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Message Board Advice

Frank Richardson

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Brian Starkey and I have put together this brief explanation of the message board.

The Merseyside NARPO message board is a place where members can swap messages; share ideas make virtual friends and have conversations with other members.

On other web sites you might see a Message Board referred to as a 'bulletin board', 'notice board' or 'forum'.

Using the NARPO Message Board is simple. You leave a message on the board and other members can then see it and reply if they wish. You can read their replies and reply to them yourself in turn.

The message board is divided into categories. There are currently 12 categories on the Message Board. These are,

• Welcome to Merseyside NARPO forums

• Topical Discussions,

• History,

• Deaths of Members,

• Branch Committee Merseyside NARPO,

• Associations,

• Employment and Opportunities,

• General Interest

• Wanted & For sale

• Technical – about these boards/computer help,

• Global Moderators

• Trash Can.

• Each category is divided into a number of forums and these forums are again divided into any number of Topics. For example the “General Interest” category is divided into 5 forums, Enquiries from Outside, Events/Reunions, Consumer/Financial/Legal/Medical/Pensions, Hobbies and Interests and Home Owners Abroad. Each of these forums has a number of topics listed within them. These have been created by the members and once you have registered you too will be able to create topics which are of interest to you. Members may add messages or reply to messages within the Topics and thus have a virtual on line conversation about the Topic.

When you first visit www.merseysidenarpo.com the only category visible is ‘Welcome’. The remaining categories are hidden until you either register as a member or Log-in with your user name and password.

What are the messages about?

There are lots of things to do on the message boards, you can talk about your favourite TV programme, seek long lost friends and colleagues and discuss anything within reason. For example it could be about your hobby or an interest that you have. It could also be about the Police Service, politics or any topical issue on which you would like to express your views and receive comments from other members.

Can I read messages without registering?

No. You must be registered and logged in with your user name and password before you may read messages.

I want to leave my own message?

No problem but, before you can write a message you will have to register.

How do I register?

In the welcome category you will see a forum named ‘Join the message board’. Click it once and a new window will appear. Scroll to the bottom and click the little white box alongside I have read, understood and agree to these rules and conditions. Click the Register button. In the new window enter the details requested and then click Submit my registration.

How do I Log-in?

On the main index page look at the Merseyside Narpo Banner situated at the top of the page. To the right side of the screen beside the Merseyside Police Crest you will see “Sign-in”, ”Register” and “Help”. Click ‘Sign-in' and in the new window enter your user name and password and click the blue “Sign In” button on screen. You will then be presented with the list of Categories and Forums.

If you have forgotten your log in details then please click:

I’ve forgotten my password. Enter your username or password and follow the instructions to obtain an appropriate reminder.

How do I view what is contained in a forum?

Just left click the forum name and it will open up. Inside you will see all the topics for that particular forum.

How do I view a topic?

Just left click the topic title and it will open up.

How do I start a new topic?

Choose the appropriate forum for your topic and left click it. Look to the top right and you will see New Topic, left click it once Give your topic a title in the white box marked Topic Title. Scroll down to the large white box and left click within it. Enter what you want to say and when completed scroll to the bottom and click the button marked ‘Post New Topic’.

How do I add a reply to an ongoing topic?

The topic has to be open so make sure you left click the topic title. Look to the top right and you will see Add Reply. Left click it once. Left click within the large white box. Enter what you want to say and when completed scroll to the bottom and click the button marked ‘Add reply’.

Alternatively, scroll to the bottom of the page and look to the right. Left click Fast Reply or Add Reply and repeat the above procedure.

If you have any questions on how to use the message board then please send an email to admin@merseysidenarpo.com or look in the category marked ‘Technical – about these boards/computer help and click on the forum marked, ‘How do I use this message board’?

We would be very happy to receive your feedback on this item by clicking on the following link :rolleyes:

feedback<<left click. (You must be registered and logged in to use this link)

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