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Glossary
XenForo uses some terms that are slightly different from vBulletin (and other forums). Here are some key ones to be aware of:
  • Messages – These are what vBulletin calls “posts”. Your number of posts will be migrated over to become your current number of messages.
  • Alerts – You'll see an Alerts menu at the top right of the page when you’re signed in (next to your profile information). Here you’ll see notifications on threads and forums you’re watching, and you can manage your alert preferences from here.
  • Conversations – These are private messages you have with other users.
Table of contents
  1. Glossary
  2. How to Log in
  3. How to View Threads
  4. How to Start a Thread
  5. How to Add A Post in a Thread
  6. How to Create a Poll
  7. How to Format Your Posts
    1. To add an image to your post
    2. To insert spoilers into your post
    3. To insert a code block into your post
  8. How to Quote Other Users’ Posts
  9. How to Multi-Quote Other Users’ Posts
  10. How to Watch a Forum for New Threads
  11. How to Watch a Thread for New Posts
  12. How to Start a Conversation with another member (or members)
    1. Inbox menu
    2. From a thread
  13. How to Manage Alerts
  14. How to Edit Your Profile and General Preferences
  15. How to Find Members
  16. How to Search
  17. How to Log Out
  18. How to Earn Points and Trophies

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How to Log in

The login/sign up button is at the top right (there’s also a larger, orange button a bit below the header). Input your username and password and make sure to check “Stay logged in” in case you don't want to enter your password each time you start a new session.
 
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How to View Threads
Click on any forum title to view the threads in that forum. You’ll see the name of each thread, who started that thread and when, the number of replies and views, and the name of the last contributor to the thread (and when that contribution occurred). Click on the date below last message to be taken directly to the latest message in the thread.

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Hover over the thread title to view the number of pages in the thread. You can then click on any of those page numbers to be taken directly to that page in the thread.

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How to Start a Thread
To start your own thread, go to any forum and click the orange “Post New Thread” button.

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How to Start a Thread
To start your own thread, go to any forum and click the orange “Post New Thread” button.

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You can then add a thread title and add content to the first post and click “Create Thread”. You can choose whether to watch a thread and receive email notifications when there are new responses.

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How to Add A Post in a Thread
Adding a new post to a thread is very similar to creating a thread, except you don’t create a thread title first. Simply go down to the bottom of the thread and you’ll find a Post Reply input box. The “More Options” button allows you to Preview the post and sign up for thread notifications.

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How to Create a Poll
If you’d like to add a poll to your thread, you can use the Post a Poll option when creating a thread. Add a Question and add responses in the appropriate fields, then click Create thread.

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How to Format Your Posts
The toolbar includes any formatting you should need, including lists, smilies/emoticons, and code display.

**Note: XenForo displays only BBcode (all old posts have been converted from HTML). You can find a list of relevant BBcode formatting in the help pages here: http://brtd.net/help/bb-codes

To add an image to your post, you have two options:
  1. Insert from a URL. Click the image icon in the toolbar to insert an image directly from a URL.
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2. Upload an image from your computer.
a. Click the orange “Upload a File” button below the post box. A window will pop up allowing you to navigate to the file on
your computer.

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b. Once you’ve selected the file, you will see it under the Attached Files section. You can then choose to insert it as either a thumbnail or a full-size image. (Note: If you see a blank image, you may need to refresh the page.)
c. Click either and the image should appear in your post (or BBcode for image insertion). If you already have an image code in mind, you can use the code to add it in.

To add video to your post, click the Media icon and add a video URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, Liveleak, Metacafe) and click “Embed”.

To insert spoilers into your post:
  1. Click the Insert icon and choose “Spoiler”.
  2. Choose a Spoiler title if desired (you can leave it blank) and click "Continue".
  3. Add your actual spoiler text within the SPOILER tags in your post.

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To insert a code block into your post:
  1. Click the Insert icon and choose “Code”.
  2. Choose a language (HTML, PHP) or just leave as “General Code” and add your code in the input box.
  3. Click “Insert” to see your code block in your post.
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You can preview your post by clicking the orange “Preview” button.
 
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How to Quote Other Users’ Posts
If you’re in a thread and want to reply specifically to another user’s post, use the “Reply” link at the bottom right of the post. This will start a new post with that user’s post quoted. You can then add any additional information you want and submit your reply.

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How to Multi-Quote Other Users’ Posts
If you want to include multiple other posts within your post, use the Multi-Quote option. Go through a given thread and click the “+Quote” link on all the posts you want to include in your response.
Once you click it it will show with a “-Quote” (you can click again to de-select).
Once you’ve selected all of the quotes, go down to the bottom of the thread and click “Insert Quotes…” in the Post Reply box. A box will pop up with all the quotes you’ve selected, which you can re-order if desired.


Click "Insert Quotes" and you’ll see the quotes in your post.
 
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How to Watch a Forum for New Threads
Want to know when new threads are created in a certain forum? Click the “Watch Forum” link at the top of any forum. You’ll then have the option to select the notifications you want to receive, and how – via email (notifications of new threads will come immediately after they are posted) or via alerts (alerts will update at the top right of the forum, next to your profile info and inbox).

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How to Watch a Thread for New Posts
If you just want to know when a certain thread is updated, you can click “Watch Thread” at the top of that thread and choose whether you’ll receive email notifications or not (if not, notifications will be given to you as alerts). You can also sign up to watch a thread via the “More Options” button when making a post.

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How to Start a Conversation with another member (or members)
If you want to have a private conversation with another member (or members), you can do it two ways:

Inbox menu

  1. Hover over the Inbox menu at the top right of any page. Click the link that says “Start a Conversation”.
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2. Add participants by typing their usernames – matching names will auto-populate as you type.

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3. Create a conversation title (subject line) and your message. You’ll have access to the same tools as you have when creating posts. You can give conversation participants the ability to invite others, if that’s something you want (will be unchecked by default).

From a thread
  1. Click on a user’s name within any thread.
  2. On the resulting profile pop-up, click on “Start a Conversation”.
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To follow existing conversations, check your Inbox.

**Note: You can change the settings for who can start a Conversation with you by going to your profile and then "Privacy" and scroll down to the "People Who May..." section. You can also ignore certain users when viewing their profiles (as seen above) so they cannot start conversations with you.
 
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How to Manage Alerts
Your Alerts menu is where you’ll find updates on recent activity from forums and threads you’re tracking. Hover over the Alerts menu at the top right of any page to see recent alerts.

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How to Edit Your Profile and General Preferences
Hover over your username in the top right menu to find a number of options to update your profile and general preferences. This includes updating your avatar , adding a custom title if you have this permission, add information and more.

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How to Find Members
Click on Members in the main menu to view a list of members with the most messages, likes and points in the community. You can also search for members from this page.

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How to Search
You can search for content using the Search bar at the very top left of any page. You can specify what user’s posts you’re looking for, or date parameters for your search.

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How to Earn Points and Trophies
As you may have noticed, below each user’s name there are statistics noting the number of messages they’ve posted, the number of likes they’ve received, and the number of trophy points they have.

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These trophy points are earned based on messages posted and likes received (for example, you might receive a point for every two likes you receive, or for every two messages you post. The points you earn qualify you for new user titles and in some cases, expanded permissions within the forums (such as custom user titles). You’ll also receive other trophies that recognize you for your contributions but don’t affect your user title (for example, recognition that you have received 50 Likes, have posted 100 messages, etc.) A full list is here: http://brtd.net/help/trophies
 
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