Toward the bottom of the home page a section called Trending Topics displays topics that are popular at the time.
You can also search for a topic by using the search button at the top of your screen.
Click on your profile button at the top of the screen and select Edit Profile to add a photo or share a bit about yourself. You can also change your email address and password in this screen.
Click on your profile button and select Settings. Choose whether or not you want to receive notification emails for topics or fellow community members that you're following. Simply tick or untick the relevant boxes. If you do want to receive email notifications, you can choose the frequency from daily, weekly or monthly.
To Create a New Topic
Click the Add a new topic button along the top of the screen.
Make sure you you're creating your topic in the correct category or by entering one of the three categories from the home page before you create your topic.
Remember to enter a title for your topic and make it something catchy that will draw people in.
Write your post in the main box to the left - you can see how it will look before you submit it in the box on the right.
Click Submit when you're ready to post your topic.
How to Add Links and Images
There are a number of ways to insert links and images. Use copy and past for both or use the tools below:
a) style the text in your topic using bold, italics, bullet points and strike through
b) insert links for pages and images from the web
c) upload images or files from your PC or device
d) add a thumbnail to your topic from the web or by uploading a file from your PC or device
Reply to an Existing Topic or Comment
If you want to reply to or quote an existing topic or comment, click on Reply or Quote located under each post. Quote will insert the entire post that you selected for you to then add your own response.
If you want to tag someone into your post insert @ before their user name i.e. @Rural-Community . Remember this is a public forum which means everyone will see this post. The tagged user will then receive a notification that they have a direct comment.
Follow a Topic
To follow a topic, select it to view and click on the Get Topic Updates button at the top right of the topic. You can also un-follow a topic by clicking on the Receiving Topic Updates button located in the same area.
Follow a User
To follow another user, click on their profile picture/button next to a topic or post they've created and select the the plus button. To un-follow a user, follow the same steps.
Use Live Chat If you want to speak directly to one of our team. Live Chat can be activated by clicking on this button which appears on each page of Rural Community or at the bottom of the home page.
NOTE: Live Chat will only work if you have registered and are logged into the forum.