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pinterest exampleThe red box with the stylized letter "p" that pops up when you mouse over any image or photo on the website is a button that makes sharing images on Pinterest easy. 

For those of you haven't heard, Pinterest is the most rapidly growing social media website that lets you quickly share photos and items of interest that you discover on the web with your friends and followers. If you don't have an account yet, get one. It will open up new doors to discovering interesting items on the net, and make it easy for you to share your discoveries with friends.

If you do have an account, clicking on the red box will open a window that will let you select a photo, add a caption, and post it to your Pinterest account in about three easy clicks.

If you are still not convinced, go to the Pinterest account by clicking on the Pinterest box in the right hand column of any page, and you can see the sort of submarine related things that have been discovered.

Make sure you click "Follow", to be notified whenever new items are added.

First, log in to the site.

Go to the Current Watchsection on any page in the right hand column.

Find your name and click. Your User Profile will open.

At the top of your profile, choose Edit >> Update Your Profile.

The Edit Your Details page will load.

Select the Contact Info tab.

In the Email field, type your new email address.

Double-check your typing - if you get it wrong, we will not be able to contact you. Pay special attention to hyphens, underscores, and special characters.

At the bottom of the tab box, click Update.


That's all there is to it - if you have any questions or problems, please contact the Site Administrator.

"Hey, I found this old box full of, well, stuff, you know, photos, and slides, and my old name tag, from back in the day when I was on the Bates."

"I know you said you'd scan it and get it into the Crew Gallery, but how do I go about doing that?"

I wish that was a question I had to answer more frequently. Regardless, when you finally dig up that old box of photos, here is how you go about getting them from your box into my office so I can get them into the Crew Gallery.

First, swing by Staples and get a box of 8x6 white envelopes that you can label with rough dates and places - Med Run 73-74, New London - March 78, that kind of thing.

While you are out, go by Fedex and pick up a free box big enough to put them all in, and maybe a little bubble wrap.

Label the envelopes before you put slides and photos in them, so you don't damage the film/photos with the pen tip. No need to mark the photos themselves - plenty of time to do that later on the website.

Load up the envelopes, and stuff the flaps inside so the prints/slides don't fall out.

Wrap all in bubble wrap, place in the Fedex box. (We'll use Fedex because they're good, and we can track the package - we do not want to lose it. If there is a lot, we may do it all in two or three separate shipments so we don't put it all at risk in one box. It also makes it easy for me to pay for it!)

When you are ready to ship, contact me, and I'll send you a shipping label you can print and use to ship the box through Fedex without charge.

I'll scan everything and get it up on the website, and in the Crew Gallery. You will be credited as the Contributor and listed as owner of the images.

When I'm done, I'll Fedex it back to you. Don't forget to include your address and phone number.

Then you and your shipmates can start putting accurate names and places with everything that's posted - that way you don't have to do it all yourself.

So quit sitting on your duff, and go climb up in the attic and find that old box you've been thinking about.

If you don't start now, it's going to be too late for some us. Get on it and get on it now. There isn't a moment to lose.

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To contact a former shipmate through the website, you must first be registered and logged in:

IF they are registered on the site, THEN:

1.  Go to Quarters >> Members and search for the shipmate that you want to contact. You can page through the lists, or you can use the Search Users button just above and to the right of the page title.

If they happen to be on-line you can also click their name under Current Watchsection.

If they have just recently signed up (one of the most recent ten), you can click their name under Welcome Aboard!

2.  Click on their name. This will take you to their User Profile.

3.  When you get to their User Profile, select Messages >> Send Email To User. This will open a standard email form.

4.  Fill out the form and click send.

5.  That's all there is to it.

6.  Contact the Site Administrator if you have difficulty.

IF they are NOT registered on the site, THEN,

1.  Contact either the Missing Shipmate Coordinators or the Site Administrator using the Contact Us link at the bottom of each page.

2.  Let us know who you are looking for, and we will check the Master Sailing List to see if we have contact information for them. If we do, we will either contact them on your behalf and let them know you are looking for them, or if we have been in touch with them, share their contact info so you can contact them directly.

3.  Contact the Site Administrator if you have any questions.

Subscriptions and subscribers are related to either Familygrams or the Scuttlebutt forum.

The first is under Familygrams. This can be accessed through a tab on your user profile, which is found by clicking on your name in the 'Current Watchsection' module after you log in.

Familygrams are site newsletters that are sent periodically to your email. You can subscribe or unsubscribe using the Familygram module at the top of the left column on the Quarterdeck or P.O.D. pages. There is currently only one Familygram subscription, though in the past we have had a subscription for a newsletter especially for REGROUPEX 09. In the Familygram module, you can also choose to receive the Familygram as HTML or plain text - most mail readers handle HTML today, so you only need to choose plain text if you are having problems with your mail program reading the newsletters.

You can view the archive of past newsletters through a button on your Familygram tab on your user profile, or by clicking the Familygram category link in the Familygram module.

The second instance of subscriptions is a little more complicated. It shows up under your Forum tab in your user profile.

Whenever you post in the Scuttlebutt forum, a link to your posting is created here, so you or others can go directly to postings by you.

As another benefit of posting, you are automatically subscribed to that particular forum thread, which means that anytime anyone responds to that thread or posts on it, you will be notified by email that the thread has been modified. This is super cool and a totally painless method for keeping track of your threads without having to log in every day.

If you would like to follow a thread without posting or commenting on it, go to the bottom of the thread and there will be a button that says Subscribe, or Unsubscribe if you are already following the thread. Additionally, you can unsubscribe to a thread by looking at your subscription list on the Forum tab in your user profile.

Remember, all this is to make it easier to keep track of Scuttlebutt threads of interest by emailing you automatically when they are updated.

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