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Welcome to Campaigning Through Time, a ‘historum’ for the discussion of military history and the archiving of current events and commemoration. As founders, our goals were to create a community that would last, that would pride itself on purposeful discussion and relaxed moderation, and would ultimately nurture and encourage interest in military history. Working with the University of Kent's Military History Society and their network of students and alumni, we hope to extend military history to all who wish to learn more. All are welcome!

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What is this/How to use this forum/Help with posting

Welcome!

Firstly, some housekeeping. Hello to everyone, especially newcomers or those requiring some assistance. If you are new here, new to forums, or even a seasoned veteran of this forum, then please read on. The following is a guide which will provide some basic guidance on forum use and has also been made to explain some of the features of this forum, including some of the more advanced posting options. So it may be worth sticking around!

Please feel free to add any tips that have been missed, or ask questions if anything isn't clear.

You may notice that I have borrowed some screenshots from another forum, although they might look slightly different to this forum, the layouts and buttons are very, very similar.

Extra thanks to Oliver, who has written the Spoiler section of this guide.

Contents:

1. What is this forum?
2. Posting on a thread
3. Replying to a post
4. Posting Youtube videos
5. Taking and Posting Screen Shots and Other Files
6. Adding an Image (or Other Files) to a Post (Attaching)
7. Linking to Images in posts
8. Spoiler Tagging

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What is this forum?

Campaigning Through Time, (also known by the old name of UKC Military History Society forum) is a fantastic and developing resource and venue to research and to discuss significant events and influential people in military history and its associated fields.

We write our own book reviews and magazine articles, as well as collectively building an archive of current affairs and historical information to assist in future research. We also discuss a huge variety of events, from serious academic discussion on naval policy, to the fun realms of 'what if'.

If that sounds interesting to you, then, if you haven't done so already, please register with us for a free account. The registration process is simple and requires no administrative authentication. By registering, you will be able to access additional content and features including the ability to post create threads, and interact with other users.

Please review the following Rules and Guidelines which have been designed to help ensure that everybody can enjoy a good experience in an informative and friendly environment, gain as much as they wish to from this forum, and freely contribute to the site for the benefit of everyone involved.

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Places/events we've been to:

Battle of Hastings Re-enactment

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Rochester Castle

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The Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham

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The War and Peace Show

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HMS Kent

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English Civil War Society March through London

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Imperial War Museum London

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Talks:

'Let us die manfully for our brethren': propaganda, identity and the commemoration of the Battle of the Falkland Islands, December 1914 by Professor M. Connelly

The British and the debate over the question of Mounted Infantry, 1902-1914 by Professor M Connelly

Amputation in World War One by Dr J Anderson

Things that Go Bump in the Trenches: Horror and the World Wars by Dr D Budgen

Raise money for charity

March to raise money for the Royal British Legion and Falklands Veterans Association

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Posting a thread

What is a thread?

A 'thread' (sometimes called a topic) is a collection or chain of posts, which on this and many many other forums are displayed from oldest to latest. For example, this is a thread. Threads serve as an opener to whatever dialogue or whatever announcement the poster wished. A thread can contain any number of posts, including multiple posts from the same members, even if they are one after the other.

A thread is defined by a title and the FP or OP (First Post and Original Post, respectively) should include the title and a question/opening, description or summary the thread and its title intend to discuss.

Threads are listed are usually displayed in order of the most recent last post, therefore popular or busy topics tend to float at the top of the list. When a member posts in a thread it will jump to the top since it is the latest updated thread. Similarly, other threads will jump in front of it when they receive posts.

Threads that are important but rarely receive posts are stickied (also known as "pinned"). A sticky thread will always appear in front of normal threads.

How to make a thread

Making a thread is easy, simply go to the relevant subsection on this forum for your topic, and click the "New Topic" button. Seen below.

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You will be taken to a page similar to this one, but with slightly fewer posting options (because I am the administrator I have more advanced options). Simply decided on your title and content, then click submit.

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Replying to a thread

There are two main ways to post on a thread. You can either choose to post a 'quick reply' which will add your post to the end of the current thread, or you can reply to a particular post - this will include the original post as a quote.

Quick reply

To post a quick reply to a thread, scroll to the bottom of the page. There is a text box after the last comment on the page. You can type directly into here and then press Submit (A) to post or you can press Full Editor (B) to gain access to additional options:

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If you know the BBCode (bulletin board code) for formatting (such as bold, underline) or smilies, these can be typed into the quick reply box and will be applied to the post upon hitting submit (although you cannot preview before you post). If you you want to switch from the quick reply box to the full editor you can do so at any time, including mid-post, it will rather handily copy what you have already written, so you won't have to type it out again.

Full Editor

The Full Editor has several sections:

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A: This is the subject of the post and is autofilled with the current thread title.

B: Formatting options. These are used by highlighting the text you want to apply them to and then pressing the desired button. It will place the formatting code on either side of the selected text, in square brackets. Making the word 'text' bold will add the following to your post:

Code:
[b]example text[/b]


When posted, the result will look like this.

The URL button is particularly useful. Whilst this forum will shorten links you post automatically (if required), you can use the URL function to embed links within the text.

Linking with no link title
Code:
[url]http://ukcmilhist.freeforums.org/[/url]


Or

Linking to a named site
Code:
[url=http://ukcmilhist.freeforums.org/]See how much tidier this is?[/url]


Yields this:

Linking with no link title - http://ukcmilhist.freeforums.org/
Linking to a named site - See how much tidier this is?

C: Smilies. These can be added to your post at any point. Clicking on the desired smiley will add it to the current position of the cursor within the message box.

D: Colours. Text can be coloured. As with the formatting, you should highlight the required text and click on the desired colour. BBCode will appear on either side of the text:

Code:
[color=#FF0000]This code makes text red[/color]


Once posted, it will look something like this.

E: Posting options. Here you can:

Preview your post before submitting. None of the options (formatting, smilies, colours etc...) are visible "as posted" unless you preview prior to posting.

Submit will post your message at the end of the current thread (after any posts that have been made by other people while you have been typing.

Save draft will save a copy of the post to your User Control Panel (accessible from the top of the page) so it can be retrieved and posted at a later date. Drafts post to the original thread they were created for, so will not post if the thread has been locked. If this feels complicated or uncomfortable, you can simply copy what you have typed, along with your BBcode and save them in a word document. I personally find this more convenient and easier than the save draft option.

Cancel will cancel the post and return you to the original thread.

F: You can attach files you your post. Images will be posted inline with the text, unless specified otherwise. Other files (PDFs, word documents etc) will appear as a downloadable link. Please remember to reference/credit the owner and follow their copyright instructions.

Posting attachments will be explained in a later.

If, between you starting to type a reply and pressing the Submit button (from the quick or full editor), someone else has posted on the thread, it will load/reload the Full Editor and show the posted reply(ies) at the top (where your preview would appear). If you press Submit again, it will publish your post (you may need to do this multiple times if the thread is particularly busy).

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Replying to a post/the original post:

If you want to reply to someone else's post, there is a button in the top right corner of each post marked "Quote". If you hover your mouse over the button, a popup showing "reply with quote" appears.

This will open the full editor, with the original/selected post in quotes.

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This means that when you post, your reply will appear under a nested/indented quote attributed to the post you are responding too.

The posting system will allow unlimited nesting, however this can make the post messy and hard to read. If you want to break some of the quotes, so make the post more legible, you can:

- Remove all quoted text from your post. This will however remove context for you reply.

- Break the 'quote' tags by removing some of the square brackets [] around them. This may make the quoting hard to read.

- Remove some of the quotes from the reply. You will have to remove matching pairs of 'quote' and '/quote' tags.

- Separate quotes and address them individually, making use of the quote function in the full editor yourself.

You can use the quote button yourself with ease, and is often used by us when posting to add in extra information to text, or, obviously, for quoting people.

You can also reply to a post by simply using the quick reply function, or the full editor button.

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Posting Youtube videos

This forum allows you to embed Youtube videos within your post. To do this, use the Youtube button in the full editor:

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This will add the following tag to you post,

Code:
[youtube][/youtube]


and you will have to put the Youtube ID string within the tags.

Each Youtube video has a "v=" and then a string of numbers and letters in its unique URL:

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And these are what needs to go in between the Youtube tags. In this case you want to copy,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

the part in red and paste it into your comment. Then highlight it and click the Youtube button. This will make it appear like this:

Code:
[youtube]MkTw3_PmKtc[/youtube]


If your Youtube link is from a playlist, it will have and ampersand (&) after the ID string (and then the playlist information). Just copy between the "v=" and "&" and paste as a link.

Once you have done this, the video will embed:


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Posting Screen Shots

If you want to post images, tweets from Twitter, or stories from news and other sites, you can post a screen shot..

To create, upload and post a screen shot, do the following:

- Navigate to the site/image/tweet in question and make sure that everything that you want to see in the image is visible on your computer screen. You may need to switch your web browser to 'Full Screen Mode' to do this (press F11 for full screen and F11 again to revert back).

- Once you have the page aligned correctly, press the Print Screen button on you keyboard (it may also be labelled 'prt sc' or similar and on some laptops you may need to press or hold a Functions key or FN key to allow prt sc to work). On a laptop or computer using the Windows operating system, print screening will take a shot of the screen and hold it in the memory. If you have never done this before, do not worry, the button will not actually print the screen shot. Remember that only one screen shot can be captured at a time. If you take another, it will overwrite the previous one.

- View, crop, resize and save the image using your preferred picture editing software such as MS Paint or Photoshop.

The easiest method is with MS Paint, open the program and paste the image in. You can do this by either clicking on the Paste button, or pressing CTRL+v on your keyboard.

Make any edits/add any annotations/crop anything you wish.

Note: To make sure that the forum/webpage doesn't distort or stretch when you post the image on the thread (meaning people using lower resolutions or smaller monitors lose ease access to the right hand side of the screen), you can resize the image to make sure it fits.

The easiest way to do this to do so in MS Paint, click the Resize button (under crop) and a new window will open. Select Pixels as the method of resizing and change the horizontal number.

A good guideline measurement is roughly 750 pixels or less. If needs be, images can be slightly larger. Once you have entered a new number, click OK and it will resize the image for you.


Once you have your image to the correct size, edited, and with any annotations you wished to add to it, save it. It is now time to upload it to this forum. The recommended formats to save in are JPG or PNG.

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Adding an Image (or Other Files) to a Post

There are a couple of ways to add images to your threads and posts. This method, known as attaching, will mean that you have to use the Full Editor but will allow you to add files and documents (such as PDFs or spreadsheets) to your post.

For the purposes of this post, all images will be attached.

- Under the Post a Reply section, there is 'Upload Attachment'. Click Browse and navigate to the image on your computer. It will now show the file name where is initially said 'No file selected.':
Attachment:
Upload 1.jpg
Upload 1.jpg [ 30.24 KiB | Viewed 1609 times ]


- Click on Add the file. Another window will open with a progress bar, as the file is uploaded to the site. Screen shots are, generally, small files and the upload should only take a few seconds. The progress bar window will close by itself when the upload is compete. A new part of the Full Editor will be added to the page, showing the file that has just been uploaded:
Attachment:
Upload 3.jpg
Upload 3.jpg [ 52.05 KiB | Viewed 1609 times ]


If you have uploaded the wrong attachment, click Delete file to remove it (this will also remove it from you post).

Repeat this easy process for as many images as you want to upload.

- To add the image to exactly where you want it to be in your post, first place your cursor where you want the image to be.
Attachment:
Upload 4.jpg
Upload 4.jpg [ 59.02 KiB | Viewed 1609 times ]


- From the Attachments section immediately underneath the text window, select the correct file/image from the drop down menu and click Place inline:

Attachment:
Upload 5.jpg
Upload 5.jpg [ 56.69 KiB | Viewed 1609 times ]


Repeat this process for as many attachments as you have uploaded.

- Once finished, it is a good idea to preview your post, to make sure that your file/image(s) is/are in the correct place(s) and are the correct size. Once previewed, if all is well, you can click the submit button directly from the preview screen and your post, with all its attached images/files, will be posted.

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Linking to images in posts

Hotlinking

General images:

If you want to post an image from another site, you can use the following process, sometimes known as 'hotlinking'. We tolerate hotlinking, but please remember that some other websites may not.

Hover your mouse cursor over the desired image and right-click, select View Image (or the similar option if you use a browsers other than Firefox) from the menu that appears:

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This will open the chosen image on its own in its own tab or window within your browser.

The address bar at the top of the page will show a link directly to the image. Select the url:

Copy the url and paste it into the the text box. Then highlight the link you have pasted and click the [Img] button above the text box:

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This will put the [img] tags around the link like this:

Code:
[img]example of desired image URL address[/img]


Once you submit, the image will now appear in your post.

Posting from Twitter

Posting images from Twitter is mostly the same as above, except for the following:

After you right-click and select View Image, the URL might be different. The image might append ":large" to the end of the URL. You need to make sure that you remove this before you add the [img] tags in the text box.

Code:
www.examplesite.com/exampleimage1.jpg:large


Simply delete (or don't copy in the first place) the :large

Then add the [img] tags as above and continue as normal.

Image hosting:

What is image hosting?

Image hosting is an alternative method of posting images and a often used instead of hotlinking. The process is longer and requires a third party, but avoids hotlinking which can be unpopular.

You should regard any image posted using a third party host as temporary, it may never disappear, it may disappear after a few months and require reuploading. However posting a caption with a description of the image, a source, and/or saving the image onto your computer means you can avoid permanently losing the image and are therefore free to reupload the same image.

There are several third party image hosts out there which you can use, such as http://photobucket.com/ and http://tinypic.com/ . Choose one which you feel comfortable with, some you may have to register with, others you may use freely and without an account.

Most are free to use with or without an account.

Posting an image via a third party host

Simply save the desired image to your computer in a place of our choosing and convenience. Remember, for your benefit, to give the image a name which is relevant and recognisable.

Using whatever software you have available/feel comfortable with, such as MS Paint or Photoshop, resize or make any edits to the image you wish, if required/desired.

Save your edits and close the editing software.

Whether you have edited/resized your image or not, the next steps are the same. Simply upload the image to your chosen image host.* You may have to pass a CAPTCHA or answer a simple spamfilter question. The host website then provides you with a series of links which display your image in a variety of formats.

Select and copy the link which the following heading or similar applies to: "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards"

Paste this link into the post editor on the forum, finish your post, and submit. Depending on the host you use, you may have to add in the IMG code yourself, this is exactly the same as discussed earlier.

Some hosts add this code in automatically.

Your image will now appear in the post.

*Depending on the terms & conditions of the image host and, if applicable, your account with them, your image may become public domain. Be selective in what you upload, especially if personal.

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Posting Large Images/Hiding Content/Using Spoilers

1. What is a Spoiler?

This is a Spoiler, the spoiler function is one of many codes which can be used on this forum.
Spoiler:
Insert text or images here


2. What are they for?

To put it simply whatever you want, but usually spoilers are used to hide large images which would otherwise disrupt the view of the thread.

3. How do I insert a spoiler?

Spoilers work from code, the code for a spoiler is as follows

Code:
[spoiler][/spoiler]


There are two ways to insert the code onto your document

A. By clicking on the circled 'spoiler' box the spoiler code will be inserted onto your editing window
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B. You can also type out the spoiler code manually

4. How do I insert content into a spoiler?

This step is very easy, click in between the two brackets (] click in this gap [), and then start typing!
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5. Examples of Spoiler use

A. Why did the Chicken Cross the road?
Spoiler:
to get to the other side

Code:
[spoiler]to get to the other side[/spoiler]


B. By using the [spoiler ]and the [img ] codes you can add an image into a spoiler
Spoiler:
Image

Code:
[spoiler][img]https://harveyblackauthor.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/barbarossa-027.jpg[/img][/spoiler]


C. You can also put videos in a spoiler, using the same method you would for images but with [youtube ] instead
Spoiler:

Code:
[spoiler][youtube]cXXC68aNyPs[/youtube][/spoiler]


D. By using multiple codes you can put lots of content in your spoiler!
Spoiler:
Image



lots and lots of content


Code:
[spoiler][img]https://harveyblackauthor.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/barbarossa-027.jpg[/img]
[youtube]cXXC68aNyPs[/youtube]

content and stuff
[/spoiler]

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