Welcome to our online forum guide.  This guide contains basic information about how to use the forum and how to manage your online account.  There is also a list with definitions of terms that are helpful to understand when reading this guide.  If this guide does not contain the information you need, please contact our Office Administrator, Carol Fulkerson (admin@uugrassvalley.org or 530-274-1675).

Using the Forum

How to Register

Please see this page to learn how to register to access the Members & Friends section of the UUCM website: “How To Register”, or click here to go to the registration page.

How to Login

To log in to your UUCM online forum account, first click “Login” in the menu at the top right of any UUCM web page.  The “Login” option is circled in red on this picture:

LoginIf you do not see the “Login” option at the top right of any UUCM web page, you are already logged in to the system.

When you click “Login“, you will be directed to a screen where you can enter your username and password.  In the picture below, there are red arrows pointing to the Username and Password fields.  Optionally, you may click in the box next the words “Remember Me”, indicated by a blue arrow in the picture below.  Selecting this box will store your Username and Password information in your browser, so that you will not have to enter them manually in the future.  Once you’ve entered this information, click the “Log In” button, which is indicated by the last red arrow in the picture below:

Log in screen

How to Get to the Members & Friends Sections of the UUCM Website

Once you are logged in, you can go to the members and friends pages by using the “UUCM Members” menu item at the top of any UUCM web page.  To get to the main UUCM members page, simply click on this top menu item.  IMPORTANT: The “UUCM Members” menu item will only be displayed if you are already logged in to our site.  The following picture shows what the top menu of any UUCM web page will look like if you are logged in; the “UUCM Members” and “Logout” options are circled in red:

UUCM Members

You can get to the online forum from this top menu, or from the main UUCM Members page.  From the top menu, hold your mouse over “UUCM Members”, but don’t click.  A sub-menu will appear with an option called “Member Forum”.  Click on “Member Forum” to get to the members & friends forum.  The “Member Forum” menu option is circled in red in the picture below:

Member forum dropdownTo get to the members & friends forum from the main UUCM Members page, simply click “Member Forums”, indicated by a red arrow in the picture below:

Member forum from page

How to Create a New Topic

There are two ways to reach the Create New Topic in “UUCM General Forum” form.  First, you may click “Create New Topic” from the top of the main UUCM General Forum page, shown circled in red in the picture below:

create new topic

Alternatively, you may scroll to the very bottom of the main UUCM General Forum page manually.  Here, you will see the Create New Topic in “UUCM General Forum” form, indicated by two red arrows, and a red underline in the picture below:

create a new topic from the bottomTo create your new topic, simply type your title in the “Topic Title” box.  Immediately below this box, there is a row of teal-colored buttons that you can use to format your post, if you wish.  Immediately below these buttons, there is a big box where you should type the message you want to post on the online forum.  Once you’ve finished typing your post, you can select the box “Notify me of follow-up replies via email”, if you’d like.  Then click the teal-colored “Submit” button at the bottom of the Create New Topic in “UUCM General Forum” form.  The “Submit” button is indicated by a downward pointing red arrow in the picture above.

How to Reply to an Existing Topic

There are two ways to reach the Reply To form to reply to an existing post.  First, you may click “Reply” from the top right corner of the post to which you would like to reply. The “Reply” option is indicated by a red arrow in the picture below:

Reply

Alternatively, you may scroll to the very bottom of the thread page manually.  Here, you will see the Reply To form, indicated by a red arrow, and a red underline in the picture below:

Reply formSimply type your reply in the main text box, which is located immediately below the row of teal-colored buttons

Immediately below the title of the Reply To form, there is a row of teal-colored buttons that you can use to format your reply, if you wish.  Immediately below these buttons, there is a big box where you should type the text of your reply.  Once you’ve finished typing your reply, you can deselect the box “Notify me of follow-up replies via email”, if you’d like.  Then click the teal-colored “Submit” button at the bottom of the Reply To form; this button is circled in red in the picture above.

How to Report Inappropriate Content

You can report any topic or reply by clicking on “Report” on the top right of any forum post.  If you do not see the “Report” option, it means a post has already been reported by another UUCM member or friend.  In the following picture, there is a red arrow pointing to the “Report” option on a post:

ReportWhen you report a topic, a notice will indicate to others that the post has been reported.  The red arrow points to a notice on a reported post in the following picture:

this topic has been reportedReporting is anonymous to everyone except for the office administrator.  A person will not be notified automatically if a post they created is reported.  Moderators will review reported posts, and decide whether they should be removed from our online forum according to our Forum Guidelines (click to view).

How to Bookmark the Forum in Your Web Browser

You can add the members & friends main page and/or the general forum page as a “favorite” or “bookmark” in your web browser for easy access from your computer.  You must be logged in to view these pages.  If you prefer to log out of your account after each session, you can bookmark the main login page.  When you enter your username and password on the main login page, you will be automatically redirected to the members & friends main page.

The URL for the main login page is: http://www.uugrassvalley.org/wp-login.php/

The URL for the main members & friends page is: http://www.uugrassvalley.org/uucmmembers/

The URL for the general forum is: http://www.uugrassvalley.org/forums/forum/general/

If you would like your browser to remember your login information, you can select “Remember Me” from the main login page when you log in.  The “Remember Me” option is indicated by a red arrow in the picture below:

Remember me

There are slight variations in each web browser to add a page as a bookmark or a favorite. Please select the appropriate link below to learn how to add a page as a bookmark/favorite in one of the five most popular web browsers:

Apple Safari version 6 and 7:  Please click here to learn how to add a page as a bookmark in Apple Safari versions 6 and 7.

Apple Safari version 8:  Please click here to learn how to add a page as a bookmark in Apple Safari version 8.

Google Chrome:  Please click here to learn how to add a page as a bookmark in Google Chrome.

Microsoft Internet Explorer: Please click here to learn how to add a page as a favorite in Internet Explorer.  Be sure to use the drop-down menu at the top right of this page to select the version of Internet Explorer you are using.  This drop down menu is indicated by a red arrow, an underline, and a small red circle in the picture below:

Favorite IE

Mozilla Firefox: Please click here to learn how to add a page as a bookmark in Mozilla Firefox.

Opera: Please click here to learn how to add and use a bookmark extension fro your Opera browser.

Managing Your Account

How to Change Your Email Address, Name, or Password

You may edit your user information from the “Edit Member Profile” page.  You can reach this page from the “UUCM Members” menu item, or from the main UUCM Members pageIMPORTANT: The “UUCM Members” menu item will only be displayed if you are already logged in to our site, and you can only view the main UUCM Members page and the “Edit Member Profile” page if you are already logged in.

From the top menu, hold your mouse over “UUCM Members”, but don’t click.  A sub-menu will appear with an option called “Edit Member Profile”.  Click on this option to edit your email address, name, and/or password.  You cannot edit your username.  The “Edit Member Profile” menu option is circled in red in the picture below:

Edit profile dropdownIf you are already on the main UUCM Members page, you can click “Edit Member Profile” to edit your email address, name, or password.  The “Edit Member Profile” link is indicated by a red arrow in the picture below:

Edit profile from page

Once you have updated you information, be sure to click “Update”, circled in red in the picture below:

Edit Profile Page

How to Subscribe to Email Notifications

You have several options when subscribing to email notifications for the member & friend forum.

If you subscribe to the general forum, you will receive an email notification whenever a new topic is created.  Using this option, you will only receive a notification when a new topic is created, and not when there are new replies to topics.  To subscribe to the general forum, simply click “Subscribe” in the top right corner of the main general forum page.  In the following picture, the red arrow indicates that this is the main UUCM General Forum page, and the “Subscribe” option is circled in red:

Subscribe all

If you are already subscribed to the general forum, the word “Unsubscribe” will be displayed in the place of the word “Subscribe” on the main general forum page.  You can unsubscribe from the general forum by clicking “Unsubscribe” on the main general forum page, circled in red in the following picture:

unsubscribe all

Alternatively, or additionally, you can subscribe to individual threads.  If you do this, you will receive email notifications whenever there are new replies to the topic or topics to which you have subscribed.  If you would like to subscribe to a thread, click the “Subscribe” option in the top right corner of the topic post for the thread.  The topic post is the first post in the thread.  In the following picture, the red underline and arrow show that this is a thread called “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”, and the red circle indicates the “Subscribe” option where you would click to receive email notifications when replies are made to the thread “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”:

subscribe thread

If you are already subscribed to a thread, the word “Unsubscribe” will be displayed in the place of the work “Subscribe”.  You can unsubscribe from a thread by clicking “Unsubscribe”.  In the following picture, the red underline and arrow show that this is a thread called “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”, and the red circle indicates the “Unsubscribe” option for the thread “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”:

unsubscribe thread

How to Receive Notifications as a Daily or Weekly Digest

You can elect to receive your email notifications as a daily or weekly digest.  If you select this option, you will receive a single email each day or each week containing information about active threads in the general forum.  To set up email notifications as a daily digest, simply scroll to the bottom of the main general forum page, and click “Include topics from this forum to the digest emails”, indicated by the red arrow and the red underline in the following picture:

Digest

To receive a weekly digest, or to edit your digest settings, first select “edit settings”, indicated by the red arrow and the red underline in the following picture:

Digest edit settings

Selecting “edit settings” will bring you to a screen where you can edit your options for receiving digest emails.  First, you can select or de-select a box labeled “Yes”.  When you check this “Yes” box, indicated by the first red arrow in the picture below, you will be able to configure your settings.  From here, you can select a “Daily” or “Weekly” digest, indicated by the second red arrow and two red underlines in the picture below.  You can select what time you would like to receive your digest using the drop-down menu that is circled in red in the picture below.  If you elect the “Weekly” option, you will also see a drop-down menu to select which day of the week you would like to receive your digest; this menu is not shown in the picture below.  When you have finished configuring your settings, be sure to click “Update Profile”, indicated by a downward pointing red arrow in the following picture:

Digest settings

Helpful Terms

Here is a list of some terms you will see in this guide.  Click on each term for short explanations about how these words are used when referring to the UUCM online discussion forum.

Bookmark

Programs that you use to browse the web – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari are a few examples – provide the ability to create bookmarks of web pages so that you can access these pages quickly in the future from the bookmarks bar or folder of your web browsing program.  Please look below or click on the following link if you’d like to be able to access this forum with less time and effort by using a bookmark: “How to Bookmark the Forum in Your Web Browser”.

Breadcrumbs

In reference to web pages, the term “breadcrumbs” describes a series of links displayed at the top of a web page.  These links indicate the current web page’s position in the overall structure of the website.  On the UUCM online forum, you will never see more than two breadcrumbs at the top of each forum page.  You can click on the first breadcrumb, which will always say “UUCM General Forum”, to return to the main UUCM General Forum.  If there is a second breadcrumb, it will display the title of the post you are viewing.  Here is a picture with red arrows pointing to the breadcrumbs you will see on the UUCM online forum:

Breadcrumbs

Email Digest

In the context of this online forum, an email digest is a summary of messages that have been posted on the forum.  If you choose to receive an email digest of activity on the forum, you will receive one email per day or per week, rather than receiving a separate email notification whenever someone posts on the forum.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about this option: “How to Receive Email Notifications as a Daily or Weekly Digest”.

Email Notifications / Subscriptions

You may subscribe to receive email notifications about activities on the forum.  If you elect to receive these, email notifications will be delivered to the email address you use to log in to your UUCM online forum account.  You have several options for email notifications (also known as subscriptions).  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about subscribing to email notifications: “How to Subscribe to Email Notifications”.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about receiving your emails in digest form: “How to Receive Email Notifications as a Daily or Weekly Digest”.

Forum

An internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.  Registered UUCM members and friends can create new “topics”, and respond to the “topics” others create on the UUCM online forum.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about topics: “Topic”.

Freshness

In the picture below, there is a red arrow pointing to a heading called “Freshness” on the main forum screen.  The information under this heading will tell you how much time has elapsed since the last reply was made on each thread.  You will see that at the time this picture was taken, the most recent reply on the thread “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions” was made 1 week and 4 days ago:

Freshness

Listserv

A listserv is an application that distributes messages to subscribers on an email list.  Before creating this online forum, registered UUCM members and friends could post messages to the “General” listserv by sending messages to general@uugrassvalley.org.  This online forum strives to improve upon the listserv experience, by making online communication among UUCM members and friends more interactive, more customizable, and less regulated.

Login

A login is a username and password that allows a person to log in to a computer system, network, mobile device, or user account.

Logout

You may also log out of your account.  When you are logged in to our website, you will see an option to “Logout” at the top right of any UUCM web page.  This option will not be displayed if you are already logged out of our website.  “Logout” is circled in red in the following picture:

Logout

Post

The term “post” can refer to any message on an online message board or forum.  A post can be a “topic” or a “reply“.  You can create a new post, reply to a post, edit a post, or report a post.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about topics: “Topic”.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about replies: “Reply”.

In the main forum page, you will see a heading called “Posts” that indicates how many posts have been made in each thread.  In the picture below, there is a red arrow pointing to the heading called “Posts”.  You will see that at the time the picture was taken, there were 2 posts on the thread “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”:

Posts

Register

All UUCM members and friends must be registered to use our online forum.  Registration is the first step to using the online forum.  Once you have registered, we must verify that you are a member or friend at UUCM before you will have access to our members and friends online forum.  If you are not registered yet, please click on the following link to learn how to register: “How to Register”.

Reply

A reply is a form of post.  It is any response to an existing topic.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn how to create a reply: “How to Reply to an Existing Topic”.  Please look below or click on the following link to learn more about topics: “Topic”.

Report

You can report any topic or reply on the UUCM forums if you believe it contains inappropriate content according to our Forum Guidelines (click to view).  Moderators will review reported posts, and decide whether they should be removed from our online forum according to our Forum Guidelines (click to view).  Please look below or click on the following link to learn how to report content: “How to Report Inappropriate Content”.

Thread

The term “thread” describes an initial post (also known as a “topic”) and the replies posted in response to that topic; all of these posts are part of the same thread.

Topic

You may start a new “topic” on the online forums, and others may reply to that topic.  The term “topic” describes the initial post, or any post that is NOT a reply to another post. A topic and all of its associated replies is described as a “thread”.  You will see references to topics throughout the forum.  Here is a picture of the main forum screen; three references to topics are circled in red:

Topic

Subscriptions / Email Notifications

You can subscribe to posts on the online forum.  When you subscribe, you will receive email notifications when new posts are made; this way, you don’t have to remember to check the online forum for new posts.  You can configure your subscription settings in a number of ways, depending on what type of email notifications you would like to receive.  To learn how to subscribe and receive email notifications, please click here: “How to Subscribe to Email Notifications”.  To learn how to receive your email notifications as a daily or weekly digest, please click here: “How to Receive Notifications as a Daily or Weekly Digest”.

Voices

The term “voices” refers to the number of people who have posted something in a particular thread.  In the picture below, there is a red arrow pointing to the heading called “Voices” on the main forum screen.  You will see that at the time the picture was taken, 2 individuals had posted on the thread “Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions”:

Voices

Need Help?

If this guide does not contain the information you need, please contact our Office Administrator, Carol Fulkerson (admin@uugrassvalley.org or 530-274-1675).