CCM Health Forum User's Guide

May 2018

Introduction to the Forum

The CCM Health forum is an area for you to communicate with other CCM Health users. Forum contributors are all volunteers who want to help fellow users to locate information, and we ask that everyone in the community act courteously and welcoming of others during their visits to the forum.

Our Terms of Use outline the community rules and the guidelines to follow when posting to forums.

In order to ensure that all you all are able to enjoy a friendly and informative environment, moderators appointed by the CommentÇaMarche webmaster will delete any content that is offensive or that violates our Terms of Use.

The Various Health Forums

The CCM Health forum is divided into several topics: the Sterility forum, for messages concerning sterility; the Pregnancy forum, for messages concerning pregnancy; the Delivery forum, for messages concerning childbirth; the Babies forum, for messages concerning babies; the Allergies forum, for messages concerning allergies; the Asthma forum, for messages concerning asthma; the Smoking forum, for messages concerning smoking; the Cancer forum, for messages concerning cancers; the Weight Loss forum, for messages concerning diets; and the Health Care System forum, for messages concerning England's National Health System.

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

The Interface

Your messages are shown on the main page of the forum. Contributions are sorted in descending order, with the newest messages at the top of the list. This means that, if you reply to a message from a week ago, that thread will move to the top of the forum's list:

The elements shown above include: number of replies to a thread; time and date of the latest reply, with replies made today shown in red; date of the first message, with replies made today shown in red; name of the user who posted the first message, with usernames of CommentÇaMarche members being clickable and leading to the users' profiles; user status; thread title; and a Show the latest contribution button.

Reading Messages

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

Responses are hierarchical; this means that, in a discussion, you can respond to the first post (by clicking Reply to Thread), or by replying directly to another user (by clicking Reply to ...). In the latter case, your message will be linked to the message to which you replied, but shifted slightly.

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

Writing Messages

You can create a message (whether it's a reply or a new thread) using a form at the bottom of the page.

The first field is used for creating a title for your message. The title is mandatory; this is what is shown in the discussion area. Therefore, it is essential to give your message a clear title that describes the problem succinctly.

The second field is for entering your user name, and the third is for your e-mail address. If you are logged in on the site, these fields will be filled in automatically.

Field four lets you choose on which forum to post your message. For each of the 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 five, 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 six is for entering your message. If you are logged in on the site, you can edit your personal signature, or a short text which is automatically posted at the bottom of all of your messages.

N.B. If you are a member of CCM Health and are logged in on the forum, you can edit your own message for a few minutes if no one has replied to it. To do so, return to your contribution to the thread and click Edit Message. This lets you fix spelling errors or broken links.

Lastly, the Alert a moderator button lets you report messages that violate the site's Terms of Use.


Our ultimate goal is to provide a pleasant reading experience for the community while on the forums. This is why we ask that you avoid using text message-style spelling and verify that your messages contain as few mistakes as possible. (A message that is written in shorthand or one that is hard to read due to the number of spelling errors may be deleted to make the forum more pleasant for the community.)

If you'd like to write a message in a language other than English, our moderators can direct you to post on a forum on one of our sister sites (if your language is supported).


Your editing options on the CCM Health forums is limited to make messages more easily legible.

However, you can use bold, italic, and underlined text by placing it between the HTML code for bolding, italicizing, and underlining text:

Example of a message in bold

Example of a message in italics

Example of an underlined message

Format coded 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 appropriate for snippets of code that requite a specific layout:

Example of a formatted message.

You can add hyperlinked text simply by entering the URL (it must begin with http:// or www.). You also may create a named hyperlink by entering the URL within brackets (again, it must begin with http:// or www.), then the keyword, separated by at least one space:

Example of a named hyperlink

You may create a link to a CCM Health article by entering the keyword in double brackets or within the tags and .

Message Search

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

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

The search engine isn't case-sensitive, which means that it doesn't matter which letters are typed in uppercase and which are in lowercase.

Additionally, all occurrences of each word are included in your search, so the word graph will return all messages that include the following words: graph, graphic, graphical, graphics, graphing, graphs, etc.

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.


Latest update on September 25, 2017 at 12:24 PM by owilson.
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