PLEASE READ THIS FIRST
There were no help files provided with this version of the software so we are providing these guidelines as an ongoing task and as things change we will endeavour to keep these help files up to date, however if you see any errors or omissions please let us know by sending a PM to Admin.
To report a forum access problem, until we have a dedicated email address for Motorhome Talk, please send an email to Admin@caravantalk.co.uk
Limited access for guests.
Motorhome Talk is free to browse as a guest, however the areas that can be seen are restricted, and guests are able to participate in any discussions or ask questions. We would encourage anyone interested to register as a member to obtain the full benefit of this free forum.
How to Register
How to register and the added benefits of being a registered member.
To be able to enjoy all of the features available to the community, you will need to sign up for a membership account. Registration is easy and only takes a moment to complete.
We require all applicants verify their email address by clicking a link in an automatic email that we will send you. A member of Admin must then manually approve your membership whereupon we will send automatic confirmation of your membership approval to your registered email address.
Logging In and Out
How to log in and out from the board.
Once your membership has been approved, you can log in by pressing the "Existing User? Sign In" button at the top of any page and entering your log in name and the password you used when you registered. If you tick the "Remember Me" box you will not have to sign in when you visit the community in future. This ability can be very useful, but should not be used if other people have access to your computer or if you are using a public computer.
Note that if you lock your account by typing in the wrong password too many times, this will need to be unlocked by an Administrator before you can use your new password. Please contact an administrator by email to Admin@caravantalk.co.uk for assistance if you encounter trouble with a locked account.
To log out click your profile name then scroll down and click on the "Sign Out" link.
Posting on the forum
To add a comment to an existing thread simply scroll to the end of the topic and type your text in the "Reply to this topic..." text box and click "Submit Reply".
There are a number of editing options shown above the text box.
In the first section, after highlighting selected text you can make the text bold (B), set as italics (I), underline the text (U), or show the text as strike through (S).
In the second section an external link can be added to selected text. First highlight the text and click on the link symbol; this opens a new window where in the upper box you can either paste or type a URL to link to, while in the lower box the previously highlighted text is shown and may be edited. Finally click on "Insert into post", or click the small "X" at the top to cancel.
The quotation symbol inserts a quotation box into your post and allows you to either directly type in text, or paste text from the clipboard. When submitted your post will show things here in a quotation box.
If you have permission the <> symbol allows you to directly enter BBCode (bulletin board code) into the text box.
The smiley face allows you to select from, and by clicking them, insert a number of standard emoticons.
The third section contains options to insert a bullet list, or a numbered list into your post.
The fourth section contains justification options for left, centralised, right or full justification.
The fifth section permits you to change the text colour from a basic colour pallet, alter the text size although we ask that you only use this option occasionally and excessively large text may be resized or removed by our moderators. The final symbol showing a magnifying glass over a page permits you to alter the size of the text box to match your chosen device, whether a Laptop/PC, Tablet or Smart Phone.
At the foot of the text box there is an option to insert a file from your computer by clicking "Choose Files..." and then navigating to the file location. Click on the file name, and then "open" to upload the file as an attachment. Attached files can be deleted via the dustbin symbol superimposed on them. Alternatively a file can be dragged directly into the text box.
To include an attached file within the body of the text place the cursor where you want to insert it then click once on the "+" symbol of the uploaded attachment.
Some members have a further option to "Insert other media" either from an attachment or directly from an external URL by clicking the grey box to the right, and choosing from the drop down menu.
If you wish to be notified of thread responses, click the "Notify me of replies" to show the icon green. This option can be turned off again to show a white cross in a grey box.
Once you are happy with your post, clicking on the "Submit Reply" box completed the operation.
After submitting your post there is a limited time in which you can edit it to correct mistakes, and add or delete sections of text. After this time (typically 30 minutes) the editing option is locked off.
When replying to another member's post you can include a quotation of their post within your text box by clicking on the word "Quote" at he foot of their post. Clicking the "+" symbol on one or more posts will place them onto a clipboard. You can quote from a post or posts from another thread using this option. From the reply text box click on the "Quote 'n' posts" to insert the quotations. Click the small "X" to discard them from the clipboard.
Report a Post
If at any time you see a post you believe to be unacceptable, either because of the subject, the use of bad language or personal abuse, this post can be flagged for the attention of our moderators by clicking on the words "Report post" shown in grey text at the top left of the post concerned. This will quote the post and give you an opportunity to add a reason for reporting it before submitting your report. Reports are confidential and not generally acknowledged but they are visible to all moderators so appropriate action can be taken.
Recovering lost or forgotten passwords
How to reset your password if you've forgotten it.
Security is a big feature on this board, and to that end, all passwords are encrypted when you register. This means that we cannot email your password to you as we hold no record of your 'unencrypted' password. You can however, apply to have your password reset.
If you have forgotten your password, click on "Existing User? Sign In" followed by the "Forgot your password?" link on the sign in page below the password box. This will take you to a page where you can enter your email address, and we will then email you with a link to reset your password to a temporary random string. Use this to log in and via your profile settings you can then change your password to something you prefer.
Contacting a Moderator or Administrator
Where to find a list of the board moderators and administrators.
If you need to contact a moderator, or simply wish to view the complete administration team, you can click the "Staff" option under the Browse tab found at the head of the forum to show our administrators and moderators. There is an option to send a message to any of them under each name.
Note that you can report the content of a post by clicking on the "Report Post" option at the top of all posts. You will then be given the option to add a short message that will be submitted to Admin together with a quotation of the reported post when you click on "Submit Report".
The envelope icon in the header allows you to send a private message to another forum member.
PM Icon - Compose New
Fill in the required fields manually using the recipients forum name and a subject of your choosing then type your message in the text box below. Add any media you wish such as an image, and click on "Send"
Messages can also be sent when viewing another members profile.
PM Icon - Go To Inbox
This allows you to view and reply to private messages you have received from other members.
The display method can be customised and you can filter or sort the messages from here.
This bell shaped icon allows you to view all notifications you have opted for.
See Settings - Account Settings - Other Settings to set up which notifications you receive and how they are sent.
Create New Content - Articles in Articles
From here you can write an article for other members to read.
Create New Content - Video in Media demo
Here you can add a video for other members to view.
Create New Content - Topic
From here you can start a thread by choosing a topic area from the drop down menu and clicking "Continue".
After completing the required fields select "Submit Topic".
Click on "Cancel" at any time to exit.
Create New Content - Gallery
From here select "Members Album Category" and either create a new album, or choose an existing album to upload an image (or images) to and follow the onscreen instructions.
Editing contact information, personal information, signatures, board settings, languages and style choices.
Content - Profile
You can access your settings from any page by selecting your name at the top of the screen and then selecting "Profile". Note that all memberships will initially (and hopefully continue to) show zero warning points.
Click on the text "Edit Profile" at the top of the page allows you to add and change information about yourself. Click on "Save" at the foot of the page to update this information.
Click on the text "Cover Photo" at the top of the page allows you to add a small avatar that will appear against all of your posts.
Click on the text "See my activity" will display your recent posts.
Click on the word "Enable" at the foot of the page allows the names of other members who have looked at your profile to be displayed.
There may be other text on this page that is active depending upon preferences set by the board admin.
Content - My Attachments
A list of files you have attached to posts is shown here and there are various options to filter the listing.
Settings - Manage followed content
Here there are options to customise what (if any) content you follow on the forum
Settings - Account settings
Here is displayed an overview of your settings showing your display name on the forum and your registered email address but your password is hidden.
Click on "Email address" and follow the on screen instructions to update your registered email. Any forum messages and notifications will be sent to this new address.
Click on "Password" and follow the onscreen instructions to update your password. You will be required to enter your old password followed by the new one twice (a second time to verify).
Click on "Display Name" and follow the onscreen instructions to alter this setting.
Note this option is only available to established members with greater than 100 posts, however an administrator can change this anytime at your request if necessary.
Click on "Notification Settings" to customise which (if any) notifications are sent to you. Although we rarely send out emails this page also allows you to opt in or out of our 'news and information' mailing list.
Click on "Edit Profile" to go to the same page as accessed from "Content - Profile" above.
Click on "Ignore User" and enter a users name whose posts you do not wish to see. Posts from members on this list will not be displayed in any threads you look at. You can add or remove names from this list anytime.
Under the heading are a number of tabs.
Browse - Welcome to Motorhome Talk
This shows just the main header that includes an option to see all topics that you have not read and an option to flag all topics as read, thus only new posts will show on your next visit.
Browse - Forums
All forum areas are grouped under a heading, with sub sections containing the various subjects discussed.
Click on any active text to visit the names sub-forum.
Browse - Gallery
This shows images uploaded to Motorhome Talk.
Click on "Add Images" to upload a new image to your personal gallery.
First under Select Category choose "Members Album Category".
Select a name for your album and add an optional short description.
Albums can be public, private, or visible to selected members only under the "Privacy" text.
"Album Features" lets you choose whether comments and / or ratings by other members are permitted.
Click "Create New Album" to open a new window where you can drag an image into the upload box or click on "Choose Files" to browse your computer for a file to upload.
Double click the file to insert it. Repeat for more images and then click "Continue". You can add a short description against your image(s).
Click "Finish Editing Images" to upload.
Browse - Blogs
This allows you to access your own and other members blogs uploaded to Motorhome Talk.
Browse - Guidelines
This allows you to read the help information given in these guidelines
Browse - Staff
This shows the list of forum "Staff" as indicated under the Contacting an Administrator or Moderator section of these guidelines.
Browse - Online Users
This displays a list of all members currently online (where on previous versions this was shown permanently at the foot of every page).
Activity - All Activity
This shows all activity on the forum and the display updates automatically. There is an option to display a condensed listing (showing just the thread headings) or an expanded listing where the first few lines of the latest unread post are displayed for each topic. At he bottom of the page there is an option to show more (earlier) threads.
Activity - My Activity Streams
Each member can choose how to customise their display of recent forum activity under the following headings;
Unread Content, Content I started, Content I follow, Members I follow and Content I posted in.
Activity - Unread Content
This is a short cut tab to the same screen accessed under "My Activity Streams".
Activity - Content I Started
This is a short cut tab to the same screen accessed under "My Activity Streams".
Activity - Search
This allows you to search using keywords for particular topics or subjects under the "Content Search" tab or for other members under "Member Search" tab. In each case the search can be customised to look only in certain areas of the forum and / or within defined time windows.
Currently this tab is unused
Drop down menu
The drop down menu is where you set up your personal preferences for the board.
You can customise how the board looks and operates for you from here.
It is accessed by clicking your profile name, at the right side of the header bar.
Content - Profile
Header bar - Edit Profile
You can change various information about yourself and add optional information here
Fields with a red asterisk are required fields, so cannot be left blank.
Header bar - Cover Photo
Here by clicking on upload photo you can add a small avatar to your profile that will be displayed against all of your posts.
Acceptable formats are: gif, jpeg, jpe, jpg and png. Drag a file into the box, or "Choose a single file" to select a file from your computer menu and click "Save" to upload.
The main header bar shows your group status and your registered forum name.
Header bar - Content count
This displays the number of approved posts you have made.
Header bar - Joined
This displays the date you joined the forum.
Header bar - Last visited
This shows the last date that you logged on to the forum.
Header bar - See my activity
As the name suggests this will display your recent activity on the forum under the following headings.
Header bar - See my activity - All Activity
Header bar - See my activity - Profiles
Header bar - See my activity - Articles
Header bar - See my activity - Media Demo
Header bar - See my activity - Forums
Header bar - See my activity - Blogs
Profile - Warning:
Most members will see "0 warning points" and underneath this "No restrictions being applied"
If you have broken any forum rules and have been contacted about this you may see a number against the warning points and details of any restrictions being applied. Details are listed further down these guidelines.
Profile - Followers
There is a sub heading bar marked "Followers".
The number of members following your posts is shown to the left of this header, while on the right there is an option to allow or not allow followers.
Profile - About (your forum ID)
Below this header bar we show the area of the forum you are viewing followed by your name.
Profile - Profile information
This displayed the date you have entered for when your motorhome insurance is due, or "N/A" if the information is not supplied.
Profile - Gender
Your gender as indicated when you registered with the forum, or the text, "Not Telling".
Profile - Recent Profile Visitors
Here is indicated the number of times your profile has been viewed by other members and the names of recent visitors.
A summary of your recent activity is displayed here.
Activity Tab - View Profile
This will return you to your profile screen.
You can see and access any image albums you have created from here and by clicking on the album name customise the album and add or remove images.
Content - My Attachments
My Attachments - Attachment Quota
This shows the percentage of your allocated disk space you have used and below you personal MB limit.
My Attachments - Header bar
Here are displayed the number of attachments you have added to your posts.
My Attachments - Header bar - Filter By
My Attachments - Header bar - Sort By
Settings - Manage Followed Content
Details to be written
Settings - Account Settings
Overview - Email Address
Here you may optionally change your registered email address. This is the email address wee will use for any communications from the forum including digest or summaries you may have opted for.
Overview - Password
Here you may change your password although there are limits on how often this may be done depending upon your forum status.
Overview - Display Name
Here you may change your profile name displayed to others on the forum but only after you have submitted 100 posts. If you require to change your name before this please contact a member of Admin who can make the change for you.
Other Settings - Notification Settings
You can select various options of how or when we notify you of board activity and you can opt in or out of receiving occasional emails that may be sent to all members. Not all options are active for all member groups.
Browser notifications can all be turned on/off from this screen, allowing you to temporarily opt out while leaving the settings intact, for example when you are on holiday.
Other Settings - Edit Profile
This takes you to the same screen as the "Edit Profile" tab in the header bar.
Other Settings - Ignored Users
If you choose to ignore all posts, messages, signatures, or references from members you name here, so none of the opted fields will be visible to you when viewing the forum.
Other Settings - Ignored Users - Filtered By
You can customise the "Ignored Users" settings, and the "Filter By" tab allows you to decide how you customise the list.
Settings - Sign Out
Click here to log out from the forum. We recommend you do this at the end of every session, particularly if you are using a shared computer.