FORUM HOW TO*
*This is an ongoing effort to help you navigate the brave new world of the GTT forums – please be patient, as this is a working document and we’re also learning as we go. If we haven’t addressed your question below, please feel free to contact us through the forum (Topic: Welcome to GTT forums!) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome! Thank you for checking out the GTT Forums. Think of the forums as GTT’s virtual clubhouse, where you can hang out with friends and fellow tennis fans and chat about anything and everything tennis related. So kick off your tennis shoes, grab a frosty beverage and get the conversation going!
An easy but crucial first step. Pick a username. Plug in a valid email address, a personal password and then your profile name – that’s how you’ll be known in the forums. (We’re freakyfrites and freakyfritters, for example.) This login will serve you for both the Forums and for leaving comments on the GTT blog.
You will receive an email to confirm your login to GTT. Sign up here if you haven’t already done so.
Login with your username and password.
Getting around the Forums:
The FORUMS pull down menu is located on the right side of GTT’s main navigation bar. Check out the pull-down menu under FORUMS and select where you want to go.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Add a topic of discussion to the forums.
Roger get a haircut? Rafa starring in another music video? Just saw the next Serena Williams playing at your local challenger tournament? Sounds like you have a hot topic to share. Here’s how it works.
Pick “Discussion Topics” from the Forum pull-down menu. From here you can see topics that people are currently discussing – click on the topic to have you say. To add a new topic, click on the “New Topic” button (circled in red, above) and fill in the menu with your topic “Title” and a brief description of what your topic’s all about (that’s the “Content” field.) Think of “Tags” as a shortlist of keywords or subcategories that directly relate to you topic. Tagging helps users know what topics are the most popular or active. You’ll need to select the appropriate group from the “Post In Group Forum” pull down menu. Every discussion topic must reside in one group or another. Finally, click on the “Post Topic” button to make the topic discussion-ready.
Groups are basically forum categories. If there are any groups you are interested in, you can “join” that group to participate in the discussions. By joining specific groups, you won’t get updates on groups you aren’t interested in.
Creating public, private or hidden group.
When you create a new group, you can make it private – for you and your friends only. If you make your own group, you will be the admin of that group. You even have the option of making the group “hidden” so only invited members will see that group. So if you want to start a top secret society for fans of Roger Federer’s right pinkie finger, have at it!
*One confusing feature about groups.
Once you are in the main page of a group, say Roger Federer, there is a text field that say’s “What’s new in Roger Federer?”
This field isn’t how you add a topic to the forum. This is just a group update.
You will want to click on the group’s “Forum” section to add a new topic to the group.
GTTs a friendly place and these forums were started with friendship in mind! Here are some ways to keep in touch with your GTT buddies.
“My Account” gives you access to your inbox, personal profile, site settings etc.
To see friends requests go to “My Account > Friends > Requests” Follow the menu from there to accept new requests.
Friends requests and personal updates will also show up under “Notifications”
Invite your friends to your group(s)
This will let your GTT friends know you’d like them to participate in your discussions.