How this website works

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Here you fill find details about how to use this website.

To join in, you need to register with an email address and follow the registration instructions contained in the resulting email that you get from the site.

This will allow you to log-in to the site and see all the extra pages that are available to members only. Then you can also take part in commenting and posting online. If desired you can subscribe to some pages or content types, so that you receive emails when people make comments on any particular page or when the page is updated with new content, or whenever new pages of a particular kind are created.

You need to sign-up for a London Boaters login to be able to see the members area. If you don't want to use emails, you'll still have to register with an email address, but then simply don't subscribe to any pages and instead just browse around the site as a logged-in member - you will see all the London Boaters projects and comments and take part in commenting on the pages via the website.

If you're online a lot then you'll probably find the easiest way to use this system is to just browse and comment via the website. In this case a worthwhile thing to do is to go to your Account Settings (you'll need your password to make changes in here) and switch-on Autosubscribe, set your default sending method to Private Message and deactivate your "Privatemsg e-mail notification" setting so that you no longer receive email notifications about incoming private messages. This way your profile will automatically track all activity on the threads you contribute in, and all notifications will arrive as Private Messages, viewable each time you visit, via the Messages link below your user name in the top left-hand side of the screen.

(We have chosen NOT to have this setup as the initial setting for all members, so that anyone expecting to start receiving emails about threads may subscribe to them immediately without also having to also change their default sending method back to email. This way they won't be left wondering why their messages are not arriving when they'd merely failed to change their default method in their Account Page.)

If you don't want to use the website, you can still remain up-to-date on the issues that concern you by setting your subscriptions to receive emails for all types of site content, and then just leave the site alone - you will be informed about any site activity by email. This is useful if you're away from a computer, or can't surf certain websites from work, or can't get an internet connection easily, or even simply don't have a computer at all - you can still keep informed just by using a 'smart' phone which has email capability.

Of course you'll need to first have an email account somewhere, even a web-based email account will do, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.

We also have a facility enabling members to contact each other directly via private message because the website doesn't share email addresses among members (whereas the current London Boaters mailing list does), so to exchange private contact details and suchlike members may use this facility instead. Only the Site Admin will be able to contact you by email, and users may even deactivate private messaging via their Account-Edit page if they wish to only be contactable publicly by other site members.

Why not register and give the site a try? We have a Projects page about Building This Website where London Boaters members can point-out problems with the site, make suggestions, discuss methods and more.

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