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Come visit our Fifty and Up Friends  message board!

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About your Profiles(s)      Yes that was plural!  We we each have two profiles - one that is created by the system and one that we create for ourselves.
 
When anyone clicks on your user name they will be taken to the "board profile" which contains information and settings that apply only to the boards. This is the one that is created by the system. It contains things like your post count, your role  (such as  'Community Leader' or 'iVillage Member') and other information that applies to the boards. You see far more if you look at your own board profile; such as PMs, a list of all of your recent posts to any board where you may have posted,  image uploads (for inserting into messages) and your saved drafts of posts.
 
Then you have your iVillage Profile - that is the one that you create by entering information about yourself. It also contains your Avatar and photos, etc.  This is the place where you can update your email, password, newsletter options and other account related items that affect your membership across all of iVillage. This is also the profile that will be linked if you comment on an article or slideshow.

 
At the top right of the first page of any board you are given some Quick Links options.  If you have not yet logged in they are:
  Register
  Sign In
Once you are logged in they are:
  My Board Profile

  Edit My Preferences
  My Private Messages  (0 unread)    <that number changes if you have a message or two>
•  Mark all Discussions in This Message Board as New
•  Mark all Discussions in This Message Board as Read
  Sign Out
 
A suggestion for using "Quick Links":
Use the 'Right Click' function of your mouse to open the link.  Then opt to open that new page either 'In a new Tab' or 'In a new Window'.  That way when you are done at that page you can simply close that window or tab and you will not have been taken away from the page from which you started.
 
My Board Profile will take you to the profile that is associated with your board visits.  Once there you can access your iVillage profile by clicking on the "See my iVillage Profile" option.  You will be then taken to the Public view of your iVillage Profile.  You may modify your profile by clicking on the "Go To My View" option.

Edit My Preferences  When you select this one you are taken to a page that has the following options across the top of the page:

Preferences   Tagging   Macros   Subscriptions & Bookmarks   Mobile

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Preferences

Within the Preferences tab you will find the following options:
       Preference Options       Display      General  
           Linear Layout       Private Messenger

Within the Preference Options you will find several very straight foreward options to make.  All but the "Signature" and "Biography", that is!  

If you create a Signature it must be done in HTML code and the system rejects any code that it considers inappropriate. This is something you may well need some help with.  OR you can attempt it on your own  - just click on "Create your own Signature" in the index for this page.  Please be aware that if you change your siggy at any time it changes everywhere you have used it on iVillage.  There is a further explanation offered by iVillage at this link.  

You may create a Biography in which you can tell something about yourself (or anything you choose to talk about!!). If you would like to see an example of this simply click on my user name somewhere on the board.  You will be taken to a page at which you see my Avatar and beneath it the words "about me" - that is where my 'biography' is displayed.

The 'Display',  'General',  'Linear Layout', and 'Private Messenger' pages are all rather user friendly, so just go check them out!

Tagging    This is a way of creating a "key word" or words for your post....to make it easier to find when the board is being 'Searched'. Tags would also allow you to locate specific messages that you have posted later.

Macros   On this page you can create snippets of information that you might use a lot.  This could be words or a graphic that you like.  To use one that you have create you need only select one from the Macros drop down box that will appear at the right of the Spell Check and Quote options at the top right of your message box.

Subscriptions & Bookmarks   This allows you to change the way your Subscriptions and Bookmarks are managed.

Mobile   This allows you to establish the setting for Mobile communication to the boards.

At the top of each folder, in the right corner you will find a search box and button. You will see the words "This Discussion Board" in the box, however if you click on the little 'drop down' arrow at the right of the box you will be given these options:
       This Discussion Box
       All iVillage Community
       Category
       Users 
By clicking on the Search button you will be taken to a new page.  There you will be offered 3 search options.
 
Search feature 1
At the top of the page is a general search area where you can enter keywords and opt to search "All iVillage Community" or "Users". 
 
If you choose to search "All iVillage Community" you will be asked to enter a key word. You will be offered a drop down selection of  places where the word is used and you can click on one of those or simply click on the Search button, You will be taken to a page giving a listing of every place that the key is used.
 
If you choose to search "Users" you will be asked to enter a user's name or title. You will be offered a drop down selection of those who fit the choice you have entered.  If you enter a title you will be given a drop down selection of those iVillage employees who have that title.  There you can link to their profile or see a list of their recent messages.  If you enter an individual person's name you will be taken to a page giving you a link to that person's profile.
 
Search feature 2
Down the left side of the page you will see a "show" box of options.  Choose the ones you want to apply to your search and click on the Search button at the top of the results box.
 
There is an Advance Search feature ... but a lot of the 'search' features are not yet working properly so I'll have to tell you more later......

If you wish to emphasize a word or words, please enclose them in quotes (") or asterisks (*). If you type in ALL CAPS we will think you are shouting at us! This is true in all board posting. The only exceptions to this rule are the acronyms!

We feel that iVillage does an incredible job of providing a safe place for us all. But there are those out there on the internet who would misuse our sense of security. So please, do not post your last name, address, or phone number on the board. If you wish to have someone contact you by email, you can give them your email address using the Private Message feature on the board.  Please, never, ever, post an e-address that belongs to anyone else!

For those of you who would like to be able to add text or a graphic or two to your siggy but do not wish to learn how to code in HTML.....  Anne - the CL of SMFB came up with this great idea. She gave me permission to pass it along.  I have modified some ot the instruction to make it fit us, but here it is....

How to create a siggy using a board 'compose box':

1. Open a new compose box.

2. Don't put any text in - unless you want text in your siggy, of course.

3. Use the 'Insert/Edit image'option (the tree icon) in the rich text (WYSIWYG) toolbar to put your siggy image and any other blinkies, tags etc into the compose box. You can use the "from another site" part to get the graphics straight from your Photobucket so you don't have to have it all on your computer. Make sure you use the 'Direct Link' code or it won't work.

4. If you want to center your sig-line and other images, do that *after* you have everything there. Just click on each individual part and click on the "Align center" icon in the rich text toolbar.

5. If you want anything to be a link, use the chain icon to do that. Highlight the words or image you want to be the link and click on the chain icon. Paste the URL into the box titled 'Link URL' Be sure to remove the "http://" that is already there if you have copied that when you copied the URL you are using. In the box below that, choose the "Open in a new window (_blank)" option.

6. Play around with your bits & pieces until you're happy with the way it looks.  You can add space between items using your space bar.

7. Now select the HTML tab at the top of your compose box and highlight & copy the code that's in there.  A 'Ctrl + A' will highlight it all for you if your cursor is anywhere within the compose box.  A 'Ctrl + C' will copy all that is highlighted.

8. If you want to check what the siggy looks like in a post you can post it. (I don't suggest you go to the preview page because that's wider than a post and so it won't look the same.) If you're happy with it, go into the post again as if you were going to edit it, go to the HTML tab and copy the code.

9. Now, with your new siggy code copied and stored on your computer's 'clip board', right click on the Edit My Preferences at the upper right and open a new tab. Paste that code into your siggy box in your preferences and scroll down to "save changes".

DO NOT save your code to any other form of word processor before you paste it to your siggy option box.  The word processor might mess it up!!!

BB has already created a "Test thread" down in the 'Explore iVillage' folder.  Please use that thread to test your siggies so that we don't have random siggy posts showing up everywhere!!!

 
You can send a private message one of two ways. If you click on a user name next to a post, it will take you to their board profile page. The option to send a private message is tucked away on the lower part of the right column. 
 
Alternatively, you can click on the "My Private Messages" link under your "Quick Links" option (in the upper right of the page) and that will take you to your "inbox" where you can choose to compose a new message or read a  message that has been sent to you.  But -  you must know the user name of the person you'd like to PM, if you choose this option of sending a PM.

 
Do you ever find yourself kicked out of your session before you post your message?  Or be silly and accidentally close your browser before finishing  a post?  Well our new system offers you a way to "save the day"!!  It is called "autosave drafts". Starting about 30 seconds into your post it will save your post every few seconds so you can retrieve them, edit and post when you come back.
To find your drafts, click on your user-name anywhere in a message you have posted OR click on 'Board Profile' in the Quick Links section at the upper right side of the board. Scroll down, watching the column on the right and look for the heading "autosave drafts".  If you have lost a post it should be there!  You can then click on the title of your saved message to continue composing. Once you retrieve a draft it is removed from the list.  If you have drafts you don't need to save anymore, just click the "x" to delete them.

 
Your computer has a key that, in one stroke, will do that for you!  The 'Home' key.  The 'End' key will take you to the bottom of the page as well.
If you are typing a message here on the boards (or working in some other form of word processing software) when you press the 'Home' key you are taken to the beginning of the line you are typing; when you press the 'End' key you are taken to the end of the line you are typing.  If you want to go to the end of the document use the 'Ctrl' plus the 'End' key.  If you want to go to the top of the document use the 'Ctrl' plus the 'Home' key.     While you are creating a message, you will NOT taken to the top or the bottom of the board!

Wonder what those little bubbles at the left of the posts in your "folder view" are all about?
Here is a great explanation I borrowed from one of iVillage's talented community leaders.

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  Ctrl + C  =  Copy
  Ctrl + F  =  Find (opens a find window)
  Ctrl + P  =  Print
  Ctrl + N  =  Opens a new Browser page
  Ctrl + V  =  Paste
  Ctrl + Y  =  Undo the last undo
  Ctrl + X  =  Cut
  Ctrl + Z  =  Undo
  Ctrl + Home = takes you to the top of the page
  Ctrl + End = takes you to the bottom of the page
  F11  =  Removes banners and enlarges your screen иии to undo it click on F11 a second time
  F5  =  Refreshes your screen just like clicking on "refresh" or "reload"