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Login and Registration Issues
Why can’t I login?
Why do I get logged off automatically?
How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
I’ve lost my password!
I registered but cannot login!
I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Why can’t I register?
What does the “Delete all board cookies” do?

User Preferences and settings
How do I change my settings?
The times are not correct!
I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
How do I add an avatar?
What is my rank and how do I change it?
When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?

Posting Issues
How do I edit or delete a post?
How do I add a signature to my post?
How do I create a poll?
How do I edit or delete a poll?
Why can’t I access a forum?
Why did I receive a warning?
How can I report posts to a moderator?
What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?

Formatting and Topic Types
What is BBCode?
Can I use HTML?
Can I post images?
What are global announcements?
What are announcements?
What are sticky topics?
What are locked topics?
What are topic icons?

User Levels and Groups
What are Administrators?
What are Moderators?
What are usergroups?
What are Fanclubs?
What are Socks?
What are Guilds?
Where are the fanclubs and how do I join one?
How do I become a fanclub leader?
Why do some usergroups appear in a different colour?
What is a “Default usergroup”?

Private Messaging
I cannot send private messages!
I keep getting unwanted private messages!
I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!

Friends and Foes
What are my Friends and Foes lists?
How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?

Searching the Forums
How can I search a forum or forums?
Why does my search return no results?
Why does my search return a blank page!?
How do I search for members?
How can I find my own posts and topics?

Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks
What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
How do I remove my subscriptions?

phpBB 3 Issues
Who wrote this bulletin board?
Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?

 

Login and Registration Issues
» Why can’t I login?
There are several reasons why this could occur. First, ensure your username and password are correct. If they are, contact Alter to make sure you haven’t been banned. It is also possible the board has a configuration error on their end, and I would need to fix it.

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» Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you login, the 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 board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university computer lab, etc. If you do not see this checkbox, it means this feature has been disabled.

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» How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
Within your User Control Panel, under “Board preferences”, you will find the option Hide your online status. Enable this option with Yes and you will only appear to the administrators, moderators and yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.

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» I’ve lost my password!
Don’t panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can easily be reset. Visit the login page and click I’ve forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly.

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» I registered but cannot login!
First, check your username and password. If they are correct, check your email. We require activation prior to login, and perhaps you didn't remember. If you got the email, follow its instructions, and you should be able to login. If you didn't, or if there is another issue, please contact Alter, and I will do everything I can to help you log in.

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» 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 that I have deactivated or deleted your account for some reason, be it inactivity or sheer mistake. Also, to save space on my server, I 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 and being more involved in discussions.

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» Why can’t I register?
It is possible that you were banned via IP address or disallowed the username you are attempting to register. It could also be a bug in the forum. Contact Alter for assistance.

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» What does the “Delete all board cookies” do?
“Delete all board cookies” deletes the cookies created by phpBB which keep you authenticated and logged into the board. It also provides functions such as read tracking. If you are having login or logout problems, deleting board cookies may help.

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User Preferences and settings
» How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the board database. To alter them, visit your User Control Panel; a link can usually be found at the top of board pages. This system will allow you to change all your settings and preferences. Mintley has written a wonderful tutorial on all the ins and outs of this sometimes complicated piece of software that you can find here.

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» The times are not correct!
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. If you are not registered, this is a good time to do so.

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» I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone and Summer Time/DST correctly and the time is still incorrect, then the time stored on the server clock is incorrect. Please notify Alter to correct the problem.

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» How do I add an avatar?
Through your User Control Panel, under your profile area. Mint has a fabulous UCP tutorial right here that you should all go check out and absorb. :D

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» What is my rank and how do I change it?
Ranks, which appear below your username, indicate the number of posts you have made or identify certain users, e.g. moderators and administrators. In general, you cannot directly change the wording of any board ranks as they are set by the board administrator. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank. Excessive spamming can get you Warned.

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» When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?
Only registered users can send e-mail to other users via the built-in e-mail form, and only if the administrator has enabled this feature. This is to prevent malicious use of the e-mail system by anonymous users.

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Posting Issues
» How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a 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, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

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» How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel. (See Mint's Tutorial for details on how to do this) Once created, you can check the Add signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in your profile. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.

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» How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the textarea. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.

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» How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll.

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» Why can’t I access a forum?
Some forums 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 board administrator to grant you access.

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» Why did I receive a warning?
If you have received a warning, you have broken one of the board Rules.

A warning in and of itself will not get you in great trouble, but collect enough of them, and you will be considered for a permaban. You will not get Warnings from minor offenses such as spamming or necroposting unless you do them frequently, without regard for the notifications the mods send you, or you abuse the mods notifying you.

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» How can I report posts to a moderator?
If the board administrator has allowed it, you should see a button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post.

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» What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel.

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Formatting and Topic Types
» What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.

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» Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.

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» 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 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 server) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the BBCode [img] tag.

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» What are global announcements?
Global announcements contain important information and you should read them whenever possible. They will appear at the top of every forum and within your User Control Panel. Global announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are announcements?
Announcements often contain important information for the forum you are currently reading and you should read them whenever possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. As with global announcements, announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. As with announcements and global announcements, sticky topic permissions are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply and any poll it contained was automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You may also be able to lock your own topics depending on the permissions you are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the board administrator.

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User Levels and Groups
» What are Administrators?
Narrators are the administrators of the Pandect forum. Besides moderating boards, they are also responsible for other forum-related stuff such as organizing the boards by creating sub-boards. These folks can enter the admin panel and create forums for you if you need them for activites. They can also hook you up with a fanclub or a society.

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» What are Moderators?
Princes are our global moderators. To save them trouble and time, however, they are only really responsible for the boards they are assigned to. You can easily find out what mods are able to help you in a specific board by checking the front page, it has the names listed under the description of the board.

Princes are usually in charge of keeping an eye on the boards they're assigned. They are supposed to keep things organized, make and maintain stickies and announcements, move things that aren't in the right place, lock things that are too old in the case of art boards, lock discussions that might have gotten too heated, and otherwise keep an eye out for trouble. Mainly, they're maintenance, but they are also often first on the scene if there's ever a dispute between forum members, and they are certainly good people to contact if you need help.

You can recognize them easily by their pretty yellow names.

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» What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups of users for the purpose of easing the life of the administrator in terms of setting up permissions for private boards. Usergroups on this board fall into one of two categories, Fanclubs and Societies (Socks).

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» What are Fanclubs?
Fanclubs are usergroups intended to be, basically, fanclubs surrounding a topic. These groups can have promotional contests and activities, but they will all revolve around their chosen topic.

Good examples of fanclubs would be the Official Noah Fanclub, Noah's Gladiator Class. Another good example of a fanclub would be a Kink Club.

Fanclubs further divide into Official Fanclubs, Ship Clubs, and Miscellaneous Fanclubs.

Official Fanclubs are kind of owned by the board as a whole, which means that they will never go selective or private, and they will be open to lurkers to join and watch. The same goes for Ship Clubs. Miscellaneous fanclubs, however, will be able to decide their own selectivity and will be allowed to enforce activity within a reasonable degree.

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» What are Socks?
Sock is short for Society. Societies are usergroups that make up board features.

A good example of a sock would be the Welcoming Committee, and the Fanfiction Project. The Editors are also a sock, as well as the Mods on Hiatus group.

These may freely be selective and even closed, whereas Fanclubs can't be closed under any circumstances and can only be selective under a watchful moderative eye. The trade here is that these groups function to better the board and provide fun activities for the other users here to participate in. The Editors provide us with the Pan Note. The Fanfiction Project allows writers to join its ranks to produce fun serial fiction to read. The Welcoming Committee allows users of Regular Ace rank or above join and come up with new ways to make newbies feel at home here.

The big difference between a sock and a fanclub is that a sock is a board feature, where a fanclub is merely a club for fans to get together and discuss a topic.

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» What are Guilds?
The Craft Guilds are four guilds centering on the art of creation. There are currently only four at the moment. They are kind of an anomaly as far as usergroup classification goes, but they are like the Ship Clubs and the Official fanclubs in that they are open to everyone.

You can usually find tutorials and discussions and lots of other useful information inside of them. If you are a writer, an artist, an animator or a critic, it's highly recommended that you check the guilds out.

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» Where are the fanclubs and how do I join one?
You can view all usergroups via the “Usergroups” link within your User Control Panel. If you would like to join one, proceed by clicking the appropriate button. Not all groups have open access, however. Some may require approval to join, some may be closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the group is open, you can join it by clicking the appropriate button. If a group requires approval to join you may request to join by clicking the appropriate button. The user group leader will need to approve your request and may ask why you want to join the group. You have a right to ask about a denial if you are denied, but please do not harass a group leader if they reject your request; they will have their reasons.

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» How do I become a fanclub leader?
First, you have to charter a fanclub. This is easy. Go to the Fanclub Charters board and make a post there. State the name of your fanclub, your topic, goals and plans for the group, and add any other details, like the description you want and a group avatar if you want one.

People can reply to this charter and *sign* it. Once you get ten of these, you can send a link to your charter to the MoFos. They will either approve your fanclub, or they will ask you questions about your club, or give you conditions on which they will approve the club.

Once approved, everyone on your charter will vote for a leader out of the people who signed. Whoever gets the most votes will get voted on by the mod team. If you pass that hurdle, you are leader of your new fanclub. :)

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» Why do some usergroups appear in a different colour?
It is possible for the board administrator to assign a colour to the members of a usergroup to make it easy to identify the members of this group.

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» What is a “Default usergroup”?
If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group colour and group rank should be shown for you by default. The board administrator may grant you permission to change your default usergroup via your User Control Panel.

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Private Messaging
» I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you from sending messages. Contact a board administrator for more information.

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» I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, inform a board administrator; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.

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» I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this board includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts, so e-mail the board administrator with a full copy of the e-mail you received. It is very important that this includes the headers that contain the details of the user that sent the e-mail. The board administrator can then take action.

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Friends and Foes
» What are my Friends and Foes lists?
You can use these lists to organise other members of the board. Members added to your friends list will be listed within your User Control Panel for quick access to see their online status and to send them private messages. Subject to template support, posts from these users may also be highlighted. If you add a user to your foes list, any posts they make will be hidden by default.

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» How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?
You can add users to your list in two ways. Within each user’s profile, there is a link to add them to either your Friend or Foe list. Alternatively, from your User Control Panel, you can directly add users by entering their member name. You may also remove users from your list using the same page.

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Searching the Forums
» How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.

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» Why does my search return no results?
Your search was probably too vague and included many common terms which are not indexed by phpBB3. Be more specific and use the options available within Advanced search.

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» Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.

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» How do I search for members?
Visit to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.

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» How can I find my own posts and topics?
Your own posts can be retrieved either by clicking the “Search user’s posts” within the User Control Panel or via your own profile page. To search for your topics, use the Advanced search page and fill in the various options appropriately.

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Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks
» What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking in phpBB3 is much like bookmarking in your web browser. You aren’t alerted when there’s an update, but you can come back to the topic later. Subscribing, however, will notify you when there is an update to the topic or forum on the board via your preferred method or methods.

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» How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.

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» How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.

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phpBB 3 Issues
» Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed. See the link for more details.

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» Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
Any of the administrators listed on the “The team” page should be an appropriate point of contact for your complaints.

If this yields no results, please email Alter and I will do my best to help you.

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