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Board Owner Basics


New Board Owner?

Some people thing creating a board is rocket science when in fact even a complete beginner could have a working board within a couple of minutes.

Runboard is excellent that beginners can create simple boards very quickly and advanced users are still able to customize every aspect and detail.

Hopefully these guides/faqs should help you if you become stuck. If you can't find the answer then the ]Q&A forums are there for you.

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Creating Board


To create your own board visit the ][sign in to see URL] website and click ]Create Community.

Fill in the details.

Full message board name ~ This will form part of your Runboard url.

Eg If your put your message board name as BigRedPlanet the url of your board will be
]http://bbigredplanet.[sign in to see URL]

NOTE: If that message board name is already taken a number will be added to the board.
Eg ]http://bbigredplanet2.[sign in to see URL]

Enter a description for your message board (mandatory): ~ This is the description of your board. (Minimum of 30 characters required). This will be used by search engines and ]RunSearch so a good description of what will be found on your board is required

Eg for a board BigRedPlanet a description could be;
Discover everything about the BigRedPlanet and discuss it and other planets

Enter a few search keywords: ~
These are search keywords which are used by search engines to be able to find your board from the other billions of sites. Keywords should describe the overall content and subject matter of your board.

Eg for a board BigRedPlanet keywords could be;

BigRedPlanet
Planets
Solar System
Space
Jupiter
Milky Way
Astronomer
]Astrology

Time zone offset to GMT (UTC) in hours ~ This is how you set the board time by entering how many hours you are behind or ahead GreenMeanTime (GMT). If you dont know have a look at the map at [sign in to see URL]
You can change it later if you want to change the time (ie to take into account British Summer Time).

Eg France time is +1


Click Submit and your forum will created.

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Managing Board


The area where you manage your board and make all the changes is in your control panel.

To manage your board goto;

Control Panel > Select the board that you wish to manage via the drop down list > Click 'Manage'

All the features, settings & functions of the board will then be shown. Each these features will be discussed in turn.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many boards can each user have?
You can own upto 10 board per user account.

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Adding/Deleting/Arranging Forums


Now you have created your board you will have one forum called Main Chat on your board.

Adding A Forum

You will likely want to add some more forums to the board.

To add a forum goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Add a New Forum

It will ask you for a title of the forum.
Eg Film Discussion

Optionally you can also give the forum a description which will appear below the forum name in forum list page. (Maximum valid length is 110 characters)

Eg The place to discuss films, movies & cinema

Then click Add New Forum and your new forum on your board will be created.

Deleting A Forum

So you want to remove a forum?

Move Topics First Or Lose Them
First you have to ask whether you want to lose all the posts when the forum is deleted.

If you dont you will have to move all the topics first to another forum. To do this goto into the forum, select topics (max20 each time) and use the moderations options from the drop down box at the bottom left and select move to. You can then choose where to move the topics to.

Now To Delete The Forum

To delete the forum goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Delete An Existing Forum

Select the forum you wish to delete from the drop down list and then you must type YES to say you really want to delete the forum. Then click Delete the forum.

Once a forum (with or without posts) is delete it is gone and cannot be recovered. Although you could recreate the forum from scratch using 'Add A Forum'

Arranging Your Forums

Now you have created a few forums you may want to change the ordering and possibly even group them using separaters.

Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Arrange Forums

Ordering
To change the order of forums you simply change the order of the numbers.

Separators/Dividers
(Optional) You want to include a separator which will group the forums.

Enter the separator text for the first forum of your group of forums. Leave the separator field for the rest of the forums in that group blank.

Then if you have may want to have multiple separators enter text for the separator for the first forum of your next group of forums.

Hidden If No Access
You can also choose whether to show the forum in the forum list to members where they have no rights to view/post in that forum Eg An Admin/Mods Private forum. And whether to still show a separator of that forum if the forum is not shown.

Click Arrange Forums. The changes should take effect. If for some reason the changes could not be saved it will be indicated in red at the top why. Usually this will happen because of mis-numbering.



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Renaming Board/Individual Forums


Renaming The Board

You can rename the title of the board. Goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Change Board Name

However you cannot change the url of the board once it has been created. If you want to change the url you have two options.

1. You can get a 3rd party to mask the url and make it shorter, but they will give your users a popup.
][sign in to see URL] ~ Ie [sign in to see URL]
][sign in to see URL] ~ Ie [sign in to see URL]

or

2. Delete this board and start a new board, but you will LOSE all your topics/posts/members EVERYTHING!

Renaming Individual Forums

You can rename the individual forums and change the descriptions. Goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Manage Names Of Forums

Change the forum names and descriptions and when you are happy with them click 'submit'.

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Editing Keywords/Description


You can change the description & keywords of your board if you wish. Goto;

Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Edit Keywords/Description

Description ~ This is the description of your board. (Min 30 characters required). This will be used by search engines so a good description of what will be found on your board is required

Eg for a board BigRedPlanet a description could be;
Discover everything about the BigRedPlanet and discuss it and other planets

Keywords: ~ These are search keywords which are used by search engines to be able to find your board. Keywords should describe the overall content and subject matter of your board.

Eg for a board BigRedPlanet keywords could be;

BigRedPlanet
Planets
Solar System
Space
Jupiter
Milky Way
Astronomer
Astrology

Once you are happy with your edited keywords and description click 'Validate Changes'

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Quick Security Settings


You can set the overall board security settings which control who can view the board, who can post and how you become a member of the board. Goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Quick Security Settings

There are four board security profiles that can be loaded

Regular Open Board ~ The most commonly used. Anyone can read, only users who are logged in can post. One post grants membership to the board.

Private Board Password Protected ~ Board requires membership to read and post. Membership is gained by entering a password once.

Private Board Application Based ~ Board requires membership to read and post. Users who desire membership submit an application, which is reviewed by the board owner and administrator(s), who must manually accept/reject the application. To check for applications a board owner/administrator needs to goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Review Membership Applications.

Private Board Invite Only ~ Board requires membership to read and post. The administrator(s) must manually enter the user names of the people they want to give access to (to do it, click on the "Advanced security settings" button, click on the "See members" button, and use the "Add a user" form).

Choose a board security profile by clicking a button.

If you wish, you can then modify the profile for the board and individual forums which is in the next section.

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Advanced Security Settings


You can modify you boards security settings for the board and individual forums. Goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Advanced Security Settings

Fine Tuning Board Security Settings

You can fine tune the whole board settings. (Those which you loaded from the Quick Security Settings).

However you need to be careful with this as people have set the settings in a way that noone can ever view/post on the board.

Ie they have unintentionally set the requirements to view the board as Registered Members Only, the same for posting. But have then said that you need to post to become a member.

Fine Tuning A Forum Security Settings

Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Advanced Security Settings > Click Fine Tune 'The Forum'

When you have clicked Fine Tune 'The Forum' it will take you to a similar screen where you can alter the settings just for a forum. So you can make a particular forum on your board private.

Password - means they need a password to enter. There is only one password that everyone uses for that forum. There is a box near the Password option where you create that password.

Application - A user makes an application to join and then a board owner/administrator needs to manually accept/reject applications by going to;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Review Membership Applications.

Invitation - The board owner/admin sets who can enter on an "the invitation list" by clicking 'See members' and adding members to the list. If you ain't invited you can't get in.

No Membership - There can be no members at all.

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Creating A Private Forum


The most commonly requested question about forums by users is how to create a Private Forum on a public board

Here are how to do it

To make a forum private so that only the board owner, admins, moderators and any persons you want to give access to. Goto;
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Advanced Security Settings > Click Fine Tune 'The Forum'

Set the 'Read' access to 'Require Membership'
Set the 'Write' access to 'Require Membership'
Set the 'Membership Gaining Method' to 'Invite-only membership'.
Then click 'Change Security Preferences'
If there are any users who are not admin/mods that you want to grant access to the private forum you then need to click the 'See Members' button and then type in the users names.

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Creating A Forum Where Topics Need Verifying


Here is how you create a forum where new topics must be verified by a board owner/admin/mod before they can be viewed by normal users.

There is an option in the 'Fine Tune The Forum' to require that all new topics have to be verified by the owner/administrator or moderator before they are shown to normal users.

To select this option you need to goto
Control Panel > Select Board > Manage > Security Management > Advanced Security Settings > Click Fine Tune 'The Forum'

Check the box for 'True (USENET-style) moderation (new topics only):'. Then click 'Change Security Preferences' to save the changes

The owner/administrator or a moderator has to then verify the topic. All topics posted under this option will be shown in the topic list with Hidden in the title. To unhide the topic an owner/admin/mod has to select the topic(s) to unhide using the moderator options at the bottom left of the topic list page.

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