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Old 11-01-2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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To upload or change an avatar

An avatar is the little picture displayed below your user name in the profile box on the left side of every post. You may use a forums avatar or upload your own custom avatar. Avatars are limited in size to 100 x 100 pixels or 50 KB (whichever is smaller). Site team members have slightly larger avatars so they are easier to find.

To upload a custom avatar: Choose a picture you like that is stored in your computer. Resize the picture to meet the size requirements above using a photo/image editor or camera software. Images that are too large will fail to load and you will receive and error message.

1. Click user CP (control panel) on upper blue tool bar.
2. Click edit avatar on left side menu.
3. Scroll down to the "Custom Avatar" box and click the "use Custom Avatar" button.
4. Click Browse button. A file menu screen will appear and you can choose the avatar file to be loaded. The file name should appear in the "upload an avatar from your computer box".
5. Click save changes.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #12
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How to search the forum

If you have a question we recommend that you search before posting. There's a fair chance that we have a several posts about your topic of interest.

The Forums search tool found on the upper nav bar is fairly easy to use and really quick. Our search tool searches for key words and you have a choice to search for threads or posts. Consider using the advanced search function to narrow down your choices. You must be logged into the forums to use the search tool.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:27 PM   #13
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Friends and contacts lists

Friend and contact lists can be both fun and useful. You can easily sent PM's with a single click to your group of friends, and see them more easily in the online lists as a + will display next to their usernames.

What is the difference between a friend and a contact?

A friendship is a mutual, two-way relationship between two users. It is initiated by one user and accepted by the other. A contact is a one-way friendship. This could be where the other person does not accept the friendship, a friendship request is pending, or you do not wish to be friends at this time but want to show them as a contact only.

Where is list of friends and contacts displayed?

Your friends and contacts are displayed on the 'Contacts and Friends' page in your User CP. Your friends are also displayed in your profile page.

How can I request a friend, accept a friend or break a friendship?
There are two ways to request a friendship with someone.
The easiest way is to view the profile page of the person you want to become friends with and click the 'Befriend' link.The other way is to add the person to your contacts first. Then from your 'Contacts and Friends' page ask to be their friend by checking the box next to their name labeled 'Friend'. Next, save the page.

If you know the username of the person you want to be friends with you can send a friend request using the box provided and clicking 'Add Friend'.
To accept a friend, go to your 'Contacts and Friends' page. At the bottom of the page you will see a list of pending requests. Check the box for the requests you wish to accept then check the 'Accept' button and save the changes. If you do not wish to be friends then select 'Reject' instead.
Breaking a friendship can be done in three ways.
  • From your 'Contacts and Friends' page, uncheck the box for friend for the particular person and save the changes. If you no longer wish them to be a contact either, uncheck both boxes for that person.
  • In your 'Profile Page', click 'Friends' and then click 'Break Friendship' next to the user's name.
  • In the other person's profile, click 'Friends' then find your username and click 'Break Friendship'.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #14
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How to set up your ignore list - peace keeping made easy

You can place other forum members on an ignore list so that you can't read their posts and they cannot use the PM system to contact you.

To do this:
  • Click on 'usercp' on the upper nav bar.
  • Find "settings & Options" on the left side menu and select "edit ignore list"
This is useful for those members that really push your buttons, or whos' posts consistently annoy the heck out you (or if your ex posts here)

If you have a problem with another members posting style we strongly encourage you to use the ignore feature. As always, if you feel a post is inappropriate, use the report post button to report it to site staff.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #15
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Adding tags to new threads

Have you noticed the Tag field at the bottom of each thread? (hint: look at the bottom of this thread)

Tags can be added by the thread starter and can be useful for filtering topics and sorting content in a more granular way.

What are tags?
Tags are a useful way to search for threads with similar subject matter and content. This compliments the normal search system, which searches only for certain words or phrases and/or posts by specific users.

Who adds the tags?
Tags are initially added to threads by the member who starts a thread. Add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content to the tag field when starting a new topic. For instance, if the subject matter is 'photography' then you can add the tag 'photography' to the tag list. But you could also add tags like 'digital image', and 'camera' (depending, of course, on the nature of the thread). This will categorize this thread with all other threads that have matching tags, whether or not they have the word 'photography' in them.

How to use tags to find content?
Tags are displayed in a box near the bottom of a thread page. Clicking on a tag will allow you to view other threads that have the same tag - and which may be related. Clicking on the word 'Tags' in the top of the box will take you to an overview page with a 'tag cloud.' This cloud allows you to see which tags are the most popular - the larger the word, the more times it has been used on threads within the board. There is also another tag cloud on the advanced search page that shows you the tags that have been searched for (or clicked on) the most.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #16
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Classifieds use & cyber awareness

The classifieds section is available to all established members at no cost. Posts in this section of the forum may be removed if they don;t conform to forum guidelines. Old ads may be periodically removed.

Never post personal information in an ad, such as your email address or phone number. In addition to having your personal info harvested by spambots, you run the risk of being contacted by someone with criminal intent. People rightly may contact you via a comment at your ad or sending an email using the 'Contact member' link in your profile. Your email address is not disclosed to them until you reply to a 'Contact member' email.

The responsibility of completing the transaction is yours. Please remember to treat a potential buyer as a total stranger. Exercise the same wariness over payment method as you would with an anonymous responder to a newspaper classified. Be wary of a distant buyer who sends a shipper to pick up your item unless they pay you well in advance and your bank informs you that the check cleared (can take 2-3 weeks). You should never be talked into paying the shipper; this is a sign of cashier check fraud.

Cash is safest! Consider taking the buyer and any personal check, certified check or cashier check to your bank during lobby hours -- and RELY on the bank's opinion whether that payment method appears reliable.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:30 PM   #17
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Using the report post button

This is the report post button

It appears at the bottom of every post over to the left in the avatar block of the member who made the post. The button also appears in every private message.

Forum members are encouraged to use this feature to report spam, abuse or other forum trouble. When you click the button a copy of the reported content will be sent to moderators. You will also be asked for a brief note about the reason for the report
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #18
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Embedded Video

You can embed a YouTube video (provided it's on topic) in a post. Just copy the url of the video from your browser address line and paste it into your post. The video will display when you make the post.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:51 PM   #19
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I've tried twice to upload a profile pic, using Shrinkpictures, first at 350x350, second at 100x100 pixels. Both times I just got "Upload Failed". Don't know why, can you help?
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I've tried twice to upload a profile pic, using Shrinkpictures, first at 350x350, second at 100x100 pixels. Both times I just got "Upload Failed". Don't know why, can you help?

Do you know that the file format was? Profile pics are limited to 300 x 300. Avatars (which display next to your posts) are limited to 100 x 100.

Animations aren't allowed but most common file formats should work jpg, gif png, etc.
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