Tips and Tricks for New Users

If you’re new, here are a few quick tips and tricks to get you started. :heavy_heart_exclamation:

Also be sure to reply to discobot in your personal messages. This will prompt an interactive learning game for you.


Selecting a title from the topic list will always take you to your last read post in the topic. To enter at the top ? or bottom ? instead, select the reply count or last reply date (example images below may vary slightly from our current settings).

Topics above the light red line are new or updated since your last visit. If you have read all the way to the end of a topic, its title will be light grey instead of black.


For search, the menu, or your user page, use the icon buttons at the upper right.

search, menu, and notifications in Discourse

While reading a topic, use the timeline on the right side to jump to the top, bottom, or your last read position. On smaller screens, select the bottom progress bar to expand it.

(If you have a physical keyboard, you can also press ? for a list of keyboard shortcuts.)


Press any Reply button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. Continue reading (and even navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply; minimize the editor for more room. Drafts will automatically be saved as you write (woohoo!).


To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. Repeat for multiple quotes.


To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type @ to begin selecting a username.

mentioning a username in Discourse


To use standard Emoji, just type : to match by name, or traditional smileys ;)

completing Emoji in Discourse


To generate a summary for a link, paste it on a line by itself.


Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown:

This is <b>bold</b>.
This is [b]bold[/b].
This is **bold**.

For more formatting tips, try this 10-ish minute tutorial.


There are action buttons at the bottom of each post:

  • To let someone know that you enjoyed and appreciated their post, use the like button. Share the love!
  • Grab a copy-pasteable link to any reply or topic via the link button.
  • Use the button to reveal more actions. Flag to privately let the author, or the site staff, know about a problem. Bookmark to find this post later on your profile page.


When someone is talking directly to you – by replying to you, quoting your post, mentioning your @username, or even linking to your post, a number will immediately appear over your profile picture at the top right. Select it to access your notifications.

notification in Discourse

Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.


All topics less than two days old are considered new, and will show a new indicator.

Any topic you’ve actively participated in – by creating it, replying to it, or reading it for an extended period – will be automatically tracked on your behalf, and will show an unread post count indicator.

You can change your notification level for any topic via the notification control at the bottom, and right hand side, of each topic. (Notification level can also be set per category, look for the notification control on the upper right of each category page.)


Kudos to @AcadianDriftwood and @Reinikka for being the first members to be Licensed!! :raised_hands:




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It let me see the gif a minute ago, now there’s just the link.

hmmmm it showed the gif when I posted, but coming back to the page it looks like a link to me too

Ok, phew! Redid the tutorial and now I am done!

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Very helpful info, thanks!

So much to learn - don’t know how to do some of the formatting. Will work on this over the weekend.

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@Smmarrt the discobot tutorials were really helpful at showing how to do things :slightly_smiling_face:

In case you missed it, I am craftylittlemonkey :kissing_heart:


I really liked the tutorials too! Glad to see you here!

Thanks! I loved the tutorials and DiscoBot! :grin:

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so I know the person behind the user name from the same bird family as mine. got it. :wink: and hi!


Shiny birds of a feather, HI!

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I just finished doing the Markdown Reference tutorial. I didn’t get a badge? It was super helpful. And also so much information at once that I’m not sure I remember almost any of it :stuck_out_tongue:

CLM!!! :revolving_hearts::revolving_hearts::revolving_hearts::partying_face: hi!!!

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Hey girl! Nice to see you @Belladune :orange_heart::yellow_heart::green_heart:

Thanks - I will read them more thoroughly this weekend.

Here’s what I wrote to reply:

Am I doing this wrong? I’d like to complete as many interactions as possible to up my ‘trust level’ and be allowed to post multiple photos and get access to the off-topic lounge. Let me know, thanks!

Did you select the bookmark feature?

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I did not, is that the ‘key’ to unlocking this achievement? :smiley:
I will make it so…err, uh, sew…er…you know what I mean! LOL!
I’ll report back on my findings!