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  • How To Post and Navigate the Forum

    Welcome to a forum for ever year v6 and 4 cylinder Camaro and Firebird. To help you along with getting started on our forum, please see the guide below:

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    To sign up on our forum scroll to the very top of the page where it says Login / Sign Up and click on the tab to drop down some options. If you select "Sign up" you will be prompted to create a user name (which will be your handle on this forum going forward) as well as a password for the site so you can continue to access the forum in future. This is entirely free of charge. You will then be sent an email to verify your account - upon doing so you will be a new member and able to use our forum to create/reply to topics and threads - welcome aboard! :wavey:

    To Login you have 2 options to choose from - either enter your user name or email as well as your password - or you can login using your Facebook account. Once logged in you can create/reply to topics and threads.

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    Now that you are logged in you may want to create a new topic / discussion thread. Once you click on the appropriate area in which you wish to post such as the "Appearance & Detailing Section" or somewhere like the "6th Gen 3.6L V6 Engine Section" you'll find a screen that looks similar to the above image. You can click and read through any topic in this area or you can create your own.

    To start a new topic click on the "new topic" button on the upper left hand side of the screen

    In this screen area you also have the ability to "subscribe" to this forum area - meaning you will receive alerts any time a topic is posted here. This can later be adjusted in your user settings which is located under your user name at the top of the page where you previously logged in.

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    Once you have created a "New topic" posting becomes as easy as using Microsoft Word. On the right hand side of your page you'll see 3 buttons as circled in the above photo. If you hover your mouse over any of the icons a brief description will pop up. The Clipboard button is for adding attachments, the "A" button opens up the formatting buttons as you would see them in Microsoft Word and the Smiley Face button is for emoji's.

    In this screen you will enter the title you wish your topic to have along with your message in the section that displays "write something". If you are logged in with Facebook and wish to automatically have the topic published to your feed you can check the box in the lower left hand corner. When you are done writing your message/question click the "Post button" on the lower right hand side. - Congratulations you have created a new topic post!

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    If you hover over these buttons the explanation is pretty simple -
    • The first button on the left is for inserting source code (something you likely won't use)
    • The Tx is to remove formatting - if you have copied something and pasted it in this window and it has gone all wonky you may opt to remove the formatting
    • The third button is used to paste something as plain text
    • The 4th button is to paste information from a Microsoft word document to try and keep your formatting intact.

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    These buttons function exactly as Microsoft word buttons do:
    • Font lets you change the style of font - Arial vs Times New Roman etc
    • Size lets you adjust the size in font that you use
    • A Let's you adjust the colour of your font - this is useful if you are creating guides and want certain headings or areas to stand out.
    • Bold, Italic and Underline are exactly as they are described
    • Left, center and right justifications are as described
    • The numbered button is to insert formatted numbers, the bullets are used for formatted bullet points (like I am using in this section)
    • The final button is to play with your margins
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    These buttons are used if you would like to insert things like links, images or video into the post.
    • The first button (paper clip looking) is to insert a link. To use this button, highlight the text you have written that you would like to have a link added to and then select this button - paste your link into the box that appears and click ok. You'll notice your highlighted text has gone to a purplish colour - it is now linked to your URL you pasted into the box that appeared.
    • The second button is to remove that link that is inserted into the text - again, highlight the text you want the link removed from and click this button to remove it.
    • The portrait button is used to insert images which I will cover below
    • The Video reel button is used to insert videos from programs like YouTube - you paste the link into the box that appears and click ok and your video will be added to your post embedded as a viewer box allowing forum members to see the video.
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    For the most part you won't really use these buttons. But please see the explanation below:
    • The quotation button is to wrap a quote box around your text - so maybe you have pasted what another member has said and want to address it so that it stands out and you can speak to it. Highlight the text you want to have a box around it and click this quotation button.
    • The next 3 buttons are to insert coding into your post so that it is not lost - these buttons aren't relevant to this forum. Ignore them.
    • The table button is to insert a table / chart - this can be useful for displaying information to users
    • The last 3 buttons are more formatting buttons used for subscript, superscripts and page breaks

    2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
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  • #2
    There are 2 ways to insert images into your post and it is using the 2 buttons as highlighted below:

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    The Clipboard button is to insert an image or document as an attachment. When you click it two new buttons will appear on your screen to the lower left as shown in the image below. Click the button that applies to which you would like to do and follow the instructions on the screen to select your attachment. Once you have done that you will see your attachment appear under the two buttons on the lower left with options for inserting as a "Thumbnail" "Small" "Medium" etc etc - when you click on that blue text your attachment will then be inserted into your post.

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    When inserting images it is best to use the other portrait button. When you use that button you will get a window that pops up like this:

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    Click the upload tab - this will bring your to a "browse" box where you can search for the image on your computer or mobile device. Select the image you would like to upload and then click Send To Server It will then bring you back to this original window where you adjust the size of your image. As long as the lock beside width/height is closed any adjustments you make will keep the image proportionate in size. When you are satisfied with the size to input, click ok and your image will automatically be added to your post. Don't worry about things like the title/description/style etc.

    2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
    1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph

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    • #3
      One of the great things about using a forum is also the ability to search the forum for answers without getting unwanted results from regular search engines.

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      At the top of the forum on the right hand side under the login tab there is a forum search bar. Here you can enter in something you would like to search just as you would in Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. To the right of the search box is a little arrow pointing downwards, this is used to help narrow your search if you do not want the forum to search forum wide for your answers. For example, in the image above if you were in the Appearance & detailing section and wanting to search about the fitment of C5 rims, you may click "search in Appearance & detailing" only to avoid getting results from other sections such as the Classifieds wanted section where someone may be looking for C5 rims.

      Responding to threads

      Lastly, when responding to a post that was made in a thread, you may want to use the following features:

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      When in a specific topic you can subscribe to be notified of future posts by using the subscribe feature on the top right hand side. This will only give you updates to the specific topic you are in - in the example in the image above your subscription would be to: "What's a good wash and wax soap all in one?" thread.

      If you would like to respond to a question posed by this specific user and insure that your answer doesn't get lost as an answer to another question posed in the same topic thread you can use the quote feature on the bottom right. This will put the users name (in this case SSMS5411) along with their post in a text box that will appear above your text so that it is highlighted - as shown in this image below:

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      2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
      1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph

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