Neoseeker : Forums : Frequently Asked Questions

Neoforums FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

(version 0.7 - Sept 2010)

Index

  1. Is the forum free to use? Is registration free?
  2. Can I participate without registering? Why should I register?
  3. How do I use markup code? HTML doesn't seem to work?
  4. What are those titles like "neo-newbie" or "mad messenger" underneath a user's name?
  5. What is a sig? How do I get one of my own?
  6. What is the "weighting" system used to determine maximum sig length?
  7. How do people add images to their posts?
  8. How do I get those pictures under my name in the forum posts?
  9. How come I can't change my avatar/profile pic?
  10. How come some people have a funky title underneath their name?
  11. How can I get my own custom title?
  12. How come sometimes I post something and it doesn't add to my post count?
  13. How do I become a moderator?
  14. What is a Supermoderator?
  15. Can I change my name? How do I change my name?
  16. Where is the forum for...?
  17. What is NeoPM?
  18. What is my.neoforum?
  19. What are the Terms of Service and rules for conduct and proper etiquette?
  20. What about your privacy policy?
  21. What should I do if I see an abusive or offensive post?
  22. Where can I get more help?



Q&A

  1. Is the forum free to use? Is registration free?
    The forum is free to use. Registration is also free. Registration is also safe - we will not disclose any individual information to anyone without your permission.
  2. Can I participate without registering? Why should I register?
    Registration is not required to participate in the forums, in fact, some of our regulars have not registered. However, registering allows you to build up a profile, get custom titles, and also submit a profile picture - just cool things that make your forum experience more personal and fun.
  3. How do I use markup code? HTML doesn't seem to work?
    We currently do NOT allow regular HTML in the forum postings. However, the neoforum software uses special mark-up codes just like UBB and other popular forum software. Basic functions like bolding, italicizing, linking to URLs, and adding images are all supported. For details on how to use the markup code, refer to the mark-up tag help page.
  4. What are those titles like "neo-newbie" or "mad messenger" underneath a user's name?
    Those are the user ranks. Your user rank depends on the number of posts you have made. The icons in your forum post are colour coded depending on your user rank. Below is a table showing the order of user ranks, as well as which ranks you have to reach to start having each set of icons.


    TitlePostsIcons
    unwashed heathen (guest)-
    Neo-newbie0
    newseeker10
    Neophyte20
    not-such-a-newbie35
    starting to like it50
    forum junky75
    just getting started!100
    dangerous150
    no-stoppin-me-now200
    mad messenger275
    forum fever350
    neologist400
    gone postal450
    member: postin' posse500
    threadnought575
    high on "N"700
    seek-o-holic850
    true seeker1000
    ultra seeker1250
    s-e-e-k-e-r1550
    true seeker (2K Remix)2000
    Two much Neo2222
    Resident Neo2500
    Still Seekin'3250
    Hooked on Neo4000
    N'Somniac4600
    Seeketh Maximus5000
    Neolithic6000
    Neo or Bust7000
    NeoXtreme8000
    Relentless9000
    Are we there yet?9750
    Neoholic10000
    Neo: Essential11500
    Permanently Plugged In13000
    Legendary Seeker15000
    True Addiction17500
    CruisiN'20000
    Neolife22500
    Purely Neo25000
    Eternal27500
    Elite Seeker30000
    Into... Legend35000
    Ultimate40000
    Can't touch this50000

  5. What is a sig? How do I get one of my own?
    A "sig" or "signature" is a portion of text that can be appended to messages posted by a forum member. For instance, you can sign off all your messages with a nifty quote, or else include a cool pic to add some personalization to your posts.

    To add a sig, go to forum preferences and type in the text of your signature into the input box. Also, make sure that you select "Yes" under the heading "Select Signature by Default" on the same page so that your sig will show up by default on your posts.

    Note that you can use the mark up tags in your signature. So you can bold, italicize, and add image links to add some spice to your sign-off.

  6. What is the "weighting" system used to determine maximum sig length?
    As of v0.4.0 of the neoforum software, signature lengths have been significantly upgraded to allow for more variety, with less chance of abuse. Signatures are now measured by their "weight" as opposed to their character length.

    This new "weighting" system allows signatures with more text, more markup, and more variety while maintaining a certain balance.

    Signature weight:

    1. each regular character is 1 point.
    2. markup tags count for nothing, except for the color tag and div tag
    3. URLs that link to Neoseeker count for nothing, even when used in [img] tags.
    4. each line break is an additional 3 points
    5. more then 3 linebreaks adds 50 points. Every linebreak after 4 lines that adds 15 points.
    6. each image has a base weight of 15
    7. each image larger then 20 height adds 25 points
    8. each image larger then 30 height adds 50 points
    9. images larger then 50 height add 100 points.
    10. images larger then 75 height add 135 points.
    Under this new system, you can actually link properly to multiple favourite threads or forums and still include a reasonable amount of text in your signature. Try and mix around different tags to get a cool signature.

  7. How do people add images to their posts?
    There is a markup tag that allows you to link to any external image. The tag is similar to the html tags, and look like this:

    [img]URL_HERE[/img]

    For more details, refer to the mark-up tag help page.

    Some people include an image markup tag in their sig, which might be what you are thinking about when you want to add a pic.

  8. How do I get those pictures under my name in the forum posts?
    Those small pictures, often called avatars or profile pictures, are submitted by members. To have your own custom avatar show up in the forums, you must first have a graphic in jpeg or gif format that's no larger then 65x65 pixels and 15Kb in filesize. To upload your graphic, Edit your profile while logged in (look under the Edit your bio/pic option. From that screen, simply browse to the graphic and submit the forum. Once a graphic has been uploaded, make sure that you check your forum preferences to see whether you have selected "YES" to "Include Profile Pic in Forum postings". AFter everything is done, make sure you refresh your browser to load the image.
  9. How come I can't change my avatar/profile pic?
    When you change your avatar, and yet the image does not change in the actual forum itself, you may be looking at a cached copy of your old graphic. Try refreshing the page you are on, or else empty the browser cache manually.
  10. How come some people have a funky title underneath their name?
    Those are custom titles. These titles are reserved for members who have a minimum number of posts.
  11. How can I get my own custom title?
    Any member with over 50 posts can obtain a custom title by clicking on the forum prefs link while signed in. The forum prefs page has a "custom title" field that will automatically become available once you reach 50 posts. Save your forum title by clicking on "finish" when done.
  12. How come sometimes I post something and it doesn't add to my post count?
    As of version 0.1.5e, the forums no longer count posts which contain fewer then 32 characters of text. Starting from version 0.1.7, this number has been increased to 72 characters of text.
    Quotes, and smileys do not count towards the character total of a post.
  13. How do I become a moderator?
    Moderators are picked out by the current Supermods and Category Moderators. It is possible to apply for a moderator position, so that you can explain to this team why you would be a good fit, however it is not required to apply to be considered for a position. That being said, it certainly doesn't hurt your chances and if you really want to moderate a specific forum it would be wise to apply.

    For more information on the process of becoming a moderator, or what is looked for in a candidate, see the mod requests page. Any questions can be asked in the Moderator Requests Q&A thread, where they will be answered by current Supermods.

  14. What is a Supermoderator?
    A Supermoderator is someone that can moderate in every forum in the site. Aside from having Moderator powers in all forums, they also have the power to add/demote moderators, issue permanent bans, disable certain features and more besides. They are the ones who deal with more serious complaints and issues, including requests for review of sitewide bans and investigations into sitewide member and moderator conduct. A list of which Supermoderators are active can be found here.

  15. Can I change my name? How do I change my name?
    Users cannot change their own usernames, however, the administration can perform name changes under certain circumstances. As of June 2002, new members can have their name changed for free, a Name Change fee will apply for most other cases. Click here for details.

  16. Where is the forum for...?
    If you are looking for a game specific forum, try using our search engine. Type a part of the title of the game. Then, instead of clicking on the game title, click on the "forums" or "discussions" link.
  17. What is NeoPM?
    NeoPM stands for Neo Private Messaging. This is basically a notes system that allows members to send private messages to each other. Members can create a list of NeoFriends to whom they NeoPM frequently. For more details and questions please refer to the NeoPM FAQ thread in the forums.
  18. What is my.neoforum?
    my.neoforum is a custom start page for the Neoseeker forums. Only members have access to my.neoforum. As a member, you can save other members as NeoFriends, and also save forums into your FavouriteForums list. my.neoforum then acts as a central location from which you can check out all your FavouriteForums, see which of your NeoFriends are logged in, and check your NeoPM status.
  19. What are the Terms of Service and rules for conduct and proper etiquette?
    Check out this page for our Terms of Service (TOS). In terms of etiquette, any constructive conversation is open game. Read the TOS and you will see the nitty gritty on what is acceptable and what is not.
  20. What about your privacy policy?
    For our privacy policy, refer to this link: Neoseeker Privacy Policy.
  21. What should I do if I see an abusive or offensive post?
    If you are a forum member, you can help keep our community a safe and fun environment by reporting abusive or offensive posts to the moderators. To do this, simply click on the !report link found on the bottom right of every post. If you have the proper permissions, you can even move the entire message into a "moderation queue". Once in the queue, the message is no longer displayed to the public. Use this only if the post is highly offensive or seriously in breach of our TOS/Rules of conduct!!!
  22. Where can I get more help?
    For more help on using the site and the forums that is NOT covered by this FAQ, visit the Site and Forums Help forum. Many veteran Neoseekers will be happy to help you with any additional questions you might have.



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