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Forum Help


Please read this article to familiarize yourself with how to use the forum and its many options.

When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a little sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.

Set up your profile:
When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.
 
Personal Info:
  • Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized.
  • Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.
  • My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.
 
 
Forum Settings:
  • Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.
  • My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.
  • My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.
  • My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.
  • My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favorite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.
  • Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.
 
Reply to an existing post:
So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.
  • Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the web page) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
  • Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will auto fill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.
  • Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expound upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
 
Create a new post of your own:
Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our Index and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labeled 'New Topic'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. First you will need to select a category under which to post. Then simply type a Subject line and then your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.
Format your post

Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.

The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.

The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Think of it as [start bold text]some text[end bold text]. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.

The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.

Lists:
There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.

First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.
[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list
Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list
[li] [/li] = each list item.

So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:
[ol]
[li] 1st place[/li]
[li] 2nd place[/li]
[li] 3rd place[/li]
[/ol]

Videos:
Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to forums and makes use of many video sharing web sites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other web site to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.

Ther is a detailed tutorial on embedding videos in a post under the General Discussion/Turorials thread, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing web site uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting web site from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor or typing the following:

[video type=] [/video]

If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:
[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]

Example:
[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]

It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.
 
Edit your own post:
There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!

Visibility and notification of your favorite posts:
Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.

Subscribe:
At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.

Favorite:
Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favorites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favorites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favorites in your profile.

The Karma System:
The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a web site by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.

Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.

Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.

The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.

Conclusion:
Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.

 

Form a VCOA Chapter


Thank you for your interest in forming a chapter of the VOLVO CLUB OF AMERICA!

The Chapter is the basic unit of our club and serves as the focus for all club activities at the local level. VCOA Chapters currently exist in many geographic areas of the US & Canada. If a chapter does not exist in your area, or you wish to form a new one, there are only a few basic requirements.


Download our Chapter Charter Application & Charter Member List documents. This is a copy of the charter that will be issued by VCOA National Headquarters. Please read the conditions and terms of the charter; your signed application is your agreement to adhere to the terms of the charter.


In order to apply, you must have a minimum of 12 VCOA members; however, you may have additional VCOA members sign the charter thereby becoming “Charter Members” of your chapter.


Be sure that you fill in all of the information asked for on the application. Print or type all information except for the signatures of the charter members. In order to complete the application you will need:

  • At least 12 VCOA members in good standing. These members should live in a reasonable geographic area that will make participation in chapter activities relatively easy. Each member must sign the charter application in the space provided next to the printed information. If you are recruiting new members who will be signing the charter application, you should collect their application and membership fee (check to VCOA or Master/VISA Card info) and include these with the charter application.
  •  Name and address for your chapter. The name should reflect the location or some attribute of the chapter you wish to form, for example - “Greater Boston/Merrimack Valley Chapter,” “Lone Star Chapter,” and “Puget Sound Chapter”. The address should be one that will be relatively permanent and that won’t change every time officers or membership changes. Describe the geographic area that you wish to be included in your chapter. This information will be used to direct new club members to your chapter as they join VCOA. If possible, please specify this geographic area using ZIP code numbers so that our computer can automatically determine the appropriate chapters for the new members. Postal ZIP code maps are available in the ZIP Code Directory of your local post office.
  • A President and a Secretary. These will be the first two names on the charter application. You may select other officers as you think necessary; however, only the initial president and secretary will be indicated on the charter.

When you have all the required information, carefully fill in the application. If you are sending new member applications with the charter application for some of the members who are signing the charter, leave the member number blank and we will fill in the appropriate information when we process the membership applications. If you want to keep a copy of the application, make one for yourself now as the original will be retained by VCOA National Headquarters. Mail the completed application to the club headquarters address PO Box 16 Afton, NY 13730. An approved charter will be sent to the chapter address on the application.


Our former president, Lee Cordner wrote a great article a while back for Rolling talking about chapter building ideas. You can view &   download a copy of that as well.


If you decide to form a chapter in your area, please contact Ryan Ottochian, Chapter Coordinator to obtain a current list of members in your area for your use.


If you have any questions or need help with any part of the application please do not hesitate to e-mail:

  Ryan Ottochian
VCOA Chapter Coordinator

Benefits of Joining the Club


Take a look at some of the great benefits you'll receive as a member of the Volvo Club of America:

Rolling Magazine
The magazine of the Volvo Club of America, Rolling is published six times annually and contains current news, technical information, and historical and general interest articles, as well as a calendar of events, regional and chapter news, classified advertising, and various discount sources. The magazine provides articles devoted to the maintenance and enjoyment of all Volvo models.

Parts and Service Discounts
As with any other piece of machinery, a Volvo requires periodic maintenance and the replacement of worn parts. VCOA helps members reduce these costs by up to 25%. A growing number of Volvo dealers and aftermarket parts suppliers around the country offer discounts to VCOA members. Your club membership can more than pay for itself in parts and accessories discounts alone.

Local Chapters
VCOA members live in virtually every state - from Alaska and Hawaii to Maine and Florida, and all points between. Local chapters across the country are the basis for club events close to home. If there is not a chapter in your area, you can get one started with a few friends and some work and dedication.

Regional and National Meets
VCOA sponsors annual Volvo meets featuring concourse events, technical workshops, competition events, swap meets, and banquets. These are social events for the entire family and highlight VCOA's annual activities. In addition, Chapters host local and regional meets as well as regular meetings and activities.

Discounts on New Volvo Purchase
VCOA members holding current membership cards may participate in Volvo’s “Friends and Family” A-PLAN BY VOLVO purchase arrangement. The “A” plan is the program through which Volvo employee families purchase their private cars at the pre-negotiated dealer invoice price from participating retailers. A VCOA member and immediate family member may buy up to 2 new Volvos per year at the same price as Volvo employees do.   Click Volvo_logo_thmb for details

Technical Assistance
Owners of older Volvos are especially interested in technical information and assistance, both for repairs and modifications to their cars. VCOA helps you plug into a network of individuals across the country who can help the owner of any Volvo better understand how to maintain his or her Volvo.

Other Benefits
VCOA also provides you with a club membership card, a multicolor window decal, and the opportunity to obtain various accessories, regalia, and books at lower prices.
Most importantly, membership in the Volvo Club of America will bring you camaraderie with other Volvo owners and enthusiasts who share your interest in Volvos.

Not a member yet?   Click here to JOIN NOW!!


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