Guide: Posting & Post Editors
Commenting on an existing discussion or creating a new one should be simple enough. For the former, there should always be a text editor on the last page of the thread to write your comments in, and to start a new discussion, there is a button in the top left to do this (or in the hamburger menu if you are on mobile/small screen). For creating new discussions, you may want to check out the difference between a Discussion and a Question.
There are multiple categories in this forum, intended to help divide the discussions into relevant groups. While the forum software running here puts the posts in focus, contrary to how many forums do it, where you have to click on a category/board first to see the posts within, this forum still have categories. You can read more about them in this guide.
When posting, it is important to select the right category for your post, so I recommend a little bit of familiarizing yourself with them. One important fact to be aware of here is that if you hit the new discussion button on the front page of the forum, you do get a selection box in the new discussion dialog where you can select the category, but if you click the button when you are inside a discussion and reading the post, it will automatically create a new discussion in the same category as the post you are reading. So make sure to go to the front page first if you should be posting in a different category.
Categories in grey in the list are categories you can see, but don't have permission to create new discussions in.
When you create a new discussion, you also have the option to add tags to it. You can choose from the existing tags, just click the Show popular tags link to see them. Tags help people find relevant discussions, so please use the relevant tags that seem appropriate for the content of the post, but don't spam every tag that is somewhat remotely related.
Check this box to add a poll to your discussion that people can vote. Each poll can have multiple questions and multiple answers. Use the left/right arrows to navigate between questions and add new ones, while the down arrow lets you add more answers for the current question.
The most important component is obviously the editor window. Here, you will use the currently selected editor to write your discussion or comment. The default editor used in this forum is the Rich text editor, which is simple in use, and can make great-looking posts easily.
If you prefer, you can change to a different editor on your edit profile screen. There is a long list there, but the relevant ones are described below, one post for each editor, check those for the particulars about each editor. Unless you have a special reason, I do recommend sticking with the standard Rich editor though.
Note that editing an existing post will use the editor that was used to create that post, not whatever you have chosen. This is because vanilla stores your posts differently depending on the editor, so other editors can't interpret what another one made.
The list of editors are
While you write your post, drafts are automatically saved periodically in case something happens, like your browser or computer crashing. Drafts will automatically repopulate the appropriate box, so if you where in the middle of writing a comment in a discussion when the crash happened, the comment box in that discussion should automatically be pre-filled with your draft. You can also access all your saved drafts from the My Drafts link in the sidebar, where you can also delete unneeded ones.