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Login and Registration Issues

Why can't I login?
Make sure your username and password are correct. If they are, contact the forum administrator to make sure your account hasn't been banned or removed. Also, registrations need to be approved before you can start posting. Contact your administrator for approval.
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Why do I need to register at all?
Registration is not required to view the forum. Registration is required to post messages. It will give you access to additional features not available to guest users such as avatar images, private messaging etc. It only takes a few moments to register.
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Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Remember me box when you log in, the forum will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the forum from a public computer, e.g. internet cafe etc.
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I've lost my password!
Click the lost password link and follow the instructions.
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I registered but I cannot login!
Make sure your username and password are correct. Also, new registrations are required to be activated by an administrator before you can login. If all else fails, try contacting the forum administrator.
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I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Attempt to locate the e-mail sent to you when you first registered, check your username and password and try again. It is possible an administrator has deactivated or deleted your account for some reason.
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User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the forum database. To alter them, click your username in the upper right corner while logged in.
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How do I show an image next to my username?
You may choose a pre-defined avatar by accessing your profile. You can also upload an image from your computer to be used. Self-uploaded avatars are limited to 128x128 pixels in dimensions and 25KB in filesize.
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Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You need to register before you can post a message.
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How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a forum administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the "edit" button for the relevant post.
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Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or the forum administrator to grant you access.
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Why can't I add attachments?
Certain file types are not allowed to be attached, particularly .exe and .dll files.
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Why does my post need to be approved?
This forum does not practise post approval. Your posts can be viewed by others as soon as you post them.
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Formatting and Topic Types

Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this forum and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using the formatting toolbar when posting a message.
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What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether.
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Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. You may upload the image to the forum. Or, you may link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.example.com/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible webserver) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the appropriate button on the formatting toolbar which adds an [img] tag.
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What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear on top of other topics in a forum. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. Topics are made sticky by Administrators and Moderators.
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What are closed topics?
Closed topics are topics where users can no longer reply. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or forum administrator.
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User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire forum. These members can control all facets of forum operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the forum founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums.
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What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
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What are usergroups?
Usergroups are created and handled by Administrators. Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections forum administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.
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Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
You are not registered and/or not logged on. Please register and log in to be able to send PMs.
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I have received a spamming or abusive message from someone on this forum!
Please e-mail the forum administrator with a full copy of the message you received. The forum administrator can then take action.
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Searching the Forums

How can I search a forum or forums?
Click the "Search" link, enter a search term in the search box. Click the "search" button.
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How can I find my own or someone else's posts and topics?
Click a username in the topic you have answered to, and view your profile as other's see it.
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Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the "watch this forum for new topics" link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the "watch this topic for replies" link within the topic itself.
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How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your profile (by clicking your username on the top) and click "My subscriptions".
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Attachments

What is maximum attachment size allowed on this forum?
The maximum attachment size is approximately 3MB.
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Ratings and reputations

What are ratings?
User can rate messages up and down. This gives users "reputation" and makes finding valuable information easier. Administrator can disable rating feature.
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How do I rate posts?
To rate a post simply click the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon next to it. the icon is displayed to registered users only. You can vote only once.
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How do I filter unrated posts?
Each topic has a "hide unrate posts" link on top. You can hide unrated "noise" and read the valuable information only.
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