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Getting Started on
7 Apr '17 is an inclusive online forum for discussion, helping Sydenham residents share local events, news, photos and gossip.

It’s quick and easy to create a new account.

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Here are some tips to help you navigate our forum:

Selecting a topic title 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.

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.


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.


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

Summary Boxes

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

To start a topic with a link, paste the link into the title field.


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 the 10 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. To change any of these defaults, see your user preferences.

Uploading a Profile Photo

Click the circle in the top-right hand corner, then the cog to open your preferences page:

Then click the pencil next to “Profile Picture”

Community Trust

As you participate here, over time you’ll gain the trust of the community, and new-user limitations will automatically be lifted. At a high enough trust level, you’ll gain new abilities to help us manage our community together.

Private Messaging

Private messaging isn’t available to new users, but the forum software automatically enables it after you’ve been around for a little while. To fast-track this process, you can get your profile “verified” (see below)

Getting Verified

When the team have met you in real life we’ll add a “Verified” title to your profile so other members can trust that you’re a real-life local. See: How to get Verified

Commercial Posts

All local businesses can post one new topic for free to introduce themselves, and they’re free to respond to any queries on their business at any time. There’s a small fee for posting subsequent topics.

Special Interest Groups

We have deeper conversations in opt-in categories (“Politicos,” “Cycling,” etc). To see these conversations, join the relevant group

23 Apr '17

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