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Contents
A few basic rules
Registration
Remember me / auto login
Basic Display
Posting a Message
Editing or Deletig a Message
Preferences.
Links and Images
Uploading Images
Posting Tips/Help
How do I Know if Someone Responded to My Message?
Forum Subscribtions - How do I unsubscribe
How do I cancel my registration
Linking to our forums
Privacy

Welcome to the new JCNA Forums. You will notice changes in the way our forums look as they have been completly redesigned however all of the posts made to the old forums have been imported into the new system. Our new forums developped exclusively for this site will allow us to offer additional services and features in the weeks to come.

Note that original post times could not be imported from the old system, only dates were imported.

One of the first things you will notice is the need to register in order to post messages. Visitors can read messages but cannot post until they register. It is a very simple process which ensures that email addresses are correct.

Browser compatibility : like all pages on our site, we've tested the forums under the most popular browsers and OS. Older versions of Netscape, version 4.x, do cause some pages not to display properly. Although usable, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the newer version. There are no issues that we are aware of when using Netscape 5, 6 or 7 or Explorer 5, 5.5 or 6.

A few basic rules...

1. No selling, No listings of Wants  please use the separate classified section.
2. No Commercial Announcements or Ads - Contact the editor of the Jaguar Journal if you wish to promote your business.
3. Keep the message related to the forum topic, e.g., editor/webmaster forum should only be of topics of interest to JCNA club newsletter editors and club webmasters. The issues forum is for JCNA issues and not automotive technical discussions.
4. We reserve the right to remove ANY message we deem inappropriate without notification.
5. If you have any problems, including harassment from others, let us know - webmaster@jcna.com
6. JCNA forums are not the place for vendor bashing or consumer activism... Please do not post about problems you may have with a specific vendor.

Registration

Visitors to our forums can read but cannot post. Registering takes only a minute and allows you to set preferences and options; it also serves as a verification of email addresses.

From the main forum page, simply click on the New User Registration link to open the Registration form. Fill out the form and choose which forums, if any, you would like to subscribe to (you can change this at any time later on). We strongly recommend that you use your full name and avoid screen names, handles, etc... If you really prefer not to use your full name, at least use your first name and last name initial.

After filling out the form, click on the Submit button and check your email for a confirmation emailed that was emailed to you when you submitted the form. Click on the link provided in the confirmation email to activate your registration.

Your registration is complete and the next page will prompt you to log in. You can then post messages to our Forums.

Remember me / auto login

if you do not want to have to login everytime you access the forum, you can choose to use a "Remember me" option. When selected, a cookie will be placed on your computer and you will not have to login unless you manually logout by clicking on a logout link. This is useful for frequent posters.

To activate this feature, login and go to the update registration page. Check the "Remember me" option and click on the Submit button.

Do not use this feature if you access the forum from someone else's computer. If you do, make sure that you manually logout!

Basic display

The main forum page gives you a list of all available forums with the number of posts and last post date. Clik on the forum name to get to that forum.

By default, forums are shown sorted by thread in compressed mode : only the first post in a thread is listed with the name of the member who started the thread. The total number of message in each thread is shown on the left, and the date and time of the latest post is displayed on the right. This is probably the most convenient view. To view all posts in a thread, just click on the subject; all message in that thread will be displayed on a page, sorted by date.

You can also view a list of all messages, sorted by dates, by clicking on View by Date. This is is useful to find a specific message.

Posting Messages

To start a new thread, click on Create New Post or Start New Thread link. This will open a Message creation window where you can type your message. Make sure you type in a meaningful Subject as this is what will be shown in the forum index. Type your message and fill in the optional fields as needed (links and images, see below).

When ready, review your post and click on the Submit button; a confirmation page will appear.

If you need to edit your post, you must delete it first and redo it. Before deleting it, you can copy the text to your computer's clipboard (in Windows, highlight the text and press CTRL INSert). After deleting it, click on new message or new thread link and paste the old text (in windows, click where you want to paste the text and press SHIFT INSert). Edit as needed.

To reply to a post in an existing thread, just click on the Reply link next to that message and fill out the form just like for a new post/thread.

Note that you must be registered and logged in to be able to post or reply. See Registration section for information. Frequent users may want to use the Remember Me option, see above.

Deleting / Editing Messages

You can delete or edit messages by clicking on the Delete or Edit link next to your name. The links will only be visible if you are already logged in.

Preferences

User Preferences and options are stored in your user profile. To update these, click on the Update Registration Info link on the main forum page, available after you login.

  • Home Club : select your club from the club list which is sorted by region / number. Selecting a home club will allow you to access some club specific features including local club forum visible only to registered users who selected a home club. Also, Image Galleries contributions will also be shown on the page of club you selected.
  • Signature Line : up to 200 characters, may include Jaguars you own, hometown, club, etc.. anything you want to add as a signature to your post without having to type it. This will automatically be added to each message but you will be able to edit it or delete it upon posting.
    Do not include any form of advertising, for sale, bargain, special etc... Vendors who contribute to our forums on a regular basis are allowed to mention their company name, location and URL / 800 number but no special, prices, offers and advertising slogans !
  • Reply Notification : when checked you will automatically receive an email message when a reply is posted to one of your messages. Note that if someone replied to another message in a thread you are participating, you will not be notified.

Optional link URL / Title

When creating a new message or repy you can enter a link and a tile to a web site or web page that may include additional information and pictures.

Please type in the http:// portion of the link !

Optional Image URL

Enter the address to picture you want to use with your post on your server or a web page. Do not enter the page address on which the image appears but the image address itself (it will end in .jpg or .gif, not in .htm). If you are not sure of the image URL, go to that page, right click on the picture and choose properties. You can then copy the URL and paste it back in the post message form.

If the image you want to use is not already on the web but is only on your computer, see next section.

Upload an image to the JCNA Server

You can upload your image from your computer to the JCNA server. To upload an image, click on the Browse button and select a local image on your computer. If you are using Internet Explorer, a thumbnail of your image will be shown after you select it, but this feature is not available with Netscape. Type a title to your image and do not change the Image URL field.

When you are ready to post your message and upload the image, click on the Submit button.

Depending on your connection and the size of your image, it may take a couple of minute for the file to be uploaded from your computer top our server... be patient, do not stop and reload the page. In most browser, an progress indicator will be shown in the status bar at the bottom of your browser window. When completed, a confrmation page will appear with a preview of your post and image.

Images must be less than 200k, check the size before you try to upload. File must be a JPG or GIF, any other format will be rejected.

POSTING Tips / Help

Try to use Descriptive Subjects in your messages... just don't say "HELP", make the subject reflect why you are posting... such as "HELP - where can I get information about concours classes?"

Never use ALL CAPS TO TYPE A MESSAGE. IT IS THE ELECTRONIC EQUIVALENT TO YELLING AND IT MAKES IT HARD TO READ TOO!

Use the right forum! if your question is of a technical nature, use the right technical forum. Do not ask in an activity forum or in the general forum. You will receive more replies in the technical forum for your car's model.

Forum Subscriptions

Use your user registration information to select which forums you want to subscribe too. Simply click in the check boxes to add or remove forums. Once subscribed, you will receive a copy of each post made to the forums you selected.

To unsubscribe, login and click on the User Registration link from the forums home page. Remove check marks from the list of forums. We strongly recommend that you stay subscribed to your own club forum shown at the bottom of the list as these have little traffic and are often used by clubs to send announcements to their members.

How do I cancel my registration

Login and click on update user registration. Unsubscribe from any forum you are subscribed to and click on submit. You will never hear from us again... If you change your mind later on, your registration can be re activated by loging in.

Linking to our Forums

JCNA affiliate clubs are welcome to link to our forums, galleries and Classifieds and can even customize them so that they will blend in their own website. Please see the club help page for information on linking and customizing.

 

Privacy

We do not collect email addresses from our forums for any purpose. You will only receive a emails from us if you elect to receive reply notifications or if you subscribe to some of the forums. You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

 

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