XenForo How-To

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    How to Start a Conversation with Another Member (or Members)
    If you want to have a private conversation (PM) with another member (or members), you can do it two ways:

    Inbox menu

    1. Hover over the Inbox menu at the top right of any page. Click the link that says Start a Conversation.
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    2. Add participants by typing their usernames – matching names will auto-populate as you type.
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    3. Create a conversation title (subject line) and your message. You'll have access to the same tools as you have when creating posts. You can give conversation participants the ability to invite others, if that's something you want (will be unchecked by default).

    From a thread

    1. Click on a user's name within any thread.
    2. On the resulting profile pop-up, click on Start a Conversation.

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    To follow existing conversations, check your Inbox.

    You can change the settings for who can start a Conversation with you by going to your profile and then "Privacy" and scroll down to the "People Who May..." section.
     
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    How to Edit Your Profile and General Preferences
    Hover over your username in the top right menu to find a number of options to update your profile and general preferences. This includes updating your avatar (the forum is Gravatar-enabled), adding a custom title if you have this permission, add information and more.
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    How to Manage Alerts
    Your Alerts menu is where you’ll find updates on recent activity from forums and threads you're tracking. Hover over the Alerts menu at the top right of any page to see recent alerts.
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    Click on Alert Preferences to manage what activity triggers an alert.
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    How to Find Members
    Click on Members in the main menu to view a list of members with the most messages, likes and points in the community. You can also search for members from this page, and view the members who have birthdays on a given day (also accessible in calendar form via the birthday calendar).
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    How to Search
    You can search for content using the Search bar at the very top right of any page. You can specify what user's posts you're looking for, or date parameters for your search.
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    How Trophy Points, Trophies and Reputation Work
    As you may have noticed, below each user's name there are statistics noting a reputation score, the number of messages they've posted, the number of likes they've received, and the number of trophy points they have. There will also be a user title, if one exists.

    Here's an explanation of each:
    Trophy points are earned based on actions you take in the forum (for example, message milestones, receiving a lot of likes, etc.). The points you earn are basically an additional way to keep track of your contributions to the forums. They do not impact user titles, which are still calculated based on message count (current message counts and user titles have been migrated from vBulletin, including custom titles). A full list of activities that earn trophy points is here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/help/trophies

    Reputation. XenForo's reputation system is somewhat different from the vBulletin system. As you may have noticed, your total reputation points now display below your avatar within any thread (previously this was indicated via a colored bar above your avatar). The points were migrated from vBulletin. Reputation points also display on your profile in a tab labeled Reputation (only you can view who gave you reputation points).

    You may also notice that your Rep Power no longer displays below your avatar; this does not exist in quite the same way as it did in vBulletin; your power to give reputation points to others is now based on your overall status within the community.
     
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