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Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most from the CR Forums

Dean Pomerleau

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The software that supports these forums has many capabilities that are obscure and not easily discovered. This thread is intended as a clearinghouse for useful technical tips for getting the most from these forums.


I'll kick it off with a few links and brief descriptions in this post. In the future, I, and hopefully others, will add new tips and tricks as we discover them.


Important: many of the tips and tricks described in this thread require you to have an account on these forums and be logged in. Please create an account even if you want to remain anonymous, so you can take advantage of these tips, as well as project a consistent identity as a member of the forums.


If you have any new tips, or have a link to tips that have already been posted on these forums, please post it below! OIr if you want to know how to do something, ask it below. Don't worry, I'll manage things to keep the thread organized.






Useful Forum Tips and Tricks:

  • How to discover threads related to the post you are reading - Link
  • See a list of all new posts since your last visit, i.e. the "New Content" page - Link
  • How to mark all posts as read from the "New Content" page - Link
  • How to jump directly to the newest post in a thread - Link
  • How to recover accidentally lost drafts of posts - Link
  • How to easily grab the URL for linking to a post - Link
  • How to add a photo to a post - Link
  • Read the very helpful Help facilities for the forum software - Link
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Embedding a YouTube Video in a Post
Here is the form a link to a YouTube video must have in order for it to show up as an embedded video (rather than just a link) in a post:
http s://www.youtube.com/watch?v=837tx9UG1gQ

Note1: I've put an extra space between the p & s in "https" to make it so it doesn't show up here as an embedded video! Obviously remove that space, and replace the "837tx9UG1gQ" with the identifier for the video you want to post.


Note2: a shortened YouTube URL, like this:


http s://youtu.be/837tx9UG1gQ


won't work. You need to spell out the full URL, like "http s://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX" in order for the video to show up in your post.


Bonus - If you want to make sure closed captioning is turned on (in english), append: "&hl=en&cc=1" to the end of the URL. For example: 


h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=837tx9UG1gQ&hl=en&cc=1



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Advanced Search of the CR Forums


There are times when the simple search box at the top of the page isn't enough to help you find the post you're looking for. At such times, you can use the advanced search function, accessible via this link. it allows you to narrow your search based on tags, author, date, forum etc.


There is probably a link to it somewhere prominent on these forums, but for the life of me I couldn't seem to find it. You might want to bookmark it (as I have) to have it handy. 



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