visit the online Forum unless they have chosen to receive them by email using the settings on this tab.

  Starting a New Topic

(You must be a logged-in DBA Member!)

  • Familiarise yourself with the DBA Forum Rules
  • Consider which Category your topic belongs in
  • Think of a meaningful Subject for the topic

Click on New Topic

Select the Category

  • Enter the Subject and your Message
  • Click Submit.

To Reply to an existing message.

(You must be a logged-in DBA Member!)

  • Click on Quick Reply (See below)
  • Enter your Message.
  • Click Submit.

Reply Buttons

  • Quick Reply - Opens a simple message box. It is recommended to use Quick Reply.
  • Reply TopicReply and Quote - All open a full-featured editor.  Members getting messages by email may have difficulty reading the message composed with this. 

Attachments

Some common types of files can be attached to online forum posts, but they will NOT be sent to email users of the Forum.  These are currently (Mar 2012) txt, rtf, pdf, doc, xls, jpg, zip, tar.gz, tgz, tar.bz2. 

It is often better to place the document you want to share 'in the cloud' and provide a link to it, which most Forum users can easily access.  Google users can use Google+ to do this;  Dropbox provides a 'public' folder for sharing files.   

Subscribe

When you post a message on the Forum, you will be emailed a copy of any reply to the topic - unless you un-tick the Subscribe checkbox below the message.  You can stop these emails with the 'Unsubscribe'  button on the Topic page.  See 'Managing Subscriptions' below for more detail.

Editing after posting

Editing posts after clicking Submit is not allowed. The reasons are

1) People posting by email cannot have this facility.  

2) People following a thread by email will NOT see the correction.

3) Anyone who has already read the post online is unlikely to see the correction so they may still think a poster is illiterate or wrong unless they see a correction post.

4) If a mistake needs correcting for the archives, so that people searching for information are not misled, the moderators will be happy to correct the post if asked - after the correction has been posted.


Using the Forum by Email

Each DBA Forum Category has a mailing list so that members can receive messages by email as they are posted to the Forum.  Guests can only read the Forum on the website.

The email address used is your membership address, which can be changed in My Details (on the Members menu) or My Profile (in the  Forum).

Many members prefer this to visiting the web site, so they get to see any newposts immediately. Some members choose one Category of particular interest for email and browse other Categories on the web site. This arrangement particularly suits members with slow or expensive internet connections.

To Receive Emails from the Forum (Subscribe)

Either: Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open a Category and click on the 'Subscribe' button. You will be emailed a copy of any subsequent messages.
Or:  By email, send a message containing the single word START and nothing in the subject to the email address for the category, as below.
You will also be emailed replies to any topic (not category) to which you have posted online unless you choose not to when you posted.

To Reply to Emails from the Forum

Just reply as you would to any email.  Remove all previous text that isn't important for your reply!

To Send Messages to the Forum by email

Decide which Category is appropriate for your subject.
Send your message to the email address for the Category, as below.  After sending one message to a Category, your email program should suggest one of the Category email addresses when you type 'DBA' as the 'To:' for a new mail. If you subscribe to several Categories, check that the email address you choose is the right one.

Attachments

The DBA Forum does not accept or send out attachments by email.  Some common types of document* can be attached to an ONLINE post (as above) but Email subscribers will have to log on to the online Forum to download the attachment.  It is often better to place the document you want to share 'in the cloud' and provide a link to it, which most Forum users can easily access.  Google users can use Google+ to do this;  Dropbox provides a 'public' folder for sharing files.   

To Stop Emails for a Category (Unsubscribe)

Either: Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open the Category and click on the 'Unsubscribe' button.
Or:  By email, send a message with the single word STOP and nothing in the subject to the Category email address, as below.
If you have a problem with stopping email, please contact the mail administrators.

To Stop Emails for a Topic (Unsubscribe Topic)

If a particular topic is boring or annoying you can stop receiving any more emails about it - while still receiving emails on other Topics in the Category.
Either:  Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open the Topic and click on the 'Unsubscribe' button.
Or:  By email, REPLY to the topic with a message containing the single word STOP. Leave the subject unchanged.

Managing Subscriptions.

There can be confusion between Category subscriptions (which deliver all posts to the category) and Topic subscriptions which are generally activated by the member posting to a topic. There are Subscribe and Unsubscribe buttons at both levels.   Administrators have no way to interfere with members' subscriptions.  But a member can see and change subs in bulk from 'MyTopics'.  If you have no Category subscriptions, any time you make a post you are automatically subscribed to that topic, to see future posts. This can ONLY be switched off by clicking Unsubscribe to the topic. or in 'My Posts'.

Category email Addresses

Each Category on the Forum has its own email address. 

When starting a new topic of conversation please make sure you use the appropriate address!

Barge Life dbabargelife@barges.org
Barges & Barging: dbabarges@barges.org
Continental Europe: dbacontinent@barges.org
GB & Ireland: dbagbandi@barges.org
Sailing: dbasailing@barges.org
Stoppages: dbastoppages@barges.org
Association: dbaassociationmatters@barges.org


 

 

Clicking on one of these email addresses will create a blank message with most email programs. With some mail systems you will have to cut & paste the address.