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Wed Apr 10, 2013, 4:03 AM
Some (hopefully) helpful tips and tricks for your experience in the forum!

1. Quick Access to Replies

Click into a thread and you can see a bold heading 'Devious Comments (Add yours)' at the top. Click on the 'Add yours' part to be directed to the bottom of the thread where you can reply to the original post. Alternatively, you can click on the 'Reply' button on the left side of the original post right at the top to make your reply.

2. Access Threads Differently

If you click into a forum, for example the Deviants Forum, you will be presented with headings at the top: Topic, Started By, Replies, and Latest Reply. In the Started By column, there will be the name of the person who created the thread, and how long ago they created said thread. Click on the time stamp there and you can enter the thread!

3. Change Layout of Threads

You can change how threads are presented by going into a thread and looking straight under 'Devious Comments (Add yours)' to the left. You will be presented with a box with the following: A Number | Threaded/Nested/Flat | Newest First/Oldest First.

:bulletblue: The number signifies how many posts there are in the thread. So, if the number is selected on 25, there will be 25 posts on that thread page before another is created where there are more replies.

:bulletblue: The next (Threaded/Nested/Flat) is just one option of how posts are laid out on the thread page. From FAQ #4: Which options can I control under the Edit Settings page?
Threaded: Displays comments in a flat style. If there are replies to comments, then a link will be displayed under the original comment saying (1 reply) or however many there are. To read the replies, you need to click on the link.

Nested: Displays replies to comments in an indented style.

Flat: Will display all comments in a flat style, aligned to the left side of the screen, replies to comments will also appear aligned to the left.
:bulletblue: Newest First/Oldest First means that you'll be presented with either the newest replies first or the oldest replies first.

4. Close Your Threads

Thread creators now have the option to close their own threads. If you would like to close your own thread, you can do so by looking to the right of the thread page once you're in your thread, underneath 'Statistics' and 'Replies'. You will be presented with a 'Close Thread' link next to a red button. Click on that and you can close your thread so that no one can reply to it any more.

FAQ #709: Can I close or delete my forum thread?

5. Know Your Expired Threads

Threads will become unavailable in the listing of each forum if they have not received an active reply in a week. In other words, if the last post of a thread is made over a week ago, then it will disappear off the forum. However, if someone replies to it, then it will be bumped up again! Only if it receives no replies for a month will it be locked by the system so that no one can reply to it any more.

6. Know Your Locked Threads

Locked threads will immediately be made known to you if you go into a thread and look to the right side. Just below 'Details', there will be a notice saying 'Closed to new replies'. Likewise, 'Devious Comments' will not have the option to 'Add yours' and there will be no button for you to click on to 'Reply' to a post. All these factors indicate that the thread is locked and that you can not post in the thread at all. If you attempt to make a post, you will be presented with a pop-up alerting to the fact that you can't. Likewise, if you go back to the forum page where threads are listed, you may see a :lock: sign. That also represents the thread is locked.

7. Popular Forum Threads

Join the latest popular discussions just by looking at the right sidebar in forum. Within every forum, like the Deviants Forum, there is also a 'Popular Threads' listing of popular threads only within that certain forum. As you can see, the popularity of such threads are partly determined by the amount of posts there are.

8. Use the Search Bar (with caution)

When clicking into a forum like the Deviants Forum, you will see a Search Bar. Typing what you're looking for and then 'Search' may give you some results, but please use this with caution as it is still a bit dodgy!

9. Include Art in Your Replies

A handy FAQ for that is here: FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?

To make big thumbnails, simply put 'big' before 'thumb'. For example: :bigthumb######:

You can also click on the 'Add Media' button when you make a reply to add various visuals with quick and easy access.

10. Need Help?

We strongly recommend you look at the sticky threads at the top of every forum. These are usually created by Community Volunteers to aid your experience of the forum and should not be disregarded. The Need HELP with deviantART? Read this! sticky thread at the top of the Deviants Forum is especially useful across the board, no matter if you're on the forum or somewhere else. If you need help with deviantART at all, then that is the first place you should go to.


Hopefully this article has been useful to you in some way! We all would like you to have a fantastic time in the forum, so go forth and enjoy with these tips and tricks in mind. :la:



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Papplebrace Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Student Artist
Thanks!
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this =D much appreciated!
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icefire8521 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that the "Add Media" button is currently seniors only for testing?
I really didn't know much about the forums otherwise!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It'll be made available soon, though, I'd think. :nod:
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I knew threads would be locked in a month, but didn't know they'd 'drop off' in a week's time. Thanks for this. :hug:
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:shamrock: "This is some interesting reading here." :shamrock: :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so! :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fabulous article!
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