To create a new account, go to the forum homepage at Brag HQ and then select ‘create account’ from the top-right corner of the page.
Enter your email address and password. You will then be sent a verification email. Select to activate your account and you will be able to sign in and start using the forum.
Categories are groups of posts that other users are posting about relating to a particular topic, like symptoms and treatments. All topics have to be assigned to a category. The categories on the forum are:
Jobs and Careers
Promotion and Showcase
Questions and Answers
A topic is what we call a post. It’s the first post in a new thread of discussion within a category. It may be a question or statement that other forum members respond to.
Another member’s response to a topic is a reply.
To like a topic another forum user has posted on, click on the "like " button below the topic post:
To like a reply from another forum user, select the "heart " symbol below the reply.
There are a few different ways to create a new topic. From the homepage, you can click the ‘new topic ’ button that is on the right below the three images near the top of the page. This will display a pop-up box where you can write your new topic. You will need to add a title, assign it to a category, and you may want to add some tags to it.
Another way to create a new topic is from a category page by selecting the ‘new topic ’ button that is over on the right. That will create a pop-up box where you can enter the new topic. You will need to add a title, assign it to a category, and you may wish to add some tags to it as well.
If you’re just getting started with Brag HQ, you may not have the full privilege of posting in some of the categories until you get to a higher trust level.
To tag or mention a user in a topic or reply, type “@” and enter their username. A pop-up list of users will appear for you to choose from. The other user will then receive a notification of the mention.
Saved bookmarks allow you to return to a topic at a later date. The reason may be that you want to look at it again when you have time or because it looks interesting but you can’t read it right now.
You can bookmark any topic by selecting the “bookmark” button at the bottom of the topic post.
You can bookmark a topic reply by selecting the “bookmark” icon that looks like a ribbon end below the reply.
When you bookmark it, you can give it a name and also set a reminder to read it at a chosen date and time. Or you can choose to receive no reminder.
Click on your profile icon near the top right of the page. From that drop down menu, select the ribbon end icon. That will show you your recently bookmarked posts. By then, clicking the down arrow will take you to all your bookmarks.
Navigate to your bookmarks and select “…” from the bookmark you wish to edit. You can then edit or delete the bookmark as you wish.
To use saved search, go to your profile by selecting your profile image near the top right of the page.
Select the person icon from the right hand side and choose “preferences”. At the bottom of the left-hand list, you’ll see “saved searches.” Select that choice.
You can enter up to five terms of your choice, and you will then be notified if related topics are posted by other forum members.
Saved search is a way to be notified if another forum member posts about something you’re interested in. For example, if you want to know when others mention a specific symptom, you can create a saved search and be notified when it’s talked about.
Tags are a way to describe your topic so that others can more easily find it. All topics with that tag are then grouped together for others to browse. You may use tags to find specific topics about things that are of interest to you.
You can find tags at the bottom of the forum homepage, either at the bottom of the page or nearer the top of the page under the three images by selecting ‘all tags’ and then the tag of your choice. Popular tags can also be found on each category page over on the right.
To send a private message, click on your profile icon near the top right of the page. Select the envelope icon followed by the down arrow.
Select the “new message” purple box on the left-hand side. Input the usernames of the user or users you would like to message, add a title, and write your message.
Select “message” to send a message. To delete the message, select “cancel.” Or to come back to the message later, press the down arrow on the top right of the message box. To continue writing the draft, tap the purple ribbon along the bottom of the page, and the message box will appear again.
Yes, you can message more than one user. To do this, input the user names of those you wish to message in the ‘add user’ box.
You can see your private messages by clicking on your profile icon near the top right of the page. Select the envelope icon and you will see your most recent private messages.
To see all your private messages, click the down arrow, and it will take you to your private message inbox.
If you feel a post breaks our forum guidelines and you wish to report it to the admin, simply click the flag symbol below the topic post or reply. Select the reason why you’re flagging the post and press the purple “flag post” button to submit it. Our moderators will reply as soon as possible.
To see your notifications, click your profile icon near the top right of your page. This will drop down to show your most recent notifications. If you have new notifications, you’ve not looked at the numbers that will show on your profile icon.
Sometimes you may wish to post anonymously. You can do this by going to your profile icon, which is the circle near the top right of the page. Select the person icon from that drop-down and you’ll see "Enter anonymous mode."
As a new anonymous account will be created, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions again. Then you can post new topics or reply to topics without other users knowing who you are.
To go back to your account, you have to log out as the anonymous user and then log in again using your usual username and password.
Badges are awarded when forum users participate in positive activity on the forum. Badges are awarded for things like reading the guidelines, liking posts, or posting a quote.
To change your profile picture: Select your profile icon towards the top right of the page and then select the person icon from the right of the drop down. Select your preferences, and then you can select the pencil button to change your profile picture.
To upload your own image, select “custom picture” and “upload” and choose your preferred image from your device files.
To change your notifications settings, select your profile icon towards the top right of the page and then select the person icon from the right of the drop down. Select preferences and then “notifications” from the menu along the left-hand side.
Here you can change various notification options to best suit your preferences.
To change your email settings, select your profile icon towards the top right of the page and then select the person icon from the right of the drop down. Select preferences and then “emails” from the menu along the left-hand side.
Here you can change your email notification options to best suit your preferences.
An expanded link is where you link to another website and it produces a preview of that page. You may be used to seeing this on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
To do this on the forum, create a new topic and give it a title, assign it to a category and add tags. In the box for topic content, post the link to the website you wish to share. This will create the expanded link in the preview box. Select the purple “create topic” button to post.
To post an image to a topic, create a new topic and give it a title, assign it to a category, and add tags. In the box for the topic content, select the image option from the formatting toolbar and choose the image you wish to upload from your computer.
You’ll see this preview in the topic preview box on the right. Select any content you wish to post with the image and select the “create topic” button to post it.
To change your password, sign out of your account using the option towards the top right of the page. Select “sign in again” and then “forgot password”. Input your email and you’ll be sent an email that will allow you to reset your password.
You may self-delete your account if you have been using the forum for less than two days and you have posted fewer than two posts. You can do this by accessing your profile at the top of the forum, selecting “preferences” and “delete my account”.
If you have been using the forum for more than two days and wish to delete your account, you can contact a moderator by emailing email@example.com. They will anonymize your posts, but your posts will remain on the forum. In this circumstance, you may wish to delete any posts that you feel could identify you. Only in particular circumstances would we completely delete your account activity.