A Little Background
You may have noticed that the CorrsClub layout is different from other message boards on the internet.
The truth is - it's a relatively old layout which was actually quite popular back when message boards
first appeared on the internet. Most of those message board systems have long since gone the way
of the dinosaurs, but since the original CorrBoard users (Jim Corr being one of them) liked this layout,
we stuck with it. And really, it's a perfect layout if you want to be able
to share lots of new information every day, but don't expect the discussions about those
things to be particularly long. Sounds like the CorrsClub, right? Another nice thing about
this layout is that it lets you reply to a reply, and be able to see exactly
which message you originally replied to.
Anyway - those are some of the
reasons why the layout you see today is very similar to that old original layout.
Of course, so many extra features and functions have been added since those days,
the layout is really where the similarity ends.
Enough about that (you can read more about CorrBoard history here.)
The point is - for better or for worse, the layout is different than pretty
much every other message board system on the internet. So if you find it a little confusing, here's a
Pages, Threads, and Messages
We hope that, like Corrboard, thousands and thousands of messages will be
posted on the CorrsClub message board during its lifetime.
Obviously we can't fit them all on one page. So the first thing is to divide the messages
into pages. The newest messages appear on the first page, with the older messages appearing
on the later pages. You may also notice that the first page contains lots of useful Corrs
information, such as the latest news and events.
(You can save time and bandwidth by adding "noheader" to your URL.) This information only
appears on the first page.
The next step is to group together all the messages for a topic. These groups
are called threads.
There are two ways to post messages:
The Message Posting Form
- Reply in an existing thread. If you want to reply to a message that someone else
has posted, you need to click on that message (a new window will open) and then click on the
button that says "Post Reply". The "Message Reply" message posting form is displayed. When you submit your message,
it will be added to that thread.
- Start a new thread. If you want to start a new topic of discussion, click the
link or button next to where it says "To post a new message".
The "New Message" message posting form is displayed. When you submit your message,
a new thread will appear on the first page of the CorrsClub messageboard.
Whether you're replying in an existing thread or starting a new thread, the
message posting form looks just about the same, and contains the following fields:
- Message Subject - In this field, enter a
description of what your message is about. Please take the time to come up with a
nice descriptive subject, even if you really want people to read the whole message.
Please don't enter subjects like "X", "Re: Your post", or "Read this". Technically,
it will work fine, but the point is to make it easy for people to figure out the
general flow of a conversation thread.
- Name or CorrsClub User Name - At this time, the CorrsClub uses an
"open posting" policy, which means that you do
not have to be registered to post messages on the CorrsClub messageboard. The idea here is
that people who aren't comfortable sharing any part of their identity with the rest of
the CorrsClub community can feel comfortable to post messages. You have to enter
something in this field, but you can really make up any "Name" you want, so that nobody
has to know anything about you. But please - once you pick a name, stick with it.
While you don't have to "register" to post messages, it is highly advisable that you
do so. Once you register, your "Name" becomes a "CorrsClub User Name", and
anyone who tries to post a message with that same name will have to enter your password.
In other words, it protects you from having someone else pretend to be you.
When you post a message using a CorrsClub User Name, your CorrsClub User Name will
appear with a little green dot ()
beside it. This lets everyone know that the user who posted the message is
who they say they are.
Likewise, some other special people have a little red dot
by them. This is to prevent people trying to impersonate a VIP by chosing names that look similar to a
You can obtain a CorrsClub User Name by sending an email to
or by registering online at the Invison site.
Your Name or CorrsClub User Name is "remembered" by the CorrsClub so that you
- Password - You only need to enter something in this field if:
Your Password is not "remembered" by the CorrsClub site between posts.
You will need to enter it each time you post. I know it's kind of a pain, but
it's the best way to protect the user names.
- You are using a registered "CorrsClub User Name" (see above).
- Your IP address is blocked from posting messages. Unfortunately, lots of people
in CorrBoard history abused the "open posting" policy, and have done lots of
not-so-nice things on the CorrBoard. When this happens, if the person was brave enough
to supply a valid email address, the moderators will contact that person and try
to come to an agreement. But if that plan fails, the only other option is to
block that person's IP address
from posting messages. It's not fool-proof, and it can also cause people with similar
IP address to get blocked unintentionally, so it's really a last-resort approach.
If your IP address is blocked from posting messages, you will see the following
message at the top of your message posting form:
Before CorrsClub User Names became available, this password field would be displayed
only if your IP address was blocked. If this happened, users would contact the moderators,
who would assign a password to get around the block. Now that CorrsClub User Names
are available, this function is being phased out.
If your IP address is blocked, please send an email
to the administrator.
| ||Your IP address is blocked from posting messages.|
To override this block, you will either need to enter a password below
or enter your CorrsClub user name and password.
- Email address - You don't have to enter an email address, but it's much
better if you do. This not only allows the moderators to contact you if there is
a problem with your message, but more importantly, it allows people to contact you to discuss your messages beyond
the scope of the CorrsClub discussion.
Your Email address is "remembered" by the CorrsClub site so that you
Note: There are programs which scan the web looking for email addresses, which
are then sold to companies who might send you "spam".
The Corrboard did not mask email addresses, and was subject to email harvesting. The CorrsClub protects
your email address from automatic harvesters which should mitigate some of the problems without losing
the advantage of an open system.
- Message Body ("Type Your Message Here") - You don't have to enter a message body,
but if your message doesn't fit into the Subject field, this is where you can type as much as
you want to get your point across. If you don't enter any text in the message body, your
message will display on the main board with the symbol "(n/t)" next to it, which means "no text".
This saves other users from having to click on each message to find out if there's something
more inside. So if you're going to enter a message body, try to enter something that won't leave
people wondering why they bothered to open your message. :)
You can also enter real HTML code here, to make your messages
appear any way you want. Many other message board systems use a language called "UBL" to provide
this capability to their users. The CorrsClub does not restrict you this way. You can enter
just about any HTML code you like. But please be careful when doing this, and if you aren't
completely sure about what you're entering, test it with a file on your local PC first. Improperly
written HTML can mess up the format of your message quite badly! And don't worry - this is the
only place where you can enter HTML. You can't put it in the other fields. So the damage you can
do here is limited to your one post. Still, if you're going to use HTML in your posts, please be very careful!
If you'd like to read or write to the CorrsClub, please take a moment to look at
Well, that's about all I can think of for now. If you have any questions or
comments, please don't hesitate to let me know. You can reach me (TJ) at:
Thanks, and enjoy!
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