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Are you new to Hobby Machinist and how Forums work? Start here to learn about the basics of Forums and how to navigate them.

Forums are structured like a tabbed index:

Here is the simplest structure:

Main Forum
Forum 1​
Thread 1​
Message 1​
Thread 2​
Message 1​
Thread 3​
Message 1​
...etc​
Threads are likes topics of discussion. Messages are the actual conversations posted by members.

Hobby Machinists have a lot to talk about; naturally, there are many categories of forums:

Main Forum
Forum 1​
Thread 1​
Message 1​
Thread 2​
Message 1​
Thread 3​
Message 1​
Forum 2​
Thread 1​
Message 1​
Thread 2​
Message 1​
Thread 3​
Message 1​
...etc.​

Sometimes, a popular Forum will develop sub categories of discussion topics. These are called sub-forums. They act just like forums and can contain threads and messages.

Main Forum
Forum 1​
Thread 1​
Message 1​
Sub-forum 1​
Thread 1​
Message 1​
...etc.​
Because of the sheer volume of messages (over 1/2 million and counting on Hobby-Machinst) a navigation of these forums, sub-forums, threads and messages is necessary. Here is an illustration, of what was explained above:

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Once you click on a Forum, the navigation looks the same, but new subforums and new threads appear. Here is a detailed explanation of the different forum elements on your screen:

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Hopefully this provides a basic understanding of what Forums, Sub-Forums, Threads and Messages are.

Ready to Post Your First Thread? Click Here to find out how!
 
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