Forum - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What features does the Honors Forum have?

The Honors Program Forum is a primary mechanism for communicating messages of general interest to the Redwine Honors Program community.  In an effort to make the forum useful for openly exploring our thoughts and opinions, most topics are only visible to registered users that are logged in.

How do I register on the Forum?

To register, just click the Honors Program Forum link to the left of this page, then click Register at the top of the Forum homepage and follow the instructions.  Your registration request will be e-mailed to the coordinator.  If you have provided enough information for us to determine that you are a legitimate member of the Redwine Honors Program, an alumnus of the program, an applicant to the program, or an Honors Program faculty/staff member, then the coordinator will approve your request. 

PLEASE NOTE that it is necessary for you to fill in the blanks for your first and last names so that we can determine who you are.  We also need you to enter a valid e-mail address that Redwine Honors Program staff will recognize.  As far as the other registration information, you may fill in as much or as little as you like.  Be patient.  If you register at 2:00AM on a Saturday morning, it might be a couple of days before we check our e-mail. One benefit of restricted access is that it will protect us from whoever is lurking out there in cyberspace.  The forum is closed to unregistered users.  The unfortunate side effect is that you will have to remember yet another user name and password. REMEMBER:  If you change your e-mail address, you need to be sure and update your information on the forum so that we will still have a valid e-mail for you.  It is also necessary to have a valid e-mail address listed in the event that you forget your password.

****HINT****:  It might be easier to follow along with these instructions if you open the Forum in another tab.

How is the Forum organized?

First, note the "Calendar" link at the top of the Forum homepage.  This is a great way to find out when the next Brown Bag will be or who's birthday is coming up.

Now for the structure of the Honors Forum: There are several levels: Category, Forum, Topic, Reply, and at least one more that hasn't been implemented yet.

There are currently 4 Categories: General, Honors Courses, Lounge, and Archive.

Each Category has one or more Forums.  For example, Jokes is a forum in the Lounge Category.

Each Forum has one or more Topics.  In the Jokes Forum, "Carry-on baggage" is a Topic.

You can add a Topic to a Forum by clicking "New Topic" near the top of the page. Usually you can Reply to a Topic.  The first Reply to a Topic starts what is known as a Strand.  In other words, a Strand is a Topic containing more than one post.  You can't Reply to all Topics.  For example, the Introduce Yourself Forum is set not to allow Replies.  It is appropriate to introduce yourself on this forum (hence the name), but if you want to start a conversation with an individual on the Introduce Yourself Forum then you should use a different forum (note lower case.) Here's an example to illustrate the difference between Replying to a Topic and adding a New Topic:  In the Jokes Forum, a new joke should be a New Topic.  Commentary on a particular joke or a better version of a joke should be a Reply to that joke.  As a quick review, note that the term "forum" has been used at three levels.  The software itself is the "Honors Forum"; Each Category has at least one Forum-a place to hold your posts; this whole millieu is a forum for exchange of information and ideas.

How do I post an image?

If you want to post an image in a forum, use the following code, taking out the spaces:

[ url ][ img ] typetheimageurlhere [ /img ][ /url ]

How do I upload a new Avatar/User Picture?

After logging on, go to your settings page, and click Edit Profile. 
Or, just click here.

Once there, scroll down to the Select Avatar section.  From here, you have two choices:

  1. Copy the web address to any photo you have uploaded at another site and paste it in the field right next to the preview button.  If you don't have a photo uploaded somewhere yet, you can register for a free account at, and they'll host your photo for you. Scroll down and click Update Profile.

  2. Click on Avatar Upload and select a photo file from your computer to upload to the forum. This photo will be your new icon.  Then scroll down and click Update Profile.

Remember that whichever option you choose, the photo must be no larger than 64 x 64 pixels.  If your photo is larger than that, you'll have to reduce its size by either cropping off from the edges, or shrinking the image altogether. 

This can be done easily with Microsoft Paint.  Once opened, you can use Use MS Paint's Image > Attributes feature to see the photo's current dimensions.  Play around with the Image > Stretch/Skew values to keep shrinking the image to size. 

How do I post a YouTube video?

 We're going to learn how to post this classic Youtube video on the forum.

First, select, right-click, and copy the embed code from the Youtube page:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Grab the web address highlighted in red above (either one is fine, since they're the same), and insert it between two "FLASH" tags like this:


Replace the braces "{}" with brackets "[]" instead though. When you click the "Post New Topic" button, the following should appear.