Welcome to this discussion board! This document gives you the basic knowledge
that you need to use this board effectively. If you experience any difficulties
with the board, please
contact a moderator.
Anyone with WWW access can read discussions on this board. To read discussions,
navigate to the discussion of interest by single clicking on the links from the
list of topics and subtopics. You can navigate backwards using the navigation
bars at the top of each page.
Contributing to Discussions
To post a message to an existing discussion, fill in the "Add a Message" box at
the bottom of the page. You may use
or basic HTML tags to improve the appearance of your post. At the
discretion of the moderators, the discussion may allow public posting or may
require a user account (username and password). Follow the instructions on the
form to supply the necessary credentials for posting.
Where available, you may click on a "Create New Conversation" button to start a
new discussion. This will add a subtopic with the subject you specify and start
a conversation with the initial message that you specify. After filling in the
subject line, post a message as described above.
Searching the Board
This discussion board can be searched by time of post and keyword from the
Search screen. This searching
mechanisms provide convenient methods to locate discussions of interest.
Getting an Account
Having a user account on this discussion board gives the following benefits:
- Ability to specify your full name and e-mail address to be included on your post
- Ability to enable e-mail notification of all posts to topics you select
- Ability to change your own password
- Ability to specify miscellaneous preferences for operation of the board, and to give more information about yourself that others can view
To obtain a user account, go to the
Where to get further information
For additional information on using this system, read the
Formatting document and the
If you have additional questions or concerns, post them to an appropriate area on the
discussion forum, or contact one of the moderators or the board administrator from the
Rules and "Netiquette"
When writing your messages, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking
face-to-face with someone. Flames, insults, and personal attacks will not be tolerated.
It's fine to disagree strongly with opinions, ideas, and facts, but always with respect
for the other person. Great minds do not always think alike, and that's where the fun is!
Also, note that messages express the thoughts of the writers, not the board or its