Guide to Using This Forum

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Guide to Using This Forum

Post by Cr4b5t3r » Tue 12th Jun 2007

This thread is a guide on how to use the more important features of this forum.

Posting on the Board
The main board is split up into 3 different categories: Announcements and Feedback; Artemis Fowl Series; and Off Topic. These have smaller categories (called forums) under them. Simply click the name of a forum to be taken inside it. A list of threads will be shown. These threads are topics to talk about. Just click on one to read it.

The main feature of threads is the posts. (A post is a message that someone has left) To reply to an existing post, make sure you are currently reading that post and click Image . All you have to do is type in your message in the large box in the center, and click Image  when you are done.

To quote another's post in your reply, click  Image

To edit your own post, after you have already posted it, click Image

To start your own thread (topic), go to the forum which suits your thread, and click Image

If this seems a little confusing, practice it in the Consecutive Posting thread. That way, you can make as many mistakes as you want, and no-one will ever mind.  

Extra Posting Options
When typing a message on this board, you can do a lot more than simply enter text. On the "Post" screen, you will see a lot of options above the main-content box. To use any of these, simply click it once, and it will enter some code into your content box. Then type the text which you want to be formatted in between the two new portions of code.

Example: To make my text bold, click Image  . It will add a

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in my message. Everything typed between

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will appear in bold once the message posts. This text is between the two parts of code. This text is not.

The function of each extra option can be seen by hovering your mouse over it. Always make sure your text is in between the two code tags.

To add a "Emoticon" (Eg. :D ), simply click which emoticon in this list: Image  you want to add, and the forum will add the code for that emoticon to your post.  You can find even more emoticons if you click: Image  

You can experiment with these codes by adding them to your post, and then clicking Image  before you click Image  .

Adding Images
The same method is used to add images to posts, or to your signature.

1 - If the image is on your computer, upload it to an image hosting site like Imgur or Flickr.

2 - Find the direct link to your image. This will usually end in something like .jpg or .png, and can sometimes be found under options to share the image.

3 - Go to wherever you want to put your image (e.g. the signature section in your profile, or a normal  “Post Reply" screen), and type:

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 [img]URL HERE[/img]

For example:

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[img] [/img]

Would give:


The User Control Panel
You may want to create a profile so that we know a little bit about you. Click your username at the top of the page, then select "User Control Panel." The UCP contains all of your personal settings, including personal messages, profile info, signature info, and avatar settings. We'll go over all these in more detail later on. To start off with, let's edit your profile .

Editing Your Profile
Navigate to the Image tab of the UCP. Here you can fill in your messenger contacts, home page, location, and interests. Fill in any info you wish to give, and then click Image . Remember that your e-mail address will not be shown to anyone in the interest of privacy. When you post, under your avatar will be a member title. This is not editable, and the forum will choose your custom title for you, and will continue doing so until MM changes the way the forum functions. The ranks depend on your post count, as follows:

Member Ranks:
  • 0 - 5 posts - Goblin
  • 5 - 10 posts - B'wa Kell Lieutenant
  • 10 - 30 posts - Mud-Man
  • 30 - 60 posts - Gnome
  • 60 - 100 posts - Dwarf Miner
  • 100 - 200 posts - Troll
  • 200 - 300 posts - LEP Recruit
  • 300 - 500 posts - Dwarf Thief
  • 500 - 700 posts - LEPretrieval Team Member
  • 700 - 1000 posts - LEPrecon Officer
  • 1000 - 2000 posts - Centaur Genius
  • 2000 - 3000 posts - LEP Commander
  • 3000+ posts - Council Member
You can look at anyone else's profile by simply clicking their user name.

Editing Your Signature
On the Profile screen, navigate to "Edit signature" on the lefthand sidebar. A signature is text that appears at the bottom of each message you post. For example, look at the bottom of this thread to see my signature. Type in whatever you wish to use as a signature and click Image  . You can have images in your signature if you wish, but make sure you read
The Rules to know the limits on what you are allowed to put into your signature.

Adding an Avatar
An avatar is a picture that appears over your user name when you post. To upload an avatar, choose one of three options:

1) A pre-installed avatar.  Simply click Image  , choose which category you want, (Image ) and then select the one you want and click Image  . If you chose the wrong one by accident, simply click Image instead.
2) A picture from another site. Enter the web address and press Image  
3) A picture on your hard drive. Click browse or enter the picture name, and click Image  . Please note that there is a maximum dimension for avatars, which is currently 100 x 100 pixels. Avatars also have a maximum size of 30k

You may also choose to remove your avatar by checking the box beside "Delete image," then clicking Image

Now your profile is complete!

Private Messages
You can PM any user by clicking the Image   button beside one of their posts, then selecting Image - or clicking the Image   button in their profile. You can also create a new private message by clicking on the "Private Messages" link in the top right of the site, then selecting Image. Using this method, you will need to enter the username of each desired recipient in the indicated text box (if you have more than one recipient, make sure each is on an individual line), then click "Add."

A private message travels to the other user (or users) instantly; the next time they log in they will see their new message. You can use this as an alternative to e-mail. To see if you have new messages, simply look at the top right of the screen; next to the "Private Messages" link, you will see a red circle with a number.

Online Users List
On the main page, scroll to the bottom of the page. You will find a list of all the users who are currently browsing the forum.  

It pretty much speaks for itself .

Well, that should be everything! Remember, if you have any questions, just post them here, or PM any of the mods/admins.

----Thanks to MichaelM for posting the original forum guide, and allowing me to use it as a reference.

Updated with current images and info for March 2020
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Post by MichaelM » Tue 12th Jun 2007

Thanks for updating this with the new images Crabster. Stickied and locked. :)