thing to do is to Read The Disclaimer. There is a link in every
forum, and by posting any message, you are acknowledging that
you have read it in full.
you enter a forum, you may post a new message to everyone, or
you may read someone elses post and post a reply. They both
work pretty much the same. Simply click on the Post
New Message link.... or if you are within someone
elses message, click the Post
Reply and you will be taken to a form.
in Your name (or alias)
and... Please show your state IE: EMT-inator
in your E-Mail address which
is a not a required field, however if you want to be notified
if your post gets a reply you must enter an e-mail.
next field is where you put the topic
of your message. This is what everyone sees when they look at
the index page of a forum.
Now you are ready to put in your message. If you do not type
anything in the message box, your topic will have the words
"no-text" added to the end.
want to add a link enter the full URL into the Optional
link URL field. Just below that you will find the
Optional Link Title field.
Enter what ever you want to call the link... IE:
My Super Fire Web Pages.
Optional Image URL
is where you may put the URL to an image. There are several
ways to use this feature. You could upload a picture to Rescue-Net
and use the URL given to you at the time you uploaded it. (you
must upload the picture prior to making your post) The
other way would be to upload a picture of any size to a free
location such as geocities or one of many others. Then just
enter the URL of the picture. **Read the
Disclaimer about posting pictures**
Once everything is entered hit the Preview
button and see if it looks like you want it to. If
you added a link or picture they should be visible in preview.
If everything is OK then go ahead and hit the
Post Message button.
By default The messages
you see in Rescue-Net are set to "Reversed By Threads".
You may change your view
to anything that you prefer. You may also select how many
posts to view..... for example ..."show all posts for
the last 2 weeks".
There are a large number
of veiws for you to select.. Simply click on the set preferences
link and select. Here is an explanation of your choices.
displays show messages simply in the order in which they were
lists arrange messages, logically enough, in alphabetical
order by their subjects; "threaded" displays show messages
in indented lists, with responses directly beneath their parent
messages. In each of those style, a normal list puts the newest
messages at the bottom, while a reversed list, obviously,
does the reverse.
theaded" display, is the "default"
index style of this site and many Web-based bulletin
boards, and is the style with which many users are most familiar.
threaded" display is a bit of a half-breed; it arranges
primary messages with the newest at the top, thus tending
to keep newer messages toward the top of the page, but arranges
responses with the newest at the bottom, thus preserving a
more "intuitive" threading structure.
displays show on the main index page only the first message
of each thread; responses are available only by going to the
primary message's page. This keeps the index page a bit smaller,
but also, of course, makes the responses a bit more difficult
last two are not good choices for viewing in my opinion.
displays show the full text of messages on the main index
page in a strict chronological manner.
guestbook-style" displays show an index page very similar
to that of the "compressed" displays, but show the full text
of all messages in a thread on a single page.)
Create a profile and
tell other users about yourself.
The information you input into your profile will be accessible
from any messages you post on a particular forum.
Use your profile to
let other visitors know whatever you want to tell them about
yourself, and the department you are with!
The profile can be edited
as often as you like.
Once you have created a Profile it will not
be visible, until you post a message in a forum. At that time
the scripts activate the Profile for that forum.
For your Profile to be visible in every forum ... you will
have to post a message in every forum.... You do not have
to make a new profile for each forum.
example... click the view user profiles link and look at mine...
F-Y-I ........Your profile name
needs to be the name you use in your posts because it will
automatically be entered anytime you go to post a message.
Simply click on the Create
a Profile link at the top of any forum, fill out
the form and input a password, then hit the edit
profile link and see what it looks like. If you
don't like it make your changes and when you are happy with
it just click on the return to index link and you are finished.
If you have already created a Profile, the scripts know it,
so you will no longer see the Create
a Profile link. Use the Edit
Your Profile link to make changes.
you've created a profile, A password will be required to post
under your profile (login) name, therefore no one else will
be able to post under your name! Since your password is archived
on your computer as a cookie.... you won't have to type it
in every time you post a message. (Make
a note of your password anyway)
If you'd like to include,
within your profile, a picture of yourself, or your department
patch, you can upload a graphic image directly from your own
Just put the path to
the file in the "Optional Graphic Upload" input box, below.
(Use the "Browse" button if you're not quite sure where to
find it.) The file must be in GIF (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg or
.jpeg) format, and can be no larger than 20 kilobytes in size.
scripts will not allow the posting of HTML
within your messages.
Spammers will post a great topic line, and then use the html
option to try to run auto links and auto pop-up windows, in
an effort to lure you into thier mindless world of whatever
they are selling.
what this site is about, and I don't approve of spamming!!
At this time I have this option disabled.
Forums have cookie support.
What does that mean to you?
When you post
a message, your computer archives a cookie which stores some
of the information you entered into the form. Next time you
go to post a message your name and e-mail address will already
be printed in the form fields. This cookie will also remember
an Optional Link URL and Link Name if you entered one.
This is also how the scripts know who you are,
when you come to the forum, and how many posts have been made
since your last visit.
This is a great feature unless you like typing
your e-mail address a lot.
If that is the case, simply backspace it out and retype it -
over and over and over
you want to use a picture with your message:
you must upload your picture BEFORE you post your message.
Click the "upload it from your hard drive" link
within any forum main page.
Press the Browse Button on the upload form which will open
a window in your browser that will allow you to navigate your
hard drive.....In this window you may have to change the "Files
of type" to all files (*.*) in order to see the image
........ You may only upload image files
( .jpg or .gif ) ....Max size=100k....
Select the image file you wish to upload, and press the Open
will appear in the File to Upload box in the uploader form.
When you are Satisfied with your selection...
Press the "Submit button" and the photo will upload.
you have submitted the image, you will see a screen showing
that you were successful and you should also see the image
you uploaded .
You will also see the full URL of your image now that it is
Simply highlight your image URL, right click your mouse and
or write down the url for future reference.
you are ready to use your image in your next post.
Go to the forum you want to make a post in and click the
"Post New Message" link at he top of the page...
or ...the "Post Reply" if you are replying to someones
Simply type your message and click your cursor into the
Optional Image URL box at the bottom of the form.
Right click your mouse and select "paste" and your
image url will be entered.
have done everything correct you should see your image
with the message. If so... Post Your Message
review your message and make sure the image url is actually
correct and entered in the correct location (Optional Image
Many of you
may have never heard of Optimizing Images.
This is a feature available in many image utility programs like
When you upload
a picture to Rescue-Net you are limited to a picture size of
100k. This is actually a very large picture in data size, and
to someone with a average internet connection speed, this image
will load very slow. We've all been there...watching the screen
for a full minute or two for a picture to fully load. Frustrating
isn't it !!
your photos removes extra pixels, that we really don't
see anyway, and reduces the file size a lot, allowing
the image to load much faster.
The original (un-optimized) Rescue-Net
logo image, that you see at the top of the main page,
is a total of 154k in file size.
Assuming an average connection speed of 28bps it will take well
over 1 minute to see that image in full on your monitor. That
is a long time to wait.
optimized Rescue-Net logo (which is in use here) looks
exactly like the original and the total file size is about 10k.
That makes a total load time of 4 seconds at 28bps.
When you access
the Rescue-Net main page, you should notice that the logo loads
fairly quick even though you are loading the rest of the page
at the same time.
What is the point of all this......?
you to try to obtain software that allows you to optimize your
photos. You will be able to upload great pictures that will
load quick for the people viewing them. Search the internet
with any search engine and use the search phrase "Optimizing
Images" to learn more.
is a link to a site where you can
optimize your images for free !!
IMPORTANT.. always make a duplicate folder
of your images and only optimize from one folder !!
way if you aren't happy with the results
you haven't overwritten the original !!
Optimizing your photos is a great feature!!
all been there.
It's the call that hits you right where it hurts.
The one you will try to forget.
That will eat at you for the next few days, weeks, months, and
involved in any type of emergency services, from Dispatch to
has memories of calls that were mentally difficult to live with.
is what Rescue-Net is all about.
here and post a message and talk about it. Let us know you are
I promise you that the people who use
this site can relate to this, and will be there to help support
you in every way....
as you would for any of them..
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