Welcome to the OpenROV Forums


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Welcome to OpenROV Forums. This is a place for explorers, makers and anyone passionate or curious about underwater exploration, the tools, or the techniques.

We have particular focus in

  • providing community support for builders of the OpenROV Kits and accessories
  • sharing exploration stories
  • developing tools and software for exploration

When you sign in for the first time, you will get a detailed welcome email that goes over a lot of tips and techniques for using the forums.

If you are just now returning to the forums since we moved to using discourse, your account information is all still intact. Simply sign in with your same facebook, google, twitter sign-in you used before, or register with your same email address.

We are still moving in to the new software, so excuse our dust as we move things around and get it all dialed in.

If you have questions about the forum itself, tips on its use, etc, we have a special category called META, which means “about” just for that purpose.

-Brian, @badevguru

Tips below!

Before Create New Call for Help Topics, Please…

Make sure that you take a look around before just starting a new topic - there’s a good chance that somebody else has already asked the same question.

Please search before opening a new topic, as someone might have already created the topic you want to open. Note that we do search on your behalf as you compose a new topic, too.

When creating a topic, be sure to select the correct category so it is easier to find. It is OK to leave category blank if none feel applicable.

Make sure to be very descriptive in your topic, and give it an accurate title. If you just post “rov is broken”, we can’t and won’t help.

If you want to make it clear your looking for specific help for a problem try ‘:sos:’ in front of your post. We will soon have a tagging feature and you will be able to tag the topic :sos: then!

Things to Avoid Doing

  • Please do not use signatures on your post. Each post should be about the conversation, the signatures make it hard to scan down the

  • Please do not act like a troll. People posting nonsense, demonstrably false statements, propaganda, or inflaming other people
    repeatedly for no reason will be warned and then banned. This is
    meant to be a civil discussion area.

Creating Avatars

If you want a pretty avatar to go along with your regular forum account, you can either sign up for Gravatar with the same email account you used for the forum, or you can simply go into your profile, edit Preferences, and add the image there.

Creating Posts with Special Formatting

Discourse has a lot of great features, and we will eventually write up an entire guide to using it. For now, the important things are embedding images, links, and videos.

Onebox Embedding

If you want to embed a video, just put it on its own line in the editor, like this, and it will automatically embed.

You can use the same trick for images, or for links to Wikipedia, StackExchange, and many other sites that support the open graph protocol. For other sites, you can just add a regular link. If you don’t want to embed the item and would prefer to link to it instead, select some text and use the link button on the menu.

Embedding Images

You can add images by simply dragging and dropping the image file straight into the editor window, or even by Ctrl+V (Windows) Command-V (OS/X) pasting a screenshot over (works in Chrome, at least).

Using Emoji

You can use emoji to express yourself - just type a space followed by the colon character, and a popup will appear to help you add symbols like these: :cold_sweat: :imp: :snail: :checkered_flag: :birthday: :sos:

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