Here at Car Talk Plaza, we’ve had plenty of time to get used to the design, layout, and functionality of the new Car Talk Community. But, we remember what it was like on our first day, when we took a peek under the hood with our forum partners at Discourse. We’ve created this little summary of features, interface details, and hints and tips, to help you get used to the new Car Talk Community.
We hope it’s useful. Chime in below with your own tips, as you find your way around our new home.
Carolyn and Victoria
To read more, just keep scrolling down!
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While reading a topic, use the timeline on the right to jump to the top, bottom, or your last read position. On smaller screens, select the progress bar at bottom right to expand it:
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To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press any Reply button to open the editor. Repeat for multiple quotes.
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All topics less than two days old are considered new.
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You will see the new and unread number indicators next to these topics:
You can change your notifications for any topic via the notification control at the bottom, and right hand side, of each topic.
You can also set notification state per category, if you want to watch or mute every new topic in a specific category.
To change any of these settings, see your user preferences.
It's great to meet you! As you participate here, over time we'll get to know you, and your temporary new user limitations will be lifted. Keep participating, and over time you'll gain new trust levels that include special abilities to help us manage our community together.
We believe in civilized community behavior at all times.
Enjoy your stay!
(If you need to communicate with staff members as a new user, just reply to this message.)
If you need to report a bug, do that here: http://community.cartalk.com/t/bug-reports/93886