This post was originally created by @SepiaAndDust who created the screenshots and instructions. It has been co-opted and adapted by staff for permanent use!
Welcome to the new Discourse forum. You’ll notice that it’s different than the original! Here’s how to use it.
You’ve gotten a PM (private message) from Discobot. Read it. If you bookmark it, you’ll start the beginner tutorial. You’ll get a badge for completing it, and it will answer a lot of your questions.
Note: If you’re a TL0–a brand new member–you might want to hold off on the beginner tutorial until you reach TL1 (covered in the next part) because there’s a bug with the tutorial locking up for TL0s.
Once you’ve finished, the first thing you should see is a listing of the categories. This is a good place to land, but you can change it if you want to. It should look something like this:
On some devices, it will look like this:
If that’s not the view you want, you can change it to show different things by using this navigation bar (if you have one):
If your device doesn’t display the navigation bar, use this listbox to select your view:
If you want to change the view permanently, you can do that in your preferences. To get there, click on your avatar in the upper right corner, and you’ll get a drop-down menu.
Choose the little gear wheel to get to your preferences. The screen should look something like this:
Some devices show this, instead:
Click on Interface, and you should see this:
Click on the box below Default Home Page, and you can choose which view you want to see whenever you log in.
You can also play with the various themes and text sizes while you’re here. Don’t forget to Save Changes!
When you’re done, click on the National Novel Writing Month icon in the upper left corner to take you to whichever landing page you’ve chosen.
Browse through the categories and threads until you find a topic that interests you.
Currently, there is no way to get back to the preview site page where you can view your novels and update your word counts. This link will take you there.
That’s the end of part 1.