An overview of COW
What The buttons do
Managing your HotList
Entering a conference
Reading a topic
Reading a conversation
Ignoring a conversation
Find Recent Activity

Replying to a conversation
Starting a conversation
Posting and replying in HTML
Editing a response
Hiding a response
User profiles and changing your real name
Using COWSearch

 


For more information, check out the:


An Overview of COW

Conferences

Simple conferences


What the buttons do

Displays this help page. Displays your HotList, which is where you started when you logged in to COW. Whenever you are hopelessly lost, click this button.
Lets you edit your password, real name, or profile (with respect to the COW system). Takes you to the HotList Editor, where you can add or remove conferences from your HotList.
Terminates your connection to the COW web server. Log out when you're done conferencing.    
Creates a summary report of conversation activity for all or some of the conferences in your HotList. Searches for conversations by key word(s).
On a topic page, allows you to mark all new posts and replies as "read." On a topic page, starts a new conversation.
On a topic page, displays the ten most recent conversations (if there are that many). On a topic page, lists all conversations ever posted to that topic (could be a really big listing).
On a topic page, displays the twenty most recent conversations (if there are that many).    
On a conversation page, displays responses that are up to one day older than the responses already displayed. On a conversation page, ignores the conversation, so that COW doesn't list any new responses.
On a conversation page, displays responses that are up to one week older than the responses already displayed. On a conversation page, leaves the conversation as "new," displaying all of the responses next time you view the conversation.
On a conversation page, displays responses that are up to one month older than the responses already displayed. On a conversation page, finds the next new set of responses, and displays them (not necessarily in the same topic).
On a conversation page, brings up the entire conversation.    

Managing your HotList


Entering a conference


Reading a topic


Reading a conversation


Ignoring a conversation

If you've lost interest in a conversation and you want to take a break from it temporarily, click on the Ignore Conversation button to prevent COW from notifying you of new postings for this conversation.COW will still display the conversation on the topic page but will no longer tally the new responses. To "remember" a conversation, simply click on the conversation to view it.


Find Recent Activity (Create A Summary Report)


Replying to a conversation


Starting a conversation


Posting and replying in HTML


Editing a response


Hiding a response


User profiles and changing your real name


Using COWSearch

If you want search for conversations by key word(s), click on the yellow Search button on the HotList, conference, or topic pages. Specify an upper limit for the number of conversations returned (the default is 25). You can also specify a case-sensitive match and logical OR and AND matches. Using logical OR returns a match if any search term is found, and logical AND returns a match if all terms are found (e.g., "junior and high"). After you submit a search request, COW displays a list of links to the topic/conversation(s) containing the search terms you specified.


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