By default, a Forums session times out after you have been idle for 60 minutes. (This has been the default since Fall 2001. If you used Forums before that you may have the old default of 10 minutes set.) Users may increase the timeout period by selecting the preferences button on the bottom of the Forums' pages and changing the value in the Minutes of inactivity until automatic logout: item.. Generally, for long messages it's a good idea to compose the text in a separate file, and then copy-paste it into a Forums post so that you have a backup in case of problems.
Yes. In the Academic Fourms, postings by regular participants are limited
to 6000 characters, which averages out to be about 900 to 1000 words. If
you post a message that is over the limit, the message will be truncated
at 6000 characters. If you wish to post a longer message, you can submit
it in two or more installments.
Postings by hosts are not limited by the 6000 character limit.
For a URL that will take you directly to your discussion folder, do the following:
http://email@example.comFPL8CV^8@.ee6bb1eand remove everything between the @ symbols:
Because enclosures present some problems (such as spreading viruses and potentially eating up the server space quickly), this feature of WebCrossing is not enabled in MIT Forums -- more specifically, hosts and sysops can post them, but nobody else can see them. Instead, we recommend one of the following:
The default access for course discussion folders is for "Participant" permission for all MIT Forums registered users (those with firstname.lastname@example.org email addresses). The host can control user access, in particular to limit access to only the course students and staff.
Notes on modifying user access:
Go to http://web.mit.edu/search.html and use the Directory option to look up the user.
athena% finger email@example.com username is the person's Athena username, @mit mail address, or last name.
In each case, use the entry exactly as it appears in the name
field. For example, the listing for
name: Foster, Jean Land the form to enter on the access page is:
Foster, Jean LYou may enter multiple names (one per line), and then press the "Add Users" button. An error will be generated if a user hasn't yet registered in Forums.
The host can control the position of a discussion/folder in the list by specifying a "sort sequence" (under "edit folder"). What you would do is go to each discussion/folder within the folder where you want to change the order, click on "edit folder" and change the sort field -- higher numbers go on top. For example:
|Discussion title||Sort sequence|
|Will JAVA rule?||
|A normal discussion||
|This is an old chestnut||