Users Guide

Elements

A Muut forum.

1 Post box is used for starting new moots. Click 2 help to learn about post formatting options. 3 The preview area lets you see what your post will look like.

4 A moot consists of the seed post and all the replies to it.

5 The seed post can have a title. 6 The info area shows the poster's profile picture and name, how long ago it was posted, 7 speech bubble icon how many replies there are, 8 like icon how many people liked the post (when that includes you, the heart icon is pink), 9 watch button (pink when the post is watched by you, meaning you get a mail notification when a new reply is posted on the thread while you are away), 10 remove icon with time counter (for your own posts for 2.7 minutes after posting), and 11 mark as spam icon.

12 Replies only have the body text and no title.

13 The reply box is shown under the replies.

14 The speech bubble shows how many older replies are hidden from the view, while 15 Less allows you to hide older replies.

16 ... indicates that the post is collapsed; click to view the entire post. 17 Less... allows you to collapse it again.

Formatting

Italics and bolding

Text can be italicized by adding "_" at the beginning and end of the text to be italicized. You can also bold single words by adding "*" at the beginning and end of the word to be bolded.

Monospacing

Code snippets and other bits of text are rendered as monospaced text when placed inside backtics (`).

Emoticons

Following 18 emoticons are supported (ie. converted into black and white vector graphics):

:) :D :O :* :| :( :P :/ :'( 8) >:( >:O <3

Emoticons

Quoting

You can quote (ie. italicize and grey out) a text passage by selecting it and clicking the quote icon, which will move the quoted text in the text box. Text quoted in this manner will be linked to the original text, if it's loaded on the page.

You can also manually quote text by inserting > at the beginning of each quoted paragraph.

Quote

Syntax highlight

A block of code can automatically be formatted by adding --- at the beginning and the end of a code block:

---
<code>
---

HTML

You can also manually indicate the programming language:

--- html
<html code>
---

HTML

There are over 50 recognized languages.

Syntax highlight

Linking

19 Links are automatically formatted to hide the "http://" part, and for some of the most popular websites, to replace the name of the site with an icon with the site's logo.

Link icons

Links to picture formats (such as JPG, PNG etc.) and videos from YouTube and Vimeo are opened in a gallery view (with all the pictures and videos from that post) when clicked.

User account

20 Avatar is the profile picture either uploaded by the user, or taken from Gravatar or Facebook. If no avatar is uploaded or found, the default avatar is shown. A new picture can be uploaded by clicking on the avatar and choosing a file from the computer, or by dragging and dropping the file onto the picture.

21 Username is an ID for the user containing a minimum of 5 lowercase characters, numbers or a hyphen '-'. Username cannot be changed later.

22 Display name is shown on all user's posts'.

23 Online status (shown in the Online users area) can be hidden and shown.

24 Email is used for sending mail notifications for new replies on watched moots, newsletters, and password reset.

25 Watched moots count is shown here, with the option to unwatch all.

26 Notify me of new releases When this is selected, you will receive occasional newsletters on new Muut releases.

27 Change password You can reset your password here. When clicked, you get prompted for the old and a new password.

Notifications

The notification at the bottom of the page pops up when there are new posts.

Text only

We take discussion very seriously, and we are proud to say Muut is a text-only discussion platform. Give people a chance to post pictures, and you'll see lots of them, at the expense of the discussion. In a body of text, a picture, even stamp-size, will draw all of the attention to itself.

That said, we have nothing against 3rd party plugins. If you need pictures, there's nothing stopping you from using a plugin, or developing one, to enable posting them. We will document and publish our API once we are out of the beta phase.

Content is forever

Posts cannot be edited. After posting, there is a time frame of 2 minutes and 42 seconds during which you can remove your post. The text will then return to the edit box for modifying and reposting, if you like. Once the time has passed, your post will become permanent.

Forum Administrators cannot edit posts either, but they can delete posts at any time.

This is what happens when users can arbitrarily delete posts.