How Do I...? (using the new BGL board software)

Emoticons (now more commonly referred to as Emoji) work a bit different than before. In old BGL, using what’s called bbCode, emojis would be triggered using a :X: call. As these “visual feelings” have become more ingrained in our everyday usage, they’re now built into the browser itself, or even the operating system.

For Desktop: right-click in the text window where you want your message, and at the top, should be an Emoji option (see below). From there, choose from many hundreds of emoticons to use.

For Mobile: Similar process, except it’s not built into your browser. Emoticons are built into your operating systems (Android and iOS). Type your message as usual and enter an emoji just as you would in a standard email or text message (see below).

There are many types of content that can be posted and shared natively using the WordPress software (BGL’s software). Twitter posts, youtube videos, and other forum threads (e.g., reddit) can be posted directly and the software will take care of the formatting. Probably the most popular is posting youtube videos. There is nothing needed beyond the URL (no embed code, no iframes) so…

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There are many different sources supported. See the full list HERE.

NOTE: In October '20 facebook changed its rules. In order to share fb content, there's a whole lot more hoops to jump through, making it all-but impossible.

Instant reactions are available for each post. They include a thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, sad face, and angry face. Click on the instant reaction and it will register.

Quoting someone else’s post on BGl isn’t too difficult – look for the Quote option in the top-right corner of the post you wish to quote. If using the whole quote, that’s all there is; type your message and Post. 

If you only want to post a portion of the quote, this can be accomplished easily but it’s not particularly obvious at first glance.

After pressing the “Quote” mark on another’s post, by default, you’ll be seeing the prior post in its entirety. In order to trim that a bit, use your keyboard to trim away excess comment.

Once you reach the end, the next step is either: 1) press ENTER to remain inside the quote box and continue the quote, or 2) press ENTER to move to the next line (still in quote), but then PRESS ENTER AGAIN to move outside the quote box. At this point, add you own comment and it won’t show up as a quoted comment from a prior poster.

There is a significant difference between inline images and attached files. As of now (2/2020), inline images are just that – images added directly in the body of a post or reply and, as such, will appear as soon as the thread is opened. (see below) This uses the commonality of the most common web browsers, and their capabilities, to ensure images (mostly) are transmitted.

Attached files, however, may be images but they may also be any number of other filetypes: .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .flac, .aac, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlxs, .ppt, .jpg, .png, .gif, .html (sorta), .pdf, .ai/.psd/.id (to save), for example. An attached file is meant to be transferred through BGL and opened on the recipient’s computer using their software. The process of pointing to file from your local computer is the same, the difference is if/how it is displayed.

There are a couple different ways to find a list of unread posts. The simplest, though not specific (whole forum versus a specific thread), is to look click HERE after logged in.  /I’d like to add it per thread but am still trying to figure out how to make this happen. tadees