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Default READ FIRST - Forum Instructions

Welcome to EAA Chapter 105's forums!
Whether you are a chapter member or not you're welcome to participate. Even though this is a Chapter 105 forum our "community" spans the country, and especially the Great Northwest. Please read all of the information below before registering.

Registration
The forums are available to the public to view, but you must register to post anything. This is necessary to avoid spam, viruses, and malware. The registration process is straightforward and you will receive an e-mail shortly after completing the registration process asking you to confirm your registration -- another way to avoid spammers.
Don't worry, your registration info is totally confidential, it will never be sold or passed out in any way or under any condition, except so far as you include in your postings.

User names
Since this is not an anonymous worldwide forum, but rather a local EAA chapter, the idea is to know who we're speaking with. Accordingly, we encourage you to create a user name by using your first name and last initial such as RickJ for Rick Johnson, and then whatever password you like. Your user name will work in concert with your avatar (small pic of you) at identifying you in the forums.

Avatars
Avatars are little pictures, 80 pixels by 80 pixels, that will appear near your user name whenever you make a post. We encourage their use so as to put faces with names. Feel free to use a picture of your airplane if you wish, but joke pics or animations are strongly discouraged. To load an avatar go to the "User CP" (user control panel) which is in the the top menu bar. Please crop tightly with such a small pic, and Benton has offered to help create an avatar for anyone needing help, just let him know.

Normal use modes
Following are two ways to use the forums...
Method 1 - Go the forum and look around.
Of course you can simply click on a forum, scan the topics, and click on any topic threads you'd like to read. It works fine, and is what most users do, but it can take some time.
Method 2 - Subscribe to forum.
This is the preferred method. You can choose to subscribe to any individual forum you are interested in. You will then receive a daily e-mail with a summary of thread topics where there has been activity. Therefore rather than taking the time to go the forum and scan the topics, you just review the e-mail and click on the links of any topics you'd like to view. To subscribe to a forum, go into the forum of interest and click on the "Forum Tools" menu at the top of the thread list. Select "Subscribe to this forum", then "Daily updates by e-mail" and click the "Add subscription" button and that's it. Repeat this process for each forum you'd like a summary of. You can also subscribe to individual threads you have an interest in, see below.
Subscribing to threads
Just as you can subscribe to a forum as described above, you can subscribe to any message thread you'd like to monitor. The process is the same: when viewing a thread of interest click on the "Thread tools" menu at the top, select "subscribe to thread". You will then receive an e-mail whenever there is activity on the thread. The e-mail will include a link to the thread you can click on, but also the full copy (minus any pics) of the latest post. You can manage all your forum and thread subscriptions from your "User CP" which is always visible in the top menu bar.

Pictures
For instructions on inserting pictures into your posts see this thread.

Event Calendar
The chapter's Event Calendar is accessed via the menu bar near the top of the page. If you add an event, please include their contact information (phone number or web-link) so people can check with the hosts for any changes, etc.

Like subscribing to forums or threads, you can also request the system send you e-mail reminders for individual events on the calendar up to a few days ahead of time. The chapter general meeting is a 'recurring meeting' so if you subscribe one-time for a reminder to that, the system will send you a reminder every month.

We hope you find the forums useful!
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