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New Forums features
Posted By Chris on Thursday 9th August 2007 @ 1:32 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

New Forums features

As you may already know, the new forums are now online. And, they’re more laden with features than ever. Here’s a rundown of a few of the features that you’ll be using.

WYSIWYG editor
A WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor is now employed to make it even easier for members when composing messages. Some people find it difficult when they have to remember the coding when inserting multimedia or formatting content in their replies. Using the WYSIWYG editor, members can easily see and control how their message will appear when posted.

For example, when adding links or images, clicking the appropriate icon opens a pop-up window for the user to simply copy and paste the URL that they want to link to or the address of the image location. Hovering over the icons displays an alternative text tag which describes the function of the button. Handles are available on images too, so can be re-sized within the message window. The look and usability should be familiar to anyone who’s used a word processor, as the add-on being used replicates the controls found in the Microsoft Office software suite.

If you still prefer to use straight coding, as before, simply turn off the WYSIWYG editor or switch to HTML view. BB Code works as before, but HTML should be entered in HTML view.

Web-logs
Join the ever-increasing popularity of the blogosphere as now members can post their very own web-logs (blogs) via our forums. Blogs are diary-like places where members can share their thoughts and experiences about anything and everything. Your musings can then be read by others, who in turn can comment on the topic of your entry. Head over to the Island Quest blogs now to read what’s on other members minds and contribute by telling the community what you really think.

Forum Points System
Points are another new feature available on the new-look Island Quest community forums. The purpose is to create a reward system and add a competitive aspect to day to day forum use. Your points score will act as your overall score to how well you have contributed and played your role on the forums.

Your points score or count is displayed in numerous areas of the Forum. The most obvious being in your profile, but you can also find the count to the left of your posts just by your avatar, and also on the members list page. Find out how to gain points

Post of the Month
From now on, Island Quest will be featuring a "Post of the Month". The post might be witty, amusing, informative or something that is patricularly interesting. At the end of each month, each member of the Island Quest team will select their own personal favourite post of the past month. The winning post will be determined when a mutual decision is reached by the whole IQ team.

The "Post of the Month" will be featured on the main Island Quest website, and the winner will receive 100 points. At the end of each year, a "Post of the Year" will be selected from the winning posts of that year. A prize of 1000 forum points and a prize up to the value of £20 will be awarded to the lucky member.

What are you waiting for? Log your mischevious musings on the new look IQ forums.

If you have any questions regarding any of the updates, email Chris, Barry or Aly


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