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Thanks for registering at MacInsiders! We are glad you have chosen to be a part of our community and hope you enjoy visiting our website for the latest in news and events, as well as using our many other social networking and discussion features!

Remember, MacInsiders is run and managed by students... for students. We are all friendly students here, and you can learn more about the MacInsiders Staff by clicking the "About" button at the top of the site.

If you are a first year student at McMaster, we welcome you and congratulate you on making a great choice! McMaster has a lot of great things to offer you aside from academics, and we're here to show you some of those amazing opportunities!



1. Click here to edit your profile settings
2. Under the "Receive Email" box, UNCHECK "Receive e-mails from the MacInsiders Team with occasional important campus news and updates"
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click SAVE CHANGES.


Issue: I keep getting lots of emails about replies to the forum that I don't want to get sent anymore!

Reason: You currently have automatic thread email subscriptions turned on.

Threads in a forum allow you to 'subscribe' via email for updates. You can see all your thread subscriptions in your account settings here.

You're going to want to go to the link above and then check off all the ones you're already subscribed to and at the bottom where it says "Selected Threads", click that dropdown and choose "No email notification" under "Update subscription type".

You have a 'global' default setting for all threads that you reply to, and you may have set yours to automatically subscribe you to any thread that you add a reply on. To alter this default setting for all new threads that you reply to go HERE and then you'll see "Default Thread Subscription Mode" and turn that to "Do not subscribe".

If you come across a thread that you really do want email updates every time there is a new reply then look at the top of the page under the "Similar Threads" box and you'll see a "THREAD TOOLS" dropdown you can click on. Click it, then click on the option that pops up called "Subscribe to this thread".


Forum - the high level topic or category you're discussing in (ex: "Chess Club")

Thread/Discussion - A single discussion on a certain topic of your choice. You can open as many 'threads/discussions' as you'd like. Other users can reply to those discussions by 'posting'. (ex: "When is the next Chess Club meeting?")

Post - An individual message/reply that a user has put in reponse to your thread/discussion. (ex: "Next meeting is on October 12th!")


To get started, click the FORUMS/DISCUSS button at the top of the site.

To post a new thread/discussion click on the "Start New Discussion" button. This will let you post a new 'thread'.

Type in a title for your thread, and fill in the body text for your thread. You can also use emoticons/smilies from the right side, as well as change colors of your text and font size.

Once you're done, click "SUBMIT MESSAGE" button and your thread will be posted for everyone to see.

If you want to respond to something that a user said and add your '2 cents' click on the "NEW REPLY" button to add your own response.


Go ahead and start exploring the many sections of MacInsiders by clicking the buttons at the top of the page. Or, read below to get an overview of some of the major sections...

MacInsiders is a network for students, so it is a great place to find classmates or friends at Mac. All users have their own profiles that you can read, and you can private message any member at any time!


You can setup your profile using the "My Account" link at the top of the site. From there you are able to edit your profile, check your mail, and edit your forum signature and avatar plus a whole bunch of cool things. Be sure to click it! Putting a photo in your profile helps you gain more friends and popularity! CLICK HERE to add a photo to your profile now. Also, choose an avatar for your forum posts by CLICKING HERE. Theres hundreds of avatars to pick from!


Mail (also known as Private Messaging) on macinsiders is like a quick and simple version of e-mail. Sending a private message is simple. Click the MY ACCOUNT button at the top of the site, then on the left click "Send New Message" to compose a new message. Type in the username of the person you'd like to talk to, and then type a title and body text just like you would in an e-mail. Once you send your message, your friend will receive an e-mail telling them they have a new message, and they will reply to you!


macinsiders is all about informing you of events on and off campus that you can get involved with. Various MSU clubs have participated on the site with their own forums, but they also are able to post events in the calendar. If you have an event that students may be interested in, you can also post an event on the calendar (after it is approved by a moderator) or you can email [email protected] with your event information.


If you require help you can always click on the help link in the top right corner of the site to access MacInsider's help section and FAQ's. You can also contact us at any time!

MacInsiders has a whole bunch of neat features that you will enjoy. Begin exploring all the sections to see what you can do!

If you need further help, click here!

All the best,
MacInsiders Team

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