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OUR COMMUNITY => Using the Board: Site Map, FAQs, Rules => Topic started by: Monica LoveEmBoys on May 10, 2006, 02:49:09 PM

Title: Using the Forum: FAQs
Post by: Monica LoveEmBoys on May 10, 2006, 02:49:09 PM
FAQ Index

FORUM RULES
Rules for Posting on the Forum (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=124.msg2877#msg2877)

POSTING TO THE FORUM
How do I post a reply? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279638#msg279638)
How do I quote from someone else's post? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279640#msg279640)
How can I edit a quote so that only the parts that I want to quote are included? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279644#msg279644)
Can members post their own topics? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279662#msg279662)

PICTURES
How big an image can I post? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg535815#msg535815)
How do I post an Image? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279582#msg279582)
Rules about avatars and signature banners? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg535815#msg535815)
No Nude or Pornographic Images (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg857433#msg857433)

NAVIGATION
How can I jump to the last post I have not yet read in a topic? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279607#msg279607)
How does one navigate to a specific page on a thread? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279611#msg279611)

PERSONAL MESSAGES
I just activated my account, but I can't figure out how to send a PM (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg480478#msg480478)
Can I block personal messages? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279613#msg279613)
How can I save my Personal Messages? (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg1328734#msg1328734)
Is there an easy way to delete PMs? (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg1393629#msg1393629)

USER INFORMATION & PROFILES
How can I find other users? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279625#msg279625)
How can I create an avatar or signature? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279651#msg279651)

QUESTIONS
I have a question not answered here. Is there any place I can ask it and get an answer? (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg279667#msg279667)
Title: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 01:29:50 PM
Are there any rules for posting on this forum?

Forum Rules are posted in the thread, conveniently titled...  The Rules (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=124.0)
There you can read about:

The rules for posting on this forum
You Really Need a Rule For This? rules
How should I interpret the Rules?
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 01:36:50 PM
How do I post an image?

Instructions for Posting Images: The first thing you have to do is to make sure the pics you want to post are located on the internet on a server that allows linking, and not just sitting on your pc's desktop. I use snapfish.com.  Other free image hosting sites are: pixum.com, ranchoweb.com, shutterfly.com and photobucket.com.  Once the photos have been uploaded to the image host, click each individual photo so that so you get the larger version. Now, right click on the photo, then click on Properties.  Using your cursor, highlight the full Internet address of the photo.  Make sure that you highlight the ENTIRE address.  Oftentimes, it is more than one line, so move your cursor till it stops. Now, right click and do a “copy”.  Then, "paste" the internet address on the comments box.  Highlight the full internet address, then click on the "insert image" icon above (this ensures that the internet address is inside these command tags:
Code: [Select]
[img]Image URL Here[/img]"Preview" it first, then if you're satisfied with it, click "Post".

NOTE:  Most image hosting services now include the command tags, which makes it easier to copy/paste image URLs.
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 01:55:34 PM
How can I jump to the last post I have not yet read in a topic?

If you’re a registered member, there’s a handy but not entirely obvious feature that makes it easier to jump back into long threads. When you go into a board and see the list of topics, some of them will probably have the “New” icon ((http://davecullen.com/forum/Themes/default/images/english/new.gif)) next to the name of the topic. As is pretty obvious, that icon indicates that there are posts in the topic that you haven’t yet read.

TIP: you can click on the (http://davecullen.com/forum/Themes/default/images/english/new.gif) icon. When you do, it jumps to the point in the thread where the new posts appear.

As the threads get longer, using this trick will save you a lot of scrolling through pages of posts you’ve already read. There are a couple of other ways to get there, but this one is probably the most useful.

(By Parenthetical Greg)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 01:57:28 PM
How does one navigate to a specific page on a thread? For example, I'm working my way through the "Are they gay" thread, but every time I come back on line, I have to cycle back (or forward) to where I left off. The 'new' button is no good since it always takes me to the end, since I've already been there.

If you've already been to the end of a thread that's popular, you're right about the new button not being much help. The forum doesn't really have a bookmark feature, but your browser certainly does. That might be a better choice if there are just a handful of threads that you want to be able to return to a specific point. (Obviously, bookmarking everything thread on the forum would be unwieldy.)

BTW, you can bookmark a specific post (rather than just a page of posts). The subject line at the top of each post ("RE: something or another") is a hyperlink back to that specific post. If you're a Windows user, you can just right click that link and choose the add a bookmark/add to favorites link.

(By Parenthetical Greg)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:00:08 PM
Can I block personal messages?

Personal Messages are just that: personal. Anything contained in them is strictly between the members concerned. The forum administrators will not intervene regarding Personal Messages, except in extreme situations.

You can, however, choose to block Personal Messages from specific members.


(By Parenthetical Greg)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:05:39 PM
How can I find other users?

Registered members have access to the list of other registered members (that's right, Guests, another good reason to register, even you if prefer to lurk!).

To find and communicate with other members:


Only registered members have access to this information.

(By Parenthetical Greg)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:10:06 PM
How can I subscribe to a thread?

To subscribe to a thread (and have all replies come to your email), just go into the thread and then click on the NOTIFY button at the top right corner.
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:14:49 PM
How do I post a reply?

To post a reply to any topic (except those few that have been locked), look for the reply button at the top and the bottom of every page in the thread (please note--the reply button cannot be found above the post, only at the top and at the bottom of each page).
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:15:56 PM
How do I quote from someone else's post?

Just hit the QUOTE button at the top of every post.
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:17:02 PM
Is there a way to edit a quote or a set of quotes, so I can only quote the parts I need?

For those more technically inclined or those who like a challenge, here's how to edit quotes so that you don't have redundant material in your posts:


1.  When you click Quote, you get an editable copy of the entire message you selected to quote.  Things are pretty straight-forward if you've quoted a message that contains no other quotes of earlier messages because you only have one quote in your message.  In this case, just type your message at the very end of the information displayed, to ensure your own comments will appear in the white area of the new message frame.

However, IF the message you chose to quote already contained quotes of previous messages, these are all identified in the first few lines of code.  You can tell how many "nests" are contained in the quote by the number of header lines which all appear right at the start of the editable quote you are looking at.  The header lines are the more complicated ones that contain the writer's name, the message number, date, etc.
 
Each of those "headers" - all of which appear at the start of the information displayed - has a corresponding "footer" or "end-quote" code.  An "end-quote" is the word "quote" with a slash in front of it, contained in square brackets.  Each end-quote belongs to one of the headers.  The last header pairs up with the first end-quote.  Everything in between those 2 markers defines what will be in the centre-most box of the nested quotes.  The 2nd header pairs up with the 2nd end-quote and everything in between those 2 markers defines what will be in the next box of quotes nested around the centre-most box of quotes.  Etc., etc.

3.  Let's imagine that you see 4 different headers - all by 4 different writers, but you're really only responding to one of the 4 writers.  Get rid of all the headers except the one that contains the writer's name who you are responding to.

Pay attention to square brackets.  Square brackets denote the start and end of "code commands".  Don't leave square brackets hanging around as orphans, and don't delete square brackets that you need to surround the commands you intend to keep.

4.  Get rid of all the previous message content that you're not really responding to.

5.  Once you are done editing you need to have, in this example, only ONE "end-quote".  An "end-quote" is the word "quote" with a slash in front of it, contained in square brackets.  You only need one, because in order for the yellow box frames to display correctly, each header at the top needs its own corresponding "end-quote".

You must have one and only one "end-quote" for EVERY header you have kept at the top which contains the original writers' names.

So in this example, where we are intending to keep only one of the 4 writer's original quotes, we only need one end-quote to remain at the end of the quote that we are keeping.  Of course it gets a little more confusing to sort out if you're trying to isolate more than one quote to keep, but in most cases the one quote is all you need to make the context of your own message clear.

Remember that most people are scanning through pages and pages to get caught up, so unless you are responding to something that is very old, you probably only need to keep one quote, if any, as most responses you make are made very shortly after the original comment to which you are responding.

[Sorry, techie training is hard to convey in the written word.  It always gets very verbose.  Questions are welcomed.]

6.  Always put your own new comment below the final "end-quote".  This causes your own words to display in the white area of the frame so that it's clear what you're writing as opposed to what someone else previously wrote.

7.  To avoid unnecessary repetitions of photos, when you are commenting on a photo shortly after it appears and you are using quotes, get rid of the "img" header and footer and the url which appears between them which points to the photo file's location.  That will avoid repeating the recent photo in your post.
 
If you want to try out features you haven't used before, visit the Sandbox, where you can experiment to your heart's content:

http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=2514.0
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:20:54 PM
How can I create an avatar or signature?

To create an avatar or a signature, click on the PROFILE button at the very  top of each page (under the dozy embrace picture). That will take you to your profile. On the right side, you will see a set of buttons that will allow you to edit and change information.
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:23:36 PM

Is there a search function?

Yes. At the top of each page, you will see a row of five buttons. The middle one should be the SEARCH button. Just click on that button to start your search.
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:27:54 PM
Can members post their own topics?

Yes. We have an entire board under Your Space so members can start their own threads. The name of the board is "Start Your Own Threads." You can find it here:

http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?board=4.0 (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?board=4.0)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: peteinportland on June 04, 2006, 02:30:42 PM
I have a question not answered here. Is there any place I can ask it and get an answer?

Yes, we have a thread entitled "New members ask: expereinced members respond." You can find it here:

http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=4687.0 (http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=4687.0)
Title: Re: Frequently Asked Questions
Post by: Monica LoveEmBoys on September 20, 2006, 07:21:14 AM
I just activated my account, but I can't figure out how to send a PM

Our first membership category, "Virgin", is restricted from sending PMs until you have made several posts to the forum.  When you've graduated into our second membership category, "Getting Acquainted", the ability to send PMs will be enabled.
Title: Re: Using the Board: Site Map, FAQs, Rules
Post by: Monica LoveEmBoys on October 19, 2006, 10:45:03 AM
Photo Posting Reminders & Tips

Images can be big in two ways -- by file size (KB/kilobytes) and/or by pixels (display size).  When looking at photos on the web, it is the file size that will affect how quickly or slowly the image loads in your browser.  The forum software will automatically resize any image posted that exceeds 640 pixels, horizontal or vertical, so we are primarily concerned with file size when people post pictures to the forum.  Members who have slower internet connection speeds can really be affected when they try to open a page with large pictures in them.

Please keep these rules of thumb in mind when posting pictures:

•   No pictures or animations larger than 200 KB (204,800 bytes) (Allowed file size increased 7/08 from 100KB to 200KB)
•   Limit of one picture per post
•   Avatars should be 65x65 pixels and no more than 40 KB
•   Banners within signatures -- no more than 50 pixels high and 600 pixels wide, and 40 KB

If your image file size is larger than 200KB, please resize it before posting.

NOTE:  The automatic display size adjustments do not reduce the file size or the time it takes for an image to load.

If you have questions or need more information, please refer to the Forum FAQs (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.0).  If you'd like to experiment The Sandbox (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=2514.0) is a great place to practice.



Hotlinking:  As you all know, this forum has a policy against hotlinking images (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=124.msg2877#msg2877).  However, there seems to be confusion about exactly what hotlinking is.  We hope this information will be helpful to you.

Scenario #1.  You want to post an image here.  You go to a photo-sharing website and do a search on the public images.  After finding one you want, you follow the photo-sharing site’s directions for linking to an image, and post it here.  The image then appears on the page here.  This is NOT hotlinking, because the photo-sharing website is hosting the image.

Scenario #2.  Now, let's say you do a Google image search for that same image.  The page with all the thumbnails appears.  You click on the thumbnail, and go to a page with the image on it, and the thumbnail on the top.  If you click on the thumbnail again, you get just the image, with a URL on the top.  You then highlight that URL, and paste it here, between the image codes.  The image then appears in a post.  This is hotlinking, and is against forum policy.

Why is it a problem?

It's a problem because Google doesn't host the picture.  Google has searched for the image, and connected you to a website that does host the picture.  When you "hotlink", you are using bandwidth of the host website, which someone else is paying for.  Linking photos on the forum is permitted, but only if the rules of the photo-sharing site you choose are followed.

Policies about Signatures & Avatars (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10125.msg535815#msg535815)

No garish or distracting signature blocks or animation: We want the focus on the content. Please keep signature blocks to 10 pt font max--which will match the page--and free of large pictures. Please refrain from distracting animations.

This image shows the maximum size of a signature banner:
(http://www.sunponyranch.com/images/playstuff/baner size max.jpg)

Avatars should be 65x65 pixels and no more than 40 KB.

Please take a moment to check your signature blocks & avatars to be sure they're in compliance with our forum policies.  If you have questions not covered in the Rules, Policies or FAQs please contact a Tech Team member or a Moderator.  We'll be glad to help!

Title: Re: Using the Forum: FAQs
Post by: Monica LoveEmBoys on May 02, 2007, 07:22:21 AM
No Nude or Pornographic Images

As stated in The Rules (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=124.0)

Do not post nude or pornographic images: If you must post such a thing--because of non-prurient value--post a link, but clearly mark it as Not Safe for Work (NSFW). Consider how many people check out the web at work. You can cause someone a lot of trouble if you fail to warn them.
Title: Re: Using the Forum: FAQs
Post by: BrokenOkie on June 13, 2008, 11:00:41 PM
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New Forum Feature!
Save Personal Messages


Thanks to the tireless efforts of BayCityJohn (http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2973), forum members can now save their Personal Messages (PMs) to their own computers!  Saving your PMs, then deleting them from your PM account improves forum performance for everyone. 

These instructions are for Internet Explorer.  If you use a different browser, such as Opera, or are a Mac user, the steps may vary.

Step 1 - In the Control Panel for your PMs you'll see the new 'Save all PMs' link.  Click the link and wait for the page containing your messages to open.  Depending on the number of PMs in your In or Out box and the number of images included, this may take a moment.
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(http://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/brokeback/daily/format/placeholder.gif)Step 2 - After the page opens, click on 'File' and then 'Save As' from the dropdown menu.
 
Step 3 - When you clicked on 'Save As', a window like the one shown below will open.  First choose the location where you want to save your PM file.  In the example, the file would be saved in 'My Documents'Next you may want to edit the File Name.  If you are saving the contents of both your 'In' and 'Out' boxes, you may want to identify your files that way for easy reference.  If your PMs accumulate quickly and you plan to save them periodically, you may want to also include the date.  Now it's time to select the type of file you want to save from the dropdown menu at 'Save as Type'This is a very important step because of the differences in the file types:

  • Web Page, complete (*.htm); (*.html) will save your file as a webpage that opens in your browser.  If there are images in your PMs they may be saved in a separate folder.
  • Web Archive, single file (*.mht) will save both text and images to your harddrive.  This may result in a significantly larger file if there are images included.  This file type can be opened in a browser window, Word, etc.
  • Web Page, HTML only (*.htm); (*.html) will save your file as a webpage that opens in your browser.  Images will be linked and could be lost later if the URLs are broken, or if the images are later deleted at the source (PhotoBucket, etc)
  • Text File (*.txt) will save only the raw text, including URLs, but they will not be clickable links.
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Step 4 - After you have chosen the file destination, name and type, click 'Save'

IMPORTANT:

Step 5 - When you have finished saving your PMs, please delete them from your forum account.  Please see the next post for Pruning (deleting) information.



If you have questions or need assistance, please contact a moderator.

(Published in The Daily Sheet - June 15, 2008)
Title: Re: Using the Forum: FAQs
Post by: BrokenOkie on August 26, 2008, 02:12:16 PM
Pruning (Deleting) Personal Messages

Forum members can now easily delete PMs by using the 'Prune Messages' option.  Here are the step-by-step instructions.  Pruning removes messages from both the 'In' and 'Out' boxes. 


Step 1 - In the PM Control Panel click 'Prune Messages'

Step 2 - The next page gives you the option to choose the number of days 'older than' for the messages you want to remove.  After choosing the number of days (default is 14), click 'Delete'.

Step 3 - The system will ask for confirmation with this popup image.  Click 'OK' and messages will be deleted from your 'In' and 'Out' boxes simultaneously.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact a moderator.