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Forum administration

This procedure applies to moderators/administrators only and to all comments in general. Comments need to be dealt with as soon after they arrive as possible. This is especially true of forums if they are to be kept alive.

Go adminster > comments to obtain theview shown below. Then select the Approval queue tab.

Join forum discussion

Anyone who has logged in, in may join a discussion. You don't have to be a member of the Linux User Group (LUG). Once logged in, simply select the topic on which you wish to express a point of view and click add comment. You may also add a reply to any of previous comments, for example, if you know the answer to a question, or problem,

When a comment has no replies, it may be (optionally) edited by its author. The comment module uses the same input formats and HTML tags available when creating other forms of content.

Forum blocks and enhancements

Add forum blocks

The forum module has three blocks which can be added, either to one of the sidebars, or to the content itself, if and when required. The use of the forum blocks is optional and depends on your site layout requirements. The blocks are disabled by default and are,

Add forum topic

You need special privileges to add a forum topic. Go to create content > forum topic to obtain the form shown below. This form is also identical to that of a content page, and is completed in much the same way. A forum topic is the start of a threaded discussion

Setup forum

Setting up a Drupal forum

You need special privileges,usually administrator rights, to be able to set up a forum The forum module of Drupal is quite basic, but if you don't anticipate a large user group then this module will get you started. Once you have gained some experience you may wish to explore and install the advanced forum module.

Setting up a forum is a two part process. First set up up the forum, via administer > forums. The privileges to do this may be restricted solely to administers.