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Requested and Answered by Simon on 19-Dec-2006 11:28 (4389 reads)
Because you're not registered as a Member! Only Members can see the contents of the Forums and respond to the discusssions. If you want to join, please follow the instructions on our Home Page.


Forum FAQ ]
Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 08-Feb-2007 17:45 (5970 reads)
There are three different kinds of reply button.

To reply to a specific post, click on the Click to see original Image in a new window button. This will give you the option of quoting the post you are responding to by clicking on the button. You can also see what your post will look like by clicking on the button. You also have the option of clicking the button to return to the topic page without making a post. Once you are satisfied with what you have written, you can click the button to add you post to the topic.

To make a reply to the topic in general, click on this Click to see original Image in a new window button, which appears at both the top and bottom of the topic page. This gives you the same options as the method above, but the button will only quote the first post from the topic.

The last type of reply button, the Click to see original Image in a new window button, toggles a window at the bottom of the page so that it is hidden or shown. This method of posting has no options.


Forum FAQ ]
Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 07-Feb-2007 16:58 (7466 reads)
Select the forum in which you wish to start a topic from the main forum page. Click on the Click to see original Image in a new window button at the top of the page. Enter the subject and message in the appropriate boxes. Click on the button to see what it looks like and, if everything looks good, click on the button.

You can also select the Click to see original Image in a new window button at the top and/or bottom of a forum topic that you are currently reading. The discussion you start will be added to the currently active forum.

Please note that all posts are subject to the Terms of Service that you agreed to when you registered as a member. Any post violating these principles will be removed by the moderators.


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Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 08-Feb-2007 18:07 (5993 reads)
Click on the Click to see original Image in a new window button below the post you want to clean up. Then just fix whatever needs fixing.

Please note that you can edit your posts within the first 10 minutes after it has been submitted without the "Edited by..." information being added.

After that you can edit your post anytime within the first 24 hours, but the "Edited by..." info. will be added to the end of your post. If you make substantial changes to your contribution during this period, please document what was changed - especially if there are posts following yours. This will help prevent possible confusion for others who have not read the topic yet.

After 24 hours, changes can only be made by CoG staff. Again, this is to help prevent possible confusion for others. So, please check your posts carefully before clicking the button.

If you do need a post edited after 24 hours, please let one of the staff know and we will be happy to assist you. We do keep an archived copy of every post as it was originally entered, so if you have accidentally deleted a portion of your original post, or liked the way your post looked prior to editing, the original can be retrieved.


Forum FAQ ]
Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 09-Feb-2007 20:15 (7117 reads)
To report a post that…
You find offensive, is inappropriate, contains a copyrighted image, plagiarizes another, etc. – click on the Click to see original Image in a new window button at the bottom right of the post. This will bring up a text box at the top of the screen. Type in a brief description of why you are reporting the post then click on the button. If you change your mind prior to submitting the report you can click on the button which will return you to the topic you were reading.

If you feel that there is insufficient space to explain why you are reporting a post - or the matter is urgent - you may alternately contact the moderators (moderators@gorchronicles.com). Please include a link to the post you are reporting and a detailed explanation of what is wrong with the post.

To include a link to a specific post, right click on the post number (at the top and far right of the post) and select “Copy Shortcut”. Paste this link into your message.


Forum FAQ ]
Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 09-Feb-2007 18:27 (7494 reads)
You can use a limited set of both HTML and BBCODE tags to add emphasis to certain words, or just to make your post more pleasing to the eye.

Text formatting with BBCODE:
BBCODE uses square brackets to enclose the tags. There must be an opening tag and a closing tag for the formatting to display properly. Here are examples showing which tags are available and how to use them.

[b]Bold Text[/b]
Will display like this:
Bold Text

[u]Underlined Text[/u]
Will display like this:
Underlined Text

[d]Deleted Text[/d]
Will display like this:
Deleted Text

[i]Italic Text[/i]
Will display like this:
Italic Text

[quote]Quoted Text[/quote]
Will display like this:
Quote:
Quoted Text


Tags can also be nested to use more than one type of formatting. Please note how the tags are paired in the example below.

[b][u][i]Bold Underlined Italic Text[/i][/u][/b]
Will display like this:
Bold Underlined Italic Text

You can also change the text color. To do this you have to know the hexadecimal number for the color you wish to use, or use one of the editors that allow you to select the text color. Here are a few examples:

[color=ff0000]Red Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Red Text

[color=cc00ff]Violet Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Violet Text

[color=0000ff]Blue Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Blue Text

[color=339966]Green Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Green Text

[color=ffff00]Yellow Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Yellow Text

[color=ff9900]Orange Text[/color]
Will be rendered this way:
Orange Text

It is also possible to use different text sizes, though the large text sizes should only be used for headings or emphasis on a few words, not entire posts. The "small" text size is the default.

[size=xx-small]xx-small text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
xx-small text

[size=x-small]x-small text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
x-small text

[size=small]small text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
small text

[size=medium]medium text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
medium text

[size=large]large text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
large text

[size=x-large]x-large text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
x-large text

[size=xx-large]xx-large text[/size]
Displays text at this size:
xx-large text

There are a variety of fonts that are available too.
Here are some of the available fonts:

Ariel Font (Default Font)

Courier Font

Georgia Font

Helvetica Font

Impact Font

Haettenschweiler Font

Comic Sans Ms Font

Courier New Font

Tahoma Font

Times New Roman Font

MS Serif Font


To change the text font use the tags below, but replace "font name" with the name of the font you wish to use.

[font=font name]Text you wish to have in this font[/font]

You can also post pictures with BBCODE. Keep in mind that any pictures you use should be your own work, in the public domain (i.e. the copyright has expired), or used with the explicit permission of the copyright holder(s).

[img]http://gorchronicles.com/uploads/extgallery/public-photo/thumb/thumb_locking-joint2_5709ff.gif[/img]
Will show this image:
Click to see original Image in a new window

Another tag set is for use with url addresses. You don't have to use these tags if you just want to type in a web site address. They are more for creating links from other text. For instance...

[url=http://gorchronicles.com]This is a link to John Norman's Chronicles of Gor[/url]

Will make a text link (which opens in a new window) like this:

This is a link to John Norman's Chronicles of Gor

The last BBCODE tag I'll show you is the [code]...[/code] tag set. This set of tags creates a box around the text between the tags in much the same way the [quote]...[/quote] tags do, but it allows you to display the HTML codes and spaces between them without multiple spaces being condensed or the HTML tags being converted to formatted text. This can be useful for maintaining paragraph tabs when quoting passages from the books. Which leads us to...

Text formatting with HTML:
HTML uses greater and less than characters to enclose the tags. There usually must be an opening tag and closing tag for the formatting to display properly, but there are a few exceptions. HTML will allow you to do fancier formatting, but it is also more complicated to use than BBCODE. Here are examples showing some of the HTML tags that are available and how to use them.

You can perform much the same formatting that you can with BBCODE. For instance, bold, italic, underlined, and deleted text:
<b>Bold Text</b>
    
Four spaces in front of <i>Italic Text</i>
        
Eight spaces in front of <u>Underlined Text</u>
            
Twelve spaces in front of <del>Deleted Text</del>

Will display like this. Note how the spaces have been condensed now that the [code]...[/code] tags have been removed:

Bold Text
Four spaces in front of Italic Text
Eight spaces in front of Underlined Text
Twelve spaces in front of Deleted Text

HTML tags can also be nested:
<b><u><i>Bold Underlined Italic Text</i></u></b>

Displays this way:

Bold Underlined Italic Text

Another way to maintain multiple spaces and tab characters when posting is to use the HTML preformatted text tags. They are used like this:
<pre>This is preformatted text.
The six spaces in front of this line will be maintained.
As will the twelve spaces at the start of this line.</pre>

And will display this way in your post:

This is preformatted text.
The six spaces in front of this line will be maintained.
As will the twelve spaces at the start of this line.


Text color can be changed too. Note that the HTML tags are more complicated than the comparable BBCODE tags:

<font color="#ff0000">Red Text</font>
<
font color="#cc00ff">Violet Text</font>
<
font color="#0000ff">Blue Text</font>
<
font color="#339966">Green Text</font>
<
font color="#ffff00">Yellow Text</font>
<
font color="#ff9900">Orange Text</font>


Will yield the following:

Red Text
Violet Text
Blue Text
Green Text
Yellow Text
Orange Text

Text size can be changed. Again, note the increased complexity:
<font size="1">Size "1" Text</font>
<
font size="2">Size "2" Text (default)</font>
<
font size="3">Size "3" Text</font>
<
font size="4">Size "4" Text</font>
<
font size="5">Size "5" Text</font>
<
font size="6">Size "6" Text</font>
<
font size="7">Size "7" Text</font>

Shows up this way:

Size "1" Text
Size "2" Text (default)
Size "3" Text
Size "4" Text

Size "5" Text

Size "6" Text

Size "7" Text

And, of course, the font face can be changed as well. To change the font use the format below, but replace "font name" with the name of the font you wish to use. Please note that the font name must be enclosed by quotes as shown in the example below.
<font face="font name">Text in the font you want.</font>

As an example:
<
font face="times new roman">This text is in Times New Roman font</font>

Gives you this:

This text is in Times New Roman font

With HTML formatting you can make text center justified, right justified, or block justified:
<p align="center">Centered Justified Text</p>
<
p align="right">Right Justified Text</p>
<
p align="justify">Block Justified Text</p>

Centered Text


Right Justified Text


Block Justified Text



You can also create ordered and unordered lists...:
This is an ordered list:
<
ol><li>First List Item</li>
<
li>Second List Item</li>
<
li>Third List Item</li></ol>
This is an unordered list:
<
ul><li>Bullet 1</li>
<
li>Bullet 2</li>
<
li>Bullet 3</li></ul>

This is an ordered list:
  1. First List Item
  2. Second List Item
  3. Third List Item

This is an unordered list:
  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3

...A list of dictionary terms and definitions...:
<dl><dt>First Dictionary Term</dt>
<
dd>First definition for the dictionary term above</dd>
<
dd>Second definition for the dictionary term above</dd>
<
dt>Second Dictionary Term</dt>
<
dd>First definition for the dictionary term above</dd>
<
dd>Second definition for the dictionary term above</dd></dl>

First Dictionary Term
First definition for the dictionary term above
Second definition for the dictionary term above
Second Dictionary Term
First definition for the dictionary term above
Second definition for the dictionary term above


...Superscripts and Subscripts...:
This text has <sup>superscripted text/sup> and <sub>subscripted text</subwithin it.

This text has superscripted text and subscripted text within it.

...Indented text...:
The text below is indented.
<
blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">This text is indented.
It will stay indented
until the feature is turned off
.</blockquote>
The text is no longer indented.

The text below is indented.
This text is indented.
It will stay indented
until the feature is turned off.

The text is no longer indented.

...Or you can even insert a horizontal line. Note that this is one of those exceptions I mentioned to needing open and closing tags:
<hr />



There are plenty of other things that can be done with HTML, including the creation of tables, buttons, etc. - but we can't cover them all here. The BBCODE and HTML codes above should give you a good start.


Forum FAQ ]
Requested and Answered by Lemuel on 18-Feb-2007 20:16 (6463 reads)
Polls can only be added to a topic that you have started yourself - this can be an existing thread, or one that you create specifically for the poll. There can be only one active poll in a single thread.

The poll will be visible at the start of the thread (on every page of a multi-paged thread) and in the main Poll screen accessed through Main Menu.

To add a poll to a topic which you started previously, select that thread from the forum menu then click on the Click to see original Image in a new window button at the top or bottom of the screen to bring up the Poll Configuration screen.

To start a poll in a new thread, begin by selecting the forum category where you want to add the poll topic, then press the Click to see original Image in a new window button. This will bring up the new topic screen. If you need help filling in this form, please see the FAQ for "How do I...Start a new thread in one of the forums?" After submitting the new topic information the Poll Configuration screen will appear.

Once the Polls Configuration screen appears, enter the Poll Question and its description (less then 255 characters) in the appropriate boxes. Set the Expiration date or leave the default date if you think one week should suffice. Next to "Allow multiple answers?" you may select "Yes" if you want users to be able to select more than one answer per vote, or you can leave it as "No" to allow just one answer for each vote. If you wish to be notified when your poll has expired, make sure "Yes" is checked for this option, if you would rather not be notified please check "No". Now fill in the list of possible answers in the fields labeled "Options" and, if you wish, set the colors used for the statistics. When you are finished, press to post your poll.


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