When logged in to the orchestralist group, you can see all messages
going as far back as we were able to extract them from YahooGroups.
You can see messages or topics, newest first,
defaulting to topic view. A topic is a message and all of its replies.
From the orchestralist home page of groups.io
click on the "Messages" link on the left navigation pane.
From top to bottom there will be the newest list of topics going back in time.
There is a number in a gray oval after each topic title which indicates how many messages there are in that topic.
The topic title is the title of the first message that started the topic. Every time someone replies to a message in this topic,
it is considered part of the same topic.
Messages vs. Topics
There is a blue pull-down list just above the first topic/message,
which allows you to switch between topic view and individual message view.
In topic view, if you click on a title, the display changes to show all the messages of that topic.
You can also select expanded topic view showing all of the messages that are part of each topic.
So basically you can see the entire conversation for that topic,
then the next topic, and so on.
In message view, the display shows individual messages
as they occurred in time, newest first by default.
When individual messages are displayed
you can also specify "More" (with the three stacked lines in front)
and this will give you the option to see a list of all messages by the member who wrote that particular message.
In addition, if you are the author of that message,
you will also have further options there - you can edit the message, delete it or view the source.
Replying to a Message
If you hit Reply under a particular message, you are given a formatting box to create the reply.
You also have the ability to quote part of the message you are replying to.
To do this just highlight the text you want to quote; use your mouse, dragging it from one end to the other,
and then hit the Reply. The highlighted text will appear in your reply box as "quoted text". Then you can continue
to create your reply as usual.
You can do the usual formatting tricks as in many word processors or email programs, such as bold, italic,
make numbered and unordered lists, insert (web) links, insert pictures, attach files, align left, center or right.
There is also a set of advanced editing tools which will show when you select its icon,
the last icon on the format bar (three stacked short lines).
This lets you choose fonts, sizes, colors, etc.
Note, if you had set up signature lines in your email subscription options,
they will be displayed in the initially empty message reply box.
Reply to Group or Sender
When you are finished entering your message
you have the ability to send the message either to the group
(the default), or if you click on the "Private" button first
(far right under the message), this will cause the message to only be sent to the sender of the message you are replying to.