Welcome to the Classroom at The Coop!

The purpose of this post is to help new members get off to a quick and productive start. Below is information about a few very helpful features that are often overlooked by new members.

At the top right hand side of the page is the "Search" button. This will allow you to search years worth of topics for answers to your questions. It does take some practice. If you can't find what you are looking for, try a different word or phrase. Keep in mind that some words have more than one meaning, and some words have more than one spelling. Most all topics have had at least some discussion, and many have had a great deal. If you just can't find a clear answer to your question, feel free to post it.

Posting Messages
When posting messages, please make your subject descriptive of the question. Things like "please help" or "newbie question" may cause your post to get skipped over by those who donít have a great deal of time. Keep it short and to the point. Next, try to place it in the appropriate forum. There is a description under each forum title describing its intended purpose. Some topics do overlap and can fit in more than one forum, but only place your message in one forum. This insures that all replies to the topic are kept within the same thread. If a topic doesnít appear to fit anywhere, put it in the Miscellaneous Forum. From time to time a moderator will move a topic to another forum.

You will notice that unlike some boards we do not have a general "chat" forum. This is the "Classroom," and we try to keep things in that frame of thought. For purely social communication or discussions between you and another person, we ask that you use private messaging or an outside means of communication.

Private Messaging
Private messaging--or PM as it is often referred to--is a way of contacting other members of The Classroom in private. You can do this by finding any post made by that member and clicking the envelope icon just above his or her post.

You can also click "User List" located at the top of the page and search for his or her display name. Display names are listed alphabetically. Once you have found who you're looking for, click the user's display name, and you'll be able to send him or her a private message under Contact Info.

To check your own private messages, click "My Stuff" followed by "Messages" located on the menu above. Be sure to delete unwanted messages.

Th Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section answers questions about using this board. Please review this feature and go back to it when you need to.

Moderators can be contacted by using private messaging and by E-mail. Their E-mail links are at the top left of each forum. If you wish to bring a post to the attention of a moderator because it is inappropriate for the forum it is in or for any other reason, you can do so by clicking the "Notify" button below the post. If you have a problem, complaint, comment, or suggestion, please contact a moderator.

Featured Topics
These are posts that stay on top in each forum. They have titles such as "Helpful Links," "Glossary," etc. Here you will find a great deal of information. They are updated from time to time, so if you did not see what you needed in the past, check back.