Forum User Guide

A handy-dandy guide to the features of our forum.

Forum User Guide


In most other social platforms there are "likes" – here we have "helpfuls". The point of this community to help and support each other, thus we have a "helpful" system instead of a like system. When someone is helpful to you, please be sure and let them know with the handy "Helpful" button!



Starting a New Discussion(Thread)

Click on the forum that you want to post in. Then at the top right there is a button titled "Post New Thread", just click on this and it will take you to this screen below.

create new thread screenshot

Add in your title to your thread ie; "Hello I'm new". Then type into the box underneath. When you are done with your message and want to post it click on the "Create Thread" button just below. This will create a basic thread with no polls or pictures.


Replying to a Post

At the bottom of the page there is a Post Reply Box where you can type into and add media and/or pictures and go to more options if needed. Then click on the "Post Reply" button underneath. The post box will look like this but have your avatar at the side...

repy to post editor screenshot


Reporting a Post

There may come a time when you feel the need to report a post to the staff for example; abuse, spam or trolling. To do this just click on the "Report" which is to be found at the bottom of the post in question. This will bring up a box like this one;

report a post form screenshot

Then just fill in your reasons for reporting the post and click on "Report Post" button. The staff will receive your report and handle the situation from there.


Uploading Pictures

We ask that pictures be restricted to the Pictures Forum only. Most people who post pictures do so of their surgical site/wound and we find it polite to keep the pictures in a specific location with warnings for people who find surgical images disconcerting.

There are a few different ways of uploading a picture to a post. To upload a picture from the internet just click on the small tree picture icon. This will bring up a pop up where you can insert your link to your image, then click on "Insert".


To upload a picture from your computer click on "Upload a File" to the right just below the post bit. This brings up a pop up where you can click "Choose File" and browse your own computer for the picture you want. Once uploaded you can choose whether the Thumbnail size or Full Image in the post. Then click "Post Reply." Note that the picture will be automatically resized to fit the post space if needed. Please try not to upload anything larger than 650px x 650px


Quoting a Post or Multiple Posts

Quoting a post is as easy as everything else is to do on the forums. All you need to do is to go to the post you want to quote and click on the Reply text at the bottom right of the post. If you want to quote multiple posts just click on the Reply for every post you want to quote.


Your Profile

To get to your profile, hover your mouse over your name at the top right of the screen... Since this site deals with medical issues, most people don't fill out much of a profile for understandable privacy reasons.

Profile Options

  • Personal Details: This is where you can edit everything from your gender to your home page. Just remember to click save at the bottom.
  • Signature: You can add your signature in here. It is recommended to preview it first then save.
  • Contact Details: From here you can change the email address associated to the account.
  • Privacy: Here you can decide if people can see your online status or even who may see your profile.
  • Preferences: This is where you can choose to view other peoples signatures or change the style you are viewing.
  • Alert Preferences: Here you can amend the alerts that you receive.
  • Avatar: Upload or change your avatar here.
  • Password: You can change your password here.
  • Your News Feed: This will show you what others are up to that you follow.
  • Conversations: This will list all the personal conversations that you have been involved with.
  • Alerts: This will show you your recent alert activity. You can get alerts for everything from who is following you to who liked a post of yours.
  • Helpfuls Received: This will show you all the Helpfuls you have received, from who and for what post.
  • Your Content: Here is a list of threads and posts you have made.
  • People you Follow: This will list everyone that you follow.



Everyone should take the time out to check and set their privacy settings on any forum. Just hover over your name at the top then select Privacy. Here you can do anything from showing your online status to who can view your profile page. Just select the section you want to change and click on the selection you want then click save at the bottom. Below is an example:

privacy form screenshot


Watched Threads

You have the option to watch any thread you like and to receive emails when there are new posts in that thread also. To do this go to the thread you want to watch and click on Watch Thread in the top right of the thread. You will get this pop up asking if you want to receive email notifications if someone posts in that thread from now onwards.

To view all your watched threads just simply go to your Name at the top of the page and click on watched threads. This will take you to a page that will show your watched threads if they have new posts in them. To view that thread just click on it.


What is an Avatar?

Avatars are small images that help to represent you on the forums and that appear next to every post you make and on your profile and profile card. Example of a profile card (you see this when you click on someone's avatar in a post) is below. Savannah Cat Chat by default does not have a personalized avatar picture upon registration, but there is sometimes an exception.

The situations are:

  1. Without a gender this is a question mark.
  2. With a gender selected you will get a default gender avatar; male or female icon.
  3. If you are a member of, either it recognizes your email and syncs the avatar, or you could enter an (alternative) email and test that, if found, select that one.
  4. And of course, you could upload your own custom avatar.

The user does not have to think about resizing anything. In the avatar editor there's a preview of your uploaded avatar, you can move the mouse around here to refocus the square.

avatar screenshot

Uploading Avatars

To upload an avatar go to the top of the page to your name and hover the mouse over it so you get a drop down box appear with a list of functions, click on Avatar. This will bring up a box like this...

avatar upload dialog box screenshot

In the first box you can upload your chosen picture to become your avatar from your computer and it is recommended that it is at least 200x200 pixels. Click on "Choose File" and select an image to use. Then click on "Okay" at the bottom.


You can use Gravatar. Gravatar is an image that is classed as a social avatar and can be used in many different places. You have to be a member at and upload your pictures there. Click on "Use a Gravatar" then fill in your email address and click "Test" then "Okay".

Uploading the gravatar will auto resize it to the size we use. Uploading the avatar will auto resize, but gives you the option crop the avatar. In the avatar editor there's a preview of your uploaded avatar, you can move the mouse around here to refocus the square.



A signature is text or images or both that a member will have show up underneath very post they make.

To get a signature you need to first decide what you are going to use and find out if you have permission to use it. Then go to your name at the top right and hover over it, then click on signature. This will take you to the box where you can add in a signature. It's advised to click preview before save to make sure you have it the way you want it first. Then click save.


Status Updates

A status update is a little piece of information about you like how your feeling or what you are doing much like Facebook or Twitter. You can Update your status 2 ways, either by hovering over your name at the top right and filling in your status at the bottom of this box or by going to your profile and adding in a comment there. Your status update will show on your profile and also on your profile card. On a members profile you can also comment on someone's status update by clicking on the comment text just right of their status.


Following People

Want to keep an eye on what your friends are doing? Well that's easy, you just simply follow them. You can "Follow" people on Savannah Cat Chat very easily. Simply click on their avatar to bring up their profile card and click on follow.


Personal Conversations

A personal conversation is like a private thread/discussion viewable to only those invited to join the conversation. You can invite people at any stage in the conversation. You can invite up to 5 members to participate in the conversation. If there is a response to a conversation or you have been invited into one then you will get an alert in your inbox at the top right of the page.

To start a new conversation

Hover over your name at the top right of the page then click on preferences. Then this will take you to your preferences page where you can click on start new conversation.

start new conversation text editor

To respond to a conversation

You will get an alert in your inbox next to your name top right of the page. Hover over this and a box will appear, like this:

conversation respond dropdaown screenshot

Click on the conversation and it will appear like this:

appearance of a conversation

You can reply using the box at the bottom which will have your avatar next to it much like a normal post.

Inviting Others

To invite more people into the conversation just click on the Invite More at the bottom of the Conversation Participants to the right of the page. You will get a pop up where you can add in more members. It is worth noting that when added the new participants can view the conversation that happened before they were added.

Leave a Conversation

Once you are done with the conversation and wish to leave just click on the Leave Conversation text at the top right of the conversation. This will bring up a pop up asking if you still want to be informed of future conversation in that particular personal conversation.


Your News Feed

Your News Feed is simply a view of what your followed friends are posting, liking and doing. You can get to this through your account. Just hover over your name at the top right of the page and click on New Feed. SO, here you can follow what your friends are doing and also you can choose to hide them from the news feed by clicking on the hide button on the right of their feed.


Forum Speak

  • AFAIK - As Far as I know
  • ASL - Age Sex Location
  • AFK - Away From Keyboard
  • ASAP - As Soon As Possible
  • ATM - At The Moment
  • BRB - Be Right Back
  • BBFN - Bye Bye For Now
  • BBIAB - Be Back In A Bit
  • BBL - Be Back Later
  • BBS - Bulletin Board System
  • DOB - Date Of Birth
  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • G2G - Got To Go
  • IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO - In My Opinion
  • IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
  • IRC - Internet Relay Chat
  • JK - Just Kiliing
  • K - Okay
  • KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
  • LOL - Laugh Out Loud
  • LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off
  • NDA - Non Disclosure Agreement
  • OMG - Oh My God
  • OT - Off Topic
  • PLS - Please
  • PM - Private Message
  • PC - Private Conversation
  • ROFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • TBH - To Be Honest
  • TC - Take Care
  • TY - Thank You
  • WB - Welcome Back