Welcome to Talkback - the friendliest forum on the internet.
We hope you'll find plenty to entertain and inspire you here. Dig around and you might even find an occasional thread about writing! We're a helpful bunch, so if you have any problems, just ask.
Finding your way around is pretty straightforward:
you've probably already seen the main page, which lists all the conversations.
you can also visit the Categories page, to limit the type of conversations you will see, or select a specific category to view from the pull-down menu at the left-hand side
to start a new thread, simply click the red "Start a new discussion" link at the top of the left-hand column
to reply to an existing one, enter your comments in the box at the end of the page
to view brief profiles of other users, click their names, eg the blue "Webbo" text at the start of my post
You can also, from the links at the right hand side of each comment:
quote - highlight the text you want to quote, then click the "Quote" link, and the quote is automatically pasted into the text box at the bottom of the page
thank - if you like a post but don\'t need to comment, click "Thanks" and your name will appear below the original comment
whisper - to send a comment to any member, without it appearing to other users, click "Whisper" next to their comment and enter your comment in the usual text box. It will appear within the thread, but only be visible to you and the recipient. You can also "whisper back" to reply. Alternatively, enter your comment as normal and type their name into the smaller text box "Whisper your comment to". If it has worked correctly, it will say "...to Named User" next to your name above the comment.
report post - hopefully the one you will need least. If you think a thread breaks the forum rules or is otherwise inappropriate, "Report post" lets us know about it
Don't forget to look at the options for your account, here: http://talkback.writers-online.co.uk/account.php
From there you can:
amend your profile, to let other users know who you are
set whether your email address and real name are visible to other users
add two pictures, a small one to appear next to your posts, and a larger one for on your profile page. (You'll need to have uploaded the image to a website first your own, or maybe an image hosting service - though.)
list your websites. The last entry field is for "custom information". Simply provide the type of information in the first box ["Label"], and the url in the second ["Value"]: eg, I would type "Website" in the first, and "http://www.writers-online.co.uk/" in the second
give a brief biog. Also in the "custom information" fields, type "About me:" or some such, and your biog into the second.
change your password
tweak a few settings to customise how Talkback displays things
You can also search the forum, in two ways:
Type a keyword or text into the "Livesearch" box in the left-hand column (you don't need to hit return), and it will return a few results of users, threads or recent comments which include that text. eg typing "Webbo" finds the user (Me), a few topics which have attempted to grab my attention, and the most recent comments which have mentioned my name.
Alternatively, and more powerful, is the Search page, http://talkback.writers-online.co.uk/search.php , which will find everything in the forum featuring your keyword, or you can search by topic title, or for an individual user
GENERAL FORUM USE
Please try to use the appropriate category for the comments you are posting, eg "Writing Tales" to discuss how your writing is going, or share successes; "Resources" for useful web links, competition details, etc. See the Categories page if you are unsure what categories there are. Threads that are not relevant in the category they are originally posted may be moved.
Some threads, marked "PRIVATE", are only visible to other users of Talkback. The other threads can be found externally (through Google, etc) so bear that in mind when considering which category to use.
There are two off-topic categories, for General Chat and Writers' Break (games, jokes, etc) - please only use these for off-topic comments. Writing threads here will be moved to a more appropriate category.
Abusive or bullying behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. We're all intelligent writers, so keep it friendly, folks, and respect each other's opinions, even if you disagree. Comments will be moderated if necessary.
More generic forum rules are here: http://talkback.writers-online.co.uk/comments.php?DiscussionID=76862
If you're new to writing, there is a world of good advice in this thread: http://talkback.writers-online.co.uk/comments.php?DiscussionID=162532