faq

Registering

Registration may be required if you plan to post new topics. Registration is free, and you are not required to post your real name. You are required to post your actual email address, however.

Using HTML and/or UBB Code

You may be able to use HTML and/or UBB Code in your posts, if your administrators and moderators have those options turned on for each. Some may have either HTML or UBB Code turned off, or both turned off. Only your leaders can set this. Every time you post a new post, you will be told whether UBB Code and/or HTML is enabled for that particular post. If HTML is on, you may use any HTML tags, but please be very careful that you use proper HTML syntax. If you do not, your moderator or administrator may have to edit your post. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing.

Moderators

Moderators control individual posts. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts. If you have a question about a particular post, you should direct it to your moderator.

Changing Your Profile

You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the “profile” link located near the top of each page. You must be logged in in order to update your profile.

Editing Your Posts

You may edit or delete your own posts at any time. Look for the edit icon on the post to be edited. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderator(s) or the message board administrators. Note that if your post was the start of a new topic, deleting your post will result in the removal of the entire topic (all replies after your topic will also be deleted). Please note that your board administrators may disable the ability of members to edit or delete posts. Only registered members can edit or delete their posts.

Adding Signatures

You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the “include signature” box when you create your post. Administrator may elect to turn the signature feature off at any time, however. If that is the case, the “include signature” option will not appear when you post, even if you have stored a signature. You may change your signature at any time by changing your profile, unless a message board administrator locks your profile.

Note: You may not use HTML in your signature file, but you may use UBB Code (except for the UBB Code Image tag).

Attaching Files

For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use HTML and/or UBB Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

Searching For Specific Posts

You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, by a particular registered member and by date. Just click on the “search” link at the top of most pages.

Member Ratings

The administrators of this message board may permit members to rate each other. Only registered members may be rated and they can only be rated by other members. Even if ratings are being used, you may elect to not have other members rate you. To turn off member ratings for yourself, just change your profile settings. This option can be disabled by the administrators.

Private Messages

The administrators may permit members to send private messages to each other. A private message is not email. Private messages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient. You can read private messages in your profile section. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a private message (you can set this in your profile). You can also prevent anyone from sending you a private message (also configurable in your profile). Only registered members may send private messages. This option can be disabled by the administrators.

Censoring Posts

The message board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

Lost Login ID and/or Password

Retrieving your login ID and password is simple, assuming that email features are turned on. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a “lost password” link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record.

Email Notification

If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box when creating a new topic, if you want to use this feature. Only registered members can use this feature.

Can I search private posts?

Yes, if you have permission to access the particular private posts you wish to search. Note that you must be logged in to search private posts.

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