F R E Q U E N T L Y      A S K E D      Q U E S T I O N S

Do I have to register?
How can I use smilies?
Can I add HTML to my messages?
How do I edit my user profile?
What are moderators?
Can I customize the bulletin board in any way?
Are cookies used?
Can I edit my own posts?
Can I attach files?
Can I search?
Can I add a standard signature to my posts?
What are announcements?
Are there any censor features?
What do I do if I lost my username and/or password?
Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
What is Daily Active Topic List?
Can I search private forums?
What are archives?
What are icons?


Registering
Registration is required if you plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics. You can "lurk" without registering. Registration is free (for the moment). If you try to use a false email address you will never be able to get in because your password will be emailed to that address when you register.

Smilies
You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This bulletin board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation. For example, if you type :o in your BB post, it will automatically be converted to - a shameful face. The following smilies are currently supported:

 

What to Type Emotion Graphic That Will Appear
:) smile
:( frown
:o embarrassment
:D big grin
;) wink
:p razz (stick out tongue)
:cool: cool
:rolleyes: roll eyes (sarcastic)
:mad: mad
:eek: eek!
:confused: confused

 

Using HTML and/or UBB Code
You can use UBB Code but not HTML in your posts. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. A complete list of current UBB Codes are listed here.

Editing your user profile
You can edit info stored in your registration profile at any time by clicking the link "edit your profile". You need your password for this, but if you forget it you can have a password reminder. This will send your password to your registered email address. You can also change your password to a more memorable one when you edit your profile. You may change any items, except your username.

Moderators
Moderators control individual forums. We call them experts because they are chosen for their knowledge and experience in their fields. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums. If you have a question about a particular forum, you should direct it to your forum moderator. 

These people are volunteers so please do not expect the earth from them. Do not always expect a quick reply (you are not guaranteed any reply at all). Remember this is a FREE service. The advice given is as a "Good Samaritan" and in good faith. The moderators and translatortips.com do not accept any responsibility for the consequences of advice given in these forums.

Think of this as a self-help community. The moderators will help if they have time, but they are all busy and successful people with a living to earn - just like you! The idea here is that people will help each other . So if someone asks a question and you know the answer (or an answer that worked for you) go ahead. Nobody's going to bite you here. If they do, we'll kick them out!

Treat your moderator with the respect they deserve and this system will work. Treat your moderator badly and...

Customizing User Preferences
As a registered bulletin board user, you may store your username and password in memory for up to one year at a time. This will prevent you from having to type your user name and password every time you post a note. You also have the option of changing the default number of days back to view topics. Just click on the "preferences" link and you can make either of these settings. You can also edit your user profile at any time by clicking "edit your profile".

Cookies
This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your username and password, and your preferred "topic view", if you set it in preferences. These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the bulletin board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly. Also, you need to have cookies enabled in your browser if you want to enter a private forum.

You may delete all cookies set in this forum by visiting the "preferences" area of the forum and selecting the "delete cookies" link.

Editing Your Posts
You may edit or delete your own posts at any time. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited is located and you will see an edit 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 bulletin board administrator. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited. Note that if your post was the start of a new topic, deleting your post will result in the removal of the entire topic (all replies after your topic will also be deleted).

Adding Signatures
You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. If you click on the "edit your profile" link at the top of most bulletin board pages, you will be able to edit your profile, including your standard signature. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post. This bulletin board's administrator may elect to turn the signature feature off at any time, however. If that is the case, the "include signature" option will not appear when you post a note, even if you have stored a signature. You may also change your signature at any time by changing your profile.

Note: You may not use HTML in your signature file, but you may use UBB Code (except for the UBB Code Image tag).

Attaching Files
Files can not be attached to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use UBB Code to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

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). Just click on the "search" link at the top of most pages. Note: announcements are not included in the search returns.

Announcements
Announcements are one-way communications from a forum moderator or administrator. No one may post replies to these announcements. If you want to talk about specific announcements, you will have to create a new topic in the appropriate forum.

Censoring Posts
The bulletin board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks. We have only censored a few fairly strong words because they might offend people. We believe in freedom of speech. But do please remember the forum rules about being nice to each other and being professional. Only one warning will usually be given in this matter before expulsion. 

We feel that the internet is very often a place where people are afraid to speak out in public because of the nasty and reckless way other people treat them. To be honest, most newsgroups ad forums end up being slanging matches. This will not be allowed to happen here. We have the capability to ban individual IP addresses and email addresses. We will use it ruthlessly to protect the "feeling of safety" of our members.

Lost User Name and/or Password
Retrieving your username and 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 your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record (which is why it's so important to keep your profile up to date).

Email Notification
If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box on the "New Topic" forum when you create your new topic, if you want to use this feature.

What is the Daily Active Topic List?
When you visit this bulletin board, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums called "Daily Active Topic List". Clicking on this will provide you with a list of topics in all open (non private) forums that have been posted to that day.

Can I search private forums?
Currently, only administrators and moderators can search through private forums. We do plan to support searching of private forums for other authorized users in future releases of the software.

What are archives?
Archives are read-only areas that contain topics that were previously posted to one of our forums. You may not add a reply to a topic that is in an archive. Topics in an archive may have been completely removed from the original forum where they were started, or they may still exist in their forums. Archives will be set up when the volume of messages reaches a level that requires this.

What are icons?
Depending on the configuration of your forums, you may be able to associate an icon with each post that you make. There are currently 14 icons, each expressing a different emotion or identification. These icons range from a simple note to sadness to warning. These icons appear next to each topic in a forum listing and on each post.

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