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?
What are moderators?
How can I change my registration profile?
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 Active List?
Can I search private forums?
Registration is only required if you
plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics. Registration is free, and
you are not required to post your real name. You are required to post your
actual email address, however.
Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This bulletin board automatically insert graphical smilies and other small pictures that you would use to grab the attention. Just click on the graphic to insert it in your post.
Using HTML and/or BP Code
For obvious reasons standard HTML code cannot be used in posts. Instead Collectors Forum allows the use of BP Code in posts. BP Code is similar to HTML, but safe and standardized for bulletin board use. To add the code automately, just click the appropriate button and insert your text between the code. You''l see the result both in preview and in your post.
To insert an image, just put its URL between the tags: [img]www.yourserver.com/yourimage.jpg[/img]
Correct BP Code Usage:
|Aligned to left|
|Aligned to right|
|Insert horizontal line|
|Insert a link|
|Insert a picture|
|Insert an email address|
|Insert ICQ number|
[b]Insert your text here[/b]
[font=Courier New][color=Red]You can use multiple codes[/color][/font]
Incorrect BP Code Usage:
[url] www.example.com [/url] - don't put spaces between the bracketed code and the text you are aplying the code to.
[email][/email]firstname.lastname@example.org - your text should always stay between the tags.
Moderators control individual forums.
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.
Changing Your Profile
You may easily change
any info stored in your registration profile, using the "profile" link located
near the top of each page. Simply identify yourself by typing your username and
password and all of your profile information will appear on screen. You may
change any items, except your username.
store the following information: the last time you logged in, your username and
password, and your preferred "topic view". These
cookies are stored on your browser. No cookies are used to track your movement
or perform any other function other than 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 working if you want to enter a private forum.
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 top right of your post.
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).
You may use a two-lines signature
(commonly used in email messages) on your posts, storing in when you register or in your profile. 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 BP Code (except
for the BP Code Image tag).
For security reasons, you may
not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post,
however, or use HTML and/or BP Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to
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 are one-way
communications from either a forum moderator or a bulletin board 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
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.
Lost User Name and/or Password
username and password is simple, assuming that email features are turned on for
this bulletin board. 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.
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 Active List?
you visit this bulletin board, you will see a link in the menu bar called "Active". Clicking on this will provide you with
all topic in all open forums that have been posted to that day.
Can I search private forums?
only administrators and moderators can search through private forums.