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Thread: The User CP Guide [Forum]

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    Date & Time Options



    This is where you go to edit your timezone settings so time will display the way it does on your computer. So, to do this click on the tab to bring down all the different timezones. Choose the one that is closest to you. For the US, Eastern Standard Time is -5 and everything else is down a notch I think. I can't help anyone that is outside the US. If you are having problem with this ask someone that is from your country for help. There are a great deal of European members here.



    This really isn't that important because I can't see where or how this effects the forum other than the calendar which is disabled to be posted on. But, if you feel the need you may fill out the day which your week starts on.

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    With the Message Editor Interface options, you can control how advanced your editing tools are when you want to post, reply, edit a signature, etc... There are three different settings you can choose from. I'll describe each one and their uses as well as pointing out what they lack.



    The Basic Editor - a simple tool box is exactly what the image above shows, a simple text box. There are no tools, no helps to edit and put code tags around. This to me is not good for anyone who doesn't know the vb code and doesn't know how to set up any tags without the tools. If you want to use this make sure you don't want to have to change any text unless you know all the codes.



    The Standard Editor - Extra formatting controls is a better editor and is standard with all members unless they change it. It has all the tools you will ever need and is perfect for users who can't type the vb code without guides. This editor setting is recommended for medium connection computers.



    The Enhanced Interface is most like a word processor. All tools are displayed how they would be in a post. Images are displayed and all text, smilies, url's, quotes, code, etc... are shown in post form. This is very useful in writing tutorials ^^. It does require a faster connection because it has to load everything you do. The more images you have the longer the wait. This is recommended to anyone who wants their editor to be like a word processor.

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    Adding an Avatar

    Okay, for the new members here that have never used or been to a forum that has a user profile with the option to upload avatars, this tutorial is for you. This tutorial is designed to show you how to upload your avatar directly from your computer or from an offsite link.

    For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be learning how to upload my avatar.

    So, let’s begin…

    1. The user profile is a power tool where you are allowed to edit a lot of your account to make it more like yourself, or suit your type of personality. To access your profile, you can click on the User CP button located on the Navigation bar.

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    2. This button will take your to your profile. Now, on first look this may be a little overwhelming. There are a lot of links. Well, the link that we are interested in for right now is the “Edit Avatar” link. Proceed to click the link.

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    3. Now you will be taken to another page inside your profile. This is where you will edit / upload an avatar. Now, there are two methods of uploading avatars. One involves directly uploading it from your computer and the other involves linking the image you want off another site. Both, methods are easy to learn how to do. So, let’s start with the first: Uploading an avatar from your computer.

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    For our purposes, we will be using the bottom half of the above options to upload an avatar from our computer.

    4. Okay, so now that you now what we will be doing, let’s start doing it! So, to start, click the Browse button located at the bottom. This will bring up a window that allows you to search your computer to find the file you wish to upload.

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    5. Once you find the file you are looking for, select it and hit open. This action will then close that window and leave you will a path in the text box next to browse. Here is an example of what the path should look like when you hit open.

    Example:


    6. Once you have done all that, all that is left to do is to hit the “Save Changes” button.

    7. Now let’s discuss the other method of uploading an avatar is to enter a link to the image you want. To do this you can upload your own picture to an image hosting site, imageshack.us or photobucket.com, copy the direct link and paste it into the top box. Here is an example.

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    8. The other way to achieve the same goal without having to host your own image is to find an image you want with the exact dimensions allowed, and use that address to host to.

    9. Select “Save Changes” and you are done with uploading your avatar.

    Errors?
    If you have tried to upload an image and you get an error it could be that you have the wrong deminsions, the size is to big, or you could have been trying to upload an animated gif.

    Animated gifs are not allowed for avatars. The members who currently have animated avatars are either moderators, honerable members or they had animated avatars when the forum was transfered over. Unless you become a moderator or an honerable member you will not have an animated gif.

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    Adding a Profile Picture

    So, adding a profile picture is the same as adding an avatar. You will see that the steps are almost exactly the same.

    Profile Pictures are pictures that are shown when someone views your public profile. You profile picture can be anything that fits the demensions. So, I'm just going to show you how to upload the same avatar again because it fits the demensions and I don't have to take more screenshots. ^^

    1. Proceed to your user cp by using the navigation bar and clicking the User CP link.

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    2. This button will take your to your profile. Click the “Edit Profile Picture” link.

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    3. Now you will be taken to another page inside your profile. This is where you will edit / upload your profile picture. Now, there are two methods of uploading profile pictures. One involves directly uploading it from your computer and the other involves linking the image you want off another site. Both, methods are easy to learn how to do. So, let’s start with the first: Uploading a profile picture from your computer.



    4. Okay, so now that you now what we will be doing, let’s start doing it! So, to start, click the Browse button located at the bottom. This will bring up a window that allows you to search your computer to find the file you wish to upload.

    Example:


    5. Once you find the file you are looking for, select it and hit open. This action will then close that window and leave you will a path in the text box next to browse. Here is an example of what the path should look like when you hit open.

    Example:


    6. Once you have done all that, all that is left to do is to hit the “Save Changes” button.

    Now let’s discuss the other method of uploading an avatar is to enter a link to the image you want. To do this you can upload your own picture to an image hosting site, imageshack.us or photobucket.com, copy the direct link and paste it into the top box. Here is an example.

    Example:


    8. The other way to achieve the same goal without having to host your own image is to find an image you want with the exact dimensions allowed, and use that address to host to.

    9. Select “Save Changes” and you are done with uploading your profile picture.

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    Private Messaging
    Understanding features

    The private messaging system on this forum is very useful. It allows members to talk to each other without having to do so in a different form. Although it is slower than an instant messenger, it has all the same features. In this section I will go over with you some features of the private messaging system here so that you may better understand what you can do.

    Most of all the features are pretty basic and won't require much description on my part. I hope that you can pick it up quickly and enjoy talking to other members using the messaging system here.

    To access your inbox where your private messages are stored you can either click on the User CP link on the navigation bar or you can click Private Messages on the welcome screen.

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    This will take you directly to your inbox. The first thing you will see when you look at your inbox is a bar. Depending on the colors, this bar shows your how full your inbox is.

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    Red means how many messages you have in your inbox.
    Orange means how many messages you have in your sent items.
    Green means how much space you have left.
    If the bar is completely red then you have reached your max capacity of messages. This means you will not recieve anymore messages until you empty your inbox. If your friend isn't recieving your private messages, this is the first reason why they probably aren't recieving it.

    Right under this bar is a scroll down tab that allows your to view the folders you have. The default two you are going to have first are the Inbox and Sent Items.

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    This scroll box allows your to jump from one folder to the next. If you are going to delete messages you have sent in Sent Items you will use this "jump folder" to go to your Sent Items.

    To delete messages you have stored in any folders there is a box with options at the bottom of each folder.

    Example:


    Apart from just being able to delete your messages there are more options that you can choose from.

    Move to Folder - once you have selected messages you can choose to move these messages to another folder. This will bring up a new page for you to choose what folder you wish to send these messages to.

    Delete - the delete option will delete any of the selected messages you have selected. This cannot be undone.

    Mark as read - this option allows the new messages sent to you to be marked as read so they don't appear as unread on the welcome screen.

    Mark as unread - not sure why you would use this option but if you choose to, all selected messages will be marked as unread and therefore will appear on your welcome screen as having some number of unread messages.

    The last three options involve downloading all the messages that you select as three different types of files. The first two file types I wouldn't suggest download for the practical use. Downloading the messages as text however is probably the easiest way and can be used in more ways than one.

    So these are the main features of the Private Messaging system here. I hope this was useful to you if you are new to such a system.




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    Private Messaging
    Composing Messages

    Okay, so now that you are aware of the features that are in the Private Messaging system let's get down to what you can do in composes and sending new messages.

    To start off you need to get to your User CP. You can do this of two different ways: First you can click User CP off the navigation bar...

    Example:


    Or you can click on the Private Messages link on your welcome screen.

    Example:


    Either way it will get your to your user cp where you need to proceed to click Send New Message from the Control Panel.

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    When you click this link you will be send to a new screen like will look like your signature editor page will the few execptions. The first thing you will notice that is different is a box that is at the top of the screen. This box is for you to type the recepient(s) name in. You may have up to five names in this box seperated apart from each other by semicolons (;). Here is an example of the box and of the names.

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    Zulu ; CRAZY_JAY ; Nicol3 ; Dudeman. ; Areks

    Now, apart from this recipient box and the title text field the rest of the options are the same. There is a standard text editor or whatever your preference is on and the same features as the signature. So, type your message to the user or users of your choice and get ready to send.

    Before you send however there are a few other options you can choose to include or exculde. These options are as followed:

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    Read Receipt - a read receipt is an attachment to a pm. It allows you to track the message to see if a user has read your message or not.

    Save a Copy - this is by default checked and what it does is when you send a message that same message is saved in sent items. So, if you don't want to have to delete your sent items uncheck this option.

    Parse Links - This option is a pain in the butt if you are sending a link to someone and they want to copy it. What this option does is it abbreviates the link so it takes up less room. It will put a ... in the middle of the link and follow it up with the link's ending. If you want someone to copy a link I suggest turning this option off.

    Disable Smilies - The option does exactly what it says... it doesn't allow smilies to be displayed. I don't know why you wouldn't want smilies to be in a private message but if you don't want them to be displayed just check this option.

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    Private Messaging
    Tracking Messages

    Tracking Messages are a way to find out if a user has read your private message or not. This can be used in many ways. Because Read Reciepts are turned off by default, if you click the tracking messages link...

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    You won't get anything on the new page. You will just see a text box saying something like, "You are not currently tracking any messages". If you want to track a message however, you must turn on the Read Receipt option when you send a message.

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    When you turn on the Read Reciept option, the user who recieves the message will get a pop up window asking for them to confirm the reciept. If they confirm it, then when you check track messages you will see a read confirm and the date when read. If they haven't read it or choose not to confirm the message then you will see unconfirmed or not read.

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    Now, you don't have to go to track messages to see if your Read Reciepts are confirmed or unconfirmed, because they are listed under your inbox.

    Example:


    From there you can following the link to get to the same place as shown in the previous example.

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    Private Messaging
    Creating / Editing Folders

    The purpose of creating folders is to be able to better organize messages that you want to keep or to seperate. To create a folder click on the Edit Folders link on the Control Panel of the User CP.

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    This will bring you to a new screen with three text fields that can be filled in to create three new folders. Well, you can name your folders whatever you would like but for the guide's purposes i'm just going to name it Saved Items. Here is an example of what the page should look like.

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    Now, once that you have created your new folder you can do new things with it. We have discussed the "jump folder" function in the first section that allows you to "jump" between folders and view their contents. With the creation of your custom folder it will also be under that drop down menu.

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    You can also move messages you want to keep or seperate by using the Private Messaging Tools at the bottom of the folders.

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    If you want to delete your custom folder you do this by going back to the Edit Folders page. You will now see a new section to the page with the option to delete your custom folder by clearing the name of the folder. This will move all the messages in that folder to the inbox.

    Example:


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