Some (hopefully) helpful tips and tricks for your experience in the forum!
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.
1. Quick Access to Replies
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!
2. Access Threads Differently
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.
3. Change Layout of Threads
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.
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.Newest First/Oldest First means that you'll be presented with either the newest replies first or the oldest replies first.
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.
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.
4. Close Your Threads
FAQ #709: Can I close or delete my forum thread?
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.
5. Know Your Expired 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 sign. That also represents the thread is locked.
6. Know Your Locked 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.
7. Popular Forum Threads
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!
8. Use the Search Bar (with caution)
A handy FAQ for that is here: FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?
9. Include Art in Your Replies
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.
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.
10. Need Help?
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.