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How to use the CHuC User Forum

Since you are reading this page then it is safe to say to that you already know basic website navigation such as typing web addresses, clicking through links and maybe even watching or listening to multimedia. That's great! What we'll do here is try to familiarise you with how to use our forum and its many options.   When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.   (Please note that not all of the facilities mentioned below may be active on this Forum)

Set up your profile  

When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.  

Personal Info

Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized. Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.

My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.   Forum Settings  Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.

My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.  

My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.  

My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.  My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favourite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.  Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.

Reply to an existing post  

So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.  

Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.  

Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.  

Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.  

Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post (OP). This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the OP. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.   Create a new post of your own  

Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.   Format your post   Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.   The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.   The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.   The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.  

Lists  

There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.   First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.

[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list

Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list

[li] [/li] = each list item.

So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:

[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]

Videos  

Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.   It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:  

If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:  

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It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.   Edit your own post   There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!   Visibility and notification of your favorite posts  

Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.  

Subscribe  

At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.  

Favourite  

Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.  

The Karma System  

The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.   Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.   Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.   The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.   Conclusion  

Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.  

Section I - General Policy:

By registering and participating in the CHuC User Forum discussions you agree to the following policy. If you should not agree you have the right to no longer participate in forum discussions at your own discretion.

The administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible where acceptable. You acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or web-master (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately, permanently or temporarily being banned (and your service provider being informed).

If the user continues to break policy the said users account will be removed. It is at the sole discretion of the CHuC Manager to remove violating accounts. The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the web-master, administrators and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic or post at any time should they see fit under the guidelines specified below. You agree that the web-master, administrators and moderators of this forum have the right to send a private message with a warning and or censor any forum user who is in violation of forum policy.

Section II - General Forum Rules

1.Respect the Forum Volunteers. We provide a service in our free time to keep the forum running efficiently. We will occasionally ask for input, but in some cases we will not, please respect our decisions. Also, we do edit for content, if you have an issue with our moderation, please PM one of the Moderators.

2.Profanity/swearing is not allowed, and under no circumstances will we allow any profanity to be directed toward another person. Be considerate, and respectful.

3.Forum Threads and Flaming: Flaming And Condescending Messages: Messages personally attacking, calling names, or otherwise harassing or being condescending to another forum member or any ethnic or religious group will be removed based on the moderators decision. Sometimes a moderator may split the thread or delete certain portions in order to keep the discussion going.

4.You will not post any copyright material unless you own or control the copyright in and to such material. You will not use forum to post any message or other material that violated or infringes the rights of any other party, including without limitation, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights

5.Adult Content/Violence/Illegal Activity: Messages containing sexually oriented/violent/illegal dialogue, images, content, or links to such will be deleted. Messages with links to or suggesting illegal activity will also be deleted. These actions could very likely result in a ban at the moderators discretion.

6.Thread Drifting/Steering: Please keep discussions on topic.

7.Please remember that these forums are inclusive of ALL people, and we strive to maintain accessibility to everyone.

8.Please strive to communicate with other users as effectively as possible: Please try to write your posts in English. We may have users from different countries that visit here. When writing a post, please space paragraphs with a blank line in between them for better readability. Please do not write posts in all uppercase letters, as it looks as if you are screaming at the people reading your post. Please refrain from using "leet" speak or slang. These forums are a tool for communication, which will be obfuscated by those types of writing. Please do not shorten your words to acronyms or abbreviations. It is very difficult to read and understand. Please use font properties for highlighting portions of your text, and not for all of the text in your post. Typos and other errors can cause miscommunication between users on the forums, please preview your text before posting.

9.If you have found a post that you feel is inappropriate or that violates forum policies, please contact the moderators.

10.Please be prudent in your use of images. Please remember that not everyone has the same bandwidth, so please keep your image to less than 200kb.

11.Forum signatures have a few rules they are as follows: No Images, limited to three lines of text. Signatures are also not a place for inappropriate material such as flaming, slandering, harassment or religious remarks.

12.The web-master, administrators and moderators of this forum will preserve forum content when possible. However editing, locking and deleting content may be necessary at the sole discretion of the web-master, administrators and moderators when policy has been violated.

Sensible behaviour in a nutshell: Respect Consideration Helpfulness When you disagree, do so in a respectful manner. When unsure, ask.

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which CHuC collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the http://www.chuc.org.uk website ("Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by CHuC.

 

Personal identification information

 

 We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the site, subscribe to the newsletter, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

 

Non-personal identification information

 

 We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

 

 Our Site may use "cookies" to enhance User experience. User's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

 

 CHuC may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:  •- To personalize user experience  We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.  •- To send periodic emails  We may use the email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email or User may contact us via our Site.  How we protect your information

 

 We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

 Our Site is in compliance with PCI vulnerability standards in order to create as secure of an environment as possible for Users.

Sharing your personal information

 

 We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.

Third party websites

 

 Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.

 

Compliance with children's online privacy protection act

 

 Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our Site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

 

Changes to this privacy policy

 

 CHuC has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will post a notification on the main page of our Site. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

 

Your acceptance of these terms

 

 By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

 

Contacting us

 

 If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:    

CHuC  

c/o 7 The Scarplands  

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 admin@chuc.org.uk

 

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This document was last updated on August 06, 2012

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The relates to the accessible accommodation described below.

I urgently need you responses if this facility is to be made available as a holiday let.

Please share this page with folk that might be interested in self catering accommodation in North East England.

The primary intention of the accommodation is to enable folks who have additional prerequisites to enjoy quality time with family / friends – whether that be relaxing, recovering, or exploring the many accessible attractions Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, and the North East of England have to offer.

However, the accommodation is equally suited to accommodate people who do not require additional equipment.

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Rosewood Wand
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..and large gardens front and back.

 

 

Plenty of space to park 3 cars.........or squeeze in 5 small cars........ on private driveway.  And unrestricted street parking too.

 

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...................................................Easy wheelchair (and stretcher) access to property and gardens..........................................

Ceiling hoists in various ground floor locations...
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...including entry room
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wet room
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Bedroom
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Room Connector
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Lounge

* Entry room ceiling rail hoist for chair-to-chair transfers eg power chair to lightweight wheelchair or shower chair.

* Wetroom has choice of overhead deluge shower or handheld wand showerhead. Ceiling hoist is rail system similar to entry room. Roll-in access.  Ample space for trolley and assistants.

* Ground floor bedroom has FULL room XY ceiling hoist system – move any direction including diagonally.  This room is same size as a spacious double bedroom.

* Room connector between bedroom and lounge. So can move directly eg from bed to lounge massage/recliner chair by ceiling hoist.

* Lounge has a HALF room XY ceiling hoist system (so not to spoil the views of back garden).

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Well behaved pets are welcome
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Muddy paws have their own direct access to shower facilities
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please come and explore, there’s so much to see and do nearby

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Sponsorship and Advertising

This web-site is run for the benefit of ceiling hoist users around the world and the aims are:

 

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  • To let other ceiling track hoist users know about the new facilities and when more come on line.
  • To build up a strong business case backed by support from people who need these facilities worldwide, to encourage others to install hoists in their accommodation.
  • To gather what little information there is on accommodation offering ceiling track hoists as an easily accessible resource for individuals and for organisations wishing, for instance, to book accessible venues for their events.
  • To provide a “meeting place” for those of use who use ceiling track hoists to share information and experiences and widen the campaign for more hoists.

CHuC is a not-for-profit organisation. It does not make any charge to list accommodation providers or hoist suppliers and is in no way connected to any of the companies or organisations listed on the website. Running this web-site takes money and resources so we would welcome support from suitable organisations to build and develop this into a place where users, service providers and equipment providers can all come together for the benefit of each other. If you would like to discuss support please contact us sponsors@CHuC.org.uk Some ways to support us are for example, as a hoist supplier to provide a free 12 month trial of a hoist in a hotel or other accommodation provider, or perhaps an individual or company could provide financial sponsorship so that we can buy a hoist and have it installed in an accommodation providers premises on a trial. Ideally we would like several hoists that we can provide on this trial basis which the accommodation providers would pay for after 12 months if the hoist proved successful. The money received back could then be re-invested in another hoist to continue the process and therefore provide a steadily increasing number of venues with hoists. 

We also now offer sponsored advertising for suitable ceiling hoist related products and services via banner and side bar adverts which appear on every page. The space can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis and includes a link to your own website and statistics on how many times the advert has been displayed and how many times it has been clicked on. Please contact us for rates.

Thank You

 

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You can ubsubscribe at any time and there is a link at the bottom of every newsletter which will allow you to unsubscribe. The only information we store is your name and e-mail address. If you decide to unsubscribe at any time then this information is automatically deleted from our system. We will not pass these details on to anyone else and will use them solely to send you the Newsletter.

 

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The CHuC Team