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Some quick tips on getting around

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To read and post to a message board:

  • Navigate to the message board in question. For Plays, use the link on the Play page. Navigate to the message board in question.  For Plays, use the link on the Play page.
  • You are taken to the list of post summaries that have been released by the owner of the message board. You are taken to the list of post summaries that have been released by the owner of the message board.
  • Clicking a post number opens the post body itself, for you to read. Clicking a post number opens the post body itself, for you to read.
  • Click the [Post to message board] button to create your own message to the author. Click the [Post to message board] button to create your own message to the author.
  • Compose your message. In this example, **Alice** is intended be rendered as bold. Compose your message.  In this example, **Alice** is intended be rendered as bold.
  • After you have written it, briefly summarize your post. After you have written it, briefly summarize your post.
  • Click on the formatting options you want (only available if expertise is "powerful" or greater), and then click [post]. Click on the formatting options you want (only available if expertise is
  • Your post is initially visible only to you and to the message board owner, until released by the board owner. Your post is initially visible only to you and to the message board owner, until released by the board owner.
  • Posts can be edited and deleted in the usual manner. Editing un-releases a post, and gives it a new edited-on timestamp. Posts can be edited and deleted in the usual manner.  Editing un-releases a post, and gives it a new edited-on timestamp.

Background:

Message boards are intended for constructive feedback to the area owner. New messages are visible only to the poster and to the message board owner, which in many cases is sufficient. Sometimes the message board owner may wish to release some posts in order to generate more discussion and feedback, but if that does not happen, that does not mean that you are being ignored.

So that the message summaries are most helpful, they are written last, after you have composed the actual message body you would be summarizing. These summaries are shown as subject headings in the message board listing. The message body is actually optional; a very short message could be put completely in the summary if it fits, and the body left empty.

Formatting is only available to those whose expertise level level is "powerful" or greater. (If you lower your expertise level, formatting in your past posts will remain in force.)

Posts may be edited. Editing a post gives it a new "last edited on" timestamp, and un-releases it. Thus, newly edited posts are again hidden from the public.

Posts may be deleted by the poster and by the owner of the message board (and by their minions).

How do I ... Just click on a question (and maybe scroll back up [^]) to read the answer.

orient myself?

do the basics?

use special features?

interact with a show or event?

empower assistants?

use advanced calendar features?

manage an author area?

manage a show or event?

set up a theater?