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An introduction on participating on FreewareBB

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    Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:47 AM

    FreewareBB survives because of you, and we always value your participation on the site although we realise that sometimes it can be a tad difficult to navigate sites which you may not be familiar with and that's the reason we've created this introduction on how to participate in the two main sections of our site, our forums and our downloads.

    Downloads
    Adding a download
    Any registered member can add a download to our, already extensive number of listings. SEE HERE for a quick-start guide on adding a download.

    Rating a download
    Registered members can rate any download on the site using the 5 star rating system. You simply hover over the stars and choose how many, out of 5, you wish to give the software with 1 star being the least (and worse) rating possible and 5 stars being the most (and best) rating possible.

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    Recommend or share a download
    You can share the details of a download on our site with some of the popular bookmark and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, digg, Buzz, delicious, Reddit & StumbleUpon using the small icons found near the bottom of the page. You can also send details of the download to someone via email, print the details to your local printer and even download a copy of the page, all by using those small icons!. You can even choose to "Like" any download straight to your FaceBook wall using the "Like" button underneath the small social bookmark icons.

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    Keeping an eye on a download or category
    When you come across a download that you really like, you can keep informed of any changes or updates to the download and receive email alerts of this as well as any comments made on that download. To do this, you would hit the "Receive notifications on updates and comments" button and choose your preferred options (Fig 1.3). When you do this, the download is automatically placed within your "liked" content, a complete listing of which you can access from "My Liked Content" (Fig 1.4). Similarly, when you find an entire category that you want to keep an eye on you can also choose to "Like" that and receive notifications of comments and updates (Fig 1.5).

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    Adding a comment to a download
    Near the bottom of every download you will find a section where you can add your own comments and share your opinions with other members and visitors of FreewareBB!. Just click inside the box and start typing, when you're done all you have to do is hit the "Submit Review" button - why not give it a go! :)

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    Voting for a comment
    When anyone adds a comment to a download, you can vote positively or negatively on the comment itself. You can do this for 2 reasons, when you agree with the comment or find the comment extremely useful or informative then you could choose to vote positively "+" (plus) or if you feel the comment was totally wrong, incorrect or just plain unwarranted then you can choose to vote negatively "-" (minus). Your votes here will affect the overall 'reputation' score of the person who made the comments, so please remember to be fair and honest when casting votes.

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    Link To This File
    On every download you will find link code which you can copy and paste straight onto your own site, the first link code will show our "Approved by FreewareBB" image and the second link code will show the name of the software.

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    Forums
    Creating a new post
    When you want to start a new post in our forums, first go to our main forum section HERE (or hit the "Forums" tab on our menu at the top of the site). From the available forums, choose which one best suits the nature of your post (i.e. you want to add feedback to our site then you would choose "Site Feedback & Suggestions"). Next, hit the "Start New Topic" button over to the right-hand side of the screen and begin your post by entering a title for your new post. Further down the page you will find a large blank box and this is where you enter the details of your post. When you've done this, you can then choose to upload a file to your post (depending on your member group) and further down again you will find other option you can choose entitled "Click to configure post options".

    Clicking that option will reveal other choices you can make to your new post such as whether you want to receive email alerts for replies and so on. Once you've entered all the relevant details, simply hit the "Post New Topic" button and your post will be sent to a moderator for review. If you have 10 or more active posts on the site, your new posts and replies will automatically be approved.

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    Replying to a post
    Replying to a post is really simple, it's very similar to adding a comment to a download - all you do is scroll to the bottom of the last reply and click inside the "Fast Reply" box and start typing. When you're done, hit the "Post" button and your reply will be viewed by a moderator before approval. Members with 10 or more approved post's don't have to wait for their replies or new posts to be approved.

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    Voting for a members post/reply
    In the same way you can vote for a comment made on a download, you can also vote positively or negatively for a post or reply made in the forums using the "+" (plus) and "-" (minus) buttons. You would generally vote positive (+) when you agree with the post and rate negatively (-) when you disagree. As with all votes throughout the site, this will affect the overall 'reputation' score of a member.

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    Recommend or share a post
    You can share the details of a post on our site with some of the popular bookmark and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, digg, Buzz, delicious, Reddit & StumbleUpon using the small icons found near the bottom of the page. You can also send details of the post to someone via email, print the details to your local printer and even download a copy of the page, all by using those small icons!. You can even choose to "Like" a post straight to your FaceBook wall using the "Like" button underneath the small social bookmark icons.

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