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    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2007 edited
    Welcome to Whitechapel. We're running on a sleek little Vanilla engine that's as pretty under the hood as she is on the surface, because Warren has excellent taste in software. However, some of you are more familiar with other forum systems, so I've put together a quick starter guide to getting around the place.

    User Settings

    Once you're signed in, go ahead and click over to the Account tab to set up your WhiteChapel profile.

    From the Personal Information section (in the sidebar, under Account Options) you can set up all the standards (Name, Profile Pic, Icon), as well as your Flickr photo feed, and any custom information you'd like to share (Website, birthday, how many cats you own, etc).

    Your Flickr photostream id is a string of letters and numbers you can find by looking at your RSS feed on Flickr. It'll look something like 123456789@N01. Just cut and paste that into the "Flickr Feed" box (on the Account Options page) and hit save at the bottom of the page.

    You can also Manage your location on the Member Map by setting your latitude and longitude. Use the address QuickFind form at the top of the Manage Map Location page if you don't happen to have those coordinates memorized. If you've got outstanding warrants or don't like people to just drop by, you probably don't want to use your exact address. If you'd like to not show up on the map at all, just use 0,0 as your lat,lon and you'll disappear off the grid.

    Oh yes! Always keep your email address up to date in your account profile. We're never going to do anything with that information, but your email address is the only way for you to retrieve your password if you forget it. Again, if you lose your password and didn't have your real email address in your profile, that's it -- we can't get you back in to your account.

    Posting and Replies

    You can start a new discussion by clicking on the aptly named "Start a new discussion" link at the top of the sidebar. From the compose screen you can pick the appropriate Category, a title, and write your post. The quicktags along the top of the input box are for formatting your text (bold, italic, spoilers, code) and easily inserting links, images, audio and video. Whitechapel supports YouTube/Google video and any mp3 file. Just click the "video/mp3" quicktag, and paste the url of the video or mp3 (just the url of videos, without any of the embed code).

    Note: Videos/audio will not show up in the "Preview Post" screen, but everything else (images, formatting) should. Whitechapel does not directly support posting the embed code provided by YouTube, but using the video/mp3 quicktag with the video's URL will automagically embed for you. Linked mp3 audio files will display with a mini audio player in the post, to allow for inline playing.

    To reply to a discussion, just scroll to the bottom of the thread and use the "Add your comments" form. Quicktags are the same as for creating a post, and you can preview your comment before adding it to the thread.

    If you forget to pick a category when starting a new discussion, or notice a typo after you've posted, the edit link is in the top right corner of your post. Don't forget to close your tags! You can use the "Close Tags" quicktag to make sure everything is cleaned up before you post.


    And that's pretty much the start. It's all pretty straightforward, but you also shouldn't hesitate to ask if you've got any questions or are wondering where anything is. If and as we add new features we'll note them in this section, and you can feel free to ask about functions here or let us know if you run into any troubles.
  1.  (4.2)
    Is there a way to mark a thread unread after reading it?
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Not exactly, no. You can bookmark threads, if you'd like to keep them at the top of your screen -- should be an option in the sidebar when you're in thread.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    The software here is doing so many helpful things. A day of poking around and I bet I'll be not only proficient but downright reverent. Nice work!
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Thank you, Maddie!
      CommentAuthorJosh T.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    I miss having the ability to reply to individual posts instead of just topics. I know this isn't the engine and it isn't here to be the engine but that was something i really enjoyed, it felt like we had little side conversations going on all the time. This board just feels aimless. Maybe it'll feel better after awhile. Aside from that, beautiful work.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    I'm suddenly liking vanilla, though ONLY for messageboard software, the rest should be nonvanilla as possible...
  2.  (4.8)
    I love the way that its so easy to use. Even for a idiot like me.
  3.  (4.9)
    You rock me. Thanks for the formatting.
      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    I like the RSS feeds quite a bit.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Ah, good, Ava. I wasn't certain how many people would find those useful.
  4.  (4.12)
    Do the <strong>bold</strong>, <em>italics</em>, etc. tags work for anyone else? I just see the "strong" and "em" tags in the post. Tested with Firefox and IE.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Ralf: There should be two radio buttons at the bottom of the input box -- Text and HTML. You'll need to select HTML for the quicktags to work.
  5.  (4.14)
    Ok this is very nice.

    Using RSS to shoot the threads I am following to my Google home. Need to refine my set up a bit, but very cool so far.
  6.  (4.15)
    Really enjoying the site so far, on the design and the discussion/content sides.

    One question. Any way to subscribe to a thread via email?
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    Question: any chance of a "Mark All Threads Read" option? Or am I missing it?
  7.  (4.17)
    Howie: I believe not.

    gdwessel: I believe not.
  8.  (4.18)
    Ariana, this place is beautiful!
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007 edited
    Steph, thanks! Good to see you here.

    Warren: yes, you're right, thank you.

    Howie, we've got RSS, though, and there are a few services out there you could set up to feed that to your email if you'd like.

    Geoffrey, no -- but the way the threads stack you should just be able to read the ones on top if you get behind.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    vanilla is beautiful, helvetica beautiful. superb choice.