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Topic page

The Topic page lists one specific topic. It lists every message in the topic, in chronological order.

Register / Log In

If the forum system doesn't know who you are, it will display only publicly visible forums and messages and it will not allow you to post any messages or replies.

If you are a registered user, you can log in by following the Register / Log In link.

If you are not a registered user, you can normally register yourself by following the Register / Log In link (although some sites may have more restrictive policies).

User Profile

If you are logged in, you can modify your user profile (which gives details such as your name and your email address) by following the User Profile link.

Adding a reply

You can add a reply to the topic by going to the bottom of the page and filling in the form you will find there. You need to be logged in before you can do this, and you need to be allowed to add replies (in some announcement-only forums, replies aren't allowed).

Your Reply
Put the text of your message here. You may be familiar with the email convention that quotes the original text along with your reply:
> How many Microsoft employees does it take
> to change a lightbulb?
According to Eric Lippert of Microsoft, approximately 17.
Don't quote messages like this unless it's essential to prevent ambiguity! Remember that your message will always be viewed in the context of the topic it belongs to, so a reader has the original messages on the screen at the same time as yours. It is infuriating to have to read a long topic where each message insists on repeating all the earlier messages before saying something useful of its own.
Post Reply
When you have finished, press the Post Reply button. This will add your message to the topic. Depending on their settings, subscribers to email alerts will receive a copy of your message within an hour or so.
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