We’re excited to introduce the launch of the Solitaire TriPeaks Forum!
It’s been up for a few months while we worked out some of the final kinks before unleashing it on the entire Solitaire TriPeaks Community. It is a work in progress, and we absolutely welcome your feedback, and will make changes to it as things come up.
The goal of the Forum is to allow Solitaire TriPeaks players to communicate with each other in a more meaningful way than what’s currently available within the game and on Facebook. One of the things we’re most excited about is the section for Club Recruitment. No matter your level, if you’re looking to join a Club, or looking for new recruits, this is the place to do it. Club leaders and Club recruits won’t have to rely so much on hope and a good motto.
If you’re not familiar with forums, please take the time to read this entire article, as it will help you understand what they’re for and how to use them. And if you are familiar with forums, this one is not typical, so you might want to read this as well.
What is a forum? Forums, or message boards, are a place where people can go to converse about a number of topics. Forums are organized by Categories, Sub-categories and topics and allow for people to interact with one another, discuss issues, answer questions, and make friends.
While it’s easiest to use the forum with a desktop computer, this forum was created with mobile users in mind. You can even download the Discourse Mobile App and connect (see links under “Sign Up!).
Interested? Here’s what to do to get started:
1. Sign up!
Head over to http://forum.solitairetripeaks.com and either tap the “Login in with Facebook” button, or create a brand new account by putting in your email, username, name and password. It’s that easy.
If you intend to use the forum via your mobile, you may want to download the Discourse app from the Google App Store or the Apple iTunes Store. While the app is merely a wrapper (and does require that you’ve got Google Chrome installed), it does make it very easy to open the forum and provides notifications.
2. Read the Community Guidelines!
Even if you’re familiar with forums, and with their community guidelines, you will likely benefit from a quick read of the Solitaire TriPeaks Forum Community Guidelines as they lay out what we expect out of the folks who use the forum.
3. Start exploring!
As you poke around, you’ll start to understand how best to navigate the forum. The categories are are shown in the large, bold TriPeaks font. The subcategories are shown in wee little boxes (see the green arrow in the graphic to the left). And finally – the topics are shown under the categories, like “Funniest thing you’ve seen in Club Chat”. The numbers represent new posts.
Also – the easiest way to get back to the front page is to simply tap or click the Solitaire TriPeaks Forums logo at the top of each page:
4. Bookmark the threads you like!
If you find a topic of particular interest, you can bookmark it so that you can come back to it at a later time. When you’re looking at a post, just tap the three little dots ( . . . ) and that will open up a few more options for you, one of which is Bookmark. The green arrow in the graphic to the right points to the Bookmark icon.
Bookmarked items will appear below the categories when you come back to the forum. To find all of topics you’ve bookmarked, tap your profile picture and then tap the Bookmark icon. From there you can tap the Bookmarks drop down and choose what you’d like to see:
Here you’ll see the various Bookmarks – “All”, “Topics”, “Replies”, etc… If you’re done following a particular thread or topic, you can always tap the “Remove Bookmark” button at the bottom of that screen, and you won’t follow it anymore.
Bookmarking topics can save you a lot of time, especially as the boards grow, and more and more topics start popping up.
5. Update your Profile Pic and Profile Info!
You don’t have to use a “real” picture of yourself, but you can personalize your account by tapping your profile pic and then tapping the gear icon. From there, tap “Account” and you’ll be taken to your account information page. Scroll down to see the various things you can edit – your user name, your real name, your email address, your password and, of course, your profile picture.
As you explore the forum, you may have questions. This forum was created with the open-source software project called Discourse, and included with this product is a little robot they call “Discobot”, which won’t play Donna Summer or late 70’s Bee Gees, but it WILL answer many of the questions you might have automatically. “Disco” is short for Discourse, which is admittedly far less appealing than a dancing robot with 70’s sensibilities, but it does a great job of answering questions. When you log in for the first time, you’ll receive a message from discobot titled “Greetings” which includes an interactive tutorial on using Discourse. Tap your profile picture to see the discobot!
If you have other questions about how the forum works, please visit the Questions and Feedback topic in the forum itself. Our moderators or staff will be happy to answer questions you may have, and we’re interested in any feedback you’d like to offer!