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    Arrow How to make a post in the forums

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    First, make sure you are logged in. TestMagic does not allow anonymous or "guest" posts, so you will need to register and activate your account before you can post. (If you get stuck on that step, I have a post that explains how to activate your registration (Can't post? Can't send a PM? Can't reply? Can't subscribe? Can't download?).)

    I know it can be confusing to try to figure out how to make your very first post, but once you make just one post, itíll be easy, donít worry.

    First, you need to go to the forum that you want to make a post in. Just go to the main forum index (the "front page" of the forums) and look for the forum you want to post in. For example, you may want to go to the introductions forum to say "hi." Or, if you want to get started raising your tests scores right away, you may want to ask a question about GMAT math. In this case, just go to the GMAT math forum. When you get to that forum, you should see some text like this at the upper left, right above the titles of the posts:

    (Please note that exactly what you see might be different, depending on the changes we make to the forum in the future.)

    If you donít see a button, then you are not quite yet where you need to be. For example, if you're reading a post, and you want to make a new post, you won't see the "new thread" button. Instead, you will see only a "post reply" button: (The forum software is designed this way so that people don't mistakenly make a new post when they mean to reply.) (Again, please note that exactly what you see might be different, depending on the changes we make to the forum in the future.)

    Also, if you simply go to the GMAT forum, you canít make a post there, since that ďforumĒ isnít really a forum--it's simply a link to show you all the GMAT ďsub-forums.Ē From there, you would have to click on the other links to make your post; for example, on a link that looks like this:

    GMAT Data Sufficiency

    Just click on that link, and you'll be in a forum where you can make a post about GMAT data sufficiency.

    Of course, you can make posts in the other forums, not just the GMAT forums. If you want to ask a question about TOEFL grammar, just go to the TOEFL structure forum. If you want to ask about financial aid, just go to the Financial Aid and Scholarships forum.

    Finally, you should see the posting screen. However, if you're not logged in, and you click that button, you'll see a screen that you can log in from. From there, just type in your message. When you're done, click the button that says "Submit New Thread."

    Of course, there are many, many other nifty functions that you will learn about while you are a member here. For example, you will be notified immediately when someone responds to your thread, you can send somebody a personal message through the PM system, you can post a poll for people to vote in, and much, much more.
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    Re: How to make a post in the forums

    How about making this sticky?

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    Re: How to make a post in the forums

    Quote Originally Posted by Dingus
    How about making this sticky?
    Let think about how to handle this; I may make a sub-forum with "how-tos." It's just that I have this thing about forums with too many stickies; I find it somehow annoying to see all the stickies before the fresh, new posts. Too many stickies also dilutes the value of each sticky, IMVHO.

    Edit: Sticky for now.
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    Need Clarification

    Quote Originally Posted by Erin
    Finally, you should see the posting screen. However, if you're not logged in, and you click that button, you'll see a screen that you can log in from. From there, just type in your message. When you're done, click the button that says "Submit New Thread."

    Of course, there are many, many other nifty functions that you will learn about while you are a member here. For example, you will be notified immediately when someone responds to your thread, you can send somebody a personal message through the PM system, you can post a poll for people to vote in, and much, much more.
    Thanks Erin, but I need a bit of clarification because part of this process is not "intuitively obvious" to me.

    I created a post in Introductions. Two people replied to me. I responded to the first person's reply easy enough but, no matter what I did in attempting to respond to the second reply, it always appended my text (in reply to the second post) as part of my original reply. It would appear as though my reply was in the appropriate subthread while previewing, but the act of submitting it turned the two separate posts into one long disjointed post.

    Any idea what I was doing wrong? Is it possible to create more than one reply in a thread, addressing subthreads separately?

    Thanks in advance...

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    Ah, sorry to confuse you. That's the automerge (Automerge: What is happening? It's the new automerge feature!) feature at work. It's supposed to reduce the number of repetitive useless threads, but it's not smart enough to recognize when a new thread is justified.
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