If you're wondering how to make text bold or italic, or how to insert a URL link to a profoundly useful site, such as this, you're in the right place.
A disclaimer: due to inherent limitations with web page technology, these types of functions will never be as simple as using MS Word. You will be making use of vB Code, which is analagous to HTML, but developed strictly for the limited needs of text formatting. There are two ways of using vB Code:
(1) When composing your message, you can click the little toolbar icons that look similar to MS Word toolbar icons. For instance, if you want to make some text bold, first select the text you want to bold, then click the "B" (for bold), and the vB code for bold will be inserted in your message. Italic, underline, left/right/center, indent & list work the same way. For a URL link, click the "earth & chainlink" icon, and follow the bouncing ball. The e-mail link icon (note & envelope) works similarly.
(2) If your Geek Society dues are all paid up, you can just type the vB code in yourself. This gives you tremendous flexibility, but it takes some practice, and isn't for everyone. Here is a vB Code reference; scroll down a bit to see examples of all the available codes, and how to use them. Of course, you could also use the toolbar icons to generate code and then modify that code.
Please note: once you've inserted vB code, be careful to not delete or modify it, unless you know what you're doing. Accidentally deleting part of the code can make your whole post look weird.
If you have any specific questions regarding the use of vB Code, feel free to e-mail me, or post a new thread in this forum.