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How To Use the Forum

Purpose: The ForestLearn Forum is the electronic "town square" for public discussion. It allows you to comment on issues, ideas and information discussed in the ForestLearn website. Others will be able to see your comment, and respond to it.

The first time you visit the forum page, it may look a little confusing, but it's actually simple to use.

Who can use this:

Anyone with network capabilities can use this—if you are reading this you can use it!

Member:

You do not have to be a member to use the forum. Membership is simply a shortcut for self-identification. If you comment frequently, it saves you some time; otherwise you can skip it.

Subscribe:

Subscribing means that anytime anyone adds a new message you will receive notification via your email account. Then you don't have to visist the ForestLearn website to follow the bulletin board discussion — you can follow it by reading your email.

Leaving/Replying to a Message:

  1. In order to leave a message or reply to a message go to the bulletin board and click on the icon All "add message."

    • The bulletin board assumes that the message you are displaying is the one being replied to, so make sure that you have the message you want to reply to on the screen.

  2. Give your message a meaningful title.

  3. Enter your message in the blank white box.

  4. You can ignore keywords and kind of message (unless you want them.)

  5. The notify me box is automatically checked. If anyone replies to your posted message you will be notified via your email account. If you do not want to be notified by email, simply uncheck the box. If you don't have your own e-mail account, uncheck this.

  6. Who is the message from?

    • Please leave at least your name. If you want to be notified you must also leave your email address.

  7. Click on the bar to Preview Your Message.

    • If you are happy with your message hit the Post Message bar.

    • If you want to cancel your message just click on the word "Back."

Viewing a Message:
  1. In order to view a message click on the highlighted text.

  2. Messages are viewed in an outline form; identation shows which messages are replies to other messages.You can change how deeply nested the outline is by selecting one of the icons after "outline."