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|Are there any special codes/tags I can use to markup my posts?|
|For the most part, your posts will contain plain text, but on occasions, you may want to emphasize certain words or phrases by making them (for example) bold or italic.
You may also find that the administrator has enabled smilies, which allow you to use small icons to convey emotion, and the [img] code, which allows you to add pictures to your message. Please be sure to read the PBF Guidelines regarding images and icons, prior to posting.
For more information about vB code, click here.
|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 here.
Only registered PBF members may receive email notifications, and they can set whether they want to receive email notification by default by editing their options.
Email notification is also referred to as 'Thread Subscription'.
|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 playful 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 :) represents two eyes and a smiling mouth.
For a list of the smilies currently used by PBF, click here.
On occasions, you may want to prevent the text in your message being converted into smilies. You will see a checkbox which you can select when you make a new post, which will allow you to 'Disable Smilies'.
Important: Please refer to the PBF Guidelines for further information regarding the use of smilies (emoticons) and images on PBF.
|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 lists 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 Show All Smilies link (if available) to access the full list of smilies.
|How do I create and vote in polls?|
|You may notice that some threads on PBF 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 may 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:
Which of these is your favorite long trail?
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. It's not advisable to use this, unless the poll is specifically limited to a timed theme or event.
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 for 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!
Notice: You must reach a pre-determined (undisclosed) membership level on PBF before you'll be able to post polls. It doesn't take long to achieve this level. Many are able to post polls in a matter of days from the time they've first registered as PBF members.
|What Are Attachments?|
|The administrator does not presently allow the use of the attachment feature on PBF. You may disregard the remainder of this FAQ item.
When enabled, the use of attachments allows members the ability to attach files of certain types to their posts. This could be an image, a text document, a zip file etc. There is a limit to the file size of any attachments that is uploaded.
To attach a file to a new post, simply click the [Manage Attachments] button at the bottom of the post composition page, and locate the file that you want to attach from your local hard drive.
Only certain types of files may be attached: these are the valid file extensions for files to be attached to this forum: gif jpeg jpg pdf png.
After posting, the image attachments may display a thumbnail, depending on the forum settings. To view the contents of the attachment (if it is not already displayed) simply click the filename link that appears next to the attachment icon.
|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.|
|Can I edit my own posts?|
|PBF members are allowed to edit their own posts. Note that the ability to edit posts is time-limited; members only have several minutes in which to do so. It is recommend that members preview their posts, to make any necessary changes, prior to posting them.
To edit your post, click the button by the post you want to edit.
After you have made your modifications, a note may appear, which notifies other members that you have edited your post. Administrators and moderators may also edit your messages but this note may not appear when they do so.
|What Are Moderators?|
|Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.
It is off-topic (and against PBF Guidelines) to question, argue with, or make comments to a PBF moderator or administrator in any post in any PBF forum, regarding any official action or comment that he or she has made. If you would like to discuss anything with a PBF moderator or administrator, it must be done via a private message (PM). Thank you for your cooperation.
|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 PBF members. All censoring has been configured to be used automatically within the PBF software. It is impartial.