Welcome to the Community Forum. Here you can discuss with others the issues about the Parish, the Council or any other aspect of living, working or visiting the area that concerns you. Information about how to use the forum is available in the FAQs towards the bottom of this page.
Any site visitor, known as a Guest, may read the forum categories and topics but you need to be signed in to the website in order to start a new Topic or post in an existing Topic. To sign in, you need to be a registered site user. You can see how to register with the site in the Website FAQs.
The Community Forum is made up of a number of Categories. These are shown in a red banner heading. Within each Category, there are individual Forums listed below the red banner. When one of these forums is selected, the Topics that have been created within the Forum are displayed. When a Topic is selected, the Posts relating to the topic are displayed.
The top navigation bar is always present while in the forum. It is your gateway to all the essential functions.
- Forum Name. This is the name of the overall forum and is displayed below the forum navigation bar. Here it is called Community Forums.
- Forum. Clicking this option on the navigation bar will return you to the Overview which is considered the forums “home”.
- Profile. Clicking this option on the navigation bar will show you information about yourself and the totals of your activity in the forum.
- Subscriptions. Clicking this option on the navigation bar will show you the topics and forums that you are subscribed to get email notifications about activity.
- Activity. Clicking this option on the navigation bar will show you all the posts within the last few days.
- Search Box. Entering text and pressing the Return or Enter Key will do a search in the entire forum for the text entered in topics and titles of topics.
- Breadcrumb. This line below the navigation bar is known as a “breadcrumb”. It serves 2 purposes:
- It informs you where you are in the forum.
- You can click any of the labels to go to that part of the forum.
- Available forums. All available forums will be shown in the area below each category (shown in a red banner). If you are a member of a private forum, you will also see these.
- Posts Indicators. These colored circles indicate the color of the forum icon in available forums as follows:
- When there is a New posts (topic or comment), the icon for that forum will be the primary color of theme (in this example it is blue, which is also the default) to indicate there is a new topic or comment. In this example, there is something new in all forums. When you read the topics/comments in that specific forum and then return to the forum home, the icon will turn gray to indicate it has been read.
- When there is Nothing new in a forum, the icon for that forum will be gray (none in this example).
- Also included on this line is your ability to mark all forums as having been read. Simply click Mark As Read and everything (all unread topics and comments) will be considered read and the page will be refreshed to show you that happened.
- Statistics. On this line, you can see the total of all Topics, Posts, Views, Users and number of Online users.
Select the required Forum within the required Category. You will then see a list of existing Topics, if any. To create a new Topic, select the +New Topic button to display the input screen.
Enter the Subject (the title of the topic) and enter the topic text in the editor box.The ribbon at the top of the editor box enables formatting of the text, much like a word processor.
Select the Submit button to file your topic or Cancel to abandon.
There are 2 ways to respond in a topic. Use the +Reply button on the top or bottom of any topic page:
A response to a topic will always open at the bottom of all replies. So, how do you respond to a specific reply? The answer, and the second way you can reply, is to use the “Quote feature. In every reply to a topic, on the upper right side of the reply is a link to “Quote. Scroll to the reply you want to respond to and then click “Quote: The system will then copy the reply in its entirety and then automatically place that in a reply on the bottom. You can also edit the quote. Below is an example where you want to shorten the quote by removing parts not relevant to your response. Never, ever add something the original author did not say – this is unprofessional and a bad practice! However, you don’t have to worry about shortening or removing as this etiquette is common and understood to just focus your reply on a specific part of what the author said. You can then respond under the quotation.
When you want to get notifications about anything happening (i.e. a new topic or reply) in a forum you want use the Subscribe To Forum feature. For example, if you want to stay informed about General Discussion forum as shown here without having to login to the site, setting this feature to subscribe will send you a notification and link when a new topic is created or replies to existing topics are made. Here is how you subscribe to a forum (go to the forum you want first). If you are either no longer interested in getting notifications from a forum that you are subscribed to or perhaps you are getting flooded with email because of too much activity, you can also unsubscribe from the forum. Here is how you unsubscribe from a forum (go to the forum you want first).
Please note that unsubscribing from a forum will NOT also unsubscribe you from a specific topic(s) – the integrity of subscriptions are not affected in this case.
When someone has created or replied to a topic that you are interested in getting notifications and staying abreast or current, you want to use the Subscribe To Topic feature. For example, you are interested in a topic that a user creates to discuss using the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin as shown here and would like to see replies without having to login to the site. Setting this feature to subscribe to a topic will send you an email notification and link when new replies to the topic are made. Note: If you want to reply, you must login and then add the reply to do so. At this time, it is not possible to reply by email and have that automatically added to the discussion. Here is how you subscribe to a topic (go to the topic you want first).
Here is how you unsubscribe from a topic (go to the topic you want first).If you are no longer interested in following the topic, simply unsubscribe from it.
The line below the top navigation bar links is known as a “navigation breadcrumb“. It serves 2 purposes:
- It informs you where you are in the forum. In this example, we are in the topic NoFollow that is in the forum Asgaros Forum: General Discussion.
- You can click any of the labels to go to that part of the forum. So, in this example, you can click on NoFollow (which is meaningless because this is where you are); or, click on Asgaros Forum: General Discussion which will take you to that forum showing a list of topics; or, click on Forum which will bring you to the forum “home”.
The search functionality allows you to search inside topic titles and the content of its posts. Just enter the keywords you are looking for into the text search field in the upper right corner of the top bar and press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard.
The forum will search for your entered keyword(s) or phrase and show you the results, if there are any, ordered by relevance. From this search result view you can simply go to the desired topic.
On the bottom of any comment (which could be a new topic or a reply), there are icons for thumbs up and thumbs down. Click the one that expresses your sentiment about what has been said. You will see the count of all such sentiments get updated. If you click thumbs up after previously clicking thumbs down, or, click thumbs down after clicking thumbs up, you are changing your sentiment. The total like and dislike counts will both change to reflect your choice. If you click thumbs up after previously clicking thumbs up, or, click thumbs down after clicking thumbs down, you are neutralizing your sentiment to no sentiment. The total like or dislike count will go up or down accordingly. You can change your mind at any time, but you can only have one like or dislike at any time.
If you believe a topic created or a reply to an existing topic is not acceptable, it can be reported as follows: