First, ensure your username and password are correct. If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one using your username and email address. Please note that the site staff do not have access to user passwords.
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you login, the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university computer lab, etc.
Don’t panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can easily be reset. Visit the login page and click I’ve forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly.
First, check your username and password. When you register, you will receive an email containing a link which you need to click on to activate your account. If you did not receive an e-mail, you may have provided an incorrect e-mail address or the e-mail may have been picked up by your spam filer.
In common with other forums, to preserve the integrity of past discussions and enable us to enforce forum moderation (guarding against spammers, hackers, and trolls), user accounts cannot be completely deleted. They can be closed on request by email but this simply means the user can no longer log into the account (you will not be able to open another account in future). All users have the ability to edit their walk reports (but not discussion posts) at any time, and can remove the text and photos, or make the reports private, by editing them, so if you wish to leave the site we recommend doing this and then simply ceasing to use it. If you wish to unsubscribe from our email newsletters you can do so via the link in the newsletter.
You can access your hill maps using the top down from your username at the top left corner. Each map has a link to Update Hills Climbed that enables you to mark hills climbed in that category, divided by region. You can also mark hills climbed individually by clicking the box on the Walkhighlands page for that hill.
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users.
The image next to your username is known as an avatar and is generally unique or personal to each user. You can upload an avatar by going to the Account settings from the top drop down menu, choose the profile tab and then edit avatar. You need an image of the correct size - 90 pixels square - or upload will not be allowed.
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. A list of your permissions in each forum is available at the bottom of the forum and topic screens. Example: You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc.
You can only edit or delete your own posts. Please note that users cannot delete a post once someone has replied, to preserve the integrity of the discussion. Walk reports can be edited at any time, but there is a time limit of 10 minutes to edit your discussion posts to correct typos etc.
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form; if you cannot see this, you do not have appropriate permissions to create polls. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the textarea. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll.
You should see a button for reporting posts - a small triangle with an exclamation mark - next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post. Please do not reply to spam or trolling posts - simply report them and they will be dealt with.
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The board administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.
As with lots of things, there are different ways you can do this!
RECOMMENDED: Using a photo-hosting site such as Flickr
To add a photograph which is already on the internet to one of your posts:
Many people upload their photos to the internet for sharing using popular websites such as Flickr, Photobucket or other photo hosting sites. Flickr is recommended as it allows you to upload a whole terabyte of photos for free. Adding a photo you have uploaded to one of these sites to your post is easy. Find the photo on the photo sharing site; we recommend you going to the version of the photo that has a width of 900 pixels or less. Most photo hosting programs (including Flickr) have a share option that will let you copy a "BBCODE" which you can then post directly into your walk report. If not, you may be able to copy the filename of the photo (this can often be found by right clicking on it, pressing "properties"; the filename is usually listed as the image location - it must end in .JPG). Put your cursor where you want the photo to appear in your post and then press the Img button. will appear - these are known as tags and anthing placed between them (between the ] and [) will be treated as a photo. Paste the filename of the photo between them. When you submit your post, you should see the photo there...
OR Without using a Photo-hosting site (uploading photos direct to Walkhighlands)
To add a photograph from your computer to one of your posts:
Uploading very large photos takes a very long time and will be rejected by our server, so if uploading directly to Walkhighlands you need to first make a correctly-sized copy of the photo on your own computer using whatever software you use for editing your photos; make the photo a maximum of 690 pixels wide. This means it will fit nicely into your post. Save the new smaller photo in a different place if you want to keep the original as well.
To load the resized photo onto the site, start writing your post. Look beneath the white box where you type in your post and click on the "Add a photograph or map" button. Use the "browse" button to find the (resized) photo on your computer. Press "Add the file" and wait for it to upload.
If you now submit your post then the photo(s) will appear at the bottom. If you want the photo to appear in with your text then you need to put your cursor where you want the photo to appear, and then click the "place inline" button next to the photo file name you wish to put in that position. Anything you enter in the comment box will appear as a caption for the photo.
There are two ways to do this. If you have recorded your walk using a GPS device and have downloaded a GPX track from your walk onto your computer, you can simply upload the GPX track using the option at the bottom of the posting screen.
Alternatively you can simply draw your route onto our own mapping by pressing the draw route link (top right) when posting a trip report. After you have plotted out the route, a link adds it to your report and takes you back to the posting screen.
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire board. These members can control all facets of board operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the board founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums, depending on the settings put forth by the board founder.
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you receive an abusive private message, please report it to the moderators by clicking on the ! icon.
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.
Your own posts can be retrieved either by clicking the “Search user’s posts” within the User Settings pages or via your own blog page. To search for your topics, use the Advanced search page and fill in the various options appropriately.
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.