User Guide

October 2017

Introduction to the Forum

The forum, also called the bulletin board or boards, is an area for our users to discuss information technology. Forum contributors are volunteers who want to help users looking for information. Since users come from all over the world, and mostly from different cultures, participants are asked to act courteously on the forum. The site's Terms of Use specify the conditions for using the forum and proper conduct when posting.

If a user violates the conditions given in the Terms of Use, moderators designated by's webmaster will delete the offending messages.

The various forums

The forum is split into several topic areas:


  • The Phones/PDA/GPS forum, for all messages that relate to installing, configuring, or even simply using Phones/PDA/GPS.
  • The Software forum, for all messages that relate to installing, configuring, or even simply using software.
  • The Hardware forum, dedicated to hardware problems: what to choose, troubleshooting, optimization, and comparison.
  • The Office software forum, concerns all the office suites ( OpenOffice, Excel, Word, Access...)
  • The Programming forum, specializing in discussions about coding applications in various programming languages (such as ASP, C++, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, and VBScript).
  • The Networking forum, for all sorts of questions about networks (including questions about protocols, in stalling networks, connection problems, and more).
  • The Virus/Security forum, dedicated to computer security, especially fixing problems caused by viruses and worms.
  • The Windows forum, for installing, using, and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows operating systems (95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista).
  • The Linux/Unix forum, dedicated to questions about installing, using, and troubleshooting Unix-based operating systems (like Linux, HP-UX, and AIX), other than MacOS systems.
  • The MacOS forum, for questions about installing, using, and troubleshooting Macintosh systems (like Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X).
  • The Messaging/Chat forum, for questions about Webmail and Social Networks

Discussions & Opinions

  • The News forum is the spot for information about computing-related news. Feel free to submit news briefs.
  • The Suggestions forum is a space for users to share their suggestions in order to improve the design and operation of the website and the forum.
  • The Members' corner is a place for users to talk about subjects other than information technology. Logged-in members are welcome there to share a laugh, tell jokes, talk about the news, or just let others know if they're in a good or bad mood. Tradition holds that a new member posting his or her first message in the Lounge "buys" a virtual round for the other members when he or she comes in.

There are tabs at the top of each page so that users can easily move from one discussion to another.


Users' messages are shown on the main page of the forum. The most recent contributions are sorted in descending order. If you reply to a message from, say, a week ago, that thread will move to the top of the forum's list.

Here's a description of the interface elements shown above.


  • The message's title. A click on it allows you to read all the threads contributions.

  • Main theme of the question. A click on it allows you to read all the threads discussions concerning this theme.

  • Date of the original message. If the initial message was posted in the day, this field appears in red.
  • Name of the user who posted the original message.

  • Date and time of last reply. If the last response was posted in the day, this field appears in red.
  • Number of responses to the message.

Status of discussions

  • Discussion without answers :
  • Solved discussion :
  • Closed discussion :
  • Solved and closed discussion :
  • Discussion in progress :

Reading messages

A click on the title of a message allows to show the contents, that is the message clicked as well as all the answers which were brought to it.

The answers can be sorted out by date, by lessening date, either by vote.

To navigate in a chronological way (in the order in which messages were posted) you can click arrows (< and >) on both sides of the order number of the answer.
The last message of the discussion is indicated by a blinking in orange during the load of the discussion. You can reach directly the last contribution of the discussion by clicking the pen name appearing to quote(esteem) of " Last answer on " above the initial message.

Writing Messages

Writing a message (whether it's a reply or a new thread) is done with a form :

Here is a description of the differents elements presented above (from the top down) :
  • Message title - This text field allows you to give a title to your message. This title is mandatory (red frame).
  • Location - This selection field allows you to choose the forum in which your message will be displayed. For each of your messages it is necessary to choose the most appropriate forum. If you post the same message in several forums, a moderator may remove them.
  • Message - This text field allows you to enter your message. If you are identified on the site, you can edit your personal signature, i.e. a text that will appear at the bottom of all your messages.
  • Your nick - This text field is used to enter your user name.
  • Your E-mail - This text field is used to enter your email address.
  • Get the answers by mail - This check box ammows you to automatically receive all messages in the thread by mail, as long as you have correctly entered your email address. This option should be used with caution because all responses will cause the automatic sending of a letter in your mailbox!

You can edit your own message. To do so, return to your contribution to the thread and click on the [Edit button].

This lets you fix spelling errors or broken links.

Finally, the [Alert to a moderator] button lets you report messages which violate the Terms of Use.



The forum is limited in its capabilities for using markup to make message more readable.

You can, however, create:

  • Bold text, by placing it between the tags and :
    Example of a message in bold
  • Italic text, by placing it between the tags <ital> and </ital>:
    Example of a message in italics
  • Underlined text, by placing it between the tags and :
    Example of an underlined message
  • Format text by placing it between the tags <code­> and </code>. With this feature, the formatted text will stay formatted the way you want it to. This tool is particularly well-suited to snippets of code which requite a specific layout: Example of a formatted message

<code>for($i=1;$i<10;$i++) {                        
echo "Valeur de $i : $i";
for($i=1;$i<10;$i++) {                        
echo "Valeur de $i : $i";
  • Add a hypertext link simply by entering the URL (it must begin with http:// or www.):

Examples of hypertext links:                     

Examples of hypertext links:            
  • Create a named hyperlink by entering the URL within brackets (it must begin with http:// or www.), then the keyword, separated by at least one space:

Examples of named hyperlinks:                     
[http:/en.kioskea/forum Kioskea forum]

Examples of named hyperlinks:                     
Kioskea forum
  • Create a link to a article by entering the keyword in double-brackets or within the tags <ccm> and </ccm> :

Differences between [[routers]] and [[firewalls]]                    
Differences between routers and firewalls

Message Search

With the search field, located at the top of the page, you can search for a message in CCM,net's forums.

To search for a message, type keywords separated by spaces. So, if you have a problem finding drivers for a GeForce graphics card, type the following string into the search engine:

drivers GeForce

The search is not case-sensitive, which means that it doesn't matter which letters are typed in uppercase and which lowercase. Additionally, all occurrences of each word are searched, so the word graph will return all messages that include the following words:

  • graph
  • graphic
  • graphical
  • graphics
  • graphing
  • graphs
  • and so on.

With the dropdown menu located under the search field, you can search in a specific forum. By default, all discussion areas are searched.

Latest update on June 13, 2016 at 07:01 AM by ibero.modo.
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