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How do the boards work? - The board structure etc.

The board structure

The boards are divided into various main topics, which, in turn, are divided into different sub-topics. The different sub-topics include series of postings regarding a certain topic, whereby, with the exception of the original posting, each posting constitutes a reply to another posting. Therefore, these series of postings are organized hierarchically. Such series of postings is called discussion sequence or thread.

The general board structure is as follows:

  • Main topic
    • Sub-topics therein
      • Threads therein

One example:

  • The main topic: "Art and Entertainment"
    • A sub-topic therein: "Movies, TV and Cinema"
      • A thread therein: "Lord of the Rings"
      • Another thread therein: "Kill Bill"

The thread-based board structure is pretty simple and yet, time and again, it confuses people. And since a picture says more than a thousand words, we have created an illustration for you.

Apart from this hierarchical (threaded) illustration set by default, you can also display a thread in the "flat" mode, listing all postings as full text in chronological sequence of receipt. In this regard, all postings will be listed one after the other chronologically. The disadvantage: The postings' chronological sequence of receipt is not always logical in terms of which posting constitutes a reply to another, thus referring directly to it. This often results in people replying to postings in the wrong sequence.
Therefore, we recommend the "threaded" view.

Writing board postings

You can either write a board posting by replying to an already existing thread posting or by opening a new thread.

In the following, we will explain you how to create a reply to a posting:

Click on the button "Reply" in the posting you want to reply. A page will open in which you can write your reply posting. Name it and enter your text in the big input field. The posting you reply to will be shown in angled brackets above the input field. If you want to quote this posting or parts of it in your posting, mark the respective section, copy it via the right mouse button, and insert it in the input field via the hot-key sequence Ctrl+V. The section quoted by you will then be visible in gray in your posting.
Before you finally publish/send your posting, you can once again check it with the preview function. To do so, click on the button "Preview". A page will open where your current text version will be shown above the input field. If you want to make any changes, you can do this in the input field which also includes your text.
To finally publish your posting, click on the button "Send".

In the following, we will explain you how to open a thread:

Just click on "-> New thread" in the respective sub-topic's action box on the right of the thread list. A page will open in which you can write the posting, with which you will open the thread. The following steps are identical with the last steps when writing a reply posting.

The board features

Displaying new postings
If you are a registered person, the system will recognize each board posting, whether or notyou have already read it. So if, e.g. you saw "12 / 3 new" under "Postings" next to the thread title "Lord of the Rings", this would mean that the thread currently contains 12 postings of which you haven't read 3. If you then click on the linked item "3 new", the posting not yet read by you will be displayed which was sent closest to the posting opening the thread.
If you are not registered, unfortunately, you cannot use this function since the system cannot recognize data from somebody who exists only temporarily in the system. If you want to make use of this function, however, you can register here.

With the function "Mark all read" in the action box on the right of a sub-topic's thread list, you can, to a certain extent, reset the display of new postings to "0". All postings of a sub-topic's thread will then be marked as "read".

With the function "Mark all read" in the action box on the right of thread's postings sequence, you can, to a certain extent, reset the display of new postings to "0". All postings of this thread will then be marked as "read".

With the buttons "Back" and "Next" in the action box on the right of a sub-topic's thread list or a thread's posting sequence, you can browse through the respective postings.

To browse through a sub-topic's thread list, click on the button "Next" in the action box. To go back to the list's previous page, click on the button "Back" in the action box.

To read a thread's postings one after the other, you don't have to click on each of them separately. Just browse through them with the button "Next" in the action box. With the button "Back" you can go back to the last posting.

With the function "-> Next unread posting" in the action box on the right of a thread's postings sequence, you can browse through the individual postings not yet read by you. The postings you have already read will be skipped automatically.

With the function "-> Skip thread" in the action box on the right of a thread's postings sequence, you can mark all postings of the thread in which you currently are as "read" and change to the thread which has been opened directly after the one you have just read.
For technical reasons, the function cannot process the threads in the same order as in the thread list. Instead, it selects the thread, which has been opened directly after the currently open thread, since it is not the time of creation which is relevant in the list, but the time of the last posting. If there is no such thread, the function will start with the oldest thread.

Board favorites and settings
You have the possibility of defining board favorites, that means to "subscribe" to certain boards you visit more often than others. These boards will then be displayed first under "Topics". This is very useful since you don't have to click time and again through the different topic areas.
To add a topic area to the board favorites, click on the "+"-symbol in the topic overview on the left of the desired title of the topic area.

Polls
In some board areas polls on a wide range of topics can be conducted in the form of a thread. Their results are then displayed graphically in the thread. On the one hand, you can, of course, participate in such polls, and, on the other, you can open polls yourself as far as this is permitted by the respective board's administrator.
To do so, just click on "-> New Poll" in the action box on the right of the thread list.

Board search
There are two different types of search functions for the boards:
To search in all boards simultaneously for a certain term, just click on "-> Search board" in the action box on the right of the topic overview, the thread list or a posting, and select the option "Search all boards".

To search in a specific board for a certain term, just click on "-> Search board" in the action box on the right of the topic overview, and select the option "Search this board".

To search in a specific thread for a certain term, just click on "-> Search board" in the action box on the right of the thread list, and select the option "Search this thread".

Board archive
After a certain period of time old threads will be moved to the board archive.
To search a certain sub-topic's archive for something specific, click on "-> Board archive" in the action box on the right of the thread list.

Formatting board postings
You can make your postings more expressive with the targeted use of text formatting.
Here you can find a list of the text formatting options available.

Board postings with links
In a board posting you link both to external websites as well as to internal websites e.g. other board postings.

With respect to external websites, you only need to include the respective link (http://...) in your text. The link will then be transformed automatically by the system into a clickable link. It is more reliable and correct, however, to put the link between two square brackets: [[http://...]]
If you don't want to display the link in the text as URL-link but as text link, you have to format it like this: [[http://...|Link description]]. This means that you have to put a vertical line ("pipe") without blanks between the link and the link name chosen by you.

To link to another board posting, one possibility is to write the posting's link in the text. (You will get the link by clicking with the right mouse button on the posting's link.) The system will then automatically transform the link into a clickable link.
If you don't want to display the link in the text as URL-link but as text link, you have to format it like this: [[http://...|Link description]]

Here you can find a list of further possibilities how to create a link.

Moderating boards

You are not allowed to rule as you please in the boards either. Here the Terms of Use are applicable as well. To ensure that these will be complied with, we also have "ops" here, called board moderators. Board postings of ops include the term "Moderator" displayed in red below their nicknames. Moderators can...

  • close threads when they deem everything as having been said in a thread and are of the opinion that any more comments would be superfluous and annoying.
  • delete threads which don't belong in the place where they are displayed, which they deem superfluous in this place or which violate the Terms of Use.
  • block individual postings, i.e. to "hide" them from the readers if they violate the Terms of Use.

By clicking on "-> Moderators" in the action box on the right of the thread list, you will learn who is the board moderator in which sub-topic.

Persons who often stand out negatively or even violate the Terms of Use, can be punished with a board ban by the administrator. This means that this person will no longer be allowed to write any more postings in a certain topic area.
Anybody continuing with his/her wrong behavior after such a "local" board ban in another topic area. or anybody trying to bypass the board ban by means of a second nickname, will have to face the consequences. This could also mean a final ban on the nickname.

The board language
With respect to the boards, time and again the terms "posting" and "to post" pop up. They describe a text sent by a person or the process of writing/sending a text.
In a nutshell: Posting = text, to post = writing/sending a posting

The common abbreviation used in boards can be found under "Smileys/Emoticons/Abbreviations".

When people talk of a "board troll" or about the verb "to troll", they mean a very unpopular type of board writer.
The aim of board troll is to open or moderate discussions just for the sake of it, but without being really interested in the topic. Board trolls, hence, like to deliberately get on the nerves of the other board users. They only wait for someone to utter a different opinion than their own in order to really put the person down. Board trolls also like to sabotage discussions of the respective thread by creating an uncomfortable atmosphere via "bad" postings.