XenForo How-To

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    brubenstein Administrator Super Moderator

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    In an effort to ease the transition to XenForo, I’ll be posting some instructions here for how to handle basic forum tasks. This won’t be comprehensive – for a more complete guide, check out the official XenForo instructions – but should be enough to get you comfortable with day-to-day activities. I’ll update/add to this guide as needed, and will be creating a separate guide specifically for forum moderators.

    Glossary

    XenForo uses some terms that are slightly different from vBulletin (and other forums). Here are some key ones to be aware of:

    • Messages – These are what vBulletin calls “posts”. Your number of posts will be migrated over to become your current number of messages.
    • Alerts – These replace vBulletin’s “notifications”. You’ll see an Alerts menu at the top right of the page when you’re signed in (next to your profile information). Here you’ll see notifications on threads and forums you’re watching, and you can manage your alert preferences from here.
    • Conversations – These are private messages you have with other users (show in your Inbox).
     
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    How to Log In

    The login/sign up button is at the top right (there’s also a larger, orange button a bit below the header). Input your username and password and make sure to check “Stay logged in” in case you don’t want to enter your password each time you start a new session.
     
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    How to Select Forum Styles/Themes

    There are four available forum styles to choose from (you can only choose a style if you are logged in):

    NBR_XenFoogle – This is the default theme.

    Default Style – An ad-free version.

    vB 3.x – Fluid – A version similar to vBulletin 3.x style.

    vBulletin 4 – As implied, this style is similar to vBulletin 4 themes.

    The Style Chooser is located at the bottom left of any page, in the blue bar. Click on the current style name to open the Style Chooser and then select your preferred style. Note: This selection is also available under your personal Preferences menu.
     
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    How to View Threads

    Click on any forum title to view the threads in that forum. You’ll see the name of each thread, who started that thread and when, the number of replies and views, and the name of the last contributor to the thread (and when that contribution occurred).

    Click on the name of the thread to be taken to that thread. You can also hover over the thread title to view the pages in the thread, and click on any of those to be taken directly there. If you are using the vBulletin 4 theme, the page numbers will display automatically.

    To change how the list of threads displays, use the “Thread Display Options” menu at the bottom of the list. This will allow you to sort threads in ascending or descending order, by number of replies, latest message time and other criteria.
     
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    How to Change the Order of Posts in a Thread

    By default, the posts within a thread will show in ascending order (oldest at the top, newest at the bottom), with the post reply box at the bottom of any thread page. If you’d like to change this display, you can do so by going to your personal preferences (hover over your username at top right and choose “Preferences” and using the “Thread display mode” drop-down. If you change to “Newest post first,” this will also make the post reply box appear at the top of the thread.
     
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    How to View New Posts/Activity

    If you want to see what’s new across all forums, click on New Posts in the sub-menu under Forum in the main menu.

    Here you’ll see a list of all threads with unread messages; somewhere on the list you’ll see a note that says “Threads below this have not been updated since your last visit but have unread messages.” This means that anything above this note is new since your last visit.

    If you just want a straight list of the most recent posts, click “Recent Posts” at the top right on that New Posts page.
     
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    How to Start a Thread

    To start your own thread, go to any forum and click the orange “Post New Thread” button.

    You can then add a thread title and add content to the first post and click “Create Thread”. You can choose whether to watch a thread and receive email notifications when there are new responses.
     
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    How to Add a Post in a Thread

    Adding a new post to a thread is very similar to creating a thread, except you don’t create a thread title first. Simply go down to the bottom of the thread (or top, if you’ve changed your default view) and you’ll find a Post Reply input box. The “More Options” button allows you to Preview the post and sign up for thread notifications.
     
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    How to Quote Other Users’ Posts

    If you’re in a thread and want to reply specifically to another user’s post, use the “Reply” link at the bottom right of the post. This will start a new post with that user’s post quoted (this is the default within XenForo – in vBulletin, you had to specifically choose “Quote”). You can then add any additional information you want and submit your reply.

    You’ll also notice that if you highlight any part of another user’s posts, an option will pop up giving you the ability to quote the highlighted part of the post. Click “Reply” and you’ll see that selection quoted.
     
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    How to Multi-Quote Other Users’ Posts

    If you want to include multiple other posts within your post, use the Multi-Quote option. Go through a given thread and click the “+Quote” link on all the posts you want to include in your response.

    Once you click it you will see a note at the top of your screen saying “Message added to multi-quote,” and the message you selected will show with a “-Quote” (you can click again to de-select).

    Once you’ve selected all of the quotes, go down to the bottom of the thread and click “Insert Quotes…” in the Post Reply box. A box will pop up with all the quotes you’ve selected, which you can re-order if desired.

    Click “Quote These Messages” and you’ll see the quotes in your post.

    Again, if you highlight any user’s post/part of a post, you can add just that selection to a multi-quote.
     
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