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Contents

Board Help Posts

Useful help posts and tutorials added by our community.


How to Register

How to register and the added benefits of being a registered member.


To be able to enjoy all of the features available to the community, you will need to sign up for a member account. Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete.

To sign up, click the Register link at the top of any page. You will see a page containing the registration terms, which you must agree to by checking the box and pressing Continue Registration.

You should then fill in all of the fields on the registration page. As you move from field to field you will be alerted to any problems with the information you have entered. When you have filled in the form, click Register.

You may be registered and logged straight in, or you may have to verify your email address by clicking a link in an email that we will send you. If this is the case, a screen will now appear with further instructions.


IP.Shoutbox

Contains informations on how to use the features included in the shoutbox, like the quick commands.


IP.Shoutbox allows forum members to communicate with each other in an easy to use way. It is similar to a chat-room, but does not require Java, Flash or any other browser dependency! The Shoutbox is updated real-time, meaning any new Shouts someone makes will appear on everyones page at once, you do not need to refresh!


General Features
  • Each member can have their own preferences such as Hide Refresh Button or Disable Enter Key from sending the shout (shouts can only be sent via the actual button instead, useful for large paragraph shouts!);
  • If a member hovers their mouse over the corner of the global 'shout area', a double arrow appears. If a member clicks and drags that double arrow, they can resize the Shoutbox to their liking! Please note this feature is for the global shoutbox only
  • Ability to use Smilies and BBCODE if the administrator allows them.


Quick Commands

IP.Shoutbox has several Quick Commands that can be used to make certain actions perform in a faster way, here is a list that explains how to use them properly:

  • /announce [Announcement Text] - This will update the announcement in your Shoutbox without having to go to the Admin CP
  • /archive - Launches the Shoutbox Archive window (only if member has permission to view it!)
  • /ban [name] - This will ban a member from the Shoutbox (only moderators with correct permissions can use this command)
  • /moderator member [id|name] - This will launch the appropriate moderator options for that particular member
  • /moderator shout [id] - This will launch the appropriate moderator options for that particular shout
  • /prefs - This will launch the Preferences window
  • /prune [x] - This can be used by only those that have ACP access and will prune all shouts older than [x] days. If no number is entered, a security message will pop-up so you do not accidently wipe the whole shoutbox. /prune 0 will remove all shouts.
  • /refresh - This will refresh the Shoutbox (useful if you have your refresh button hidden)
  • /unban [name] - This will unban a member from the Shoutbox (only moderators with correct permissions can use this command)


Logging In and Out

How to log in and out from the board, how to remain anonymous and not be shown on the active users list and what to do if you forget your password.


Logging In
  • Once you have signed up for an account, you can log in by pressing the Sign In button at the top of any page.
  • From here, you should enter your username or email address, and the password you used when you registered. If you tick the Remember Me box you will not have to sign in when you visit the community in future. This ability can be very useful, but should not be used if other people have access to your computer or if you are using a public computer.
  • You may also be able to hide your username from the online list by checking the Sign in anonymously box. Administrators will still be able to see you online if you do so, however other members will not be able to.
  • When you are ready, click Sign In.
  • Once logged in, you should be taken back to whatever page you were previously viewing.
  • You may also see additional log in options such as OpenID or Facebook Connect. If these features are available and you would prefer to use one of these options to log in, click on the appropriate button and follow the on-screen instructions.


Forgotten your password
  • If you have forgotten your password, you can click the I've forgotten my password link on the sign in page below the password box. This will take you to a page where you can enter your username or email address, and we will then either email you a new password that you can use or a link for you to reset your password.
  • Note that if you locked your account by typing in the wrong password too many times, you will still need to unlock your account before you can use your new password.


Logging Out
  • To log out click the Sign Out link at the top of the screen from any page.


Your Settings

Editing contact information, personal information, avatars, signatures, board settings, languages and style choices.


You can access your settings from any page by selecting your name at the top of the screen and then selecting My Settings.

There are several tabs along the top, each of which reveal a number of settings pages:


Settings
General Settings
  • Privacy Options
    Here you can configure whether to subscribe to email updates from the board administrator, and whether to allow other members to send you emails

  • Time Zone
    Here you can configure your time zone. This is necessary to ensure that times across the community are shown correctly.

  • Personal Messenger Options
    Here you can choose to disable your personal messenger, or configure how you would like to be notified when you receive a new message.

  • Posting Settings
    Here you can configure global posting settings such as the visual text editor which makes formatting be shown as it will appear when posted, and the flash uploader which makes uploading multiple files quicker and easier.


Change Email Address

You can use this tool to change the email address that is associated with your account.


Change Password

You can use this tool to change the password that you use to log in.


Change Display Name

Depending on your permissions, you may be able to use this tool to change your display name which is used across the community.


Manage Notes

You may use this area to store any notes or information that you want to keep.


Manage Attachments

This page will show you all of the attachments you have uploaded to the community and the amount of space you have left. The bar at the top shows you how much of your allocated upload space you have used. Below this is a table containing information on all of the attachments you have submitted.

If you are running out of space, you can delete some old attachments by selecting the checkbox on the right-hand side of the table for the attachments you want to delete, and then pressing the Delete Selected button at the bottom of the table.


Forums
View/Posting/Email Prefs
  • Board Display Settings
    Here you can configure a number of options to control how forums and topics are displayed. You can disable viewing signatures, avatars and images in posts. You can also configure the number of posts and topics to display per page.

  • View/Posting/Email Prefs
    Here you can configure how notifications are sent, enable automatic subscription to topics and change the layout for topic display.


Manage Watched Topics and Manage Watched Forums

Here you can see all of the topics and forums that you are currently subscribed to.

To change the type of notification or to unsubscribe, select the checkbox on the right-hand side of the table for the subscriptions you want to change, then select the new type from the dropdown menu at the bottom of the table, and then click with selected.


Profile
Change Profile Information
  • Comments
    Here you can configure settings related to profile comments, such as how you want to be notified when someone comments your profile and whether you want to approve new comments.

  • Friends
    Here you can configure options related to your friends, such as how you want to be notified when someone adds you as a friend and whether you want to approve friend requests.

  • Profile Information
    Here you can set your birthday and choose how many latest visitors to show on your profile.

  • Other Information
    Here you can configure all other information that is shown on your profile.


Change About Me Page

Here you can change the content of the 'about me' section on your profile.


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Change Photo

Here you can change your photo that is displayed in your profile and other areas on the community.


Change Avatar

Here you can change your avatar which is the image that displays next to your posts. Too bad this doesn't work!

Manage Ignored Users

Here you can manage your ignored users. You can choose to ignore all posts from a member, block them from sending you personal messages, or both.


To add a member to your ignored list, type their name into the Member's Name box. As you type, suggestions will appear below the box. When you see the name of the member you want to add, click on it. Then select either or both of the checkboxes below. Selecting Ignore Personal Conversations will mean they cannot send you messages and their messages in group conversations will be hidden, while Ignore posts will hide their posts in the forums. When you are ready, click Save Changes.


Some members, such as administrators, cannot be ignored.


If you wish to stop ignoring a member, select Remove in the table, or to switch on or off the different types of ignoring, click the relevant link under the Ignore Posts or Ignore Messages columns.


Topics and Forums

A guide to forums, topics, posts and polls.


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Posting

A guide to the features available when posting or sending messages. Including the post editor, polls and attachments.


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Personal Messenger

How to send personal messages, track them, edit your messenger folders and archive stored messages.


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Members

A guide to the member list and member profiles, including profile comments, adding friends and contacting members.


Member List

The member list contains a list of all members of the community. To access it, click the Members tab at the top of any page.


By default, all members are listed in alphabetical order. You can choose to only display members whose names begin with a certain letter by selecting that letter from the bar at the top. You can also choose to change the order of the results to display based on post count or join date by selecting the appropriate option from the bar below that.

Advanced Search

To search for a specific member, you can press the cog.png Use Advanced Filters button. This will reveal advanced filter options. Once you have entered the search criteria, press Apply Filters.


Profiles

You can access a member's profile by clicking their name anywhere in the community. From here you can see content the member has added, information about the member and contact the member.

  • User Information
    To the side, you will see the user's profile picture if they have one. Below this you will see options to add the user as a friend, send the user a personal message and view content from the user. Underneath this, you will see the user's total reputation, if enabled, taking into account all positive and negative reputation given for all posts. Underneath this, you will see the user's statistics, including what group they are in, how long they have been a member and other basic details.

  • Status
    The user's status displays in the profile. If you are viewing your own profile, you will be able to change this by pressing Update.

  • Content
    In the middle of the profile, you can see what a user has specified in their About Me page. You can use the tabs above this to view content the user has contributed to the community. This section will, however, only show recent content - to view all content, use the appropriate links from the user information section of the profile.

  • Personal and Contact Information
    Below the content box, you will see the member's personal information such as age and birthday. You may also be able to send the user an email if they have allowed it.

  • Friends
    Below the personal and contact information, you will see the user's friends. You can click on any of the usernames here to go view their profiles.

  • Rating
    You may be able to rate the user by selecting one of the stars at the top of their profile. If you can rate a user, the stars will change color as you move your mouse over them. If you cannot rate the user, you will not be able to select the stars. You cannot rate yourself. You may be able to change your rating. To do this, just click on a different star and your vote will be updated.


Searching

How to use the search feature.


The search feature can be used to search all areas of the community quickly based on keywords you enter.


Quick Search

You can start a quick search by typing your keywords into the quick-search bar at the top of any page and pressing the Search button.


Advanced Options

If instead of typing your keywords into the quick-search bar, you click the Advanced link next to it, you will see some advanced options for searching.

The first option, Find words is where you can enter the keywords to search for.

The next option, Find author can be used to only find content from a specific user. As you begin typing ausername, you should see a dropdown with username suggestions that you can select from.

The next option, Find by date allows you to restrict the results to content added between particular dates. To select your date, click the date.png button - this will bring up a calendar. From here you can select any date and your option will be filled into the search form.

The next option, Find in forum allows you to restrict your results to content within particular forums. You can select multiple options by holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard (or the cmd key if you use a Mac) and clicking on your options.

You can leave any of these options blank, however you must supply at least one search criteria when submitting the form. Once you have filled in the options that you require, press the Do Search button.


Inline Search

You can also search individual forums and topics from within the forums or topics themselves. Underneath the topic list in a forum, you will notice a box labeled Search Forum, and underneath all posts in a topic you will notice a box labeled Search Topic - enter your keyboards into the box and press Go to perform an inline search.


Results

Once you have submitted your search, a tabbed page of results will appear - you can change the selected tab to choose which area of the community you wish to search. For example, results under the Forums tab will bring up any topics and posts that contain your search keywords, while the Members tab will bring up any member accounts that match your search criteria.


You can change the order of the results to sort by relevance or to sort by date using the options on the right-hand side, just under the tabs.


The keywords that you searched for will be highlighted like this.


Once you have found the result you are looking for, you can click on it to bring up the page.


Contacting the staff

Where to find a list of the board moderators and administrators.


If you need to contact a moderator, or simply wish to view the complete administration team, you can click the link The moderating team found at the bottom of the main board page. This list will show you administrators and moderators.


Note that you can report content to all staff by pressing the report.png Report button when viewing the content.


Calendar

More information on the boards calendar feature.


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Gallery

A guide to viewing and adding images to the Gallery.


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Blogs

A guide to viewing the community blogs and creating your own blog.


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