About forums

The forums are the place to discuss issues and they act as a repository of information for future reference. Please avoid social information or information of temporal interest, such as cruising news, unless it is essential to the topic. If you want to raise something of temporal interest (e.g. notification of a boat show, cruise plan etc.) consider a post instead of a forum topic.  See About posts.

Most forums are presently only available to logged-in members, but some may be public, as indicated in their description.

The forums are arranged hierarchically for ease of navigation and each forum may contain sub-forums.  Each forum may contain one or more topics raised by members.  Other members may then respond by appending a reply or a reply to a reply.  This forms a record of the discussion. If you are replying to a reply, please do so via the reply button in that reply – that way the replies will be nested to make this clear.

A blue dot to the left of a forum name indicates that it or its sub-forums contain topics or replies unread by you.  The  Mark all topics as read button will mark as read all topics in all the displayed forums and their sub-forums.  To mark a subset as read, drill down to the required forum level before selecting the button.

In the list of topics, a blue dot indicates those unread by you and a comment bubble those to which you have already replied.

You may browse the full list of forums via the Forums tab.  You may search the forums using the search field in the sidebar.  If you want to follow developments on a topic, be sure to subscribe to it, using the subscribe button at the top of the topic.

If you want to return to a topic, you can mark it as a favourite.  You can quickly find your favourites via your profile>Forums>Favorite Topics or via the shortcut in the Forums menu tab.

Posting a topic or reply

Any user may post a new topic using the submission form at the bottom of the list of existing topics or replies.  Please keep to a single topic and be succinct.  The first time you add a topic or respond to one, it will be held for moderation.

You can attach up to four photos or certain other file types.  There is a 1MB size limit for attachments.  When you have selected a file to attach, it is checked for size and type and a thumbnail image will be shown.  You can then give it a caption.  You can also insert it into your post so that it is shown in-line with your text.  Actually, a short code [in square brackets] is inserted as a place holder, which will be replaced by the image when the topic or reply is displayed.

When you reply to a forum topic or a reply,  an email alert is sent to all topic subscribers. So, before replying, ask yourself “Is this something all topic subscribers should be alerted to?” If you wish to thank the author of a topic or reply, use the Thanks button at the bottom. Your thanks will be recorded and an email sent to the author of the topic or reply without disturbing other subscribers.   Do not use a reply to say thanks as this would email all subscribers and clutter up the thread.  Please avoid using replies to chat.  Consider a private message instead. You could post the outcome or a summary of a private dialogue later.

Participants can edit their own topics or replies within 30 days to allow for corrections, after thought etc.

Members may wish to share experience of services relevant to Ovni owners and this can be useful to other members.  But this is not the place to air any grievances – these should be addressed directly to those providing the service.

Subscriptions and email alerts

When you are subscribed to a forum,  you will receive an email alert when a new topic is created.  (Note that subscribing  or unsubscribing to a forum does not apply to any sub-forums within it – you must subscribe or unsubscribe to these separately, as you wish.)  Initially, you are subscribed to all forums except:

  •  Site support
  • Site changes – minor
  • Known issues with this site.

To receive a notification of replies to a topic, you must be subscribed to that topic – it is not sufficient to be subscribed to the forum, which only notifies you of new topics.  By default, you will be subscribed to topics you create and those you reply to.

You can unsubscribe from those forums or topics you do not want to follow. The simplest way is to view  your subscribed forums and topics via your profile>Forums>Subscribed Topics, where you can  delete subscriptions as desired.

If you cannot see a suitable forum for your topic, post it in the  Miscellaneous forum and a site editor may create an appropriate forum and move your topic there.  If you see the need for a new forum, have a query or a suggestion for improvements, please raise it as a topic in the Site Support forum.


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