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  • Why should I register?
  • Registering as a member gives you access to all the options in the forum. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:

    - Post new threads
    - Reply to other people's threads
    - Edit your posts
    - Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
    - Send private messages to other members
    - Enter events in the forum calendar
    - Set up a 'buddy-list' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online


    To register, just specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to spam because you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The administrator may have configured the forum to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.

    For users under the age of 13, the administrator requires that a parent or guardian provide consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process.
  • What is your signature policy?
  • Sometimes a user will find it useful to have a signature append automatically to their posts. Signatures can be anything from a quote by a favorite author, to a link to an informative thread or website.

    Unfortunately some users try to take advantage of signatures to get a link back to their website in an effort to earn 'link juice' or gain additional traffic, hoping users will click on their link. This results in "fly-by" spammers, who post one or two posts - usually with no relevance to the site or thread they are posting in - who only want to "drop" a link in the forums.

    Because of this, new members are restricted from receiving a signature. Once a member posts 30 times and has been a member for 30 days, they will receive the ability to create a signature in the forums.

    This signature will appear only once per thread in the user's first post. We do this to eliminate unnecessary clutter.

    In addition, please note that any links contained within a user’s signature or included in a post/thread are automatically set to be No-followed, and will provide no "link juice" and will not help your ranking in the search engines.

    To edit your signature, click on UserCP in the top right hand corner of the page:
    UserCP

    Next, look for the "My Settings" tab on the left-hand side of the page, and choose "Edit Signature".
    My settings

    This will load the "Edit Signature" page. Here you you will find an editor box where you can edit your signature:
    Edit signature

    Once you finish entering in your information, click the "Save Signature" button highlighted above, or click "Preview Signature" to see how your signature will appear to others when you post.
  • Can I search the forum?
  • You can search the forums in a number of ways. You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or in the subject, or by date.

    To access the search feature, click on the "Search" link at the top of the page.

    You can search any forum that you have permission to search. You will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.
  • What is the “Under 100 Posts” rule?
  • Any user with fewer than 100 posts and/or who has been a user for fewer than 90 days will have restricted access. This means no avatars, signatures, or custom titles. This has been implemented to help combat spam in the forums.
  • Can I search the forum?
  • You can search the forums in a number of ways. You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or in the subject, or by date.

    To access the search feature, click on the "Search" link at the top of the page.

    You can search any forum that you have permission to search. You will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.
  • Can I send email to other members?
  • Yes, email can be sent in two ways. To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the button on any post made by that member.

    This will open a page that contains a form in which you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, click the "send email" button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process.

    If you cannot find an email button or link for a member, it either means that the administrator has disabled email functions for this forum, or the member has specified that they do not wish to receive email from other members of the forum.

    Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like.

    Registered members may also be able to send messages to other members of this forum using the Private Messaging System. For more information about Private Messaging, refer to the What is the Private Messaging System question listing.
  • What is the Private Messaging System?
  • Registered members may send private messages to each other, similar to an e-mail. The messages are stored on the forums. You may be able to include VBulletin Code, smilies and images in privates messages that you send.

    How to Send Private Messages:

    To send a private message to a member of this forum, click on the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or click the user's name in a post and choose the option from the drop-down menu.

    When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder.

    Private Message Folders:

    By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.

    The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive. In the Inbox you can view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.

    The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent (if you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference).

    You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link.

    Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders or to delete them. You may also forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum.

    You will need to periodically delete old messages because the administrator sets a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders. (Currently set at 70.) If you exceed the number of messages specified by the administrator, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.

    Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message or forward that message to another member of the forum.

    Message Tracking:

    When you send a new private message, you have the option to request a read-receipt for that message. This will allow you to check whether or not a message has been read by its recipient by viewing the Private Message Tracking page.

    This page is divided into two sections: Unread Messages and Read Messages.

    The Unread Messages section shows all messages that you have sent with a read-receipt request that have not yet been read by their recipient. The time of the last activity of the message recipient is also shown. Messages in this section can be cancelled if you decide that their contents are no longer relevant, or for any other reason. Cancelled messages can also be restored to active status if the administrator has enabled this feature.

    The Read Messages section shows all messages you have sent with a receipt request that have been read and acknowledged by their recipient. The time that the message was read is also shown.

    You may end the tracking on any message you choose by selecting the message and clicking the "end tracking" button.

    When you receive a message with a read-receipt request, you have the option to read the message while denying the read-receipt request. To do this, simply click the 'deny receipt' link rather than the title of the message, if it appears.
  • How do I use the Member List?
  • The member list contains a complete list of all the registered members of this forum. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, date the member joined the forum, or number of posts the members have made.

    The member list also has a search function which allows you to quickly locate members according to categories you specify. For instance, you could search for any members who joined in the past week. All members are included in this list.
  • How do I use the calendar?
  • The calendar functions in a way similar to the forums in that there can be multiple calendars (like there are multiple forum boards). One calendar could hold just events that you are able to see, while another may list birthdays, which everyone is able to see.

    There are two types of events on the calendar: Normal Events and Recurring Events.

    Normal Events span the time frame from when the event starts until the event ends.

    Recurring Events repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. An example would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month.

    You can post your own private events that only you can view; however, only administrators can create public events.

    Birthdays may be shown on the calendar if the administrator has enabled this feature. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. Note: if you do not enter the year of your birth when you edit your profile, your age will not be shown on the calendar.

    If you enter your birthday, your name will also appear at the bottom of the main forum page when it is your birthday.
  • How do I rate a thread?
  • You will find a small menu on thread pages which allows you to 'rate this thread' with a number between 1-5.

    Casting a vote for threads that you view is optional. If you found the thread interesting or helpful, you can give it a positive rating - if you think the thread was not helpful or contained wrong information, feel free to leave a negative review. The higher the number you choose, the more positive the feedback (so in this instance, 5 would be for a great thread, and 1 would be for a terrible one).

    Once enough votes have been cast for the thread rating, you may see a set of stars appear with the title of the thread in the thread listings. These stars reflect the average vote cast, and can allow you to quickly see which threads are thought highly of and which are not.
  • What are Announcements?
  • Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators to alert members of special forum news, upgrades, and so forth. You can find them located at the top of each thread topic.
  • What are the various thread display options?
  • When viewing a thread, you will be able to view the thread from a choice of four modes:

    Linear Mode (Oldest First) - In this mode, posts are displayed chronologically from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously.

    Linear Mode (Newest First) - This is the same as the above mode, except that posts are ordered in an opposite way (newest first).

    Threaded Mode - In this mode, a tree is shown along with every post. This tree allows you to see the relationship each post has to others, in terms of who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time.

    Hybrid Mode - This mode is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed similar to the threaded mode, but multiple posts are displayed simultaneously as in the linear modes.
  • What are Message Icons?
  • The administrator may have enabled message icons for new threads, posts and private messages. Message icons allow you to specify a small icon to accompany your posting, which is used to convey the emotion or content of a post at a glance. If you do not see a list of message icons when you are composing your message or post, the administrator has disabled the option.
  • I want to subcribe to a thread so that I can receive email notification whenever someone post a reply.
  • When you are in a thread, click the triangle located next to the Thread Tools. From there you will see an option to subscribe or unsubscribe to the thread.
  • I was surprised to find out that HTML attachments are not allowed within forum posts. Why not?
  • This is a security measure to help ensure the safety of forum members. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • I think my name is perfectly fine and should not be disallowed on your forum. What can I do?
  • If you feel the name you wish to use is not profane or does not violate forum policy, please send an e-mail to contact_editor@developershed.com explaining the situation and the name you would like to use.
  • Why can't I edit past posts?
  • Due to security issues and the need to ensure the quality of our knowledgebase, we have had to impose a 30 day limit on the ability for regular users to edit their posts. This means users can have the ability to edit their own posts for 30 days after creating it.

    If for some reason a user needs a post changed that is more than 30 days old, a moderator can assist them to make the necessary changes. Please contact the moderator of the forum your post is located or send an e-mail to contact_editor@developershed.com.
  • How do I give reputation?
  • When a user posts useful information (or when they post bad information), other members have the ability to give them positive or negative reputation, depending upon the quality of the post.

    Members may award reputation 10 times in a given day. The number of points they may spend is dependent upon how much they have earned. This is based on a number of factors, including: post count, days as a member, and amount of reputation they have received from other users.

    For example, if a user has 50 reputation points available, they can choose to give 10 members 5 points each or 5 members 10 points each in a given day. Alternatively, they can decide to only give out 1 point, and save the rest for later.

    To give reputation, simply click on the "Give Rep" button located beneath the post of the user you wish to give reputation to (see image below):

    Reputation

    A pop-up will appear asking how many points you would like to assign, if you agree or disagree with the post, and giving you the option to post a comment.
  • How do I report a post?
  • When browsing the forums you may run across a user's post that falls into one of the following categories: spam, abuse, or inappropriate.

    Examples of a spam thread include posts that are blatantly trying to sell a product with no intention of helping the user they are responding to, posts that are not related to the question/topic of a thread or the forum itself, or out-right gibberish for the sake of building a post count (spammers use this technique to “earn” the right to have links in their signature).

    Abusive and inappropriate posts are defined as those that contain vulgarity, profanity, slander, overt hostility, and so forth. Simply disagreeing with a user does not qualify as abuse. Reverting to name calling and insults does.

    If you run into a post that you feel falls into one of these categories, you can "report" the post so that the moderators or administrators can remove the offending post/thread. Moderators and administrators are informed via e-mail immediately after a post is reported.

    To report a post, simply click the "Report a Post" button located directly beneath a user's post (it is an image of a triangle with an exclamation point inside):

    report a post

    This will load the "Report Post" page. Here, you will have the opportunity to enter some text explaining why you feel the thread is spam. After you fill in your reason, click the "Send Report" button to finish reporting the post.

    send report
Forum Moderator Questions
Posting, and Reading Messages in the Forums
  • Can you edit or delete my post for me?
  • Please send an email to contact_editor@developershed.com with a link to the thread/post and why you would like it deleted or edited, along with any other details you think would be helpful.
  • What are code buttons and clickable smilies?
  • These controls allow you to quickly and easily enter VBcode into your posts and messages. To use them, simply click the appropriate buttons or select items from the smilies list to enter VBcode. There are two modes available: Normal and Enhanced mode. When using Normal mode, pressing a button will pop up a dialog for you to fill with text. It will then enter the text with the appropriate VB Code tags at the end of your message. When using Enhanced mode, pressing a button will insert the appropriate STARTING tag for the code, leaving you to enter text into the message area. When you have finished the text and want to close the tag, simply press the "Close Current Tag" button (alt+c). You may also nest tags in enhanced mode, and then use the "Close All Tags" button (alt+x) to close all open markup. Please note that the 'close tag' buttons only close tags that have been entered using the code buttons. To use the clickable smilies, simply click the smiley that you want to insert into your message, or click the "more" link at the bottom of the smilie list to access the full list of smilies.
  • How can I finish the registration process?
  • If you are having a problem with the registration process follow these steps.

    1. Check your spam-box to see if your ISP marked the confirmation mail as spam.
    2. Check that the email address you gave us is a VALID ADDRESS.
    3. Check that your account is not full, and that you can receive e-mails.


    If that does not solve your problem, please send an email to contact_editor@developershed.com outlining your problem, along with your username and the forum for which you tried to sign up (e.g., Dev Shed Forums, SEO Chat Forums, etc.).
  • How do I create polls and vote in polls?
  • You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls' and this is how to create them:

    Creating a new poll

    When you post a new thread, you have the option to also create a poll.

    This function allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread.

    An example poll might be:

    What is your favorite color?

    Red
    Blue
    Yellow
    Green
    Sky-blue pink with yellow spots

    To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the "Yes! Post a Poll" checkbox at the bottom of the page, and set the number of possible responses you want to include.

    When you click the submit button, you will be taken to the poll creation page, where you can specify the question and the list of responses you want to include.

    You may also want to specify a time limit for the poll, so that (for example) it only stays open for voting for a week.

    Voting in and viewing a poll

    To vote in a poll, simply select which option you want to vote for, and click the "Vote!" button. You may view the current results of a poll before you vote by clicking the "View Results" link. Voting in a poll is entirely optional. You may vote for any of the available options, or cast no vote at all.

    Generally, once you have voted in a poll, you will not be able to change your vote later, so place your vote carefully!
  • How do I post a question? I don't see any buttons to do so.
  • You start by selecting the forum that deals with your topic, then you click the "New Thread" button just under the forum name. You can then enter your question. Once finished, simply press the "Post Thread" button.
  • How do I know if my query has received any replies?
  • The best way to know if your thread has any replies is to "subscribe to the thread." At the top right of your thread is a button labeled "thread tools." Click the button and a menu will come down. Click "subscribe to this thread." Another screen will come up to let you define what type of subscription. You can either get weekly updates, daily updates, or an update every time someone posts a reply. Once that is set, click "Add Subscription".
  • I have edited my signatures but the links are not live. How do I fix this?
  • You have to use bbcodes to display links. For example you could type this:

    [url]www.mysite.com[/usl]

    and it would look like this:

    www.mysite.com.
  • I reset my password and now I can't access the forums.
  • Please send an email to contact_editor@developershed.com explaining your problem, which site it occurred on (e.g., Dev Shed Forums, SEO Chat Forums, etc), your username, and what you would like your password to be. Once you do, we can resolve your issue.
  • What Are Moderators?
  • Moderators oversee and "moderate" specific sections in the forum. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other actions. Moderator positions for specific forums are usually awarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating. If you are interested in becoming a moderator, please send an email to contact_editor@developershed.com along with a list of sections you would like to moderate.
  • What are Smilies?
  • Smilies are small graphical icons which you can insert into your messages to convey an emotion or feeling, such as a joke or embarrassment. For example, if you entered a sarcastic comment, rather than type "that was a joke," you could simply insert the "wink" smilie.

    If you have used email or Internet chat systems, you will probably be familiar with the concept of smilies already. Certain combinations of text characters are converted into smilies. For example,":)" is converted into a smiling face. To understand smilie codes, tilt your head to the left and look at the text: you will see that it represents two eyes and a smiling mouth.

    On occasion, you may want to prevent the text in your message from being converted into smilies. You will see a checkbox which you can select when you make a new post that will allow you to "Disable Smilies." Tick that and your text will no longer be converted.
  • What is email notification?
  • If you post a new thread, or reply to an existing thread, you can choose to be notified by email when someone else replies to that thread. You can also choose to receive email notifications of new posts in a thread without posting in that thread by clicking the "Subscribe to this thread" link displayed in the thread page.

    If you choose to stop receiving email notifications from a thread, you can turn off the option by either editing your post, or by unsubscribing from the thread in the same spot you originally subscribed to it.

    Only registered users can receive email notifications. Registered users can set whether they want to receive email notifications by default by editing their options.

    Email notifications are also referred to as "Thread Subscriptions."
  • Why have some of the words in my post been blanked?
  • Certain words may have been censored by the administrator. If your posts contain any censored words, they will be blanked-out like this: ****.

    The same words are censored for all users and censoring is done automatically by the forum software.
  • Why isn't my signature showing? I edited it per the VBulletin instructions. I also joined more than 90 days ago and have more than 100 posts.
  • Your signature was shown on the first message you posted. For any other messages you post, your signature will not appear, because we have a one signature per thread limit.

    If your signature never shows up on any thread or post, please send an email to contact_editor@developershed.com explaining the issue, along with your username and the forum you are having the issue on (e.g., Dev Shed Forums, SEO Chat Forums, etc).