Help: The Forum Layout
If you are familiar with how newsgroups work,
then using Scratchings should be a snap. But even
if you are not, it does not take long to learn the
basics. In a few short minutes you will be reading
and writing: sharing your Chickscope discoveries
with the rest of the world.
The Message List
The the heart of each forum is the message
list. Message lists can be recognized by their
indented and numbered, ragged-edged
The messages are sorted in descending order, from most recently
posted (numerically) to the oldest. Each message line lists, in
order: the message number, the message category/kind, the
message title, the author, and the date posted. Recently posted
messages are further identified by an icon that says "new".
If a message has an indented line underneath it, the indented
line is a response to the original message. Often you see
reponses to responses, which would be two levels
indented. A thread is a message and all of its responses.
exists no limit to the number of levels of responses you can
create. However, please read the section on "posting etiquette"
in the help page on posting concerning good responding techniques.
To read a message, click on the message title. You will be
taken to a page containing the message content. See the help
page on reading messages for more information.
The Outline Panel
Residing immediately above the message list are a series
of icons that control how the message list is displayed. The
default display is usually the best, but you can change it if
Each icon has a different meaning:
The Add Messages Button
Beneath the message list is the button for starting new threads of
discussion. Read the adding
messages help page for more information.
Membership and Administration
The last set of buttons deal primarily with administrative
You can change your membership information by
clicking on this button. Of course, you have to be a
member for this button to do anything. Membership
information includes your name, address, phone number,
and passwords. By default only your name and email
address are listed.
This button allows you to move, copy, or delete
messages that you have previously posted. You are not
allowed to delete another member's message, no matter
how much you dislike them! :-)
Takes you to the main help page, in case you do not
want to use the help tab.
More specific help is available on the following
Returning to Scratchings
You can either use the "back" feature of your
browser, or you can go directly to the
page by following the