XenForo How-To: The Basics

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    How to Start a Conversation with another member (or members)
    If you want to have a private conversation with another member (or members), you can do it two ways:

    Inbox menu

    1. Hover over the Inbox menu at the top right of any page. Click the link that says “Start a Conversation”.
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    2. Add participants by typing their usernames – matching names will auto-populate as you type.

    3. Create a conversation title (subject line) and your message. You’ll have access to the same tools as you have when creating posts. You can give conversation participants the ability to invite others, if that’s something you want (will be unchecked by default).
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    From a thread
    1. Click on a user’s name within any thread.
    2. On the resulting profile pop-up, click on “Start a Conversation”.
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    To follow existing conversations, check your Inbox.

    You can change the settings for who can start a Conversation with you by going to your profile and then "Privacy" and scroll down to the "People Who May..." section.
     
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    How to Manage Alerts
    Your Alerts menu is where you’ll find updates on recent activity from forums and threads you’re tracking. Hover over the Alerts menu at the top right of any page to see recent alerts.
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    Click on “Alert Preferences” to manage what activity triggers an alert.
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    How to Edit Your Profile and General Preferences
    Hover over your username in the top right menu to find a number of options to update your profile and general preferences. This includes updating your avatar (the forum is Gravatar-enabled), adding a custom title if you have this permission, add information and more.

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    How to Find Members
    Click on Members in the main menu to view a list of members with the most messages, likes and points in the community. You can also search for members from this page.

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    How to Search
    You can search for content using the Search bar at the very top right of any page. You can specify what user’s posts you’re looking for, or date parameters for your search.
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    How to Log Out
    Done with your session? You can log out of your account by hovering over your username and then clicking “Log Out”.
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    How to Earn Points and Trophies
    As you may have noticed, below each user’s name there are statistics noting the number of messages they’ve posted, the number of likes they’ve received, and the number of trophy points they have.
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    These trophy points are earned based on messages posted and likes received (for example, you might receive a point for every two likes you receive, or for every two messages you post. The points you earn qualify you for new user titles and in some cases, expanded permissions within the forums (such as custom user titles). You’ll also receive other trophies that recognize you for your contributions but don’t affect your user title (for example, recognition that you have received 50 Likes, have posted 100 messages, etc.) A full list is here: http://forum.brighthand.com/help/trophies

    Currently, we’re keeping all the requirements as they previously were in vBulletin. So for example, you previously needed to post 200 messages to reach the Mobile Consultant level. Now it is 25 points, with each point earned by posting 4 messages. If you’ve already earned a certain status within the community, you will keep that status.
     
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