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Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » April 18th, 2012, 11:28 am

As we are having a bit of an influx ATM I thought I would start a thread to mention all those little things that make life easier...

Red icons like this Image or Image mean there it's either a new thread or a has new posts in it since you last were in it. Blue versions mean you have already read all current posts in the thread. The animated version just means that it's a "hot topic", and TBH I've yet to work out why the board determines one topic is "hot" and another isn't. ;)

Clicking little red icon "Image" will take you straight to the newest unread message in it. Very useful for fast moving threads like chatterbox. At the top right of the page you should also see a link "First unread post" (if there are unread posts in a thread) which will also take you to the first unread post in the thread.

This icon: Image means a topic has been moved to another section of the forum.

You won't be able to use private messages until after your first 5-10 posts. This is a security thing setting. MODS and ADMIN cannot see private messages unless they have been reported to us using the report button.

At the top right of every post you make (next to the report triangle) you can see an edit button. If you make a mistake you can always change it. However a Mod can lock a post if necessary.

The report triangle doesn't hide a post as it does on the BBC, it just flags it for the Mods attention.

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby EmWilk » April 18th, 2012, 1:23 pm

TBH I've yet to work out why the board determines one topic is "hot" and another isn't.


Not that i'm a proper nerd or anything but when i asked about this a while back, i think i sussed that it was if there's more than 25 posts?? Was it 25?! Hmmm... :?:

I've not checked that before writing this (probs should've!) but i'm sure that was it.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » April 18th, 2012, 1:30 pm

EmWilk wrote:Not that i'm a proper nerd
Ooh goodie, an improper nerd!!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » April 18th, 2012, 1:34 pm

Down Ian ;P
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby EmWilk » April 18th, 2012, 1:37 pm

: :o :D
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » April 18th, 2012, 2:12 pm

Sniff... :cry: :cry:
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Grasshopper » April 18th, 2012, 8:20 pm

:hug: :lol:
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » April 20th, 2012, 10:34 am

few more bits
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby irishcountry-cousin » May 13th, 2012, 1:38 pm

I have been on here for ages and still cant make sense of how the topics are arranged. Can you explain why I go into "the Kitchen" there is a list of topics and at the top of the same page, a sub list of headings for topics. I am finding it difficult to navigate around to find the interesting topics for me.

What is the logic to it, I just can't get my head around it? :scared:
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » May 13th, 2012, 7:13 pm

irishcountry-cousin wrote:What is the logic to it, I just can't get my head around it?
Well, the fundamental division is between cooking and general chat. Right? That's kitchen vs Coffee Shop.

So if you click on "kitchen" you get to the kitchen main menu as you say. Well, wthin the kitchen the first list of headings are daughter boards, each with its own topic, and with their headings showing the purpose of the board. So if you read under the first set of headings, you'll see that
"The Bakers Oven
This is the place where the bakers hang out. Cakes and breads abound. "

So while this is still about cooking, it's a bit more specialised dealing with everything to do with baking. The idea is to make it easier for someone who - for example - is looking for a bread recipe just to look through that section.

Then next you have
"The Larder
A preservers paradise. Jams and chutneys everywhere. "
I'd have thought that would be pretty self explanatory. When you want to post your favourite chutney or pickle recipe, or find how I make Marmalade, that's the place to go

After that is
"The Veggie Place
For those time when the Vegetarians and Vegans want to get away from the more carnivorous types. "

Although theoretically you won't find many meat recipes or discussions here, it can happen that those of us who use a link to "unread messages" to see a message which was posted there, and answer without noticing that the message was originally in this area which is for vegetarian and vegan recipes and discussions. It's a good place to go for finding suggestions for those meat free days you feel like enjoying.

And then there's
"The Kitchen Garden
Out by the shed, near the chicken coop. The place everyone hangs out to discuss the various edibles they raise in their gardens/allotments. "
Again, that really should be pretty clear. It's about growing foodstuff. Not about inedible flowers, or pretty trees. but about what variety of swede grows best in Somerset, or whether silver beet is the same as Sea kale and how they are grown.

Finally there's
"The Cellar
Down below the coffee shop is the cellar. Perfect for keeping the home made tipples a bit stronger than coffee or tea :-)
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It's where you would go to look for discussions about alcoholic tipple. Might be how to brew, or where to find something, or some tasting notes. Whatever.

In all these, subdivisions, I think it's reasonably clear that the subjects may be less likely to be of general interest. Which isn't to say you shouldn't or wouldn't be. It's just to keep things tidy.

And then anything else, which doesn't really fit into any of these specialised headings would go into the more general section, and you'll see the topics listed, just as they are in each of the specialised sections.

I hope that's clarified the way the board is organised. I suppose I'm so used to it that I don't find the slightest trouble in understanding it. But if I've not explained it properly, do please come back and explain what you find hard to get your head round.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby suffolk » May 13th, 2012, 7:26 pm

I tend not to go in via the various headings - I usually check out the 'view my posts' first, then when I've caught up with them I look at the 'unread posts' and 'new posts' and see if anything looks interesting ... of course doing it that way means that I rely on the thread titles being fairly informative, but sometimes I find something really interesting but I might not have looked at it if I'd known from the start what it was about - if you get my drift :? :D
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby irishcountry-cousin » May 14th, 2012, 9:00 am

And then anything else, which doesn't really fit into any of these specialised headings would go into the more general section, and you'll see the topics listed, just as they are in each of the specialised sections.


That explains it a bit. But with all those specialised headings, how come there are so many topics that don't fit into any heading at all. Maybe Suffolk's method is the way forward!

Thanks for the replies. :)
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » May 14th, 2012, 8:27 pm

irishcountry-cousin wrote: But with all those specialised headings,
You're kidding, right?

Specials are Booze, baking, growing, veggie and preserves.
That leave all meat cooking, most desserts, almost all non veggie soups, ditto starters. Fish dishes and so on,
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby earthmaiden » July 19th, 2012, 7:45 pm

Please could someone remind me how to upload pictures onto the Wildfood boards? I can't remember the name of the system you go via.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby tezza » July 19th, 2012, 8:30 pm

I use Photobucket.

Registering is easy and free.

Upload your photos to your computer as usual and then upload them onto Photobucket. You can then copy and paste the direct link from Photobucket into the Img icon on here.

If you need further details please say. :D
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby earthmaiden » July 19th, 2012, 8:44 pm

Thanks Tezza - I couldn't remember what it was called!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » July 20th, 2012, 12:05 am

Or upload directly to the board... I'm on my phone now but click post reply below the quick reply box and you can do it from there
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby scullion » January 1st, 2013, 10:34 pm

that's how i do it - it saves the faf of having to click on a link to another place ( which doesn't always work) to see a photo.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby 4dogsagain » January 2nd, 2013, 6:47 am

I upload mine from 'My Pictures'. Quick and easy.
suffolk wrote:I tend not to go in via the various headings - I usually check out the 'view my posts' first, then when I've caught up with them I look at the 'unread posts' and 'new posts' and see if anything looks interesting ... of course doing it that way means that I rely on the thread titles being fairly informative, but sometimes I find something really interesting but I might not have looked at it if I'd known from the start what it was about - if you get my drift :? :D


This is what I do, quick and easy.

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » January 2nd, 2013, 10:40 am

Mine is even shorter. Main index - view unread messages. any replies to mine show up there anyway.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Luca » January 2nd, 2013, 10:48 am

ianinfrance wrote:Mine is even shorter. Main index - view unread messages. any replies to mine show up there anyway.


Yup - by far the most convenient method imo.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby philFrance » March 11th, 2013, 4:09 pm

I should have read this thread when I first joined. i'll have a go go at uploading a photo, but you don't get more useless than me with this technology.

Do I have to type out a recipe on a post, or is there a way of cutting and pasting a Word file? Sorry if someone has already addressed this; I have a vague memory of someone talking of cutting and pasting.

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » March 11th, 2013, 6:12 pm

select the recipe in word. Highlight it, right click and hit copy. Then come here right click in the reply box and click paste.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby philFrance » March 11th, 2013, 6:45 pm

OK, ta: I'll give it a go. I've never really understood 'right click': sad, innit?

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Riocaz » March 11th, 2013, 9:25 pm

there are two (occasionaly 3) buttons on your mouse one on the left and one on the right. Right click simply means using the right hand mouse button.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby philFrance » March 11th, 2013, 9:46 pm

Thanks, but what does the right hand mouse button actually do? What's it's function, as opposed to the left hand button?

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » March 11th, 2013, 11:28 pm

It's called a "context" button, so what it does depends upon what program you're using at the time, and where you are in the program. For example, if you're in a Word document, I don't know what right clicking does - because I don't use Word. However in Wordperfect, it's been set to activate my spellchecker - but that's configurable. In Firefox, which is the browser I use, right clicking on a word opens a menu, left clicking once puts the insertion point where the cursor is. Left clicking twice will highlight the word. Left clicking three times highlights the whole paragraph. If you then press the CTL button followed by C (then release) you will have copied your highlit text to the clipboard., If you then open another program, (or change to its window if it was already open) then pressing CTL V will put that copied text at the cursor position, if the program allows it.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby philFrance » March 12th, 2013, 3:25 pm

Thanks, Ian. I use Word, and have used right click from time to time, when instructed to do so.

I'd like to use my age as an excuse for my technological uselessness, but you're older than me, and you're not the only older than me who's better at it. I think I have an attitude problem!

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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » March 12th, 2013, 8:52 pm

I'm extremely stubborn and pretty arrogant. So when, 25+ years ago, I was walking round Selfridges and saw 9 year olds tapping away that the store's BBC A computers and making them do all sorts of useless things I made up my mind that I wasn't going to be beaten by a 9 year old. Then one or two other coincidences happened and I found myself learning to program on a Spectrum. I'm a great believer in trying things out, BUT only on copies of something relatively useless, and only ever after reading what the screen says. One reason Windows has made computers so much more accessible to the general public is because it really does try to protect the user from their worst idiocies, (to the extent that it drives one mad with its nannying sometimes), and so often it's pretty intuitive - once you have learnt how to read the whole of the screen.

Try creating a folder called "Phils_sillies" and copy a number of files of all kinds there. Then play with them!
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British Summer Time - Change your user preferences.

Postby aero280 » March 31st, 2013, 8:43 am

If you are seeing the times of your posts incorrectly. Go to the "User Control Panel" link at the top left of the page.

Then choose "Board Preferences" tab.

Check that the Time Zone is correct. It's "[UTC]Western European Time, Greenwich Mean Time" if you are in the UK. Then check the "Yes" button on the line below "Summer Time/DST is in effect".

If you are outside the UK, choose your local settings.
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Re: British Summer Time - Change your user preferences.

Postby puss-in-boots » March 31st, 2013, 2:24 pm

Thanks aero, done. :tu:
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby irishcountry-cousin » April 3rd, 2013, 7:32 am

Could someone remind me how to resize my picture for my avatar. For some reason, my avatar changed completely to a smiley face. I deleted that and now want to upload a picture of my own smiley face and I forgot how to resize! :oops: Btw, I am on a Mac, so no right click......
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby aero280 » April 3rd, 2013, 8:15 am

Open the avatar picture in the "Preview" application. Choose the "Tools" menu from the top bar. Then choose "change size" or something like that ( I'm on the iPhone at the moment and can't check the exact name. Then save it and use it.

As long as your version of Preview is reasonably new, you will have the option to change the size of a picture. Very early versions didn't have that function.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby irishcountry-cousin » April 4th, 2013, 9:48 am

I failed miserably with the technology to upload a photo of myself. So i found a suitable chocolatey avatar. T'will do for now. I wonder why my old avatar changed for no reason to a smiley. It seemed to happen to one or two others too.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby scullion » June 7th, 2013, 1:03 pm

how do you make a link, within text, without having to enter the url - just by using a highlighted, clickable word?
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » June 7th, 2013, 1:09 pm

Hi Scullion.

You highlight the word you want to become the link and then click on the URL button. That encloses the word with link delimiters
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[url][/url]
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and insert it into the first delimiter thus
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[url=http://souvigne.pagesperso-orange.fr/recipes/]here is a link[/url]


So. To put the above into practice here is a link to my recipe pages
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby scullion » June 7th, 2013, 1:15 pm

right, i'll have a quick go and link to here too, let's see if it works!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby aero280 » June 7th, 2013, 1:16 pm

If anyone wants to check how to do any of this sort of thing. Find a post that's done it and click on "quote". Then you will see all the "workings".

url, image, attachments, you-tube, etc.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby scullion » June 7th, 2013, 1:19 pm

i had to go back and put the = in. thanks ian - i'm now enlightened.
thanks , also, aero. it didn't occur to me to do that - durr!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby scullion » June 7th, 2013, 1:21 pm

do you have hiccups?!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby uschi » June 10th, 2013, 10:19 pm

scullion wrote:do you have hiccups?!


Que?


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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby aero280 » June 10th, 2013, 10:30 pm

My post appeared three times. I deleted the copies....
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby uschi » June 10th, 2013, 10:42 pm

Ah ja. Danke!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Jtb » September 9th, 2013, 5:56 pm

I can't seem to load any avatar. Every picture I try to use is too big a file, and I have no idea how to shrink them
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » September 9th, 2013, 8:16 pm

Jtb wrote:I can't seem to load any avatar. Every picture I try to use is too big a file, and I have no idea how to shrink them
Some of the online image stores can resize down to Avatar size. For example Tinypic lets you upload an image and then resize it. That said, its default size is 100x75px and I'm afraid I don't remember what we require here - sorry,

Another possibility is to upload a full size image here, I'll resize it for you (takes me about 15 secs) and I can send it back here. You can the copy it and integrate it into your profile.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby Zosherooney » September 13th, 2013, 2:32 pm

Not just me then........ ;) ;) ;)

Bet you hate these silver surfers Ian !!!!
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby ianinfrance » September 13th, 2013, 11:07 pm

Nothing agin surfers, silver or otherwise!
But it's a shame when people haven't learnt some of the more basic operations. Do you remember on the Beeb board, how many people had to be helped to copy and paste.

That said, I do have photo retouching software and as I said to jtb, it takes me about 15 seconds to resize a photo. That said, tinypic works fine too.
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby icelesley » February 4th, 2014, 1:14 pm

Has anyone heard from Fiona on Isle of Man recently?
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Postby suffolk » February 4th, 2014, 1:19 pm

Fiona posted a few days ago search.php?author_id=200&sr=posts :D
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Re: Tricks and tips for new users:

Postby gattodisonno » May 6th, 2014, 6:34 am

I would like to know how to stay logged in to Wildfood. I always tick the box to log me in automatically but that does not work either. I keep the Wildfood page open on my browser but if my pc goes to sleep, or I go back to the page later, then I have been logged out. It is a bit annoying having continually to log in which I need to do to make my board/posting preferences work.
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