Forum User's Guide

August 2017

Introduction to the Forum

The forum is an area for our users to communicate. Forum contributors are volunteers who want to help users looking for information and participants are asked to act courteously on the forum.

The site's terms of use specify the conditions for using the forum and proper conduct when posting.
If a user violates the conditions given in the Terms of Use, moderators designated by the Comment Ca Marche webmaster will delete the offensive messages.

The various forums

The forum of is divided into several topics :
  • Sterility forum , for messages concerning sterility
  • Pregnancy forum , for messages concerning pregnancy
  • Delivery forum , for messages concerning delivery
  • Babies forum , for messages concerning babies
  • Allergies forum , for messages concerning allergies
  • Asthma forum , for messages concerning asthma
  • Smoking forum , for messages concerning smoking
  • Cancer forum , for messages concerning cancers
  • Losing weight forum , for messages concerning diets
  • Health care system forum , for messages concerning the National health system

There are tabs at the top of each page so that users can easily move from one discussion to another.

The Interface

Users' messages are shown on the main page of the forum. The most recent contributions are sorted in descending order. Therefore, if you reply to a message from a week ago that thread will move to the top of the forum's list.

Here's a description of the interface elements shown above.
  • Number of replies to a thread.
  • Time and date of the latest reply. If the latest reply was posted today, this field is shown in red.
  • Date of the first message. If the first message was posted today, this field is shown in red.
  • Name of the user who posted the first message. If the user is a member of Comment Ca Marche, clicking on his or her name lets you see his or her profile, if you want to learn more about them.
  • User status. The legend is shown at the bottom of the window:

  • Thread Title. Click on the title to read all contributions to the thread.
  • Show the latest contribution. Clicking on this icon brings you directly to the most recent contribution.

Reading messages

Click on the title to show its contents, i.e. the message you clicked on and every reply to it.


The responses are hierarchical, meaning that in a discussion, you can respond to the first post (by clicking on [Reply to Thread]), or by replying directly to another user (by clicking on [Reply to ...]). In the latter case, your message will be linked to the message you replied to, but shifted slightly.

To browse chronologically (i.e. in the order in which the messages were posted) you can click on the arrows (< and >) on either side of the post number. The the title of the latest message in the discussion is in red. You can access directly the most recent post in the discussion by clicking on [Last post] in the first post, or by clicking on the small blue square below the title of the main thread.

Writing Messages

Writing a message (whether it's a reply or a new thread) is done with a form at the bottom of the page.


  • The first field (1) is for giving a title to your message. The title is mandatory; this is what is shown in the discussion area. Therefore, it is essential to give your message an explicit title that describes the problem succinctly.
  • The second field (2) is for entering your user name, and the third (3) your e-mail address. If you are logged in on the site, these fields will be filled in automatically.
  • Field (4) lets you choose which forum to post your message in. For each of messages, you need to choose the most appropriate forum. If you post the same message in several forums, a moderator might delete them.
  • With field (5) you can choose to receive all messages posted to the thread by e-mail, if you have entered your e-mail address correctly. This option should be used with caution, as every reply to the thread will cause an e-mail to be sent automatically to your inbox! If you don't want to receive any more replies by e-mail, you can go back to the discussion and post a new message with the "Don't receive any more e-mail replies" box checked.
  • Finally, field (6) is for entering your message. If you are logged in on the site, you can edit your personal signature, a short text which is automatically posted at the bottom of all your messages.

If you are a member of and are logged in on the forum, you can edit your own message for a few minutes if nobody has replied to it yet. To do so, return to your contribution to the thread and click on [/contents/ccmguide/#lecture [Edit Message]]. This lets you fix spelling errors or broken links.

Finally, the [Alert a moderator] button lets you report messages which violate the Terms of Use.


  • Users are also asked to take great care to check their spelling and minimise the use of text-message-style abbreviations.
  • A message written in shorthand, or one which is hard to read due to the number of spelling errors, may be deleted to make the forum easier to read.
  • Messages written in another language than English, or those including on purpose and numerous language mistakes might be deleted to guarantee a good reading quality.

Layout forum is limited in its markup capabilities to make message more readable.

However, you can have:
  • Bold text, by placing it between the tags and :
    Example of a message in bold
  • Italic text, by placing it between the tags <ital> and </ital>:
    Example of a message in italics
  • Underlined text, by placing it between the tags <souligne><souligne> and <souligne>:
    Example of an <souligne>underlined message
  • Format text by placing it between the tags
    . With this feature, the formatted text will stay formatted the way you want it to. This tool is particularly well-suited to snippets of code which requite a specific layout:
    Example of a formatted message<code>         
  • Add a hypertext link simply by entering the URL (it must begin with http:// or www.):
    Examples of hypertext links:         
  • Create a named hyperlink by entering the URL within brackets (it must begin with http:// or www.), then the keyword, separated by at least one space:
    Examples of named hyperlinks:
  • Create a link to a article by entering the keyword in double-brackets or within the tags and :
    Differences between routers and firewallsDifferences between routers and firewalls

Message Search

With the search field, located at the top of the page, you can search for a message in CommentCaMarche forums.

To search for a message, type keywords separated by spaces. So, if you have a problem finding drivers for a GeForce graphics card, type the following string into the search engine:

drivers GeForce

The search is not case-sensitive, which means that it does not matter which letters are typed in uppercase and which are in lowercase. Additionally, all occurrences of each word are searched, so the word graph will return all messages that include the following words:

  • graph
  • graphic
  • graphical
  • graphics
  • graphing
  • graphs
  • and so on.

With the dropdown menu located to the left of the search field, you can search in a specific forum. By default, all discussion areas are searched.


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Latest update on June 14, 2016 at 05:48 AM by IsraelCCM.
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