The Forum section of Art and Architecture allows registered users to make, share and respond to comments on images. Perhaps you’d like to write about how much a painting appeals to you? Perhaps you pass one of the buildings every day on your way to work and would like to share a memory? Or perhaps you wish to ask a question? The Forums will put you in touch with people sharing similar interests and, in time, will build a new set of perspectives on our collections.
You can access the forums by following the link in the top toolbar. If you are not registered or logged in, this will give you a page of information about the Forums, along with a link to the Fourm home page: follow this link if you just want to read other people’s contributions without registering or logging in.
The best way of getting started is simply to read what other people have written and have a go! You can always delete or edit what you’ve written, and you can use the Preferences page on the top menu bar to ask for an email to be sent to you every time someone replies to your topic.
Frequently asked questions
How do I post a topic in a forum?
Easy! If you wish to make a comment about an image then the best place to start is the image record page. You’ll find a button on the left hand side of the menu bar at the bottom of every image record page saying “add/view comments”. If you click on this you will either be taken to the topic already started for this image or, if no comments exist, you will be asked to create a new topic.
You may also create discussion topics on Insights, Stories, Image Sets and Competitions by going through the add/view comments button at the foot of the relevant page.
To post your comments click on the button marked Post Reply and type into the window marked 'Message Body'. There’s no need to add anything under 'Subject' although if you do it will appear above your text and might come in useful if you want to change the course of the discussion or put forward another point of view.
The tone of a Forum posting, just like an email message, can often be misinterpreted, so why not use the Emoticons on the left hand side of the message window as a means of adding humour or showing that you’re not taking your opinions (or those of others) too seriously!
Go on, be bold and have a go!
But what about the other discussion topics?
You’ll see that we’ve also created Forums for you to discuss 'Books on Art', 'Exhibitions' and 'Arts TV and Radio Programmes'. These are not necessarily related to any of the images or features on the site, but will allow you to share your opinions with large number of like-minded people. To create or contribute to a topic just go straight to the Forums page by clicking on the menu bar at the top of your screen and then click on the relevant Forum.
How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are the Editor or a Moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the Edit button to the top right of your message, and delete it by clicking on the button marked with a small cross. Please note that users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.
How do I quote what someone else has written?
You can do this by clicking the button to the left of the Edit button. This will open up a message window containing the full text of the post you’d like to quote from. You can cut this down to make your quoting more specific, but don’t delete the brackets [quote] and [/quote] as there are used to identify the text as being written by someone else. You can then type your own comments underneath.
What are Announcements?
Announcements contain important information from the Editor. They appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted.
What are Sticky topics?
Sticky topics are generally less important than Announcements and relate more to the topic under discussion rather than general issues connected with the Forums.
What if I read something offensive?
The success of the Forums is dependant upon goodwill and tolerance. However, if you find any of the comments offensive then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have the capability to delete posts and, in extreme cases, ban users from using the Forums along with all of the site functions requiring registration.
What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to assist the Editor in running of the forums. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
What are Usergroups?
Usergroups are a way of identifying particular groups of users. At the moment we have only one usergroup to identify people who have written for the A&A site, but we hope to extend this to groups of people who share common interests or live in a particular region.