Linking your Forum posts to your Barge Register entry

You can use the Signature box in your Forum preferences to link other members (not guests!) to your Barge Register entry.    

First, (obviously!),  if you haven't already..... add your boat to the Barge Register.

In your BR entry you can see your register ID number, as

Barge ref no: 1371, Quo Vadis

Make a note of the number!

Back on any Forum page, look in the top right-hand corner for 'Preferences' and click on it.    Below the bar,

 Profile for (Your Name)                                                                                                                     

click on  

Profile Information



and scroll down to the Signature box.    Here, add this line with XXXX replaced by the ID number and your boat name -  and click Save.


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Your Preferences

At the top right of most Forum pages, you'll find 'Preferences'. Click on this to tailor your view of the Forum and the details you share with other members.     

NEW!  In particular, you can add a link to your signature to connect other members to your Barge Register entry, as described here

Forum Sections

The Forum contains several sections, with broad headings, like 'Barges', 'Waterways of continental Europe' or 'Stoppages, levels and Hazards' to bring related topics together.  You can 'subscribe' to a section that interests you to recieve posts to the section by email.   The sections and their use is described in the 'All Sections' tab. 

The Forum Pages

Tabs on the Forum windows

Logged-in DBA Members will see a number of tabs across the top of its pages. Many of these are not available to guests.  The tabs visible depend on the page in view and how you reached it!

  • Index - Takes you to the Index page.
  • Recent Topics - Shows recent posts to the Forum
  • New Topic - To post a message on a new subject (topic). See below.
  • My Topics - Lists topics which you have started or marked as Favourite. Also information about the Forum and people using it.
  • My Profile - Details about yourself to introduce you to other members. As much or little as you like but a link to your boat's Barge Register entry would be helpful for anyone you converse with on the Forum.
  • Rules - Rules for using the DBA Forum. Please read and remember!
  • Help - This page!
  • Search - For searching through all past messages.  Please use this before asking a question - it may already have an answer!
  • Private Messaging - A facility to send a message directly to another member without knowing their email address.  The message will only be seen when they visit the online Forum unless they have chosen to receive them by email using the settings on this tab.

Other pages within the Forum, and the buttons on them are......

Category (Section) Page

A Category page shows a list of topics with most recent first.  At the top and bottom of the list are buttons for:

  • New Topic - to post a message on a new topic. See below
  • Mark Topics read - All messages in all topics in this Category will all be marked as read.
  • Subscribe - The Forum will start emailing you copies of any new messages in this Category.
  • Unsubscribe - The Forum will stop emailing you copies messages for this Category.
  • You can see the messages by clicking on a Topic.

Topic Page

Each Topic page shows recent messages posted on the selected Topic.  At the top and bottom of the message list are buttons for:

  • Reply Topic - To add a new message to this conversation
  • Subscribe - The Forum will start emailing you copies of new messages for this Topic.
  • Unsubscribe - The Forum will stop emailing you copies of  messages for this Topic. 
  • Favourite - Marks the topic with a star on the Category Page. Select My Topics to help you find it again.

Beneath each message are buttons for:

  • Thank you - Thanks the message sender without creating a new message
  • Quick Reply - Opens a simple message box. 
  • Reply - Starts a new window with a full-featured editor. 
  • Quote - As Reply but includings the current message as a quote.  Please trim the old message to the parts you are replying to.

  Starting a New Topic

(You must be a logged-in DBA Member!)

  • Familiarise yourself with the DBA Forum Rules
  • Consider which Category your topic belongs in
  • Think of a meaningful Subject for the topic

Click on New Topic

Select the Category

  • Enter the Subject and your Message
  • Click Submit.

To Reply to an existing message.

(You must be a logged-in DBA Member!)

  • Familiarise yourself with the DBA Forum Rules
  • Click on Quick Reply (See below)
  • Enter your Message.
  • Click Submit.

Reply Buttons

  • Quick Reply - Opens a simple message box. It is recommended to use Quick Reply.
  • Reply TopicReply and Quote - All open a full-featured editor.  Members getting messages by email may have difficulty reading the message composed with this. 


Some common types of files can be attached to online forum posts.  These are currently (Mar 2012) txt, rtf, pdf, doc, xls, jpg, zip, tar.gz, tgz, tar.bz2.  


When you post a message on the Forum, you will be emailed a copy of any reply to the topic - unless you un-tick the Subscribe checkbox below the message.  You can stop these emails with the 'Unsubscribe'  button on the Topic page.  See 'Managing Subscriptions' below for more detail.

Editing after posting

Editing posts after clicking Submit is not allowed. Just post the correction as a new message.  The reasons are

  • People following a thread by email will NOT see the correction.
  • Anyone who has already read the post online is unlikely to see the correction so they may still think a poster is illiterate or wrong unless they see a correction post.
  • If a mistake needs correcting for the archives, so that people searching for information are not misled, the moderators will be happy to correct the post if asked - after the correction has been posted.

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The DBA Forum is a place for Members to take part in discussions and to ask and answer questions on any topic relating to barges and barging.

The Forum is organised into several sections:

Barge Life (members only) Life afloat, interests, hobbies and communications - any topic not covered by the other categories
Barges barges and barging: buying, equipment, handling and anything related.
Continental travelling and living on the waterways of mainland Europe
GB&Ireland travelling and living on the waterways of Great Britain and Ireland
Sailing discussion about sailing barges
Stoppages news of unscheduled stoppages, emergencies and exceptional water levels, anywhere.
DBA News (members only) discussion about the DBA itself,
Brexit and Bargees (members only)  Factual information & discussion about Brexit
Forum & Website (members only) discussion about the Forum and Website.
Bar Chat (members only) discussion about any subject

All sections except those marked Members Only     
    - can be read by the public and found by Google searches.
     - are moderated for exceptions to the Forum Rules and for topics in the wrong Category.

All past conversations are stored, so they can be quickly searched to find previous answers to a question. You should always search the Forum or Knowledgebase before asking a question - it may have been discussed and answered just a few days ago or covered in a KB article.

Any Member can browse old messages, start a new topic or reply to one. The public can only browse. Members are recommended to search the forum before posting a question as the answer may already exist.

The public and Google searches have access to the DBA Forum so that people interested in barges can easily find the DBA and hopefully join us.

 Basic instructions for getting started. 

To Start a new topic of conversation  (You must be a logged on!)

  • Familiarise yourself with the DBA Forum Rules
  • Consider which Category your topic belongs in
  • Think of a meaningful Subject for the topic


  • Open the Category by clicking on its name
  • Click the New Topic button
  • Enter the Subject and your message
  • Click Submit.

To Reply to an existing message.  (You must be a logged on DBA Member!)

  • Familiarise yourself with the DBA Forum Rules


  • Click on one of the Reply buttons [See the Help information on the Category page for detail]
  • Include just enough of the original message to make sense of your reply.
  • Enter your Message.
  • Click Submit.


The DBA Forum is normally not moderated. However...

If messages breach the DBA Forum Rules the moderators may remove them or hold any further messages from an individual for approval. In extreme cases a member may be barred from posting to the Forum. 

If topics are posted to the wrong Category the moderators may move them to the correct Category.

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By using the DBA Forum you agree to conform to the Forum Rules, below.

It is very easy to use a discussion Forum in ways that annoy other users.  The following guidelines can help you avoid doing this:

  • Only send messages likely to be of interest to a significant number of other people. 
  • Don't send messages aimed at only one or two people in the group - email or PM them directly instead.
  • Make the subject line short but informative.
  • Think about the Forum section you are  posting to! Look at the All Sections page to see what they are for!
  • Don't send the same message to many sections. Wanting to reach as many people as possible is not a good reason.
  • If you are not certain of the accuracy of information you post, say so.
  • Think about your wording - could it be misread and upset someone?
  • Above all, be polite!


  • Make sure a reply relates to the subject. If not, start a new subject (Topic).
  • When posting a reply, only quote what relates to your reply, not entire posts
  • When posting a reply, change the subject line if the topic has changed
  • If you reply to an old post from the archive make it clear that's what you have done.


  • Don't abuse or defame another member
  • Don't send 'Thank-you's or Seasons Greetings to the lists - Use the 'Thankyou' button!
  • Don't use 'bad language' 
  • Don't defame  or impinge on the reputation of commercial suppliers on DBA's forum.
  • Don't advertise things for sale - we have a very good Adverts facility.
  • DON'T SHOUT.   Capitals are the equivalent of shouting and ill-mannered.
  • Never mark DBA email as spam with your ISP, it may cause other DBA emails to be discarded

If you would like to comment on these guidelines post your comment to the DBA  section or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you see a post that you feel breaches the rules, please tell us! Use the Report button at the bottom of each post or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the event of a breach of the Rules or to prevent one, the Forum Administrators may Delete or Edit posts

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