Frequently Asked Questions

Where To Begin

How do I forum?
If you're new to forums, please see our How to Forum 101 guide to get started. Make sure you read the Rules & Guidelines before posting!

What are the rules?
You can find our rules in the Rules & Guidelines post. Always check there if you're unsure whether something is allowed or acceptable.

Login and Registration Issues

Why do I need to register?
While you do not need to register in order to view the forum, you must register before you can post messages. Guest posts are not permitted on the Kinda Funny Forums. You can find the registration page here: kindafunnyforums.com/ucp.php?mode=register

Why can’t I register?
You can find the registration page here: kindafunnyforums.com/ucp.php?mode=register. If you're unable to register, please make sure you are typing all information carefully. Only one account is allowed per email address. If you have already previously registered with an email address, you will not be allowed to make an additional account with the same address. If you are having problems with the security question, check out the How to Forum guide for a brief explanation. If you continue to have problems, please "Contact us".

I registered but cannot login!
First, check your username and password. Please verify that your username is correct by checking the welcome email you received upon signing up. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder! If you registered in the past, but have not been active on your account, it is possible that your account has been deactivated. Please “Contact us” for further assistance.

Why can’t I login?
First, ensure your username and password are correct. If they are, please “Contact us” for further assistance.

I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Accounts that show no activity for a number of months may be deactivated. Please “Contact us” for further assistance reactivating your account. Accounts with no activity for extended periods may also be deleted. If your account has been deleted, please re-register, and be sure to maintain a consistent level of activity.

I’ve lost my password!
Don’t panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can easily be reset. Visit the login page and click I forgot my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly. If you do not receive a link to reset your password in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you are not able to reset your password, please “Contact us” for assistance.

Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Remember me box when you login, the board 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 Remember me box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university computer lab, etc. If the problem persists, you may need to clear your browser cache.

User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the board database. To alter them, visit your User Control Panel; a link can usually be found by clicking on your username at the top of board pages. This system will allow you to change all your settings and preferences. For more details on user settings, check the How to Forum guide.

How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
Within your User Control Panel, under “Board preferences”, you will find the option Hide your online status. Enable this option and you will only appear to the Management and yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.

The times are not correct!
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. If you are not registered, this is a good time to do so.

I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still incorrect, then the time stored on the server clock is incorrect. Please notify a member of The Team for further assistance.

My language is not in the list!
Kinda Funny Forums is an English-based community. As such, we do not support multiple language packs.

What are the images next to my username?
There are two images which may appear along with a username when viewing posts. One is your avatar, which you may set in the User Control Panel. The other is the image associated with your user rank. User ranks are based on how many posts you have made on the forum.

How do I display an avatar?
Within your User Control Panel, under “Profile” you can add an avatar by using one of the two following methods: Remote or Upload. The maximum dimension allowed for avatars is 150x150px. If you are having difficulties with your avatar, please contact a moderator for assistance: The Team

What is my rank and how do I change it?
Ranks, which appear below your username, indicate the number of posts you have made or identify certain users, e.g. moderators and administrators. Ranks are set by forum management, and users do not have the ability to change ranks. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank. Spam posts will be deleted.

Subscriptions and Bookmarks

What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking and subscribing are essentially the same. However, a bookmark will notify you of every individual reply, while subscribing to a thread will only notify you once until you have read the thread. You may change the individual notification settings in your User Control Panel.

How do I bookmark or subscribe to specific topics?
You can bookmark or subscribe to a specific topic by clicking the appropriate link in the "Topic tools" () menu, conveniently located near the top and bottom of a topic discussion.
Replying to a topic with the “Notify me when a reply is posted” option checked will also subscribe you to the topic.

How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.

Posting Issues

How do I create a new topic or post a reply?
To post a new topic in a forum, click "New Topic". To post a reply to a topic, click "Post Reply". You will need to register before you can post a message. Newly registered users must have a minimum of three posts in order to create a new topic. Please see the Rules & Guidelines for more information.

How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a board 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. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied. If you need further assistance please PM a moderator.

How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel. Once created, you can check the Attach a signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in the User Control Panel. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form. Images in signatures can have a maximum height of 155px. For further information on creating a signature, please check the How to Forum guide.

How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the text area. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.

Why can’t I add more poll options?
Polls are limited to one question and 10 options. If you would like to create a poll with more questions or options, we recommended using an external survey site.

How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll. If you are unable to delete a poll, please report the post to a moderator for deletion by clicking the flag icon in the upper right hand corner.

Why can’t I access a forum?
Registered users may view and reply to posts in all forums. However, only moderators are able to create threads in the following forums: Rules & Guidelines | Announcements | Info, The GameOverGreggy Show Episode Discussion, Kinda Funny Gamescast Episode Discussion, and Kinda Funny AMA.

Why did I receive a warning?
If you have broken a rule, you may be issued a warning. Please read the Rules & Guidelines before posting. If you have received a warning, a moderator will PM you to discuss the warning. If you have not received a PM or have further questions please contact a moderator.

How can I report posts to a moderator?
You should see a flag button for reporting posts in the upper right-hand corner of the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post. For a detailed description of how to report posts please check out the How to Forum guide.

What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save drafts to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved draft, visit the User Control Panel.

Why does my post need to be approved?
Newly registered users with less than 3 posts are not permitted to post in the feedback section without approval. Upon submitting your post, a moderator will review and approve it. No other sections of the forum require moderator approval to post in. For further assistance with post approval, please contact a moderator.

How do I bump my topic?
You may bump your topic by adding relevant discussion to a thread. Posts that simply say "bump" are not allowed and will be deleted. Please check out the Rules & Guidelines for further information.

Formatting and Topic Types

What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For examples of BBCode please check out the BBCode FAQ.

Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead. If you have a request for HTML code to be available as BBCode on these forums, please leave your request in the Feedback forum.

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.

Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the BBCode [img] tag. Please be mindful of image size when posting an image or GIF. For more details on how to post an image, check out the How to Forum guide.

What are global announcements?
Global announcements are posts that contain important information and you should read them whenever possible. They will appear at the top of every forum and within your User Control Panel. Only global moderators have the ability to create global announcements.

What are announcements?
Announcements often contain important information for the forum you are currently reading and you should read them whenever possible. Announcements appear at the top of the forum to which they are posted. Only moderators have the ability to create announcements.

What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often the most popular topics in a forum. Only global moderators and support moderators have the ability to create sticky topics.

What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply. Topics may be locked for many reasons, and typically a moderator will have commented on the thread explaining why it has been locked. Only moderators have the ability to lock threads.

What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content.

User Levels and Groups

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 and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material. Global moderators have moderation abilities across all forums, while support moderators have moderation abilities only in specific forums, as denoted in their user rank. Please check out "The Team" page for a list of current moderators.

What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups created by the moderation team. Current usergroups include Newly Registered Users (user with less than 3 posts), and Registered Users (users with 3 posts or more), as well as various moderator usergroups.

Why do some usergroups appear in a different colour?
For a quick explanation on the different user group colors, check the legend below the "Who's Online" section. Typically, global moderator names will appear green, and support moderator names will appear light purple. The Kinda Funny guys' names will appear blue.

What is “The Team” link?
"The Team" page displays all the current members of the moderating staff. This link can be found on the left-hand side at the very bottom of the page.

Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
If you cannot send private messages, please make sure you are logged into the forums. If you are logged in, but can still not send PMs, please "Contact us" via email.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can automatically delete private messages from a user by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, report the messages to the moderators; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.

Friends and Foes

What are my Friends and Foes lists?
You can use these lists to organise other members of the board. Members added to your friends list will be listed within your User Control Panel for quick access to see their online status and to send them private messages. If you add a user to your foes list, any posts they make will be hidden by default.

How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?
You can add users to your list in two ways. Within each user’s profile, there is a link to add them to either your Friend or Foe list. Alternatively, from your User Control Panel, you can directly add users by entering their member name. You may also remove users from your list using the same page.

Searching the Forums

How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located in the upper right-hand corner. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum.

Why does my search return no results?
Your search was probably too vague and included many common terms which are not indexed by phpBB. Be more specific and use the options available within Advanced search.

Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.

How do I search for members?
Go to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.

How can I find my own posts and topics?
Your own posts can be retrieved by clicking the “Show your posts” link within the User Control Panel, by clicking the “Search user’s posts” link via your own profile page, or by clicking the “Quick links” () menu at the top of the forums.

phpBB Issues

Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Limited. It is made available under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL-2.0) and may be freely distributed. See About phpBB for more details.

Why isn’t X feature available?
If you have suggestions for features to be added to the forums, please visit the Feedback forum.

Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
Any of the moderators listed on “The Team” page should be an appropriate point of contact for your complaints. If you need to contact the Management directly you may use the "Contact us" page. These are the only methods that should be used for any matters regarding the forums.

Please note that the phpBB Limited has absolutely no jurisdiction and cannot in any way be held liable over how, where or by whom this board is used. Do not contact the phpBB Limited in relation to any legal (cease and desist, liable, defamatory comment, etc.) matter not directly related to the phpBB.com website or the discrete software of phpBB itself. If you do email phpBB Limited about any third party use of this software then you should expect a terse response or no response at all.

How do I contact Management?
All users of the board can use the “Contact us” form.
Members of the board can also check “The Team” to see the list of people who run and moderate the forums.