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Old 02-08-2010, 04:40 PM   #11
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Photo Albums

Take a wander through our photo amazing member photos!. Members may set up Photo albums in their profile and the upload images. Albums can be associated with one of our per-existing categories to help others locate images.

To set up a photo album:

Click on your user cp (upper nav bar)

Look for Pictures & Albums in the left side menu.
> Add album

Once you have set up your album, click on the album to open it and then add images. Once uploaded you can edit images as needed, move them between albums and even set privacy levels.

Be sure to include a description of you photo :)
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:41 PM   #12
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Signatures are set up in your user cp and display on every single post you make.

Members can customise their signatures. Please remember to check out rules about what is allowed. As an example, no commercial links are permitted and only one link. Html isn't permitted in sig for security reasons and no signature images are permitted. or now you can set up text based signature if you like and include a link. You can use 3 lines and stuff a surprising amount of content into a signature.

Some other hints: I strongly recommend playing with smaller font sizes and making them bold. Also try putting several pieces of info on one line with | (look above the enter key on your keyboard) seperaters. Remember that your sig shows on every post and so members see it over and over and over. You want it to be informational - but not overpower the text of you post. Here is an example..
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:45 PM   #13
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Forum Staff - Moderators

The staff of Discuss Cooking consists of a team of moderators who are volunteers. Their job is to keep the forums running smoothly by assisting members and if needed, enforcing the rules of the forums. Moderators keep posts and threads in the proper location and are available for problem solving. Moderators may warn, suspend or even ban a member who has continually violated the rules of the forums but these disciplinary actions are extremely rare and are done with a consensus of the moderator team. You can view a compete list of our site staff here.

The bottom of the Forums page displays a list of members who are currently logged onto the forums. The moderator’s names are listed in bold. If you need assistance, feel free to contact any of the moderators. If you see a post that you find objectionable, use the “Report Post” option under the posters information on the left side of the screen. This option will generate an alert to all members of the moderator team.

The site staff would like your time on the forums to be a positive experience. Let us know how we can help.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:57 PM   #14
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Avatars

An avatar is the little picture displayed below your user name in the profile box on the left side of every post. You may use a forums avatar or upload your own custom avatar. Avatars are limited in size to 80 x 80 pixels or 65 KB (whichever is smaller).

To upload a custom avatar: Choose a picture you like that is stored in your computer. Resize the picture to meet the size requirements above using a photo/image editor or camera software. Images that are too large will fail to load and you will receive and error message.

1. Click user CP (control panel) on upper blue tool bar.
2. Click edit avatar on left side menu.
3. Scroll down to the "Custom Avatar" box and click the "use Custom Avatar" button.
4. Click Browse button. A file menu screen will appear and you can choose the avatar file to be loaded. The file name should appear in the "upload an avatar from your computer box".
5. Click save changes.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:59 PM   #15
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How to search the forum

There are a couple of ways to search the forum. If you have a question we recommend that you search before posting. There's a fair chance that we have a several posts about your topic of interest.

The Forums search tool found on the nav bar is fairly easy to use and really quick. Our search tool searches for key words and you have a choice to search for threads or posts. Consider using the advanced search function to narrow down your choices. You must be logged into the forums to use the search tool.

Google search: We have an embedded google search available. Check out the upper right hand corner of the page to find this tool.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:06 PM   #16
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embedded video

You can embed a YouTube video (provided it's on topic) in a post. Just copy the url of the video from your browser address line and paste it into your post. The video will display when you make the post.

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:13 PM   #17
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Friends and contacts lists

Friend and contact lists can be both fun and useful. You can easily sent PM's with a single click to your group of friends, and see them more easily in the online lists as a + will display next to their usernames.

What is the difference between a friend and a contact?
A friendship is a mutual, two-way relationship between two users. It is initiated by one user and accepted by the other. A contact is a one-way friendship. This could be where the other person does not accept the friendship, a friendship request is pending, or you do not wish to be friends at this time but want to show them as a contact only.

Where is list of friends and contacts displayed?
Your friends and contacts are displayed on the 'Contacts and Friends' page in your User CP. Your friends are also displayed in your profile page.

How can I request a friend, accept a friend or break a friendship?
There are two ways to request a friendship with someone.
The easiest way is to view the profile page of the person you want to become friends with and click the 'Befriend' link.The other way is to add the person to your contacts first. Then from your 'Contacts and Friends' page ask to be their friend by checking the box next to their name labeled 'Friend'. Next, save the page.


If you know the username of the person you want to be friends with you can send a friend request using the box provided and clicking 'Add Friend'.
To accept a friend, go to your 'Contacts and Friends' page. At the bottom of the page you will see a list of pending requests. Check the box for the requests you wish to accept then check the 'Accept' button and save the changes. If you do not wish to be friends then select 'Reject' instead.
Breaking a friendship can be done in three ways.
  • From your 'Contacts and Friends' page, uncheck the box for friend for the particular person and save the changes. If you no longer wish them to be a contact either, uncheck both boxes for that person.
  • In your 'Profile Page', click 'Friends' and then click 'Break Friendship' next to the user's name.
  • In the other person's profile, click 'Friends' then find your username and click 'Break Friendship'.
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New Posts vs. Todays posts

The link to Todays Posts can be found in the drop down menu under Quick links on the upper nav bar and is go to place for a fast update on all forum posting activity. This link will show all threads that have been updated since your last login.

The link to New Posts is located in the center of the nav bar and functions differently. It will only display posts you have not looked at and this includes any posts you have made. It doesn't really give a complete list of new posts - just ones you have not read.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:42 PM   #19
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How to embed a link in text

  • Type the text in the reply editor
  • Next highlight the text you want to be a link and select the link tool on the editor box (looks like 2 chain links).
  • A link editor will pop up and you can add the url of the target page. Click OK
  • Then once back in you sig editor hit save changes.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:22 PM   #20
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Ignore feature

You can place other forum members on an ignore list so that you can't read their posts and they cannot use the PM system to contact you.

To do this:
  • Click on 'usercp' on the upper blue nav bar.
  • Find "settings & Options" on the left side menu and select "edit ignore list"
This is useful for those members that really push your buttons, or whos' posts consistently annoy the heck out you (or if your ex posts here)

If you have a problem with another members posting style we strongly encourage you to use the ignore feature. As always, if you feel a post is inappropriate, use the report post button to report it to site staff.
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