This is the new thread for the Survival Monkey tips and tricks section. We are currently using a xenForo forum, and it has a few features that are not common to other bulletin board systems. It is important to note that advanced users who have been familiarized with forums may not be comfortable with this new software initially. Members who are new to bulletin boards will also find this information very helpful. The official xenForo user guide can be downloaded here in .pdf format. It is not worded well, but it does cover a wide range of features. New users may find this useful. I have broken this introduction into TWO categories. The first is Navigation, and the second is Conversations (or Messaging). A note on messaging: The most significant difference this forum contains is unique messaging, called "conversations". With most every other BBS, this is known as "private messaging", and these messages are read like a normal email. Here, on a xenForo powered forum we can instantly chat back and forth with up to five members at a time, much like a real-life conversation. You will receive a red alert in the top right navigation area whenever you have received a conversation invite. I will explain more on conversations after we go over navigation. NAVIGATION: There are two important areas you have to keep in mind: (1)top left navigation bar and (2)top right navigation bar. On the top left navigation bar, the 'Forums' link is your best friend. Be certain to click this whenever you are in doubt. You can click "What's New" under this menu to read any new forum posts since your last visit. You may also focus on reading only the threads you have chosen to watch by clicking on "Watched Threads". Here you may also search forums, find help, and look up the member list. Also in the top left navigation menu you will find "Today's Posts". Click this link to view the last (5) days posts: Clicking on "Forums" will bring you back to the main forum page: On the top right navigation bar, we have everything needed to customize your own experience here at Survival Monkey: Clicking on your name will grant you more than you ever asked for, but don't be afraid --it's surprisingly easy to navigate. This is my favorite place to update my status, too. You will also find alerts and can easily check any conversations from this top right navigation bar (by clicking on 'Inbox'). If you would like to find more features to help customize your experience, click on "preferences" under your user name menu in the top right navigation bar: Here you will be brought to a preferences page where you can customize your browsing features: CONVERSATIONS: You may also choose to start a new conversation here in your browsing preferences, even though it is far easier to click the avatar of any user to do that. You can click anywhere you see an avatar --I have clicked in Tacmotusn's avatar in the Shoutbox, for instance. Click "Start a Conversation" to effectively start a new messaging instance (also known as a private message). Remember, to get back to your list of conversations, simply use the top right navigation menu to access the "Alerts" option: As you can see, by hovering my mouse over alerts, I get a drop down description of my alerts. If i simply CLICK the Alerts function, I will be taken to the alerts page in my control area: You can also get here by clicking your name, then 'your alerts' in the top right navigation bar. Now, you can click "View Conversations" in the left menu to see all your conversations. You can start a new conversation from this point if you want by clicking on the "start conversation" button in the upper right: ...And the rest is pretty much simple. You will find this system to be very useful, and even though it is not quite the same as traditional "PM" messaging, the conversations capability can be profound because it is streamlined and efficient. Let's remember to leave any conversations you no longer want to be a part of. It's pretty much the same thing as deleting your messages: Once you click 'Leave Conversation', you will be given the options below: You may accept future messages for this conversation, thus keeping you in the loop. You may also banish it forever if you choose. Important note -if you add another user to a conversation, they will be able to see the full history of this particular conversation. This means, they won't be in the dark, and will have full knowledge of all that has been talked about. Try it out, add somebody to a conversation and have fun! _____________________________ TIPS AND TRICKS: Did you know? You can also start a new conversation by hovering over "Inbox" in the top right navigation menu, then clicking on 'start a new conversation' at the bottom? Image: Well, tell us your favorite tip or trick!