Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:30:38 GMT -5
Why should I register?
In order to fully utilize the abilities of this board, the administrator will probably require that you register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
Post new threads Reply to other peoples' threads Edit your posts Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify Send private messages to other members
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. The administrator may have configured the board to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:31:58 GMT -5
What is the signature for?
After you have registered, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text/image that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper. Be sure to follow the guidelines set up for file size and height and width requirements.
You will then have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the board will automatically append your signature to any messages you post.
You can set your signature by editing your profile.
To add a signature you first have to find a picture/graphic that suits you. Once you have that, go into your and scroll down until you come across the signature block (located under preferences). Once there you just simply enter the image tags around the url of your picture or graphic. Like this (minus the *):
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:32:57 GMT -5
Can I search the board?
You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or just in the subject, by date, and only in particular forums. To access the search feature, click on the "search" button on the main forum page. You can search any forum that you have permission to search - you will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:33:31 GMT -5
What is Private Messaging?
Sending Private Messages
Private messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this board. You may be able to include vB Code, smilies and images in private messages that you send.
You may send a private message to a member of this board by clicking the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel.
Private Message Folders
By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.
The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.
The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:34:59 GMT -5
What are smilies?
Smilies are small graphical icons which you can insert into your messages to convey an emotion or feeling, such as a joke or embarrassment. For example, if you entered a sarcastic comment, rather than type 'that was a joke', you could simply insert the 'wink' smilie.
If you have used email or internet chat systems, you will probably be familiar with the concept of smilies already. Certain combinations of text characters are converted into smilies. For example, is converted into a smiling face. To understand smilie codes, tilt your head to the left and look at the text: you will see that represents two eyes and a smiling mouth.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:35:31 GMT -5
What is email notification?
If you post a new thread, or reply to an existing thread, you can choose to be notified by email when someone else replies to that thread. You can also choose to receive email notifications of new posts in a thread without posting in that thread, by clicking the 'Notify' link displayed in the thread page.
If you choose to stop receiving email notifications from a thread, you can turn off the option by either editing your post, or by unsubscribing from the thread.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:36:18 GMT -5
What Are Moderators & Administrators?
Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.
Please keep in mind, this is not our "job" as we aren't paid to do this. That's right, we're all volunteers, and we do this because we enjoy the subject matter of the various forums we moderate.
Please don't take us to task for every little thing. There are a lot of posts everyday and we can't read them all. We are trying our best as our schedules permit.
If you have a problem with something a mod or admin has done, your best course of action is to first email that mod or admin. If you're not sure who to email, email any or all the mods of the forum your question concerns.
How do I become a moderator?
In most cases we will let you know so please don't ask. However, when we are on the search for a new moderator we usually try to find a member that has shown responsibility and maturity while they were a poster here. It also helps if you haven't had any major run-ins with our staff previously.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:36:51 GMT -5
What is an Avatar?
The avatar is the small side picture under your rank.
To add an avatar, you simply go into your profile settings again and scroll down until you see Personal Text, Personalized Picture or I have my own Pic.
Personal Picture - Choose from the selection of default avatars provided by proboards. To preview an avatar, just click once. After you've selected the one you like, make sure to save by clicking on change profile.
I have my own pic - You can also use a custom avatar of your own choosing by entering the url of the picture here. Make sure to check the box in that section though. Also be aware of the demensions of your custom pic. Most fall in the 75 x 75 pixel range, but can be a maximum 100 x 100 pixels.
Personal Text - This is the place to enter any text that you would like to be included with your avatar.
Post by Supersaurus on Mar 15, 2009 5:38:40 GMT -5
How do I create and vote in polls?
You may notice that some threads on this board also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls' and this is how to create them:
Creating a new poll
When you post a new thread, you may have the option to also create a poll.
This function allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread.
To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the 'New Poll' icon at the top of the page, and set the number of possible responses you want to include.
When you click the submit button, you will be taken to the poll creation page, where you can specify the question and the list of responses you want to include.