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Sentrion
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#1

Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:16 PM Edited by ArchKnight, 07 September 2013 - 04:21 PM.

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Your Settings & Controls:

 

You can use these options for Editing contact information, personal information, 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 on the side of the page, which allow you to configure and update different board settings:

 

Profile Settings

 

From the Profile Settings area of your UserCP, you can configure various aspects of your profile, including:

 

  • Profile Picture: This is the photo used to identify you throughtout the community.
  • Timezome
  • Allow Comments: If checked, other forum members can leave comments on your profile.
  • Friends
  • Edit your "About Me" information
  • Change your Member Title
  • Update your Birthday
  • Add profile information, such as interests
  • Share contact information such as AIM usernames.

Profile Customization

 

From the Profile Customization tab of your UserCP, you can setup a custom profile background, change the colors of your profile, and perform other ways to customize the look and feel of your profile.

 

Email & Password

 

The Email & Password area allows you to update the password or email address associated with your account.

 

Signature

 

The signature page allows you to modify the custom signature that is shown below all of your posts.

 

Ignore

 

The "ignore" tab allows you to configure your Ignore settings - you can choose to hide individual member's posts, signatures, chats, status updates, or other aspects of a member that you wish to hide.

 

Manage Facebook/Twitter

 

If you have connected your forum profile to Facebook or Twitter, you can manage your connection here, including settings on importing status updates, linking your user photo, and more.

 

Manage Attachments

 

This page will display all attachments that you have uploaded to the forum. If you are running close to your global attachment limit, you can delete attachments from this area. 

 

Notification Options

 

The Notification Options page allows you to configure how you should be notified of certain events, such as a reply to a topic, a private message, or a new topic. You can configure how you would like to recieve these notifications as well, such as via the mobile application, email, or inline notifications.

 

Your Notifications

 

This tab will display the most recent notifications that you have recieved.

 

Posting:

 

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

 

Polls

 

Depending on where in the at community you are posting your message at, you may have the option to add a poll that other members can vote in. If so, you will see a "Manage Poll" link. Click on this to configure the poll.
 
You can optionally enter a title for the poll in the "Poll Title" box. You may then also be able to set it as a public poll by checking the "Public Poll?" box. In public polls, all members will be able to see who voted for which option.
 
You can then add your questions by typing the first question into the Question box. You must then choose if you want this question to be multi-choice (allowing users to select an arbitrary number of answers) or single-choice (users will only be able to select one answer). To make the question multi-choice, check the "Allow users to select multiple answers?" box, otherwise, leave it blank.
 
Then enter the possible answers for the questions into the boxes below. To add more answers, press the "add.png Add Another Choice" button, or to remove an answer, click the bullet_delete.png icon. You can see how many choices you are allowed per question at the bottom of the list of questions.
 
To add additional questions, press the "add.png Add Another Question" button. You can see how many questions you are allowed at the bottom of the list of questions.
 
To remove a question, press the "delete.png Remove Question" button, or to cancel adding a poll, press the "cross.png Close Poll Form" button.
 
 
Post Options
 
Depending on where in the community you are posting your message at, you may have additional options including whether or not to add your signature, what post icon to use, and more. To see and configure these options, press the "add.png Click to configure post options" link if it is available.
 
 
Attachments
 
Depending on where in the community you are posting your message at, you may be able to upload attachments to your message. There are two types of uploaders available: the default uploader and the flash uploader.
 
Default Uploader
 
The default uploader allows you to upload attachments one at a time. To begin, press the button. A box will appear for you to select the file on your computer that you want to attach. Select the file you want to upload.
 
If you change your mind, you can press the button and then choose a different file.
 
Once you have selected the file you want, press Attach the file.
If there are any errors uploading the file, you will receive an error message, otherwise, you will see the attachment appear.
 
Flash Uploader
 
You can enable the flash uploader from your settings menu. When enabled, you will be able to easily upload more than one file at a time.
 
To start, press Click to Attach Files. A box will appear for you to select the file or files on your computer that you want to attach. Select the file or files you want to upload. You can select more than one file at a time by holding Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) and click on the files.
 
Once you have selected your files and clicked "Open", they will begin uploading. If there are any errors uploading the files, you will receive an error message, otherwise, you will see the attachments appear.
 
Managing Attachments
 
Regardless of which uploader you use, once the files are uploaded you will see them on your screen. By default, all attachments are added to the bottom of your message, however, you can add any attachment to a particular section of your post by pressing the "Add to Post" link.
 
If you wish to remove an attachment and have it not appear in your post, simply press the "Delete" link.

 

Personal Messanger:

 

How to send personal messages, track them, edit your messenger folders and archive stored messages.
 
The personal messenger can be used to have private conversations with other members. To access it, select your username while logged in from the top corner of any page, and then press "Messenger".
 
Managing conversations
 
Change which conversations you are viewing
By default, all conversations are shown, but you can change the view to only display conversations you started, or conversations that others have started. To change this, select the appropriate option from the dropdown underneath the conversation list and then press Update.
 
Deleting conversations
To delete a whole conversation, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select "Delete" from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.
 
If you started the conversation, this will remove the conversation from your list, and lock it for everyone else - nobody else will be able to make replies to the conversation, but they will still be able to read it until they also delete it.
 
If you did not start the conversation, this will remove the conversation from your list and remove you from the conversation - you will not be able to make any more replies, but others will still be able to continue the conversation without you, and see your previous replies.
 
Managing notifications
You will see a  icon for conversations that you will be notified of updates to, and  for conversations that you will not receive notifications for.
 
To turn on or off notifications for any conversation, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select the appropriate option from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.
 
 
Managing messages
To edit or delete one of your messages in a conversation, press the " Edit" or " Delete" button underneath the post. The changes will be reflected to all participants in the conversation.
 
 
Starting a new conversation
To start a new conversation, start by pressing the "Compose New" button. Enter the user's name into the "Recipient's Name" field. As you type, suggestions will appear below the box. When you see the member you are looking for, click on their name.
 
You may also be able to add other recipients into the "Other Recipients" box. If so, the next option allows you to specify how the messages will be sent to alternate recipients: "Invitation" allows all invited members to participate in a single conversation, while "Copy" will send a separate conversation to each member.
 
You should then type a message subject and the message body, just like you would for a new topic in the forums.
 
When you are done, you can press Send Message or Save (Send Later) to save the message for later.
 
 
Replying to a conversation
To reply to any conversation, press the " Add Reply" button when viewing it or press the " Reply" button underneath any existing message to quote it. Then type your message just like you would a post and press Send Message. You can also use the Fast Reply box at the bottom of each conversation to quickly reply to the conversation.
 
 
Adding participants to a conversation
You may be able to add more participants to a conversation. If so, you will see an " Add" button on the left-side when viewing a conversation.
Click this button and a box will appear for you to enter member names into. To add more than one member, separate their names with commas. When you are done, press Add.
 
 
Reporting a message
If you wish to report to a moderator a message that someone has sent to you, you can press the " Report" button underneath the message.
 
Type in your report and then press Submit Report. This will send a copy of the message to the moderators - only the specific message you report will be displayed to the moderating team, however some moderators may be able to add themselves to the conversation you have reported.
 
 
Managing your messenger folders
By default there are three folders for messages:
New, which stores all unread conversations.
My Conversations, which contains all conversations you are participating in.
Drafts, which stores unsent messages saved for later.
 
 
You can also add your own folders to make it easier to manage your messages.
 
Adding a new folder
To add a new folder, press the " Add" button beneath the list of folders.
Type the name of the folder you want to add, then press the "+" button.
 
Moving messages
To move a message from one folder to another, select the checkbox beside the conversation, then select the name of the folder you want to move the conversation to from the dropdown at the bottom and then press Go.
 
Renaming, Deleting or Emptying a folder
To rename, empty or delete a folder, press the " Edit" button beneath the list of folders.
 
To rename a folder, type the new name in the textbox currently containing the folder name, and then press the ">" button. You cannot rename default folders.
 
To empty a folder, press the  icon beside the folder name.
 
To delete a folder, press the  icon beside the folder name. Be careful as this will also empty the folder. You cannot delete default folders.
 

 

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 " 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 upon clicking the Profile Feed tab. You can leave a profile comment here too and reply to their status or previous comments. 
 
To update your own status, open the usermenu on the top right available on every page and you'll have an input box to enter one.
 
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.
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Sentrion
  • Sentrion

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#2

Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:18 PM Edited by ArchKnight, 22 February 2014 - 04:38 AM.


BBCode Editor:


 
There are two versions of the post editor: the standard editor and the rich text editor. Which one you use can be configured from your settings. With the rich text editor, you'll see how the post will look when it's finally posted, like a live preview.
 
The toolbar buttons on each editor are very similar, and each button is explained below, from left to right:
  • toggle.png - This will toggle between RTE and Standard modes.
  • remove_formatting.png - This will turn off all formatting tools currently in use.
  • ips_bbcode.png - Shows available custom bbcodes.
  • Fonts - This menu allows you to set what font your post is displayed in.
  • Sizes - This menu allows you to set what size the text in your post is.
  • text_color.png - This menu allows you to set the color of the text in your post.
  • emoticons.png - This menu will allow you to insert an emoticon into your post.
  • media.png - This will allow you to link to media, such as a video or song.
  • find.png - This will allow you to search the text for a specific word or phrase.
  • replace.png - This will allow you to replace words or phrases in the text.
  • undo.png - This will undo the last change made.
  • redo.png - This will redo the last undone change.
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Sentrion
  • Sentrion

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#3

Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:19 PM Edited by ArchKnight, 03 May 2014 - 03:30 PM.

  • copy.png - This will copy the selected text
  • paste.png - This will paste test at the cursor position.
  • paste_plain.png - Paste content with plain text formatting.
  • paste_word.png - Paste content from Word
  • ips_options.png - This will display configurable editor options such as paste as plain text and clearing saved content.
  • bold.png - This will make the text bold.
  • italic.png - This will make the text italic .
  • underline.png - This will make the text underlined.
  • strike.png - This will make the text striked out.
  • subscript.png - This will make the text subscript.
  • superscript.png - This will make the text superscript.
  • unordered_list.png - This will start a bullet-point list.
  • ordered_list.png - This will start a numbered list.
  • link.png - This will insert a link.
  • unlink.png - This will remove a link from selected text.
  • picture.png - This will insert an image.
  • code.png - This will insert a codebox.
  • quote.png - This will insert a quote.
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Sentrion
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#4

Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:27 PM Edited by ArchKnight, 22 February 2014 - 04:39 AM.

  • outdent.png - Decrease Indent
  • indent.png - Increase Indent
  • align_left.png - This will make the text aligned to the left.
  • align_right.png - This will make the text aligned to the right
  • align_center.png - This will make the text aligned in the center
Also, don't be afraid to send PMs if you have an issue. I know people like me love to get PMs.
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weidncol
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#5

Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:22 PM

Why are you not a Moderator lol


Original Light
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#6

Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:44 PM Edited by Original Light, 07 September 2013 - 07:45 PM.

Why are you not a Moderator lol

 

Probably because he joined two months ago.

 

Anyway, your guide should be helpful for members that haven't used new boards like this one. Nice job. 


GTAKid667
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#7

Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:45 PM Edited by GTAKid667, 07 September 2013 - 07:46 PM.

Why are you not a Moderator lol

You know there are others like miromiro and shoumic who have helped out a lot for years and have not been handed staff positions yet, right?

 

Great Guide ArchKnight, I'm sure you will have helped many :^:


Sentrion
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#8

Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:27 AM

I thought that this, quick small compilation would help many people, so here you are. I'm glad that people like it.




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