Getting started: how to use this forum
Welcome to the Restarters community! This discussion is short guide on how to use this forum in a technical sense (how to post, change settings and so on).
- Change the language
- Try our tutorials
- Reading discussions
- Your account
For guidance on more advanced features, browse our other
Change the language
This forum is available in most common languages. To change the language and translate discussions, follow the instructions here.
Try our tutorials
You can access a basic tutorial that covers the basic functions of this software in your inbox. Just find the message from HelperBot called ‘Greetings!’ and follow the instructions.
You can also ask HelperBot to take you through an advanced tutorial by replying to its message with the following:
@HelperBot start advanced user
The homepage of the forum shows you a list of
categories on the left and a feed of the latest
discussions on the right. You can click on any category to see a list of the latest discussions in that category. You can click on any discussion to read that conversation and reply if you want.
What's a discussion? (click to show/hide)
Discussions are individual conversations, like an email chain. Anyone who can see the discussion can join in, but they tend to have a very specific focus. For example, the Introduce yourself discussion is a place for new members to say hi to everyone.
What's a category? (click to show/hide)
Categories are areas of the forum dedicated to discussions about a certain topic. For example, the #community-repair category is dedicated to discussions about how to run local, electronics/electrical repair events in your community.
Selecting a discussion title will always take you to your last read post in the discussion. To enter at the top ↑ or bottom ↓ instead, select the reply count or last reply date/time.
Discussions above the light red line are new or updated since your last visit. If you have read all the way to the end of a discussion, its title will be grey instead of black.
All discussions less than two days old are considered new, and will show a new indicator.
Any discussion you’ve actively participated in — by creating it, replying to it, or reading it for an extended period — will be automatically tracked on your behalf, and will show an unread post count indicator.
When someone is talking directly to you — by replying to you, quoting your post, mentioning your @username , or even linking to your post, a number will immediately appear over your profile picture docked at the top right. Select it to access your notifications.
Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.
You can change your notification level for any discussion via the notification control at the bottom, and right hand side, of each topic.
Notification level can also be set per category. To change any of these defaults, see your user preferences.
For search, the menu, or your user page, use the icon buttons at the upper right.
While reading a discussion, use the timeline on the right side to jump to the top, bottom, or your last read position. On smaller screens, select the bottom progress bar to expand it.
(If you have a physical keyboard, you can also press
? for a list of keyboard shortcuts.)
More detail about notifications & how to adjust your settings can be found here:
Press any Reply button or the floating orange
+ button at the bottom right (on desktop) to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. Continue reading (and even navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply; minimize the editor for more room or maximise it to full screen for convenience. Drafts will automatically be saved as you write.
To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. Repeat for multiple quotes.
To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type
@ to begin selecting a username.
To use standard Emoji, just type
: to match by name, or traditional smileys You can also use the emoji button in the editor panel.
To generate a summary for a link, paste it on a line by itself with no other text. To start a discussion with a link, paste the link into the title field.
Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown:
This is <b>bold</b>. This is [b]bold[/b]. This is **bold**.
For more formatting tips, try this Markdown tutorial.
There are action buttons at the bottom of each post:
- To let someone know that you enjoyed and appreciated their post, use the like button. Share the love!
- Grab a copy-pasteable link to any reply or topic via the link button.
- Use the button to reveal more actions. Flag to privately let the author, or the site staff, know about a problem. Bookmark to find this post later on your profile page.
You can manage your account by clicking on your profile picture at the top right (on desktop) and then selecting the cog icon. This takes you to your user preferences where you can change your username, name, password, profile picture and title.
What is a Title? (click to show/hide)
Titles appear just below member’s usernames and are defined by a group that person is a member of. @Janet is a member of the Restart team, and so has ‘Restart team’ as her user title. If you are a member of one or more groups, you can choose to use a title associated with one of those groups (assuming the group has defined one).
In your user settings, you can also update your public profile, change your email and notification settings and access a number of interface options (including changing the interface language and switching themes).
If you want to delete your account, there’s a “delete” option in user preferences that’s visible for 60 days after your first post. If you’re a more established member, contact me (@james) and depending on what you prefer, I can either “anonymise” your posts or delete them entirely.
Have a question that’s not answered here? Just reply to this discussion and we’ll help you out