Site FAQ

The Registration Process

We’re glad you’re interested in joining Aussie Homeschool. Before you begin the registration process, we’d like to remind you to read the Site FAQ ‘s and in particular this note about what to expect upon applying for membership. Once you’ve read these you can go ahead and register. The administration team will approve or deny your request.

Registration Process

1. Read and agree to the User Agreement . (By registering it is assumed you have read and agreed to this.)
2. Sign up with a username and password. Please fill in all the required fields. These required fields are necessary for the admin to verify that you are a 1) real live person and 2) not a spammer, harvester or someone equally as malicious.
3. WAIT for an email that will inform you of your approval or otherwise. Follow the prompts contained in the email.
4. After the admin team reviews your pending request, you will be approved or denied. You will receive an email to advise you. Once approved, you can log on and start being a part of this community. It can take up to 24 hours for the admin team to view your application. If you have not received any communication from us after 3 days, please contact us.

**Note: Please check your spam folder as some members have reported that emails from our address go straight into the junk/spam folder.

How Do I Delete My Cookies?

Most cookies are easy to delete. Just pick your browser from the choices below and follow the instructions. If your browser isn’t listed, please visit AboutCookies.org or search for ‘delete cookies +yourbrowser’.

Our Community site (forums and classifieds) have a button link that you can click which will do the cookie deletion for you. You’ll find it at the bottom of every page. But if that doesn’t work, you might find the following helpful:

 

Windows PC

Google Chrome

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list (alternatively, you can remove all cookies created within a specific time period by selecting the period you want from the dropdown list).
Select “Clear browsing history” to delete traces of which websites you’ve visited.
Select “Clear download history” to delete records of which files and programs you’ve downloaded.
Select “Empty the cache” to delete cached website pages.
You can also delete saved passwords (which log you into websites) and saved form data (such as your name and address).
Then click on the “Clear browsing data” button.
Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.

Internet Explorer 9

Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

Internet Explorer 8

Click “Safety” on the Command bar
Select “Delete Browsing History”
Select the option for cookies and click Delete. Alternatively, Internet Explorer 8’s new InPrivate browsing feature allows users to browse the internet without recording information from visited sites (including cookies). To use InPrivate mode:

Click “Safety” on the Command bar
Select “InPrivate Browsing”.

Internet Explorer 7.x

Exit Internet Explorer 7, and then exit any instances of Windows Explorer
Click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl, and then press ENTER
On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Properties dialog box
In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, click Delete Cookies
In the Delete Cookies dialog box, click Yes.

Internet Explorer (all other versions)

Internet Explorer saves cookies in more than one location, depending on the version of the browser and the version of Microsoft Windows being used.

The best way to find and delete them is to close Internet Explorer then use your file management software (such as Windows Explorer) and search for a folder called ‘cookies’.

Mozilla

Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Mozilla Firebird

Click on Tools, then Options
Select the Privacy icon in the left-hand panel
Click on Cookies
Click on Stored Cookies
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the Remove Cookie button
To remove all cookies click on the Remove All Cookies button

Mozilla Firefox

Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)
Select Privacy
In the Cookies panel, click on Show Cookies
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the Remove Cookie button
To remove all cookies click on the Remove All Cookies button

Netscape Navigator 7.x

Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Netscape Navigator 6.x

Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Netscape Navigator 4.x

In Netscape, all cookies are stored into one file, called Cookies.txt, in the user preferences folder, making them easy to find and delete. The folder can be located by using your file management software to search your hard disk drive for “cookies.txt”.

Users of Netscape Navigator 4.x may also stop cookies from being written to the hard drive, by making the cookies file read only. However, even if the browser can’t “write” cookies to the hard drive, it can still cache them, and it may create a new cookie file.

Opera

To delete all cookies at the end of every session, select it in the privacy settings under Tools > Preferences.
Click on Manage cookies to delete specific cookies or cookies from specific domains.

To delete all cookies immediately, go to Delete private data on the Tools menu.


Apple Macintosh

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (MacOS X)

Choose Preferences from Explorer menu
Select Receiving Files options
Select Cookies
Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
Press Delete button

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (MacOS 9)

Choose Preferences from Edit menu
Select Receiving Files options
Select Cookies
Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
Press Delete button

Mozilla

Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Netscape Navigator 7.x

Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Safari 1.0 (MacOS X)

Choose Preferences from Safari menu
Select Security icon
Press Show Cookies button
Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
Press Delete button

Opera

To delete all cookies at the end of every session, select it in the privacy settings under Opera > Preferences
Click on Manage cookies to delete specific cookies or cookies from specific domains.
To delete all cookies immediately, go to Delete private data on the Tools menu.

Site Profiles, Status Updates and PM’s

Brief overview of where to find your profile, the difference between a message and a notification and status updates.

Site Profiles and Introduction to Using Our Site

Is Your Browser Up To Date?

An Internet browser is your window to the web, where you can find almost anything from the comfort of your own living room. Today, the Internet is widely used for media, research, communication, shopping and entertainment. The better your browser, the more you will see and experience.

Up–to–date web browsers are equipped with the latest features and technology to simplify, accelerate and enhance your Internet experience. The newest features include tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and voice interaction. Browsers are also more customizable and entertaining with skins, informative and fun widgets and additional add–ons.

Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome
Internet Explorer: http://www.microsoft…er/default.aspx
Opera: http://www.opera.com/download/
Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/

Why We Keep Changing or Upgrading the System

We perform website maintenance on a regular basis. Sometimes there are no noticeable changes for the front end user (that’s you!) and at other times, there is. You log on one day to find everything looking quite different. Be assured we do hear and feel your frustration. We hear comments such as, “Why do they have to keep changing things? Can’t they just leave it alone. It was working fine!”

Security, bandwidth, advertisers, cosmetic appearance and usability are all some of the reasons for changing AussieHomeschool’s site layout and functions.

Security is Paramount!

For every hard working website owner there are two miserable, sick hackers who work harder, seeming to get pleasure from defacing (at the least) and hacking into sites. Website security and patches are updated at ridiculous rates. It’s time consuming, brain-draining and laborious to keep up, but we must. And sometimes, not every time, but some times a complete layout is needed to fit in with the security updates.

Bandwidth: An Issue for Everyone

Just because AussieHomeschool is free to use doesn’t mean it is free for you completely. It costs you download bandwidth every time you view a page. It also costs us (site owners) for every page viewed. It’s part of our monthly bandwidth fee. The bigger the page the higher the bandwidth. So the more streamlined and smaller each page can be, the better for all of us!

Advertisers

Layout changes occur because of the bandwidth issue and streamlining of pages but also to accommodate the needs of advertisers. And as with most forms of media, a great deal of weight is given to advertisers. It’s just how the world turns! Same with our non profit sporting club – we give as much credit and weight as we can to our sponsors and donators, for they help keep the club alive. That’s fair, isn’t it?

New Features and Functions

Sometimes the layout changes occur because of the advancements in website design. New features and functions are constantly being developed and these changes are most often for the user’s benefit. If there were no change, there would be no Web2.0. We’d all still be reading text from static HTML pages! Imagine life with no status updates, no interactivity. Oh my!

Browsers

Other times changes occur in order to keep up with modern browsers. All web browsers read and render information differently. Most browsers adhere to web standards but not all. AussieHomeschool and this site were built according to web standards. At the time of initial publication of each template used the sites adhere to web standards but Internet Explorer 5,6 and 7 do not read websites the same as other modern, functioning browsers. Therefore, as the IE browser upgrades changes, adaptations are made to sites and components used so that it can attempt to accommodate IE. Not easy.

Finally

We, (website administrators) do acknowledge and appreciate the patience, understanding and generosity of our members. We understand the frustrations that are experienced whenever we upgrade and endeavour to work our members in rectifying any issues.

Choosing a user name/display name

User names can be up to 20 characters in length and may contain letters and numbers only. This ‘nickname’ will be visible to everyone and it does not have to be your actual name.This user name is how other members will recognise you. Some members choose user names based on the number of children they have. (e.g.: mumof5) However, your user name can’t be changed so please choose wisely.

Please note that spaces within usernames are not advised. This can interfere with the private messaging system. You may however, use an underscore to separate words. eg: instead of Aussie Homeschool the username Aussie_Homeschool is more site friendly.

Please refrain from choosing a user name that might in any way offend the members on this site. Such accounts will be deleted, at the discretion of the admin team.

Your Details-Your Privacy

Okay, so you’ve registered but you’re wondering why we need all those details and what we do with them.

Fair enough question! One has to be careful on the Internet and privacy and confidentiality are important issues.

We totally respect your privacy. We will never loan, sell or hire your details. Ever. Never Ever. However, if we were ever required, by applicable law, subpoena, court order or other legal process to disclose your personally identifiable information, it is our policy to comply with any such requirements. Therefore any information entered to this site it at your own discretion.

We have found that with the trading boards, it has become necessary for us to have details such as phone number. While ADMIN does not wish to be involved in transactions in any way, sometimes it has become necessary (due to unforeseen circumstances) and we need to liaise between buyer and seller.

Please read our Privacy Policy and User Agreement.

Your Profile Settings

You can access your settings from any page by selecting your name at the top of the screen and then selecting “My Settings”.

There are several tabs on the side of the page, which allow you to configure and update different board settings:

Profile Settings
From the Profile Settings area of your UserCP, you can configure various aspects of your profile, including:

  • Profile Picture: This is the photo used to identify you throughtout the community.
  • Timezome
  • Allow Comments: If checked, other forum members can leave comments on your profile.
  • Friends
  • Edit your “About Me” information
  • Change your Member Title
  • Update your Birthday
  • Add profile information, such as interests
  • Share contact information such as AIM usernames.

Profile Customizatoin

From the Profile Customization tab of your UserCP, you can setup a custom profile background, change the colors of your profile, and perform other ways to customize the look and feel of your profile.

Email & Password

The Email & Password area allows you to update the password or email address associated with your account.

Display Name

The Display Name page allows you to change the name that is shown to members throughout the community. The board administrator limits the number of times you can change your display name, so make changes wisely.

Signature

The signature page allows you to modify the custom signature that is shown below all of your posts.

Ignore

The “ignore” tab allows you to configure your Ignore settings – you can choose to hide individual member’s posts, signatures, chats, status updates, or other aspects of a member that you wish to hide.

Manage Facebook/Twitter

If you have connected your forum profile to Facebook or Twitter, you can manage your connection here, including settings on importing status updates, linking your user photo, and more.

Manage Attachments

This page will display all attachments that you have uploaded to the forum. If you are running close to your global attachment limit, you can delete attachments from this area.

Notification Options

The Notification Options page allows you to configure how you should be notified of certain events, such as a reply to a topic, a private message, or a new topic. You can configure how you would like to recieve these notifications as well, such as via the mobile application, email, or inline notifications.

Your Notifications

This tab will display the most recent notifications that you have received.

 

Members

Member List
The member list contains a list of all members of the community. To access it, click the “Members” tab at the top of any page.

By default, all members are listed in alphabetical order. You can choose to only display members whose names begin with a certain letter by selecting that letter from the bar at the top. You can also choose to change the order of the results to display based on post count or join date by selecting the appropriate option from the bar below that.

Advanced Search
To search for a specific member, you can press the “ Use Advanced Filters” button. This will reveal advanced filter options. Once you have entered the search criteria, pressApply Filters.

Profiles
You can access a member’s profile by clicking their name anywhere in the community. From here you can see content the member has added, information about the member and contact the member.

User Information
To the side, you will see the user’s profile picture if they have one. Below this you will see options to add the user as a friend, send the user a personal message and view content from the user. Underneath this, you will see the user’s total reputation, if enabled, taking into account all positive and negative reputation given for all posts. Underneath this, you will see the user’s statistics, including what group they are in, how long they have been a member and other basic details.

Status
The user’s status displays in the profile upon clicking the Profile Feed tab. You can leave a profile comment here too and reply to their status or previous comments.

To update your own status, open the usermenu on the top right available on every page and you’ll have an input box to enter one.

Content
In the middle of the profile, you can see what a user has specified in their “About Me” page. You can use the tabs above this to view content the user has contributed to the community. This section will, however, only show recent content – to view all content, use the appropriate links from the user information section of the profile.

Personal and Contact Information
Below the content box, you will see the member’s personal information such as age and birthday. You may also be able to send the user an email if they have allowed it.

Friends
Below the personal and contact information, you will see the user’s friends. You can click on any of the usernames here to go view their profiles.

Rating
You may be able to rate the user by selecting one of the stars at the top of their profile. If you can rate a user, the stars will change color as you move your mouse over them. If you cannot rate the user, you will not be able to select the stars. You cannot rate yourself. You may be able to change your rating. To do this, just click on a different star and your vote will be updated.

Login – logout

How to log in and out from the board, how to remain anonymous and not be shown on the active users list and what to do if you forget your password.

Logging In
Once you have signed up for an account, you can log in by pressing the “Sign In” button at the top of any page.

From here, you should enter your username or email address, and the password you used when you registered. If you tick the “Remember Me” box you will not have to sign in when you visit the community in future. This ability can be very useful, but should not be used if other people have access to your computer or if you are using a public computer.

You may also be able to hide your username from the online list by checking the “Sign in anonymously” box. Administrators will still be able to see you online if you do so, however other members will not be able to.

When you are ready, click Sign In.
Once logged in, you should be taken back to whatever page you were previously viewing.

You may also see additional log in options such as OpenID, Twitter, or Facebook Connect. If these features are available and you would prefer to use one of these options to log in, click on the appropriate button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Logging Out
To log out click the “Sign Out” link at the top of the screen from any page.

Trouble logging in (login)

Some members have reported a difficulty in logging in to the site. This has always found to be a computer setting issue, rather than a site issue. The best fix for this issue is to clear the browsers cache and delete your cookies.

Fortunately, our site can help you with clearning your cookies:

  • Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the ‘Delete My Cookies’ link.
  • Click it. Logout.
  • Click it again. Log back in!

Trouble viewing site in browser

Some users have had an issue with the loading of some pages in this site. Usually, the reason for this has been the result of the user’s browser. In most instances this web site will render consistently as designed within all web browsers, with exception of Internet Explorer. The IE browsers 7 and 8 render with various degrees of bugs- the worst being 7, followed by 6. IE 8 is improving. With all the other web browsers, their rendering engine complies with the worldwide web standards for valid web coding. IE6,7 and 8, being a proprietary code does not.

If you have an issue with the way the web page renders, we need to know:

  • Computer resolution
  • Operating system
  • Browser used
  • Have you enabled cookies?

This website is tested using many different operating systems, computer screen sizes and web browsers which will be detailed below:

Operating Systems used for testing:

  • Windows7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
  • Macintosh OSX Leopard and Snow Leopard.
  • Various Linux distrubutions mainly Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Browsers used are:
Camino, Chrome, Opera, FireFox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 7 and IE 8.

Monitor sizes vary between 17inches and 22 1/2 inches.

Screen resolution is always tested at 1024 x 768 through to 1440 x 1024

Please be aware that issues involving IE6,7 and 8 are very difficult to resolve- this is not just our site but a worldwide phenomenon.

Consider upgrading to a modern browser… one that meets with worldwide web standards.

Feel free to email the site administrator regarding any site viewing issues or site performance issues… just be sure to include the required information as outlined above.

Forgotten password

If you are like most people these days, you have too many passwords and it is inevitable that you are going to forget one eventually. AussieHomeschool, like most systems today, allows you to automatically reset your password should you forget it.

If you have forgotten your password, you can click the “I’ve forgotten my password” link on the sign in page below the password box. This will take you to a page where you can enter your username or email address, and we will then either email you a new password that you can use or a link for you to reset your password.

Note that if you locked your account by typing in the wrong password too many times, you will still need to unlock your account before you can use your new password. Please contact an administrator for assistance if you encounter trouble with a locked account.

Forum Help

Viewing The Board Index

When visiting the board, you will be presented with a list of categories and forums in those categories. This page is called the Board Index, and it lists all of the forums.

Forums are split into categories. You can choose to hide any category by pressing the “-” button on the right-hand side above the list of forums, and the “+” button to make them visible again. If hidden, such categories, and the forums inside them, will be collapsed and no longer shown to you when visiting the board index.

When viewing the forums, there are icons shown next to them which indicate the status of a forum, and if it has unread posts or not.

 This indicates that there are posts which you have not read contained inside this forum, or one of it’s sub forums.
 This indicates that all of the posts contained in this forum and it’s sub forums have been read.
 Redirect forum, when you enter this forum you will be redirected elsewhere.

The Topic List
Within each forum there are a list of topics. Just like forums, each topic has an marker to indicate the type of topic it is:
 A regular topic with unread posts.
 This is a topic which you have participated in, with no new replies since you last read it.
 This indicates that you have previously replied in this topic, and there are new replies since you last read or replied to the topic.

 

Special Types of Topics
 This icon indicates an “Announcement” – Announements are not regular topics, because members cannot reply to them. They are simply important news or information which should be read.

 This icon indicates a hot topic which has many members participating and replying.

 Topic that has been moved into another forum.
 This indicates that a topic has been locked, and can no longer be replied to.

To add a new topic, press the  Start new Topic” button. This may not be available for all forums. In forums where you cannot create a topic you will see “You cannot start a new topic” in place of the button.

To enter a any topic, click on its name.

Sorting Options
To customize the way topics are displayed, you can use the sorting options found at the top of the forum.

  • Show type – this allows you to only display certain types of topics such as polls or topics that you have posted in.
  • Sort by – this allows you to change the way topics are ordered. By default topics are ordered with the topics that have most recently had replies first, but you can choose to sort by other factors such as the number of replies or alphabetically.
  • Sort direction – this allows you to set which way you want to sort for the setting above. For example if you set “Sort by” to be “Replies”, choosing “A-Z” for this setting will show the topics that have no replies first, whereas choosing “Z-A” will show the topics with the most replies first.
  • Time frame – this allows you to limit the topics that are shown to only topics that have been made within a certain amount of time.

There may be more than one page of topics, if this is the case, you will see an option to “Load More Topics” at the bottom of the list of topics. There will also be page numbers to the left of this button.

Viewing Posts
To the side of each post there will be information about the user.
To view a user’s profile information at a glance, simply hover your mouse over their username. Their profile card will display, showing you various profile information without having to leave the topic. From their profile card, you can send them a message quickly, without having to leave the topic. If you wish to view their full profile page, simply click on their user name.

On their member card, you can also click on several options to view that user’s content.
Below this there are several more buttons: the  icon adds the user as a friend,   allows you to read their blog, and   will take you to their gallery.

Below their username you will see their photo, member title and pips or group image.

Reputation
If enabled, you will see reputation options in the corner below each post. You may see an icon representing the reputation other members have given for that post, along with icons to give reputation. To give the post a positive reputation, click the  icon or to give the post a negative reputation, click the  icon. On some boards, you may see a button to Like content, such as this:  If you choose to do this, it will show that you “Like” a certain post, and will also add a reputation point to that post.  You may only be able to give positive or negative reputation, and for some users you may not be able to give reputation at all.

Replying
To add a post to the topic, simply scroll to the bottom of the page, and start typing in the reply box.

To quote another post in your reply, you can either click the Quote button beneath a post, or use the multiquote feature. Multiquote is used when you want to quote more than one post in your reply. Select the Multiquote button underneath the posts you want to quote, and you will notice that the button will change color. At the bottom of the page, you will notice an informational box appear with the total number of posts you have added to multiquote. You can multiquote from different pages in a topic, or even different topics in the forum. When you are ready to post a reply with the posts you have quoted, simply click the “Quote Posts Add Reply” button.

Post Options
Next to the reply and multiquote buttons you may also see “ Edit” and “ Delete” buttons for your own posts. If so, you can use these buttons to edit or delete your posts. Note that these options may not be available after a certain amount of time.

Sharing Topics
At the bottom of each topic you will see “Share this topic” followed by a number of links that allow you to email the topic to someone else, share a topic on Twitter, post it to Facebook, print the topic, or download and save the topic. Simply press the appropriate link and follow the on-screen instructions.

Polls
Some topic may have polls attached to them. If you can vote in the poll, you will see the questions and the options for voting. Once you have selected your options, press Vote!to add your vote. Once voted, you will see the results and a  icon besides the options you voted for.

You may be able to change your vote. If so, you will see Delete My Vote. To change your vote, press this and then vote again.

To see the results of the poll without voting, press Show Results. If the poll is a public poll, you can see who voted for which option by pressing the “View” link next to any option.

Notifications
You may want to subscribe to your favorite forums or topics so that when a new topic or reply is added you will be notified.

To subscribe to a topic or forum, go to that area and click the  Follow button. You will them be prompted with how often you wish to be notified. To the right of this button, it shows how many other people are watching the topic.

There are several types of notification, and you will be asked to choose one of these options:

  • Instantly: You will be notified instantly when a reply is made, via the method specified in your notification preferences.
  • Only When Not Online: This option will send out a notification if a reply has been posted and you’re not active on the board.
  • Daily: This option will send out a daily digest of updates.
  • Weekly: This option will send out a weekly digest of updates.

 

If you wish to automatically subscribe to every topic you reply to, you can configure this from your control panel. Simply select the  “Auto follow topics I reply to” option.

You can remove a subscription from your settings, or by going back to the area you are subscribed to and pressing the “Icon Stop Watching” button.

 

How to post in the forums

The Post Editor
There are two versions of the post editor: the standard editor and the rich text editor. Which one you use can be configured from your settings. With the rich text editor, you’ll see how the post will look when it’s finally posted, like a live preview.

The toolbar buttons on each editor are very similar, and each button is explained below, from left to right:

  •  (This is only available in the rich text editor) – This will turn off all formatting tools currently in use.
  •  (This is only available in the rich text editor) – This will show the HTML source of the post and allow you to enter the post in HTML. Note that we filter posts and some HTML may not be allowed or saved.
  • Other styles – This menu contains all other options which do not have their own toolbar button, such as acronyms or spoilers.
  • Fonts – This menu allows you to set what font your post is displayed in.
  • Sizes – This menu allows you to set what size the text in your post is.
  •  – This menu allows you to set the color of the text in your post.
  •  – This will redo the last undone change.
  •  – This will undo the last change made.
  •  – This will make the text bold.
  •  – This will make the text italic .
  •  – This will make the text underlined.
  •  – This will make the text striked out.
  •  – This will make the text subscript.
  •  – This will make the text superscript.
  •  – This will start a bullet-point list.
  •  – This will start a numbered list.
  •  – This menu will allow you to insert an emoticon into your post.
  •  – This will insert a link.
  •  – This will insert an image.
  •  – This will insert an email address.
  •  – This will insert a quote.
  •  – This will insert a codebox.
  •  – This will allow you to link to media, such as a video or song.
  •  – This will indent the post. This icon can also be used to create multi-level lists.
  •  – This will make the text aligned to the left.
  •  – This will make the text aligned to the right.
  •  – This will make the text aligned in the center.

Polls
Depending on where in the at community you are posting your message at, you may have the option to add a poll that other members can vote in. If so, you will see a “Manage Poll” button. lick on this to configure the poll.

You can optionally enter a title for the poll in the “Poll Title” box. You may then also be able to set it as a public poll by checking the “Public Poll?” box. In public polls, all members will be able to see who voted for which option.

You can then add your questions by typing the first question into the Question box. You must then choose if you want this question to be multi-choice (allowing users to select an arbitrary number of answers) or single-choice (users will only be able to select one answer). To make the question multi-choice, check the “Allow users to select multiple answers?” box, otherwise, leave it blank.

Then enter the possible answers for the questions into the boxes below. To add more answers, press the “ Add Another Choice” button, or to remove an answer, click the icon. You can see how many choices you are allowed per question at the bottom of the list of questions.

To add additional questions, press the “ Add Another Question” button. You can see how many questions you are allowed at the bottom of the list of questions.

To remove a question, press the “ Remove Question” button, or to cancel adding a poll, press the “ Close Poll Form” button.

Post Options
Depending on where in the community you are posting your message at, you may have additional options including whether or not to add your signature, what post icon to use, and more. To see and configure these options, press the “ Click to configure post options” link if it is available.

Attachments
Depending on where in the community you are posting your message at, you may be able to upload attachments to your message. There are two types of uploaders available: the default uploader and the flash uploader.

Default Uploader
The default uploader allows you to upload attachments one at a time. To begin, press the  button. A box will appear for you to select the file on your computer that you want to attach. Select the file you want to upload.

If you change your mind, you can press the  button and then choose a different file.

Once you have selected the file you want, press Attach the file.
If there are any errors uploading the file, you will receive an error message, otherwise, you will see the attachment appear.

Flash Uploader
You can enable the flash uploader from your settings menu. When enabled, you will be able to easily upload more than one file at a time.

To start, press Click to Attach Files. A box will appear for you to select the file or files on your computer that you want to attach. Select the file or files you want to upload. You can select more than one file at a time by holding Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) and click on the files.

Once you have selected your files and clicked “Open”, they will begin uploading. If there are any errors uploading the files, you will receive an error message, otherwise, you will see the attachments appear.

Managing Attachments
Regardless of which uploader you use, once the files are uploaded you will see them on your screen. By default, all attachments are added to the bottom of your message, however, you can add any attachment to a particular section of your post by pressing the “Add to Post” link.

If you wish to remove an attachment and have it not appear in your post, simply press the “Delete” link.

Forum Guidelines for Posting

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AussieHomeschool has an extensive section of Terms & ConditionsGuidelinesNetiquette and Policies. However, our forum guidelines have not been strict nor set out in point form. In this section, we endeavour to do that.

HOW TO POST ON THE FORUMS

1. Pre-existing. Does my question or comment already exist? Check first.  Browse the sections or use the Forum Search Bar at the top right of the main page.
2. Do Choose Correct Category. Can other people looking for answers find my topic?
3. Do Write Clear title. Does my title give a clear indication of my topic?
4. Do Write Clear Questions or Statements. Do people understand what I am asking? Have I used the edit options to set out my post clearly?
5. Avoid Using Excessive Capitals. On the web, exclusive capitals equals shouting.

WHAT TO POST ON THE FORUMS

6. Your Own Words. It is your own? Only post your own words. External information can be provided by a link and/or a single sentence or short paragraph. Forums are relational – we want to get to know you and your thoughts, not opinions that you agree with. We also have no wish to infringe on anyone’s copyright.
7. Remember the Audience. Not everyone is female. Not everyone is Christian. Even if there are many Christians, not everyone is the same denomination or persuasion as you are. (*more notes?)
8. Use Quotes Concisely. Only quote the part of the post you are directly addressing. Keep in mind that readers can most likely still see the post you are quoting from and can read it again if need be.
9. Don’t Beat A Dead Horse. Don’t push one topic to the exclusion or overshadowing of all others. Don’t become known as “the member who always rattles on about….” AussieHomeschool is for everyone (all 3,845 members) not just for one or two people or one or two opinions.
10. Don’t Be Divisive. Many topics are a matter of conviction and/or preference. These include topics such as (but not limited to): The Trinity, Bible Translations, Baptism, Diet, Vaccinations, etc. AussieHomeschool is for binding together in the unity of homeschooling, not dividing over matters of conviction. See here for our Statement of Belief.
11. Do Post Encouragement. As a general rule focus on posting encouraging articles, links and/or opinions regarding our role as wives, mothers, and homeschoolers. Build each other up in these tasks.
12. Do Post Technical Queries. When making a technical inquiry or request for technical assistance, include as much technical information as possible, especially in the subject line, so that your query can be handled as swiftly as possible. Link to Tech Support Forum.
13. Don’t Hijack. Stay true to the original question. If other questions arise, start a new thread and provide a link from the old thread to the new thread.

WHEN TO POST ON THE FORUM

14. Don’t Be A Forum Hog. Are you being heard too often, particularly on the same subject. Consider the timing, frequency and volume of your posts. Active regular involvement is good. Over expressing opinions is not. Avoid being the dominant voice.
15. Don’t Push Your Barrow. A business, opinion, or personal beliefs anywhere in the forums – including by PM – even if it is a method of homeschooling or Christianity. Know your audience.
16. Do Respect Privacy. Don’t reveal members personal information to any other member or non-member (including their real life name).
17. Do Post To Share Relevant Info. This forum is for encouragement and empowerment in our lives as wives (spouse), parents, and homeschoolers. Please share here anything that will help each other to achieve these goals.
18. Do Ask For Help. This forum is for your encouragement too. Please ask questions freely – the members here are a wealth of information and encouragement.

WHERE TO POST IN THE FORUM

19. Do Post in the Correct Category. Please post your question, comment, or link where others can find it again. In this way we can build a strong resource for the homeschooling community.

WHO CAN POST IN THE FORUMS

EVERYONE!

Everyone should feel free to post. To make this a safe place to do so, everyone needs to remember these things:

20. Do Post As Yourself. Please only post as yourself. Do not allow others (including family) to post on your account. Encourage others to create their own account, even if it will only be occasional use. Your account is your identity to other members. Allowing nonmembers to post on your account compromises the safety and privacy of other members.
21. Do Respect Other People. Other peoples time (we all have families to care for), internet connection (not everyone is lucky enough to have a quick internet connection) and opinions (they have probably researched and experienced just as much as you).
22. Do Be Quick to Forgive Other Peoples mistakes. They will have plenty of opportunity to forgive you.
23. Do Refrain from lashing back at a poorly behaving member or participating in a flame war. Instead, respond in love with gentleness (if necessary) and report the post to admin.
24. Always Love one another deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Set aside harsh words or contentious arguments and personal feelings that react to them. Instead, respond with gentleness and patience.

WHY POST IN THE FORUM

25. To Bless Others: always consider others needs and perspective before your own desire to respond. To avoid appearing self absorbed, one should respond to topics started by others more often than starting your own.
26. Be Focused: Ask questions and partake in discussions regarding our roles as wives (spouse), mothers, and homeschoolers.
27. Remember Context Matters: This is a homeschooling forum. Homeschooling topics matter. This is not a general social club or a church bible study.
28. To Share: This forum is for encouragement and empowerment in our lives as wives (spouse), mothers, and homeschoolers. Please share here anything that will help each other to achieve these goals.
29. Do Ask for Help:  This forum is for your encouragement too. Please ask questions freely – the members here are a wealth of information and encouragement.

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30. Observe PM Etiquette. See more here.
31. Signature Guidelines. Signatures should generally have a maximum height of 100 pixels, so as not to cause clutter in the thread.
32. Include Your Blog or Website. Create a link in your signature line so others can learn more about you if they desire to.

REPORTING POSTS

When To Report A Post: Each member has a voice and has a right to speak up when they feel threatened or denigrated in any way or are concerned that this could be so for other members. For the safety of all members, and to maintain a site of integrity, please make sure you report posts that you believe are contrary to the aims of AussieHomeschool or that compromise the safety and integrity of members.

How To Report A Post or Thread. Each post on the forum has the ability to be reported. Simply click on the ‘report’ button and fill in the information. Please include why you are reporting the post and include a reference number of these points above, if it is appropriate.

All reported posts can be read by the administration team but is kept strictly confidential. No one, other than the admin team, know who has reported a post.

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The 10 Commandments for Posting

Our guidelines are based on what “Love is” according to 1Corinthians 13

1 – Be patient with others…
for sometimes the written word is hard to understand at first reading.
Remember that most people are not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings when they post here.

2 – Be kind to each other…
for we all need another friend. You don’t have to agree with everyone, but remember to keep it discussions and not arguments.

3 – Do not be boastful or proud…
when posting on the boards re-read everything that you write. Make sure that it is coming across in the best possible way.

4 – Do not be rude or self-seeking…
there is no need for puffing yourself up or putting others down. We will allow no crude, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit or graphic language of any kind, or any personal attacks. All such posts will be deleted immediately.

5 – Do not be easily angered or keep a record of wrongs…
remain calm and forget offenses. If there is a problem that can’t be worked out privately please do not post it on the boards. You may send a PM to a moderator or site administrator.

6 – Do not delight in evil, but rejoice in the truth…
don’t be happy when bad befalls another person, but look for good in all things. Remember that we are all here for support and ministry.

7 – Protect each other…

this is a place where we should not fear to come. It should be a place where we can find solace, inspiration, and a place for learning more about the love of God. If you see a post that is contrary to the Word of God before we see it, please let us know. Let’s protect each other in a way that we are all looking out for each other spiritually.

8 – Trust each other…
try not to take things personally. While reading posts that were intended for you or for others, remember that everyone is trying their hardest to come across the “right way“. If something has two inferences, take the nicest one and assume that was how the other person meant it.

9 – Hope for the best for each other…
in your words that you leave for others to read. Remember that this is not a private arena. Others will read your messages and we want this place to be one where anyone would enjoy coming. Please help us present this image with what you leave behind.

10 – Persevere in love and don’t let it fail…
if you constantly love the other person, in everything you say or do, then everything else will take care of itself.

 

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Search classifieds & forums

The search feature can be used to search all areas of the community quickly based on keywords you enter.

Quick Search
You can start a quick search by typing your keywords into the quick-search bar at the top of any page and pressing the “Search” button.

Advanced Options
If instead of typing your keywords into the quick-search bar, you click the “Advanced” link next to it, you will see some advanced options for searching.

The first option, “Find words” is where you can enter the keywords to search for.

The next option, “Find author” can be used to only find content from a specific user. As you begin typing ausername, you should see a dropdown with username suggestions that you can select from.

The next option, “Find by date” allows you to restrict the results to content added between particular dates. To select your date, click the  button – this will bring up a calendar. From here you can select any date and your option will be filled into the search form.

The next option, “Find in forum allows you to restrict your results to content within particular forums. You can select multiple options by holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard (or the cmd key if you use a Mac) and clicking on your options.

You can leave any of these options blank, however you must supply at least one search criteria when submitting the form. Once you have filled in the options that you require, press the Do Search button.

Inline Search
When you are viewing a particular topic, or a particular forum, you will notice that the search bar changes from “Search Forum” to “Search This Topic” – this allows you to easily and quickly search through the current topic, forum, or application, without getting search results for other areas of the forum.

Results
Once you have submitted your search, a tabbed page of results will appear – you can change the selected tab to choose which area of the community you wish to search. For example, results under the “Forums” tab will bring up any topics and posts that contain your search keywords, while the “Members” tab will bring up any member accounts that match your search criteria.

You can change the order of the results to sort by relevance or to sort by date using the options at the top of the results page.

The keywords that you searched for will be highlighted like this.

Once you have found the result you are looking for, you can click on it to bring up the page, or, if you are searching through the forums, you can click on the preview icon to preview the search results without having to leave the search page.

I’m a supplier-vendor-seller. Can I advertise in the forum?

Short answer = No! The discussion forum is for discussion, not for selling. Please do not *push*, however gently, products that you may sell. There are many,many ways in which to advertise your business on this site – the forum is Off Limits for that.

You may, however, use your signature to provide people with your website link.

Topics, Threads or Responses with commercial content: NOT OK
Text link to commercial business in signature: OK
Link to your profile, and your About Me page: OK

Using the Private Messaging System

The personal messenger can be used to have private conversations with other members. To access it, select your username while logged in from the top corner of any page, and then press “Messenger”.

Managing conversations

Change which conversations you are viewing
By default, all conversations are shown, but you can change the view to only display conversations you started, or conversations that others have started. To change this, select the appropriate option from the dropdown underneath the conversation list and then press Update.

Deleting conversations
To delete a whole conversation, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select “Delete” from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.

If you started the conversation, this will remove the conversation from your list, and lock it for everyone else – nobody else will be able to make replies to the conversation, but they will still be able to read it until they also delete it.

If you did not start the conversation, this will remove the conversation from your list and remove you from the conversation – you will not be able to make any more replies, but others will still be able to continue the conversation without you, and see your previous replies.

Managing notifications
You will see a  icon for conversations that you will be notified of updates to, and  for conversations that you will not receive notifications for.

To turn on or off notifications for any conversation, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select the appropriate option from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.

Managing messages
To edit or delete one of your messages in a conversation, press the “ Edit” or “ Delete” button underneath the post. The changes will be reflected to all participants in the conversation.

Starting a new conversation
To start a new conversation, start by pressing the “ Compose New” button. Enter the user’s name into the “Recipient’s Name” field. As you type, suggestions will appear below the box. When you see the member you are looking for, click on their name.

You may also be able to add other recipients into the “Other Recipients” box. If so, the next option allows you to specify how the messages will be sent to alternate recipients: “Invitation” allows all invited members to participate in a single conversation, while “Copy” will send a separate conversation to each member.

You should then type a message subject and the message body, just like you would for a new topic in the forums.

When you are done, you can press Send Message or Save (Send Later) to save the message for later.

Replying to a conversation
To reply to any conversation, press the “ Add Reply” button when viewing it or press the “ Reply” button underneath any existing message to quote it. Then type your message just like you would a post and press Send Message. You can also use the Fast Reply box at the bottom of each conversation to quickly reply to the conversation.

Adding participants to a conversation
You may be able to add more participants to a conversation. If so, you will see an “ Add” button on the left-side when viewing a conversation.
Click this button and a box will appear for you to enter member names into. To add more than one member, separate their names with commas. When you are done, pressAdd.

Reporting a message
If you wish to report to a moderator a message that someone has sent to you, you can press the “ Report” button underneath the message.

Type in your report and then press Submit Report. This will send a copy of the message to the moderators – only the specific message you report will be displayed to the moderating team, however some moderators may be able to add themselves to the conversation you have reported.

Managing your messenger folders
By default there are three folders for messages:

  • New, which stores all unread conversations.
  • My Conversations, which contains all conversations you are participating in.
  • Drafts, which stores unsent messages saved for later.

You can also add your own folders to make it easier to manage your messages.

Adding a new folder
To add a new folder, press the “ Add” button beneath the list of folders.
Type the name of the folder you want to add, then press the “+” button.

Moving messages
To move a message from one folder to another, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select the name of the folder you want to move the conversation to from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.

Renaming, Deleting or Emptying a folder
To rename, empty or delete a folder, press the “ Edit” button beneath the list of folders.

To rename a folder, type the new name in the textbox currently containing the folder name, and then press the “>” button. You cannot rename default folders.

To empty a folder, press the  icon beside the folder name.

To delete a folder, press the  icon beside the folder name. Be careful as this will also empty the folder. You cannot delete default folders.

Etiquette of PM’s

Private Messaging Etiquette & Guidelines

Private Message is a way to correspond with an individual member without publicly displaying your conversation. Private Messages are private & confidential conversations between two members.

To maintain privacy:
1. Don’t forward another person’s PM onto another member or some other third party.
2. If you receive a general forward or article be aware that these are usually covered by copyright and should not be passed around via PM.

How to deal with unwanted Private Messages 
1. Ask the member to stop PMing you. If they are seeking off-topic counsel refer them to a face-to-face counselor such as their local pastor.
2. Ignore any further PMs from that member
3. If the member persists in PMing you please notify a moderator.

The Discussion Forum is non commercial…not the place for businesses or vendors to advertise or promote their resources. If you receive an unsolicited PM that does not uphold these guidelines, please inform a moderator/administrator.

Netiquette

Yep, you guessed it. Just as manners and etiquette are required in a real life community, so there are online as well.

In a nutshell, here are some basic forum netiquette guidelines, taken from Wikipedia.

Forum etiquette

Certain rules of unspoken etiquette are recommended to be followed when using Internet forums. They include:

  • One should read all the rules and guidelines established by the community. Some communities may have different regulations on a particular subject.
  • One should always be courteous to other forum members.
  • Before creating a new topic thread, one is advised to search to see if a similar topic already exists.
  • Contributors should follow standard grammar and spelling rules and avoid slang. Of course this practice is rather subjective. Context is everything!
  • If the forum is categorised, one should strive to post in the correct section.
  • When making a technical inquiry, one should include as much technical information as possible, especially in the subject line.
  • Contributors are asked to stay on-topic.
  • Contributors should avoid double posting and Crossposting.
  • To avoid appearing self-absorbed, one should respond to topics started by others more often than starting topics of one’s own.
  • Contributors should avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts. ALL CAPS is considered “shouting” and causes readability issues.
  • One should try to refrain from lashing back at a poorly behaving member or participating in a flame war; instead, notify the messageboard’s staff of the event.
  • When quoting a previous post, one should only include the relevant portion of that post. Contributors are requested to keep in mind that their audience can likely still see the message they are quoting on the same screen and can read it again if need be.
  • Signatures on forums should generally have a maximum height of 100 pixels, as to not cause clutter.

 

But don’t stop there! To maximise your online relationships, look into it further. Do some more reading here:

http://en.wikipedia….wiki/Netiquette
and
http://www.albion.com/netiquette/

The above site is fairly definitive. Listed is the ten most basic but important guidelines of netiquette:

  • Rule 1: Remember the Human
  • Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behaviour online that you follow in real life
  • Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
  • Rule 4: Respect other people’s time and bandwidth
  • Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
  • Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
  • Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
  • Rule 8: Respect other people’s privacy
  • Rule 9: Don’t abuse your power
  • Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes

Of course, each community has its own little hot spots that should be avoided and other points which aren’t so rigid. However, Rule 8 is a must for any type of relationship- in real life or online.

 

Computer Security

Anti Viral Software & Computer Security

New, harmful viruses are discovered every day. To ensure your computer remains protected from viral threats, we recommend that you update your anti-virus software definitions on a weekly basis. We also suggest you check the following security websites regularly:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ and http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/

If you believe your system to be infected by a virus, we recommend you scan your system immediately to prevent data loss, damage and further infections.

If you do not have an up-to-date virus scanner, the following software may be of use:

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus (free anti-virus software)

Norton Anti-Virus Trial Download  and the latest virus definitions :

McAfee Anti-Virus Trial Download  and the latest virus definitions and updates 

Symantec Virus Removal Tools (for removal of specifically identified viruses)

If, for whatever reason you suspect this site, or sites that we link to have viruses, trojans or other malicious code within, please advise the system administrator immediately, via plaint text email .


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