RepleteBB Help Files
|Table of Contents|
Posting to an existing thread
Posting a new thread
Posting a poll
Editing and deleting posts
Following up on your posts
Your Account and Preferences
Buddy and ignore lists
Changing email address or password
Resetting a forgotten password
Your average WPM
There is more than one way to post to an existing thread.
Underneath the bottom post of each page in a thread, there is a button that looks like this:
Clicking on the button will take you to a Compose page into which you may type your message and click Submit. There is also a Preview button which shows what your message will look like before it is made visible to other board members.
Another way to post is by means of the Mini Reply Box, which appears below the segment that contains the Post Reply button. You may type a message into the Mini Reply Box and either click Submit to post immediately, or click Preview to see what your message will look like.
You may also quote other members' posts; please see the section on quoting posts below.
The administrator has the ability to determine which members may post in which fora. If at any time you do not see the Post Reply button, the Mini Reply Box, or the Quote and Quote New buttons, it is because either the administrator has not granted you permission to post in that forum, or else a moderator or administrator has closed the thread. The administrator may also require that you be a registered, logged in member in order to post in some or all of the fora.
To post a new thread, you may use the New Thread button which looks like this:
This button appears near the bottom of each forum page and each thread page, next to the dropdown list of fora. When clicked, it will take you to a modified version of the Compose page with text boxes for filling in the thread title (required) and a subtitle (optional).
If you do not see this button anywhere, it is because the board administrator has not given you permission to start new threads.
You may quote a post when replying to a thread by clicking on the Quote button, which looks like this:
Quoting a post will cause the contents of that post to automatically appear inside of a [QUOTE] tag in the Compose page. Make sure to edit the text between the [QUOTE] and [/QUOTE] tags so that you are only quoting the part that is relevant to your reply. You may also preview the quote to make sure the coding is correct. When a quote is posted, there will appear at the upper right corner of the quote block a button which looks like this: which, when clicked, will take you back to the post which was quoted.
You may also quote a post when starting a new thread. Wherever the Quote New button appears, you may click on it to be taken to the Compose page. Essentially, this works like a combination of the Quote and New Thread buttons, giving you an automatic [QUOTE] block along with text boxes to enter a thread title and subtitle. However, it also gives you a dropdown list to select which forum you wish to post your new thread in. After you have submitted your post, there will be a note underneath the post you quoted with a link to your new thread.
When possible, if your reply is off topic for the thread that you are quoting from, you should use the Quote New button rather than the Quote or Post Reply buttons. If you quote a post from a public forum in a new thread and post the new thread in a private forum, the link to the new thread will only be visible to those who have access to the private forum.
If you wish to post a poll, you must also post a new thread to attach it to. Click on any New Thread or Quote New button and the Compose page will appear with a link at the top that reads "Click here if you would like to post a poll." You must click on that link first before doing anything else. When you click on the link, you will be prompted for the number of choices your poll is to contain. Make your selection and click Next. Now you will see, underneath the text box for the thread subtitle, text boxes for entering a title to appear over the poll (this should be your question that the poll voters will be answering) and a text box for each of the choices (options) your poll will contain. There will also be a checkbox to indicate whether members should be allowed to multi select, i.e. to vote for more than one of the poll choices.
Guests are not allowed to edit or delete their own posts.
Moderators and administrators have the ability, and reserve the right, to edit or delete any post that is made to this board.
After you have posted, you will likely want to stay on top of the thread for any new replies that other members have posted. There are several ways to do this.
In the row of links near the top of most pages, there is a Today's Posts link. Clicking this takes you to the search results for all threads posted to within the past 24 hours. At the bottom of the search results are links to click on for longer cutoff times, up to one year. If you visit the board frequently, you may wish to use this feature to catch up on what's new.
In your Control Panel there is a link to your list of subscribed threads. Subscribing to a thread can be done while you are posting to it, by making sure the appropriate box is checked underneath your post text, or while reading a thread by clicking on the Subscribe link near the bottom. In your Control Panel you can even select on a per thread basis whether to receive an email notification when a new reply is posted.
Underneath each post there is the word Report which is a hyperlink. This is for bringing bad posts (i.e. posts which you believe break one or more of the board rules) to the moderators' attention. If you click on this, you will be given a chance to explain why you believe this post is in violation of the rules. When you submit, you will be taken back to the forum index and an email will be sent out to each of the moderators assigned to that forum.
Please use this feature only to report posts that in your opinion require moderator or administrator intervention. If you wish to contact a moderator or administrator just to make conversation, use the email or private message links in their profile.
|Your Account and Preferences|
In order to make full use of the board features, you will need to register. Registration is quick, easy, and free. Once you have registered, you will have your own screen name, member profile, and board preferences, as well as access to several features and possibly fora that are not available to guests.
To begin the registration process, click the Register link in the links segment that appears near the top of most pages, directly underneath the board title. You will need to choose a username and a password, and to supply a valid email address. All other personal information is optional. At the bottom of the registration form, you should see a box containing an 8 digit number expressed in a digital readout type format. This number is designed to confuse "bots" and thereby prevent automatic registrations. Reenter the number into the text box below and click the Register button. You should soon receive an email with a validation link to click on to activate your account.
When you are logged in, the segment underneath the board title in most pages will look different. It will contain more links, as well as an indicator of your username and logged in status. One of the new links will be to your Control Panel. Whenever you go to your control panel, by default it will show your member profile settings. There are textboxes and dropdown list boxes here that allow you to enter various details about yourself. All of these can be left blank if you prefer.
When you're done editing your profile information, be sure to click the Update button.
RepleteBB supports both uploading and remote linking of avatar image files.
To upload your own custom avatar, go to your Control Panel and click on the Upload custom avatar link. Click on Choose and you will be allowed to select a file from your computer's hard drive. When you have chosen a file, click Upload and your avatar will instantly change over to the new image file, provided it is no larger than 150 by 150 pixels or 262144 bytes.
To link to a remote avatar, enter its URL into the Avatar URL text box in your profile settings. You should only remote link to images on your own website, or if you do not have your own web space, there are several free image hosting services to choose from.
Once you have selected an avatar, it will show next to all of your posts and in every private message that you send. Members who are banned cannot have an avatar.
In your Control Panel, there will be a link to click on that takes you to your board settings. These settings include preferences for whether or not to show members' avatars and signatures, as well as settings having to do with email and private messaging. You may also set your time zone here. You will need to know your offset from Greenwich Mean Time or else find the correct time zone by trial and error. There is no automatic correction for DST, so you will need to adjust that manually as well.
Your signature is added to the bottom of each of your posts, except when you opt to not include it while posting. Signatures can be multi line and may contain images or smileys. To choose a signature, go to your Control Panel and click on Edit signature. Note that all hard returns will be replaced with the <br> tag. This is because hard returns cannot be stored directly in the board database. Even though you are not allowed to post HTML, you may still use the <br> tag at any time.
The buddy list is a tool for keeping your friends' contact information all in one place. Your Control Panel will have a link to allow you to view and edit your buddy list. Initially, it will be empty. To add another member to your list, you may type their name in the text box marked New: and then click Add. There is also a link in each member's profile and next to all member posts that will add that member to your buddy list.
Once your friends are in your buddy list, contacting them is as simple as clicking on the "Send PM" or "Send email" link next to their username. You may also remove members from your buddy list by clicking the Remove link. Mutual buddies will show up in bold, indicating that they have also added you to their respective buddy lists. At the bottom of the page you will also see a list of members who have added you to their list but whom you have not added to yours.
The ignore list is a tool that blocks other members' posts from appearing in the threads you view, and prevents them from sending you private messages. Your ignore list is visible only to you, and there is no indicator to allow other members to know whether you are ignoring them or not. Adding members to your ignore list is very similar to adding them to your buddy list, except that you may not add members who have moderator or administrator privileges because these members need to be able to remind all members of the board rules. For the same reason, moderators and administrators are not allowed to have an ignore list at all.
In your profile, you may list as many interests (such as hobbies, sports, pop culture, etc...) as you wish. Any interests you add will be linked to a page that lists all members who share that interest. To manage your interest list, click on the Edit interests link in your Control Panel. You may add a new interest by typing it in and clicking Add, and you may remove an interest from your profile by clicking its Delete link. You may also add interests to your profile using the link provided on each interest's page.
Inevitably there will be misspellings or inconsistencies in case with the interest list, so the administrator will likely merge duplicates from time to time.
Just as members can ignore other members, so they can also ignore threads. Ignored threads will not appear in forum pages or searches, and if you follow a link to one you will see a message to the effect that the thread is on your ignore list. Ignoring a thread is as simple as clicking the "Ignore thread" link after the last post on each page. You will then be taken to your ignored thread list.
If you should find that you need to refer back to a thread that you have ignored, the only way that you will be able to find it again is to go into your Control Panel and click on the Edit ignored thread list link. From there you will see links to remove threads from the list.
You should change your password periodically to make it difficult for others to access your account maliciously. Also, you might switch over to a new email address and need to change the one in your profile. Your Control Panel allows you to do both, using the Change email address and Change password links. For security reasons, you will be required to enter your old password once. When changing your email address, a validation link will be sent out to the address you provide. You will not be able to post until the new address is validated.
If you should forget your password and cannot log in, enter only your username at the login prompt and click on Forgot Password. An email will be sent to you with a link to click on to reset your password. You will then be assigned a new password at random. You should immediately log in and change this to something that you will be able to remember easily.
Note that the software has a security feature that will lock out an account after a set number of incorrect login attempts. If your account is locked out, an administrator or moderator will need to unlock it.
If ever you receive an email saying that you requested a change of password when in fact you did not, you should reply to it (your reply will go to the administrator) and specify that you did not request a change of password. The original message contains the IP address that the request originated from; administrators can use this information to enforce internet security.
Near the bottom of your member profile page, you will see your average words per minute as timed by the software. This is visible only to you - not even administrators can see your WPM. Note that this should not be relied upon as a precise measurement of your actual typing speed, because there are several factors that can affect it, such as quoting or copy-pasting large blocks of text, or reading several posts before using the mini reply. The board estimates how long each post takes to compose by measuring the time between page load and submit button click. Compose times are also used to calculate the average for a thread; it is displayed after the last post of each thread that more than 2 members have posted to.