Registering is free and offers several advantages.
As well as all the normal functionality, registered members get the additional following features.
New posts - check for only new posts since you last checked.
Profile - Maintain your own profile telling people a little about you and your car etc. You can include a picture in your profile.
Members List - check the members list, sorted by name, car model, location, etc.
Posting - you need to be a registered member to post to the forum. We don't allow unregistered posting to reduce the potential for mischief.
Reply to Posts - as above.
Edit your Posts - Within 24 hours
Private Messaging - To other registered members.
Email Notification - Alerts you via email of new posts in your favourite topics, or replies to your own posts.
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The registration process is confirmed by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.
In the top bar menu, clicking on Posts will show you a lit of all new postings since you last checked. This feature only works for registered members as otherwise the system can't track when you last checked.
In the left column, also signifies new posts, and if you click in the left column rather than on the actual topic, the post will open in a new window so you don't need to use the Back button to return to the list.
The icons relate to that specific post only. Left to right:
Quote highlighted text. This allows you to mark with your mouse, some text in a post you wish to quote, which will then be inserted into a new post for you. Edit Post. You can only edit your own posts, and only within 24 hours of the original posting. Delete Post. You can only delete your own posts and only within 24 hours of the original posting. Print Post. Just what it says
Move Message. A Moderator only function to move posts to a different Topic group.
The spell checker in Preview alerts you to possibly misspelt words. Some words that are correctly spelt may get caught occasionally due to the fact that there are a a lot of words that might be specific to this forum, but new words are often added. The spell checker can't correct the words for you however.
Email Notification allows you to get notified of new posts to specific Topic groups, or replies to your own posts etc.
This feature is only available to Registered users.
You may configure your account to send out new messages on the boards as e-mail messages to your address. This is the best way to stay up to date on new messages and conversations taking place online, without having to visit the forum each time. If your e-mail client allows you to read messages off line, receiving posts in e-mail means you can also browse through new posts off line. This function is called 'Automatic E-Mail Notification' (as a clarification, the e-mail messages do contain the full text of the posts; they do not simply notify you that a post has been made).
To configure E-Mail Notification:
1. Go to the Profile Editor to edit your profile. Enter your username and password when prompted, to enter your profile editor page.
2. Scroll down to the section entitled 'E-Mail Notification'. Here you will find two tables: the first containing a list of topics (major sections of the message boards) on SoarerCentral to which you have access. The second table contains additional options.
3. In the first table, place a tick in the boxes of all those topics for which you wish to receive new posts as e-mail messages.
New messages posted in all of the threads under a given topic will be sent to your e-mail address if you select that topic for e-mail notification. You may always return to the Profile Editor and change these settings at any time if you wish to disable e-mail notification for certain topics or altogether.
4. In the second table, three options are available that apply to the E-Mail Notification settings for your account:
Tick My own posts if you wish to receive e-mail messages containing posts that you make to the board. This is a helpful feature if you wish to keep a record of your own contributions.
Tick Replies to my posts if you wish to receive e-mail versions of posts made in direct response to a message you posted to the board. This feature overrides the topic selection setting from the first table (i.e., if you have chosen not to receive e-mail notification for a certain topic, but you have selected the 'Replies to my posts' option and posted a message to that topic, you will receive e-mail notification of replies to your message). Note: If you have this option selected, you will receive only the first response to messages you posted in topics for which you do not have general e-mail notification enabled: you will not continue to receive ongoing discussion via e-mail.
Tick Send e-mail notification as HTML text rather than plain text if you wish e-mail versions of message board posts to be formatted as HTML e-mails, rather than plain-text. It is strongly recommended that you select this option. You should only de-select it (i.e., opt for plain-text messages) if you find that your e-mail client does not support HTML messages: several features of the e-mail messages are lost in plain-text format.
5. Click the Save Profile Changes button to save your changes. Your new email notification settings will take effect immediately for all future posts.
Apparently some PM's and other emails from Soarer Central get caught in spam filters.
Hotmail and MSN Users: Please do the following: Login to your Hotmail or MSN account Click on "options" Click on "safe list" Add "soarercentral.com" (without the quotes) to your safe list
Yahoo Users: Please do the following: Login to your Yahoo account Click on "Mail Options" Click on "Filters" To the right of "From header contains," type "soarercentral.com" (without the quotes) to the right of "Then... Move the message to," select "Inbox" Click the "Add Filter" button
AOL Users: Please add "soarercentral.com" (without the quotes) to your address book.
Microsoft Outlook users: Reading your email with Outlook 2003? You might want to tweak your settings to make sure all the images in the email appear correctly. Just add "soarercentral.com" (without the quotes) to your Safe Senders list.