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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to register?
Can I use smilies?
Can I add HTML to my messages?
What are moderators?
Can I change my profile?
Can I customize the bulletin board in any way?
Do you use cookies?
Can I edit my own posts?
Can I attach files?
Can I search?
Can I add a signature to the end of my posts?
What are announcements?
Is there a username/password retrieval system?
Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
Can I search private forums?
What are the ranks in the On Blu Forums?
Why are icons flaming in the topic view?

Registration is only required on a per forum basis. Depending on the how the administrator has setup his/her forums some may require you to register in order to post, where some may allow you to post anonymously. If anonymous posting is allowed you can do so by simply not entering a username and password when prompted. Registration is free, and you are not required to post your real name. You are required to post your actual email address, however it will only be used to email you a new password if you have forgotten yours. You also have the option to hide you email address from everyone except the administrator, it option is selected by default but you can allow others to see your email address by selecting the 'Allow other users to view my email address' checkbox on the registration form. You can register by clicking here
Youve 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 :D in your BB post, it will automatically be converted to - a big grin. The following smilies are currently supported:
:D Very Happy 
:-D Very Happy 
:grin: Very Happy 
:) Smile 
:-) Smile 
:smile: Smile 
:( Sad 
:-( Sad 
:sad: Sad 
:o Surprised 
:-o Surprised 
:eek: Suprised 
:-? Confused 
:???: Confused 
8) Cool 
8-) Cool 
:cool: Cool 
:lol: Laughing 
:x Mad 
:-x Mad 
:mad: Mad 
:P Razz 
:-P Razz 
:razz: Razz 
:oops: Embaressed 
:cry: Crying (very sad) 
:evil: Evil or Very Mad 
:roll: Rolling Eyes 
:wink: Wink 
;) Wink 
;-) Wink 

Using HTML and/or BB Code

You may be able to use HTML and/or BB Code in your posts, if your administrators and moderators have those options turned on. Every time you post a new note, you will be told whether BB Code and/or HTML is enabled. If HTML is on, you may use any HTML tags, but please be very careful that you proper HTML syntax. If you do not, your moderator or administrator may have to edit your post. BB 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 BB Codes are listed here.


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.

Admins and forum moderators reserve the right to close or delete any post that does not provide a clear and purposefull topic. There are many members who still use 28.8 and 56k modems that do not have the time to wade through useless and senseless topics.

Anyone who posts just to increase their On Blu Forums stats or post topics out of boardom risk having there topics closed, removed and/or membership revoked.

Try to make the topic wording mirror what is inside the thread. Topics like "Check this out!" and "~~\\You have to see this!//~~" only attract members to a topic they may not want to read.

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, or by logging in, and all of your profile information will appear on screen.
Customizing Using Preferences
As a registered bulletin board user, you may store your username in memory for up to one year at a time. By doing this we create a way to keep track of who you are when you visit the forum, therefor you can customize the look of the forum by selecteding from the themes that the administration has provided. Also, if the administrator allows it you may have the option of creating new themes for the fourms. In creating a new theme you will be able to set the colors, fonts and font sizes on the board, however at this time only the administrator my change the images for each theme. When a user creates a theme the images from the forums default theme will be selected.
*NOTE: In order to use themes you MUST have cookies enabled.
This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you visited the forums, your username, and a unique session ID number when you login. These cookies are stored on your browser. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, none of these time-saving features will not work properly.
Editing Your Posts
You may edit your own posts at any time. Just go to the thread where the post to be edited is located and you will see an edit icon on the line under your message. Click on this icon and edit the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderator or the bulletin board administrator. Also, for up to 30 mins after you have posted you message the edit post screen will give you the option of deleteing that post. After 30 mins however only the moderator and/or administrator can remove the post.
Adding Signatures
You may use a signature on your posts. If you click on the profile link at the top of most 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 use HTML or BB Code if the admin has set this option to on.

Attaching Files
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 BB Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to outside documents. File attachements will be included in futures versions of phpBB.
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.
Announcements have not been implemented, but are planned in a future release. However, the administrator can create a forum where only other administrators and moderators can post. This type of forum can easly be used as an announcement forum.
Lost User Name and/or Password
In the even that you lose you password you can click on the "Forgotten your password?" link provided in the message posting screens next to the password field. This link will take you to a page where you can fill in your username and email address. The system will then email a new, randomly generated, password to the email address listed in your profile, if if you supplied the correct email address.
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.
Can I search private forums?
Yes, but you cannot read any of the posts unless you have the password to the private forum.

What are the ranks for the On Blu Forums?
The On Blu Forums have established methods to classify it's users by activity on the On Blu Forums through the number of posts.

The current ranks are as follows:

 Rank Title   Minimum Posts   Maximum Posts   Rank Image 
No Ranks in the database
The adminstrator also has the option of assigning special ranks to any user they choose. The above table does not list these special ranks.
Why are some post icons flaming in the forum view?
Flaming icons signify that there are 100 or more posts in that thread. It is a warning to slower connections that the thread may take awhile to load.

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