Still Under Construction
It's about time some of the basics are fully explained all in one easy to read thread. I'll try to cover everything as best I can.
Admins and Mods please feel free to edit, correct, or add to this guides OP.
Forum users please post any questions, or additions you'd like to see.
Here we go.
Before I begin, I will use this space to remind everyone to go through their preferences and make any adjustments you would like. Click:
Preferences.Here is where you can turn on and off notifications, adjust timezones to be displayed, etc.
Always SAVE YOUR CHANGES
Avatar and Signature FeaturesThe Signature
feature is active. Tinypic
is always the best option for a host site.
Also, make sure you have the attach my signature to all my posts
option checked to yes
in your profiles preferences.To actually add the signature:
Click the Profile button in the navigation bar
then in the INFORMATION
nav click Signature
Enter your text or image url in the box provided.
Be sure to use open and closing image tags.
BBC and HTLM are acceptedBe sure to SAVE your changes.
If you have made posts prior to activating your signature, the image may NOT show up in those posts unless you individually edit each one and click the attach my signature in the box below your text field.
Whats that? You dont have a signature but would like one. No problem.
Visit The Graphx Request Thread
and we'll get ya set up as best we can.Avatar
To change your avatar click
You can upload from your computer, an off site link, or an image code like your signature.
If you do not have an avatar, we do have an avatar gallery.
The button shows below the Upload options.
Avatars can be added to the gallery, and hey, I'm always up for donations.
If you have some you'd like added, or in general would like to request some be added please personal messages me.
After you have made your changes, always remember to save!!
If you have any problems or issues with your signature or avatar, please personal message a moderator or admin.
Please DO NOT create a topic.
Nation Reputation and PointsNation Reputation
Look at this as a Like and Dislike button.
If you notice in the top right had corner of anyone's post there is a + sign, and a - sign.
These are used by all registered forum members to either add or decrease reputation points of their fellow forum users.So as an example...
If I come across a post by..oh, lets say Monkey, that seems to be helpful, or answers someones question, or adds something positive to the forum in general, I would click the + sign in that post of his. That adds one point to his over all Nation Reputation. A fill meter appears in place of your voting options. Any additional positive votes will maintain a green bar.So on the opposite side of the voting, If I come across a post of Monkeys that seems to be rude, talking down to someone, or is just a negative post in some way, I would click the - sign in that post thus decreasing his Nation Reputation Points. Negative votes will in turn change the bar to red.
This is a way to put some control into the hands of all forum users to lift or lower their fellow members status in the community. It highlights the better posters, and spot lights the trolls.
These points are used to gauge the content and quality of a users posts and do become a factor when deciding who may enter The Loyalist Group.
A user will NOT
be able to vote a post plus or minus until they have
1. A post count of at least 75 messages (Second Nation)
2. 5 of their own Nation Reputation Points
Please do not use these points to war with one another. Admins have no control over these points, so we cant not add them or remove them. To be able to do so would defeat the purpose of the feature.Points
Normal points are earned by posting
As of now, it is set as
+3 Points for every topic created by the user
+1 Point for every post
These points are used to gauge a users quantity of input placed in the messages of the forum, and are what raises your Nation Rank
The Report Feature
Please note: this report button is used for Nominating good posts AND Reporting Abuse.
When you click the image you will see at the top of the Reason for editing:
window, a drop-down menu with three options:
* Nominate this post
* Report Abuse
* Forum maintenance (Move, Mod, Lock requests)Start here by clicking the Stop Sign (It looks more evil than it is.)The page loads to this:
As you can see there are a few options.
Please choose the appropriate category, type your reason for the report in the text field along with any other info you would like the admins and mods to have, and click Save.
Your report will be sent by email and PM to all Admins and Mods
Friends and Foes
Also inside the information section of your profile is the friends and foes feature.
Here you can send friend invites and place members on your foes list. It is here you also can accept any pending requests of your own.
Your friends list allows a rapid access to the members profiles with whom you often discuss.
Once you have sent a request, that person will not show in your list until they accept the invite.
Same the other way. You must accept any invites you have received to show on that users lists.
To accept invites, click on the arrow icon next to the users name.
To deny, click on the X
To enter someone into the foes list, place their name in the text field and click
Foes/ Ignored members are members whose messages will not be made visible to you and of which you will not receive any more private messages.
Note that you cannot ignore the moderators or the administrators
You can quickly add members to either list by simply clicking on their name. An option to add to either the friends or foes list appears in the right hand corner of their profile page.
Leaving Visitor Messages
You can leave a message on a users profile. To do this...
Click the users name> Visitors Messages> New Post
is where you can upload your own phots to share with all in the Nation. A few categories are already made, and more will follow as needed.
Before you will be able to upload a picture, you will first need to enter the album before the Upload Button is visible.
Click on the name or image of the album you wish to enter/view.
In the top left corner you will now see the
Browse your computer files and upload. Here you can also write a description or caption of the picture.
Max size for images uploaded to the gallery are: 4.00 Mo / 1280 x 1024 px
While viewing the gallery, you can also leave comments on other photos, and even rate them!!!
Click on the image you would like to rate or comment on.
Below the image links is the drop down bar of numerical ratings, and a field for text to leave your comment.
Users can also view or create their own and other users' personal albums.
No one will be able to upload pictures into your personal gallery. You have moderation like controls.
All images uploaded will first have to be cleared by an admin before they will show in the gallery
Not only do we have a Share button to Facebook (that will bring anyone to the portal page) but if you notice while inside a thread there is a share button in the top right corner. Clicking this button will display a pop up box with a variety of the Social networking Sites. This way if want to share the thread with your friends elsewhere, you can do it in one easy click.Actions
Next to the Share button is the Actions button. Clicking this link will display the following options
-View your posts
-View unanswered posts
-Topics being watched
(Adds the topic to a list of threads upon which you will be notified of if any new replies are made. This list can also be found in your profile>Information>Watched topics)
-Add to your favorites (Creates a list of your favorite topics.)
-Send to a friend
-Copy BBCode URL
-Print this pagePersonal Messages and your Save Box
If you receive (or send) a private message, you can save it to your Savebox. Now, once it's in your Savebox, you have two options:
1. You can delete the message.
2. You can "Move to profile".
If the message you're moving was sent BY you, it will appear in the RECEIVER's visitor messages.
If the message you're moving was sent TO you, it will appear in YOUR visitor messages. Basic Posting Layout
Below is the layout and an accompanying list of the basic posting buttons
I should mention that clicking a button once will place the opening tags, and clicking it again will add the closing tags.To code text you have already typed, you must first highlight the text and then click the button in the editor of the bbcode you want to use.
Otherwise, it will place the single tags at the bottom so you can type new text between the opening and closing.
I'll use the bold button as an example.
Clicking the B button once will place an opening tag. You can now type the text you want to be bolded out.
Clicking the button again, closes the tag. So its a dual function button.
But if you type a whole paragraph, and the decide you want this word to be bold here
,in the middle, just follow theemphasized
Once the text is highlighted, clicking the button places the opening AND closing tag around the highlighted text in one click.Spoiler (hide) Tags
To hide anything inside a post you need to use what we have as spoiler tags.
I'll replace the tags with parentheses to show you, but you would use the normal [brackets] when posting...
(Spoiler)WHAT YOU WANT TO HIDE HERE (/spoiler)
It will show like this. To open the hidden content simply click on the bold white word Spoiler
Spoiler tags are better because unlike other forums that require you to have posted in the thread to open the tag, this has no prerequisites.
You can also change the "title" on the spoiler.
So you are reading a thread, and along the way find yourself wanting to make specific points to multiple posts.
If you have an evil memory like mine, the two more pages to the threads end is a long drive down Alzhiemer Avenue.
No sweat. Break out...
. Look at him. Doesnt he look all big and bad a$$ there.
To quote all the posts you'd like to comment on, click the multi quote button found on EACH individual post you'd like to quote.
The button will turn a shade of red.
You can now continue reading in confidence and click more of that handy guy along the way if you must.
When ready to post yourself, click the Post Reply Button like you would if making a normal post.
Just like a single quote, already placed in your text field is every post you multi'ed along the way. It is asked here that you edited out what does not pertain to your comment, or other quotes that are needless to your post. Building "Quote Pyramids" is not advised and can even grant you a warning by the admin or mod staff. Quote Pyramids ensure extra scrolling of pages for all, and can become an unpleasent experience to one who is looking for only certain things from a thread.
In general, they take up space and are a nusaince for all.Polls
Polls can only be added to a topics original post.
It can be found below the text field you type into just under the calendar options.
The set up is pretty self explanatory.
The forum has a feature where polls can be placed on the Portal. If you have one you'd like out in the open, or want to advertise one of your threads with use of this feature just let me know, and I'll be more than happy to get it on the home/portal page for you.Editing Your Topics Title
If you look just under the preview and Send buttons while editing the OP, you will see the
Modify topic title option.
Just enter the new / edited topic title in the line provided, and SEND.The Calendar
The button marked calendar in the navigation bar will bring you to the calendar page. All SixthNation members can add an event to the calendar by simply clicking on the white box found next to the date. This, in turn, creates a thread in the Calendar Boards where a discussion of the event can take place. Feel free to add anything. A game night you have planed. A games realease that has you all tingley on the inside. Me?? Im gonna mark the date Strangey writes a complete sentence.