Frequently Asked Questions: Forums
- How do I start a new thread?
- Why do all my posts have "edit" next to them?
- I want to add bold, italics, underlining or strikethroughs to my posts.
- How can I put a "quote" box in a thread?
- Can I edit or remove my own posts or threads?
- Is it okay to type everything in CAPITAL LETTERS?
- How do I add a hyperlink in a post?
- How do I add an image to a post?
- Are any forums accessible to non-subscribed members?
- What does "watching" a thread mean?
- Can I see a list of my watched threads?
- How do I stop "watching" a thread?
- Why don't my posts show as "New"?
- How does "skip to new" work?
- Why is there an asterisk (*) next to some threads?
- What is a "sticky" thread?
- How do I find the threads I started?
- Why should I preview my post before I submit it?
- Can I cross-post my message?
- Can I advertise or sell things in the forums?
- I've read this FAQ and I still have a question!
- When you are viewing a forum, you'll see 20 threads, from the most recent to the oldest.
- Scroll down past the last thread. There you'll see the heading "Starting a new topic"
- Type your subject line (specific but brief is best)
- Move your mouse to the text box and type your question or comment in the larger box.
- Click on "Preview" to see what it will look like when you submit it.
- When you're happy with your post, click on "Submit".
Each user sees "edit" next to his/her own posts because they can edit their own posts, but no one else's. Only you and the site administrators can edit your posts. Back to the top
We permit limited .html formatting tags within posts (not within subject lines in new threads.)
If you're familiar with using html tags, you can easily add italics or bold or underlining to your text. If you're not familiar with html formatting, here are some quick steps:
To italicize to a word or phrase, place <i> in front of the word/phrase and </i> immediately following it.
To underline a word or phrase, place <u> in front of the word/phrase and </u> immediately following it.
To bold to a word or phrase, place <b> in front of the word/phrase and </b> immediately following it.
These tags can also be "nested" (used together) to create a bold, italicized, and/or underlined word or phrase. We recommend using the Test forum to become comfortable with inserting formatting tags into your posts.
To strike though a word or phrase, place <s> in front of the word/phrase and </s> immediately following it.
Note to more experienced html users: These are the only tags permitted. Attempts to use other formatting tags will likely result in a formatting error within your post.
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(A small note of caution - the overuse of quote boxes can detract from a thread and reduce their effectiveness, so use them sparingly for best effect.)
Want to practice creating a quote box? Try the Test forum!Back to the topedit your own posts, including removing all the information (this leaves a blank post.) For obvious reasons, we discourage anyone from completely removing a post as it may cause the discussion thread to become nonsensical or illogical. If you accidentally posted the same reply twice, we'll be happy to remove the second/duplicate post (contact us for assistance.)
Likewise, if you realize you placed a thread in the wrong forum, contact us and we'll move it for you (be sure to provide a link to the thread and your suggestion on where it should be moved.)
In some forums, you can close your own threads, including the trading forums (when your offer of seed or plant material has run out); and the identification forum (when a positive ID has been reached.) Hint: when viewing these forums, look for a link at the top to view only "open" threads if you don't want to wade through the closed threads.
To close your thread on any of these forums, look for a blue hyperlink near the top that says "click here to mark it as closed." (You can also re-open a thread if you clicked the link too soon, or by accident. Look in the spot for a link to re-open it.)
If you wish to delete a thread, contact us for assistance - be sure to provide a link to the thread and your reasons for wanting it removed.
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Other common mistakes:
- typing in all lowercase;
- lack of proper punctuation;
- lack of paragraphs (run-on posts)
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- Go to the page you want to link to in your post.
the URL which appears in the address bar of your browser. You can use
your mouse to do this, but a great shortcut to this is to hit ALT+D* This highlights the entire URL!
- With the URL still highlighted, click EDIT --> COPY. Now the URL has been copied into the windows clipboard
- Go to the forum you wish to post the URL in and create your message.
you're ready to insert the link, make sure the cursor is where you want
it to be and click EDIT --> PASTE. This will paste the clipboard
contents into your message.
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Yes. All registered users may fully participate (read and post) in dozens of forums (those that do not have a red asterisk next to them are accessible to all registered members.)
We welcome participation from all our members within these forums, but --as with all our forums--posts should be on-topic and self-promotion posts are not allowed.
Off-topic posts and/or self-promotion messages in any forum should be reported to us via the Contact Us link at the bottom of each page; they will be reviewed and removed if warranted. Repeated attempts to post off-topic or self-promotional comments may result revocation of your membership.
Additionally, non-subscribed members can read (but not post) to the Dave's Garden FAQ forum, where many other site-related questions are answered.
Non-subscribed members will find they may be able to read only the first post of the threads in some forums that are noted as subscribers-only. A few other forums are visible only to subscribers.
You'll be offered the opportunity each time you post to a thread. If you want to keep tabs on one you're just reading, you'll find a link to "watch" it in the tabs displayed above the thread.
Whenever someone posts to a watched thread (other than you), a notice will appear at the top of your home page the next time you refresh your page (clicking on the DG logo or the "Home" tab will do this.)
Since you can watch ANY thread, not just those you create, we don't send email alerts for watched threads. (Not only would it create a tremendous drain on our resources to send out email alerts, but if you're watching a popular thread, your email inbox would quickly overflow with alerts!)
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- View your Dmail
- View the feedback you've given other members
- View the threads you are "watching"
- View the posts you have made
- View your tagged pages
- View your DG Favorites (if you used the "favorites" before tags were introduced)
- Purchase a subscription for you or a firend
- Manage your friends and groups (for dmail "blast" messages)
- Manage your preferences
You can click on any link in any section to see more details, including a list of all the threads you're watching. (NOTE: The links in the first box can be seen only by you. Links and information in the other boxes can be seen by anyone who accesses your Member Page.)Back to the top
But before you decide to stop watching a thread, consider whether or not someone else may post to it, and hope to receive a response from you. This is especially true if you started the thread, no matter how old it is - someone may find it, post to it, and then wonder why you never replied.... Back to the top
The same holds true for the forums - once you've visited a forum, the forum will not show as "Yes" until someone starts a new thread or posts to one of the threads within that forum.
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Just because a thread doesn't have an asterisk doesn't necessarily mean it is devoid of pictures. If the person who created the thread did not include a picture in the first post, but they or others have posted pictures after the thread was begun, the asterisk will not appear.
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- Member-to-member mail
- Feedback you've left for others
- Threads you're watching
- Posts you have made
- Journal (if you have marked it as "public")
- Your tradelist
You can click on these links to see the details, including a list of all the threads you started or have posted to. (Hint: this is also a way to search for a particular thread started by you or another member. Go to your home page (or theirs) and click on the "threads started" link to see all threads initiated.) Back to the top
In our system, there's another good reason to preview your posts. When you switch to preview mode, the system will display a warning and hyperlink if someone else "beat you to the punch" and posted to the thread while you were composing your reply.
How many times have you posted a message, only to realize that someone else answered the question, or the conversation took a turn in another direction, leaving your carefully crafted response out-of-context? By previewing your reply, you can be sure your post is still pertinent and on-topic when you hit "submit!"
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However, cross-posting the same message to several forums is discouraged, and redundant posts may be deleted by site administrators. Why? It's bad "netiquette" (similar to spamming) and it's confusing to administrators and readers who read (and even respond) to one post, only to enter another forum and see the same post repeated.
If a situation really warrants cross-posting (ask first!) the best approach is to post one message to the most appropriate forum, with the second message briefly explaining it is a cross-post along with a hyperlink to the original message.
Back to the topAcceptable Use Policy, members of our forums can use only the Classified Ads forum to promote themselves, their websites (personal or commercial), advertise goods/services they sell, seek employment or employees, or solicit donations for charities or fundraisers. Self-promotion posts in any other forums may be removed by our administrators.
The cost for a two-week ad is $5 (US) and includes a full-color photo. Classified ads are fully accessible to all visitors, members and subscribers of Dave's Garden.
You are welcome to offer plants, seeds or bulbs for exchange within the appropriate trading forums, but you may not advertise goods or services for sale, whether they're plant, seed, or otherwise within those forums.
You can use your homepage to link to your company or personal website among your "favorite sites", if you wish.
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If you've checked the other FAQs and can't find an answer to your question, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom and tell us your question. We'll do our best to answer your question promptly. Subscribed members can also post their question in any appropriate discussion forum (DG, General Discussion, etc.) for peer-to-peer assistance. Back to the top