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    PopeBeanie
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    Replying to (and/or Quoting) a post…

    Usually, just log in to AZ and click on Reply or take the “usually best” option below

    OR, for more options in your reply:

    • Using the Quote button prepares your reply as follows:
      • The Quote button by itself copies and blockquotes the original post’s entire content, including a permalink (i.e. a linkback to the original post). (**Still, remember to add a blank line, then click on the blockquote button before you write your reply, else your reply will also be in the blockquote.)
      • If all you want to add to your reply is a permalink (linkback) to the author’s post, click on the Quote button, then delete all the text that comes after the permalink, add a blank line, then turn off the blockquote and write your reply.
      • Last option, but usually best:
        • Highlight (i.e. select) only the relevant portion of the original post that you are responding to
        • Click on the Quote button, which prepares a reply for you with permalink and relevant content
        • Again, (unfortunately as always when blockquoting) you need to add a blank line and turn off the blockquote before you write your reply

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    You can always add as many blockquotes as desired in your reply in the usual copy/paste way (even if all you did was hit the Reply button):

    • Highlight relevant text from another post
    • Scroll back to your reply form and click the blockquote button to turn on blockquoting
    • Paste the relevant text
    • Add a blank line
    • Click the blockquote button to trun off blockquoting

     

    How do I include media in a post? from and by Davis

    This is a function on a chat website which should either 1. involve a tool button (especially if you want to format it more) or 2. there should be a note in the edit box informing users that they can just copy and paste the link. (Thx, Davis.)

     

    Linking to a Facebook Video

    @davis, sorry for the long delay. I avoid facebook like a plague, but got extra curious today.

    Found some instructions on two different videos and got the same results on each. This method makes sense wrt giving credit to the poster. But it doesn’t directly embed the video, so it forces one to visit facebook to watch it… but at least I didn’t have to log in to facebook to watch it. YMMV?

    Right-click (long click on Mac?) on the video, and select “Show video URL” on the menu that pops up. (I had to scroll up on some videos before I could see that menu.) Click on the URL and copy it, then paste it directly into your post. Obviously, this is easiest to do when Facebook and AZ are in different tabs.

    Two examples of what pasting just those links looks like:

    Dogs react to magic part 2.

    These videos never get old 😆😆🙌🙌

    Posted by Oh That’s Cool on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    How a Dragonfly's Brain Is Designed to Kill

    The dragonfly is one of the most successful hunters in the animal kingdom. Watch how it detects its prey:

    Posted by DIY Neuroscience on Thursday, April 19, 2018

     

    Starting a New Topic (e.g. via mobile device)

    It’s the same, whether by desktop or mobile screen, but may seem more hidden on mobile, at first.

    You go to one of the forums that applies and go to the bottom of the page. It looks like a comment box, but it differs in terms of allowing you to give it a title. (Thx, Unseen.)

    • This topic was modified 1 year ago by  PopeBeanie. Reason: Added: Replying and/or Quoting
    #6338

    Strega
    Moderator

    I use an iPad and the majority of functions are slightly beyond my grasp. Any iPad tips n tricks for the forum postings would be much appreciated!

    #26742

    PopeBeanie
    Moderator

    W hat are the easiest ways to see a list of the most recent activity?

    I suggest two ways, one is the quickest, and another provides the most history and detail.

    –> QUICKEST
    If you’re looking at a computer screen, you should see a list on the left and a list on the right. The left one briefly lists the most recently updated topics, and the right one briefly lists the most recent posts. Or Click on the Site-Wide Activity button at the very top of the Atheist Zone page. If you’re on a mobile device, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Or, tap on this link, and bookmark it if you like.

    –> BUILD A LONG, DETAILED HISTORY LIST
    The AZ home page shows “Latest Activity” which can extend as far back in time as you like, by clicking on the “Load More” button. I use this nobrainer method to keep clicking back far enough to see my most recent post. Now the tricky* part here is to not lose that potentially looooong list of posts while you look at individual posts: Right-click or long-click on the date/time link of a post of interest, and open it in another tab! That way you can start reading posts you’ve missed in that topic, close the tab when you’re done with the topic, and continue scolling up, forward in time for newer posts.

    * I say this is “tricky” because it’s too easy in to accidentally click on the date/time link without opening it in a new tab, causing the long “Load More” list to be discarded. You could just scroll up the list of history and open every topic into its own tab before you start reading posts in each tab; you only need to open one tab for each topic, even if there are several posts to read in each topic.

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