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Do I have to create an account to use the Discussion Boards?

Yes, in order to start a new Topic or add a Post, you must have an account. You can browse the Discussion Boards without an account, however. If you choose to create an account, you will be able to edit your profile and preferences, and you will get the most out of the Breastcancer.org Community.

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Why do you ask for my email address?

Your email address is used for email notifications, Discussion Boards communications, to help you recover a lost password, or to answer technical support requests. We never publicize your email address, as we realize that people don't want everyone to have this information.

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Help! I'm having trouble creating an account.

This is usually because your browser is not set to accept cookies from our site. Cookies are used to track your user name, password, and what content you have looked at in your current session. If your browser is not set to accept cookies, you may not be able to log in.

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How do I log in?

You must have an account with the Discussion Boards in order to log in and start topics and posts, contribute to others’ posts, and personalize your Discussion Boards experience. The link to log in is the rightmost link in the gray bar at the top of the Discussion Boards website. Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can enter your user name and password. Keep in mind that the password is case-sensitive. This means that S (capital) and s (lowercase) are not the same. Once you have entered your user name and password, you will be brought to the Discussion Boards All Topics page.
Once you have entered your user name and password, you'll be brought to the main Discussion Boards page.

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Help! I'm having trouble logging in.

The following checklist may help you successfully log in:
  1. Make sure you are entering your password correctly. Passwords are case-sensitive.
  2. Ensure caps lock is not on.
  3. Ensure that your browser accepts cookies. High levels of security restriction in certain browsers will automatically reject cookies. In order to use the Discussion Boards, your browser will need to be set to accept cookies.
  4. Log out completely by hitting the Log Out link in the gray bar at the top of the page, and then log in again.
  5. Click the reload/refresh button on your Web browser after entering your login information.
  6. If you continue to have problems, go to the login page and click the "Forgot your password? Recover it." link. Enter the email address you used to create your account for the Discussion Boards. A temporary password will be generated and emailed to you.

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What do all these new terms mean?

Our new Discussion Boards offers new terminology to help Community Members better use and understand the Discussion Boards. Here is an overview of our new terminology:
Categories – A Category is a grouping of Forums. For example, "Not Diagnosed but Concerned" is a Category that holds Forums such as "Not Diagnosed but Worried" and "High Risk Women."
Forums – Forums are subsets of Categories and provide specific topic areas for Community Members to submit content. For example, if you are a Community Member who is worried about breast cancer, but is not diagnosed, you would choose the “Not diagnosed but worried” Forum to submit your concern.
Topics – Topics are subsets of Forums. Once you have found an appropriate Forum in which to submit your content, you can start a new Topic that details your question or concern.
Posts – Posts are subsets of Topics. Once you or another Community Member has started a Topic, you and other Community Members can add Posts to the Topic.

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How do I start a new Topic or add a Post to an existing Topic?

First, ensure you are logged in to the Discussion Boards. Once you are logged in, you can start a new Topic by navigating to an appropriate Forum. For example, if you are concerned and have a question about breast cancer, you would navigate to the "Not Diagnosed but Worried" Forum. Once there, click the "Start a new Topic" button to begin writing. When you are ready to post your new Topic, click "Submit".
To add a Post to an existing Topic, navigate to the Topic to which you would like to add the Post. Then, click one of the "Post a Reply" links. When you have finished writing your Post, click "Submit".

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How do I change my password or update/edit my profile?

You may update your profile–including changing your password–at any time by logging in, and then clicking the "My Profile" link found at the top of any page, in the gray bar.
To change your password, click on the “Settings” tab. Click the "Edit" link next to the Password field, and make your updates. Be sure to click "Save" to save your changes.
To update your profile (Avatar, Occupation, etc.), click on the "Settings" tab on the "My Profile" page. Make your updates, and click the "Save" button after each item is updated.

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How do I add an image to my message?

To add an image to a Topic or a Post, click the image icon in the Post/Topic toolbar. A popup will appear where you can enter the image’s URL (see note below), description, and dimensions. Click "Insert" to add the image.

Note: The image you wish to insert must be saved online somewhere, such as www.Photobucket.com or www.Flickr.com. Each of these sites explains how to share your images. You should select the HTML code option for the image you want, and paste it into the "Image URL" box.

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  1. Type the text you would like to make into a link. It is not suggested that you use the entire link as the linked text.
  2. Highlight the text, and click the Insert/edit link icon .
  3. Enter the URL, select the Target window (same or new) it should open in, and give your link a Title, which shows up when your mouse if over the link.
  4. Click the "Insert" button and your link will be saved.
To edit your link, repeat Step 2.

To remove a link, highlight the linked text, and click the "Unlink" icon .

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How do I add an avatar to my profile?

To add and avatar to your profile, navigate to the "My Profile" link found at the top of any page, in the gray bar. Then navigate to the "Settings" tab. Find the Avatar field and click "Edit" to choose a new file from your machine. Make sure to click "Save" to save your changes. You can also choose to delete your current avatar.

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Is there a limit to avatar image size?

We ask that you keep your images relatively small. As a rule, please do not exceed 125 x 300 pixels and/or 35k for your avatar image. This will ensure that the Discussion Boards load quickly for all Community Members.

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Can I attach a file to my Topics or Posts?

No. For security purposes, file attachments are not allowed.

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What are the Discussion Boards rules?

The Community Rules are the rules Community Members agree to when they sign up to use the Discussion Boards. You can find a link to the Community Rules in the footer of all Discussion Boards pages.

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How do I edit my time zone and email preferences?

You can edit your email preferences by clicking the "My Profile" link found in the gray bar at the top of any page. Then navigate to the "Settings" tab to edit time zone preferences, email preferences, and image display preferences. Be sure to click "Save" to save your changes.

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Why is a Topic’s subject so important?

The first submission of a Topic establishes the subject by which all subsequent Posts will be known. Make Topic subjects as descriptive and as specific as possible. For example, "LCD burn-in questions", is much better than something completely generic, such as "Newbie needs help!". Not only is it more likely to elicit a response, but it'll also make it much easier for all Posts in the Topic to be found, especially from a site search.

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How do I find Topics that may already have the answer to the question I have?

Before starting a Topic, it is always worth checking to see if your concern has already been submitted. You can do this via the "Search" link in the left side navigation. On mobile devices, you will find "Search" by clicking the "Menu" button at the top of the screen.

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How can I ensure my Posts and Topics have white space in them?

Hit the carriage return twice at the points where you want to insert a blank line.

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Is there a spell check function?

Yes, there is a spell check to use when you are starting Topics, adding Posts, and sending Private Messages. To use the spell check, click the spell check icon from the message toolbar. The spell check function will underline any misspellings it finds in red. Left-click on the misspelled word to learn suggestions for correction.

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How do I edit my content?

To edit your content, click the "Edit" link within the Post or Topic you wish to change.

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How do I delete my Post?

First, ensure you are logged in to the Discussion Boards. When you are logged in, you can delete your own Posts by clicking on the "Delete" link to the right of the "Edit" link below the Post text. From there, you will be taken to a confirmation screen that asks you to confirm or cancel your deletion. When you have deleted your Post, a placeholder for that Post will still exist showing that you have deleted the Post. Remember, you can only delete your own Posts.

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What if I submit content to the wrong Forum?

Let a Discussion Boards Administrator know by sending them a Private Message - they will be able to move it for you.

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How do I add a Topic to My Favorite Topics?

To add a Topic to your favorites, click the "Add to Favorites" link at the bottom left of the Topic you wish to add.

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How can I be notified about activity in my Favorite Topics?

You may choose to receive email notifications when other users post replies to your Favorite Topics by navigating to the "My Favorite Topics" page and clicking the "Add email notification" link for each Topic.
Conversely, you can turn off notifications by clicking "Remove email notification" next to each topic.
A count of your active notifications is displayed on your Settings page in the "My Profile" area.

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How do I send a Private Message?

There are two ways Community Members can send Private Messages. The first way is from the Discussion Boards / Topics pages:
  1. Click on the user name of the community member to whom you would like to send a Private Message.
  2. Click on "Send member a private message".
  3. Fill in the Subject line and message body.
  4. Click the "Send Message" button.
The second way is from the "Private Messages" area, which is limited to your Favorite Members:
  1. Navigate to the "Private Messages" area by clicking the link in the left side menu (or under the "Menu" link for mobile devices)
  2. Click "Compose New Message"
  3. Next to "To", you will find a menu of your Favorite Members. This menu also contains Discussion Board moderators, should you need to send them a message. Select the Member to whom you would like to send a Private Message.
  4. Fill in the Subject line and message body.
  5. Click the "Send Message" link.

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How can I be notified when I receive a new Private Message?

You may choose to turn on Private Message notifications in two places:
  1. Navigate to the Private Messages Inbox where you will see "Email Notification of New Private Messages" with a link to turn the setting on (or off is it is already active).
  2. On the Settings page in the "My Profile" area, you will find a section labeled "Email Notifications" with a "New Private Message" item. Turn the setting on (or off, if it is already active) using the link.

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What are Active Topics?

Active Topics are Topics that have had Posts submitted to them within the last 24 hours. When you click the Active Topics link, you will see a table of all Topics to which Community Members have added Posts. The table is in reverse chronological order and lists the Topic’s title, who submitted the last Post and when, the number of unread replies, and other contextual information. Click on the Topic title link to go to your first unread Post of that Topic.

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How do I report spam or Community abuse?

First, ensure you are logged in to the Discussion Boards. Click on the Report this Post link found on the upper right-hand side of the Post to report Community abuse. Community abuse includes:
  1. spam
  2. solicitations to buy products
  3. threatening, abusive, or hateful comments
Community abuse does NOT include:
  1. comments which simply have a different viewpoint than yours
  2. moderator-approved solicitations for interviews or events
Community Members who abuse the Community by submitting spam or other abusive content will have their account temporarily banned. Community Members who report Community abuse when the content does NOT qualify for Community abuse will also have their account temporarily banned. Repeated offenses of Community abuse or erroneously reporting abuse will result in a permanent ban.

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How do I block Posts and Private Messages from another Community Member?

There are two ways to block or ignore content from other Community Members. First, ensure you are logged in to the Discussion Boards.
From the Member's profile page, you can click the link labeled "Block User" to stop receiving Private Messages from that Member. Posts from the blocked member will be suppressed, showing "This Post is suppressed because you are ignoring [Member Name]." with an "Unblock [Member Name]." link.
You may also block a Community Member directly from a Private Message sent by that Member by clicking the "Ignore [Member Name]" link.
Unblocking a Community Member can be accomplished from suppressed Posts, the Member's profile page, your Ignored Member list, or from within a Private Message sent by that Member.

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