Okay, since we have so many new folks, it's time once again for one of the "What you need to know to make life more enjoyable on TB" threads.
FAQ's that you really need to know:
Why the staff takes action:
How do you get a picture (Avatar) under your username?
How to clean out your PM box properly:
Now, some specific issues:
You can EDIT your own posts for 24 hours. After that, a staff member must do it.
You may NOT delete a post or thread, or MOVE a thread.
(These settings are to help preserve the "flow" of threads and posts. In times past, we've had people post inflammatory stuff which generated a HUGE outcry. Then they simply deleted their posts and claimed "Who, ME? I didn't do NUTTIN!")
The "Thread owner" is the person who started the thread. As a thread owner, one has a few "extra rights". You can request that a thread be locked, deleted or moved. You can ask for folks that might attempt to hijack your thread to STOP IT, and can take that request to the staff if you want.
Note about the main room (here) and the SIGs (Special Interest Groups):
The main room is primarily for news and current events, and personal preparation threads. While there is WIDE latitude given, you may find some of your threads MOVED if they fall outside of that main criterion. Sometimes a REDIRECT is left on the board (it's a reference link; when you click it, you are taken to the thread's actual location.) Sometimes, however, no redirect is provided. You can find your thread via the SEARCH link above the threads and to the right.
How to see other rooms:
There are several ways to see the other room "index". One way is to <!-- click on the <b>Watching the World Tick Away</b> grapic above and to the left of the threads. Another is to --> click on the "thread path", which is a string of text that might look like:
Timebomb 2000 > Public Area > Timebomb2000 > MyThread
Clicking on the "Timebomb 2000" text on the far LEFT will also take you to the index.
Additionally, you can use the FORUM JUMP window (located above and to the left, or below and to the right of the threads). That can take you INSTANTLY anywhere on the forum.
If you have any questions, you can post them to this thread. There are MANY here who are more than willing to assist you.
How to post an IMAGE to a thread:
Graphic images can live in two places - on your PC, or on a server somewhere on the 'net. You can ATTACH a picture to a post from your PC, by using the ATTACHMENT window under the text-entry box when you post. (Click the MANAGE ATTACHMENTS button.) Use the BROWSE button to find the pic on your PC, then click UPLOAD to attach it. You may have up to 5 images per post. Once the image’s filename appears in the window, you can click CLOSE to return to the posting screen.
Bear in mind that you are using THE FORUM'S BANDWIDTH to display that pic (and since TB2K exists on member donations, we ALL pay for that!!) Please keep that in mind. In addition to a $-cost, the images slow down the server as hundreds of people open the thread and view the image. (Our "post your pics for fun" thread is a perfect example; every time it resurfaces, server performance drops to a crawl. )
The other way to post them is when they already exist on a server somewhere. Then you do the following:
- Pull up the image
- Right-click on the image
- Select PROPERTIES
- Hilite the image's URL, then right-click on the hilited text, and click COPY
- In your post here on TB, make sure the text-entry cursor is blinking in the entry-box, and hit CTRL-V (paste), and the URL will magically appear in the post.
- Enclose the URL with "[ img] [ /img]" vB tags (I've added spaces in the tags so you can see them; remove the spaces before using.)
So your URL would look like:
[ img]http://www.MyImageURL.com[ /img]
Again, make SURE the spaces are removed from the tags.
This method has several advantages. For one, the bandwidth is NOT ours, but that of the site where the graphic originates. Additionally, our server is NOT slowed down by loading, since the actual image is pulled from its original server.
What do the little arrows on the envelopes to the far left of the thread title mean?
The little arrow at the right edge of the envelope lets you know that you have replied to that thread. The larger right-facing arrow over the top of an envelope means the thread has been moved.
The color of the envelopes changes from pale to a brighter color when that thread is “hot”. A hot thread is one that has lots of replies or views.
How do I search?
Search is done by clicking the SEARCH text above the threads. That allows a “simple search”. Clicking the ADVANCED SEARCH text takes you to the detailed search window, where many more options can be specified. The upper SEARCH text-link is a “global” search (all forums), whereas the lower SEARCH text-link is for the forum (or thread) you’re currently in. Selecting that one will decrease system resource use, so I recommend it.
What is “Quick Links”?
QUICK LINKS is a mini-menu that drops down when you click on it. The options are:
- New Posts (view new posts only)
- Mark Forums Read (marks every thread as read)
- Open Buddy List (if you want to PM a buddy)
- Edit Signature (quick edit of your SIG-line)
- Edit Avatar (change you avatar)
- Edit Profile
- Edit Options
- Private Messages (manage private messages)
- Subscribed Threads (see/manage threads that you’ve asked for a email notification on)
- My Profile (view your public profile)
- Who’s On-line (What’s everyone doing?)
NOTE: Since the board software upgrade on 3/6/11, some of the procedures are no longer correct. I’ll take care of that soon.
Thanks for reading.