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So you've arrived at this Simple Machines Forum (SMF)! Perhaps you've been looking at the board index or a screen telling you that you need to register before you can read it and you're wondering what to do next?

Well, some forums permit guests to read and post, some permit guests to read only and some are restricted to registered members. We'd recommend registering at any forum that you see yourself using regularly because many of the most useful features will only become available to you when you do so. Since SMF, however, is such a flexible system that few forums are likely to be identical, we will start by describing four key areas that we'd normally expect to be there for you:

  1. The Main Menu
  2. The Board Index
  3. The Message Index
  4. The Topic

The Main Menu

Supposing you've arrived here as a guest (or have registered but are currently logged out), the main menu (which appears on every page) should normally comprise five or six buttons (or text links):

  • Home, which takes you back to the board index.
  • Help, which brings you to this guide.
  • Search, which allows you to search the forums for whatever you're looking for.
  • Calendar, which links to the forum calendar (if enabled).
  • Login, which allows you to login if already registered.
  • Register, which allows you to register (or sometimes apply for registration) when you wish to do so.

Once you've registered and logged in, however, the main menu should look a little different:

  • Home (as before).
  • Help (as before).
  • Search (as before).
  • Profile, which allows you to make changes to your profile settings.
  • Calendar (as before).
  • Logout, which allows you to logout again if desired.

Forum administrators should also note the presence of an additional Admin button.

The Board Index

While the board index (forum home page) is packed with all kinds of information and links, the core of the interface (at least in the SMF default theme) normally looks something like this:

+  Forum Name
-  Category Name
New Posts Board Name
Board Description
Number of topics and posts in this board Date, time, subject and author of last post
New Posts No New Posts
  Mark ALL messages as read  

The Message Index

Like the board index, the message index interface is quite straightforward when reduced to its essential components:

+  Forum Name
|- +  Category Name
| |- +  Board Name
Pages: [1]
  Mark Read  |  Notify of Replies  |  Start new topic  |  Post New Poll  
Subject Started by Replies Views Last post  
Topic Subject New Topic Starter 0 0 Date, time and author of last post
Pages: [1]
  Mark Read  |  Notify of Replies  |  Start new topic  |  Post New Poll  
  Topic you have posted in
  Normal Topic
  Hot Topic (More than 15 replies)
  Very Hot Topic (More than 25 replies)
  Locked Topic
  Sticky Topic
  Poll
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The Topic

Sometimes referred to as threads, topics are where you find the actual messages:

+  Forum Name
|- +  Category Name
| |- +  Board Name
| | |- +  Topic Subject
Pages: [1]
  Reply  |  Notify of Replies  |  Mark unread  |  Send this topic  |  Print  
Author Topic: Topic Subject  (Read x times)
Author
Member Group
Post Group
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Post Count



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