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Forum FAQs

What is Tradie Portal Forum?
Tradie Portal Forum is an online discussion forum where our members (end users and tradies) can have interactive discussions on Services and any other topics that do not violate the Forum Terms and Conditions and User Agreement.

How do the forums work?
Tradie Portal Forum is made up of a number of forum categories. Each forum category has a name, for example ‘Building, Renovation and Maintenance’ and contains several forums such as ‘Bathroom Ideas’, 'Owner Builder Forum', 'Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning', ‘Landscaping, Gardening & Outdoors’, 'Kitchen Corner', etc. The forum categories and forums are set-up by the Tradie Portal Forum team. Within the forums, you can create ‘topics’ for discussion. Other members can read through topics and ‘post’ their own replies.

What is a 'topic'?
A topic is a subject for discussion within a forum, for example ‘Open Plan Kitchen Layouts’. There can be many topics in a forum. Within each topic, members can read and post their own replies. Or members can start their own new topics to start a new discussion. It is important that the title of a topic is clear and descriptive. This will help members understand what a particular topic is about.

What is a 'post'?
A post is a message which has been submitted to a topic. If you post to the forum it is a public forum and can be read by other members and the general public.

What does the information on the forum home page mean?
Tradie Portal Forum home page provides you with with the following main menu items:

Active topics

Popular topics

Browse all Forums

Your posts

Members you are following

Topics you are following

The Forum home page also includes the following sections:

Featured Topics: TradiePortal.com.au features a select number of topics on the Forum home page based on content and popularity in order to enhance user experience.

Top Contributors: this section lists the most active Forum members. Other members can easily identify top contributors that normally discuss topics they are interested in.

Popular Forum Topics: this helps members browse the most discussed topics making it easy to find answers to their questions thereby enhancing user experience.

How do I read posts and topics in the forum?
From the Forum menu:

click Active topics and then select a topic of your interest;

click Popular topics and then select a topic of your interest;

click Browse all Forums, select a forum, and then select a topic of your interest;

click My Posts and then select a topic of your interest;

click Members that you are following, and then select a member or a topic; or

click Topics that you are following and then select a topic of your interest.

You can also select posts and topics from other sections of the Forum home page as follows:

from the Featured Topics section, select a topic of your interest;

from the Top Contributors section, select a top contributor, and then select a topic of your interest;

from the Popular Forum section, select a topic of your interest.

How do I get started posting and replying to topics?
Sign In to the TradiePortal.com.au or if you are not already a member, Sign Up and set up your End User Profile or Tradie Profile. This will provide you with access to the forum where you can start posting and replying to topics of your choice.

How do I start a new topic?
To start a new topic, you first need to be Sign In to TradiePortal.com.au. Click Browse to access the forum categories and list of forums under each category. Select the forum you are interesting in and then click the ‘Start New Topic’ button which appears at the top of every forum page to post a new topic. It is important that the title of a topic is clear and descriptive. This will help members understand what a particular topic is about.

How do I reply to a post in a particular topic?
To reply to an existing post in a particular topic, simply select the topic that you wish to reply to and click the ‘Reply’ button. You will then see the "Post a Replay" box where you can type in your message. Be sure to check the "Notify me via email when someone posts in this topic" checkbox before clicking the "Post Reply" button. With the notifications enabled, you will receive mail notification when replies are posted to this topic. This can be turned off by editing your post and unchecking the "Notify me via email when someone posts in this topic" checkbox. The threads you have subscribed to are then listed under Topics (My Topics) in your main menu. The My Posts option in this area also lists all of the posts that you have made to date.

What other functions are available when creating or replying to a post?
You will notice a few other buttons that you may find useful:

Quote: this copies the text from the post that you are replying to and includes it in your post as a quote.

Post Reply: this is the final step when posting a message to the forum.

Emoticons: you can add emoticons to your posts, which can help to convey the tone of your message.

How do I keep track of my posts and the replies?
When you start a new post or reply to a topic you have the option of checking the "Notify me via email when someone posts in this topic" checkbox before clicking the "Post Reply" button. With the notifications enabled, you will receive mail notification when replies are posted to this topic. This can be turned off by editing your post and unchecking the "Notify me via email when someone posts in this topic" checkbox. The threads you have subscribed to are then listed under Topics (My Topics) in your main menu. The My Posts option in this area also lists all of the posts that you have made to date.

Can I start my own forum?
No. Forums can only be started by the Tradie Portal Forum Moderators. If you have a suggestion for a new forum, please use the Help Us Improve function to send us your suggestions.

Can I start my own topics?
Yes... However, we suggest searching for the subject topic using the search field to ensure there is no other topic with the same or similar name in the forum before starting a new topic.

To start a new topic, you first need to be Sign In to TradiePortal.com.au. Click Browse to access the forum categories and list of forums under each category. Select the forum you are interesting in and then click the ‘Start New Topic’ button which appears at the top of every forum page to post a new topic. It is important that the title of a topic is clear and descriptive. This will help members understand what a particular topic is about.

Can I search the forums?
Yes, simply type your search terms (e.g. title of a topic) into the search field (search field appears on the right hand side of the forum main menu) and click the search button.

How do I use the Report function?
Select the ‘Report’ option (exclaimation mark) at the top right hand corner of any post. A dialogue box will appear with the question "Are you sure you want to report this post?". Select "Yes" or "No" as appropriate.

Why would I use the Report function?
We encourage all of our members to use the Report function if they ever feel the Forum Terms and Conditions and User Agreement have been breached, or if they are concerned about the content of a post or the behaviour of a member. It is impossible for the moderators to read every post so we appreciate the assistance of our members in bringing anything of concern (no matter how small) to our attention.

Is the Report function confidential?
When you use the Report function the moderators are alerted to your username and email address, but this is never shared with other members or publicly.

For more information, please refer to Tradie Portal Forum FAQs.

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