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post #1 of 18
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As EpicSki has grown and changed platforms since it's inception in 1999, navigating the place has been more complicated.  The advantage of having a better software platform and more forums for different topics comes at the disadvantage of making it more difficult for users to learn about the most useful features.  The goal of this thread is to collect together tips for navigating EpicSki and some of the more useful features useful for both new users and long time members.

 

Tips covered include, but not limited to:

 

*  Using Private Message (PM)

*  Thumbs Up aka Feedback

*  @ messaging

*  Where to find date/time for a post

*  Quoting other users posts, including multi-quote

*  Using a Subscription List

*  Contacting a Moderator

post #2 of 18
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@ messaging aka AT Messaging

 

Using an @ message is helpful in order to alert a particular user to a post/thread.  Most users get a notification email and will be less likely to miss a post/thread of interest.  

 

@ messaging differs between Desktop and Mobile mode.  Mobile users should look for an AT button.

 

To notify an EpicSki member using @ messaging, type the AT sign and immediately start typing the username (no space).  A drop-down list will appear.  You must pick the user name off the list.  Then ATUserName will appear in blue.  Note that capitalization and spaces matter.  Typing ATGat for the Gathermeister is different from ATgat.  If you don't see the user name, check that you have the spelling and spacing correct.  The search function can be hard to understand sometimes.  After you Submit your post, double-check that the AT username is in blue.  Should be able to click on it and link to the user's Profile Page.

 

Note that although the method is similar to a @ notification in Facebook, it has nothing to do with Facebook.

 

For example, @TheRusty is not the same as @TheRusty .  The first is a proper @ message and a link, the second is not a link and will not generate a notification email.  If the user does not have @ messaging notification turned on, then they will not get a notification email.

 

To check your Notification settings, go to your Profile Page and click on Edit Account Details.  @ messaging is covered by "Notify me when people mention me."  Also good to check My Info to make sure the email address listed is current.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 18
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Link to quoted text

 

Have you ever wanted to go to the original post/thread that was quoted?  If the quote has the format below, the icon with a green arrow is a "forward" link.  Hover over it until you get the pointing hand pointer, then click.

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

As EpicSki has grown and changed platforms since it's inception in 1999, navigating the place has been more complicated.  The advantage of having a better software platform and more sub-forums comes at the disadvantage of making it more difficult for users to learn about the most useful features.  The goal of this thread is to collect together "Moderator Tips" for both new users and long time members.

 

Initially, the thread will be locked until basic tips can be posted.  Will be unlocked for questions soon.

post #4 of 18
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Feedback aka Thumbs Up aka Reputation Points

 

Have you noticed the Thumbs Up at the bottom right corner of a post ?  That's how you can leave positive Feedback, with or without a short comment.  Somewhat similar to clicking on Like in Facebook or other social media platforms.  Sometimes used to "vote" in contests.

 

Desktop

 

 

To see the Feedback left by others for your posts, go to your Profile and select Feedback (left hand column) under your avatar.  Note that a minimum level of Feedback (also called Reputation Points) is required to be able to post in Gear Swap for selling snow related gear.

 

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EDIT: add Q&A about reputation points

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by RockerTwo100 View Post

How do you earn reputation points on these forums?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

By posting something that others think is cool, or interesting, or helpful.  They click on the little "thumbs up" icon on the lower right of your post and it shows up only to you in your feedback tally on the upper right of your posts.  Good for you for asking, others may have the same question.

post #5 of 18
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Sub-Forums of Community

 

The forums under Community evolved as EpicSki grew and changed.  A side effect is that sometimes it's hard to remember which forums are collected under the Community heading.

 

Note that updated threads from any forum appear when reading New Posts.

 

 

Trip Reports - member contributed threads about a ski trip, often with photos

 

Getting Together - Gathering threads, meet up threads, some on-going regional/resort threads

 

Community Discussions - announcements and news related to EpicSki, including contests

 

Skiing News - any snowsports related news, often based on an article or press release

 

International Zone - discussion of skiing outside North America

post #6 of 18
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Private Messaging

 

Private Messages (PM) are a way to communicate directly with another EpicSki user.  Most users get a notification email when someone sends a PM.  To see if you have a PM, look in the top right corner (under My Profile in menu bar) for the envelope icon for Private Messages.

 

The easiest way to send a PM is to use the drop down menu you get when hovering over a username on a post.  Can also go to the Private Message area and click on Compose New, but then need to type in the user name.

 

Note that it is not a good idea to leave a personal phone number in any public post.  EpicSki is an international forum with thousands of readers who are members, as well as many other lurkers.  If you want to provide a phone number or email address to another member, use a PM.

post #7 of 18
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Link for a specific post
 
Would you like to link to a specific post?  Click on "post #nnn" in the top right corner of a post to get the full URL for that particular post.  The URL should end in "#post_nnnnnn".
post #8 of 18
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Forums Drop-down
 
The most active forums within EpicSki are General Skiing, Ski Gear, Ski Instruction, along with Resorts, Conditions & Travel.  There is more than one way to move between forums.  The method that is always available is to use the drop-down that appears when you click on Forums on the menu bar.

 

For example, to switch to Resorts, Conditions & Travel, scroll down the drop down to Mountain/Resort, then over to Resorts.

 

 

General Skiing, Ski Gear, Ask The Boot Guys are under On The Snow.

 

Ski Instruction and the Beginner Zone are under Ski Training.

post #9 of 18
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Date/time info for a post

 

Have you noticed that every post has a date/time stamp?  In Desktop mode look in the top left corner.  In Mobile, look in the top right corner (date only).  In the example below, the post was posted on 10/12/04 at 8:43pm.  The time stamp depends on the time zone selected by a user in their Profile info.

 

 

The header of a post also includes the post # within the thread, as well as the avatar, username, and basic info about the poster (# posts, Join Date, Location if available).  Location is set in your Profile as part of your Community Profile.

post #10 of 18
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How to Edit your own post

 

All active members have the ability to edit their own posts or request that a Moderator do the following:

 

*  edit the thread title

*  delete a single post written by the member in an active thread

 

Note that a member needs to post a minimum number of times before the edit feature is activated.  Look for the pencil icon.

 

To request a change that can only be done by a Moderator, use the Red Flag icon.  All Moderators can see the note, so more likely to happen compared to sending a PM to an individual Moderator.

 

The pencil icon and Red Flag icon are at the bottom left of a post.

 

post #11 of 18

Using Quoting in a reply

 

When replying to someone's post, it is often helpful to include their post in yours so that it's clear. This helps with keeping threads organized and readable - and more conversational. Quoting can be done by using the "Quote" button that's at the bottom of each post :

 

 

Once you click on that button, the reply box at the bottom of the page will be populated with the quote, allowing you to add your reply before submitting.

 

In addition to quoting a single post using the "Quote" button, you can also include multiple posts. This is done using the "Multi" button :

 

 

 

To use this, simply click the "Multi" button on all of the posts you wish to quote in your reply. You'll see the button change color on each post that you select. Then click "Quote" on the last post you'd like to quote, and all of the posts will be populated into your reply... like this :

 

 

 

The last way to quote, is to use the quote symbol button in the format bar :

 

 

 

Quote:
This lets you create a quote box, like this one, to set off text that may be from other sources, or should otherwise be separated. Like this text.

 

You can either select this button, which will give you a blank box that can be filled in; Or you can select your text first, then hit the button, and it will appear inside the quote box automatically.  If you use the Quote icon for part of an earlier post in the same thread, it's helpful to include the poster's username, e.g. type in "= dbostedo" after "Quote: ".

 

Finally, you can do these same things that the desktop "Quote" and "Multi" buttons do on mobile devices, but it looks a little different. On the mobile page, you use the "Quote" symbolic button to quote a single post, or as many as you'd like. Then you select the large "Quote and Reply" button at the bottom to actually include one or more quotes in the reply box. The "Quote" symbolic button and "Quote and Reply" button are highlighted here :

 

post #12 of 18
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How to see Feedback comments

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Have you noticed the Thumbs Up at the bottom right corner of a post ?  That's how you can leave positive Feedback, with or without a short comment.  Somewhat similar to clicking on Like in Facebook or other social media platforms.

 

Desktop

 

 

To see the Feedback left by others for your posts, go to your Profile and select Feedback (left hand column) under your avatar.  Note that a minimum level of Feedback (also called Reputation Points) is required to be able to post in Gear Swap for selling snow related gear.

 

Here are details for looking at your Feedback summary.  One way to think of using Thumbs Up is similar to Like on Facebook and other social media.

 

1)  Go to your Profile (drop down on any of your own posts or in top right corner where you log out

 

2)  Look on the left side for the following:

 

 

3)  Click on Feedback and you'll see something like this:

 

 

If someone writes a Comment when clicking on Thumbs Up, then it will show up in the list.  Note that Feedback Comments are limited to 100 characters.

 

The other "shortcut" to see your feedback is to find any of your own posts, and click the Feedback score that appears in the upper right. That should take you directly to it. 

 

post #13 of 18
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Using Subscriptions
 
One advantage of becoming an EpicSki member is the ability to let the software track which threads/posts you have already read.  Members can make use of their Subscription list to keep up with threads of interest when they do not have time to read on a frequent basis.  Creating a user account is free.
 
Anyone who posts in a thread is automatically “subscribed” to the thread.  Click on "Subscriptions" (top right corner) to see your subscription list and easily link to the threads with unread posts.  
 

 

 
Alternatively, it's possible to subscribe to a thread without posting.  Look for Subscribe under the thread title (between Unread Posts and Search).  Hover over "Subscribe" under the pointer changes and click to subscribe.  One way to unsubscribe is to click on "Subscribed" and then click on "unsubscribe" in the dialog box that will pop up.

 

 

Note that in general, text in blue is a button or link.  When you hover over blue text, the pointer changes to a hand icon.
post #14 of 18
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How to Unsubscribe from a thread

 

To unsubscribe from a thread, click on Subscribed under the thread title in Desktop mode.

 

 

Then click on "unsubscribe" and Submit.

 

 

 

In Mobile, click on the arrow in the upper right and you look for Unsubscribe on the right.

 

post #15 of 18
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Contacting a Moderator

 

The easiest way to alert all Moderators is to use the Red Flag.  After clicking on the icon, write a brief comment.  Moderation Team tries to review flags on a daily basis.

 

All the volunteer Moderators can be identified by the MODERATOR badge under their usernames.

 

 

To send a Private Message (PM) to a Moderator, can hover over the username to get the drop-down menu.  For details, see Post #6. 

post #16 of 18
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Getting to Forum Note aka Sticky Note at top of a forum

 

There are useful links at the top of active forums called Forum Notes (Mobile) or Sticky Notes (Desktop) depending on the platform.  The example below is for Ski Gear, which is under On The Snow.  The other places to look at for useful links include Getting Together, General Skiing, and Resorts.

 

In desktop mode:



In Mobile mode:

post #17 of 18
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Every member has a Profile page where they can provide information about themselves.  Look for My Profile in the menu bar (Desktop).  It's not required, but can be helpful when a member asks for advice about gear to know their location and favorite places to ski.

 

Default Profile shows Join Date, Last Online, and number of posts after the first post

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

Optional fields start with Location, and end with "regions where I normally ski"

 

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

 

When Location is available, it's shown on posts

 

 

 

post #18 of 18

Embedding a Video in a Post

 

When embedding video, the first thing to note is that the video should be from YouTube or Vimeo. Those are the only sources guaranteed to work.

 

In order to embed a video from the desktop interface, simply use the video button in the toolbar. It's the little film icon circled here :

 

 

 

That button will pop up a box where you can paste the link.

 

On mobile platforms, you can post video, but there's no button to do it. Instead you need to use video tags around the link. This means you put the link in between two "tags" that tell the forum post to treat the link as a video. The tags are [video] and [/video]. Like this :

 

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5nLhevnaYY [/video]

 

If you type that on a mobile platform you'll wind up with an embedded video. (Note that I posted this via the desktop interface, so it didn't embed the video. This method only works on mobile.)

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