Discussion Board Frequently Asked Questions

Login and Registration Issues

Why can't I login?
Make sure your username and password are correct. If they are, contact the Discussion Board Administrator to make sure your account hasn't been banned or removed. It is also possible the website owner has a configuration error on their end, and they would need to fix it.
Why do I need to register at all?
Registration entitles you to access additional resources, post messages in this discussion group, and comment on blog posts.
Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Remember me box when you log in, the Discussion Board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the Discussion Board from a public computer, e.g. internet cafe etc.
I've lost my password.
Click Log In at the top and then click Forgot Password at the bottom of that page.
I registered but I cannot log in.
Make sure your username and password are correct. If you are sure the e-mail address you provided is correct, try contacting the Discussion Board Administrator.
I registered in the past but cannot login any more.
Attempt to locate the e-mail sent to you when you first registered, check your username and password and try again. It is possible an administrator has deactivated or deleted your account for some reason. Also, many discussion boards periodically remove users who have not posted for a long time to reduce the size of the database. If this has happened, try registering again.

User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the Discussion Board database. To alter them, click your username in the upper right corner while logged in.
How do I show an image next to my username?
It is up to the Discussion Board administrator to enable avatars and to choose the way in which avatars can be made available.

Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a Discussion Board?
To post a new topic in a Discussion Board, click the relevant button on either the Discussion Board or Topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message.
How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a Discussion Board Administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the "edit" button for the relevant post.
Why can't I access a Discussion Board?
Some Discussion Boards may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or the Discussion Board Administrator to grant you access.
Why can't I add attachments?
The Discussion Board Administrator may not have allowed attachments. Contact the Discussion Board Administrator if you are unsure about why you are unable to add attachments.
Why does my post need to be approved?
The Discussion Board Administrator may have decided that posts in the Discussion Board you are posting to require review before submission.

Formatting and Topic Types

Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this Discussion Board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using the formatting toolbar when posting a message.
What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The Discussion Board Administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.
Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If the administrator has allowed attachments, you may be able to upload the image to the Discussion Board. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.example.com/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible webserver) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the appropriate button on the formatting toolbar which adds an [img] tag.
What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the Discussion Board appear on top of other topics in a Discussion Board. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. Topics are made sticky by Administrators and Moderators.
What are closed topics?
Closed topics are topics where users can no longer reply. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the Discussion Board Moderator or Administrator.

User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire Discussion Board. These members can control all facets of Discussion Board operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the Discussion Board founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all Discussion Boards.
What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the Discussion Board from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete topics in the Discussion Board they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
What are usergroups?
Usergroups are created and handled by Administrators. Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections Discussion Board Administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private board.

Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages.
You are not registered and/or not logged on. Please register and log in to be able to send PMs.

I have received a spamming or abusive message from someone on this Discussion Board.
Please e-mail the Discussion Board Administrator with a full copy of the message you received. The Discussion Board Administrator can then take action.

Searching the Discussion Boards

How can I search a Discussion Board?
Click the "Search" link, enter a search term in the search box. Click the "search" button.
How can I find my own or someone else's posts and topics?
Click a username in the topic you have answered to, and view your profile as other's see it.

Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

How do I subscribe to specific Discussion Boards?
To subscribe to a specific board, click the "watch this forum for new topics" link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the "watch this topic for replies" link within the topic itself.
How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your profile (by clicking your username on the top) and click "My subscriptions".


What is maximum attachment size allowed on this Discussion Board?
Each Discussion Board administrator can set up a maximum attachment size. If you are unsure what is it, contact the Discussion Board Administrator for assistance.

Ratings and reputations

What are ratings?
User can rate messages up and down. This gives users "reputation" and makes finding valuable information easier. Administrator can disable rating feature.
How do I rate posts?
To rate a post simply click the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon next to it. the icon is displayed to registered users only. You can vote only once.
How do I filter unrated posts?
Each topic has a "hide unrate posts" link on top. You can hide unrated "noise" and read the valuable information only.

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