As a member of the mod team, it's clear to me that some members are a little confused or unknowing about some of the basic ways to interact with both the membership and the moderator team, so perhaps a little tutorial might be useful.
For the majority of members, this post will be too basic, but I believe it will be of interest to more than a few.
The 'Report Post' button - what's it for?
Many members seem unsure about the proper use of the 'Report Post' button. See below.
This button is to bring a post to the attention of the moderation team, say, a spam post or an objectionable post. When a post is 'reported,' the only people who see the report are the moderators. The report is not seen by the original poster or regular members.
The main point that needs to be emphasized is that the 'Report Post' button is not a way to reply to a member's post! Many members making reports made seem to believe that is the case.
The 'Private Message' (PM) system - how use it?
The AACA forum has a private message system that allows members to communicate privately among themselves. Private messages will often be referred to as PMs.
To access the PM system, click on the 'envelope' icon at the top RH corner of any forum page. See below.
When you click on the envelope icon, the following pop-up window opens.
This window shows your recent PMs (IIRC). You can start a new PM to a member by clicking on the black 'Compose New' button at the top right, which will open a new blank private message; see below. You will need to enter the required info and hit the 'Send' button to transmit the PM to the member whose display name you entered in the 'To' field.
If you click on the 'Go to Inbox' circled in red in the third image above, you get this window. You can access of all your PMs by scrolling down the list on the left. You can also reply to any highlighted PM in this window by entering text in the 'Reply to this conversation' field and pressing the return key.
But the most useful and easiest way to PM a member is to hold your cursor over the member's name on the left side of the post. This pops-up a profile window and if you click on the 'Message' button (see below), a pre-addressed blank PM will open where you can enter a private message to that member.
Another very useful button in the profile window is the 'Find Content' button, which allows you to find almost anything a member has posted, with the option to locate threads (topics) he has started or posts he has made to other's threads.
Again, I realize the majority of members know all or most of this already, but it is clear that some do not. Hope there are a few who will find this tutorial to be of interest.