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Subjects and Threads
The BBS (bulletin board) is divided into distinct sections called subjects. Each subject has a number of threads. A thread is a collection of messages (or posts) with a common subject heading (or topic). A thread runs like a conversation where one person asks a question or makes a comment, and another replies. Normally, other people, or the originator reply and so on. When a thread becomes dormant for a period (the number of days depends on the subject popularity) it is archived. When the originator starts a new thread, they have the option to be informed by email when the first reply is posted.
Adding a New Subject
This function is now reserved for the system administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the past we had several newcomers opening subjects instead of threads. If you would like to open a new subject please ask.
This option produces a list of threads within a subject. The thread with the most recent activity appears at the top of the list.
This option produces a list of individual messages (or posts) within a subject. The most recent message appears at the top of the list.
Messages within a thread are displayed with the earliest at the top. If you prefer to read the whole thread from the last message to the first, you can invert the list. This is a toggle function, so inverting again will reverse the order again.
The jump to option allows you to hop from subject to subject easily.
Adding a comment
You can add a comment to any thread, by completing the form at the bottom of the thread. When the thread is in reverse order, which is the default, a link to add your comment is displayed at the bottom of the first message.
Web and email addresses within messages
If you want to have a web site linked to your message just type the full URL. eg http://www2.mg-cars.org.uk (not www2.mg-cars.org.uk). Email addresses will automatically be linked to a mailto: if they are properly formed. Once again just enter the email address. eg email@example.com (email addresses don't have spaces or commas). Also make sure you give the full domain: bob.smith@aol is not valid.
html syntax within messages
html syntax is not supported within messages, so if you type <H1>Big heading</H1>, that is exactly what you will get in the message, and not the html equivalent.
Starting a new thread
The start a new thread option is available from the thread and message lists at the top and bottom of the screen.
Initially, the BBS is open to members and non-members. Non-members will be asked to complete their name, location and email address, whereas members will automatically have these fields completed. The non-members facility can be disabled at any time very easily. We will do this if we get too many spurious anonymous posts, or people pretending to be other people.
If you want to know who is posting to the BBS now, use this feature to get a list of the last posts. If you leave your browser on this page it will refresh every minute (if your browser supports this) and show up to date information.
- You are using version 13.5 of the BBS software.
Version 13.1 (May 14th, 2017)
- Search the archive suggestion from live BBS search results and ability to search archive from live search when loaded from specific subject area.
- Send your change request to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please make sure you have tried and understood all of the new features, especially the customise option for members only.
Please take a moment to visit some of the links shown in the top right of the pages. Our advertising revenue is used to promote and develop the site and to pay our hosting costs - we don't pay salaries. Adverts rotate randomly, and relevant advertising is always used at subject level. We do not accept non-relevant advertising which would irritate our users. If you would like to advertise please contact us at email@example.com; rates start at just £50 per month.
Disclaimer: This information service is not in anyway connected with or authorised by MG Motor UK Limited or MG Rover Group.
All messages on this BBS are the Copyright MG - The Classic Marque, 1995-2017. No information may be republished without prior permission. All rights reserved. We do not accept responsibility for the content within this BBS, but take every care to ensure that it is not offensive, illegal or unsuitable.