The electronic Bulletin Boards (BBs) are a members-only
benefit, set up to allow members to easily communicate with each other.
They allow members to post general questions or comments to the entire
SOIC community*, and allow anyone to respond.
* to those members who have regsistered on the BBs.
About the Bulletin
The SOIC BBs allow members to:
- attach photos to their posts (helpful for describing
- search the BB history for keywords of interest,
- receive notification when someone replies to
- and more!
Primary discussion topics are called "General
Categories," which are sometimes sub-divided into subcategories
called "Child Boards" to make larger topics more managable.
Examples of Categories and Child Boards currently
- For Sale (Members' Private Sales, Businesses
- Museums & Collections (split by country)
- Research (split by inkwell type)
- Managing Your Collection (Keeping Track of
Your Collection, Care, Collection Display)
Navigating the BBs is like navigating the file
structure on your computer, or in your file cabinet. It is tiered, like
||Members' Private Sales
||"Selling Sullivan Traveling
||(Member #1 post)
||"Can you post photos?"
||(Member response to #1)
||"Selling Entire Collection"
||(Member #2 post)
Note: You must register to use the BBs. You need to
create an account (one is not automatically created for current or new
1. Go the the BB
login page and register -- use the "login" link at
the top left of the page. Use your current e-mail address and real
(your name can be changed in your Profile after you register if you
2. The Administrator will verify your membership (using your current
e-mail address) and approve you, and you will receive notification through
the BB software that you are registered. (Note: if your current e-mail
address is not of file with the SOIC, we will not be able to verify
your membership -- please update this with
us before registering.)
3. Start using the Boards!
Editing Your Profile
Your Profile contains information about your account (such
as your user name and e-mail address), as well as information you choose
to share with other BB members.
- To change information about yourself, including
your privacy settings, go to your "Profile" -- and then
don't forget the options on the left side under "Modify Profile".
- You can modify the "look and feel"
of your interface by changing your Bulleting Board "Theme."
The BBs have a standard theme set up by the administrator, but you
can choose a different one by going to your Profile, and then on the
left side clicking on "Look and Layout Preferences".
Adding Images to
If the image is on the web, insert it it in your post by using the "Insert
Image" button, and then inserting the URL between the automatically
inserted [img] and [/img].
If the image is on your computer, click on "Additional
Options" at the bottom left of the post, and then click on "Browse"
to point to your file on the computer.
Images are limited to:
- 128kb maximum attachment size
- 4 attachments per post
- 500kb total post size
For a screen shot of where these options are located,
download this page
as help sheet.
New General Category
To post a new General Category or Child Board, send your suggested
title and description to the administrator for review. If it is approved,
the administrator will add it.
- Total post is limited to 500kb
- Up to 4 attachments may be added to each post
- Maximum attachment size is 128kb each
There isn't any way to retrieve forgotten passwords, which
are encrypted for security reasons. However, on the login page there
is an option titled "Forgot your password?" which allows you
to set a new one.
(If you like what
you see, please join us!)