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Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Posts: 5119
Joined: Aug. 2001
Posted: Aug. 12, 2001 4:17 am/pm Quote

After you've finished registering, you're ready to begin posting! That is, writing Disney-related messages on the Disney Echo and replying to messages written by others.

Now that you're a Disney EchoEar, write a message introducing yourself to your fellow Disney EchoEars!

  • 1. Here's how to post a new message: basically first select (click on) a message forum's name where your message's subject will best fit (such as the WDW forum for a message about something at WDW in general) and then click "new post." Here are specific instructions about how to post an introductory message all about you in the "Shake Hands" area:

  • 2. (After logging in) scroll down to the dark red horizontal bar that has "How Do You Do And Shake Hands!" on it.
    • If you havn't already logged in while reading you are reading this now, you can scroll up and click on the words "Sign in" that you'll find above the yellow horizontal bar.

  • 3. Below the line with "How Do You Do And Shake Hands!" ont it, click either the animated picture of Mickey & Minnie (  or is it Minnie & Mickey?! ) shaking hands or the link that says "Shake Hands"
    • If you're finished reading this message and want a quick way to get to the Shake Hands area now, just click here.)

  • 4. Next, click the "new topic" button.

  • 5. On the page that opens, type in a subject in the "Topic Title" text entry box and an optional description in the "Topic Description" box. If you type too many letters in either box, it just won't take any more when it reaches its limit -- so rewrite your entry to fit if that happens.

  • 6. The Post Icons are optional and can be left to the default Mickey ears.

  • 7. Using the Mouseke-Code Buttons is optional and can be ignored in a basic post.

  • 8. Scroll down and you'll see "Enter your Post" in the left column and to the right you'll see a yellow text entry box. That's where you should type in your message. The animated MickEmoticons that are to the left of the text entry box are optional, but if you want to use one here's how they work: Just click on the one you want to use and the code for it will automagically be plopped into the text entry box at the bottom/right of any text that might or might not already be there. Note that if you've already started composing a message (or are going back to edit one you've already posted) and you want to insert a MickEmoticon in a specific place, just highlight the code that will appear at the end of your typed message and cut it out, then paste it in between the words you'd like it to appear. Note that after you click on any of the MickEmoticons they will all stop animating in the display: this is normal and is how web browsers work -- but they'll still animate in your message once you've saved it.

  • 9. When you're finished writing your message, click the "Post New Topic" button.

How to reply to an existing message:
  • 1. First, find a message area you're interested in and click on its name. (You can return to the top of the message areas by clicking the red "Disney Echo" link next to the mouse-eared folder icon right above the message's window or clicking the green Messages button in the upper left corner of the Disney Echo's mouse-eared navigation window.)
  • 2. When you see a topic of a message or messages you you want to reply to, click the topic's name and that message will be displayed -- or if there is more than one message in that topic you'll probably see the first message in that topic displayed. The next step will be to reply to this message or group of messages.
  • 3. Click the "add reply" button found at the top left of that message's window.
  • 3. Type your message in the message box, including as much information as possible. You can type normally or use Mouske-Code tags (if you don't know what that is, don't worry about it! ). We encourage you to put your name at the end of your message as well as your "signature," which can include a link to your web page if you like.
  • 4. Click the "Add Reply" button at the bottom to post your message.
  • 5. The message board will display the topic again, and this time your reply will be added to the bottom of the list of messages. (If you don't see it, refresh your browser window and/or make sure you are looking at the last page of messages on that topic if there are so many messages that it is continued on another page or pages.)
  • 7. If you want to edit your message after you've posted it, whether immediately after or days/weeks after, have your message displayed and then click the "Edit" button found at the top left of that message's window. When you're done editing it, click the "Submit Modified Post" button.

If you want to add a new topic:

  • 1. Find a forum that interests you and/or is appropriate to your topic and click on its name.
  • 2. Click the "new topic" button.
  • 3. Type a short but descriptive subject for your new topic. You are given the ability to put an additional description as well, but that is optional and not required.
  • 4. Type your message in the message box. Include as much information as possible. Type normally or use Mouseke-Code tags (again, don't worry about it if you don't know what Mouseke-Code is). You can also use MickEmoticons. :mickey: You're encouraged to put your name at the bottom of your message and your "signature" (including a link to your web page). This is automatically down if you're set up your profile to do that (using "Your MouseControl Panel").
  • 5. Click the "Post New Topic" button to post your message.
  • 6. The message board will display your new message topic automatically!

RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator
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RichKoster Offline


Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Posts: 5119
Joined: Aug. 2001
Posted: Jan. 27, 2003 9:26 am/pm Quote

More Help with writing or replying to a message on the Disney Echo

In addition to the help given here, you'll find more information if you click 'Help' in the bar above this message.

Help with writing or replying to a message on the Disney Echo:
To start a new topic, or to reply to a message in an existing topic, you must be registered.  See the 'More help with Registering' message if you want to find out how to register.

If you check the box marked 'Do you wish to add your signature?' the signature you entered when you registered will be added to the bottom of the post. You can edit your signature at any time by modifying your Profile. The signatures are updated with each read of a topic, so if you change your signature now, all posts you have made will carry the new signature.

Email notification of replies:
You can check the box marked 'Do you want email notification of replies?' to receive an email notifying you of any new posts made to the topic.

Mouse-eared emoticons, known as MickEmoticons, are a feature of the Disney Echo. If you uncheck the box marked 'Do you wish to enable MickEmoticons in this post?' the MickEmoticon code will not be converted into a graphic in your message.

You can choose to preview your message before posting by clicking the 'yes' radio button. This will allow you to correct any typing mistakes before the post is added to the database.  You'll also be able to come back any time in the future and edit any message you've written to the Disney Echo: after logging in, go to your message and click on 'Edit'.

You must complete all the fields when making a post with the exception of the Topic Description when starting a new topic.

Flood control has been enabled as a safety feature on the Disney Echo, so you'll have to wait the specified time (usually 30 seconds) before making a new post. This is to prevent double posting and spamming.

Clicking on 'MickEmoticons are enabled' (if the link is visable) will bring up the code legend for the mouse-eared emoticons. Clicking on the 'IkonCode Legend' will bring up the code legend for using IkonCode.

RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator

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