Registration is not required to view current topics on the Forum; however, if you wish to post a new topic or reply to an existing topic registration is required. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. The only required fields are your Username, which may be your real name or a nickname, and a valid e-mail address.
Supplying your zip code in your profile is completely optional and it will never be displayed publicly. It's just to supply you with some cool stuff on your "Tools" page like the weather and recent local news. At present, this only works for US zip codes.
Posting a New Topic, Poll, or Event
The first thing to do is scan the forum home page to find the best forum to post your topic. You will see the forum is broken down into categories first, then individual forums. Picking the most relevant forum is important to get the best responses. Once you get to the best forum for your topic, you will see any or all of the following at the top of the forum: New Topic, New Poll, New Event. Just pick one of these to start, depending on what you want to do. Be sure to make your topic title as specific as possible. Note: Polls and events may not be available in all forums.
Replying to an Existing Topic, Poll, or Event
At the top of the topic you want to reply in you will find the following: Reply to Topic. Just use that link to post a reply.
Quoting Another Member in Your Post
Find the text you want to quote and highlight it with your mouse. Then you will want to copy it to your clipboard. How to do this varies sometimes with different computers. Usually hitting Ctrl-C or right-clicking and selecting Copy will do the trick. Then you need to paste it in your post. Click in the post box then usually Ctrl-V or right-clicking and selecting Paste will do it. Now highlight the text in the post box and click on above the post box which will automatically surround the text with the [quote] [/quote] tags.
You've probably seen others use smilies before in e-mail messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile or a frown . This forum automatically converts certain text to a graphical representation when it is inserted between brackets . Here are the smilies that are currently supported here.
Custom avatars can be added to your profile for your exclusive use. All you need to do is upload it in the support forum or link to it. Don't worry about sizing or cropping. We will take care of cropping and resizing the image.
Fine print: Avatars may not be animated or contain advertising and must be family friendly.
There are several Forum Codes you may use to change the appearance of your text. Following is the list of codes currently available:
Bold: Enclose your text with [b] and [/b] . Example: This is [b]bold[/b] text. = This is bold text.
Italic: Enclose your text with [i] and [/i] . Example: This is [i]italic[/i] text. = This is italic text.
Underline: Enclose your text with [u] and [/u]. Example: This is [u]underline[/u] text. = This is underline text.
Aligning Text Left: Enclose your text with [left] and [/left]
Aligning Text Center: Enclose your text with [center] and [/center]
Aligning Text Right: Enclose your text with [right] and [/right]
Striking Text: Enclose your text with [s] and [/s]
Example: [s]mistake[/s] = mistake
Horizontal Rule: Place a horizontal line in your post with [hr]
Example: [hr] =
Enclose your text with [fontcolor] and [/fontcolor] Example:[red]Text[/red] = Text Example:[blue]Text[/blue] = Text Example:[pink]Text[/pink] = Text Example:[brown]Text[/brown] = Text Example:[black]Text[/black] = Text Example:[orange]Text[/orange] = Text Example:[violet]Text[/violet] = Text Example:[yellow]Text[/yellow] = Text Example:[green]Text[/green] = Text Example:[gold]Text[/gold] = Text Example:[white]Text[/white] = Text Example:[purple]Text[/purple] = Text
Font Sizes: Example:[size=1]Text[/size=1] = Text Example:[size=2]Text[/size=2] = Text Example:[size=3]Text[/size=3] = Text Example:[size=4]Text[/size=4] = Text
Bulleted List:[list] and [/list], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Ordered Alpha List:[list=a] and [/list=a], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Ordered Number List:[list=1] and [/list=1], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Code: Enclose your text with [code] and [/code].
Quote: Enclose your text with [quote] and [/quote].
Moderators control individual forums. They may edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums.
These forums use small text files called cookies to store the last time you logged in, your username and your encrypted password. These cookies are stored on your hard drive. The forum will not work properly for you if your browser does not accept them. You may delete all cookies set by these forums in selecting the "logout" button at the top of any page.
Active Topics are tracked by cookies. When you click on the "active topics" link, a page is generated listing all topics that have been posted since your last visit to these forums (or approximately 20 minutes).
Editing Your Posts
You may edit or delete your own posts within 24 hours of being posted. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited or deleted is located and you will see an edit or delete icon () on the line that begins "posted on..." Click on this icon to edit or delete the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum Moderator or the forum Administrator.
For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. However, you may cut and paste text into your post.
Searching For Specific Posts
You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name, date, and particular forum(s). Simply click on the "search" link at the top of most pages.
Editing Your Profile
You may easily change any information stored in your registration profile by using the "Tools" link located near the top of each page. You can then click the "Manage your Profile" link. Simply identify yourself by typing your username and password and all of your profile information will appear on screen. You may edit any information (except your Username).
Signatures are not allowed until you reach 100 quality posts. Signatures are limited to 125 pixels in height. Taller signatures can be entered, but will be cut off when displayed and subject to removal. When you qualify, your signature is editable by clicking on "Tools" at the top of any forum page, then "Manage your Profile" and entering your username and password. HTML cannot be used in signatures.
The forum automatically censors certain words that may be posted; however, this censoring is not an exact science, and is being done based on the words that are being screened, so certain words may be censored out of context. Websites that have abused this forum or generate a conflict of interest with this site may also be automatically censored. Important: Deliberately bypassing the censoring feature in any manner will result in swift and possibly extreme consequences.
Changing a lost password is simple. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "Lost Password" link that you can use to have a code e-mailed instantly to your e-mail address of record that will allow you to create a new password. Because of the encryption that we use for your password, we cannot tell you what your password is.
The subscription feature allows you to subscribe to some entire forums or any topic. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of a post that has been made to the forum/topic to which you have subscribed.
You can subscribe to some entire forums. This will notify you of any posts made within any topic, within that forum.
More conveniently, you can subscribe to just an individual topic. You will be notified of any post made within that topic.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from any level of subscription, you can use the "Manage Subscriptions" link after clicking "Tools" located near the top of each page. Or you can click on the subscribe/unsubscribe icons ( ) for that forum/topic you want to subscribe/unsubscribe to/from.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Rule apply to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, e-mail address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. The Act and Rule also cover other types of information -- for example, hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanisms -- when they are tied to individually identifiable information. More information can be found here.
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